- - Thursday, November 11, 2010

NEW YORK

Gov.-elect Cuomo opposes N.Y. trial

NEW YORK | New York Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo says he’s against trying the professed mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks in his state.

The Democrat addressed the matter for the first time in an interview with radio host John Gambling on Thursday, a day after Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said the Obama administration was close to deciding where to prosecute Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.

Mr. Cuomo simply said “No” when asked for his opinion about whether Mohammed should be tried in New York. When asked if he would fight to keep the trial away, he said yes.

Mr. Cuomo refrained from weighing in on the issue during the governor’s race.

New York Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer, along with New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, also oppose a civilian trial in New York for Mohammed.

CALIFORNIA

City elects first female mayor

OAKLAND | Jean Quan has been elected Oakland’s next mayor, becoming the city’s first female mayor and the first Asian-American woman to lead a major U.S. city in what’s being considered an upset win over a heavily favored opponent.

The city councilwoman, 61, received 51 percent of the vote, compared with 49 percent for former state Sen. Don Perata, Alameda County elections officials said Wednesday. She replaces outgoing Mayor Ronald V. Dellums, who chose not to seek a second term.

“This is really a proud moment for Oakland’s grass-roots organizing,” Mrs. Quan said moments after learning she had won. “We’re very proud.”

The results followed a days-long process of tallying votes under a new “ranked-choice” system that allowed voters to list their first-, second- and third-place candidates.

Mr. Perata held a double-digit lead over Mrs. Quan when first-choice returns were counted last week.

“Having won over 11,000 more first-choice votes than his nearest rival, these numbers need to be scrutinized carefully, and spoken to carefully,” Perata spokesman Rhys Williams said on Wednesday. “No decision has been taken on next steps.”

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