Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Assemblyman Keith Wright, D-Manhattan, have been tapped to serve as co-chairs of the state Democratic Committee, the party announced today.
The pair was picked by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the state’s highest ranking Democrat and the de facto head of the party. If approved by the committee, they would replace Jay Jacobs, who was appointed by then-Gov. David Paterson and announced last week he was stepping down.
“Mayor Miner and Assemblyman Wright are outstanding leaders both for our party and our state. They have been dedicated community leaders and champions of the key missions of the Democratic Party,” Cuomo said in a statement. “I thank them for agreeing to serve in these critical positions and look forward to working with them in their new roles.”
Miner was first elected as mayor in 2009, after previously serving on the city’s Common Council. Wright, meanwhile, has represented Harlem in the Assembly since 1992.
The Democratic Committee will vote on an amendment to its bylaws this week that would allow for co-chairs, instead of a single leader. Miner and Wright’s confirmation will be put to a vote June 5, according to the Dems.