UTICA, N.Y. -- Democratic voters decide Tuesday – who moves forward in the race for Utica mayor -- but the unofficial numbers are too close to call.
Common council member Joe Marino is challenging incumbent mayor Robert Palmieri. On the Republican side, in November, is Matt Arcuri.
The unofficial numbers reported by the Oneida County Board of Elections is 1,424 votes for Palmieri and 1,302 votes for Marino.
After the final numbers came in Tuesday night around 10:00, both candidates talked to New Channel 2.
Palmieri says he's confident his lead will hold up, "I'm very confident at this point. We've worked very hard, we have run a very positive campaign and I think at the end of the day people see the difference in our city and I'm very confident that at the end of the day we will be successful."
Marino says he is still hopeful, "I’m really, really happy with the results right now. We would like to be up front in the beginning, but we’re going to wait to see what the end is, and we’re going to have every vote count."
Palmieri added, with primaries, you never know how an election will turn out, "Anytime you have a primary that is in June, generally it's in September, you never can tell what's going to happen and I've been very successful and I think we had a great campaign, very positive."
Marino agreed with the mayor regarding his campaign, "The mayor ran a good race, he was honest in his stances and it resonated with the people, and for now I congratulate him, until a couple weeks until those absentees come in, but again we knew it was going to be a tight race but all power to the mayor, but let’s see what the rest of the count comes in at."
Palmieri voted at the Parkway Center in Utica Tuesday afternoon. Marino voted at Mohawk Valley Community College.
The race began four months ago when Marino announced he was running on January 31, and Palmieri announced two weeks later.
It has been a very busy three-plus months, as Marino has held a number of press conferences, commenting on such topics as the downtown hospital, the city's paving plan, the Olbiston apartments issues.
People have seen and heard each of these candidates quite a bit over the past few months in regards to this race.
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