"This is not a decision that I would have made," Paterson said when asked about the upcoming federal trial. "Our country was attacked on its own soil on Sept. 11, 2001, and New York was very much the epicenter of that attack."
Paterson made the comments following an appearance in East Harlem -- contradicting what he said Friday, which was that he favored the trial being held in the city.
In contrast, Paterson told WPIX/Channel 11 News that the Obama Administration's decision to try the detainees in New York is a decision he supports.
"I do not understand why they decommissioned [the detainees] from serving or being tried on Guantanamo Bay but that's a decision that the federal government made and our job is to help them," Paterson told PIX News. "We will cooperate to the full extent that we can."