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Eyesore No More - Town Removes Structure On Fairview Ave.

photo courtesy of P. MiccicheAfter decades of controversy and years of negotiations the Town of Smithtown removed the structure at 10 Fairview Avenue in Smithtown on Wednesday, May 25. The site was the subject of a public hearing in 2015 when the board in a unanimous decision (4-0 with one absent) voted to clean up the property and to remove any unsafe structures at the site. The cost of the demolition/clean-up will be attached to the property’s tax lien. The buiding was completely covered with graffiti and has been the subject of neighbors complaints.

The property, a former waste transfer and collection site, was owned by John Haynes and is now ownedphoto courtesy of P. Micciche by Fairview Holdings LLC. In February of 2016 Mr. Haynes appeared before the Town Board and announced his objection to the Town’s plan.

Before the demolition Mr. Haynes had expressed hope that the Town might purchase the property.  

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Bank Robbery - TD Bank In St. James

Suffolk County Police Major Case Unit detectives are investigating a bank robbery that occurred today at a St. James bank.

A man entered the TD Bank, located at 621 Lake Ave., at approximately 2:35 p.m., approached a teller and displayed a note demanding cash. The teller complied and the suspect fled on foot, south on Lake Avenue. 

The suspect, who had the lower half of his face covered with a construction mask, was described as a white male, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing a brown-hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

The investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.


Smithtown's 2016 Road Plan

The Smithtown Town Board met earlier today to award the Asphalt Concrete Resurfacing  contract to Suffolk Asphalt Corp. With all members of the Town Board in attendance the  vote approving the bid was unanimous. 

Want to know which roads are part of Smithtown’s 2016 Road Plan -  Click here to see Smithtown’s 2016 Road Plan


Robert J. Murphy Appointed As Superintendent Of Highways

Superintendent of Highways Robert J. Murphy The Smithtown Town Board voted unanimously Thursday evening to appoint Robert J. Murphy to fill the position of Superintendent of Highways through December 31, 2016.  Mr. Murphy has been the acting Superintendent of Highway since ex-Superintendent of Highways Glenn Jorgensen resigned in October of 2015 and plead guilty to a felony in NYS Supreme Court. 

Mr. Murphy 51, resides in Nesconset. He served under Glenn Jorgensen as Deputy Superintendent of Highway from 2012 thru October of 2015. Supervisor Vecchio, earlier this year, announced his support for Murphy citing his work during recent weather events. Thursday’s Town Board vote was 4 supporting Murphy, Councilwoman Nowick absent.

After the Thursday evening meeting Robert Murphy said he was “excited and looking forward to working with the town board and the community.”  Councilman Wherheim spoke in glowing terms about the work Murphy and the Highway Department has been doing. 

There will be an election in November to fill the remaining 12 months (Jan.-Dec 21, 2017) of former Superintendent Glenn Jorgensen’s term.


Vandals Damaged Grave Headstones At Lake Ronkonkoma Cemetery

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police Fourth Squad detectives are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate the person or people who desecrated a cemetery in Lake Grove. 

A person or people entered Lake Ronkonkoma Cemetery, located at 792 Hawkins Ave., sometime between January 4 and January 8 and damaged 14 grave markers and headstones.  Some of the grave stones dated back to the Civil War.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Authority:  D/Sgt. Michael Lutz  CC# 16-39379 - Fourth Squad Detectives CW# 16-022/DS