SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — When Joanie Mahoney suddenly resigned as Onondaga County Executive, it gave then-Legislature Chairman Ryan McMahon a unique opportunity.
McMahon, who was in turn appointed County Executive, would have 12 months on the job before actually running for it.
But McMahon views the past 12 months as more than a test. He feels he was able to hit the ground running and that Onondaga County is better off than the day before he took office.
County Executive McMahon credits his friend and predecessor, Mahoney, who he says left him a good foundation to build on.
McMahon, a Republican, is being challenged by businessman and political newcomer Tony Malavenda, who is campaigning on his opinion that the county isn’t better off with McMahon.
To his naysayers, McMahon tells NewsChannel 9’s Andrew Donovan, “The reason they want to distract you is cause I’ve been a leader in that comeback. If you focus on 2019, we win that race and win that debate every day.”
To win his own term, it’s up to the voters.
Tomorrow on NewsChannel 9 at 6:00, Andrew Donovan will go “On the Trail” with Democratic challenger Tony Malavenda.
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