Stephanie Miner

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Stephanie A. Miner
Co-Chairperson of the New York State Democratic Committee
In office
June 2012 – April 2014
Preceded by David Pollack (2006)
Succeeded by Position abolished
53rd Mayor of Syracuse
Assumed office
January 1, 2010
Preceded by Matt Driscoll (D)
Member of Syracuse Common Council
In office
January 1, 2002 – December 31, 2009
Personal details
Born (1970-04-30) April 30, 1970 (age 44)
Syracuse, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) John F.X. Mannion[1]
Residence Syracuse, New York
Alma mater Syracuse University (B.A.)
University at Buffalo Law School (J.D.)
Occupation Attorney, Politician

Stephanie Ann Miner (born April 30, 1970) is an attorney, Democratic politician, and current mayor of Syracuse, New York, the first female mayor to serve in office.


Miner was born in Syracuse, New York, to R. Edward Miner, MD, a physician and retired army officer, and Dianne Cooney, a nurse and current dean of the Wegman School of Nursing at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York.[1][2] Miner attended high school in Homer, New York, where she was senior class president and voted most likely to succeed.[3] She received her B.A., magna cum laude, in journalism and political science from Syracuse University in 1992, and her J.D. from the University at Buffalo Law School in 1999.[1][4][5][6]

In 1994, she served as a regional representative for then-governor of New York Mario Cuomo. Upon graduating from law school, she was hired at the Syracuse law firm Blitman and King LLP, where she worked until resigning in March to focus on her mayoral campaign.[1][2] Miner began her political career in 2001, when she was elected to the Syracuse Common Council. She was re-elected in 2005.[7]

Mayor of Syracuse[edit]

In 2009 Miner defeated Republican Steve Kimatian, 50%–39%, in the November 3rd general election, and is the city's first female leader.[8][9] Miner served as a Councilor-At-Large on the Syracuse Common Council from 2002 to 2009.[1]

On May 7, 2012, Miner stated that she would not spend $2 million unanimously added to the city budget by the Common Council to increase funds for schools, build a downtown senior center and create a small business fund.[10]

Miner did not receive an endorsement from either New York Governor Andrew Cuomo or Lt. Governor Robert Duffy in the 2013 Democratic Primary of the Syracuse Mayor's race. Miner publicly broke with Cuomo on his proposal to stabilize rising pension costs earlier this year.[11][12]

Occupy Syracuse[edit]

Miner ordered police to evict Occupy Syracuse from Perseverance Park on January 19, 2012,[13] citing the lack of permits for permanent structures.[14] The initial reason for eviction was cited as "temptation to use propane space heaters inside tents", though when repeated fire department inspections yielded no violations,[15] the mayor changed her justification for eviction to the lack of structure permits. The New York Civil Liberties Union opposed the eviction, arguing that it was unnecessary, an infringement on free speech rights and calling for an arrangement to be worked out between city officials and Occupy Syracuse.[16]


  1. ^ a b c d e Central New York (2009-04-16). "A Closer Look at Syracuse Mayoral Candidates -". Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  2. ^ a b Miner Follows Family Tradition for Dems - DemocracyWise[dead link]
  3. ^ Dick Blume / The Post Standard. "Syracuse mayoral candidate Stephanie Miner saves the intensity for issues important to the city". Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  4. ^ Stephanie Miner, Bio - DemocracyWise[dead link]
  5. ^ "Stephanie Miner". Linkedin. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  6. ^ "UBT Class Notes". Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  7. ^ Meet Stephanie -[dead link]
  8. ^ Central New York (2009-11-03). "Syracuse elects Miner as next mayor; she becomes City Hall's first woman in top job". Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  9. ^ Vote 2009 Results -
  10. ^ Mike Greenlar / The Post-Standard. "Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says she won't spend $2 million council added to budget". Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  11. ^  . "Cuomo endorses mayoral candidate - YNN". Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  12. ^ Rick Moriarty. "A hug for Mayor Miner, but no endorsement, from Lt. Gov. Duffy". Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  13. ^; Occupy Syracuse Eviction
  14. ^ Mike Greenlar / The Post-Standard. "Miner evicts Occupy Syracuse". Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  15. ^; Fire Official Confirms 'No violations' at Occupy Syracuse camp
  16. ^ "". Retrieved 2013-09-07. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Matt Driscoll
Mayor of Syracuse, NY
Succeeded by