New Buffalo Councilman Takes Vacant Seat

May 16, 2012 Updated May 16, 2012 at 1:36 PM EDT

By WKBW News

May 16, 2012 Updated May 16, 2012 at 1:36 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Christopher Scanlon is the Assistant Manager for the Western New York Pub Group, and is the newest member of the Buffalo Common Council representing South Buffalo.

"I'm very excited. I am really looking forward to working with the people in South Buffalo and the council," Scanlon said.

Scanlon is no stranger to politics. His father worked for former mayors Jimmy Griffin and Tony Masiello years ago.

"After my family being involved with the community for so many years, I thought it was my turn to get involved. I'm a resident there, we own a home, and we plan on raising a family there," Scanlon said.

This appointment comes after Michael Kearns vacated the seat back in March when he was elected to the New York State 145th Assembly District seat. Now, Scanlon takes over with some goals of his own.

"I really want to work on some of the commercial strips including Abbott Road and South Park Avenue. I think by working with the South Buffalo Chamber of Commerce and block clubs, I think we can do a lot. I think we need to work on the infrastructure," Scanlon said.

Many candidates were brought in with much discussion. Not everyone was happy with this decision. Councilman David Rivera voted for someone else.

"They weren't happy with the first round of candidates we had. We felt comfortable with the first and second round of candidates that we had, and that Matt Fischer was the best for position. Now, it goes to the voters in the South District," Rivera said.

That vote will take place in the fall and Scanlon said he is ready to let the public decide.

"That's the route I planned on taking, but this process played out a little too long. I felt South Buffalo needed representation so I got involved with this now," Scanlon said.