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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. 

Friend of St James November 06, 2013 at 07:22 AM
Great someone keep him awake and out of FL for the next 4 years. As we have learned with Obama- you get what you vote for and in this case more of the same in Smithtown is NOT WHAT THIS TOWN NEEDS.
Hasyayoga November 06, 2013 at 09:01 AM
I thought I saw him wandering in front of the Senior Citizen's center with an open carton of milk...looking confused...oops...sorry, mistaken identity.
marguerite zangrillo November 06, 2013 at 09:33 AM
The above comments smack of age-discrimination. Sadly some people do not value the wisdom that often comes with age. Mr. Vecchio has done many good things for Smithtown, but this fact might not have registered in the minds of some voters, who now lower themselves by using such undignified references.
swataz November 06, 2013 at 09:39 AM
I don't know if Mr. Snair was the answer, but without Mr. Creighton in the mix, Mr. Vecchio may not have won. That does, of course, depend a lot on whether the votes for Creighton were non-votes for Vecchio along conservative lines.
Ann November 06, 2013 at 10:45 AM
It's a shame that the people of Smithtown did not want to make a change - I guess they like to be walked on - I am not against age discrimination but the man should have left for Boca long time ago. These same people that voted for Vecchio have nothing to complain about when something goes wrong in the Smithtown district - don't want to hear a word.
Lady L November 06, 2013 at 11:24 AM
Look at your tax bill people.....take out school taxes and what the scpd gets and then you'll realize how much you get for how little you pay! From. What has been reported mr snair doesn't even own a home in smithtown ...it has been reported he rents an apartment. ..do I want a 29 year old with zero real life experience running a town in which he doesn't even contribute to the bottom line....he'll no! How did Jorgensen get re elected? Did the voters forget the fouled up blizzard clean up.?
Lady L November 06, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Creighton should be the next to go
Friend of St James November 06, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Sorry, it is not about age discrimination it's about the FACT that this town is struggle and so are the Taxpayers and we have been for YEARS under Vecchio's control. Seemingly enough is not enough foe some voters.
Sick and tired November 06, 2013 at 10:58 PM
I'm still waiting for a Creighton supporter to explain how we've been under the control of a man (Vecchio) who has been in the minority for the last four years. Creighton and his buddies--Malloy and Wehrheim--have been in the majority and done nothing. If the Town is struggling, and if you believe the struggle is due to local politicians, then blame the Town Board majority, not Vecchio. Your guy lost because his next good idea will be his first.
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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