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Creighton to Run for Smithtown Town Supervisor

Robert Creighton will formally make his candidacy official Feb. 25.

Patrick Vecchio will have competition from a current town councilman in November when he decides to run for his 13th Town Supervisor term – Robert Creighton.

Creighton, a Republican who was re-elected to his seat on the town council in 2011, announced via email statement Wednesday that he will formally make his intention to run for town supervisor known on Feb. 25. He will make the announcement at 7 p.m. at the Smithtown Elks Lodge, located at 120 Edgewood Avenue in Smithtown.

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Creighton, a longtime Kings Park resident, has invited a yet-to-be-released list of both elected officials and "Town of Smithtown visionaries" to attend and participate in his announcement.

“For Smithtown to succeed in such economically depressed times, now is the time to reorganize and re-define the role of town government," he said in the statement. "We must work hand in hand with entities to ensure Smithtown’s future and bring it back to the progressive, thriving community it once was.”

Crieghton, a former Conservative, switched parties in October 2012, a move many thought set the stage for him to challenge Vecchio in a Republican primary.

The councilman's announcement comes after the town's Republican committee told Patch that it would back Vecchio for his 13th term, even as criticism has mounted against the supervisor for the town's performance after a recent blizzard dumped 30 inches of snow on the area. While Vecchio has said the slow plowing was the responsibility of the town's highway supervisor, Vecchio also caught fire for pledging roads would be plowed by a certain time, when they weren't.

new guy February 21, 2013 at 05:02 PM
nope...they would have to pay more.
new guy February 21, 2013 at 05:06 PM
@smithtown rez...i responded to howard. i'm not sure what your talking about. heres howards quote...I keep reading about all the bitching and moaning about how the town government does nothing. Yet the same politicians keep getting elected. If people want a change then they have to make it happen. then i responded to it. thanks for your input. ;)
new guy February 21, 2013 at 05:10 PM
p.j. i agree a resident council would be nice. why not try to encourage that at a civic association meeting?
knee jerk February 21, 2013 at 06:26 PM
As far as the "double dippers " are concerned, it is not illegal, nor even ethically wrong. What I find objectionable is these are in essence retired people who have worked and gotten pensions, and in many cases generous ones. Now they choose to continue to work, taking jobs from younger people who, in these times cannot find good, pension earning ones.Enough is enough, how greedy can you be? Go play golf or something and enjoy your golden years.
Ken Heard February 22, 2013 at 01:39 AM
When acting collectivelly in the voting booth, the American people seem to function as a single organism that responds to only one question " That.s what you did for me yesterday. Now what are you going to do for me tomorrow". President George H>W> Bush found that out the hard was when he delivered a televised speech proclaiming the end of the Cold War. So did Prime Minister Churchill who was thrown out of office once WW 2 ended. You can't base the reason for voting for you on past success. That has already been discounted. You have to base it on where your going and " what's in it for me", the voter. President Reagan was best at that, and did so very effectively in one of his final state of the union speeches. His view of the future was a vision based on his infectious optimism when he said " Roads ? Where we're going we don't need " roads'" (from the movie "Back to the Future"). By focusing on the future and giving a respectful tip of the hat every once in a while to the past,, Reagan wemt on to carry 49 states in the 1984 general election. There you have it. When voting collectively, the electorate functions like a selfish organism - a tough unfair boss, if you will. His loyalty goes to the one it feels best serves his own interests and will give him what he wants. Not a pretty picture, but it works.
ChudleyQ February 22, 2013 at 03:51 PM
I think most people are respectful of experience and value it in all walks of life, including politics. It may not be fair to criticize Mr. Vecchio and Mr. Creighton for "double dipping". We may not like it, but it's legal. If they were truly out for the public good, however, why not become "$1 per year" employees for the Town? (Like Mayor Bloomberg in NYCE) I don't think that would ever happen with these two guys. It's been said a few times on this board, we all think the town is all about patronage, back-slapping and ego trips. We need a new perspective in the Town. Somebody younger, less male, hopefully less Republican (although I understand the Democratic candidate would have a tough road). There is no diversity in Town of Smithtown government. There are so many old, white, Catholic males, I wonder if they're running the township or picking the next Pope. It's time for a change. I hope the next Town Council meeting is well attended, and that those who can't make it will watch either on line or on public access TV (Channel 18 for Cablevision).
knee jerk February 23, 2013 at 02:39 PM
@P.J. MILLER: I actually think what we write does make a difference.I was amazed to see that many are fed up with the good old boys at town hall.Don't you think they read this too?Forget the "resident council", they'll just tell you your 5 minutes are up and go sit down. What really matters to them are votes, and this PATCH goes out to everyone in Smithtown.They don't know how many are reading this stuff and laughing at them. That one writer who said "instead of a primary, they should have wheelchair races on Main Street" to determine the next Republican candidate for Superviser sent a powerful message.If they don't get that message then all hope for Smithtown is lost.
P. J. Miller February 23, 2013 at 04:28 PM
I don't mean have a RESIDENT COUNCIL and speak for the designated 3 minutes. What I mean is set up a committee of residents that actually sit down and meet with the town board once a month and discuss the problems we as residents have and want answers to. the 3 minute allotment is an insult to us - as it is our town and we deserve more than 3 minutes to discuss our concerns. I know it was put in because a woman used to go and on but I think we deserve more than 3 minutes of their time.
timeiseverything February 23, 2013 at 06:07 PM
Three minutes of the Civic Association is about all I can take. Watched ten on CH 18 at recent board meeting. they obviously are getting their info from Vecchio and looked like they were put up there not to try to come to an understanding but to be pawns for Pat. Creighton and Wehrheim were explaining themselves pretty well and they ignored everything they said and kept going on about stuff that was already explained. That lady who spoke is a very angry, unhappy human being and the guy who met Malloy obviously had a friendly conversation with him and then twisted it and used it publically. Iwouldn't trust that guy for all the money in the world. What a lowlife snake!!!!!
RicHARD REIMAN February 24, 2013 at 02:25 PM
sorry moved in2012 i see Brain M is at it lol,but what i will tell you about BOB. is he is the right man for the job,he honest and fair guy,that may not a good or a bad thing to be incharge of a town,but its better then what you have now,and if i was there a reg dem,he would have my suport and vote and i wish hi and his family the best,and anyone who would want to see any pol.be a dem or from gop or any party and fail well then your an ASS.GOOD LUCK BOB
mary wellbourne February 24, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Bottom line for Smithtown is who can keep our Taxes low. We have a proven winner in Pat Vecchio why would we switch horses. It does not make sense for the republicans to have this infighting but there must be a reason.
Howard Knispel February 24, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Brian - "no such thing as a tax and spend republican"? That's a joke right. Very funny.LOL!
Howard Knispel February 24, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Honest??? Creighton is the guy who promised he would only be in town government on term. I guess that was not a lie, just a miscalculation.
Howard Knispel February 24, 2013 at 04:28 PM
I look at my tax bill and I do not see low taxes. But when I drive down the street in the town I see potholes and closed store fronts. I see a dysfunctional and unplanned downtown. I see a complete lack of town services. But low taxes? That I do not see.
Argile February 24, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Unions have become the bane of Long Island. They are holding the LI taxpayer hostage and wont lift a finger to help until they are paid the money THEY want, not what they should be paid. Their greedy arrogance has ruined LI. This past snow storm was proof of that.
mary wellbourne February 24, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Well Howard take a look at your town portion of your tax bill. This is the portion that does not have your school taxes or the part for Suffolk Police and you will see that Smithtown taxes are low. As far as closed store fronts I think that can be pushed to a much higher level the Feds and State that have no problem taxing one to death. The property owners also bear some fault if they are looking for outlandish rents
knee jerk February 25, 2013 at 12:58 AM
@Brian M Clancy; You sir, are exactly what is wrong in Smithtown and its one party rule (Republican).Why would Pat Vecchio cross over party lines and endorse Bishop if he wasn't getting the job done for Smithtown and Long Island. I salute Pat Vecchio for his "gutty" endorsement, and would gladly vote for him again. Kind of makes me recall Rep Peter King saying " anyone from NY or NJ who contributes one penny to congressional Republicans is out of their minds." Also very gutty, but sometimes you have to cross party lines to find the best candidate, something I'm sure you and your Tea Party will never do.That's ok though, because if your party couldn't beat Obama in an economy this bad, I think it will become extinct. Not willing to bend when you are outnumbered is not a good move.
Brian M Clancy February 25, 2013 at 04:40 PM
I repeat, and I will go slowly so any Dems reading this have a chance at understanding it. Pat Vecchio sold out the Republican Party in Smithtown when he endorsed Tim Bishop. Bishop's policies (90%+ voting with Obama and Pelosi)are out of line with the voters of the Town of Smithtown as witnessed by the past 2 Presidential elections where Smithtown voters repudiated Obama and co. I do not profess to know what inspired this sell-out and am not questioning the Supervisor's motives. But in the immortal words of the Gipper, "Facts are stubborn things". The millstone hanging around the necks of Smithtown residents (AKA Obamacare) passwed by the narrowest of margins and Tim Bishop's support for this nightmare was crucial. Creighton and company would be wise to lay this atrocity at Vecchio's doorstep where it rightfully belongs.
ChudleyQ February 25, 2013 at 05:08 PM
I have to completely agree with Knee Jerk on this. First, what you said about Democrats was obnoxious and condescending. Somehow if a Democrat walked into your office and wanted to sell a house, I'm sure you'd put your high and mighty philosophies to the side and happily take their money. Second, Vecchio's support of Bishop does not make him a turncoat as you paint him to be, it makes him capable of independent thought, which may very well be what the rest of the Republican cronies don't like/trust about him. Makes me way more likely to vote for him than for Creighton. Third, the quote "Facts are stubborn things..." is from John Adams. It was referenced in a speech by Ronald Reagan, who PLAYED "The Gipper" in a movie. But please, don't let stubborn things like facts get in the way of your beliefs, or your fading grasp of reality. Your precious Republicans may have a firm grasp on Smithtown politics, but the County Executive, Governor, two U.S. Senators and President are all Democrats. Sounds to me like you're out of touch, Brian, as are the other ancient Republicans running the town. Since it's not likely to change in the next few years, I quote the snooty maitre'd in the movie "Ferris Buehler's Day Off"...."I weep for the future".
knee jerk February 25, 2013 at 05:34 PM
@Brain M Clancy: Thanks for going slow for me as I can't understand anything without mouthing the words .Actually, Vecchio sold out the Democrats of Smithtown first, when he first switched parties. Maybe he endorsed Bishop to even the tab.
timeiseverything February 25, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Oh Howard...You are sounding mor sand more like a sore loser very day. You twist things and change them up for your own sad purpose. Don't think Creighton ever "promised" he'd run for one term only. That may have been his intent until he realized how much work needs to be done in TOS and how difficult it is to get any of it done with Vecchio in place. You need to accept that you lost miserably to Creighton when you did run and it is very unbecoming to keep bashing him. You would make a great blogger, Howard but a horrible politician. You obviously have a good deal of time on your hands . I suggest a hobby.
John Higgins February 27, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Dump vecchio. He has outlived his term as king. Go to Florida . Be a condo king.
Brian M Clancy February 27, 2013 at 10:44 PM
I thought all Democrats lived in public housing. Might be time to revamp my marketing campaign and use smaller words,
Rich Reiman March 01, 2013 at 04:16 AM
You know whars funny,i just read someones statment some i know,and its saddens me, im a dem,and not once would i wanted bush or anyone fail,we are a great country and when they fail we all fail.so what the F cant we just get along ?so let these boneheads get there shit together,but as a dem BOB C. is the right man for the job...
P. J. Miller March 18, 2013 at 06:23 PM
I am sure if Creighton wins our taxes will go up - so far,with Pat they have not- and granted we are not happy with many things but that has alot to do with the economy. When the economy was good everyone was happy. We can't put the bad economy problems on Pat. And knowing that Creighton and Wehrheim accepted donations from Creightons son law firm is another shady problem that we must look at. Is he really out for us?? Or for his pocket??
Nesconset Dude March 18, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Actually, taxes were just raised under Mr. Vecchio's rule. Promotions, 10%+ raises(!!!!), pension costs, etc.
P. J. Miller March 18, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Promotions happen every year. The raises are every 3 years according to the union contract and they DID NOT get 10% - that has and never will happen. Raises were 2%. Pensions costs are a given - we have nys workers and when they retire they get their pension. But that is all figured in the budget every year and does not cost the taxpayer extra money. The workers would love to see an incentive and Pat has said that he will not do one because incentives cost money. So in actuality - we are not doing that bad. Get your facts before you post.
Nesconset Dude March 18, 2013 at 07:19 PM
There HAS TO BE a promotion every year? I'm working for the wrong folks. Perhaps later on I'll look up the two seperate articles regarding raises in Smithtown from a few months back. So, what you're trying to say is that even though revenues are down and pension costs are up, the money is coming from a magical place? What about the costs from the storms we've been slammed by in the past 6 months? Taxes are going up, regardless of you disputing the "facts".
Howard Knispel March 18, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Stop arguing. You're both right. If either gets elected our taxes will go up and we will get less services.
P. J. Miller March 18, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Within the town - they have steps of your title and not everyone, but some of the employees are brought up to the next level, for example, laborer I, laborer II, etc. The increase is not alot of money. The problem I see is that the dept heads and foreman should try and cut back on the OT as not everyone is needed. Plus with the union CSEA contract- the employees do get their annual raise per the contract. Again not much. Pat has done a good job negotiating the contracts in fact a few times he asked for givebacks and refused to agree to a salary increase - so holidays were given back and the percentage was lowered. If you have a problem with that then you should speak to the CSEA president with the town Kelly Brown who works in Planning Dept.

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