Eleven months ago, Binghamton City Council was sworn in for its new term in office. Wednesday, lawmakers gathered for their final meeting of the year. YNN's Chris Whalen takes a look back at 2012 and what lies ahead for the board in 2013.
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- In Binghamton, 2012 marked the first time in four years Republicans had a voice on the City's lawmaking board. Three Republicans took office after a full term of representation by all Democrats.
For four of the seven members, it's the first time they've served on Council.
"I can't believe it's been a year already. I think we've we worked well together, a lot of cooperation. As far as the new guys on council, I think we've learned a lot," said councilman Joe Mihalko.
The budget is likely to be a hot-topic once again in 2013, which is why councilors are preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best.
"I would like to anticipate it being a tough budget year and hopefully it's not. I'd rather see it come back as a positive year, rather than looking at it positive and then ending up on the tough side of it," said councilman Chris Papastrat.
Council won't reconvene until after the first of the year, and when they do, members are hoping to continue focusing on what they call 'quality of life' issues for residents.
"I just want to try to keep people's taxes down, and give them the best services we can for their taxes and of course see what we can do to fight crime," said councilman Jerry Motsavage.
The new legislative year will officially begin January 9th when City Council gathers for its first meeting of 2013.