Three Smithtown government appointees are expected to be reappointed at Thursday's town board meeting after being out of office for failing to file a written oath of office.
The posts held by town engineer Mark Riley and Conservation Advisory Board members A. Lawrence Liquori and Paul Hedger were declared vacant by the town clerk earlier this month because they didn’t sign the oaths within 30 days of taking office, as required by state law.
Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio and Councilwoman Lynne C. Nowick were also deemed out of office for failing to sign their oaths, according to Town Clerk Vincent Puleo’s Feb. 5 memo, which sparked outrage among residents.
Vecchio and Nowick were appointed Feb. 13 to one-year terms that conclude at the end of December. It remains unclear whether they will be able to serve the full four-year terms they were elected to in November.
State Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport) and Assemb. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-St. James) have said they plan to introduce legislation that would allow Vecchio and Nowick to complete their full terms.
“It was a very unnecessary delay,” Vecchio said Tuesday of the appointees not being able to do their jobs.
None of the appointees, nor Puleo, were immediately available for comment.
Puleo has said in a written statement on Feb. 13 that other elected and appointed officials “managed to find their way to the Clerk’s Office within the required time periods.”