The New York governor's office will directly negotiate with developer Silverstein Properties Inc. to try to get the stalled rebuilding at the World Trade Center site back on track, Gov. David Paterson said yesterday.

Silverstein agreed to postpone indefinitely binding arbitration with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey over construction on the site. A deadline to reach a settlement or enter into arbitration under the development agreement was set to expire yesterday and would have led to six to nine months of negotiations, Paterson said in a conference call with reporters.

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