New York City Voters Reject Spitzer, Weiner

9/11 12th anniversary marked in New York, Washington, Shanksville, Pa.

President Barack Obama will commemorate the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. There are 184 benches in the Pentagon Memorial representing the 184 people who died at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. 11, 2013 at 10:58 AM WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) — Bells tolled in Washington, New York and Shanksville, Pa., Wednesday to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks a dozen years ago. In New York, families of the victims read the names as somber string music played. Relatives held photos of those who were killed when two hijacked airliners smashed into the World Trade Center twin towers. Family members of victims of the 2001 and 1993 attacks on the World Trade Center were invited to read names of the victims at Wednesday’s observance. The 1993 Trade Center bombing killed six people. In Washington, President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama , Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden , observed a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House along with White House staffers. Following a wreath-laying ceremony at the Pentagon, Obama told survivors and families of the victims, “In your resilience, you’ve taught us all there is no trouble we cannot endure [and] no calamity we cannot overcome.” Obama also paid tribute to the four Americans who died a year ago on this date in the terrorist attack on the U.S.

De Blasio, backed by progressive Democrats, pitched himself as a fierce opponent of Bloomberg’s policies — including one of the most controversial, the “stop-and-frisk” policy in which city officers were encouraged to proactively stop and interrogate anyone suspected of criminal behavior. Many African Americans and Democrats said the policy disproportionately subjected young black and Hispanic men to that treatment. According to the AP, exit polls showed that most voters said “stop and frisk” resulted in the harassment of innocent people. Primary voters also said they wanted the next mayor to move away from Bloomberg’s policies. And a full two-thirds of primary voters said it was a bad idea to allow Bloomberg to serve a third term in office. In an August Siena College poll , 62 percent of New Yorkers said they felt Weiner and Spitzer embarrassed the city. Though their sexual dalliances evoked many comparisons, Weiner and Spitzer’s political paths were actually quite different. While Spitzer managed to avoid any new scandals surfacing, Weiner seemed to drown in them. As New York’s attorney general, Spitzer developed a reputation as a hard-charging and ambitious prosecutor. While in Congress, Weiner had more of a reputation as a fiery favorite of the cable news circuit than a legislator. Both men were initially dogged by questions about their past indiscretions, but only Spitzer managed to avoid a reprisal of the accusations that ended his political career in 2008. When a woman, Sydney Leathers, emerged in late July claiming that even after Weiner left Congress he engaged in an inappropriate relationship with her online by sending inappropriate pictures and messages, Weiner’s campaign began to unravel soon after.

Samsung opens doors to New York accelerator

The company has long been on the forefront of hardware advancements but has struggled with software. It’s vital for Samsung to hone its capabilities to differentiate its devices from others on the market, particularly as more companies turn to Android . In addition, more value likely will come from software and services in the future as smartphones and other products become commoditized. For Samsung, setting up an accelerator in New York is a logical step. The company’s North American headquarters are based in nearby Ridgefield Park, N.J., and executives often head to the city for meetings and events. In addition, New York has turned into a sort of mecca for technology startups. Silicon Alley, as it has become known, has drawn hundreds of millions of dollars of investment and has launched many popular products. Hundreds of startups have emerged in the city over the past several years, including hot names such as Tumblr, Foursquare, and Fab. David Eun, the head of Samsung’s Open Innovation Center, kicks off the company’s event to launch a new accelerator Monday in New York. (Credit: Shara Tibken/CNET) Samsung opened a similar accelerator in Silicon Valley in July, less than a year after it established its Open Innovation Center . Along with operating accelerators in Silicon Valley and New York, the group will make investments in early-stage companies, partner with startups, and acquire companies. Over the past year, the group has made 15 investments, and the Open Innovation Center drove the Boxee acquisition.

Lively New York mayoral primary race goes down to the wire

Polls were due to close at 9 p.m. EDT (0100 GMT) Voter Marvin Pasternaq, an accountant from Queens, said he was still undecided and planned to take full advantage of the late closing. “They all talk about jobs, housing and education, because that’s what the public wants to hear about,” he said. “But after Election Day, who’s going to deliver?” BULKY VOTING MACHINES At polling stations, voters griped about bulky 1960s-era mechanical voting machines that were breaking down and forcing the use of emergency ballots. One voter who had to use an emergency ballot was Lhota, when the lever machine broke at his Brooklyn polling station. “We’re going back to paper ballot? Are you kidding?” Lhota said before handing out cookies to poll workers. New York City Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner leaves a polling center after casting his The mechanical voting machines were retired after the 2009 election in favor of an electronic system with optical scanners. The state government, however, approved use of the old machines for the primary after the newer system caused delays in the vote count. The city Board of Elections said any voter facing a non-functioning machine could use an emergency ballot and said the lever machines had a 4.3 percent failure rate when last used. Two opinion polls on Monday showed de Blasio leading among the Democrats – 39 percent in a Quinnipiac survey and 36 percent in an NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll. “We expect a runoff, we’re ready for a runoff, and we’ve been planning all along for it,” de Blasio said when he voted.