Please come down to the Smithtown Animal Shelter and fall  in love with Thunder! Thunder is a handsome German Shepherd mix @ 5 years old. He is neutered, micro-chipped, groomed  and up to date on all shots. Thunder is a sweet boy with lots of love to give! Thunder lived most of his life outside and is now waiting for his furever home! He gets along with other dogs and loves going for walks!


Home Wanted -

Please come down to the Smithtown Animal Shelter and adopt  “Sparticus”!  He is a handsome 9 month old neutered male. He is a stunning grey domestic short hair with a loving personality. Sparticus enjoys hanging out with his cat friends and playing with his toys. He can be a little shy at first, but once he warms up to you, he is a big mush! Meow!

Smithtown Animal Shelter


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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The 2015 Town Board Campaign Begins!

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.  


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Smithtown Town Hall Dedicated In Honor Of Patrick R. Vecchio

“I commend the Town Board for taking this well-deserved action. Supervisor Vecchio has been a longtime friend, neighbor and mentor of mine and I am thrilled that the building where he has spent the past 38 years leading the Town of Smithtown will be named in honor of him,” said Suffolk County Legislator Robert Trotta (R- Fort Salonga, NY).

With an audience packed with friends and supporters the Town Board surprised Town Supervisor Patrick R. Vecchio and dedicated Smithtown Town Hall in his honor.  Patrick Vecchio, with 38 years as Town Supervisor, is the longest serving Supervisor on Long Island.  The decision to dedicate the building in “Honor of Patrick R. Vecchio” was approved with a 4-0 vote (Supervisor Vecchio did not vote). The resolution was read by a solemn Deputy Suprvisor Thomas McCarthy who beamed with happiness after the resolution passed. The Supervisor had tears in his eyes as everyone stood up and applauded his service. In a conversation after the meeting Supervisor Vecchio said the he was honored by the decision to dedicate the Town Hall in his honor. As for becoming emotional,  “Of course I cried, I’m Italian.”(click on photos to enlarge)

Supervisor Patrick R. Vecchio


Bull Smythe Relay - Sunday, March 1 Come Out And Support The Participants

The Bull Smythe Relay kicks off Smithtown’s 350 Anniversary celebration this Sunday, March 1 at 6am. The public is encouraged to come out and cheer on the runners as they carry a baton containing a copy of Smithtown’s historic 1665 patent.  

The relay begins at Town Hall at 6am and will loop around the Town ending at Town Hall sometime after 4pm. A brief ceremony will take place at Town Hall as the Smithtown 350 Foundation members present the patent to Town officials.  

Below is a list of Mile sponsors. Each sponsor has donated $250 to the Foundation to support Smithtown’s 350 Anniversary Celebration.

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Bull Smythe Relay mile sponsors -  

Mile #

 1.  Smithtown Matters

 2.  St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center

2a.  Old Nthpt.-Lawrence Rd Task Force & Kings Park Civic Association (KPCA) & Kings Park Notebook

 3. Wolke-Perri

 4.  Tanzi Family

 5. Nissequogue River State Park Foundation (NRSPF)

 6. Legislator Rob Trotta

 7.  Councilman Robert Creighton

 8.  Councilman Ed Wehrheim

 9.  Kings Park Chamber of Commerce

10.  Commack-Kings Park Rotary Club

11.  Debbie Virga

12.  Navas-Biancaniello Family

13.  Commack Fire Department

14.  JRD Technical Associates

15. The  Smithtown News

16.  Smithtown Democratic Committee

17.  Smithtown Planning Department

18.  Town Clerk Vincent Puleo

19.  Hauppauge Fire Department

20.  Team Dart, Gagliano, Cohen, and Andrews

21.  Branch Brook PTA

22.  Friends of Smithtown Library

23.  Leslie & John Kennedy

24.  Storybook Homes

25.  Mancini Architecture

26.  St. James Chamber of Commerce

27.  Friends of Deepwell

28.  Carole Palmer

29.  Harbor Country Day School

30.  Harbor Country Day School

31.  Knox School

32.  Peggy Micciche

33.  Joan Harris

34.  Smithtown Historical Society

35.  Richard Smith

36.  Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick

37.  John Carro

38.  Residents of the Village of the Branch

39.  350 Foundation

Route of the Bull Smythe Relay:

The relay gets started at Town Hall at 6AM, it proceeds west from Town Hall down Main St.(Rte 25) until it gets to the statue of the bull where it hooks onto 25A.  It proceeds up 25A looping around Oakside Rd. Nowick, Trent, St. Nicholas, Monroe and back to 25A crossing over Rose St. where it becomes St. Johnland Road.  It then follows St. Johnland Road into Kings Park  where it continues past the Nissequogue River State Park  At this point the relay continues on Sunken Meadow Road until it picks up 25A.  It takes 25A/Fort Salonga Road up into Fort Salonga before it runs into Bread and Cheese Hollow Road.  It then takes Bread and Cheese Hollow Road south until it becomes Townline Road and then eventually Commack Road.  It follows Commack Road until New Highway.  The relay then heads east down New Highway making a turn south down Adams Avenue (this is all in the Hauppauge Industrial Park). It follows Adams until it hits Oser Ave and it then proceeds east down Oser Ave until arriving at Old Willets Path where the relay will head north to Veterans Highway (454). The Relay will proceed east down Vets until the Townline Road split where it will then follow Townline Road east. (we’re in Hauppauge now).  It continues down Townline until it hits Nichols Road (into Nesconset) and follows Nichols Road Northeast until it arrives at Alexander Avenue.  It then follows Alexander Avenue north to 347.  At 347 it takes a quick jog east before hanging a left on Moriches Road (heading into St. James).  It follows Moriches Road up to the Lake Avenue intersection where it will take a quick right on Lake before taking the next quick right onto North Country Road.  From North Country it then proceeds up to Thompson Hill Road.  It takes the left onto Thompson Hill Drive.  It follows Thompson Hill (we’re in Head of the Harbor now) to Three Sisters Hollow Road, where it takes a right onto Three Sisters Hollow.  It follows Three Sisters Hollow northeast until it meets up with Bacon Rd.  It follows Bacon Road north to Harbor Hill Road.  It then takes Harbor Hill back down following it south and then west to Cordwood Path.  The relay then takes Corwood Path to back to Moriches where it heads west.  (Heading into the Village of Nissequogue).  It follows Moriches all the way west to Nissequogue River Road where it hooks south.  It follows Nissequogue River Road/River Road all the way south to the Main Street/25/111 intersection.  The relay proceeds down Route 111 all the way south to Darling Avenue (into the Village of the Branch).  It proceeds west on Darling to Maple Avenue where it heads north on Maple.  The Relay proceeds north on Maple all the way back to Main Street where it then hooks west and back to Town Hall.    




Councilwoman Lynne Nowick Announces The Creation Of Animal Shelter Advisory Council 


According to Socrates, the secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old but, on building the new.  Councilwoman Lynne Nowick, appointed Liaison of behalf of the Smithtown Animal Shelter, firmly believes so.  An avid animal lover herself, Councilwoman Nowick decided to do something never before done in Suffolk County in an effort to enhance the quality of life for the approximately 700 homeless pets who pass through the doors of the shelter each year. 

 “Moving forward with the task of providing additional care to our animals and offering cost effective programs and services to our community, I have joined forces in a collaborative effort with Shelter Director George Beatty, and appointed animal welfare experts Lucille DeFina, Diane Madden and animal welfare attorney, Elizabeth Stein to work with us as our Animal Shelter Advisory Council.”

According to Nowick, what these experts bring to the table is an unquenchable thirst to increase shelter adoptions by ensuring that every single animal receives the best possible opportunity for adoption or rescue through creative and cost efficient means.  Their focus includes expanding the animals’ medical care both in the shelter and beyond as they also strive to expand the existing Smithtown Animal Shelter humane spay/neuter program for homeless free roaming cats.  Barely off the ground, a Veterinary Technician has been hired, preparations are taking place to launch a new website which will offer more extended exposure for pets, and the Town Board has approved a budget increase to expand the availability of wet food.  

Innovative policies and procedures are being reviewed and implemented, and plans are in the making to host both on and off-site adoption and spay/neuter events.  A donation account has been established and anyone interested in donating can send their donations to:

Smithtown Animal Shelter Donations, PO Box 9090, Smithtown, New York 11787

This will greatly benefit the shelter’s many homeless animals and provide animal lovers an opportunity to help.  Best of all, says Director Beatty, “we’re developing plans for a building renovation which will offer increased comfort for our pets, more exposure and, highlight their individuality while provide additional space for care and progressive programs.  The new shelter sign mounted to attract adopters is the first indication that changes are taking place, and certainly, when you appoint known experienced advocates dedicated to improving the quality of life for our animals, there will be many enhancements to come.”  According to Councilwoman Nowick, “we are counting on, not only their sincere support but their ideas and participation as well, as we expand our efforts to achieve our goal – the best municipal shelter in the County.  In the meantime, so many precious animals await their forever home, please stop by our shelter at 410 Middle County Road, Smithtown and welcome home a new friend.”