Bloomberg Dismisses Gov. Paterson's Mosque Proposal
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Standing next to Gov. David Paterson, Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday dismissed the governor's proposal to resolve public outcry over a proposed mosque near Ground Zero by offering developers state land if they move the project.
The mayor says the governor was free to offer the land, but could "speak for himself."
Bloomberg and Paterson appeared together at a City Hall news conference to announce Delta's terminal renovation plans for Kennedy Airport.
Bloomberg says he believes government should not be involved in deciding who you pray to, what you say, or where you say it. Paterson, defending his proposal, says he's not talking about mixing church and state. He says he's trying to foster "cultural understanding." The governor says an aide spoke with leaders of the $100 million cultural center about building further away from Ground Zero. Paterson says they weren't interested.