Smithtown Town Supervisor Patrick Vecchio is back on the job after fracturing his leg last month.
Vecchio, who turns 86 in September and has served as town supervisor for 38 years, said he injured the femur in his right leg in a fall at home in early July.
He underwent surgery on July 9, followed by rehab at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson before being discharged July 26, Vecchio said.
“I’m fine,” he said when reached by phone Monday at his Fort Salonga home, adding that he would be at the town board meeting scheduled for Tuesday.
Vecchio is in his 13th term as Smithtown supervisor. Over the decades, he has served in various capacities in government and law enforcement.
Before being elected Smithtown supervisor in 1978, Vecchio was the assistant director of special investigations for the state Tax Department. He was also a detective sergeant in the New York Police Department, and was a driver and bodyguard for former New York City Mayor John Lindsay in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Vecchio, an Army veteran, graduated from St. John’s University in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in English. He switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican in 1990 when he lost a bid for Suffolk County executive to Assemb. Robert Gaffney.
While Vecchio is considered one of the longest-serving town supervisors on Long Island, he is still a few years away from the state record.
According to the Association of Towns of the State of New York, the longest-serving town supervisor in the state was Francis Donnelly in the upstate town of Minerva, who was supervisor for 46 years until his death in 1980.