E-mails Show City Hall Pushed for Mosque Near Ground Zero
Updated: Thursday, 23 Dec 2010, 10:27 PM EST
Published : Thursday, 23 Dec 2010, 9:50 PM EST
CHRIS HAWLEY / AP
NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office worked behind the scenes to help the organizers of a mosque and community center near ground zero, intervening with city administrators to get a temporary prayer service permit and having an official ghostwrite a letter to community leaders.
E-mails released by the city Thursday document the cooperation between Bloomberg's Community Affairs Unit and the Cordoba Initiative, even as a furor erupted this year over the center's proposed existence two blocks north of ground zero. The city released the documents in response to a public-records lawsuit by Judicial Watch, a conservative group.
Any one surprised that a Liberal controlled City hall acted as the PR department for this using tax payer funds?