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Syracuse Mayoral Candidates Discuss Sustainability in Debate at City Hall Commons

Oct 27, 2017
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Syracuse’s four mayoral candidates squared off for another debate Friday, this one moderated by WAER News at City Hall Commons. 

The theme was “sustainability,” and Howie Hawkins, Laura Lavine, Ben Walsh and Juanita Perez Williams offered their thoughts on how it figures into a wide range of topics.

The Green Party’s Howie Hawkins is never short of ideas, all of them progressive and some might say a bit radical.  So it might seem the Consensus Commission’s sweeping new recommendations for modernizing local government would fit his agenda.  But Hawkins has mixed reviews…

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The four candidates for Syracuse mayor acknowledge the city's future hinges on the city school district on many levels, from reducing poverty to attracting families. But they each have different perceptions on how schools are performing. Republican Laura Lavine is calling for mayoral control of the district. The career educator and administrator says it's what voters ask about the most.

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Democrat Joe Nicoletti is suspending his campaign after last week’s defeat by Juanita Perez-Williams, also a Democrat.  Nicoletti made the announcement at Perez-Williams' campaign headquarters on Monday.  He had the option of continuing because he was endorsed by the Working Families Party in addition to his own party.  Nicoletti asked for voters who supported his message of a better Syracuse to come on board.

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What’s next for the Democratic Committee of Onondaga County after their designated candidate for Syracuse Mayor lost Tuesday's primary?  Committee Chair Mark English feels the outcome doesn’t mean that the committee was off course in their thinking.

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Democrats choose Jaunita Perez Williams as their nominee in the Syracuse race for mayor over the candidate party leaders choose earlier this summer.  Williams out-polled Joe Nicoletti by a 52% to 34% margin.  Marti Masterpole, the third candidate on the ballot drew about 10% of the vote in Tuesday’s primary. 

Perez Williams expressed her pride in the city, and sounded a theme of collaboration.  The former city attorney and Cuomo administration official says Syracuse welcomed her decades ago, and she wants everyone to feel the same way.