Utica, N.Y. - Utica Common Council President Mike Galime has declared himself the winner in his bid to retain his common council president seat despite the fact that the Oneida County Board of Elections has not officially ruled the race over.
The board of elections does say all of the absentee ballots have been counted. All that's left are the affidavits.
The board would not say how many of those are yet to be counted.
Galime, a republican, led his democratic opponent Judy Galimo by about 600 votes after election night.
On Friday Galime posted the following statement on Facebook, "Over the last few days I've been popping into the board of elections to witness portions of the election recanvass, which included the counting of the absentee ballots. At this time I'd like to thank all the voters in Utica, and declare that I have succeeded in seeking another term as the city of Utica Common Council President. The final numbers are not known at this point, however, I have been notified that the current counts have not changed the lead margin enough to change the results reported on November 5th, and my count will remain in the lead moving into the election certification."
We are trying to see if Galime's challenger, Judy Galimo has a comment on his declaration of victory, but so far we have not been able to reach her.