SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The violence on Syracuse's south side has prompted new calls for political action by one of the three candidates in this year's democratic mayoral primary.
Alfonso Davis complained that the West Corning Avenue shooting, the 16th homicide of the year in the city, again points up the need for beat patrols and more intensive community efforts by Syracuse Police, tactics that the administration has rejected.
Davis says concerns of the neighborhoods will continue to be ignored unless community residents band together to form an effective voting bloc.
"We have to let them know that we do matter. We have to let them know that change starts now, with us, by going to the polls and casting their ballot. That's what's going to make the difference," said Davis.
Davis and Common Councilor Patrick Hogan are challenging incumbent Stephanie Miner in the September 10th primary. Hogan also issued a statement, echoing the sentiments his fellow candidate.