Syracuse Mayor appoints 24 people to 'Stadium Task Force'

      The Mayor of Syracuse has announced the members named to a newly formed 'Stadium Task Force' to examine how, or if, to move forward with plans to build a new downtown stadium that could replace the Carrier Dome.

      "Any project concerning Syracuse University athletics is bound to generate interest and conversation in our community," Mayor Stephanie Miner said in a prepared news release. The Mayor did not indicate when the panel would meet. Considering the various people named to it, there is good reason to believe it would be difficult to get all the parties together in one place.

      City Hall says the task force will study the impact any proposed new stadium would have on nearby neighborhoods, municipal infrastructure, and economic development. Recently, Mayor Miner effectively put the breaks on a project that had been in the works between the Sate and Onondaga County. The Governor willing to invest $200 million in state dollars because of the planned extensive redevelopment of the area where Kennedy Square apartments once stood. Several blocks of land between Fayette Street and Erie Boulevard sit vacant.

      The task force will be chaired by Benjamin Walsh, the Mayor's Deputy Commissioner for Neighborhood and Business Development.

      The other people named to the panel are:

      Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor

      Hon. Joanne M. Mahoney, County Executive, Onondaga County

      Kent D. Syverud, Chancellor & President, Syracuse University

      Dr. Gregory Eastwood, Interim President, Upstate Medical University

      Housing Visions Unlimited (Designee: Karen Jones, neighborhood resident)

      Kenyon Craig, President, Housing Visions Unlimited

      George Curry, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, SUNY ESF

      Carolyn Evans-Dean, Community Activist

      Robert Haley, Director, CNY Chapter, American Institute of Architects

      Pastor Daren Jaime, People's AME Zion Church

      Julius Lawrence, Community Activist

      Rebecca Livengood, Member, City of Syracuse Planning Commission

      Joseph O'Hara, Executive Director, PEACE, Inc.

      CenterState CEO (Designee: Allen Naples, CNY Regional President, M&T Bank)

      David Mankiewicz, East Genesee Street Regents Association / University Hill Corporation

      Robert Doucette, Partner, Paramount Realty Group

      Hon. John A. DeFrancisco, New York State Senate

      Hon. David J. Valesky, New York State Senate

      Hon. William B. Magnarelli, New York State Assembly

      Hon. Samuel D. Roberts, New York State Assembly (Designee: Bobby Gaulden, neighborhood resident)

      Hon. Linda Ervin, Onondaga County Legislature

      Hon. Helen Hudson, Majority Leader, Syracuse Common Council (Designee: Hon. Pamela Hunter, Syracuse Common Council)

      Hon. Chad Ryan, Syracuse Common Council