Quoting unidentified sources, Ken Lovett of the Daily News wrote Monday that Mayor Miner would be stepping down as co-chair of the New York State Democratic Party. Mayor Miner says she has no plans to resign. Michelle Breidenbach of Syracuse.com breaks it all down with links to stories that give the background of what looks like a growing breach between Miner and the Governor Cuomo. It all started with what many call an ill-advised opinion piece The New York Times published last week. In it, Mayor Miner criticized Governor Cuomo for his “pension smoothing” proposal, calling it s a “budget gimmick.” She has little support from fellow mayors around the state. Neither the New York State Conference of Mayors or the Association of Counties have not endorsed Miners op-ed. Here’s Breidenbach’s story:
A New York Daily News story Monday quoted anonymous sources close to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who said they thought the end could be near for Miner’s statewide political leadership role. They used the phrase “taken down at the knees” to describe Cuomo’s wrath.
The story said there is no plan to force Miner out, but that she would step down and say she wants to focus on her re-election campaign.
“I have no plans on resigning,” Miner said Monday afternoon.
Miner said she has not had any conversations with Cuomo’s staff since last week, when she called to give the governor’s staff a heads up that she would be criticizing him in The New York Times.
Last week, Miner wrote an op-ed piece that called Cuomo’s pension proposal an accounting gimmick and said the state lacks leadership.
Miner said that she does intend to support the governor when he runs for re-election and she believes he will be a strong candidate.
She said the statewide attention to her letter is a good thing. Over the weekend, she has had more phone calls, text messages, notes stuck in her mailbox and even messages given to her mother to relay to her.
She characterizes it as a healthy debate about fiscal issues.
She quoted Arthur Miller, in ‘Death of a Salesman.:’ “Attention must be paid” to the plight of our cities.
“I think that is one of the roles that I have as mayor of this city,” she said.
See previous coverage:
New York Daily News: Clock is ticking on Miner’s leadership
Republican consultant to Mayor Stephanie Miner: ‘I’m in love’
Standing alone, Syracuse mayor confronts the governor
Syracuse councilor to Cuomo: Sorry about our mayor
Mayor Miner risks Cuomo’s wrath with letter
What they’re saying about Miner’s shot at the governor: Guts or unhelpful?