Mayor presents unprecedented challenges for cities at next session of IRP

The Jan. 17 session of the Institute for Retired People (IRP) will feature Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner. Miner will discuss the challenges the city faces and what needs to be done to address them.

Miner attended Syracuse University, graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism in 1992. After college, she worked as the assistant upstate coordinator for Geraldine Ferraro for U.S. Senate, and then served as Central New York Regional Representative to Gov. Mario Cuomo in 1994. In 1999, Miner earned her juris doctorate from SUNY-Buffalo and began working at Blitman & King, LLP as a labor lawyer, representing unions and employees.

Miner became a Syracuse common councilor-at-large in 2002, and was re-elected in 2005. During her tenure on the council, Miner established a reputation as a principled leader who asks tough questions. This led the Syracuse Post-Standard to endorse Mayor Miner’s 2009 candidacy for mayor.

The IRP program runs from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., and is free and open to the public. IRP sessions are held at the First Baptist Church of Syracuse, 5833 East Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville. For more information, visit, call 315-443-4846, or e-mail