On Nov. 8, Newsday published two very significant news stories in its towns section. The first pertained to Smithtown, “Offices for sale.” The other concerned Northport, “Village to get $5M for sewer upgrade.”
These stories clearly demonstrated the difference between Smithtown and many local municipalities that have a vision and plan for the future. Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio has in the past promised to revitalize downtown Smithtown, bring sewers into the area and attract younger generations back home. Does no one ever challenge him about these broken promises?
Smithtown is frequently referred to as “the land that time forgot,” “the land of no” and disparagingly as a throwback to towns of World War II. Simply stated, Smithtown has failed to keep up with the times.
With a supervisor holding office since 1978, I’m concerned that he lacks the vision, stamina and physical capability to save Smithtown.
The potential sale of the Smithtown school district administrative building and 13-acre property highlights yet another lost opportunity. If the town had worked with the school district, we should have been able to develop a plan to both preserve athletic fields for residents and offer housing for our young people and seniors.
John Zollo, Smithtown
Editor’s note: The writer is a former town attorney for Smithtown.