Governor-Elect McCrory, Council Of State Meet For First Time

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Gov.-elect Pat McCrory and the nine other North Carolina executive branch officials elected in November have sat down and talked about trying to work together for the next four years.

McCrory's transition office confirmed the 10 members of the incoming Council of State met for the first time Tuesday. Eight of the current members were re-elected. Only McCrory and fellow Republican Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Forest are newcomers. The two GOP additions mean Democrats will hold six of the Council's 10 seats come January.

McCrory spokesman Chris Walker said the incoming council met informally and had what he described as a good dialogue.

Walker said the group didn't discuss the current council's decision earlier Tuesday to lease the Dorothea Dix hospital property to the city of Raleigh to build a park.