Mike Spano campaigned on cutting the costs of running a city. Now, he gets to try to make good on that promise.
The polls closed at 9 p.m., and an hour later, the 46-year-old Spano gave his victory speech as the newly elected mayor.
He began his career as a rep serving in the assembly. Four years ago, he became a Democrat. Clearly, the switch did not hurt him.
Running on the Republican ticket, City Councilman John Murtaugh gave his concession speech shortly after Spano declared victory.
It was actually a three-way race, with Carlo Calvi running as the independent candidate.
The mayor's annual salary is $156,000.