The developer of the controversial ground zero mosque in New York City reportedly has rejected Gov. David Paterson's offer to help them find a different site, according to a report by nbcny.com.
Paterson offered to negotiate a new location for the mosque last week, however project developer Sharif El-Gamal appeared to foreclose any debate on the subject -- pointing to the distance between his project and 9/11's ground zero site.
"Park51 is a community center. It is two blocks north of the World Trade Center site,” El-Gamal argued. “In New York City, two blocks is a great distance. There are some buildings in New York that have their own zip codes. There is such a scarcity of space in New York, especially in Lower Manhattan. Keep in mind this is a small island, so we are nowhere near the World Trade Center site."
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