Hands down, the village of North Syracuse has a new mayor, and she's only the second woman to be named mayor in the history of the village.
Serving as acting mayor for the past two weeks, Diane Browning, was officially sworn into office a few minutes past 4 o'clock Monday Feb. 1 at the Community Center.
Village Justice Robert Bertrand read the official rights to the mayoral position before the group of community members that attended the special meeting.
Trustee Gary Butterfield made the motion for her appointment, while Trustee Mark Atkinson seconded the motion. Each member approved, while Browning said she would abstain.
When Browning was first made mayor on Jan. 20, she said she remembered when the first lady mayor to serve the village, Kathy Wortel, told her that she would some day be mayor, also.
More than 20 years after Wortel served, Browning is making those words a reality.
How does it feel to be the second woman to hold this position?
"I'm very proud," Browning said.
Each of the trustees said they have enjoyed working with Browning and look forward to continuing their pledge to the village.
A trustee will be appointed to the board's vacant position during the next village meeting to be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday Feb. 11 at the Community Center.