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Miner out as co-chair of state Democratic Party?

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner's says she has no plans on resigning from her leadership role in the state Democratic Party despite reports that she may be on the way out.

Miner, who was hand-picked to be co-chair of the State Democratic Party by Governor Cuomo, has publicly criticized the governor for his proposed budget plan.

In an article published Monday in The Daily News, several Albany insiders were cited as saying that Miner may be removed from the position or could resign on her own. Miner herself has denied this report and sources close to Cuomo say there are no plans to force her out.

In a statement, the mayor continued her quest to revisit the budget situation, saying:

“I respect Governor Cuomo and his leadership. He has successfully advocated for a litany of issues in his time as New York’s chief executive and I appreciate those efforts. The fiscal plight of our municipalities is another where Governor Cuomo can showcase his strong leadership for the benefit of New Yorkers.

By the measure of the Governor’s own budget division, 437 local governments are defined as ‘distressed.’ This is not an acceptable situation for mayors, supervisors, and county executives across our state. We need the Governor to convene the leaders of municipal governments, unions, businesses, the Comptroller, the legislature, and other relevant parties together to discuss real solutions to the crisis facing the City of Syracuse and municipal governments across New York State.”

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