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Seth Wenig, Associated Press
Imam Shamsi Ali poses for a picture in New York, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. While Shamsi Ali plans to attend Mayor Michael Bloomberg's annual year-end interfaith breakfast, some clerics and community leaders said they will boycott the event over a surveillance program on Muslim neighborhoods, whose existence was revealed recently in a series of Associated Press articles.

NEW YORK — The table is set for Mayor Michael Bloomberg's annual interfaith breakfast with some controversy added to the menu.

The breakfast set for Friday morning will be held without 15 Muslim leaders. They are boycotting the event to protest Bloomberg's support of the police department's surveillance of Muslim communities.

They told the mayor in a letter that they disagree with his position following a series of articles by the Associated Press exposing the police department's methods.

Rabbi Michael Weisser (WISE-er) says he'll attend the breakfast even though he signed the letter. He says Muslim community members told him they'd prefer he speak directly with the mayor.

Bloomberg's office says about two dozen Muslim community members will attend breakfast. Police spokesman Paul Browne says allegations that police spy on communities are false.