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Silver joins Paterson on NYC mosque issue

NEW YORK CITY — New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is joining Gov. David Paterson in an effort to persuade Islamic leaders to move a proposed mosque farther from ground zero.


Silver represents the lower Manhattan district where ground zero is located. He says that although the Cordoba Initiative has a right to build there, they should be cognizant of the deep feelings of opposition.


Paterson will discuss the issue with Catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan Tuesday to try to suggest an alternative.


Paterson says he wants to stop New Yorkers from arguing over the issue.


Meanwhile, the developer of the controversial Islamic center planned to be built near ground zero is expected to attend an Iftar dinner hosted by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.