Special election set for Sept. 15; two candidates file petitions

Absentee ballot applications available at Village Hall

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY (Aug. 3, 2020) – Pursuant to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.44, the Village of Williamsville’s special election – originally set for June 16 – has been  rescheduled for noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Candidates will be seeking to fill the remainder of a trustee term that ends June 30, 2021. The seat to be elected is currently held by Trustee John Murphy, who was appointed to the post in July 2019.

Candidates seeking election to the post include Murphy and Eileen Torre. Both village residents filed their candidate nomination petitions on July 30 at Village Hall.

Murphy will remain in office as an appointed trustee until the county Board of Elections certifies the race results. The winner of the election will assume office after the certification process concludes.

Absentee ballot applications are available at the Clerk’s Office at Village Hall, 5565 Main St. Residents may request the applications to be sent by mail. To make such a request, call 716-632-4120.

The village is currently awaiting further direction from the Governor’s Office regarding the special election. An update will be posted as soon as it’s available.


For a 10-page document that provides a complete overview of the petition process, important dates, and filing deadlines, CLICK HERE. Interested candidates will find further information by visiting the New York Conference of Mayors website. 

Village Election Procedure

(Please be aware that the 2020 election schedule was altered due to COVID-19.)

Village of Williamsville elections are generally held in odd years, on the third Tuesday in June.

Elected officials take office the first Monday in July.

Full terms of office are four years each. There are no term limits.

The Village Board consists of four trustees and a mayor. Also elected every four years is the term of village justice.

The Election Officer is the Village Clerk.

For information on running for office, visit either the website of the New York Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials, or the state Board of Elections site.