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  Holst, William G.
NameWilliam G. Holst
Smithtown, New York , United States
Born August 19, 1952 (68 years)
ContributorBarack O-blame-a
Last ModifedRBH
Dec 24, 2014 03:24am
InfoBill Holst was born in Port Jefferson August 19, 1952 and grew up in Smithtown, Long Island, New York. He currently resides in the township with his wife, Laura, and their two children, Marcia and Ian. He graduated Smithtown Central High School in 1970, where he had been elected Junior and Senior Class President. He served his country in the U.S. Army from June 1975 to June 1978 and was stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky and in Japan. He received the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.
Mr. Holst is a graduate of Suffolk County Community College, New York University and St. John's University School of Law. In 1983, he was admitted to practice law in New York State and the U. S. District Courts - Eastern and Southern Districts. From 1983 to 1987, Mr. Holst served as a Broadcast and Litigation Counsel for CBS Inc.

In 1987, Mr. Holst was appointed as an assistant town attorney for the Town of Smithtown. In 1988, he was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Consumer Affairs for Suffolk County. Governor Cuomo appointed Mr. Holst Suffolk County Clerk in May 1989 to fill a vacancy.

Mr. Holst was elected to the Smithtown Central School District School Board in 1989. He was reelected in 1990 and served as Vice President in 1991, as Acting President in early 1992, and was elected President of the School Board for the 1992-1993 school year. After completing his service on the School Board, he was asked to serve as a Director of the Greater Smithtown Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Holst was selected to serve as the Vice President of the Chamber in 1994, and was elected to serve as President in 1995. He is active in the effort to revitalize downtown business districts as well as opposing attempts to commercialize other areas. Since 1990, Mr. Holst has been engaged in the private practice of law, concentrating on commercial litigation, real estate, business formation, municipal law, and entertainment law.

William G. Holst was elected to the Suffolk County Legislature from the 12th District on March 25, 1997 in a special election and was re-elected in November 1997. In 1998 he was the Democratic Candidate for Congress in the First Congressional District which includes the Townships of Brookhaven, East Hampton, Riverhead, Shelter Island, Southampton, Southold and portions of Smithtown. Although outspent nearly 18 to 1 by a two term incumbent, Mr. Holst garnered over 35% of the vote on the Democratic line and almost 1% of the total vote of 55,630 on an independent "Stop HMO Abuses" ballot line. The Republican incumbent, Michael Forbes had 48.77% of the vote on the Republican line, 8.4% on the Conservative line, 2.04% on the Independence Party line and 4.92% on the Right to Life line. Mr. Forbes has since switched his registration. The Town Supervisor of Brookhaven, Felix Grucci is the Republican, Conservative and Right-To-Life Candidate in November 2000. Mr. Holst is the Green Party candidate.


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