This is in no way reflective on the fine men and women of the New York City Police department, or local FBI, but the fact of the matter is that New York City cannot afford the cost of hosting the 9/11 terrorist trials.
According to the NYC Budget, posted here, the budgeted amount for police - who will provide the lion-share of work - is $4,358,387, for FY 2010.
This is down nearly $300,000 from FY 2009. Mind you that this is "bare operating" cost of simply running the police department. There is nothing budgeted for "extra security", or contingency.
Mayor "Spend 'em and Leave 'em" Bloomberg in January this year painted a "grim economic picture" for New York City in FY 2009.
"Mayor Bloomberg's bad-news budget tries to plug a $4 billion hole with less than $2 billion worth of spending cuts and new sales taxes - and counts on unions, Albany and the federal govermment to come up with the rest. He proposed a $43.4 billion budget Friday for the fiscal year starting July 1, up $123 million from the year before - one that slices deep into the pockets of city residents and the ranks of city workers. "Are we going to go through some difficult times? I don't think there's any question about that. But we have a plan to balance our budget," Bloomberg said. "It is serious, but I think it is manageable." The new cuts and taxes come on top of $1 billion in cuts and $1.5 billion in tax hikes he already pushed through, as administration economists predict the national economy and Wall Street will continue to pummel the city's revenues."
Being that the FY 2010 budget is $300,000 less for police, there is no doubt that NYC simply doesn't have what it takes fiscally to host the trial.