Ithaca's mayor has been named to the NY leadership team of presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton

ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick has been named to the New York state leadership team of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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Syracuse.com’s Mark Weiner reports today that Clinton has named the “key leaders” for her New York campaign — a group of more than 100 called the “Hillary for New York Leadership Council.”

The council includes big names in the state’s Democratic politics like Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

The campaign team amounts to a slew of prominent endorsements from Clinton, reports the New York Observer.

“If endorsements and electoral history are any guide–and usually, they are–Hillary Clinton has New York in the bag,” writes Ross Barkan.

Ithaca’s mayor has been named to the NY leadership team of presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton
Ithaca’s mayor has been named to the NY leadership team of presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton

“… New Yorkers will head to the polls to vote in the Democratic primary next April. Some pundits expect the race will be decided by then.”

Myrick’s involvement in Clinton’s campaign comes despite strong support in Ithaca for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

As the Ithaca Voice reported earlier this month, Sanders has raised about three times as much money from Ithaca residents than any other presidential candidate, according to federal records.

Capital New York notes that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio was not among the prominent Democratic officials in the state named to the leadership group.

“De Blasio, who managed Clinton’s campaign for Senate in 2000 and is currently trying to position himself as a national-level liberal validator, has very publicly declined to endorse Clinton’s presidential campaign, saying that he needs to hear more about the candidates’ agendas first,” Capital New York says.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.