City of Syracuse

Laura Lavine Falls Short, Ben Walsh Wins Mayoral Election

By Jonathan Singh, BDJ 664.02

Published on November 8, 2017

Laura Lavine comes up short in the Syacuse mayoral race. Ben Walsh comes out on top. Video produced by (c) 2017 Jonathan Singh.

SYRACUSE N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – In a mayoral race where various parties were competing for the top spot, it would be independent Ben Walsh who would come out on top. Walsh won the race and will be elected the 54th mayor in Syracuse’s history.

Republican Laura Levine finished in the fourth spot behind Walsh, Juanita Perez Williams, and Howie Hawkins.

Final result percentages:

  • Ben Walsh. (I, REF) – 54.3%
  • Juanita Perez Williams. (D) – 38.0%
  • Howie Hawkins. (G) 4.1%
  • Laura Lavine. (R) 2.5%
  • Joe Nicoletti. (WOR) 1.0%

Total votes per candidate: (11/07/ 11 p.m.)

  • Ben Walsh – 13,013
  • Juanita Perez Williams – 9,105
  • Howie Hawkins – 970
  • Laura Lavine – 589
  • Joe Nicoletti – 248

Lavine’s plans to increase the graduation rates in the inner city school districts, and increase law enforcement in the city of Syracuse will be on standby until she decides if she was to run again as a mayoral candidate.

“Right now all of my plans have to wait, lets hope our next mayor will make the right decisions that will benefit everyone in our city,” Lavine said.

Lavine is counting on the young Republicans in Syracuse and the students at Syracuse University to do what is in their favor.

“We are out matched in this liberal state, luckily enough for us, our youth is strong and I do believe that the right choices will be made by our community,” Lavine said.