Smithtown's longtime chief, 81, still fiery
GalleriesPatrick Vecchio through the years
Gerry Cooney was a heavyweight contender in October 1980 when he stepped into the ring for a charity boxing match at the old Colonie Hill hotel in Hauppauge.
Across from him stood Patrick Vecchio, then 50 and in his third year as Smithtown's supervisor. Though under 6 feet tall, Vecchio wasn't content to shadow box the 6-foot-5, 224 pounder.
"Vecchio, of course, feisty little bugger,...