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Williams Wins Catskill Board Of Trustees Seat

Michelle Williams

Results are in from Tuesday's special election in the Greene County Village of Catskill.

Voters chose Democrat Michelle Williams over Republican Jeff Holliday in the race for an open seat on the Catskill Village Board of Trustees, according to unofficial results posted by the village, by a 55-44 percent margin.

Williams owns the Mermaid Cafe and Bittersweet Ice Cream shop, which she says has helped her get to know residents.

"I've been there and seen the struggle firsthand with the businesses, with the people. And I think that being so in touch, and so involved and so connected in such a direct way will be a great benefit. I'm also a mother, I have an 8-year-old who's in the Catskill school system. "

The seat opened up in April when Trustee Peter Grasse was appointed village president after Vince Seeley resigned. The full five-member board, headed by the president, is tasked with overseeing village day to day operations.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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