Anthony Piccirillo was declared the winner of the race for the 8th legislative district. He defeated incumbent Democrat Bill Lindsay by 215 votes,according to a board of elections official, after counting completed two weeks after Election Day.
“This is a big victory for the tax payers and residents of Suffolk County,” said Suffolk County Republican Committee chairman Jesse Garcia. “We have added yet another common sense minded individual to the legislature who is going to fight the failed budget practices of Steve Bellone and his partners in the democratic legislative majority.”
"I just want to thank the 9,500 taxpayers who put their trust in me," Piccirillo said in a statement. "We knew this would be another close election and I am really proud of the campaign we ran. I was on the other end of this 2 years ago; and it feels great to be victorious this time around” Anthony stated.
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.
"Obviously I was disappointed with the final results but I am incredibly for being able to serve the people of the 8th legislative district for the last six years," Lindsay told the Suffolk County News Wednesday. "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."
“Obviously it’s not happy [news] but we respect the will of the voters,” added Suffok County Democratic chairman Rich Schaffer. “Bill Lindsey is head and shoulders above any of the representatives that have served there in the past. He is honorable, hard working and always has the best interest of the community in mind.”
Piccirillo will take the seat in January.