Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-Brooklyn/Staten Island) said that she was contacted by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office on Oct. 11 to say that Mother Cabrini is still in the running for the next round of statues to be built around the city.
The cause is personal for Msgr. Cassato. One night in 1953, David Cassato, then 5 years old, was headed home from his grandparents’ house. He turned to his father and asked about a photo he had seen. That night, he first heard about Mother Cabrini, who had helped Msgr. Cassato’s grandparents when they came from Sicily to the Lower East Side of Manhattan on 1910 with nothing.