For Smithtown's Vecchio, 13th term's a charm
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Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio, Long Island's longest-serving supervisor, plans to be sworn in for his 13th consecutive term Wednesday on the steps of town hall.
"It's a great feeling to know that over these many years people have continued to support the initiatives that I stand for . . . fiscal stability, environmental concerns and maintaining the quality of life," Vecchio said.
Vecchio, 83, will be sworn in by Suffolk County Court Judge John J. Toomey Jr.
Toomey also will swear in Smithtown Highway Superintendent Glenn Jorgensen, 62, and Councilman Thomas McCarthy, 56, re-elected to their second and fifth terms, respectively.
"We're going to get a lot accomplished going forward, with the supervisor, myself and the newly elected councilwoman," said McCarthy, who campaigned with Vecchio and Councilwoman-elect Lynne C. Nowick.
Nowick, 66, who is completing her sixth term in the Suffolk County Legislature, will be sworn in by State Supreme Court Appellate Division Judge Sandra L. Sgroi.
Vincent Puleo, 60, who was re-elected to a third term as town clerk, said Monday he will not be at the ceremony.
"The supervisor has not officially invited me, so I'm getting sworn in by Judge Janine Barbera-Dalli at her house on New Year's Day" at a party, he said.
Puleo said he felt "really insulted" and thought he was not invited because he supported Robert Creighton for town supervisor. Vecchio said that "no one was invited. The other people opted to be sworn in on the First on the steps of town hall. He obviously didn't choose it."
Vecchio said he hopes that, going forward, the "Smithtown government will act in a united fashion." Among the issues that will be a central focus in the future is "development in the appropriate areas," said Vecchio, who described those areas as the commercial districts and the Hauppauge Industrial Park,"to keep the Smithtown tax base stable."