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Old Posted May 6, 2019, 2:38 AM
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Cuomo seeks donors to finance long-stalled shrine at WTC

The stalled re-construction of a Greek Orthodox church at Ground Zero is getting a second wind — this time from Gov. Cuomo.

The governor has lobbied for seven donors to step up and help finance the reconstruction of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox National Shrine, which was destroyed in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the New York Post reported.

“He wants the church finished,” said John Catsimatidis, Red Apple Group founder and one of the donors, to the outlet. Cuomo also hopes Democratic donor Dennis Mehiel and Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas join the group, according to the paper’s sources. (Earlier this spring, Catsimatidis also got an invite to Cuomo’s quiet fundraiser.)

A spokesperson for Cuomo said that the governor contacted the Port Authority, which owns the land and leases it to the church for $1 a year, and “is trying to help the project that has been stalled for years,” according to the Post.

When the design by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava was announced in 2013, the structure, intended to glow at night, was supposed to cost $20 million. That rose to $35 million in 2015, at the time of the ground-breaking, and has only ballooned since.
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