City of Syracuse 2009 Elections: The Bellevue Avenue Stakes Pt 1 of 7

It’s time for the Syracuse version of the Kentucky Derby. Imagine ladies decked out in their finest spring hats and men dressed in their best for this annual equestrian event. Traditional “derby” fare must be prepared: cheese grits, Kentucky Burgoo – a soup so thick you can stand a spoon in it, and bread pudding with bourbon sauce. The Kentucky Derby has a signature drink… you know, the Mint Julep.

For our event we’ll call our city of Syracuse elections The Bellevue Avenue Stakes; our drink called the S.O.L, Sludge of Onondaga Lake. The following ingredients make the perfect “drank” to create the atmosphere for the upcoming campaign.

Sludge of Onondaga Lake – AKA S.O.L.
(The official “drank” of the 2009 Syracuse Elections)


1 1/2 oz. Blue Curacao
1 1/2 oz. dark rum
1 1/2 oz. tequila
1/2 cup(s) fresh fruit (kiwi, watermelon, honeydew, etc.)
1/2 can(s) limeade (frozen)
1/2 can(s) strawberries (frozen)

Blend till smooth. Depending on the type of fruit, the color can range from a Crappy Brown to Blue-Green Algae, yum! The drink was inspired by what was once the nation’s most polluted lake. Enjoy. (This drink is in a few bartending guides.)

The candidates, er, uhm, horses, are at the starting gate …They’re at the post.

And they’re off and pacing on a fast track and out to an early lead is Syracuse Common Council President Bea Gonzalez on Miguel. On her heals is former Common Councilor Joe Nicolletti on Hanna, and next is Van Robinson on Elmer- the- Glue- Horse, making an early break in between the leaders.

A late entry by Republicans, former model, educator, and parks commish Otis Jennings, rides Ty-ra-Banks. Another Democrat, consultant and community activist Alfonso Davis, appears out of nowhere riding Star Buck, a two-year-old gelding from Tully. At the gate closest to the rail is Bill Ryan on Street Fightin’ Man. And right in the middle of everything is Syracuse Councilor-at-Large Stephanie Minor, riding sidesaddle on Temperament, a runaway mule.
But wait, there’s been a late scratch! Replacing the hobbled candidate is Khalid Bey on Sheik-it-up. Bey is a late entry in The Bellevue Stakes, as he runs for Councilor-at-Large.

As they head towards the first turn on this beautiful spring night, from the far side of the track comes….

Stay informed – look for the next installment of The Bellevue Avenue Stakes online at or in your weekly City Eagle