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Who Should Run Against Vecchio?

Smithtown Supervisor said he will seek a 13th term. But who, Republican or Democrat, should he face?

Long Island's longest sitting town supervisor, Smithtown's Patrick Vecchio, has his eye on a record 13th term in office. But whether he wins one depends on whether he can once more get more votes than his opponents.

But who exactly will those opponents be?

As news of Vecchio's plans continue to engage Patch readers in our Smithtown communities, we'd like everyone to take a moment and let us know who they think should run against the supervisor. It could be a Republican you'd like to see challenge him in a primary or a Democrat you hope takes him on in a general election. We'll keep this list going for about a week and then we'll create a poll to find out who the most popular candidates are in town.

localguy February 05, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Anyone who doesn't owe favors.....
RC February 05, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Me
King Pedlar February 05, 2013 at 06:29 PM
3 come to mind: Randy Altschuler, Mike Fitzpatrick or Jane Conway. Problem is Randy is and has been shooting for the congressional seat. Might not settle for less. And I think Mike Fitzpatrick is happy where he is. Finally, I always liked Jane Conway. But whether she would want re-enter the political arena is doubtful.
Christopher Crean February 05, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Michael Fitzpatrick
John McCluskey February 05, 2013 at 07:18 PM
I love Michael Fitzpatrick. He could possibly be the only candidate that could be as fiscally conservative as Vecchio was. But it might be a demotion to go from NYS Assemblyman to Town Supervisor.
Tim ENPT February 05, 2013 at 08:44 PM
I totally agree, Michael Fitzpatrick would be a great choice!
Greg Martinez February 05, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Under current political conditions, I will make the following predictions. 1. Pat Vecchio will run again. 2. There will be no Republican Primary. 3. Pat Vecchio will be re-elected, regardless who the Dems nominate.
Liberty February 05, 2013 at 09:25 PM
No thanks to RC, Pat Vecchio is about keeping taxes low but if Pat doesn't run mike Fitzpatrick is the only other choice
mary Ctizen February 06, 2013 at 01:22 AM
Mike Fitzpatrick publically endorsed old and dear friend Pat Vecchio at that fundraiser on Sunday. He won't be running against him based on that.
* February 06, 2013 at 02:00 AM
Second, Greg Martinez predictions! He may be unchallenged and walk back into T.O.S. office.
RC February 06, 2013 at 03:19 AM
Liberty ... Only kidding !
lisa costello February 06, 2013 at 03:21 AM
Howdy Doody
King Pedlar February 06, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Pat Vecchio will leave when he's good and ready, which is probably never.
gummy February 06, 2013 at 11:29 AM
This old dog needs a rest. Smithtown this guy has more people in his pocket than.......
* February 06, 2013 at 12:41 PM
gummy! How are you, "you old mule?!"
WOODY11780 February 06, 2013 at 01:34 PM
MAY THE BEST MAN WIN !!! ;-)
P. J. Miller February 06, 2013 at 02:46 PM
He has kept taxes down and that is huge considering our economy. Wonder if during his term can he 'appoint' someone to take over for him??
localguy February 06, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Unfortunately the "best man" may not be running.
Smithtown Rez February 06, 2013 at 05:44 PM
I would not be surprised if that is the plan. And I second Greg Martinez's comment. No Dem will win. Not saying Smithtown does not need an infusion of new ideas but Smithtown is and will likely forever be a Republican dominated area. I personally feel you need to vote person first, party second, but in this ridiculously polarized political environment we are only further away from that.
Marion Knott February 18, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Pat was first elected as a Democrat and I was at a function, the opening of the Nesconset Library in that strip mall before their new place. None of the Republicans would talk to him and since I always feel sorry for the underdog I talked to him. He changed to Republican by the next election. We need a supervisor who can revitalize Smithtown. If it wasn't for the Smithhaven mall, we would still be shopping at the Walt Whitman mall.
P. J. Miller February 18, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Having a woman for Supervisor would be a good idea - but she would have to be strong and learn from Pat's mistakes. Yes I agree- he does repay favors, for jobs and bids. So it's time for a change. Also time for a change within town council. Jane Conway is a good choice, but I don't think she would win. We need someone really strong and willing to go against the dept heads and the favor asking group. Or - what about Tom McCarthy??
Marion Knott February 18, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Just skip politics and find someone decent. I'm glad I moved to St. James since it was a good place to raise the kids and luckily two are still raising their kids in the same town of Smithtown. The Three Village kids have a great school system and a beautiful town center. Our h'way dept. is much better.

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