It's a change of pace for the city of Syracuse as independent Ben Walsh prepares to step in to his new role as mayor.
"This is an awesome responsibility, so I do not take it lightly. From the moment that I was elected, I've been working hard building my team, getting ready for this moment, and I'm ready," Walsh said.
Walsh is certain he will find some difficulties along the way, but it's a challenge he's up for. He comes from a long line of politicians. Walsh's grandfather served as mayor of Syracuse from 1962 to 1969, and his dad is a former congressman, so he says none of this is new to him.
"I've always gravitated toward public service. It's hard not to with the people that I was surrounded by growing up," he continued.
Walsh says, to add to that, he's even gotten some tips from outgoing Mayor Stephanie Miner.
"We had a nice talk and we agreed to keep in touch. I reserved the right to reach out to her when I have questions. I'm sure I will," he said.
The mayor-elect says he's excited to jump right into his responsibilities. He's already made plans to meet with different departments on day one.
As for new year's eve, his last night before officially becoming the mayor of Syracuse, he says: "I'm going to lay low, be ready to roll up my sleeves to get to work tomorrow."
And while everyone else is set on achieving their new year's resolution, Walsh's biggest goal for 2018 is to serve his community.