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Christopher Columbus may be kicked out of New York City as Mayor de Blasio says removal on the table

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In this Jan. 13, 2008 file photo, traffic goes around New York's Columbus Circle and its 70-foot-tall column topped by a statue of Christopher Columbus. (AP Photo/Cameron Bloch, File)

In this Jan. 13, 2008 file photo, traffic goes around New York's Columbus Circle and its 70-foot-tall column topped by a statue of Christopher Columbus. (AP Photo/Cameron Bloch, File)

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue but, in 2017, he may be deported from New York City.

Earlier this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio wouldn’t rule out the removal of Christopher Columbus’ name or statues from New York landmarks.

Speaking at a Democratic mayoral debate, de Blasio insisted, “I’m not going to get into the name game here,” but left the door open to the change by adding, “We have to look at everything here.”

Sal Albanese, who is opposing de Blasio in the Democratic primary took issue with the “slippery slope” of removing historical figures from public spaces.

“He said Confederate statues that were reminders of slavery and racism deserved to be banned, but, do we remove statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson?” said Albanese.

Columbus Circle, at 59th and Broadway, is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks.

Prominent New Yorkers of Italian descent held a rally in the shadow of the monument Thursday night. “Leave our statues alone. Stop the political correctness,” radio host Joe Piscopo told the crowd.

The debate regarding where to draw the line in New York began following the recent fatal events in Charlottesville over the proposed removal of Confederate monuments. Following that incident, Mayor de Blasio announced that New York City would “conduct a 90-day review of all symbols of hate on city property.”

According to the New York Post, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is advocating reviewing the statue for possible removal. Speaking to reporters, she referred to the “oppression and everything that he brought with him.”