Mayor Bill de Blasio is welcome at this yr’s Columbus Day Parade — not like final yr, when town’s Italian-American fathers snubbed their paisano mayor.
“Absolutely. We welcome the mayor, we respect the mayor,” Angelo Vivolo, chairman of the Columbus Citizens Foundation, mentioned Friday, with out explaining the change of coronary heart.
The mayor, who has had a long-running beef with town’s Italian-American neighborhood wasn’t invited to final yr’s digital occasion.
Disgraced ex-Gov. Cuomo — a proud Italian-American and staunch defender of Christopher Columbus — wasn’t invited to Monday’s Columbus Day Parade, in line with a supply.
His flack Rich Azzopardi declined to remark — however after The Post reached out to him, Vivolo despatched a press release saying that whereas Cuomo “did not ask to march in the parade, [he] is certainly welcome to join.”
Cuomo has championed the reason for the now-controversial explorer, pushing for statues to stay in outstanding locations like Columbus Circle and the vacation in his honor to be saved on faculty calendars.
The mayor, then again, has brawled with the Columbus Citizens Foundation: in 2019, his spouse, Chirlane McCray, reduce Mother Frances Cabrini, America’s first canonized saint, from a listing of honored girls into consideration for a statue within the metropolis.
De Blasio drew additional ire from his fellow Italian-Americans in May, when town public faculty system scrapped the vacation in favor of “Indigenous People’s Day.”
The mayor’s workplace didn’t return an e-mail asking if de Blasio deliberate to march.