Governor Paterson Offers Alternative Space for Ground Zero Islamic Center

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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.