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Fed's Williams says will act as appropriate to keep economy on track

NEW YORK, Sept 4 (Reuters) - New York Federal Reserve President John Williams on Wednesday said he is ready to "act as appropriate" to help America avoid an economic downturn but so far the economy appeared to be in a good place.

Williams, a key voice in discussions at the U.S. central bank ahead of a meeting later this month to discuss whether the economy needs an interest rate cut, said policymakers need to be flexible about monetary policy decisions.

"We need to consider all of the information available and be flexible in our response," he said in prepared remarks at a conference on securities linked to inflation. (Reporting by Jonnelle Marte and Richard Leong in New York Additional reporting by Jason Lange in Washington Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)