He is a very wise person.
He is a very wise person.
Mayor BLOOMBERG: I think that a lot of it has become politicized. The whole issue of the Islamic center, which was proposed a while ago and nobody seemed to have any problems with it, .....
It was approved by the NYC planning board unbeknownist to anyone. Initially, the opposition arose after the occupancy was made public and the initial objections were from the WTC survivors and the surviving families. They brought the decision to allow the occupancy to the news media to get it some visibility and garner opposition from the community. The nimrod politcos latch on well after the fact and you'll note they were the first to disappear.
Mayor BLOOMBERG:And if the government starts expressing a view of concern or relief, that's just the government trying to influence a decision which it should not......
The Governor of NY got involved and offered to swap properties. Other local politicians worked from within the system , not through the news media to gain a relocation of the occupancy.
Bloomberg is no fool. NYC is the No. 1 terrorist target in the world. NYC can't afford another incident the magnitude of the WTC attack. He's got enough trouble holding corporate offices within the city and not relocating to less costly properties elsewhere. There are more terror cells in and around the city than you can imagine. Why would he want to rile a hornets nest with his house? Another attack would be devastating to the NYC business and the NYC sphere of influence.
Mayor BLOOMBERG: ......... And that's why things like defending the Constitution are so important, particularly when it's so close to the World Trade Center.
There is nothing Constitutional about the issue. No one is denying freedom of religion, speech, expression or any other right. The Constitution does not govern the location of an occupancy within a city borders. In as much the City allows such occupancy within this business zone, there is no prohibition against city residents expressing opposition to the occupancy and it's location. It happens all of the time. If some wants to open a strip club in a certain building, neither the planning board nor the owner are obligated to announce the intended occupancy in advance of construction. Public opposition to occupancy all kinds of occupancies occurs all of the time and frequently the owner will change the plan and go elsewhere.
Where I live, we have religious organizations wanting to build churches and facilities all of the time. We don't want anymore than what is needed to support the needs of the existing residents. We don't want more traffic. We don't want more acreage of parking lots and night time lighting. We have a planning board that denies the occupancy permits. They've also denied shopping centers, and offices. They've been sued by developers of all kinds and have successfully defended those decisions each time. There is no right for anyone to construct any occupancy they want, at any site they want to build on.
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