Suffolk Legis. William Lindsay to chair 2 committees

Rick Brand

Suffolk Legis. William J. Lindsay III will chair two committees this year, adding the parks committee to his previous assignment as head of the economic development panel.

Lindsay, a Bohemia Democrat, takes over the post from former Legis. Jay Schneiderman, who was term limited and became Southampton Town supervisor earlier this month.

The extra chairmanship for Lindsay is one of several changes in the annual reshuffling of assignments among the legislature’s dozen committees done each January after the election of the presiding officer, who controls the appointments.

New Legis. Bridget Fleming (D-Sag Harbor), elected last fall, will become chairwoman of the ways and means committee, previously led by Legis. Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills).

Several other committees were reorganized.

Stern, who in the past also chaired veterans and seniors committee, will head the veterans and human services committee.

Legis. Sarah Anker (D-Mount Sinai) become chairwoman of a new seniors and consumer affairs committee.

Legis. Monica R. Martinez (D-Brentwood), who has worked as an assistant principal at a middle school, will take over from Anker as chair of the education and information technology committee. Martinez had previously headed the human services committee, which deals with issues involving the Social Services Department.

The remainder of the assignments will be the same: Legis. Kara Hahn (D-Setauket), who is also majority leader, will head environment, planning and agriculture; deputy presiding officer Rob Calarco (D-Patchogue) will chair government operations and personnel; Legis. Kate Browning (WFP-Shirley) will chair public safety; Legis. Louis D’Amaro will head budget and finance; Legis. Alfred Krupski (D-Cutchogue) will chair public works and Legis. William Spencer (D-Centerport), a physician, will chair the health committee.