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Please come down to the Smithtown Animal Shelter and meet sweet Zoey!  She is a sweet  7 year old  Border Collie mix, who enjoys going for walks and spending time with people. Zoey is a spunky girl with lots of love to give! Please call 631-360-7575 for more information on Zoey.











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"Salute To Smithtown Veterans" Exhibit Well Worth A Visit

Did you know that the federal government implemented a shoe rationing program in 1943? Did you know that in 1917 men were called for examination (draft) with a notification placed in their local newspaper? Did you know that exemptions from the draft were issued to married men, except those who recently married and that notification was printed in the local newspaper as were denials of exemptions. Did you know that in 1942 many towns on Long Island relaxed their zoning laws to encourage people to raise chickens for personal use. Did you know that Brindley Field was a WWI airfield that operated in Commack and that on August 16, 1918 there was a plane crash in a hayfield on Havermeyer’s farm and that a plaque commemorating that event is located on Havermeyer Lane? 

 1943 - Long Island Faces Shoe Rationing

“On February 7, 1943, the federal government announced that shoe rationing was going into effect nationwide starting at 3:00 p.m. that day. Because the announcement was made on Sunday, Long Island shoppers had no chance to stock up. Even Nassau County Rationing Administrator told Newsday he didn’t know about the new policy until he heard about it on the radio. However beginning Tuesday, February 9, sutures who could produce  a particular coupon, No. 17, from their Sugar-Coffee-Shoe ration book were allowed to buy shoes - although their next pair could not be purchased until June 15. And manufacturers were only permitted to make shoes in “essential” colors: white, black, town brown, and Army russet and in styles which used little or no leather.” It Happened on Long Island, Newsday April 23, 2004. (The military required the leather for shoes, military boots and flight jackets.)

The Smithtown 350 Foundation has put together an exhibit “Salute to Smithtown Veterans” that will open Sunday, November 8 at 77 W Main St at 3pm. The exhibit will run thru November 13. It is filled with information and memorabilia about how our Town and residents have participated in the military. The committee under the leadership of Town Historian Bradley Harris has put together a unique collection for you to enjoy. This event is complimentary and open to the public. For more information


Smithtown Town Hall Dedicated To Supervisor Patrick R. Vecchio

Supervisor Vecchio and Mrs. VecchioFew people think of Supervisor Patrick R. Vecchio as a warm and fuzzy type of guy. Most people know him as a  tough, complex guy with extraordinary political acumen that has kept him in office for 38 years. Enemies? He’s made a few. Harsh words? He’s said a few. But that isn’t what brought out the crowd Sunday, November 1, 2015.  People gathered at Town Hall to watch and show respect to Long Island’s longest serving Supervisor. People showed-up to say thank you for thirty-eight years of service to the residents of Smithtown. People showed-up to acknowledge that a person who gets elected thirteen times as both a Democrat and a Republican must be doing something right. 

Three speakers County Executive Bellone, NYS Senator John Flanagan and NYS Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick heaped accolades on the Supervisor with County Exec. Bellone calling him a legend. Council members Thomas McCarthy and Lynne Nowick read the March 3, 2015 resolution dedicating the Town Hall in Supervisor Vecchio’s honor. Town Historian Bradley Harris was the Master of Ceremony calling out the names of the dignataries in the audience and there were many: Judge Sandra Sgroi, Judge Jack Toomey, Legislators Leslie Kennedy and Robert Trotta, County Comptroller John Kennedy and LI Director of Parks Wayne Horsley. Democratic Committee Chairman Ed Maher attended.There were numerous department heads and former department heads. There were friends, family and some who have seen the darker side of the Supervisor.

Noticeably absent were Town Council members Robert Creighton and Edward Wehrheim, Town Clerk Vincent Puleo and Receiver of Taxes Deanna Varricchio. Also absent was Republican Town Leader William Ellis.

Did people show-up because a building was being dedicated? No way one gentleman told me, “the people who are here today recognize what an accomplishment Mr. Vecchio has achieved. We’re here today because you just gotta love the guy.” Was everyone here because the love the guy? No. Everyone had there own reason for coming and not one person said they were sorry they were there.

As for the Supervisor it was an emotional time. His eyes teared up and his voice got a little shaky as he thanked everyone. Then I heard someone whisper, “I think Sinatra’s “My Way” was written for this guy.” 

Photos from dedication ceremony




History In The Making - Town Hall To Be Dedicated To Patrick R. Vecchio

Smithtown continues to celebrate its 350th Anniversary by making history with the dedication of Town Hall to Long Island’s longest serving Town Supervisor, Patrick R. Vecchio.

In 1978 Smithtown a newly elected Patrick R. Vecchio began to serve the residents of  Smithtown as Town Supervisor. Since 1978  Mr. Vecchio has maintained his office at Town Hall located at 99 West Main Street, Smithtown. Earlier this year Town Board members decided that 2015, the year we celebrate Smithtown’s 350th anniversary, would be a good time to recognize Supervisor Vecchio’s service to Smithtown. On March 3rd Smithtown’s four town council members Thomas McCarthy, Edward Wehrheim, Robert Creighton and Lynne Nowick decided that an appropriate way of recognizing Supervisor Vecchio’s service to Smithtown was by dedicating Town Hall in his honor.

March 3, 2015 Patrick Vecchio was surprised to learn Town Hall will be dedicated in his honor.On March 3rd, 2015 the four Smithtown Town Council members approved the following resolution:

WHEREAS, Patrick R. Vecchio, the son of Italian immigrant parents, was born in Manhattan’s Little Italy was raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, and in 1968 began to call the Town of Smithtown his home.

WHEREAS, Patrick R. Vecchio served his Country as a member of the U.S. Army during the Korean War, was honorably discharged in 1954, and, thereafter, began a distinguished law enforcement career when he joined the New York City Police Department in 1955; and

WHEREAS, Patrick R. Vecchio’s remarkable career as a police officer spanned 20 years serving as a detective sergeant, the chief of security for former New York City Mayor John Lindsay, and as a member of a special unit responsible for the protection of visiting dignitaries, including United States Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy; and

WHEREAS, following his retirement from the New York City Police Department in 1975, Patrick R. Vecchio embarked upon what would become a legendary career in politics and was elected Supervisor of the Town of Smithtown in 1978: and

WHEREAS, Patrick R. Vecchio has served as Supervisor of the Town of Smithtown for the last 38 years and is the longest tenured Supervisor in the history of Long Island; and

WHEREAS, during his illustrious tenure as Town Supervisor, Patrick R. Vecchio has enriched the lives of generations of Town residents and maintained an unwavering commitment to fiscal responsibility: and

WHEREAS, in light of Patrick R. Vecchio’s life-long service to the public and the residents of the Town of Smithtown, the Town Board deems it appropriate to dedicate the Town of Smithtown Town Hall Building in his honor.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Town Board hereby approves that the Town of Smithtown Town Hall building located at 99 West Main Street, Smithtown, New York shall, this 3rd day of March 2015, be dedicated in honor of Patrick R. Vecchio 

The Smithtown 350 Foundation together with the Smithtown Town Council are sponsoring the dedication ceremony which will take place at Town Hall (99 West Main St., Smithtown) on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. Guest speakers include County Executive Steve Bellone, NYS Senator John Flanagan and NYS Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick. The public is welcome to attend and show their support for Long Island’s longest serving Town Supervisor Patrick R. Vecchio. 


Last Town Council Candidate Debate Before Election Day 

Four candidates, invited three showed-up.  Supervisor Patrick Vecchio, not invited, not physically present and not a candidate, still very much present in the answers and statements given by candidates Creighton and Wehrheim. Smithtown Matters and Smithtown Messenger hosted a debate for Town Council candidates Tuesday evening at the Smithtown Fire House. Four candidates Robert Creighton, Lisa Inzerillo, Larry Vetter and Edward Wehrheim were all invited to participate. Lisa Inzerillo declined the invitation. A panel from local news outlets were tasked with questioning the candidates. The questioning from the panelists lasted one hour and then the floor was open to questions from the audience. 

Despite political affiliation Creighton, Vetter and Werheim were in agreement on lot of positions. The first question of the night went to Councilman Creighton about pay to play. Candidate Creighton took the opportunity to clear the record regarding an incident involving accusations that involved his son attending his golf outing fundraiser. A clearly unhappy Creighton expressed his frustration with accusations that mar his reputation and question his integrity. 

The second question went to Larry Vetter about the brain drain. Vetter listed the reasons young people leave Long Island which include the lack of job opportunities for our highly educated children,lack of community and the lack of affordable housing. Vetter pointed to areas of opportunities including multi-family housing, redevelopment of the Hauppauge Industrial Park and sewers for downtowns. Wehrheim pointed to the void created by the demise of Long Island’s defense industry. He spoke of efforts to reinvent the industrial park by creating a high tech park with high paying jobs. Creighton said the “Brain drain  was a human drain.” He pointed to the vacant lot across the street from Town Hall saying that multi tenant housing for young people and seniors would help people stay in Smithtown.  This proposal, said Creighton, has the support of Councilman Wehrheim. Creighton brought Supervisor Vecchio into the discussion pointing out how he has changed his position from opposing to recently supporting the redevelopment. 

Edward Wehrheim answering a question.The third question went to Edward Wehrheim and addressed the acrimony on the Town Board. Wehrheim acknowledged problems, but the bad behavior, “Doesn’t come from our end.” Wehrheim said that he and Creighton are courteous and professional and prepared, not childish and foolish.”  Wehrheim elaborated on the success he and Creighton have had bringing in tax-rateables. Creighton said there was a “ certain amount of division on the board” and that he and Wehrheim try very hard. He mentioned consolidation of services as an area that has fallen victim to partisanship with Vecchio and two others on the board opposing it. 

KP Civic Association President Sean LehmannOther questions included the 2% tax cap which the candidates agreed was a “necessary evil”. Vetter and Creighton would not support breaching the cap and Ed Wehrheim said that if there came a time when there was not enough money to fund services like snow removal, then he would support breaching the tax cap. The candidates spoke about efficiencies, commissioners, mandates, and updating town building code. 

Commissioners were Creighton and Wehrheim’s answer to Patrick Vecchio’s control over department heads. Creighton said it would be cost effective and challenged an Inzerillo piece suggesting that the piece overstated the cost of commissioners. All Town Board members act as liason to departments assigned to them by the supervisor. Councilman Wehrheim has resigned as liason to all the departments he was assigned. His reason for proffering his resignation is interference by Supervisor Vecchio. Wehrheim suggested that department heads are unwilling to speak with him for fear of retribution by the Supervisor. 

Estimated counts have between 80 and 100 people attending the debate which lasted two hours and covered a great deal of territory. All three candidates were well prepared and stated their positions effectively. There were no flubs and some insightful moments. Robert Creighton and Edward Wehrheim are clearly running as a team. Many times they answered questions with Councilman Creighton and I or Councilman Wehrheim and I …….  Larry Vetter, a first time candidate, was able to articulate a common sense and practical approach to governing. His message was, I will do what is in the best interest of the public. 

Councilman Wehreim gave the most impassioned closing statement. He adamantly exclaimed, ” I probably know more about town government than anyone, even the supervisor.” Wehrheim went on to challenge people to hold Inzerillo accountable for not attending the recent debates. He made the case that a person unwilling to go before the public is not worthy of receiving your vote. 

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3rd.




County Exec. Bellone And Supervisor Vecchio Tour Downtown Smithtown Talk Revitalization

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone met with Town Supervisor Patrick Vecchio on Tuesday, October 20th for a walking tour of Main Street in downtown Smithtown.

The purpose of the tour was to identify locations for potential redevelopment in an effort to launch the beginning stages to revitalize Smithtown’s downtown. 

In a telephone conversation Supervisor Vecchio, expressed his support and enthusiasm for working with County Executive Bellone to revitalize downtown Smithtown. Vecchio acknowledged that sewers are an integral part to improving the downtown for both existing businesses like the Smithtown Performing Arts Center and new business that may come into the town. He used the vacant lot (former lumber yard) across from Town Hall as an example of how sewers would increase the likelihood of redevelopment.The owner of the vacant lot Salvatore DiCarlo has proposed a mixture of residential and retail for the site. 

Supervisor Vecchio said he was impressed by the knowledge and experience of Suffolk County Director of Planning Sarah Lansdale, Deputy County Executive for Administration Peter Scully and Suffolk County Director of Sustainability & Chief Recovery Officer Dorian Dale. 

According to County Executive Bellone and Supervisor Vecchio, implementing modern wastewater infrastructure in Smithtown is a critical step to attracting businesses and young people to the area and transforming Smithtown into a mixed-use, downtown community.

Peter Scully is no stranger to Smithtown having lived here for many years. He is also no stranger to County Executive Bellone’s vision for improving the water infrastructure in the region. In a phone conversation he talked about the possibilities for the Smithtown Downtown area.  Over the years there have been discussions about connecting Smithtown to the Kings Park waste management system.  To do so would require leeching fields which the Kings Park community have been vocal about not supporting. According to Scully there are options that will be explored with the goal of coming up with the best plan to move forward with.  Scully praised Bellone for acknowledging the need for an improved water infrastructure but he also gave him kudos for partnering with the town in finding resources including Federal and State grants to help with the financing of a sewering projects. In Smithtown the tab for sewering might run as much as $30-$40 million. A cost borne by those parcels that benefit from the sewering.

The county executive and supervisor’s vision correlates with the county’s Long Island Innovation Zone plan, which is designed to connect Suffolk County’s existing and planned transit-oriented, walkable downtowns to the region’s world-class research institutions and transportation hubs in order to attract employers and young, high-skilled workers who have been leaving Long Island in record numbers.

Supervisor Vecchio has already agreed to a second meeting with the County Executive to be scheduled after the November 3rd election. Deputy Supervisor Thomas McCarthy and Deputy Suffolk County Executive Eric Kopp also participated in the downtown tour.