Whether it was standing up to Destiny developer Bob Congel, having the courage to take on state leaders to kick-start the Joint Schools Construction Project or tackling crime with the increased use of police cameras, voters know they can count on Mayor Miner to take on their fights and win them. In eight years on the Common Council and now four as Mayor, Stephanie Miner has earned a reputation for being a tough and effective leader who takes an innovative approach to government and isn’t afraid to make the difficult decisions necessary to move Syracuse forward.“It’s really hard to believe four years has gone by. When I first ran for Mayor, people would tell me, over and over again, that Syracuse’s best days were behind us. Four years later, I can point to a track record that shows that isn’t the case.”
Stephanie Miner was elected as the 53rd Mayor of Syracuse, New York in 2009 and serves as Co-Chair of the New York State Democratic Committee. She is the first female mayor of any of New York’s big-five cities and she is seeking re-election in 2013.
Born April 30, 1970 in Syracuse to a nurse and an Army officer, Mayor Miner got her start in politics at an early age helping her Grandmother Cooney stuff and stamp envelopes at the family’s kitchen table. She would attend neighborhood meetings and fundraisers with her Grandmother and remained active in local politics throughout high school.
She attended Syracuse University, studying Political Science and Journalism and graduated magna cum laude in 1992. Following college, she joined Geraldine Ferraro’s 1992 campaign for United States Senate, serving as Assistant Upstate Coordinator. The Mayor then served as Central New York regional representative to then-Governor Mario Cuomo, before returning to the classroom to earn a law degree from SUNY Buffalo.
After law school, Mayor Miner began representing employees and unions, advocating for working men and women as a labor lawyer. In her first run for public office in 2001, she ran for one of Syracuse’s two at-large Common Council seats up for election. She placed first among four candidates. Her tough leadership on important city issues propelled her to re-election in 2005 when she again placed first among four candidates for the two seats.
In early 2009, Stephanie Miner began her campaign for Mayor of Syracuse. Believing Syracuse’s best days were ahead, she vowed to take on the status quo and re-invent city government to make it more accessible and transparent. After a tough four-way Democratic Primary and a three-way General Election, city voters elected her mayor.
As Mayor, Stephanie Miner has taken on Syracuse’s challenging fiscal crisis, streamlined the city’s permitting process which has led to record-breaking economic development. She has doubled down on investment in Say Yes to Education, which has helped send thousands of students to college and has implemented new and innovative strategies to address crime.
Former New York State Lieutenant Governor and noted municipal finance expert Richard Ravitch called her “smart as hell” and the New York Times described her as an “advocate for suffering cities.”“My re-election effort is about looking toward the future, about embracing ideas, about embracing innovation. It’s about looking at what we have done in the last four years and imagining what we can do in the next four years when the challenges are even bigger. There is no doubt that Syracuse is poised for great things.”
Stephanie Miner believes in Syracuse and the people who call it home. She believes everyone deserves a fair shot, no matter their income, gender, sexual orientation, or race, and she fights tirelessly to make sure everyone has a say in improving our community. Mayor Miner knows her first priority to stand up for the people of Syracuse; everything else comes second.
Through Mayor Miner’s decisive leadership, Syracuse is now a 21st Century city on the move.