Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.
#AskMayorMiner- the questions that weren’t answered
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner held a town hall on Tuesday, 10/29 at 12:30 pm for 1 hour. Frustrated that she answered only 1 of 10+ questions I sent in ahead of time, I decided to take a look at what other questions were asked that weren’t answered. Below is a mostly complete list, but the question that was asked the most was why Stephanie Miner didn’t take part in the OCC General Election debate and why she won’t debate now… a question that she brushed off.
Here are the questions:
- Do you plan on running your own Twitter account, like @SvanteMyrick?
- What is your highest economic development initiative priority?
- What’s your solution for deep poverty in Syracuse?
- What can your administration do to salvage rotting mansions in Near West Side?
- How will you revitalize Erie Boulevard?
- Is the SPD big enough?
- Is stop and frisk viable?
- Please define your program & successes in drawing employers to Syracuse.
- What are your five favorite things about Syracuse?
- Any plans for additional parking enforcement or changed policies?
- How come the #TwitterTownHall is going to be on @Syracuse1848 and not @MinerForMayor?
- Are you considering allowing TLC Ambulance to compete with RMMS for EMS services to the city? Is there an exclusivity contract?
- What do you read every day? @SyracuseDotCom? @NYTimes?
- What are your thoughts on a commuter tax?
- What is the city doing to preserve home ownership in the University area?
- What are your plans to increase @SyracuseU student engagement in the city?
- Do you intend to have a better working relationship in the future with the Council?
- Thoughts on mayoral control of @SyracuseSchools for concrete steps toward higher grad rates?
- Will you be seizing the Hotel Syracuse using eminent domain so it’s not a blight on the city?
- With 21 homicides this year, why not reinstate #Syrastat?
- What concrete steps are you taking to raise revenue, other than the voluntary payments?
Other topics that weren’t broached (but also weren’t asked):
- Closure of Station 7
Bucket List (2013 edition)
- Walk the Camino de Santiago (Spain)
- Walk the Shikoku Pilgrimage (Japan
- Visit Victoria Falls in Zambia (Zimbabwe)
- Attend a World Cup
- Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
- Attend a Full Moon Party (Koh Phangan, Thailand)
- Stay in the Burj Al Arab Hotel (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
- Scuba Dive in the Great Barrier Reef
- Attend the Monaco Grand Prix (Monte Carlo, Monaco)
- Run with the Bulls (Pamplona, Spain)
- Have a beer at Oktoberfest (Munich, Germany)
- St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Ireland
- Rock Climb in El Capitan (Yosemite, California)
- Go Skydiving
- Bungee Jump (Completed Summer 2006)
- Road trip through Route 66
- Hang glide over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Completed February 2009)
- Visit Machu Picchu
- Visit Every Continent
- Learn how to play guitar
- Play guitar for one hour on a city street in a foreign country
- Learn how to sail
- Sail from one country to another
- Go to the airport and board the first plane available
- Get an article published
- Become proficient at Arabic
- Start a company
- Donate more than $1,000 to an important cause
- Do something newsworthy
- Take dance lessons
- Speak in front of a crowd of more than 10,000 people
- Watch a Space Shuttle Launch
- Learn to Legitimately Play a Song on any Musical Instrument
- Spend New Year’s Eve in Times Square
- Walk a length of the Great Wall of China
- See Mt. Rushmore
- See the Northern Lights
- Go to all 50 U.S. States
- Go to the Summer Olympic Games
- Climb Chichen Itza
- Hike in the Grand Canyon
- Hike the Appalachians
- Read 52 book in 1 year
- Get married
Before you speak to me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other people; before you tell me how much you love your God, show me in how much you love all His children; before you preach to me of your passion for your faith, teach me about it through your compassion for your neighbors. In the end, I’m not as interested in what you have to tell or sell as I am in how you choose to live and give.
“The study of law can be disappointing at times, a matter of applying narrow rules and arcane procedure to an uncooperative reality; a sort of glorified accounting that serves to regulate the affairs of those who have power—and that all too often seeks to explain, to those who do not, the ultimate wisdom and justness of their condition.
But that’s not all the law is. The law is also memory; the law also records a long-running conversation, a nation arguing with its conscience.”