Opponents pack hearing on mosque near Ground Zero

(AP) - Dozens of opponents to a mosque planned near theformer site of the World Trade Center have attended a raucoushearing about whether the building should become a New York Citylandmark.

Rick Lazio - the Republican candidate for governor - was amongthe witnesses testifying Tuesday in support of landmark status forthe building near the site of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

He said the building was "a place of deep historicalsignificance" because it was struck by airplane debris on Sept.11.

Landmarking status could complicate plans by Muslim groups todevelop a community center and mosque at the site.

Nearly 100 people attended the hearing in Manhattan.

The city's Landmark Preservation Commission was not expected torule Tuesday on whether the building should become a landmark.

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