SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The three democratic candidates for mayor in Syracuse shared the same stage on Wednesday night. Some of the biggest issues facing the city were discussed as each candidate tried to sway voters. The forum was hosted at the WCNY studios in Syracuse.
Candidates expressed their views about crime in the city, the building financial crisis in Syracuse and what can be done to spruce up city neighborhoods. Another big topic was each candidate's vision for downtown.
"You attract businesses to want to come downtown. As a mayor, you have to go in and seek it. You have to reach out to companies, corporations who are interested in coming to your city and you have to sell your city," said candidate Alfonso Davis.
"You have to have somebody who's a manager in charge of downtown. Somebody who can allocate all their resources. Because the dynamics of downtown are changing. It's becoming a residential neighborhood. People are living downtown and that means it has to be 24-7," said candidate Pat Hogan.
"We have seen more and more businesses moving from the suburbs into downtown. You have the lowest vacancy rate in downtown of any neighborhood. It is exploding there and it is all good news," said Mayor Stephanie Miner.
The Syracuse mayoral primary will be held in less than two weeks on September 10th.