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Smithtown board to vote on town appointments

The Smithtown Town board plans to hold an organizational meeting Tuesday to vote on a comptroller, engineer, town attorney and other appointments.

According to the agenda, the board will vote on a resolution to appoint Matthew Jakubowski -- current deputy town attorney -- as town attorney, at an annual salary of $120,000. Current town attorney John Zollo would be stripped of the position if a majority of the five-member board approves the resolution.

Fred Calandrino, a senior assistant town attorney, would replace Jakubowski as deputy town attorney at an annual salary of $112,000 if the resolution passes.

Councilman Edward Wehrheim said he was surprised by the resolutions -- which include votes on appointments of zoning, planning, Conservation Advisory and ethics board members -- and that he was not told about the votes until late Monday afternoon.

"Getting something on Monday at 4:30 p.m. and being asked to absorb it and vote on it on Tuesday. . . . I think that's wrong," he said.

Councilman Thomas McCarthy said the agenda was delayed because staff were not able to come in Friday following last week's snowstorm.

McCarthy said he was unclear how the board members would vote, adding, "Not everybody will always agree 100 percent on everything, but once something gets three votes, you move on and have government work as government."

The meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Town Hall.

Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio also plans to announce the appointments of his secretary, deputy supervisor, budget officer, town historian and youth advisory board.

Vecchio noted that board appointments would be discussed during an executive session following the 10 a.m. work session.

"You can't discuss people who are going to be working for the town in an open session," he said. "That's against open meetings law."

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