This race came right down to the wire. But challenger Joseph Fusco will be the next Mayor of Rome by just 81 votes. It was an uphill battle with curveballs along the way according to Rome's next mayor elect Joseph Fusco. But in the end he was proud of the campaign he ran. "My people and myself, we just kept on working, we stayed focused on the issues, we stayed away from the mudslinging. We kept a clean honest campaign focused on bettering our community, that's what my focus has been from day one." This may be Fusco's first time as mayor but he already has a strategy for his first hundred days in office. "The first hundred days in office you really have to get a control on the different departments, we've got to sit down and talk to the different department heads, we've got to look at the 2012 budget, we've got to take a real close look at that to see where we're going and to see what kind of surprises we might have in store." Mayor elect Fusco has a history in the private and public sector but now he says he feels he's in a position to really contribute to his community. "Well I'm very excited that I'm in a position now where I can make a difference and that's really what we've been focusing on. You know the price isn't winning the election, the prize is now that we've got the tools of the Mayor's position, now we can take those tools and we can do something great for our city." Mayor elect Fusco isn't wasting anytime in bettering Rome, he plans to attend a conference tomorrow in Syracuse at 6:30 AM concerning manufacturing.