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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.


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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