About thirty women stood on the steps of city hall in Syracuse Monday with democratic leader Nancy McCarty, showing their support for Syracuse City Councilman Pat Hogan for mayor.
Led by McCarty, a former city councilwoman and school board commissioner, the women voiced their support for Hogan's educational platform which includes full-day pre-kindergarten. Joanne Batalia, a retired teacher's assistant with the Syracuse City Schools, said President Barack Obama came to Syracuse because the Say Yes to Education program has been somewhat successful.
"Out of all the students in high school, 2,500 have been allowed that money because they're the ones who can keep their scores up there, the rest of the students don't get their scores there, what are we doing to not have those students there? How do we meet their needs?" Batalia asked.
Nancy McCarty, a former city councilwoman and school board commissioner, says she's upset with New York State Democratic Party Co-Chairwoman and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner.
"Stephanie Miner chose not to take a stand for women and call on Silver, Lopez, Weiner and Spitzer to leave the public arena. There should be no place in the 21st century for this type of representation in the democratic party. Our daughters, all women, deserve better."
McCarty is referring to some of the scandals that have rocked Democrats like Sheldon Silver's sexual harassment settlement for Assemblyman Vito Lopez, Anthony Weiner's lewd picture sending and Eliot Spitzer paying a prostitute. Mayor Miner did an interview for public radio's "The Capitol Pressroom" about a month ago, saying she didn't think the candidacies of Weiner and Spitzer would do damage to the Democratic party's fundraising.