Who is the Smithtown Town supervisor?
Until Wednesday, that answer was simple: Patrick Vecchio.
The Republican has held the office for more than 35 years, but on Wednesday, Smithtown Town Clerk Vincent Puleo declared the supervisor's post "vacant," saying that Vecchio and four other Town officials who were elected in November did not file a required written oath within 30 days of taking office, Newsday reported.
Vecchio and Republican Town Councilwoman Lynne Nowick were sworn in on Jan. 1, but Newsday reported that Puleo was not invited to the ceremony, where the Town clerk says he usually collects the written oaths.
Newsday wrote that "it was unclear last night whether the error can still be corrected."
Puleo, a conservative, supported Town Councilman Robert Creighton is his bid to unseat Vecchio in November.