With only six months to go until the gates open for the 2013 Great New York State Fair,
the newly appointed fair director is working hard to make sure this year's is better than the last. YNN's Carmella Mataloni tells us how the new fair director plans to restore the fair.
SYRACUSE, N.Y -- Thomas Ryan has decades of experience with public service. Now, he can add director to one of the largest state fairs to his list of achievements.
"We are going to end up with a remarkable fair in 2013. It's going to be a great fair," said Thomas Ryan, Great New York State Fair Director.
The job isn't going to be easy for the newcomer, after a string of controversies put a black cloud over the fair, causing the inspector general to enforce a number of changes.
Reviewing all procurements, training all agency staff on proper procurement procedures and ethics, conducting periodic procurement audits, and thoroughly reviewing State Fair management are a few of the changes being enforced.
The list may be long, but Ryan said he is ready to meet them head on.
"It's our job to see that all of the recommendations are carried out, but our job in the end and this year, is to make sure we have the best family fair we can have. And, that is what we are going to do," said Ryan.
The new fair director is not going into the position blind. One of the former directors who had a lot of success is going to show him the ropes.
"Former mayor Tom Young, former director, has been valuable to me. He is a senior advisor for this administration. He has the institutional memory. He has a lot of good ideas," said Ryan.
Although, you can't forget those who make the fair what it is: the people. Those we spoke with say they are happy about the new direction and hope to see a difference.
"I'm hoping the new director will be more of a manager and manage more like a business and have more experience in this," said Cindy Gallagher, Sangerfield resident.
The public will get the chance to see the changes first hand on August 22nd, when the Great New York State Fair opens its gates.