NEW YORK - (AP) - Dozens of opponents to a mosque planned nearground zero have attended a raucous hearing about whether thebuilding should become a New York City landmark.

Rick Lazio - the Republican candidate for governor - was amongthe witnesses testifying in support of landmark status for thebuilding near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks on Tuesday.

He said the building was "a place of deep historicalsignificance" because it was struck by airplane debris on 9/11.

Landmarking status could complicate plans by Muslim groups todevelop a community center and mosque at the site.

Nearly 100 people attended the hearing in Manhattan.

The city's Landmark Preservation Commission was not expected torule Tuesday on whether the building should become a landmark.