The primary ballots in Smithtown are crowded this year as aspiring politicians are challenging long-time elected officials for their seats. The most public of these battles, Councilman Robert Creighton versus incumbent Supervisor Patrick Vecchio, has been filled town hall with tension over personal attacks and played out publicly on Main Street.
Only voters registered with the Republican party will be eligible to vote in the Sept. 10 primary. To check your registration with New York State Board of Elections, click here.
Town of Smithtown Supervisor
- Robert Creighton: Creighton, a Kings Park resident, was elected to his first political office as a Smithtown Town Board trustee in 2008. He was a former police commissioner for Suffolk County Police Department and former chief investigator for Suffolk County District Attorney's office. He has worked for private sector companies including American Express and Visa International.
Creighton has outlined plans for the Hauppauge Industrial Park that include permitting taller buildings, up to 62 feet off Motor Parkway, build more parking garages and create a buffer zone between the northern edge of the park and nearby residences.
Creighton is also the Smithtown Conservative's official candidate, and is cross-endorsed by Councilman Kevin Malloy and town clerk Vincent Puleo.
- Patrick Vecchio: Vecchio, a Fort Salonga resident, was first elected as the Town of Smithtown's supervisor in 1978. He has served the town for more than 30 years, making him New York's longest presiding town supervisor.
Vecchio announced that he is in opposition to the proposed Uplands at St. Johnland project off Route 25A in Kings Park. He has stated his interests lie with protecting open space and pursuing business development in appropriate areas.
Vecchio won the GOP's official endorsement by 74 votes in May. He has the cross-endorsement of Councilman Thomas McCarthy and Lynne Nowick.
To find out where you can cast your vote on Tuesday, click here.
Stay tuned to Patch for more information on who's running in the Republican primaries for Smithtown Town Council and Suffolk County's 13th legislative district.