is a leading national expert on public finance and infrastructure and served as the 53rd Mayor of Syracuse, New YorkContact Stephanie
Stephanie A. Miner is a leading national expert on public finance and infrastructure and served as the 53rd Mayor of Syracuse, New York. As the first woman to lead one of New York’s ‘Big 5’ cities, she served the people of Syracuse from 2010 through 2017. She was named a Visiting Distinguished Urbanist at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service in the spring of 2018. Miner was also appointed to serve as a director on the board of the Volcker Alliance.
Prior to taking office, Miner recognized the precarious financial situation the city of Syracuse held. With this understanding, she began the difficult task of right-sizing city government and consolidating various services. She has taken a leading role in the discussion of municipal finance across New York State. In 2013, she was named a trailblazing woman in public finance by the Northeast Women in Public Finance.
The Mayor made infrastructure a major priority of her administration with hundreds of miles of aging water mains and roads maintained by her administration. She attended the Clinton Global Initiative America Conference in both 2014 and 2015 to discuss infrastructure for cities and states. She met with members of Congress and submitted testimony before the United States Senate and New York State legislature detailing the infrastructure needs of the city of Syracuse. She served as a member of Rebuild New York Now, a coalition of construction trades, business owners, and elected officials.
Recognizing that the challenges facing Syracuse could only be solved through substantive and innovative thinking, she focused on recruiting top talent, establishing the first-ever Mayor’s Office of Innovation in 2015 using a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Under her leadership, the office tackled addressed issues related to infrastructure and expanding economic opportunity.
The Greater Syracuse Property Development Corporation, one of the first Land Banks in New York State, was created by the Mayor to expedite the sale and redevelopment of vacant and tax delinquent properties. The Land Bank was developed with the assistance of IBM, which named Syracuse one of 100 Smarter Cities. That distinction came with a $400,000 grant in 2011 and institutional support to develop solutions to fixing blighted housing.
Miner led the effort to develop the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority to create greater efficiencies at the Hancock International Airport, attracting new airlines and working with local businesses to make the airport a successful tool for the local economy. The Mayor also began a $60 million renovation of the airport.
The Joint Schools Construction Board was revamped, and under her leadership as Chair, the Mayor oversaw a multi-million-dollar effort to rebuild and remodel Syracuse City School District buildings. Four schools were totally renovated during Phase I and Phase II was authorized to include $300 million of individual projects at up to 15 schools.
Miner first came to office as a Syracuse Common Councilor-at-Large after winning citywide election in 2001 when she was 31 years old. Re-elected to the Council in 2005, she received the most votes of any candidate on the ballot; including the incumbent mayor. As a Common Councilor, she championed legislation that provided $1 million in initial funding to Say Yes to Education, a program that provides necessary support services for Syracuse City School District students and promises free or reduced college tuition to students who graduate from city high schools.
She attended Syracuse University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Political Science and Journalism in 1992. After college, she worked as the Assistant Upstate Coordinator for the Geraldine Ferraro for US Senate campaign and then served as the Central New York Regional Representative for Governor Mario Cuomo. In 1999, Miner earned her JD from SUNY Buffalo and began working at Blitman & King, LLP as a labor lawyer, representing unions and employees.