A New York City firefighter and 9/11 survivor hoping to stop a mosque from being built near Ground Zero has broadened his lawsuit to include more New York City officials.
The American Center for Law and Justice, representing firefighter Tim Brown, will amend the lawsuit against the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to include the current site owners, the New York City Department of Buildings, the New York State Public Service Commission, and the electric company Con Edison.
ACLJ attorneys say part of the proposed mosque site is actually owned by Con Edison, not the mosque developers, and thus raises a new set of legal concerns.
"With every new question that surfaces, it is increasingly clear this mosque must not be built at this site," ACLJ chief counsel Jay Sekulow said.
"The revelation that a public utility owns part of the site raises a whole host of new legal questions and requires the involvement of a new public agency and possibly additional public hearings," he continued. "That, coupled with the Landmarks Commission's procedural violations and deviations from administrative precedent, only strengthens our legal challenge."
The new petition requests that the New York State Supreme Court put the mosque's construction on hold and also order the New York State Public Service Commission to conduct an environmental review detailing the impact the mosque would have on the community's character and historical resources.
Brown's original lawsuit was filed after the Landmarks Preservation Commission ruled that the mosque site was not a historical landmark and could be developed.
The ACLJ has since started an online petition against the mosque.