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Outgoing Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner to teach at NYU next spring

CNYCentral file photo of Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner

Stephanie Miner, who is in the final months of her role as Syracuse Mayor, will teach at New York University next spring.

Miner will spend the spring semester at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service as a "Visiting Distinguished Urbanist," according to a release by her office.

“Serving as Mayor of Syracuse has been the greatest privilege of my professional life and I am forever grateful to the people of this city for allowing me to hold office. For the last eight years, we have tackled some of the most serious issues of our time and, while there is more work to be done, I am extremely proud of our record of achievement,” Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner said in a release. “I look forward to taking the lessons from Syracuse and bringing them into the classroom, teaching the next generation of urban scholars, political scientists, and government leaders who can build on the progress we have started. I am excited to enhance my relationships and learn more about the issues impacting people across New York State through the excellent scholarship of the Wagner School.”

A report by the NY Daily News suggests the teaching role does not eliminate the possibility of Miner challenging fellow Democrat and current New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in a primary for the governorship next fall; the report posits that the position at NYU may actually make Miner more well prepared to challenge Cuomo:

Supporters also have made note of the fact that the upstate Democrat’s time in New York City puts her close to would-be donors and key political insiders should she decide to challenge Cuomo in the primary in September.

Miner announced last week she will not challenge Rep. John Katko for his seat in Congress in 2018, but as of this writing has not ruled out a challenge against the governor.

Four people are currently campaigning to replace Miner, who is not able to run for a third term due to term limits.

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