Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner last night on Capital Tonight called the financial crunch her city faces indicative of a statewide problem that leaders in Albany need to focus on.

Miner, the state Democratic Party co-chairwoman, wrote in The New York Times on Thursday that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s pension smoothing proposal that would allow local governments to lock in stable rates now against future savings should be rejected by lawmakers and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

“Let’s follow our best angels and let’s be problem solvers and do what the people elected us to do,” she told Liz in the interview.

The op/ed was eyebrow-raising because of both Miner’s role as a political ally of Cuomo’s and also the sharp rebuke of the proposal she wrote amounted to an “accounting gimmick.”

Cuomo aides, including State Operations Director Howard Glaser, struck back yesterday, suggesting that Miner isn’t willing to deal with her budget problems on her own and is simply asking for more state aid.

But Miner disagrees, saying the leadership needs to come from the Capitol.

“I’ve been very clear. I’m not asking for a bailout. What I’m asknig for is all the stakeholders to get together to say that we need to solve this problem,” she told Liz in an interview. “This is not just a Syracuse problem. Clearly that’s where I’m most interested, this is a New York state problem and thus we need the state to provide leadership and I think they can.”

Miner also took issue with the suggestion somehow she caused the fiscal mess in Syracuse. First elected to the mayor’s office in 2009, Miner said her largest expenses can’t be contained on the local level.

“Seventy percent of my pension costs are police and fire. Those regulations are set directly by the state,” she said.

In a seperate interview with The Post-Standard of Syracuse, Miner said she had told Cuomo aide Joe Percoco in advance that the op/ed would run in The Times. Percoco, she said, was not pleased.

On Capital Tonight, Miner said she had not been asked to step down from her political role, but admitted that the disagreement is “difficult on both sides.”

“I don’t think it’s a political battle. I think it’s a policy debate,” she said. “I think it’s a robust discussion and that’s what my job as a leader of the city of Syracuse is do. The governor knew when we asked me he knew that when he asked me and he said that was going to be strength when he asked me to be co-chair of the state Democratic Party.”