I am among those with profound concerns about the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s stonewalling of longstanding plans to allow the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to reconstruct St. Nicholas Church.

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was the only house of worship destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.  Rebuilding this church is one of the issues I handled as a public liaison working for Governor Pataki, and I know full well of the former governor’s commitment while in office to ensuring that the opportunity to rebuild St. Nicholas Church was realized.

I join Governor Pataki and congressional candidate George Demos in calling on the Port Authority to return to the negotiating table with the final aim of bringing about a compromise resulting in the chance to rebuild the historic St. Nicholas Church.  The church, the absence of which is felt, stood as a refuge for people of all faiths, and it provided New Yorkers and visitors alike with opportunities to observe rare moments of quietude and pious reflection.  St. Nicholas should once again serve that noble purpose for the faithful, for tourists, and for the entire community that works and resides in Lower Manhattan.