Javits Center Redesign Architect Distances Himself From Anti-Israel Group
03/09/2006 06:06 PM
The British architect charged with redesigning the Jacob Javits Convention Center is distancing himself from a controversial pro-Palestinian group.
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In an effort to salvage his role in the $1.7 billion dollar project, Lord Richard Rogers affirms his support for Israel and renounces his ties to a group that wants to boycott the Jewish state.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Congressman Anthony Weiner, who originally opposed Rogers appointment, now say they are behind him. Their support clears the way for Lord Rogers to keep working on the Javits renovation.
At a press conference with both politicians Thursday, Rogers said that although he hosted the pro-Palestinian group at his offices, he did not stay for their entire meeting.
“I had no interest whatsoever in participating in anything against Israel, as I have always been a strong believer in that state,” said Rogers. “I also pointed out that I knew nothing about the boycott, and if there was mention of a boycott at that meeting, I certainly was not involved in it and would not wish to be involved then or now or in the future."
Charles Gargano, Chairman of the Empire State Development Corporation, which is leading the Javits redesign, says he's glad the political leaders now support Rogers, and he says it's time to get back to work.