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Upstate NY mayor bids to hold 9/11 terror trial

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January 29, 2010 01:19 PM EST | AP


NEWBURGH, N.Y. — The mayor of a small upstate New York city says his community would be the perfect site for the Sept. 11 terrorist trial, if officials decide to move it out of Manhattan.

Mayor Nicholas Valentine said Friday that Newburgh, a small, shopworn city about 60 miles up the Hudson River from the city, is the ideal place to try professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (HAH'-leed shayk moh-HAH'-med) and four alleged accomplices.

Valentine says the city has a new state-of-the art courthouse 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.