Legislator Tucker Whitman, R-Sterling, was sworn in as the new Cayuga County Legislature Chair at the annual reorganization meeting Thursday.
Whitman was unanimously approved for the position, with legislators from both political parties saying they were hopeful he would foster bipartisan cooperation on the Legislature.
“I’m honored to be up here,” Whitman said. “I appreciate the support and I hope we can get some things done this year. We all have some different goals, but in the end I think we kind of have the same goal. We’re all here for the same reasons. I’d like to try to remember that.”
The unanimous support for Whitman comes after Mahunik and Legislator Joseph Bennett, R-Auburn, changed their party affiliation away from Democratic at the end of last year, prompting a change from a Democratic to a Republican majority on the Legislature.