White House officials have told ABC News that the Justice Department is looking at other venues instead of New York City to hold the 9/11 terror trials.
There has been growing pressure to move the trials out of Manhattan, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg who originally embraced the idea, now opposes it.
"There are places that would be less expensive for the taxpayers and less disruptive for New York City, for example, military bases where there could be good security at much less cost," Bloomberg said.
"It's going to cost an immense amount of money, it's going to tie up traffic, it's going to destroy the economic development that's been recovered in lower Manhattan," New York Gov. David Paterson said. "Every time there is a loud noise during the two years of those trials it's going to frighten people, and I think New Yorkers have been through enough."
The White House has also decided to boost funding for the city's first responders to 9/11, some of whom have become ill. But the administration still will not back a permanent plan to provide for their medical treatment.