Syracuse's mayor says she wants another four years to continue her policies for city government. YNN's Bill Carey was at the launch of her re-election campaign at Syracuse's Inner Harbor and brings us more.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- There was some hope with the Miner camp that a bit of mystery might generate more buzz about any announcement. But in the end, there was little mystery about why the mayor had called supporters together.
“I am, officially, a candidate for re-election as mayor of the City of Syracuse,” said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner.
The themes for the campaign for a second term took shape at the event. One is a call for working together. A theme cemented by the man who introduced the mayor, Otis Jennings, who had been one of her opponents in her initial run in 2009.
Jennings said, “We need to bring every component of our city together. We all need to work together.”
Miner focused on tough economic times the city has faced during her time at the helm. Challenges she says will continue into a second term.
“I have been committed to do what is right. To make the tough decisions. To challenge the status quo. And to always be honest with you about where I stand and where we, as a city, stand,” Miner said.
Re-election is not an automatic thing. And there will be challenges ahead. Perhaps from within the mayor's own party.
Syracuse Common Councilor Patrick Hogan says he is considering a primary challenge. He has given no timetable for an announcement.
Republicans have floated several names of potential candidates, including State Senator John DeFrancisco and County Legislature Chairman Ryan McMahon. Both may be reluctant, though, to give up their current jobs for the race. Could the GOP end up backing Hogan's effort?
“If, for some reason, we can't find a republican to run, I would look at somebody, maybe it's a democrat, that we can find some common ground with and support that person for mayor of the City of Syracuse,” said Onondaga County Republican Chairman Thomas Dadey.
“Is Pat Hogan somebody you could find common ground with?” our reporter asked.
Dadey replied, “Pat Hogan has run with our support and our endorsement in the past.”
On day one of this new campaign, the mayor says she's ready for a fight.
Miner said, “Look, I welcome all challengers. I'm very excited. We have a great story to tell.”
A story that, she hopes, is far from its final chapter.
Stephanie Miner also serves as co-chair of the state democratic party. The state GOP noted her decision to seek a second mayoral term, saying her time and attention have been diverted by the state party job.
In a statement, the republicans said, “The people of Syracuse deserve a mayor focused less on Albany and more on Syracuse.”