CATSKILL — Democrat Michelle Williams holds a 63-vote lead over Republican Jeff Holliday in the race to fill an open seat on the Catskill Village Board of Trustees.
Unofficial results from Tuesday’s village of Catskill trustee special election show Williams holding the lead with more than 200 absentee ballots to be tallied.
Williams leads Holliday 315-252, according to the Greene County Board of Elections, but 265 absentee ballots will not be opened and counted until Thursday afternoon. Official results are expected by 5 p.m. Thursday, the board of elections said.
Absentee ballots had to be turned in by 9 p.m. Tuesday to count, the board of elections said.
The special election was held to fill a vacant trustee seat left after former Village President Vincent Seeley resigned in January, causing the board to appoint Trustee Peter Grasse Jr. as president in April.
Williams is the founder of The Mermaid Cafe and Bittersweet Ice Cream shop in Catskill. Holliday is a retired state trooper and assistant Catskill fire chief. Both were born and raised in the area.
Polls were open at the Catskill firehouse from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Holliday said he is optimistic about the results, and the absentee count “will be the key.”
“I think they’re about as expected,” Holliday said.
Williams declined to comment until the absentee ballots are counted.