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Vecchio to Run for 13th Town Supervisor Term

Smithtown's town supervisor announced he would run again during a Smithtown Republican fundraiser Sunday, according to a Newsday report.

Town Supervisor Patrick Vecchio announced Sunday at a Smithtown Republican fundraiser in Lake Ronkonkoma that he would be running for a 13th term, according to a Newsday report.

Vecchio will turn 83-years-old in September.

According to the Newsday report, Vecchio, who has held the town supervisor seat for 35 years and first elected in 1977, is the longest-serving town supervisor in Long Island history.

"I enter every campaign with some sense of trying to give my message out to the people," Vecchio told Newsday. "It's a well-known message out for many years, so I hope that it works again this time."

Vecchio has made headlines recently with questioning the motivation behind installing red light cameras in Smithtown and announcing Hurricane Sandy cleanup costs would increase from $5.3 million to $7.6 milllion.

Click here to read the full Newsday report [subscription required].

jozee February 07, 2013 at 06:05 PM
@diane rafferty, you are absolutely correct i was not at all happy w/the way things were handled in smithtown re: sandy, there was no information at all on a local level the town started to give out ice AFTER we had electric, and that goes for the county as well there wasnt one person that represented suffolk county on the news that told us what was going on and where you could go for safety if need be. it was horrendous to say the least.
Joanne February 10, 2013 at 03:13 PM
TIME TO RETIRE PAT!
Ann February 10, 2013 at 03:26 PM
I don't think anyone should really worry whether you are Republican or Democrat (I know a lot of you would like your party to win) your main concern should be what can the person do for the town - not what party you are in - look at Congress - you have a Democratic President and most of the members are Republican - are they concerned for the welfare of the people - NO - they care concerned whether their party will win or not on issues - so please don't judge Democrat or Republican.
Ken Heard February 10, 2013 at 08:49 PM
As William " Captain Kirk" Shatner once remarked in Airplane 2, " Irony can be so ironic " Of the 48 comments above, 46 were negative and only 2 positive. . Yet Mr Vecchio continues to win election after election after election.....This speaks volumns for those of us who favor an end to term limits for president and other elected officials, especiqally after the dishonest game Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council played a few years ago And while they're at it, change the name of the Queensboro Bridge to the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge and the Triboro Bridge to the Robert Kennedy Triboro Bridge. Neither of thes two men had anything to do with the construction of either bridge. Why arn't the bridges named after Mayor George Mc Clellan, Mayor Robert Van Wyck, Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, President Franklin Roosevelt or Robert Moses. These men had more to do with these bridges than Koch or Kennedy. . If we got rid of term limits, the voter would be in the drivers seat,sincethe only real reason for term limits is to give mayoral wannabees a crack at the job. Without term limits, the loyal opposition has been unable to take control of the supervisors office for one third of a century. Thit is because no opponent . has been able to make the point that he or she would make a better supervisor. Like it or not, that's real democracy !
clay February 11, 2013 at 03:51 PM
I'd retire after the way the snow removal is being handled in Smithtown

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