Newburgh mayor: Hold the 9/11 terror trial here

January 29, 2010 9:34:23 AM PST
An upstate New York mayor wants officials looking to move the Sept. 11 terrorist trial from Manhattan to consider Newburgh. Newburgh Mayor Nicholas Valentine says his small, shopworn city about 60 miles up the Hudson River from the city would be a perfect location to try professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged accomplices.

Valentine says Friday the city has a new state-of-the art court house than can easily be secured and is less than a 90-minute commute from Manhattan.

Valentine thinks Newburgh would benefit from the international attention, as well as the hordes of lawyers and reporters attending the trial. He'd also like to see a federal aid package if his city hosts the trial.