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Vecchio to Run for 13th Town Supervisor Term

Smithtown's town supervisor announced he would run again during a Smithtown Republican fundraiser Sunday, according to a Newsday report.

Town Supervisor Patrick Vecchio announced Sunday at a Smithtown Republican fundraiser in Lake Ronkonkoma that he would be running for a 13th term, according to a Newsday report.

Vecchio will turn 83-years-old in September.

According to the Newsday report, Vecchio, who has held the town supervisor seat for 35 years and first elected in 1977, is the longest-serving town supervisor in Long Island history.

"I enter every campaign with some sense of trying to give my message out to the people," Vecchio told Newsday. "It's a well-known message out for many years, so I hope that it works again this time."

Vecchio has made headlines recently with questioning the motivation behind installing red light cameras in Smithtown and announcing Hurricane Sandy cleanup costs would increase from $5.3 million to $7.6 milllion.

Click here to read the full Newsday report [subscription required].

K.A.C. February 05, 2013 at 01:30 PM
I agree it's time for new, younger, more open minded blood in Smithtown. Have brought up the idea several times with other moms at town meetings about putting in a nice skate park for the kids. He shot it down without even listening. So I continue to give my money to Town of Huntington who invested in their young people with a gorgeous park where kids can spend the day. Apartments on Main St? How about the old 84 Lumber site?? Would have been great spots for a new park. We need someone new who is interested in making Smithtown nicer all around.
Frank Mercuri February 05, 2013 at 02:33 PM
This is the USA. Age is not a factor. Many so called young cannot come close to what the wisdom and experience is offered by we elders. Don't be to quick to use age as a factor. You too will one day be a senior. So long as one has the strength and mind and health to do a job, he or she should do it. We seniors are not going to crawl up and "enjoy" our retirement. Sometimes we can't due to some of the screw ups we see the "young" and in experiemced are doing to our country.If you do not like what is being done, don't complain about age and time to go. If anyone out there has the desire to run for office go for it.I give Pat all the credit in the world. He is doing what he loves best ,being of service and deserves better comments than some posted here.I have know this man for a good number of years and he gives his all. So again if he wants to run so be it. if anyone out there thinks they can do better go for it or forever hold your piece.
Smithtown Rez February 05, 2013 at 02:49 PM
I think it is not an age issue, it is a clear generational issue. The Town of Smithtown has a range of citizens but what is absent from a stale Board and overly tenured Supervisor is a voice for one key set of constituents: The middle-aged family still balancing the mortgage payment, school, kid programs, college savings and our own retirement plans. It is not about being 80+, it is about needing at least one voice that sees the Town through the lens of what is needed "NEXT," while preserving what has made this a solid Township for decades. The very fact that this Town has not presented a single up and coming leader, even from the monopolistic Republican party, shows that they do not want to consider the next generation that is currently supporting the home values through new purchases, volunteering and driving most of the community programs and continuing to breath life into the economic engine of Smithtown. And who on the Town Board has come from the private sector? It is all comfortable public sector refugees who take care of their own. I like this Township, but the Republican Party (because we know a Dem will never be elected in this town) needs to go about the care and feeding of the next generation. The biggest challenge of course is our generation are the ones working our tail off to pay for our mortgage and families, and the "part-time" Town Board likes to have its meetings at 2pm. If that does not speak to how they no longer understand their constituents what does?
Argile February 05, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Take my own advice? What you said about property taxes is exactly what I was talking about. Did you not understand what I was talking about?
Ann February 05, 2013 at 02:50 PM
You've got that right - he and all the other town workers collected enough over the years - now they'll be living in the lap of luxury while a lot of people are struggling with high taxes - he's gotta go!
Smithtown Rez February 05, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Sure, drop the private sector hustle our middle-aged generation is currently doing as we support the home values and community programs that preserve the strength of Smithtown. It is not as easy as saying "just run" as there is this thing called "no income" and what for most of us is a 50 hour work week in a typical corporate role. It is ALSO incumbent upon our elected leaders to cultivate the viewpoints and voice of all of their constituents. The current generation of leadership is not doing this and have created a vicious cycle. They are years past having to afford a mortgage. They are all sitting comfortably with a locked in retirement from decades in the public sector and if they lose a primary...so what. If the next generation runs and loses (which the town cronies would likely rig to ensure) then they are without an income but still get the pleasure of a mortgage they need to pay and property taxes to afford. The Town government has turned into a retirees country club without one or two fresh perspectives in YEARS.That is a failure of elected leadership to do their job. So no, I should not have to "just run" to fix this problem. Our well paid and elected officials should be working on it. After all, they represent us, and we pay their salaries.
Catherine S. February 05, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Bravo Mary Ctizen. Someone finally says it!!! How one sided Dave Ambro of the Smithtown News really is. Doesnt he think anyone noticed how overnight he changed his writing style to favor Vecchio. Its blatant!! Gotta wonder what Vecchio is doing for him! Never saw such biased stories in a newspaper! Wouldn't even buy it to use as toilet paper.
* February 05, 2013 at 06:07 PM
Honorable Patrick Vecchio is well qualify and is in better health then some of us. If you know Roman History the fall of Rome was killing off the Emperor. What came to follow was blight, mayhem, chaos and the dark ages. T.O.S. is LIVE SAFE-LIVE TOS! His age? He is well compent to cross his t's and dot his i's. Do I need to ask my 82 year old neighbor in good health and a well balance mind to move from T.O.S., because I think he is too old to live next to me? There is a AGE DISCRMINATION LAW. Read it before you post. https://www.google.com/search?q=age+discrimination+in+employment+act&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari#itp=open4 13th run for the Man of the Town of Smithtown! He will win as he always does as he more compent in my opinion then you and I. He protects T.O.S. like he does his own property! He has created Surburban Planning and commerce for T.O.S.. He has updated the T.O.S. Web site and has maby future plans. CAPISH ? Victory Song for all of YOU: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=971va-ug-tk&sns=em
Monica R McNamara February 05, 2013 at 06:09 PM
I agree 100% and PS I would run for Supervisor myself. We need fresh blood, without questions. Time to move on Mr Vecchio!
Diane Rafferty February 05, 2013 at 07:14 PM
They way he handled the Sandy Storm was terrible. We are people of means so we do not need help. He lost me on that one... I also agree on the meetings. We all work and cannot attend them. Get in touch with your constituents.
t February 05, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Take a look around at the other towns on long island (taxes, annual % increases, scandals, etc.) We could do a lot worse than Pat Vecchio
Frank Mercuri February 05, 2013 at 09:14 PM
The old saying is this. If you do not like what you see, then do something about it. It is an age factor according to some of the commentary. As to the storm Smithtown did a greatup job in the cleanup under the circumstances and also dring the snow storms.. Seems eveyone wants something done now. Again if one does not like what is going on, do something about it rather than singing to the choir.
Handymom February 05, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Well said!
Mark D West February 06, 2013 at 01:42 AM
That comment makes no sense whatsoever! Conservatives have always run Smithtown, the taxes are out of sight and you write the Liberals will cause high taxes? Stop drinking the right wing Kool Aid.
* February 06, 2013 at 02:08 AM
Benice Here-say! "Mr. Vecchio ran for office because he has nothing to do. Someone told you? You then go on to say; "It's very intimidating go against the school district, especially for those with kids in the district." You show no Leadership to your kids. Do you?
new guy February 06, 2013 at 03:34 AM
I'm sorry I did misunderstand your post.
Argile February 06, 2013 at 07:24 AM
The conservatives don't run the Smithtown Board of Education. If you're a Smithtown homeowner take a good look at your property tax bill. 60-70% of that bill goes to the school district. Now according to you since I'm drinking the "right wing kool aide," please tell me how Vecchio has any correlation to school taxes?
Nesconset Dude February 06, 2013 at 11:56 AM
Vecchio was originally a Democrat. Leopard changed its spots, but it's still a leopard.
Ken Heard February 06, 2013 at 03:58 PM
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Ken Heard February 06, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Anything can nappen. If the Republicans screw up and revolt against,Vecchio then the Democrats may back him.. And conservatives may be a wild card
Smithtown Rez February 06, 2013 at 05:57 PM
The day a Democrat is named the Supervisor in this town I will run down Main Street naked.
Smithtown Rez February 06, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Straw man argument. I am not even saying get rid of the Republicans. My point is we can do better. And generation-wise this entire Town Council is out of touch. "Do a lot worse" is not a cogent argument. I would like to do better than what we have. I do not care about the other Towns. I care about the one I live in. We have a decaying infrastructure and Main Street issues that have persisted for YEARS. This current regime has failed to improve upon that. I want better. I want investment in our infrastructure so that the higher property taxes I choose to pay at least show up in the streets I drive on and the town facilities I use.
Smithtown Rez February 06, 2013 at 06:06 PM
He updated the website???! How about doing Town Hall's or "ask the supervisor" events online in the evening via Google Hangout? Doing mobile alerts for when documents are ready for pickup at town offices or making forms for things like capital improvements available and "easily" searchable online; maybe as a FORM to submit electronically. How about hosting local ask the Town Council events in each of the TOS neighborhoods on a rotating basis so folks from Nesconset to Commack feel heard on their specific challenges? Updating a website catches us up to about 5 years ago. And the content is not even kept fresh enough to warrant a visit to the site for anything more than meeting calendars and the recycling schedule. Stop settling. We can do better in an already good town by getting rid of Grandpa.
* February 06, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Bernice*, Point well taken. Thank you, for your clarification. Undestood. Leadership is taking your time to answer a question pose to you. Take care of those Junior Leaders. Enjoy your evening! J*
Argile February 07, 2013 at 03:28 AM
I don't think anyone wants to see either one. lol
jozee February 07, 2013 at 06:05 PM
@diane rafferty, you are absolutely correct i was not at all happy w/the way things were handled in smithtown re: sandy, there was no information at all on a local level the town started to give out ice AFTER we had electric, and that goes for the county as well there wasnt one person that represented suffolk county on the news that told us what was going on and where you could go for safety if need be. it was horrendous to say the least.
Joanne February 10, 2013 at 03:13 PM
TIME TO RETIRE PAT!
Ann February 10, 2013 at 03:26 PM
I don't think anyone should really worry whether you are Republican or Democrat (I know a lot of you would like your party to win) your main concern should be what can the person do for the town - not what party you are in - look at Congress - you have a Democratic President and most of the members are Republican - are they concerned for the welfare of the people - NO - they care concerned whether their party will win or not on issues - so please don't judge Democrat or Republican.
Ken Heard February 10, 2013 at 08:49 PM
As William " Captain Kirk" Shatner once remarked in Airplane 2, " Irony can be so ironic " Of the 48 comments above, 46 were negative and only 2 positive. . Yet Mr Vecchio continues to win election after election after election.....This speaks volumns for those of us who favor an end to term limits for president and other elected officials, especiqally after the dishonest game Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council played a few years ago And while they're at it, change the name of the Queensboro Bridge to the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge and the Triboro Bridge to the Robert Kennedy Triboro Bridge. Neither of thes two men had anything to do with the construction of either bridge. Why arn't the bridges named after Mayor George Mc Clellan, Mayor Robert Van Wyck, Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, President Franklin Roosevelt or Robert Moses. These men had more to do with these bridges than Koch or Kennedy. . If we got rid of term limits, the voter would be in the drivers seat,sincethe only real reason for term limits is to give mayoral wannabees a crack at the job. Without term limits, the loyal opposition has been unable to take control of the supervisors office for one third of a century. Thit is because no opponent . has been able to make the point that he or she would make a better supervisor. Like it or not, that's real democracy !
clay February 11, 2013 at 03:51 PM
I'd retire after the way the snow removal is being handled in Smithtown

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