SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A handful of Syracuse lawmakers and leaders were sworn-in during a special ceremony inside common council chambers.
Council President Van Robinson, and at large member Jean Kessner both took oaths, along with three school board members.
For Kessner it was a tough road back to her council seat. She faced a primary challenge in September. Kessner says there are a lot of important issues for lawmakers to deal with including the future of interstate 81.
"It will be an opportunity to remake the city. It will be an opportunity for the state to say well, here's what we are going to do. So I'm looking very strongly having passed a resolution and working strongly towards having the city be one of the decision makers," Jean Kessner told Time Warner Cable News.
Kessner says the Council will also be keeping a close-eye on the city's finances as Syracuse tries to work itself from fiscal stress.