A Campbell Debate: Should a metropolitan government be created for Onondaga County?

Apr 23, 2017

The principal recommendation of the final report of the Consensus Commission on Local Government Modernization is to establish a new municipal form of government for Onondaga County, with a single executive and a 33-seat legislature. While public forums and town hall meetings have been held to discuss the report, and the proposal has been both criticized and defended in the media, missing is a direct exchange between opposing views, with opportunities for challenge and rebuttal. Moderated by Campbell Institute Director and Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher, this debate will provide that exchange.

This is an Oxford-style debate where participants argue in favor or against a proposition. The proposition for this debate: This House Supports Establishing a Metropolitan Form of  Government for Onondaga County.

Arguing in favor of the proposition are William Byrne, Chairman of the Board of Byrne Dairy, and Jim Walsh, Government Affairs Counselor at K&L Gates LLP and former member of Congress from central NY. 

Arguing against the proposition are Bob Antonacci, Onondaga County Comptroller, and Stephanie Miner, Mayor of Syracuse.

Full video of the debate is below, courtesy of the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.