SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse's unusually high homicide rate is becoming a key topic in the mayoral race. Green Party candidate Kevin Bott says Mayor Stephanie Miner in not equipped to solve the problem of crime in the city.
So far this year, Syracuse has seen 21 homicides. That's up from 14 the last two years and just short of the recent high of 24 seen back in 2008.
Miner said following a homicide this past summer that she plans to install more cameras in high crime areas.
Bott says his background working in downstate prisons since 2005 makes him qualified to tackle the problem. A big component of his plan would focus on reorganizing the police department.
Bott said, "It's more than simply more boots on the streets. Community policing, if embraced fully, empowers the community, and it empowers police officers to do more than simply crack down on crime. It's really a tool that brings the community and the police department into partnership as social problem solvers."
Ian Hunter is also in the Syracuse mayoral race, running on the Conservative Party line.