But on Monday, Arcuri released a statement saying it would be insensitive to build a mosque so close to where more than 2,000 people died in the World Trade Center attacks.
“As district attorney, I spent my career protecting victims’ rights, and to me, this is no different,” read the statement from the former Oneida County prosecutor. “The pain felt by many Americans from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is still very real, and I can understand how the thought of building a mosque near Ground Zero could reopen those wounds. For the sake of the victims and their families, I think another location should be chosen.”
Arcuri was not made available Monday for a follow-up interview.