Jackie Izzo Officially Becomes Rome’s First-Ever Female Mayor
Jacqueline Izzo has won the 2015 election for Mayor of Rome, NY by 104 votes following an official re-count, according to the Oneida County Board of Elections.
The re-canvassing of the election results began at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday and was completed at about 1:00 p.m., according to Rose Grimaldi of the Oneida County Board of Elections.
Following the counting of affidavits and absentee ballots, Izzo's lead was extended over incumbent Mayor Joseph Fusco by nearly 100 votes. Unofficial results reported to WIBX show Izzo receiving over 100 of the more than 200 absentee ballots and affidavits.
The election was too close to call on election night as Izzo maintained a slim 48-vote margin over incumbent Mayor Joseph Fusco, who after losing the Republican primary, ran on his own 'Rome is Home' line.
According to Rose Grimaldi of the Board of Elections, there were just over 200 absentee ballots and after the re-count, the final tally of votes was:
- Jackie Izzo 2515
- Joseph Fusco 2411
- Louis Daniello 1890
- Michael Brown 326
The announcement will bring to a close to Joe Fusco's 4-year term as mayor of Oneida County's second larges city. He defeated then Republican Mayor James Brown by just 81 votes back in 2011. During the last several months, Fusco faced as many as four opponents vying for his job, each with the same complaint that his administration had not been transparent. Fusco adamantly challenged those accusations, firing back by claiming none of the candidates ever contacted him with complaints.
With the victory, Izzo becomes the first woman mayor ever in the city of Rome. She also becomes the first female mayor of a city in Oneida County. Izzo discounted references to the gender issue during the campaign stating, "I've never used the gender card." New York’s first-ever female mayor was Anne Kaplan who was elected to the position in Monticello back in 1974.
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Note- Jackie Izzo will be live on WIBX's First News with Keeler in the Morning at 7:35 a.m. on Friday