- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - When a water main under a Syracuse street started leaking, the mayor was the one to call it in to the city’s public works department.

Mayor Stephanie Miner tells The Post-Standard of Syracuse (https://bit.ly/MmEkez ) that she was driving home around 6 p.m. Thursday when she noticed water gushing at an intersection on the city’s east side.

She called it in, and water department crews were dispatched to fix a 12-inch water main break that disrupted service to as much as 20 percent of Syracuse.

Miner says Syracuse’s aging network of water pipes is susceptible to ground shifts caused by freezing and thawing.

In late December, she wrote a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo seeking more than $16 million in extra state aid to pay for basic infrastructure, including water mains.

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