Suffolk County Legislature Building

Suffolk County Legis. William Lindsay III (D-Bohemia) was trailing Republican challenger Anthony Piccirillo by 223 votes Tuesday night, making the race too close to call, according to unofficial returns.

While seeking a rematch of a race Piccirillo lost by a similar margin two years ago, Piccirillo beat Lindsay in primaries for the Conservative and Independence party lines this year. This time, he may have pushed it over the edge, pending the Suffolk County Board of Elections counting the absentee ballots in the race.

Democrats have an 11-7 majority in the county legislature. Picking up another seat would put them within one vote of having a 9-9 split in the next election. If that were to happen, Republican Suffolk County Clerk would then have to choose the next presiding officer.

Besides Lindsay, also of note was Suffolk Legis. Rudolph Sunderman (R-Mastic) winning re-election with 62 percent of the vote despite the fact that he was arrested in July on felony perjury and misdemeanor ethic charges. He has pleaded not guilty. All other incumbent Suffolk legislators were also re-elected.

On the other side of the county line, all incumbent Nassau County legislators were re-elected, allowing the GOP to maintain their control of that body.

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