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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

Bill February 26, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Downtown/Main St is Vecchio's legacy - we need to remove him ASAP so we can save this town!
Jim Bennett February 26, 2013 at 09:49 PM
Meglomania in it's purest form.
kaz February 26, 2013 at 10:35 PM
As a Republican who is proud to support and promote conservative values, I am appalled at the deterioration of our politicians and absence of any constructive dialogue. We, the innocent, yet paying taxpayers, are getting short changed. The future of Smithtown and Long Island are in great peril unless civility returns and we, republicans and democrats, engage in meaningful conversation and planning.
Lisa Ann Cucuzza February 26, 2013 at 10:43 PM
Smithtown Supervisor Pat Vecchio has and always will be the best choice for Smithtown. He fiscal managment is impeccable, his ability to lead Smithtown is above any other. Regardless of a persons party afficate he has always been fair, honest and has had the best intrest for all the residence of Smithtown. This is a total bash of character of a good leader.This needs to stop.
Smithtown Rez February 26, 2013 at 10:44 PM
What are you talking about!?!? Smithtown has been, and will absolutely still be Republican controlled - likely with every single Town Council seat a Republican seat as well - for the next 40 years, as it has for the past 40 years. This is about which Republican will win the Supervisor seat. By the way, the "insurgent" is coming off of the Conservative Party line...are they socialists?
Marion Knott February 26, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Oh darn, the liberal label is rearing it's head from Mary. Who cares whether a person is liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat. Smithtown is a tired old town. There has been no improvement since we have been here in fifty years. We don't need labels. We do need people to lead the town into the twenty first century. For the most part I love our schools and I love our library and I love the highway dept. despite the bothers of Nemo. It's Main Street that needs revitalization and a traffic engineer should be hired to make driving and walking in Smithtown a pleasure rather than a bother.
Smithtown Rez February 27, 2013 at 12:06 AM
I just realized, Vecchio endorsed Bishop first time around, and while Randy may have lost regardless it is not the best form to call out a Republican loss when you as head of the largest Republican stronghold in the county backed the opponent. Karma is a funny thing...and his other comments about LaValle are spot on...so as a political spectator this is quite fun.
Mike DiFrancesca February 27, 2013 at 01:19 AM
Good bye Vecchio.
Darry Bilco February 27, 2013 at 02:46 AM
vecchio is not a fair man. Talk to any business owner in Smithtown, and find men and women who wanted to open a business but found nothing but roadblocks from Vecchio's hand chosen cabinet and tell me how he is 'fair'. Talk to the many businesses in town who have taken checks (bounce!) and IOUs from Mrs. Vecchio only to find they will never, ever be paid. Those that push the issue are quickly visited by an inspector, public safety or other to quell any desire for repayment. Ask the restaurant owner who finds Vecchio having a business lunch by never pays the check. Go and find the grand jury report that details many of the failings of this good and honest man. Look at downtown Kings Park and Smithtown and tell me this is the best our towns can be. How about the leadership on the vacant hospital grounds. Saying 'no' is not leadership, it is the hallmark of a petulant child who can not get his way. A true leader would have been at the forefront as soon as the state said the hospital was closing and not someone who sat back and watched as the buildings and the property decayed. Pat Vecchio had a good run, but it is time to move on to someone who has the vision and personality to be a leader.
Argile February 27, 2013 at 03:07 AM
Normally I would say Vecchio's ship has sunk with that comment but we are talking about Smithtown here. It's not like the NY Governors race when Palidino was saying one stupid comment after the other which got Cuomo elected. Smithtown will still elect him and judging from the way they vote during the school budget the residents enjoy getting tortured for lots of taxes.
John Francis February 27, 2013 at 04:51 AM
I agree with Vecchio, Lavalle has been a disaster. Angie Carpenter, Steve Levy, cross endorsing that tyrant sheriff and numbskull DA.
Alex B February 27, 2013 at 06:33 AM
"Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican." - Ronald Reagan, 1966
jhennessy February 27, 2013 at 07:48 AM
With Pat as an independent, Bob as a republican, who knows as a democrat, and all the other lines on the ballot, this should be one fun election between now and November. Wonder what the Las Vegas, odds will be.
jhennessy February 27, 2013 at 08:01 AM
And if Randy doesn't sell his house, he could start his own petition for one of those other ballot lines, or even a new ballot line of his own. Wonder what the name might be.....
josef February 27, 2013 at 11:19 AM
Hate to inform you all but here is a little peek into your near future.I've been predicting for all the thirty seven years that I lived in Smithtown and have not been wrong yet. Here it is--- Pat Vecchio easily wins again--This year your school taxes will be even higher no matter how many times you vote against them and lastly there will be the standard amount of vacancies in town.
Babaloo February 27, 2013 at 12:53 PM
I don't care about the old man one way or the other. His assesment of LaValle is spot in.
WOODY11780 February 27, 2013 at 02:13 PM
AGREED !!!
P. J. Miller February 27, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Agree with you robkoz- Smithtown residens love to pay higher taxes and keep voting in the new school budget. Why? They put fear into us that the kids will lose programs, mostly sports. My kids go to school to learn not play sports. But we will continue to be forced to vote yes. If we made as much noise for the school budget as there has been on this primary things in the school budget vote would be different. But mention cut backs for kids and everyone backs offf.
P. J. Miller February 27, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Sometimes it is better the devil you know than you don't know.
Brian Whitehurst February 27, 2013 at 02:44 PM
I agree with Pat 100% about LaValle. LaValle's abysmal record shows you need to take a close look at any candidate he endorses. And he has no standing to endorse a candidate in a Republican primary for Smithtown Supervisor. LaValle should resign for the good of the Republican party in Suffolk County.
Brian Whitehurst February 27, 2013 at 02:49 PM
I spoke to Vecchio about that. He said he believe Bishop was very good to Smithtown. Bishop had brought a lot of stimulus bucks back to Smithtown. Vecchio felt that as the Supervisor of Smithtown he needed to support Bishop for his support for Smithtown.
Brian Whitehurst February 27, 2013 at 02:54 PM
Ad a Republican and proud Conservative I belive Vecchio's dialogue is spot on. LaValle has been horrible for Long Island and needs to be called out. I'm glad he found a candidate that will not fall in line. This conversation needs to be had and LaValle has egregiously overstepped his authority again.
Sticks60 February 27, 2013 at 02:55 PM
To Vecchio's credit he has kept the town portion of our taxes in line, which is only a small percentage of the total, while the school taxes, that makes up over 2/3's of our taxes has gone up over 50% in the last ten years. On the other side we need to get our government operation in the twenty-first century if this community wants to prosper.
Smithtown Rez February 27, 2013 at 03:54 PM
I think if Creighton gets the full republican party backing, and he already has the conservative backing having come from that party, the republican registered voter rolls carry Creighton to a victory. There will be little if any support for Vecchio from the Democratic ranks. They also are unlikely to vote for Creighton, but this is a party line voting Town. To say Pat wins easily is way off in my opinion. If he does manage a win, it will have been by the skin of his teeth.
DaddyGuru February 27, 2013 at 06:35 PM
independents will decide who wins
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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