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LaValle Defends Record, Blasts Vecchio

County GOP Chairman responds to Tuesday letter from Smithtown Supervisor.

The back-and-forth among Republican party leaders continued on Wednesday, as County GOP Chairman John Jay LaValle responded to a letter by Town Supervisor Patrick Vecchio defending his own record over the years – as well as a shot to those who decided to support his opponent in this fall's race for the town's supervisor seat, Councilman Robert Creighton.

LaValle attended a fundraiser for Creighton Monday night at the Smithtown Elks Lodge, in which he endorsed Creighton as "the exact kind of person you want to have at the top in Smithtown" while Vecchio still holds the reigns. 

Vecchio responded the next day by calling LaValle's leadership skills "pathetic" and pointed to a "failed electoral record," even calling on LaValle's resignation.

LaValle disagreed. He writes:

Dear Supervisor Vecchio:

I am in receipt of your practically incoherent, babbling correspondence of this afternoon. I find your tone offensive and immature, but not surprising in the least. I support councilman Bob Creighton because he is a tremendous public servant who possess' the utmost integrity. He is a role model for all elected and appointed officials here in Suffolk County. I have known him for many years and consider him to be a friend. More importantly, Bob Creighton has succeeded throughout his career in public service because he is a man of honor and class; something Smithtown is lacking today in the case of the position of Supervisor. Your childish letter confirms my assertion.

After all, we live in a democratic republic where the citizens are free to choose whom they wish to support for public office. The fact that you have taken to mudslinging and lies to defend your record of failure is unfortunate. The residents of Smithtown deserve better. It is my sincere hope they choose better this coming September. The future success of Smithtown depends on it.

Regarding my record as County Leader, you are once again, but not surprisingly, mistaken. To date, Suffolk County Republicans have taken back more than a dozen seats across Suffolk County since I have become Chairman of the party. Furthermore, Suffolk County's two Congressmen are not Democrats. Rather, Peter King is a Republican and, yes, Tim Bishop is a Democrat. However, we could possibly have two Republican Congressmen if individuals like you did not work against the party's candidate. We have achieved this success while being dramatically outspent, but have set forth a message of fiscal responsibility that cannot be bought with campaign contributions.

Lastly, my record in public service speaks for itself. As Supervisor of the Town of Brookhaven, it was my initiatives that kicked off the "cleanup" of Brookhaven Town. Together, with our District Attorney, my staff and I worked tirelessly to root out corruption and incompetence. I am proud of all that we achieved. For the record, not one member of my administration was either involved in any wrong doing or even accused of such; in fact, we either commenced or assisted in virtually every case. Considering the recent Grand Jury proceeding investigating your administration and activities, I don't think someone with such unclean hands should be talking about corruption and incompetence.

With that being said, it is my hope, and that of many residents of Smithtown, that you are handed your termination this coming fall. I am sure that you are already conspiring with the Democrats, as you have always been open to the highest bidder. In the coming months we will see just what kind of integrity you actually do possess. I am sure I will not be disappointed, as usual.

Very truly yours, 

John Jay LaValle

Howard Knispel February 27, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Why can't we all agree that they are both right. Vecchio was right when he said LaValle had a "failed electoral record" and that he "departed while the town was under investigation" regarding his time in "Crookhaven". And LaValle is right when he says Vecchio is "incoherent" and "babbling" and that the people of Smithtown "deserve better" (which is kind of odd since LaValle has always supported Vecchio in the past). I will say this. I am a Democratic Committeeman and I have spoken to our town Chairman and I can say with confidence that, at least as of yesterday, the Democrats have not been "conspiring" with Vecchio and I take offense that a County Chair of a major political party should insinuate this without facts. But that appears to be the Reepublican way. BTW, Rep. King only represents a small part of Suffolk solely as a result of redistricting and not by any actions of LaValle. And Congressmen Israel and Bishop are both Democrats elected largely from Suffolk County. Further the Grand Jury proceeding involving Smithtown concerned Mr. Vecchio as well as Mr. Creighton.
Marion Knott February 27, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Silly talk that goes nowhere but maybe we will have good people to vote for this year. John, just as a matter of nothing. l remember your father and mother when my husband who was the Supt. of Schools in Hauppauge attended a conference at Gurneys. Of course we women stuck together while the guys (and I'm sure there were some women administrators) attended the meetings. I have also gotten a not nice reply from Mr. V. which didn't handle the problem of the discourtesy I received at the Smithtown Senior Center. We all should be behind someone who will develop Smithtown. We have the bones now we need to flesh it out.
Nesconset Dude February 27, 2013 at 07:15 PM
This article should have been merged with the one about the potholes in Smithtown. It almost reads like similar subject matter.
Fred Gorman February 27, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Headline...Vecchio louses primary...Wins reelection
Brian Whitehurst February 27, 2013 at 08:15 PM
LaValle IS the Suffok Count Republican Party Chairman. His endorsing a candidate before the primary is presumtuous and insulting to Vecchio a long term public servant and party member in good standing. LaValle talks about a "democratic republic" but has consistantly "chosen" candidates for the party and has removed the democratic process which would allow memebers of the party choose their candiate in a party primary. We will always remember Angie Carpenter. His attempt to take the moral high ground after his political slap to Vecchio's face is interesting, to say the least. This letter is another example of LaValle's inability to effectively chair the Republican Party by creating unity. He needs to resign.
FED UP 1 ! February 27, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Headline... Vecchio loses election....and brought up on charges of creed & corruption!
FED UP 1 ! February 27, 2013 at 08:30 PM
correction: greed & corruption!
timeiseverything February 27, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Are you a spokesperson for Chairman Maher, Howard? It is good to see you have given up your career as a lawyer and a politician to become a professional blogger. I think it odd that you are speaking on behalf of the Smithtown Chairman. Are you suggesting that the Smithtown Democratic party and Mr. Maher are in agreement with your false statement that the Grand Jury was investigating anyone other than Pat Vecchio?
Pissed on in Smithtown February 28, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Its the responsibility of the people of Smithtown to vote Old man Vecchio out of office once and for all. That smelly old prehistoric dinosaur belongs in a Senior Community in Florida. Period ...Done
Mike DiFrancesca February 28, 2013 at 01:37 AM
We will vote Vecchio out. We are Smithtown!!!!!!
Darry Bilco February 28, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Oh, how I hope the Democrats hold strong and refuse to entertain Vecchio at the top of the ticket. (And knowing PV, he would be demanding that the wooden dummy come along as councilman). I wonder how many calls Vecchio has madeto the Dem chairman??
Darry Bilco February 28, 2013 at 03:33 PM
I have no doubt he will 'louse' the primary. He is what he is. Whether he wins reelection is another matter. He needs a line to run on - If he doesn't have R, C and if the D's say good riddance, that leaves running as an I or creating a new line. Honestly, I don't think he has the organizational power to get the necessary signatures for running as "Smithtown's Own" party or whatever he wanted to call it.
Darry Bilco February 28, 2013 at 03:35 PM
That will never happen. Since he has somehow managed to avoid it all these years, no one will ever catch him.
Howard Knispel February 28, 2013 at 07:34 PM
I do not speak for Ed Maher. he is more than capable of speaking on his own behalf. I can tell you that as of our monthly meeting on Monday night there was no communication between Mr. Maher and Vecchio regarding endorsement. Why would the Dems endorse Vecchio? They get nothing in return. Simply endorsing a Republican (and he has been a Republican for 30 years) returns us to the status quo. BTW, get your facts straight kpresiden999. Have you read the Grand Jury report? It mentions NOBODY by name and ias critiocal of all of the Town Government. It refers to town employees of the building department (without names). Mr. Creighton praised the finding of the report that found no liability against the town. How can you say I made a "false statement" . One more thing, I appreciate your career asdvice but I believe my clients prefer that I stay as their lawyer.
atticus February 28, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Suppose you are an idiot. And suppose you are a member of the Republican party of Suffolk County. Buit then I repeat myself...

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