N.Y. Gov. Kathy Hochul is under fire by the Italian American community following a series of alarming decisions.
Gov. Hochul walked in the Columbus Day parade on the morning of Oct. 11, then, hours later, she attempted to cancel the navigator’s namesake holiday by proclaiming Oct. 11 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
After a public outcry, she amended the proclamation, stating that Columbus Day would still be celebrated on the second Monday of October in New York.
Then, she sparked another uproar by dissolving the state’s Italian American Affairs office (no other ethnic offices were cut).
The New York Commission for Social Justice is the anti-defamation arm of the New York Grand Lodge, Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America; and the Commission has urgently requested a meeting with the governor to petition for the reinstatement of the IA Affairs office.
OSDIA leaders Michele Cangiano Ment and John Fratta sent the following letter in the hopes of arranging a meeting.
The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations, led by Basil M. Russo, fully supports the Commission’s efforts and strongly urges the governor to change course.
After all, 15 percent of New York’s population is comprised of Italian Americans, and such decisions could unseat Gov. Hochul during next year’s gubernatorial race.