By Tom Precious
ALBANY -- State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli today endorsed Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner for re-election in her September primary race.
DiNapoli, a Democrat whose office has been having some tussles of late with Cuomo administration agencies, called Miner the kind of leader needed in tough fiscal times "and a political environment that seems to favor confrontation over consensus building.''
Miner, whom Cuomo tapped in 2012 as co-chairwoman of the state Democratic Party, surprised Democrats and made statewide headlines earlier this year when she publicly condemned some fiscal ideas proposed by Cuomo. Indeed, she went further in her criticisms than even many Republican state lawmakers.
Richard Azzopardi, asked about Cuomo endorsing his co-chair of the party in her Syracuse race, said: "To date, we have not made any endorsements in any primaries statewide. As in past years, endorsements, if made, will be done at the appropriate time.'' The governor has not formally endorsed a candidate in mayoral races from Buffalo to New York City.