New York City commission debating Columbus statue to meet Tuesday

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017
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Political reporter Dave Evans has the details on the debate over Christopher Columbus' statue.

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The first meeting of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's commission on public art and monuments will be held Tuesday.

It is looking into whether various statues and monuments around the city, including the Christopher Columbus statue at Columbus Circle, should be taken down.

The controversy led some people to boo the mayor at the Columbus Day Parade along Fifth Avenue Monday.

Some said they are angry at de Blasio for even considering removing the statue, and his decision to form a commission prompted a backlash from fellow Italian-Americans who vowed to defend the Columbus statue, which has stood over Columbus Circle for more than a century.

"You can debate the historical figure of Christopher Columbus, but you can't debate the contribution of Italian-Americans to this country," de Blasio said at the start of the march.

Vandals last month doused the hands of a Christopher Columbus statue in blood-red paint and scrawled the words "hate will not be tolerated."