Paterson Offers State Land If Cordoba House Developers Relocate

Gov. David Paterson (D) said today that if the developers behind the controversial Cordoba House agree to move their planned Muslim community center farther away from Ground Zero, he would “look into trying to provide them with the state property they would need.”At a press conference today, Paterson said that while he supports the Cordoba House and thinks the developers have a right to build it at the proposed site, he is “very sensitive to the desire of those who are adamant against it to see something else worked out.”

According to The New York Daily News, Paterson continued:

Frankly, if the sponsors were looking for property anywhere at a distance that would be such that it would accommodate a better feeling among the people who are frustrated, I would look into trying to provide them with the state property they would need.

As we’ve reported, there’s been a lot of controversy surrounding the proposed Cordoba House, which reflects a growing tide of anti-Mosque sentiment across the nation. A poll today finds that 53% of New York City residents oppose the “Ground Zero mosque,” though 53% of Manhattanites support it.

But local support hasn’t stopped many Republican politicians from coming out against it. John McCain, Joe Lieberman, Sarah Palin and others have strongly opposed it. Full coverage here.

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