HOLBROOK, HOLTSVILLE AND BOHEMIA, NY — Anthony A. Piccirillo has claimed victory in the race for Suffolk County Legislator in the 8th District.
Piccirillo made the announcement by press release, which he posted to Facebook, Wednesday, Nov. 20, shortly before 1 p.m. The announcement comes after the tight results from Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 5, meant absentee ballots would need to be counted before a winner could be declared. On Election Day, Piccirillo led by 223 votes.
The absentee ballots count finished today, giving Piccirillo the final lead by 215 votes, making him the winner.
In this afternoon’s announcement declaring he won, Piccirillo wrote, “I just want to thank the 9,500 taxpayers who put their trust in me. We knew this would be another close election and I am really proud of the campaign we ran.”
Legislator-Elect Piccirillo ran as the Republican, Conservative, Libertarian and Independent candidate. He defeated three-term incumbent William J. Lindsay III, the Democrat and Working Families candidate.
OnSachem is awaiting confirmation of the final vote count from the Suffolk County Board of Elections. According to Piccirollo’s announcement, “The final count of all ballots including the absentee and affidavit ballots had Legislator-Elect Anthony Piccirillo with 9,523 votes, and current Suffolk County Legislator Bill Lindsay Jr. with 9,308 votes; a margin of 215 votes. This is the first time in 36 years that a Republican has been elected to represent this district.”
OnSachem reached out to Lindsay. Lindsay wrote, “Obviously I was disappointed with the final results but I am incredibly thankful for being able to serve the people of the 8th legislative district for the last 6 years. The opportunity to sit in my father’s chair and walk in his footsteps has been an incredible blessing for me and my family. I love my community and will continue to serve in other capacities. I wish my opponent the best of luck and congratulate him on his victory.
Lindsay’s father, William J. Lindsay, died while in office in September 2013.
The Eighth Legislative District is inclusive of portions or all of Bayport, Blue Point, Bohemia, Holbrook, Holtsville, Lake Ronkonkoma, Medford, Oakdale, Sayville and West Sayville.
Piccirillo's term begins Jan. 1, 2020. The following is the full announcement from Legislator-Elect Piccirillo.
ANTHONY PICCIRILLO DECLARES VICTORY IN THE 8TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT RACE
Holtsville, New York – A little more than two weeks after the November 5th election, the race for Suffolk County Legislator in the 8th Legislative District was finally decided. After every absentee and affidavit ballot was opened at the Suffolk County Board of Elections on Wednesday, Anthony Piccirillo maintained his 200-vote lead over the incumbent Legislator. The final count of all ballots including the absentee and affidavit ballots had Legislator Elect Anthony Piccirillo with 9,523 votes, and current Suffolk County Legislator Bill Lindsay Jr. with 9,308 votes; a margin of 215 votes. This is the first time in 36 years that a Republican has been elected to represent this district.
“I just want to thank the 9,500 taxpayers who put their trust in me” Legislator- Elect Piccirillo stated. “We knew this would be another close election and I am really proud of the campaign we ran” Anthony added. Two years ago, the race was just as close; decided by 230 votes out of 21,000 ballots cast. “I was on the other end of this 2 years ago; and it feels great to be victorious this time around” Anthony stated.
This was not Anthony’s only election win this year. In June, Anthony won two OTB primaries for two minor party lines that contributed to the win in November. “Winning those OTB Primaries were critical; we worked hard and spoke directly to voters to understand their issues and concerns and people appreciated that” Piccirillo said. “We were all in from Day 1. I knocked on over 11,000 doors personally; and I think it paid off”. Anthony added.
Legislator-Elect Piccirillo will be assembling a transition team in the coming days to ensure a smooth transition. “Legislator Lindsay and I spoke briefly this morning; and I look forward to reaching out to him to make sure all the important community issues that he is working on are given continued attention throughout the transition and well into my term as Suffolk County Legislator” Piccirillo said.
Anthony will be sworn in to the Suffolk County Legislature in January at the organizational meeting in Hauppauge; and will hold a private swearing in ceremony for friends, family and supporters. “I am looking forward to working with all the constituents and various community groups in the 8th Legislative District. Thank you for putting your trust in me” Anthony concluded.