Pedestrians stand outside of the proposed site for the Cordoba Initiative Mosque and Cultural Center which would be blocks from Ground Zero.
New York's governor says the imam behind the proposed Islamic community center near ground zero has offered an "opening'' with his latest comments about the debate.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said Wednesday that if he'd known "it would cause this kind of pain,'' he might have chosen a different location.
Gov. David Paterson said Thursday he saw Rauf's comments as a move "in the right direction.''
Paterson declined to comment on Rauf's remarks that the mosque issue has become so politicized that moving it could endanger national security.