Suffolk Legis. Jay Schneiderman said Tuesday he's considering running for county comptroller and has had talks with County Executive Steve Bellone.
"I think I'd make a good comptroller," said Schneiderman, an Independence Party member from Montauk. "I'm a numbers guy."
Suffolk Water Authority chairman James Gaughran, a former county legislator, has already announced his interest in running for the Suffolk County comptroller office as a Democrat.
Schneiderman, 52, said he expected to have a conversation with Suffolk Democratic County chairman Rich Schaffer about the race in the near term.
Bellone, in a statement, called Schneiderman a "good friend and I can't imagine any position he would be interested in seeking where he wouldn't have my full support."
Schaffer did not immediately respond to a call for comment Tuesday night. But he said earlier this month that Gaughran "will make a terrific candidate because of his experience overseeing the hundreds of employees at the water authority," and his decades as a lawyer and public official.
Schneiderman said he spoke to Gaughran last night. Gaughran could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.
Schneiderman said, though, he doesn't foresee a primary.
"I don't see us fighting this out. The Democratic Party will have to choose who they want to be the candidate." Schneiderman said he'd need a major party line to run.
Bellone and lawmakers have proposed to merge the office of comptroller with the county treasurer, to save money. Republican Comptroller Joseph Sawicki is term-limited and cannot seek re-election.
The proposal last year was struck down by the courts. But a new bill is expected this year from Democratic lawmakers.
Schneiderman is serving his last two-year term in the county legislature under term limits. He has also served as East Hampton town supervisor.
Schneiderman mentioned he is a graduate of Hauppauge High School -- something he did not emphasize in his South Fork legislative race last year.
Schneiderman responded to questions after Newsday asked him about a telephone poll, which asked about a theoretical race with Suffolk Republican chairman John Jay LaValle. LaValle has said he is also seriously considering entering the race. Schneiderman said he had no knowledge of the poll.