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Putting Aside Differences For Lansing's Benefit

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Carol Wood is the newest leader of the Lansing City Council. It's her second time in the position, she last served as president in 2003.

Over the years, Wood's relationship with Mayor Virg Bernero has been strained, but  both hope this year they can put aside their differences and do what's best for the capital city.

"My goal is to start off fresh with this new year and encourage the mayor to set up some weekly meetings with council leadership," said Council President Carol Wood.

She hopes that will improve communication that's been lacking between the council and the administration for years.

"I welcome that I look forward to it, I think that's what our citizens deserve and expect," said Mayor Virg Bernero.

Although the mayor admits Wood wouldn't be his choice for president, he says his door is always open and hopes 2013 council will be open to the idea of economic development.

"We have projects that get bogged down often times at council," said Mayor Virg Bernero.

Which the mayor says has frankly caused friction between the two sides.

"Let's be open for business and jobs in the city of Lansing, after public safety that is the biggest priority creating jobs and we can do it," Bernero said.

But Wood says at this point her only concern is the budget.

"Making sure again that the services that we render for the citizens are one that we are able to pay for and are doing what the citizens want," Wood said.

Now president Carol Wood says she'll be the first to buy breakfast for the mayor to make sure this year, citizens come first.

Council also elected a vice president earlier today. A'lynne Robinson won by a vote of 5 to 3.

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