Stephanie Miner wants to innovate

Democratic mayoral designee articulates a future for Syracuse:

Eight years ago this Senior Editor was alerted to a new face on the local political scene, but one that was anything but new to politics. Having cut her political teeth in Albany under the mentorship of then Governor Mario Cuomo, Stephanie Miner was announcing her candidacy for Common Councilor-at-Large. She won that year, and was reelected four years later, and established herself as a power player, especially as the most severe critic of Developer Robert Congel's efforts to create Destiny by the lake.

Then a resident of the Westcott Nation, she has since moved to Bradford Heights around the corner from Alfonso Davis and up the street from Otis Jennings, making it a neighborhood of contenders for this fall's mayoral election. Miner took a significant step toward her electoral goal last week by winning 73 percent of her party's city ward committees voting, over Davis and her major opponent Joe Nicoletti.

This week Miner returned to the Montgomery Street site of her first interview as a candidate in 2001, and reflected on her eight years in city government. She is prohibited by term limits from running again at-Large.

"What I have learned is that people are very open to ideas and innovation and change," she noted, "as long as you give them a chance to express their thoughts and ideas about the state of our community, so that there has to be as much give as there is take. I have found that over the past eight years, as long as you stay open to that process, and you make sure you do as much listening as you do talking - that by and large good things happen at the end of the process."

You've had a number of options to consider, moving on to run for another office, including state legislature. Why mayor?

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