New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was not invited to take part in New York’s Columbus Day event and festivities, according to a report from the New York Post.
Angelo Vivolo, chairman of the Columbus Citizens Foundation, confirmed that de Blasio was not invited to the event, which took the place of the Columbus Day parade, which was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“No, he wasn’t invited,” said Vivolo, chairman of the foundation that hosted the virtual “2020 Columbus Citizens Foundation Italian Heritage & Achievement Special” event, which aired on WABC-TV. “Tight schedule. No ulterior motive.”
Formerly, de Blasio had been invited to march in the Columbus Day parades.
According to the Post:
Tensions between members of the Columbus Citizens Foundation and de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, exploded last year after City Hall failed to include Mother Frances Cabrini — the beloved Italian American patron saint of immigrants