Updated 05/23/2012 03:42 PM
Syracuse mayor criticized for new party post
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse's mayor is under fire from a familiar source for taking on new responsibilities with the state Democratic Party.
Miner and Manhattan Assemblyman Keith Wright will serve as co-chairs of the party, heading into the 2012 election season.
Now, the head of Onondaga County's Republican Party says Miner should be devoting all of her time to the mayor's job and not be sidetracked by politics. Tom Dadey says he doubts the mayor can do both jobs.
Dadey said, “The city has big concerns coming down the pike. They're very close to having a control board. People can't afford the taxes that they pay. There's pension issues. There are other state mandates that are coming down the pike. So it's a challenging time to be the leader of a municipality and her focus, and sole focus, should be on being the mayor of Syracuse and not being some political hack.”
Accepting the new party post, Miner said it would be a part time position and would not interfere with her job as mayor.