Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said that he spoke to Gov. David Paterson today, and that the governor is planning a meeting for “later this week” with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. Rauf is the developer behind the Cordoba House Muslim community center, and according to King, he and Paterson will discuss relocating the controversial building to an “alternate location.”
Paterson has previously offered to help the developer acquire state land if he considered relocating farther away from Ground Zero, but was rejected.According to The Washington Post, Paterson spokesman Morgan Hook said that they “are working with the developers on a staff level but there have not been any formal discussions between the Governor and Imam or developer.”
“However, we expect to have a meeting scheduled in the near future,” Hook said.
Late Update According to a tweet by HuffPo’s Sam Stein, someone at Park 51 denied reports of a meeting: “To the best of our knowledge, a meeting has not been scheduled.'”