While many eyes are on Friday morning's historic inauguration of Mayor-elect Alvin Brown, Thursday night played host to an inauguration of its own.
Excited citizens packed into the Times-Union Center for Performing Arts on Thursday night for the swearing in of the new city council. New president Steve Joost spoke of his plans to get the city on track to economic recovery by stimulating growth, as well as his plan to balance the budget without raising taxes.
Our news partner, Channel 4, spoke with new council vice president Bill Bishop, who says this isn't the first time a new council is faced with daunting problems.
"We've been through this stuff before and we can solve our problems. All we have to do is believe that we can do it and we will. It's throughout our history and it's in our DNA. We will solve our problems."
The audience, too, seemed confident in the goals and direction of the new council, and were looking forward to seeing them get to work.