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Video: Scanlon officially tapped for South seat

***Updated 1:01 p.m.***

As expected, the Buffalo Common Council this morning appointed Christopher P. Scanlon to the vacant South District seat.

Scanlon, whose term runs through the end of the year, fills the post vacated after Mickey Kearns won a special election to the State Assembly.

Scanlon was appointed by a 5-3 vote, with Fillmore Council Member David A. Franczyk, Niagara Council Member David A. Rivera and Delaware Council Member Michael J. LoCurto voting for former Kearns aide Matthew Fisher.

Listen to Scanlon speak with reporters after the vote:

Scanlon, son of well known South Buffalo political figure John "Scanoots" Scanlon, has said he plans to run to fill the remainder of the term in the fall election.

Others, including Fisher, have indicated an interest in running for the seat as well.

"At the end of the day, the voters in South Buffalo are going to make the final determination," Rivera said, "and I give credit to the voters in South Buffalo. They know their politics. They know their elected officials. So I'm counting on South Buffalo making the right decision at this point."

Here's my story from last night about what the Council was expected to do today, which has more about Scanlon as well as input from other Council members.

Watch Scanlon's interview for the post from Tuesday:

Read Scanlon's resume here.

--Aaron Besecker
Follow me on Twitter: @BeseckerBN


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