The New York Post reports:
Mayor de Blasio claims convicted terror boss Oscar López Rivera won’t be honored at Sunday’s Puerto Rican Day Parade — but on Wednesday, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said not so fast.
Mark-Viverito insisted the founder of the murderous terror group FALN would still be honored at the Fifth Avenue parade, even over the objections of police groups and local leaders and in the face of a boycott by numerous sponsors.
“The award continues to be given to him, but he’s decided to bestow it on the people,” said Mark-Viverito, minutes before speaking at a Gracie Mansion party celebrating the parade.
López Rivera, whose sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama in January, served 35 years in prison for his terror ties.
Mark-Viverito, who has been one of López Rivera’s strongest supporters, made reference to a recently published op-ed piece by him in which he said he’s “bestowing” the National Freedom Hero designation granted him by the parade’s organizers to others.
“His op-ed was very clear,” she said. “People just have to read his words. His words speak for themselves.”
Mark-Viverito refused to explain, though, how López Rivera would be honored during the parade. Afterward, the speaker met Lopez Rivera at JFK airport as he arrived in New York for the parade.
Her remarks come two days after de Blasio claimed he was privately opposed to honoring Lopez Rivera, a complete turnaround from what he said a month earlier.
The mayor also claimed he gave the Puerto Rican Day Parade committee an ultimatum, saying he wouldn’t march unless it yanked the honor from López Rivera.