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At a labor dinner which honored Presiding Officer William Lindsay Thursday night, his son William told the gathering of more than 150 union leaders that he will be running for his dad’s seat in November.
Lindsay’s son, an insurance broker, disclosed his plans while filling in for his father at the dinner held by the Long Island Federation of Labor at the Huntington Hilton in Melville.
Lindsay, 40, had originally planned to make his launch his candidacy at Lindsay’s annual St. Patrick’s day fundraiser scheduled for this Friday, but he said, “I felt I couldn’t get out of there with out answering the question.”
He still plans to use the event for his formal announcement.
The elder Lindsay, finishing a record eight term run as presiding officer, cannot seek re-election because he is term limited. He is also waging an ongoing battle with mesothelioma.
Republicans meanwhile have screened candidates including Lindsay foe two years ago, Anthony Musemeci, GOP activist Alison Karppi, Joseph Doescher and former Copngressional candidates John Gomez and John Bugler.