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Keeler: William Lindsay returns to legislature with a difficult day ahead

Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer William J. Lindsay

Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer William J. Lindsay listens during a legislature meeting in Hauppauge. (Aug. 3, 2010) (Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Just in time for one of the most consequential meetings of the Suffolk County Legislature in a long time, Presiding Officer William Lindsay (D-Holbrook), returns this week to his seat at the center of the legislative horseshoe in Hauppauge.

Lindsay has been recuperating from cancer surgery in May and has not been able to preside at the legislature's general meetings for months. Deputy Presiding Officer Wayne Horsley (D-Babylon) has been running the meetings, but from his own seat--not Lindsay's.

This Thursday, Lindsay will be at the general meeting and will preside for at least a part of the day. For the sake of his own health, he shouldn't even try to provide gavel-to-gavel leadership for the whole meeting, which is likely to go on for many, many hours. The agenda is filled with items of major significance to the 2013 budget that County Executive Steve Bellone will submit later this month: a contract with the Police Benevolent Association, the sale of the John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility in Yaphank, and the sale of surplus county land, also in Yaphank.


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Even if he has to rest a lot during the day and let Horsely actually run most of the meeting, Lindsay's vote will be pivotal--and his calming, reasonable presence is just what the legislature needs on a really difficult day.

Pictured above: Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer William J. Lindsay listens during a legislature meeting in Hauppauge. (Aug. 3, 2010)

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