Syracuse democrats slam Mayor Miner as they make bids for primary

Lance Denno introduces Pat Hogan

The day before candidates can begin their petition drives, the Democratic primary in Syracuse is heating up.

On Monday, Syracuse Councilor Pat Hogan announced he will run against Democrat incumbent Stephanie Miner for Mayor of Syracuse.

Hogan made the announcement surrounded by supporters in front of Fire Station #7 on East Fayette Street. Mayor Miner recently ordered that the fire station be closed as to save $1.6 million per year.

Hogan called the closing a "new testimony of failed policies" of the Miner administration.

"Cuts to the City Fire Department that imperil Public Safety, closing of the Ida Benderson Senior Center and a non-existent Police presence in many of our City neighborhoods are just a few examples of how the current administration has failed to put the good people of Syracuse first. Instead their emphasis is pushing for tax breaks for the wealthy and influential, "said Hogan.

Also announcing their candidacy for the primary were Syracuse Councilor Lance Denno and lawyer Louisa Levine who is running for City Court Judge. Both failed to receive the endorsement of the Syracuse Democratic Committee.

The Miner campaign issued a statement calling the announcements by the three candidates a "slap in the face to city Democrats."

Miner's campaign manager, Kyle Madden, also raised the possibility that the trio intend to run as Republicans. "City Democrats deserve to know if this alternative field of candidates will deceive them, pull a bait-and-switch at the last minute and run as Republicans," said Madden.

Hogan told CNY Central's Jim Kenyon, "I've been a Democrat all my life. It's a ridiculous assumption that we would circulate petitions all summer and at the end seek a Republican endorsement. It is far-fetched."

The third candidate in the Democratic primary for mayor is Alfonso Davis, who also ran in 2009. Davis described Miner as an "attack dog. Her leadership has been divisive."

Davis told Kenyon that, "I have the ability and leadership to bring this City together."

Davis predicted that if Stephanie Miner is re-elected, "in less than 2 years this City will be bankrupt, just like Detroit."

The candidates have until July 11th to gather at least 1,000 names on petitions in hopes of appearing on the September 10th primary ballot.