On Monday, Jan. 6, newly inaugurated Legis. Anthony Piccirillo (R-Holbrook) released a press release demanding the return of 37 years of county constituent files from predecessor Bill Lindsay III.
Citing Resolution 1128, Piccirillo alleges that the Lindsay administration did not follow the legislation that states a “member leaving office must maintain and deliver to his successor documents and records relating to constituents who have requested assistance from the member’s office.”
The press release also goes on to state that upon assumption of the legislative offices in Holbrook, 46 plaques of former Legis. Bill Lindsay Sr. were “found in odd places such as the microwave, attic, and freezer.”
News of the lack of physical files in the Holbrook office was first brought to the attention of the Suffolk County News last week during an unrelated interview with the new legislator’s chief of staff, Dawn Marie Domenica.
“There were no constituent files left for us to look at and backtrack. We have contacted the county clerk regarding the location of the physical files as we are concerned where they are,” said Domenica.
She also expressed annoyance at plaques of Bill Lindsay Sr. being left in the office.
“There were 46 plaques of Bill Lindsay senior left in places like the microwave, the shower… it’s disrespectful and distasteful,” she added.
Further, Domenica likened the plaques to the famous prank by the Clinton administration where the “W” key was removed from keyboards throughout the White House.
By way of background, Legislation 1128, passed in 2018 through the efforts of Legis. Sunderman, has two parts: 1) Outgoing staff must allow incoming staff into the office to evaluate the space, and 2) Outgoing member must provide open or unresolved cases to incoming member.
Former chief of staff for Legis. Lindsay, Kristi Reynolds, was contacted for comment: “Per the legislation, only open constituent files were to be left for new officials. At the close of Legis. Lindsay’s tenure in office, there were no open constituent files as all had been addressed and resolved, save for one case. In addition, all letters, citations, and proclamations are in a shared directory on their computers,” she said. “There were plaques left with the intention of the Legislature deciding on how to utilize the commendations for Bill Lindsay Sr.’s body of work, but upon my exit on Dec. 13, were not placed in any of the odd locations cited, albeit staff were in the office through New Year’s Eve.”
Former Legis. Lindsay echoed his chief of staff’s sentiments and stated that when he was first elected, he chose to hire professional staff to assist him in learning how to properly legislate. Unfortunately, he said, Piccirillo chose to hire his personal acquaintances to run his office.
“We were never contacted by him or anyone representing him post Election Day,” he added. “For the benefit of my constituents, I was fully prepared to assist with the transition, had he reached out. I’ve always conducted myself as a professional, both prior to and during my time with the Legislature. I am still willing to provide advice and counsel should the legislator need any assistance.”