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Bloomberg: NYC terror trial to cost $216M in first year

The trial of terror suspect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will likely cost the city $216 million in the first year, mostly in police overtime, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a letter to the Obama administration Wednesday.

Bloomberg said subsequent costs will be $200 million a year. He said equipment costs will amount to over $12 million in the first year and about $2.5 million in following years.

Bloomberg's letter, addressed to federal budget director Peter Orszag, noted the city has reduced police strength since 2001. He also backed a request made earlier in the week by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) that the Obama administration include a special line item in the 2010 fiscal year to cover any costs to the city for the trial, slated in the future for federal court in Manhattan.

Mohammed and four other defendants are expected to be tried for involvement in the Sept. 11 conspiracy.

"Securing the trial will require us to pull existing personnel from crime prevention efforts around the city and require significant overtime expenses," Bloomberg said in his letter to Orszag.

An NYPD spokesman, Paul Browne, said the department has 6,000 fewer cops than in September 2001. "We don't have anyone to spare," he said.

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