What Happens To Walczyk's City Council Seat?

What Happens To Walczyk's City Council Seat?

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Watertown City Council member Mark Walczyk has won the Assembly seat for the 116th District. He starts in January. But there is still one year left of his council term.

So, council members will have to appoint someone to that open seat.

"We would like to get somebody in that obviously is interested, that has been following what the city has been doing and have an understanding of some of the projects are that we have passed," said Lisa Ruggiero, council member. 

Ruggiero says the city will send out a news release asking those interested in the position to send in their information.

A candidate will need at least three votes from council to be appointed.

"It's already happening that there are some people that are possibly interested and they want to the process," said Ruggiero.

This isn't the first time this has happened.

In 2009, city council appointed Jason Burto after council member Peter Clough resigned.

Jeff Graham was mayor at the time.

"This is not a hiring decision, it's not a personnel matter. It's a political appointment and it's not a, 'We're going to do all this in executive session' stuff. So, I think it should be as open as possible," said Graham.

The appointed member who takes over Walczyk's seat will stay on council through 2019. In November of that year, there will be a election where he or she can choose to run for a full term, along with other interested candidates. 

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