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Olivia (tortie) & Isabella (tux) are two year old declawed sisters, and boy do these gals have it all….good looks and super dispositions!! What more could you ask for? We would like “Livie” and “Izzy” to go home together….cause really the only thing better than one purrfect lady are two purrfect ladies!


The Smithtown Animal Shelter has many kittens for adoption, the little ones are handled and socialized by our volunteer staff they are friendly have their initial shots and de-worming.










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Letter To The Editor - Congressman Bishop Supports Veterans With PTSD Training Program

To the editor:

I am writing to inform your readers about a serious issue facing our veterans: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that occurs after witnessing or experiencing life-threatening events. People with PTSD continue feeling extreme stress after the event is over, and it can lead greater mental health challenges such as depression. With 22 veterans taking their own lives every day, it’s critical that we give veterans and their families the tools and resources they need to combat PTSD.

When Suffolk County American Legion Commander Gene Ordmandy reached out to me about a PTSD training program, “From the Battlefield to the Streets,” I was immediately enthusiastic. The program trains Legionnaires to recognize symptoms of stress in returning veterans, on principles of combat stress intervention, in peer-to-peer support, and on available resources for veterans. To help raise the funding, I reached out to the Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, and together we were able to raise $10,000 for this program.

I encourage readers to reach out to veterans to let them know this program is being developed and to raise awareness about veterans living with PTSD.  Our veterans risked their lives to protect the freedoms we hold dear and they’ve earned high-quality care. It’s our job, all of us, to make sure they receive it.

Tim Bishop

Member of Congress


Support For The Smithtown Special Library Budget

CSEA Local 1000 AFSCME AFL-CIO, Suffolk Local 852, Unit 8349 endorses the passing of the 2015 budget for the Smithtown Special Library District.

Of course it does, you say: the union, which represents the 100-plus full- and part-time Civil Service employees of the Smithtown Library, has a vested interest in the budget passing.

True enough. Like working people everywhere, library employees have bills to pay and families to care for. A failed budget vote could mean reduced hours or lost jobs for employees due to reduced hours and service to the community. Union employees are not tax grabbers or highly-paid political appointees. We earn no more than our neighbors with comparable educational and job requirements and many of us earn less. Our contractual cost of living adjustment this year was 1.25%, less than the 1.7% national rate of inflation [Bureau of Labor Statistics, 9/17/2014]. No union member works at a public library to get rich.

But safeguarding jobs and families is not the sole motivating factor in encouraging the passing of the budget. Most of our members pursued a career in library work because they have a commitment to public service and appreciate the value of a good public library to this or any community.

But good public libraries don’t come free. It takes money to stock, staff and maintain a public library. Still, all things considered, your public library is  community’s best educational, cultural and recreational value. Does that sound self-serving? It isn’t. Library employees are taxpayers, too. Just like everyone else, we know what we want for our tax money and we scrutinize what we get. And we know how little of that tax money, percentage-wise, goes to public libraries. 

We know that it is the public’s satisfaction with the service they receive on each visit to the library in person or online at the library’s website throughout the year upon which rests the outcome of any budget vote. The union employees of the Smithtown Special Library District take pride in delivering the best service they can with the resources with which they are provided. From supervisors and schedule-makers to those who check out books, DVDs and CDs with a smile and a friendly word; to those who go the extra mile to track down a rare book or article or to provide help downloading an e-book; to those who instill the joy of reading in our youngest patrons; to those who catalog and process a steady stream of new materials, sort the mail, keep the ledgers, pay the bills and keep our buildings and equipment clean, safe and working properly, every member of the Smithtown Library employees’ union cares about the work they do and the quality of service they provide. And, yes, even in the internet age, public libraries are busier than ever. Come by any weekend or weekday after school and check it out. It should be evident that all of us, employees and community residents alike, are best served by the passage of a fair and responsible library budget.

The 2015 library budget vote will be held at all four branches - Smithtown, Commack, Kings Park and Nesconset - from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14. Please join us in voting ”yes.” 

Richard Riis, President


Suffolk Local 852, Unit 8349



Letter To The Editor - The Facts On Open Space & Recreation Trust Fund Referendum

Last week, Supervisor Vecchio stated his opposition to place an Open Space & Recreation Trust Fund referendum on November’s ballot. However, his attempt to manipulate the facts behind this proposal is alarming. He says “this is not a time to place more tax burden on the public,” but the facts clearly show that the exact opposite is true. When he was asked to let the people decide the outcome of the referendum, he oddly suggested that would not be “good government.” When told of the need for new and improved parks, he surprisingly said “enough is enough.”  

Here are the facts. Municipalities and school districts across the country have learned that open space preservation is not an expense, as the Supervisor claims, but an investment that produces economic benefits in perpetuity. Failure to participate in a land conservation program will lead to environmental degradation, contamination of our drinking water, a shortage of recreational space, deterioration of historical structures and property tax increases.  

In fact, open space preservation is considered the “Ultimate Tax Cap.” Protected open space helps keep property taxes from rising because increased residential development leads to increased demand for government services, schools and other costly infrastructure. For example, the addition of just 1 new single family home places our school districts in the red by about $6,600. 

With only 16% of Smithtown’s total land area dedicated for open space, the town must do a better job protecting its most important asset. The town has identified approximately 1,100 acres that they would recommend acquiring for open space and new parkland. In order to secure these parcels, the Supervisor and Town Board must have the decency to place the referendum on the ballot and let the people, not politics, decide the outcome.

Mike Rosato

Kings Park


Letter To The Editor - Conflict Of Interest In McCarthy's Vote

RE: Smithtown Deputy Supervisor’s salary increase voted on September 9, 2014

What part of “conflict of interest, or appearance of a conflict of interest” does not apply to Councilman Thomas McCarthy’s vote for his own $30,000 increase?  The answer is of course “NONE”.  It is so blatantly unethical, and untenable, that I can’t imagine how this action can stand.

Had McCarthy recused himself, as he should have, this vote would not have passed.  Should the position of deputy supervisor get a raise? Maybe… But the public has a right to discuss it first.  And is a $30,000 increase defensible? Maybe… but only if the Supervisor is really unable to handle his daily workload.  And should any increase be retroactive to the beginning of the year? Never! Any vote to increase Town Board salaries should be for future Town Board members.  Let each member who votes for his or her increase in salary, stand the test of the vote by the voters at their next election.  Only if re-elected, should an elected official ever benefit personally from their own vote.  

No conflict of Interest… Period. Enough is enough.

Sandy Trehy, Kings Park NY