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County Legislator Lindsay Dies

Presiding officer had been suffering with a rare form of lung cancer.

This story was written by Henry Powderly.

William J. Lindsay, presiding officer of the Suffolk County Legislature, has died at 67 years old after a long battle with a rare lung cancer.

According to Newsday, the sitting legislature announced Lindsay's death at the start of its scheduled government operations committee on Wednesday, but the news prompted the saddened lawmakers to reschedule.

Lindsay, a Democrat from Holbrook, was first elected to the legislature in special election in 2001 to fill the seat vacated by Steve Levy, before becoming presiding officer in 2006, according to his website

He had stepped back from his day-to-day in the legislature in the past two years to undergo treatment for his cancer.

Suffolk Legis. Kara Hahn, D-Setauket, called Lindsay a compassionate, fair, patient, tolerant man who was a tremendous leader and "even-handed in all things."

Hahn, who worked for Lindsay as his director of communications for six years before her own election to the county legislature in 2012, said he will be missed.

"He was so committed to leading and making sure the focus was always on making things better for Suffolk County," she said. "He kept it as nonpartisan as you could possibly keep a governing body. He was a true leader and we were blessed to have him."

Read the full story here.

With reporting by Christine Sampson and Sara Megan Walsh

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