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Republican Anthony Piccirillo files overdue campaign finance forms

Anthony Piccirillo, Republican candidate for Suffolk County Legislature

Anthony Piccirillo, Republican candidate for Suffolk County Legislature District 8, poses for a portrait at the party's countywide political convention held at the Portuguese American Center in Farmingville on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. -- slVOTE -- Credit: James Escher

It may be six months late, but Anthony Piccirillo, the Republican candidate in Suffolk's 8th Legislative District, finally has filed five overdue campaign finance reports dating to January.

Piccirillo's filings with the state Board of Elections in Albany show that he has only $306 remaining in his campaign fund. He spent the bulk of his $15,342 campaign fund in winning his write-in primaries on June 25 for the Conservative and Independence Party ballot lines against Democratic Legis. William Lindsay III. Piccirillo also has the Libertarian Party line in his rematch with Lindsay, to whom he lost by 242 votes.

Piccirillo, a GOP legislative aide, filed the late reports after Democrats made a formal complaint in late July over his failure to file the required campaign finance reports. Piccirillo acknowledged the problems and blamed a technical issue, with no further explanation.

Lindsay’s campaign finance reports show he began the year with $9,888, spent $44,003 and has $17,868 on hand. His reports showed Lindsay has repaid $3,000 of $23,000  in loans he made to his campaign in the past.

Piccirillo says Lindsay filed his most recent report several days late. Lindsay, of Bohemia, said he filed on time, but amended his filing later to comply with additional reporting required by a new state law.

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