With just over a month remaining in his second term, Binghamton Mayor Matthew Ryan says the transition process with his successor, Richard David, is going "very well."

Ryan and David say they've been working together to make the change in leadership as smooth as possible.

Speaking Tuesday on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, Ryan said "we've had some good meetings" as David prepares to take office January 1.

Ryan said he's pleased David has indicated he plans to keep politics out of the hiring process, focusing on assembling a team of the "best and brightest" people to work in city government.

Ryan said he hopes David will decide to hold over many key people at City Hall for a time as part of the transition.

David has not announced any appointments. He has said he's received dozens of resumes and expressions of interest in the jobs he'll be filling when he becomes mayor.