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Letters: Melodrama in Smithtown politics

Patrick Vecchio, left, takes the oath of office

Patrick Vecchio, left, takes the oath of office Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 from County Court Judge John Toomey after the Smithtown Town Board voted to reinstate him as supervisor. Credit: John Paraskevas

The attempt by Conservative Smithtown Clerk Vincent Puleo to change the overwhelming results of our town's recent election is an abuse of power .

The clerk's duties should include presenting the elected board members with the forms and instructions necessary to formalize their oaths of office.

Puleo seems to have put his personal politics and loyalty to Republican Councilman Robert Creighton ahead of the wishes of a large plurality of voters who re-elected Republican Supervisor Patrick Vecchio and elected Republican Councilwoman Lynne C. Nowick. Creighton ran against Vecchio for supervisor and lost.

Did Puleo purposely neglect to forward the forms and then seek to use his omission as a reason to overturn a town-wide election? Smithtown's democratic process should not turn at the whim of a single official.

Ronald D. Weiss, St. James

My community has been trying for years to get the Prisco property on Jericho Turnpike, home of Reliable Tree Services, cleaned up and brought to town code . Deadlines come and go, and town officials seem to turn a blind eye.

Then the town clerk claimed that the seats of the supervisor and a councilwoman, who were overwhelmingly voted into office, were vacant because a 30-day deadline came and went? Shame on Smithtown for the way it conducts business.

These political games only hurt the community. Enforcement of deadlines is a joke and obviously only for a chosen few.

Ann-Marie Most, Smithtown


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