Road closed at Moriches Rd. and Golf Club Rd. in Nissequogue due to PSEG replacing a pole damaged in a Motor Vehicle accident. Road is expected to reopen by midnight.
Town Board Meeting - Tuesday, April 7, 2015
1. The Town Board to consider Special Exception Petition #2015-03 as submitted by Long Island Sports Arena, LLC. The special exception is for an addition of a new 6,300 square foot steel building to the existing building located at 620 Middle Country Road, St. James , SCTM #108-03-4.1.
2. The Town Board to consider the Town’s entry onto certain real property located at 58 Wyandanch Blvd., Commack, Town of Smithtown, County of Suffolk, New York 11787 (SCTM# 0800-123-1-27), reputedly owned by ALBERT GOETZ-HADDAD, for the purpose of removing the camper/trailer at the subject premises, which camper/trailer has been found to be a public health hazard pursuant Chapter 112-25 of the Smithtown Town Code, as per the recommendation of the Director of the Building Department and the Town Attorney.
Smithtown Highway Superintendent Glenn Jorgensen was arraigned this morning in district court. The 63 year-old Jorgensen entered a “not guilty” plea to all four felony charges and a misdemeanor charge. According to Suffolk County District Attorney, “The Highway Superintendent of Smithtown is charged with tampering with public records, falsifying business records, filing false records, official misconduct and grand larceny.”
According to the DA, Jorgensen allegedly directed the altering of road construction reports to conceal his approval of paving of at least eight Smithtown streets in freezing temperatures last November. The contractor identified as doing the paving is Suffolk Asphalt Corporation of Selden.
There are clear standards written by the DOT that prevent paving in freezing temperatures that were not followed. ““State Department of Transportation construction standards dictate asphalt must not be applied to a road surface in freezing temperatures; and in fact, the town’s own engineer has said repaving in freezing weather would result in the asphalt falling apart,” District Attorney Spota said. “The repaving of a residential street doesn’t happen that often and when it does, residents are paying for a job done correctly, not a faulty repaving that will soon need pothole repair work.”
“The misdemeanor grand larceny charge Jorgensen faces alleges the Superintendent stole work order for the improper repaving and took the official documents home. District Attorney Detectives found the records in Jorgensen’s Hope Place residence, in his bedroom, under his bed.” statement issued by District Attorney Tom Spota.
Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota has directed the Smithtown Highway Superintendent to appear in First District court in Central Islip tomorrow morning.
Glenn Jorgensen, 63, the elected Superintendent of Highways since 2010, will appear in courtroom D-11 sometime after 11:00 am.
Jorgensen, a resident of St. James, is in charge of approximately 142 employees in a department with a $30 million annual operating budget to pay for snow removal and the paving, drainage and other maintenance of over 450 miles of roads and curbs in the township.
Jorgensen worked for the Smithtown Highway department for 37 years in various titles including foreman before retiring. He returned to the Highway Department in 2010 after winning election and becoming Highway Superintendent. Jorgensen was re-elected in 2013 his term of office expires December 31, 2017.
No other information is available at this time.
The Smithtown Democratic Committee announced in a press release that they are gearing up for the 2015 Town Board elections. Two Council positions currently held by Robert Creighton and Edward Wehrheim (both Republicans) are to be contested this year. It is expected that both men will seek re-election and it is rumored that both men will face a primary challenge on the Republican line.
Democratic Chairman Ed Maher was somewhat cryptic in his message, stating that former Democratic Supervisor Candidate, Steve Snair and Suffolk County IDA member Anthony Giordano are considering a run for the two council seats. “Our screening committee will convene this spring and we are excited to hear what the potential candidates have in mind for the future of Smithtown,” said Mr. Maher, adding that he “will consider screening potential candidates from other parties,” and that the Democrats will put the strongest candidates on the ballot in November.”
What will the ballot look like in November? Behind the scenes there is a lot of talk about a Republican primary, and who the challengers might be. The Democrats press release adds a new conversation, will there be Republican names on the Democratic line in November? Time will tell.