minerFrom the Morning Memo:

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner sharply criticized Republican freshman Rep. John Katko, tying him to recent GOP-led votes on defunding Planned Parenthood and cutting food stamps.

Katko, a Republican who unseated Democratic incumbent Dan Maffei last year, broke with his party on a vote to cut funding to Planned Parenthood (as did neighboring GOP Rep. Richard Hanna, a supporter of abortion rights).

Nevertheless, Miner blasted House Republicans for the Planned Parenthood vote, which came amid a broader fight over federal spending, but is now unlikely to lead to a government shutdown as House Speaker John Boehner prepares to step down.

“I think it’s disingenuous to have the House attack Planned Parenthood and say this is about abortion when it’s really about access to women’s health care, and I think for us to get a better government to get a more representative government, we need more people standing up and calling out,” she said in a Capital Tonight interview.

Still, Miner’s criticism of Katko was linked to her more general concern over the role of government. Miner has been pushing state and federal officials to take a greater interest in funding public infrastructure projects in cities across the state as Syracuse’s own streets and water and sewer systems crumble.

“When you cut federal housing money and we can’t afford to build as many affordable housing units, we are going to have a problem with homelessness,” Miner said. “There are causes and effects. And it is not intellectually honest to just look at the effect and not say that there’s a cause there as well. Unfortunately, what we’re seeing at local governments is that the federal government’s policies and the state government’s policies, they’ve walked away from the cities and then they say: You need to do something about this.”

At the same time, Miner, a former Democratic Party co-chair, once again insisted she isn’t interesting in running for the seat next year, which has changed hands between the two parties with regularity over the last several election cycles.

“I’ve already said, I said I think a couple months ago, that I’m not running for Congress,” she said. “But my job is to be an advocate and to reprezsent the people of my city.”

At the moment, Katko’s sole Democratic challenger for the central New York Congressional district is Eric Kingson, a professor at Syracuse University.