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Holliday Wins Catskill Election After Absentee Ballot Count

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The winner of Tuesday's special election in the Greene County Village of Catskill has been determined by absentee ballots, reversing the original outcome.

Initially, Greene County Board of Elections numbers showed Democrat Michelle Williams with a 55-44 percent margin over Republican Jeff Holliday in the race for an open seat on the Catskill Village Board of Trustees.

But after counting 265 absentee ballots Thursday, the Board of Elections says 199 went to Holliday, giving the retired New York State Trooper a definitive win. Twelve outstanding ballots have been challenged but will not affect the outcome of the election. The final count, which hasn’t yet been certified, gives Holliday 451 to Williams’ 369.

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.


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