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Smithtown supervisor Patrick Vecchio who at 35 years is the longest serving supervisor in the state, is expected to formally announce for re-election Sunday’s at town GOP’s annual Super Bowl brunch fundraiser, according to high level town sources.

“There’s a very good likelihood,”  said Bill Ellis, Smithtown Republican chairman,  on the chances that Vecchio will formally announced for a 13th term, but said he never tires to predicts what the supervisor will say. Vecchio's office decline comment.

Vecchio, 82, first elected as a Democrat in 1978 and later switched to the GOP in 1990, has largely been a party unto himself since firt winning after serving as driver and body gaurd for former New York City Mayor John Lindsay.

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GOP town board member Robert Creighton, 75, who switched his enrollment from Conservative to Republican last fall so he  could be eligible to run in a GOP supervisor primary, appears unwilling to take Vecchio, despite skirmishes with  the supervisor in the past year.

“I’m a full-time councilman and I look forward to working with the supervisor, and look forward to resolving some issues,” said Creighton late last week.