NY Welcomes Ahmadinejad... With Protests
Paterson, Gillibrand head up demonstrations
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2010 3:04 PM CDT
Ali Raza participates with others in a demonstration opposing Iran's president Ahmadinejad on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010 in New York.   (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
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(Newser) – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is getting a rousing welcome to the Big Apple this week, but not in a nice way: Several of New York's top politicians are protesting Ahmadinejad's regime while he attends a UN General Assembly meeting, reports the AP. Among them, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and David Paterson, who denounces the Iranian leader as "divisive."

Ahmadinejad, the New York Post notes, said, among other things, in his response:
"Those who insist on having hostilities with us, kill and destroy the option of friendship with us in the future, which is unfortunate because it is clear the future belongs to Iran and that enmities will be fruitless." He's due to speak at the UN this week. Stay tuned.