SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A top state official says Syracusans should keep Stephanie Miner as mayor. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli endorsed the incumbent, who faces a three way primary in two weeks for the democratic mayoral nomination.
"She is someone who rolls up her sleeves, throws herself into the work, has the right vision for this city, is willing to challenge me on issues where she thinks our office could be more effective or more helpful. I'm just so impressed by her style of leadership," DiNapoli said.
One of Miner's opponents in the September 10th runoff is dismissing the DiNapoli endorsement. Common Councilor Pat Hogan says the Comptroller's visit raises questions similar to those he's raised about the mayor's travels in recent weeks.
"You know, he's up here, supposedly on state business, and he decides to endorse the mayor. I don't know how many votes that will win her in Eastwood or the Valley or Tipperary Hill, but, you know, it's combining political business with government business, which is, you know, sort of in the gray area," Hogan said.
A group calling itself "Women for Hogan" blasted the mayor for her silence as state democratic co-chair on a variety of sex scandals involving male, democratic candidates.
The group also says Stephanie Miner should speak out against the role played by Speaker Sheldon Silver in arranging settlements of sexual harassment cases in the State Assembly.