Syracuse Common Councilors hope to have a new addition in the next week or so, but choosing the new councilor-at-large is taking longer than estimated.
Council President Van Robinson says 26 candidates applied to fill the vacancy, and councilors now expect to interview about 12 of them before making a decision. Councilor Kathleen Joy, who's in charge of the selection process, says she'll present one final candidate for a yes or no vote---hopefully late next week.
Robinson and other councilors tell us they're happy with the field of candidates that applied, that they're very representative of all parts of the city, as well as of the diversity of Syracuse residents.
We're told that both Republicans and Democrats have applied.
The seat became vacant last month when former councilor Bill Ryan took a position with the Miner Administraton.