Ode to Mayor Ryan: Friends roast, toast his terms

By Jillian Marshall

December 14, 2013 Updated Dec 16, 2013 at 4:26 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan has worked to revitalize a struggling city and bring it back to economic prosperity. Like all politicians, he'll leave office without fully achieving those dreams, but enough for a toast and a hearty roast.

The first and only Mayor Ryan's Roast and Toast was held Friday at the Double Tree.

People packed the room to hear Ryan's close friends dig into him for a few of the on-goings of the past eight years, especially about a unique traffic pattern downtown.

"I, for one, love the traffic circle, and I sometimes take an extra lap," said Cyber Cafe West owner John Kahn. "Matt have you ever considered a figure eight? I think those would be even more fun for trucks."

Ryan, who will be moving to Ithaca after his term, was gifted a shirt from founder of bingspot.com, Joshua Ludzki, that reads"Roundabouts are Gorgeous."

Pictures showed off Ryan in his earlier years and there was even a count down of days, hours, minutes and seconds until Ryan's final day of office.

Five of Ryan's friends participated in the roast. They shared memories, exposed embarrassing moments, and even turned recent events into part of their punch lines, like the missing Christmas lights on Court Street.

"Why do you hate Christmas Matt?" Ludzki shouted.

Ryan said having the roast and toast on Friday The 13th didn't scare him. He said he overcame so much in the past eight years, and with less than a month left in his term, he isn't afraid of superstitions.

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, D-Endwell, toasted Ryan for his achievements and wished him luck in the future.

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