Residents in the City of Rome could know officially who their next mayor is before close of business on Friday, according to Republican candidate Jackie Izzo.

"We should know by Thursday or Friday," Izzo said earlier in the week, although the Board of Elections officially has until November 27th to complete the re-canvassing process.  

We should know by Thursday or Friday

Absentee ballots must be received by Thursday and the Board of Election's official recount is expected to begin immediately, said Izzo.

Following last Tuesday's general election, the unofficial tally put challenger Izzo in the lead with 2,400 votes over incumbent Mayor Fusco's 2,352. Louis Daniello, the Democrat, finished in third place with 1830 votes followed by Working Families candidate Michael Brown with 318.

Still in question are the absentee ballots.  The Oneida County Board of Elections issued 345 absentees prior to the general election and nearly 200 of those ballots had been returned as of election day. All ballots must be postmarked November 2nd or earlier.

Providing Izzo's lead stands, she would be the first-ever woman elected mayor of Rome and the first mayor of a city in Oneida County.  New York's first-ever female mayor was Anne Kaplan who was elected to the position in Monticello back in 1974.