Governor Paterson Offers Alternative Space for Ground Zero Islamic Center

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Gov. David Paterson is offering developers of an Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero state land, if they agree to move the mosque further away from the World Trade Center site.

Paterson says he doesn't object to building the mosque two blocks away, at Park Place, but he understands those who disagree.

"If the sponsors were looking for property anywhere at a distance that would accomodate a better feeling among the people who are frustrated, I would look into trying to provide them with the state property they would need," Paterson says.

Paterson says he personally has no problem with a mosque being two blocks from the World Trade Center site, but he says opponents' anxieties are "not without cause," and that New York still suffers from the attacks. He did not say if he has identified any state property that could be used by the center, or whether he's discussed his proposal with the developers of the Cordoba House.

The Cordoba House has not returned requests for comment.


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Comments [12]

Tabitha Korol from Beachwood, Ohio

Another location must not be an offer, but a demand by the NY administration. Islam should not be permitted to control our government. They have freedom of religion and they have 100+ mosques in NY; this issue is about triumphalism where they destroyed and killed our citizens. Throughout history, they have slaughtered, destroyed, and then built their own mosques as a sign of supremacy; this must not be allowed. Furthermore, their terrorist-affiliated Imam Rauf (confirmed by the FBI) intends to bring Shari'a law to our land. Why are we standing by and not passing appropriate laws, such as no Sharia law allowed (as Oklahoma did)? Why are we not doing more to protect our constitution from this encroaching evil? Islam does not assimilate or accommodate; we do not have to accommodate on this issue or any other issue that threatens our culture.

Aug. 18 2010 04:14 PM

I am perplexed that David Paterson would suggest state land for the site. Whatever position one stands on the mosque issue, state land must not be used for its site.

Once again the incompetent Paterson proves he can not govern. But, then again Paterson could never really govern. “The Democratic Conference: Organizational and Operational Structure Report” is an eyewitness account of Paterson’s DYSFUNCTIONAL governing nature while Senate Minority Leader.
Paterson’s office was criticized for PATRONAGE, LACK OF LEADERSHIP, INDECISIVENESS and INFIGHTING. Those interviewed in the report indicated that its chief of staff the disorganized Michael Jones-Bey had no management skills, would booze it up with staff, often coming in the office with a hangover, and should be fired.
Amazingly, for running such a DYSFUNCTIONAL CHAOTIC office, the disorganized Michael Jones-Bey was picked by Paterson to mismanage the Division of Minority & Women Owned Business Development (MWBE) at Empire State Development Corporation.
Now, that's the Paterson way, being rewarded for your incompetence.

Aug. 11 2010 10:15 PM

I don't get it. I thought the mosque to be built is 2 BLOCKS away from ground zero. Am I right or wrong? If it is in NYC, 2 blocks is a distance. The terrorists were from Saudi Arabia/Yemen who happened to practise Islam.
Just like the IRA, they did many bombings in Ireland in the name of Christianity, they're even in government. I don't understand. Did the world label the Irish as terrorists? No. Hamas? Yes. Is it the location of the country? Color of their skin? .......

Aug. 11 2010 12:34 PM
Kevin from Glendale

This is horrendous. For one, I'm not really comfortable with the state actively searching out land for any religious structure - feels a bit like gerrymandering. Secondly, Paterson *just* started getting into this (which is none of his concern might I add), and caves to the hateful opposition. The anxiaties of the opposition *is* without cause. I'd love to hear one that isn't that the group has supposed ties to terrorists or that it's a victory mega mosque or something. None of those can tell me why they shouldn't build there. I suppose CB-1 just doesn't 'get' 9-11 even though they've had to deal with it more than anybody, constantly for 9 years - and they voted overwhelmingly in favor of it. This is just political posturing on Paterson's part. If you have no opposition to it then let them do what they wanted. They didn't need any help from the state finding land.

And for those who might get this, Paterson completely Leroy Jenkin'd this debate.

Aug. 11 2010 09:37 AM
Nancy from NYC

I understand it to actually be a cultural center and it isn't at Ground Zero. Park Place is not Ground Zero. I volunteered at Ground Zero early on and have no problem with this. Who blew this story up so big anyway, hmm?

Aug. 11 2010 03:59 AM
Fearful from Bronx

I don't see the fascination with having that mosque so near the 9/11 disaster area. It is even more shocking to have major bloomberg on their side agreeing to build it at the 9/11 site. All this only clarifies that armageddon is around the corner and that eventually the Muslims will rule. For example, it is not ok to mention God in our school system anymore or say our pledge of allegience because it's religion related but it is ok for Muslims to come to school with their religious attire all covered up. Americans are being treated as second class citizens losing all their customs and belief while outsiders get accommodated with their own customs and beliefs. Go figure.

Aug. 10 2010 11:07 PM
Gaye Leslie

The other comments all seem to assume that Muslims by definition are terrorists. shame on you - terrorists have hidden themselves behind Islam - they are NOT Muslims. Gd Zero is already a target, we shd be concerned to protect ALL democratic (small d) - allow e/one the right to BE. WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD FOR HE BETTER-& still retain our indiiduality and variety. GREATEST GOOD FOR THE GREATEST NUMBER. Learn all you can to make good, CONstructive choice not DEstructive ones.

Aug. 10 2010 10:21 PM

The site of the 911 tragedy does not need a mosque, a church, a temple, a synagogue, or any other kind of religious symbol. There are alternatives to fundamentalist religions of all types, which have not brought mankind peace. The wars and the suffering of people in poverty rage on. I want peace, enlightenment, LOVE, and HEALING at ground zero.
I want a monument at ground zero with the words and music to this song.

"Heal the World":
In this place you'll feel
There's no hurt or sorrow.
There are ways to get there
If you care enough for the living
Make a little space, make a better place.

Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me and the entire human race
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make a better place for
You and for me.

Michael Jackson sings it better than I can write it.
Please click on the video link below (or copy and paste in into your address bar)
and read, listen, and pray to our creator for “Healing”. eature=related

Thank you, Michael Jackson.

Aug. 10 2010 09:08 PM

Allow them to build. When another group of fanatics bomb, blow up, burn a series of buildings in the BELOVED financial district. Hopefully,one of those beautiful sky scrapers will collapse on a lovely mosque. Then all will be truly unified in the need to rebuild while continuing the useless banter on the meaning of life.

Aug. 10 2010 08:56 PM

Perhaps they could build the mosque in Gitmo. That would certainly be more agreeable to me.

And don't give these terrorist's any land!

Aug. 10 2010 06:54 PM

This is a open Comment to all the unions both Local and National in NYC. You know the very depth of your love for this country. Nothing can or is built in NYC. without the Unions refuse to work on this Mosque . STRIKE, WORK SLOW DOWN.,what ever it takes to see to it that it may be finished sometime in 2200

Aug. 10 2010 06:11 PM
bub from downtown manhattan

what the #$%#%$???
he's playing into the ignorance and hatred? this is too much.

Aug. 10 2010 05:38 PM

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