Syracuse race draws Albany muscle

September 9, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A former aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo is working on an underdog campaign against the mayor of Syracuse in this week's Democratic primary.

The primary will decide whether Mayor Stephanie Miner survives her frosty year with Cuomo. She has criticized his pension-saving proposal.

Cuomo has refused to make an endorsement in the race. But records show a former Cuomo aide, Joseph Rossi, is working for the campaign of Miner's opponent Pat Hogan.

Campaign filings also show that the powerful lobbying firm where Rossi now works did consulting work. But the Hogan campaign says that was a filing error that will be fixed.

Rossi says he's had no contact with Cuomo in advising the Hogan campaign. Rossi says he's just trying to serve his community.

Neither Cuomo nor Miner responded to requests for comment

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