Governor aims to meet with NYC mosque developers

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 18, 2010 06:21

ALBANY, New York — Gov. David Paterson said he will soon meet with developers of a proposed Islamic center and mosque near the former World Trade Center, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Paterson's office declined to say what the meeting would be about, but Republican Rep. Peter King told The Associated Press that the governor wants to discuss possible alternate locations for the Park51 Islamic cultural center and mosque. King said he spoke with the governor Tuesday.

Representatives of the project said no meeting had been scheduled.

Paterson last week offered his help and the possibility that state land could be provided as an alternate site for the center. The project has ignited debate over freedom of religion and anger over the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The planned $100 million center would be built two blocks from the World Trade Center site, where nearly 2,800 people died when Islamic extremists flew jets into the twin towers. The project is headed by Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, a Muslim cleric who has worked to improve relations between Islam and the West.


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