Source: Press & Sun-Bulletin, Jan. 5, 2017
The Binghamton City Council elected as its president Joseph Mihalko, R-District 2, Tuesday evening, and chose Giovanni Scaringi, R-District 1, and Dani Cronce, D-District 3, as its majority and minority leaders, respectively.
The changes were part of a routine reorganization that takes place every January, and included naming chairs for the council's six committees Wednesday evening.
Mihalko, formerly chairman of the finance committee, replaces Chris Papastrat, R-District 5, who served in the position for a year.
First elected in 2011, Mihalko often appears as a marked contrast to some of the bigger personalities and louder voices on the city council, mostly observing and listening during council work sessions. But as chairman of finance, he wielded a significant amount of power and could decide whether to bring items to a committee vote.
As president, he'll be tasked with coordinating the council's agenda, running meetings that can sometimes veer off course and deciding what resolutions will be considered in council work sessions.
Councilman John Matzo, R-District 6, succeeds Mihalko as chair of finance, and Scaringi will head the Municipal & Public Affairs and Planning & Community Development committees. Thomas Scanlon, R-District 7, who took office this month after defeating Democrat Justin MacGregor, will head the Public Works & Parks Committee.