By Jeffery Smith

CORNING | Councilman Bill Boland, D-4, who will run for the city mayoral position in the November general election, was reappointed deputy mayor Tuesday night during the council’s first meeting of the new year.

Mayor Rich Negri administered the Oath of Office to Boland moments after the council vote.

“I think he has done a good job,” Negri said. “I saw no reason to change at this time.”

"Thank you, Mayor," Boland said after taking the oath.

Boland's motion passed by a 6-2 margin, with Frank Muccini, R-5 and Frank Coccho, D-6 voting against.

Despite several tries, the Corning City Council could not come to a decision about filling the empty Ward 2 seat at Monday's meeting.

Neither Michele Beckman, nor Kate Paterson could muster the necessary votes to fill the seat until a special election could be held in November to fill the seat's remaining two years.

The race to fill the seat in November ended up a 273-273 tie in the general election.