WHO WE ARE
Meet Stephanie Miner, candidate for governor, and Michael Volpe, candidate for lieutenant governor.
A life-long upstate resident, Stephanie Miner has been fighting for New Yorkers for decades. As two-term Mayor of Syracuse, she spurred economic development; directed rebuilding of local infrastructure; and created open data policies to fight corruption through increased voter transparency and better access to information.
Miner broke new ground as the first female Mayor of any major New York city. Elected at the height of the economic meltdown, she applied innovative and tech-oriented solutions to issues from rebuilding roads to repairing civic water mains to incentivizing construction of affordable housing for working families. She was named a “trailblazing woman” by the Northeast Women in Public Financing. In 2013, Syracuse voters reelected her to a second term as Mayor with over 68% of the vote.
Miner has consistently been an advocate for public education. As Syracuse Common Councilor, Stephanie Miner was instrumental in creating the groundbreaking Say Yes to Education program, which offered free or reduced college tuition for all graduates of Syracuse public high schools.
Prior to entering public office, Miner worked for ten years as a labor attorney with the firm of Blitman & King, representing both unions and employees.
Miner also served as the Central New York Regional Representative for Governor Mario Cuomo in 1994 and Upstate Coordinator for Geraldine Ferraro’s 1992 U.S. Senate campaign.
Stephanie Miner graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University and received a J.D. from SUNY Buffalo. She lives in her hometown of Syracuse with her husband John F.X. “Jack” Mannion and their dog Fig. She has fond childhood memories of her first foray into political activism, sitting at her grandmother’s kitchen table stuffing envelopes.
Lieutenant Governor candidate Mayor Michael J. Volpe brings to the campaign more than a dozen years of public service in local government marked by sound fiscal management, a commitment to transparency, and a record of forging solutions that transcend partisan politics.
Volpe currently serves as Mayor of the Village of Pelham in Westchester County where he has held the line on taxes, nearly quadrupling the village’s fund balance. Volpe repeatedly waived his salary as Mayor, at times using the savings to pay an intern to help with administrative duties and support the village’s Building Department.
Mayor Volpe is a partner with the international law firm, Venable LLP, where he heads the firm’s nationwide Labor & Employment practice group.
Volpe became civically active through youth soccer and little league, eventually joining the Pelham Civic Association. In 1999, he was elected to what would become two terms on the Pelham Town Council, after which he served as trustee and deputy mayor of the Village of Pelham. In 2015, the people of Pelham elected Volpe as mayor, and voted to re-elect him as mayor for a second term in 2017.
Mayor Volpe holds a B.A. from Hofstra, an M.S. from Cornell/CUNY (Baruch College) in Industrial Relations, and a J.D. from New York Law School.
Born and raised on Long Island in the City of Glen Cove, Volpe is the oldest of five siblings. He and his wife Eileen, a recently retired school nurse, are parishioners of St. Catherine’s. The Volpes have three adult children – Kelly, Matthew, and Marissa – and reside on Boulevard in Pelham with their faithful, rescue basset hound “Bubba.”
New Yorkers have been fed up with politics as usual for far too long. The system that is supposed to help the people, has failed them. We have both been committed to our parties, Mayor Miner a Democrat, Mayor Volpe a Republican. But sometimes in order to change the system you have to create a new path for real change to happen– that is why we are running as independents.
We are each frustrated by both political parties-and fed up with Albany tolerating bad people, bad behavior, bad policy, and bad politics. Currently our state government simply isn’t worthy of its citizens.
So we have decided to take a different path. We have decided to reach out to voters of both political parties who are angry and frustrated with what is going on in Albany – and in Washington – and to try a different approach to get things done together.
The Serve America Movement is supporting our campaign for Governor and we will be on the SAM ballot line on November 6th. SAM’s aim is to provide another option to voters, besides the Democratic and Republican parties. We strongly believe that the people deserve a new voice in politics and for New Yorkers to lead the way in defining this political alternative.
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