In a 9-6 vote, Patrick Mahunik was named chairman of the Cayuga County Legislature Thursday night. Newly elected and re-elected legislators were also sworn in during the body’s reorganization ceremony.
Though the Democrats hold a narrow weighted majority with eight members, the party became divided in the discussion for chairman nominations. The position was up for grabs between two Democrats — Mahunik, who was favored by Republicans, and Legislator Benjamin Vitale, who had the majority of the Democrats’ support.
Legislator Joe Bennett, one of the Democrats backing Mahunik, beat Legislator Aileen McNabb-Coleman’s hand raise for nominations, however, and Mahunik nabbed the seat.