By p.biancaniello (click on photos to enlarge)
If you haven’t noticed there is a new addition to Town Hall. Under the words Town Hall the name Patrick R. Vecchio Building has been added. This completes the dedication of the building which began on March 3, 2015 during the Smithtown 350 celebration.
At the March 3, 2015 town board meeting Smithtown Town Board members Thomas McCarthy, Edward Wehrheim, Robert Creighton and Lynne C. Nowick honored Supervisor Patrick R. Vecchio by approving a resolution dedicating Town Hall to him.
A ceremony was held at Town Hall on November 1, 2015 revealing the sign over the front entrance officially dedicating Town Hall in Supervisor Vecchio’s honor.
There are some who question the number of signs on the buiding and the cost to taxpayers. Before the words Patrick R. Vecchio Building were placed on the facade of the buiding there were two signs already in place, one over the front door and one over the back door. “I’m not against dedicating the building but three signs seem a bit much.” said a reader prefering not to be identified in this article. Another reader asked about the cost of the signage.
Councilman McCarthy said the Parks Department made the front and rear signs and the lettering on the facade cost approximately $1,500.
Supervisor Vecchio in a telephone conversation with Smithtown Matters said he was not involved in planning the signage. One sign would have been enough for him although he commented that it was difficult to see the sign over the front door. Supervisor Vecchio was emotional at the March 2015 board meeting when they announced the dedication. He remains honored although he declared that he still does not believe in “naming buildings and the like” after people who are still alive.
Last week, with the words Patrick R. Vecchio Building added to the front facade of the building, the renaming of Smithtown Town Hall was completed.