Cerminaro takes lead in Utica Mayoral Primary, Cardillo has concerns of polling confusion

By ANDREW DONOVAN

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Michael Cerminaro spoke with NEWSChannel 2 late Tuesday night and says he is confident with Tuesday's results in the Republican Primary in race for Utica Mayor. He stopped short of declaring victory.

Cerminaro's campaign was at the Polish Community Home and he thanked friends and family who have been the "cornerstone of our grassroots campaign."

He was surrounded by Utica familiar faces like Fire Chief Russell Brooks, Chief Fire Marshall Raymond Beck, Oneida County Legislator Ed Welsh, and former Utica Councilwoman Theresa Wojnas.

Despite Cerminaro's confidence, Robert Cardillo did not conceed. He blames confusion at the polls because of the special election and the varying voting times.

Cardillo said, "I do know that there were a lot of problems throughout the course of the day. I don't know whether that has impacted on the counting. But there was confusion and I think, quite frankly, this special election had so much to do with the confusion, because the timing of the voting, and the other issues revolving the folks who had to work. There were two separate stations, two separate machines. So it was a little complicated."

Unofficial results indicate that Cerminaro leads the race 62% to 38% with about 75% of the precincts reporting.

The winner of Tuesday's primary will go on to the November race for Utica Mayor. That person will face off against Democrat Robert Palmieri and Erine Sanita of the Rainbow Party.

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