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Vecchio's Reign as Supervisor Continues in Smithtown

Republican Supervisor beats Creighton, Snair at the polls to lead Smithtown for another 4 years.

Republican Patrick Vecchio has been re-elected to another term as Smithtown town supervisor. (Patch file photo)
Republican Patrick Vecchio has been re-elected to another term as Smithtown town supervisor. (Patch file photo)
Vecchio has won enough votes to  further extend his reign as New York's longest-serving town supervisor. 

Republican incumbent Patrick Vecchio has won the 2014 election for Town of Smithtown supervisor with 8,805 votes, over his Conservative challenger, Councilman Robert Creighton with 5,930 votes, and Democratic candidate Steven Snair with 4,783 votes with 89 out of 93 districts reporting, according to Suffolk County Board of Elections at 10:27 p.m. 

Vecchio won Tuesday's election with 45 percent of the overall vote, less than the 60.35 percent he received against Patricia Biancaniello in the 2009 election. 

Vecchio will begin his next four-year term as supervisor on Jan. 1, 2014 and serve through 2018. 

The Smithtown supervisor first announced he would seek another term in February, much to the surprise and dismay of some of his other party members. Suffolk Legis. John Kennedy Jr., R-Nesconset, graciously yield to his request to seek re-elections while his fellow town board member Creighton met him head-on. 

Creighton announced on Feb. 25 before a gathering of Smithtown Republicans that he intended to seek the GOP's nomination to run for town supervisor. He did so with the s of Smithtown Republican Chairman Bill Ellis and John Jay LaValle, chairman of Suffolk Republicans. 

Both Creighton and Vecchio set up campaign headquarters to visibly split Smithtown Main Street. 

Yet, when it came time for primary vote, Vecchio seized the Republican party nomination over Creighton by 3,245 votes to 2,566 votes, according to Suffolk County Board of Elections. 

Creighton chose to continue his campaign for town supervisor running on the Conservative line. 

Democratic challenger Steven Snair, a political newcomer, stayed relatively quiet in the run-up to the primaries, choosing to focus on his campaign in September and October. 

Snair publicly released a comprehensive plan of his proposals for Smithtown, should he be elected, and pledged to slash the current salary of the town's supervisor by 10 percent. 

Other Smithtown Races 

Alongside Vecchio, Republican Glenn Jorgensen has been re-elected to Smithtown Superintendent of Highways over challenger Thomas D. McCarthy, with 12,427 votes over 6,835 votes, according to Suffolk County Board of Elections. 

Republican Town Clerk Victor Puleo has also been re-elected with 12,172 votes over Democratic challenger Edward Haeffer, who received 6,170 votes, according to Suffolk County Board of Elections. 

Sherry Alongi November 07, 2013 at 02:53 AM
Those who think Vecchio is too old, might also explain why they don't think Creighton is. They might also ask themselves if Creighton ran for the benefit of Smithtown residents, or the benefit of his son and his certain business buddies who think zoning laws don't apply to them and enforce their infractions accordingly. Doesn't bother them to depreciate the value of others property, while they make themselves rich, in the least. (Unless of course you think the people in Kings Park who don't like a dumping ground in their backyard are just a bunch of whining trouble makers)
Sherry Alongi November 07, 2013 at 03:23 AM
For those who think Creighton has Smithtown residents at heart. http://www.northshoreoflongisland.com/Articles-News-i-2013-02-28-95381.112114-sub-Smithtown-takes-action-against-nuisance-industrial-company.html
Thomas Shortell November 07, 2013 at 03:42 AM
Great job. Keep Vecchio in office, so he can turn every store front on Main St in Smithtown into an armed forces recruiting center. We can't have a "Main St" thanks to Vecchio. But at least we'll have soldiers.
Sick and tired November 07, 2013 at 07:08 AM
@Thomas Shortell -- yes, the guy in the minority for 4 years is to blame for the current appearance of downtown Smithtown... In the midst of a national recession...with the Smiththaven Mall 10 minutes away to draw most potential customers... and horrendous traffic caused by the State's ridiculous re-configuration of Main Street. Please.
swataz November 08, 2013 at 11:43 AM
Then let the majority and the minority work toward a better solution for all of us. Why the hell is this so damn hard? I am not a businessperson, but if Smithtown's "leaders" make it difficult for people to start and run a business, why aren't they being held accountable by some higher authority? Are they being properly audited? Why can't it be fixed already?

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