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Miner delivers fifth State of the City address

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In her fifth State of the City address, Mayor Stephanie Miner focused on a lot of facets of the city. Topics ranged from economic development to public safety to pension smoothing. The mayor also talked about issues that have been making recent headlines including the future of Interstate 81. Our Iris St. Meran tells us what she had to say about that and other topics.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Interstate 81 divides portions of Syracuse. What to do to repair the aging roadway has also divided many people in the community.

In Mayor Stephanie Miner's State of the City address on Thursday evening, she called the information already provided to those who will be impacted by the changes "underwhelming."

Miner said, "We're going to be part of this process and I shared that with the [Department of Transportation] commissioner. We've participated in the process so far and we're going to continue to do that."

Her stance on this divisive issue has actually has many of the council members in agreement with her.

"It's very good to hear that the Mayor has followed through, has had discussions with the State DOT and other leaders. We must grab this opportunity. And as the Mayor said, this is not about just cars," said Syracuse Councilor At-Large Jean Kessner.

And the speech was also about how far the city has come. What a difference a year makes. One year ago the mayor's address outlined a significant budget gap and cuts that would be made to close it. This year there was no talk of any of that which was music to some councilor's ears.

Common Councilor Khalid Bey said, "It takes a lot of courage to make a lot of the tough changes, tough decisions that the administration has made and the council has supported over time. I give a lot of credit to the mayor and her staff for an excellent job in not only improving our fund balance, but just in the effort in economic development."

When asked why there was no talk about taxes the mayor said she didn't want people to miss the bigger picture of the city's financial condition. Miner said we'll learn more about her plans for taxes when she presents her budget in April.


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