Paterson Rips Obama for Putting 9/11 Trials in NYC

NY governor among few Dems to criticize move
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2009 9:41 PM CST
New York Gov. David Paterson.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – New York Gov. David Paterson, already unpopular with the White House, tonight ripped the Obama administration for deciding to try five men implicated in the 9/11 terror attacks in New York City. "This is not a decision that I would have made,” Paterson said. “New York was very much the epicenter of that attack; over 2,700 lives were lost."

"It's very painful," said Paterson, one of few Democrats to disagree with the decision, widely panned by Republicans. "We’re still having trouble getting over it. We still have been unable to rebuild that site, and having those terrorists tried so close to the attack is going to be an encumbrance on all New Yorkers."