When campaigning for office, new Rome Mayor Jackie Izzo didn't want to bring gender into the discussion.

''I've done a lot of first things in my life that involve me being a woman...I hope people elected me because I was the best candidate. However, it was a big deal for a lot of people. I down played it, but it really is a very interesting moment in history. Some people (male and female) have come up to me and said 'I think it's great we're going to have a woman (for mayor).' For me, I've never thought of it that way.''

Izzo joined WIBX First News with Keeler in the Morning to talk about her focus over the first couple of weeks in office. Among them:

  • Talking with Utica about joint ventures involving the Erie Canal system and creating a synergy with the Sylvan Beach community.
  • Structural upgrades along with a 'better presentation' at City Hall
  • Getting Rome's housing stock and business community prepared for Nano opportunities

Izzo also shared her experience at Governor Cuomo's State of the State address, which was interrupted by state Assemblyman Charles Barron.