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The son of Suffolk Legislative Presiding Officer William Lindsay has taken his first official step toward running for his father’s seat.

The younger Lindsay, also named William, filed papers Feb. 19 forming a campaign committee for the 8th District, the seat his father has held for the past 11 years. The elder Lindsay, a Democrat from Holbrook, cannot seek re-election because of the county’s term-limit law and is undergoing treatment for cancer.

“At this point, I’m just exploring and considering a run for the legislature,” said Lindsay, 40, of Bohemia. “I’m trying to keep all of my options open.” Lindsay is regional vice-president of Capacity Group of New York and is based in Westbury.

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The younger Lindsay said he has not yet initiated any fundraising. His campaign treasurer, Michael Cavanaugh, is a longtime aide to his father.

Since the start of the year, the younger Lindsay has filled in for his father at several events, raising speculation that he might run.

Richard Schaffer, Suffolk Democratic chairman, called Lindsay's move “very encouraging,” saying, “He's handling this in a very deliberative fashion, just like his father has handled the leadership of the legislature over the last eight years.”