NY Candidates Seek Probe of Ground-Zero Mosque

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Two candidates who want to be New York state's next governor said more information is needed about the controversial mosque to be built at New York City's Ground Zero, the site where the Twin Towers once stood.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio called on his Democratic rival, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, to investigate the money trail.

"The Imam in charge of the mosque, Imam Faisel Abdul Rauf, has refused to acknowledge on numerous occasions the sources of the money that has been used both to purchase this land and to potentially build what is expected - or what is proposed to be - a $100 million mosque."

"If there is evidence of criminality and it's a criminal situation and if someone has evidence of criminality, they should bring that forward. And obviously if there's a criminal case here then that's a different situation," Cuomo said.

Meanwhile, Lazio has said he has doubts about Rauf. In a letter to Cuomo, he pointed out that the imam has refused to call the radical Palestinian group Hamas a terrorist organization.

Some families of September 11 victims say it's an insult that the 13-story mosque could be built so close to where their relatives died.

"It's almost like it's taunting us," former New York City firefighter and 9-11 survivor Tim Brown said. "It's a slap in the face. There are so many places where they could go."

Deborah Burlingame, a 9/11 activist and the sister of one of the pilots killed in the attacks said there was a "propaganda element" to the construction of the mosque.

"There are interests in creating an Islamic presence at the site of the worst atrocity in the history of the Republic. It's very important to the people who want to hurt this country," Burlingame said.

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