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Wednesday
Sep142016

Town Hall Is Officially The Patrick R. Vecchio Building

 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. 

Original sign over front door part of the Nov. 1 dedication ceremony.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. 

sign over the back door of Town HallSupervisor 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.

 

 

Monday
Aug222016

Town Of Smithtown Offers Home Delivered Meals, Congregate Lunch And Residential Repair For Seniors

HOME DELIVERED MEALS 

The Smithtown Senior Citizens Department offers a Home Delivered Meal program, available to frail elderly residents of Smithtown ages 60 and over. Applicants must reside within the township of Smithtown, live alone or with a resident who is unable to provide nutritionally adequate meals and meet the eligibility criteria. A nutritious meal is delivered by Volunteers Monday through Friday. This program is meant to be a temporary service. Please call the Smithtown Senior Citizens Department at 631-360- 7616 for further information or visit our website at http://smithtownny.gov. 

Funding provided by the
Suffolk County Office for the Aging,
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Through the New York State Office for the Aging and the
Town of Smithtown 

CONGREGATE LUNCH 

The Smithtown Senior Citizens Department offers a Congregate Lunch program Monday through Friday. All residents ages 60 and over are invited to join us in this social setting. Please call the Smithtown Senior Citizens Department at 631-360-7616 for further information or visit our website at http://smithtownny.gov. 

Funding provided by the
Suffolk County Office for the Aging,
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Through the New York State Office for the Aging and the
Town of Smithtown 

Residential Repair Program for Smithtown Senior Citizens 

Are you a Smithtown Resident?  Are you a senior citizen?  Can you use the assistance of a “handyman”?  The Smithtown Senior Citizen Department can help you!

We employ a crew of experienced maintenance personnel who provide a variety of minor home repair services to our senior citizen residents. For example, they repair leaky faucets and running toilets, install locks and make adjustments on doors, replace light fixtures, change hard to reach light bulbs, install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, install bathroom grab bars and indoor railings, clean 1st floor gutters and more! 

All requests are handled on a first come, first served basis with preference given to safety related  jobs. Emergency services are not provided and “cosmetic” work is not part of our programs.

Laura Greif, Program Director explains, “We strive to assist our senior citizen residents with the everyday maintenance of their homes with a focus on the elements that keep them safe and secure.”

Our Residential Repair Program assists seniors age 60 and older.  While there is no charge for labor, participants pay for, or provide, all materials.  Funding for this program is provided by the New York State Office for the Aging, the Suffolk County Office for the Aging and the Town of Smithtown.  

For more information about our Residential Repair Program please call 631-360-7616 or visit www.smithtownny.gov.com.

Monday
Aug082016

FYI - Vecchio Is Back!

FYI - Town Supervisor Patrick Vecchio was at Sunken Meadow Thursday afternoon for a Protect the L.I.Sound letter signing event. The Supervisor, along with other elected officials including Governor Andrew Cuomo, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone,* Congressman Lee Zeldin, NYS Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick and Legislators Kennedy and Trotta signed a letter to President Obama and the EPA pledging to support iniatives to prevent creating an additional dumping site to be located in the eastern portion of the L.I. Sound.

Supervisor Vecchio has been recovering from a leg fracture and has been in rehab for a good part of the summer. The Supervisor told Smithtown Matters that he would be returning to the office on August 8th. 

Councilman McCarthy indicated several weeks ago that the Supervisor was like the “Energizer Bunny” talking on the phone and doing work from his room at the rehab facility. 

How did the Supervisor look? That is a question that many have asked. The answer is, the same as always. Patrick R. Vecchio is back to work. In Smithtown some things never change.

* Correction Suffolk County Executive was incorrectly identified as Lee Zeldin. 

Thursday
Jul142016

Last Chance To Comment On Smithtown's Proposed Comprehensive Plan

Smithtown’s Draft Comprehensive Plan has been available to the public for viewing for months. If you would like your voice to be heard take the time to read the draft and submit your comments to the Smithtown Planning Department. July 15th is the deadline for offering comments on the proposal.

 The Town of Smithtown is accepting comments on the draft Comprehensive Plan Update until July 15, 2016.  Comments can be submitted directly to the Smithtown Planning Department or by clicking the “Contact Us” link at the top of the page and choosing “Planning Department” as the department to contact.  The Town has also created a questionnaire, which is available here or on the Comprehensive Plan webpage (www.smithtownny.gov/ComprehensivePlan).”
Sunday
May292016

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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