Errol Toulon Jr. wins Suffolk County Sheriff in contested race

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Errol Toulon Jr. wins Suffolk County Sheriff in contested race

Story By: ANTHONY PERROTTA
12/7/2017


SUFFOLK COUNTY—Democrats Errol Toulon’s and Bill Lindsay’s races are finally settled a month after Election Day.

Incumbent Legis. Lindsay has officially been re-elected to Suffolk County’s 8th Legislative District after a contested race. He remains ahead of his Republican opponent Anthony Piccirillo, who conceded on Monday, Nov. 4 by 230 votes at the time of this report. 

“Thank you for re-electing me to be your representative on all county-related issues,” Lindsay said on his website. “I am very eager to continue my work and advocacy for the people of the 8th Legislative District, which encompasses Bayport, Blue Point, Bohemia, Holbrook, Holtsville, Oakdale, Sayville, West Sayville and parts of North Patchogue.”

During his first term, Lindsay fought to end automatic pay increases for elected officials and increase government transparency by strengthening the Legislature’s reporting requirements for lobbyists. Lindsay also helped to implement a Peer to Peer Substance Abuse Prevention Program in the Sachem School District, which aims to prevent drug use at both the high school and middle school levels. 

“I am proud of my record and plan to continue to fight for you by creating more economic development, facilitating business creation and expansion, revitalizing our downtown, protecting and preserving our environment, and reducing government waste,” he added. 

Piccirillo congratulated him on his re-election in a statement. “When one lives through an election this close, it does bring life to the idea that every vote counts,” he said. “My supporters and my family have been wonderful throughout this process and I thank everyone for the time, money and resources expended on me. I will keep a keen eye on the public disclosure in Suffolk County and in the 8th Legislative District, but for now it is time to rest and reflect. Thank you to everyone and congratulations to Legislator-elect Lindsay.”

Democrat Errol Toulon Jr. was also officially named Suffolk County sheriff after Republican Larry Zacarese conceded on Monday after 14,000 absentee ballots were counted. Toulon increased his unofficial election-night lead of 1,354 votes over his opponent to 2,043 votes. 

“I am proud of the campaign we ran, the honest and tireless work of our volunteers, and the light that  was shown on the electoral process here in Suffolk County,” Toulon wrote in a statement Monday. “I look forward to combating gang violence and the opioid epidemic in Suffolk, and to introduce a strong re-entry program for those leaving county jails.”

Toulon, who has 30 years of criminal justice experience, is strongly focused on corrections intelligence and combating gang violence both inside and outside of correctional facilities, according to his website. He previously served as a uniformed member of the New York City Department of Corrections for 22 years, before spending another two years serving the assistant deputy county executive for public safety under the administration of county executive Steve Bellone.

“Unfortunately, after counting all the absentee and affidavit ballots, we did not make up the ground we needed in order to prevail,” Larry Zacarese, Toulon’s opponent, wrote in a statement Monday. “I wish the hardworking and dedicated men and women of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office only the best and congratulate Errol Toulon Jr. on winning the election. Though I am disappointed that we did not make it across the finish line, I remain, as always, positive and plan to enjoy the upcoming holidays surrounded by my family, friends and loved ones, and am looking forward to whatever the future has in store for me.”