Republican Leaders Back Creighton for Smithtown Supervisor

Snubbing 12-term supervisor Patrick Vecchio, county Republicans call Councilman Robert Creighton face of change in Smithtown.

County Republicans have turned their backs on 12-term Supervisor Patrick Vecchio, announcing on Monday that they will endorse Councilman Robert Creighton to unseat the man who has helmed Smithtown since 1978.

Creighton, a Republican who was re-elected to his seat on the town council in 2011, formally announced Monday night that he will face off against Vecchio in a primary on Sept. 10.

John Jay LaValle, chairman of Suffolk County's Republicans, hailed Creighton as "the exact kind of person you want to have at the top in Smithtown" with a new vision for the town.

"Listen, the reality is Pat Vecchio has done some great things in the Town of Smithtown but you have to be willing to move with the times," LaValle said.

LaValle blamed Vecchio's leadership for Smithtown Main Street's vacant storefronts while other townships, like Town of Huntington and Islip, have thriving business districts.

"It's not about age. You can be 137 years old as long as you are open for new thoughts, to innovation, to the next generation. That's what you have to be willing to do," LaValle said. "That's exactly what [Vecchio's] unwilling to do."

Smithtown Republican Chairman Bill Ellis said he's told Vecchio directly that he is behind the times.

"We have to move forward and Supervisor Vecchio has been here for 36 years. I have told him directly that he's operating in 2003, and worse yet, sometimes in 1993," Ellis said.

He even referred to Creighton, who is 75 years old, as the party's young and vigorous candidate.

Randy Altschuler, a prominent Republican who twice lost his bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop, was also on hand, hailing Creighton as the "next supervisor of Smithtown."

Creighton made clear he plans for run for supervisor as a team with Councilman Kevin Malloy and Town Clerk Vinny Puleo, who are both up for re-election this November.

"The town unfortunately is not being reasonable to the people trying to do business in this town. It is the 'Land of No.' It is the status quo, but the status quo must go," Creighton said.

Howard Knispel February 27, 2013 at 04:19 PM
You should speak to county legislator John Kennedy (R - 12th LD). He has been a supporter of unions and has been endorsesd by same. Now - robkoz you can shut up. Hoper that wasn't too long a wait. I'm sure I could find others. But this is, again, irrelevant. Teachers unions, as all unions do, represent the workers. Their job is to get the best deal they can for their constituants. Just because school boards agree to some of the demands of the unions doesn't make them Democrats. Your simple mindedness is truly baffling. Now I am prepared to eat? What is it that you are serving?
knee jerk February 27, 2013 at 05:49 PM
@Kozrob: I knew there was something stupid about you that I didn't care for. At first I thought it was the "tea bags" hanging off your hat.Now I think you may be sniffing those dirty bedpans where you work.However I hope you seek some proffessional help . PS: as far as clicking on any link that you provide to "facts" would only lead to a porn site or "the Smithtown Messenger".
Argile February 28, 2013 at 01:21 AM
Really? Hmmm. I'll have to call him and ask him about that. I have spoken to him in the past about certain political issues. He was kind enough to call me back at my house but I'm gonna have to call your bluff on unions: This quote was from his website: http://legis.suffolkcountyny.gov/do/do12/do12.html "Where the public sector stands in your way – accruing unnecessary expenses that only increase your taxes – I will seek to cut government back." So how can you be pro union and anti public sector? The public sector is infected with unions. CSEA, SIEU, PEF, UUP, etc.. I'll continue to look into this but from where I stand your rebuttal plate was served empty and cold.
Argile February 28, 2013 at 02:05 AM
@jerk, intelligent comment. Did you write that yourself or did you have help? Note that I fixed your name to fit your profile. It suits you better.
WOODY11780 March 03, 2013 at 12:22 PM


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