Business owner, community activist named Syracuse Woman of the Year

Mayor Miner with Daryl Files, the Syracuse 2013 Woman of the Year

Syracuse's 2013 Woman of the Year is a retired North Side business owner, community organizer, and activist. Mayor Miner announced Daryl Files as the recipient of this year's award.

"Daryl Files is a champion of many causes and the North Side is a better place because of her," said Miner.

Files was recognized Wednesday afternoon for her work in the community and women's empowerment. Recently she worked to revitalize the Butternut Street Corridor and she established the Tapestry Garden.

While she said wasn't interested in getting all the attention, she said it is important for people to be recognized. She said her accomplishments come from overcoming her fears.

"For women at home, get off your butt and do something. We have enough people that talk about things and they go to meetings and they talk about the reasons it won't work. I don't do any of that. It will work. However, you have to take action and participate," said Files.