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Creighton to Run for Smithtown Town Supervisor

Robert Creighton will formally make his candidacy official Feb. 25.

Patrick Vecchio will have competition from a current town councilman in November when he decides to run for his 13th Town Supervisor term – Robert Creighton.

Creighton, a Republican who was re-elected to his seat on the town council in 2011, announced via email statement Wednesday that he will formally make his intention to run for town supervisor known on Feb. 25. He will make the announcement at 7 p.m. at the Smithtown Elks Lodge, located at 120 Edgewood Avenue in Smithtown.

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Creighton, a longtime Kings Park resident, has invited a yet-to-be-released list of both elected officials and "Town of Smithtown visionaries" to attend and participate in his announcement.

“For Smithtown to succeed in such economically depressed times, now is the time to reorganize and re-define the role of town government," he said in the statement. "We must work hand in hand with entities to ensure Smithtown’s future and bring it back to the progressive, thriving community it once was.”

Crieghton, a former Conservative, switched parties in October 2012, a move many thought set the stage for him to challenge Vecchio in a Republican primary.

The councilman's announcement comes after the town's Republican committee told Patch that it would back Vecchio for his 13th term, even as criticism has mounted against the supervisor for the town's performance after a recent blizzard dumped 30 inches of snow on the area. While Vecchio has said the slow plowing was the responsibility of the town's highway supervisor, Vecchio also caught fire for pledging roads would be plowed by a certain time, when they weren't.

Nesconset Dude March 18, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Actually, taxes were just raised under Mr. Vecchio's rule. Promotions, 10%+ raises(!!!!), pension costs, etc.
P. J. Miller March 18, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Promotions happen every year. The raises are every 3 years according to the union contract and they DID NOT get 10% - that has and never will happen. Raises were 2%. Pensions costs are a given - we have nys workers and when they retire they get their pension. But that is all figured in the budget every year and does not cost the taxpayer extra money. The workers would love to see an incentive and Pat has said that he will not do one because incentives cost money. So in actuality - we are not doing that bad. Get your facts before you post.
Nesconset Dude March 18, 2013 at 07:19 PM
There HAS TO BE a promotion every year? I'm working for the wrong folks. Perhaps later on I'll look up the two seperate articles regarding raises in Smithtown from a few months back. So, what you're trying to say is that even though revenues are down and pension costs are up, the money is coming from a magical place? What about the costs from the storms we've been slammed by in the past 6 months? Taxes are going up, regardless of you disputing the "facts".
Howard Knispel March 18, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Stop arguing. You're both right. If either gets elected our taxes will go up and we will get less services.
P. J. Miller March 18, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Within the town - they have steps of your title and not everyone, but some of the employees are brought up to the next level, for example, laborer I, laborer II, etc. The increase is not alot of money. The problem I see is that the dept heads and foreman should try and cut back on the OT as not everyone is needed. Plus with the union CSEA contract- the employees do get their annual raise per the contract. Again not much. Pat has done a good job negotiating the contracts in fact a few times he asked for givebacks and refused to agree to a salary increase - so holidays were given back and the percentage was lowered. If you have a problem with that then you should speak to the CSEA president with the town Kelly Brown who works in Planning Dept.

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