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Vecchio: Suffolk GOP Pathetic, Altschuler a 'Carpetbagger'

Smithtown Supervisor calls Sufffolk Republican Leader John Jay LaValle endorsement a "kiss of death" for Creighton; highlights failures of party leader.

Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio wrote a scathing letter calling Suffolk GOP Leader John Jay LaValle's leadership "pathetic" after he endorsed opponent Robert Creighton for Smithtown Supervisor on Monday night. 

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's writes: 

Chairman John LaValle,

It is mind-boggling that you, with your failed electoral record, have the temerity and audacity to come into Smithtown and endorse a candidate for Town Supervisor and demean the stellar government of our town.

What is especially egregious, is that you have no real standing to articulate anything of value or substance on election matters. Let’s look at your record. The Suffolk County Legislature currently consists of Eleven Democrats, two minor party legislators and only five Republicans, a significant erosion of GOP strength under your watch. In January, your candidate for the county legislature of the First District was trounced in a special election by a Democrat. The Republican Party garnered less than thirty-three percent of the vote in a district that favors Republican enrollment. That is pathetic. 

Suffolk County’s two Congressmen are Democrats, as is the County Executive. Your congressional candidate, the carpetbagger Randy Altshuler, was defeated by an overwhelming 11,000 votes in 2012. In short, your support and endorsement of anyone is the “kiss of death.”

I am seeking a 13th term as Town Supervisor of Smithtown, and I do so with a great deal of pride, achievement and fiscal integrity. You had two terms as Supervisor of Brookhaven and you departed while your town was under investigation. The Town of Brookhaven was labeled, “Crookhaven,” during your tenure in office. That sobriquet, unfortunately, has affected the candidacies of too many good and able Republican candidates for any office.

There is one good option for you, and that is resignation. You owe it to the Republican Party of Suffolk County.

- Patrick Vecchio

George February 27, 2013 at 07:16 PM
My feelings about Vecchio are mixed but I must agree with him about LaValle. I am only surprised by the strenght of the feelings behind the letter.
I St James February 28, 2013 at 01:41 AM
Go Creighton
Paul March 01, 2013 at 02:30 AM
The problem with the vacancies on Main Street as mentioned earlier is something that local officials have little to no control over. Businesses who decide to close , relocate or expand are more a product of local , state and federal economics. If businesses or individuals cannot borrow money because the state and federal government are doing all the borrowing new businesses will not open and existing businesses cannot expand. Also, what incentive is their for individuals or businesses to open or expand , corporate taxes were just raised and going higher and items such as food have gone up dramatically and fuel prices have doubled in last 4 years as well. Consumers are holding back on spending due to economic fear and uncertainty . In these chaotic and uncertain times Supervisor Vecchio brings decades of experience and straight talk to Smithtown that Bob Crieghton or anyone else on the town board simply does not have . Bob Crieghton I believe is a person who should be commended and respected for his years in law enforcement, but his few years as a board member is not enough experience in town affairs to make him as effective as Supervosir Vecchio.
Marion Knott March 01, 2013 at 06:21 AM
Let's not fool ourselves. When we moved here in 1963, Main St. had two supermarkets and a Sears Catalog store and a bakery and a JC Penney's. But it still wasn't pretty or shop worthy. From then until now we have had "up" times bit nothing was ever done to improve its appearance. Don't get me wrong. I moved here to St. James and loved it then and love it now but I don't love what I see on Main St. It's not only Mr. Veccio but those that came before him. Look at Stony Brook and Port Jefferson. Someone has to have the vision to make it "pretty."
Bill March 01, 2013 at 03:19 PM
local officials have huge control over Main St vacancies and the look and feel of the town - it's called master planning, of which Smithtown apparently has none - Tax Incremental Financing (i.e. TIF) and other tax incentive programs are tried and true techniques municipalities across the country have used to stimulate redevelopment of wasted and blighted areas - just look at so many NYC neighborhoods that are thriving because of these programs - Vecchio just doesn't get it and never will - it's time for him to go.

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