Palmieri remains confident, Cerminaro waiting to see official numbers

By HILARY LANE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The race for Utica Mayor is extremely tight and with close to 1,000 absentee ballots still to be counted, it could be those votes that determine the winners of this election.

However, the Board of Elections says it is against the law to begin counting any of the absentees until next Wednesday, so we will have to wait until next week for the official winners to be announced.

As of Wednesday, Democrat Robert Palmieri is leading over Republican Michael Cerminaro by 391 votes. Officials with the Oneida County Board of Elections say that 990 absentee ballots have been sent out and 720 have been received back thus far.

By mid-afternoon on Wednesday, Palmieri said he is feeling confident that he is the next Mayor of Utica.

"I am feeling very good at this point," says Palmieri. "I thought we were focused, we were very positive, we addressed all the issues, and am very comfortable with that."

Palmieri was greeted Wednesday afternoon by a jubilant Robert Clemente, who was running on the Green Party. Clemente arrived at Palmieri's house with a congratulatory card, a handshake and a smile.

Cerminaro said he will be checking in with the Board of Elections within the next few days to see the official results for himself.

Even though there are hundreds of absentee votes to count next week, the Board of Elections said those ballots typically follow the same trend as voters on Election Day. With the race being so close this year, it is hard to tell for certain what the election outcome will be until next week.

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