County Legislator Career
Bill Lindsay was first elected County Legislator of the 8th District on November 5, 2013 and then re-elected on November 3, 2015. Upon being elected, Bill fought to end automatic pay increases for elected officials, increased government transparency by strengthening the Legislature’s reporting requirements for lobbyists, and finally put an end to a decade’s long debate by putting forward legislation to consolidate the Treasurer’s office and the Comptroller’s office, saving over $1.29 million. Additionally Bill created regional planning alliances, which will facilitate coordination between municipalities as they work to implement the County’s master plan and support regionally important development projects. He did this in an effort to get people back to work, get shovels in the ground, and get our major projects moving forward.
Bill also helped to implement a Peer to Peer Drug Program in the Sachem School District, aimed at preventing drug use at the middle and high school levels. He fought to put stricter penalties on parents who do not pay their child support; put an end to speed zone cameras, and created the first handicapped accessible playground in the Sayville community.
Early Life & Education
Bill has been a lifelong resident of the 8th District, growing up in Holbrook and graduating from Sachem High School in 1990. After earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from St. Joseph’s College in 1994, Bill began his career in the private sector, working for Government Employers Insurance Company.
Private Sector Career
In 1999 Bill took a job as Vice President for Hilb, Regal and Hamilton (HRH). After years of success, he was offered and accepted a position transferring him to HRH’s Melville location charged with the responsibility of building a new department that had not previously existed. From 2003 to 2012 Bill was able to build this practice up to over $20 million in annual sales. Bill’s success can clearly be attributed to his hard work and dedication.
Appointments & Committees
From 2007 to 2013, Bill served as the Vice President of the Melville Chamber of Commerce. During that time he chaired their Government Relations Committee and worked hard to advocate on behalf of the business community to assist in rebuilding Suffolk County’s economy from the ground up. Bill has been involved with the Salvation Army in many capacities since 1995. He has served on their board for the last 15 years acting as their Chairman from 2005 to 2008.
Since 1998, Bill has Co-Chaired their golf committee; which has raised over $750,000 in proceeds to fund summer youth programs for local kids in need. Since 2009, Bill has volunteered his time as a little league coach for Sunrise Little League. He is a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and is a member of the Environmental Defense Action Fund. Bill is currently the Chairman of the Suffolk County Legislature’s Economic Development Committee, the Vice-Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Committee, and the Vice-Chairman of the Government Operations and Personnel Committee.
Bill’s goals as a County Legislator have always been to promote local economic growth, facilitate business creation and expansion, revitalize local downtowns, protect the environment, attack the drug problem on Long Island, and make government more accessible for all Suffolk County residents.