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Former Y-Town Mayor Jay Williams gets a first, quick look from the Senate
Committee considers four nominees by President Obama for confirmation

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M.L. Schultze
Former Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams has been nominated to head the U.S. Economic Development Administration.
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Former Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams was one of four presidential nominees appearing today before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works as the Senate moves forward on stalled confirmations. But as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze, Williams got very little attention from the committee.

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The more than two-hour hearing began with Ohio’s Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown introducing Williams as a “devoted family man, a distinguished advocate, and committed public servant.”

But attention turned quickly to the other three nominees, who are up for more politically sensitive positions in the Department of Interior and EPA. While they were grilled with questions about fracking, fish farms and formaldehyde, neither Democrats nor Republicans asked Williams a single question.

Williams has been working with the Obama administration since 2011 as director of the Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers. But his nomination to head U.S. Economic Development Administration has been held up in the Senate until rules regarding filibusters changed.

His nomination like the others will wait a little longer. Sen. Barbara Boxer, who chairs the committee set a deadline of Jan. 4 for the nominees to answer written questions before the committee recommends confirmation to the full Senate. 

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