State Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport) endorsed Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio this afternoon for re-election outside of town hall.
Vecchio will face Smithtown councilman Robert Creighton in a republican primary election on Sept. 10.
"We have worked together for 11 years since I've been in Senate. It's always been a good strong, positive working relationship," said Flanagan in an interview. "We've gotten a lot of good things done together. I believe he's a strong fiscal steward and wants to keep a great quality of life in Smithtown and he never forgets that it's the tax payers' money."
When asked why voters should select Vecchio, Flanagan pointed again to Vecchio's fiscal conservatism.
"He never forgets it's the tax payers money. You look at the bond rating…the long term debt in Smithtown is very low," said Flanagan. "A lot of people look to Smithtown and say it's a very good place to live and that doesn't happen by accident."
Of Flanagan's endorsement, Vecchio said, "I'm very honored that Mr. Flanagan now joins the other New York State official, Assemblyman [Michael] Fitzpatrick in endorsing and supporting my candidacy in this primary campaign. Both of them are well respected in this community and that's because of the hard work they do for us."
When asked how Vecchio felt with about two weeks until the primary, he said, "I'm just plugging along and I hope that this endorsement today will push me further along."