Eyewitness News spoke with the leading Utica Mayoral Candidate, Robert Palmieri.
Palmieri says he was feeling tired the day after elections but still in good spirits about the entire process.
If the final numbers go his way, he says there will be many changes coming forward.
He is currently ahead by 391 votes with 50 of 51 precincts reported.
Republican Michael Cerminaro is in second place with 3,416 votes.
Palmieri shared with Eyewitness news how he feels about being the leading candidate as well as the results of the absentee ballots.
He also spoke about the endorsement by current Mayor David Roefaro the day before election.
"I think that voters quite frankly at that point had made their minds up. But, I think what that does show is the fact that I have the ability to bring people together and I think it's so important you need a leader. If we look at the results, at this point I think the absentee ballots will carry on pretty consistent of how the whole election went. It's grass roots, it's talking to people, understanding what the neds are and trying to create some hope," said Palmieri.
The leading candidate says he is confident, but not over confident with winning the election.
In the meantime, he says until every vote is counted, and it's official, it's still a bit of a waiting game.