The second-consecutive general election for Suffolk County Legislator in the 8th Legislative District is again very close—with yet-to-be-counted absentee ballots crucial. Absentee ballots also came into play following Election Day in 2017.
Incumbent William J. Lindsay III, on the Democratic and Working Families tickets, was challenged by Anthony A. Piccirillo, on the Republican, Conservative, Libertarian and Independence lines.
The results from Early Voting and Election Day give challenger Piccirillo the edge. Piccirillo received 9,130 votes (50.61%) and incumbent Lindsay received 8,907 (49.37%). To date, challenger Piccirillo is 223 votes ahead of incumbent Lindsay.
Absentee ballots will now come into play because the race is close. Once that process is completed—and pending possible legal challenges—the winner will be declared.
Nick LaLota, Republican Commissioner for the Suffolk County Board of Elections, told OnSachem that Piccirillo “is the strong favorite” based on the 223 vote advantage so far.
Now it will be all about the absentee ballots.
Lindsay told OnSachem tonight, “After all the votes are counted, I am confidant that we will come out ahead.”
According to New York State election law, Nov. 4 was the last day to postmark absentee ballots. They must be received by the local board of elections no later than Nov. 13. Military voter ballots must be received no later than Nov. 19.
LaLota said the absentee ballots will be counted Nov. 18 and the winner could be declared shortly afterward. He added that if “both sides lawyer up, it could take longer” to declare the winner.
During the 2017 general election, incumbent Lindsay was challenged by Piccirillo. The absentee ballots needed to be counted before the winner could be declared. That year, it was Lindsay with the slight edge over Lindsay with the Election Day results, making absentee ballots crucial before the winner could be declared. The final result that year was Lindsay with 10,493 votes (50.59%) and Piccirillo with 10,249 votes (49.41%), with Lindsay winning reelection by 244 votes.
Lindsay was first elected County Legislator of the 8th District on Nov. 5, 2013.
The Eighth Legislative District includes portions or all of Bayport, Blue Point, Bohemia, Holbrook, Holtsville, Lake Ronkonkoma, Medford, Oakdale, Sayville and West Sayville.