Former Youngstown mayor renominated by Obama for federal post

By David Skolnick


Because former Youngs-town Mayor Jay Williams wasn’t confirmed by the Senate to head the Economic Development Administration by Dec. 31, President Barack Obama had to renominate him as his choice for the job.

Obama did so late Monday in Washington. Williams, who had a confirmation hearing Dec. 17 with the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, probably won’t be called again by the committee to answer questions.

The committee will make that decision as well as a recommendation to the full Senate in the coming weeks. Williams needs confirmation from the Senate for the job.

During his Dec. 17 hearing, the committee didn’t have any questions for Williams.

But its members, particularly Republicans, asked numerous questions of three other Obama nominees that joined Williams for a hearing by the committee.

Two Republican members commented at last month’s hearing that Williams, a Democrat, was highly qualified to run the EDA because of his mayoral experience.

Williams declined to comment Tuesday to The Vindicator on his nomination.

Obama first nominated Williams for the job Sept. 10.

The EDA leads the federal economic-development agenda by promoting innovation and collaboration and helping communities building the foundation for long-term growth, according to the White House.

Williams spent 61/2 years as mayor of Youngstown.

He resigned Aug. 1, 2011, to join Obama’s administration as executive director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers, a position he still has.

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