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The Suffolk Legislature’s Presiding Officer William Lindsay, despite cancer surgery earlier this year, has decided to seek election to an eighth one-year term as legislative leader next month.
The Holbrook Democrat, who is entering his twelfth and final year as county lawmaker under Suffolk’s term limit law, disclosed his decision Friday afternoon. “Both the county executive and the party leader asked me to stay on and I said I would because I love the job,” said Lindsay, 67. “But I was very frank, saying I’d do it as long as my health permits.”
Lindsay’s doctor declared him cancer-free last August and he has gradually resumed a fuller office and meeting schedule, though Deputy Presiding Officer Wayne Horsley (D-Babylon) still, at times, serves as stand-in.
Lindsay said he has his “good days and bad days,” but added, “The job rejuvenates me,” though long days can leave him tired. “I have to pace myself,” he said. While cancer-free for now, Lindsay also said he has to “return for CAT scans every three months and its going to be like that the rest of the way to make sure it doesn’t come back.”
Richard Schaffer, Suffolk Democratic chairman, praised Lindsay's decision. “With all the rebuilding needed after Sandy, we need the steady, focused leadership of Bill Lindsay,” he said.