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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.


Smithtown Begins The Process Of Updating Local Waterfront Revitalization Program

Public Workshop Will Review Updates to Smithtown’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program

On Wednesday evening February 24th the Town of Smithtown will sponsor the first of several public workshops to obtain input from the public on the development of a revised Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP). It will take place at 7pm at the Kings Park Branch of the Smithtown Library, located at 1 Church Street, Kings Park, NY.

For more than 25 years, the existing LWRP has served as a guide for the Town of Smithtown, as well as the State and Federal governments, in establishing objectives, programs and standards to promote the beneficial use of coastal resources and avoid impairment of these resources.

Since Smithtown adopted its Local Waterfront Revitalization Program in 1989, many changes have occurred in understanding coastal issues and management, in government laws and programs addressing coastal management, and in the conditions and circumstances affecting Smithtown’s coastal resources and uses. While the general directions established by the current LWRP are sound, after more than 25 years a complete rewrite of the LWRP is taking place to reflect these changes.

To that end the Town, through a competitive bid process, retained the services of a consultant, Charles McCaffrey, an expert in New York coastal management programs, policies and laws. Mr. McCaffrey indicates that his role is to “draft each section of the new program for review by town officials, with community input.” This process will include updating and re-structuring the existing plan to address changes in the overall pattern of development in the coastal area, the condition of the natural resources of the coast, current and future public use and access to the coast, and the needs of uses that depend on a coastal location. The draft plan will also identify federal and State actions necessary to advance the Town’s program.  

This first public workshop will focus specifically on identifying the issues of concern to the community and review the work done to date on updating the boundary of the waterfront area and the developed coast section of the plan. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.


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


Snow Removal Requires A Plan And A Committed Highway Dept.

Landing Ave and Rose StreetWinter Storm 2016 is in the record book as one of the most significant storms in Long Island’s history.  By the time the storm ended between 23 and 26 inches of snow blanketed Smithtown. The consensus seems to be that the Smithtown Highway Department did a wonderful job.  

Supervisor Patrick Vecchio, in a phone coversation said, “highway workers did an excellent job. Superb work.” The Supervisor said he received three emails which were “extremly positive”. There were no complaints made to his office. According to the Supervisor,  eighty town trucks and seventy private vehicles worked on snow removal. 2,300 lbs. of salt was used and 130 town employees worked through the weekend clearing the roadways.  He also gave credit to employees at the Parks Department who are responsible for Smithtown’s buildings and grounds. Employees of the Parks Department worked clearing all town buildings and parking lots of snow. Unlike the highway department,  which has a snow budget, the work done by Parks Department employees is not part of the snow budget.

Effective snow removal doesn’t just happen it requires a plan. Smithtown Highway Superintendent Robert Murphy said the department began their efforts before the storm began by sending out flyers to residents reminding them to remove cars, garbage cans and hoops from the roadways. Major roadways  like Old Willets Path, Landing Ave., Lake Ave and Southern Blvd. were brined in advance of the snow. Workers began sanding and salting at 2 a.m. Saturday and did not finish until 6 p.m. Sunday. Murphy said, “Staff did a phenomenal job despite the 35-40 mph winds and white out conditions.”  

Robert Murphy, dealing with his first snow storm since becoming the superintendent, said he was pleased and wanted to thank highway workers who he said worked hard for the residents. “It was a matter of pride in their work and in the department.” 

Any complaints? Murphy said there were many positive comments and only a single complaint from a resident unhappy with a road not being cleared earlier.

Robert Murphy said the Highway Department is ready if there is another storm. To those who don’t want anymore snow this winter Murphy laughed and said, “from your mouth to God’s ears.”