ALBANY, N.Y. – New York Gov. David Paterson offered state help Tuesday if the developers of a proposed mosque near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks agree to move the project farther from the site.
Paterson, a Democrat, said that he doesn't oppose the project as planned but indicated that he understands where opponents are coming from. He said he was willing to intervene to seek other suitable state property if the developers agreed.
"I think it's rather clear that building a center there meets all the requirements, but it does seem to ignite an immense amount of anxiety among the citizens of New York and people everywhere, and I think not without cause," Paterson said in a news conference in Manhattan.
"I am very sensitive to the desire of those who are adamant against it to see something else worked out," Paterson said.
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I dont care for that man most of the time but I think he makes good sense here. How great would it be if the Muslim community came together and said we understand how this is a sore point for many and in our understanding and sympathy will change this location. THAT would be awesome. As it is they remain so very silent on the issue of Muslim extremists and thats wrong! JUST LIKE its wrong for the leaders of the Catholic church to remain silent on the pedophile priests. I think this COULD be a good thing. A unifying thing. but thats JMO :)
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