NEW YORK (AP) _ Gov. George Pataki dropped a proposed freedom museum from the World Trade Center redevelopment plan Wednesday, saying the project had aroused ``too much opposition, too much controversy.''

The decision followed months of acrimony over the International Freedom Center, with furious Sept. 11 families and politicians saying that the museum would overshadow and take space from a separate memorial devoted to the 2,749 dead and would dishonor them by fostering debate about the attacks and other world events.

``We must move forward with our first priority, the creation of an inspiring memorial to pay tribute to our lost loved ones and tell their stories to the world,'' Pataki said in a statement.

In addition to the terrorist attacks, the Freedom Center would have dealt with such topics as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the civil rights movement, the Declaration of Independence and the South African constitution.