Syracuse mayor says she'll quit as state Dem co-chair

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ALBANY - Stephanie Miner tells Newsday she is resigning as chairwoman of the state Democratic Party.

The Syracuse Mayor said her decision has nothing to do with her disagreements with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Miner says that she feels she had a successful two-year run as co-chairwoman of the state party. She says it is now time for her to step aside and for the party to move on.

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Miner famously opposed Cuomo's pension plan in a New York Times opinion piece. Cuomo had said the idea would save municipalities money during a fiscal crisis, but Miner said it was simply kicking the problem down the road.

Miner had also questioned Cuomo's other proposals and what she saw as a lack of proposals to help municipalities and their taxpayers get on stronger fiscal footing.
She led an effort with many local officials to stop unfunded, mandated programs from Albany at a time when few Democrats questioned the governor's proposals.
The other co-chairman is Assemb. Keith Wright (D-Manhattan).

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