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Nominate Smithtown's Greatest Person of 2012

Who in town has made the biggest impact on the community?

With Smithtown being as large as it is, full of people who genuinely care about their community, there are undoubtedly plenty of people to look up to. From parents to teachers, coaches, elected officials, business owners and more, there are plenty of standout individuals that exemplify the traits Smithtown residents admire. 

We'd like to recognize those people by asking you to nominate them for our "Greatest Person" honor.

In the coming weeks we'll accept your nominations to name Smithtown's Greatest Person. Community members will later have the chance to vote on the final result.

Submit your nominations as a comment below or email editor Peter Verry to participate at peter.verry@patch.com. Please include your full name and the reason why you have chosen the person your are nominating.

Ken Heard December 11, 2012 at 04:57 AM
That's easy. Pat Vecchio , by a landslide. What other person on this planet could have retired from one job as a NYPD sergeant, and started a second career in 1979 as Town Supervisor- 33 years and counting. And through it all, he has proudly remained a penny pinching fiscal conservative - a rare breed in a country overrun by poliricians who can't even spell "deficit" let alone know how to contain it. I never met Mr Vecchio, but thanks to local papers and town TV, I come to respect his tenacious dedication to public service. . Mr. Vecchio, here's looking at you, sir
Barbara December 11, 2012 at 01:53 PM
While I agree with a few other nominations, I'd have to go with Smithtown Resident on nominating the Smithtown Fire Department!
David H. December 13, 2012 at 05:51 AM
Michael Wichtendahl, David Hungerford, and John Rorick for their efforts in rallying the Nesconset community against the atrocious idea of Story Book Homes rezoning the wooded area on Lake Avenue South into potentially garden apartments. They put together a nearly 1,000 person petition against and put together a super petition that now forces the Smithtown Town Board to have at least 4-1 majority to approve said rezoning.
EPG December 13, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I'll second that. Their efforts helped organize the community to take a powerful stand against a developer whose plans were not in the best interest of the surrounding neighborhood. It's not over yet, but our voices have been heard due to their efforts. Great job fellas!
Truckie733 December 31, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I would like to see Dave Lewis win. He is an all around great guy who always puts others first. Besides being an all around awesome person he is also a volunteer firefighter with the Smithtown FD and a Police Officer with the NYPD. He is a positive influence and genuinely cares about people-that seems to be a rarity these days!

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