BATAVIA – One of two at-large seats on the City Council will have to await a count of absentee ballots to determine a winner.

James R. Russell, a former ward councilman, was appointed earlier this year to fill one of two vacancies. The Republican was opposed by Laura Russell-Ricci, backed by the Democratic and Independence parties. She lost by 42 votes but there are nearly 300 absentee votes to be tallied.

They must be postmarked by Nov. 5 and received by the Board of Elections no later than Nov. 19. Counting will start Wednesday.

The other council seat was won by Brooks M. Hawley. The son of Stephen M. Hawley ran without opposition. The senior Hawley won his fourth term in the Assembly.

In unofficial results, Hawley gathered 3,559 votes; Russell, 2,328; and Ricci, 2,286.