State Lawmakers: Reappoint Vecchio and Nowick, 'Debacle Should Have Never Occurred'

Lawmakers also plan to introduce legislation to avoid another election in November.

Two state lawmakers on Tuesday called on the Smithtown Town Board to respect the will of the voters and reappoint Smithtown Town Supervisor Patrick Vecchio and Councilwoman Lynne Nowick.

The Town Board will hold a special meeting on Thursday night to consider the reappointments, which are needed after Vecchio and Nowick, both Republicans, were booted out of office for failing to sign a written oath within 30 days of taking office. 

“The time for politics is over,” said Senator John Flanagan, R-Northport, said in a statement. “This past November, Smithtown voters spoke loud and clear by re-electing Supervisor Pat Vecchio and electing Councilwoman Lynne Nowick to the Town Board. Voters understood and expected these dedicated public officials to serve and act on their behalf for the next four years.  To now prevent them from
taking office because of a clerical mistake is to thwart the will of the people.”

Smithtown Town Clerk Vincent Puleo declared the supervisor's post "vacant" last week saying that Vecchio and four other Town officials, including Nowick, who were elected in November did not file the required written oath.

Puleo, a conservative who supported Town Councilman Robert Creighton is his bid to unseat Vecchio, has said the move was not political, but Flanagan said Vecchio and Nowick "deserved the courtesy and respect of being notified that there was a deadline for filing an oath of office with the Town Clerk.

“This debacle should have never occurred,” Flanagan said. 

Assemb. Michael Fitzpatrick, R-St. James, echoed Flanagan, urging the Town Board to "take the high road" and avoid saddling "Smithtown taxpayers with the cost of a special election.

"This is Smithtown; we are better than this," he added. 

Flanagan and Fitzpatrick also said they planned to introduce state legislation that would allow Vecchio and Nowick to serve out their full terms if reappointed, instead of having to run again next November. 

It wasn't just lawmakers rallying behind the reappointments Tuesday. More than 100 residents rallied outside Town Hall Tuesday afternoon in support of Vecchio and Nowick, according to a Newsday report

Vecchio, first elected to the supervisor's post in 1977, did not receive a majority vote in November's election, but in a three-way race, he claimed victory with 45 percent of the vote, compared to 30 percent for Conservative Creighton and 25 percent for Democrat Steve Snair. Only about a quarter of Smithtown's 80,361 registered voters cast ballots in the election. 

Thursday's Town Board meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Eugene A. Cannataro Senior Citizen Center. 
knee jerk February 13, 2014 at 07:13 PM
How would I know that Fred has a Rolex unless he found it imperative to let me know that he has one and for that reason is superior to me and other people. They wrote a book about jerks like him called "The Ugly American", that's why we're hated throughout the world. He is the kind of clown that's on the inside of town politics and wants to let everyone know it & how important he thinks he is. A name dropper clown. I wear a Seiko kinetic, given to me by my wife also about 40 years ago, still works great, still married to same woman because we don't put on fake airs, don't have to. PS: When people see a clown like you flashing a Rolex they probably assume it's fake anyway.
Terri Malloy February 13, 2014 at 07:20 PM
ok...so everything is about jewelry? Hellloooo....
knee jerk February 13, 2014 at 07:39 PM
@Laura: OK, where to begin? I received special dispensation from Sherriff DeMarco to write this: (1) Local Res hit the nail on the head in his explanation of the "Knee Jerk Reaction". Kind of like the shrink test-say the first thing that pops into (or out of) your head. (2) You also probably won't get Legionnaires Disease from all that mulching going on. Unfortunately that my be the only thing not floating around in that air down there. I suggest you keep your windows closed.(3) Your threatening remarks are in reference to you constantly "threatening " to sic your lawyer on anyone who disagrees with you. Have your lawyer get in touch with my lawyer in the law firm of Simon & Shyster. LOL LMAO
P. J. Miller February 13, 2014 at 09:01 PM
BREAKING NEWS.... Just posted by Newsday tonight that vote was unanimous 3-0 to appoint Vecchio and Nowick to fulfill their terms until December 31, 2014. A special election will be held in November so they can serve their full 4 years term. This will cost the residents of Smithtown $200,000 for the special election. We can thank our Town Clerk for this travesty. He should be fired.
Local Res February 13, 2014 at 09:09 PM
PJ, allow me to fix that for you.... A special election will be held in November so they can attempt to enter their positions lawfully. This will cost the residents of Smithtown $200,000 for the special election. We can thank elected officials who still do not know and honor their responsibilities to our town for this travesty.
Randy Shaw February 13, 2014 at 09:13 PM
You keep on amazing me Mr. Miller. You blame the Town Clerk when only to blame are Mr Vecchio And Ms.Nowick. Again 35 plus years in govt. and they forget to sign papers. Oh by the way there is a congressional race this year. So unless somebody primaries Mr.Vecchio the machines will be here.
knee jerk February 13, 2014 at 09:29 PM
Does that mean we save a couple of bucks because the machines are already here?
Randy Shaw February 13, 2014 at 09:29 PM
This B.S. is a amazing. We have town that is going down hill. We have a supervisor that borrows 6.3 million dollars out of a reserve fund to lower your town tax by about 13 dollars mean time your school tax and library tax went up. we have children on drugs and dying in smithtown. Folks lets get off this stupid topic of people failing to sign papers. Lets work to rid our town of terrible disease we have with drugs.Lets start working to find who these dealers our and put them away. Ive been in this community for 56 years. Lets make it the community I loved growing up and my wife wanted to make her home here after living here a few years.
knee jerk February 13, 2014 at 09:31 PM
What if they are reelected and forget to sign their oath of office again?
Randy Shaw February 13, 2014 at 09:34 PM
You know my name knee jerk why not post your name so we can see who we are responding to
Randy Shaw February 13, 2014 at 09:39 PM
My father told me if you make a mistake and learn from it you are wiser. If you make the same mistake again you are stupid.
knee jerk February 13, 2014 at 09:46 PM
If I want anyone in particular to respond to my posts, I'll address them by their screen name.
KL February 13, 2014 at 09:47 PM
Shame on you Mr. Puleo. Mr. Vecchio and Ms. Norwich were fairly elected and since you knew this had to be signed, you should have sent over the paperwork or at least informed them of it. No, you waited and never reminded them of the oath of office. Now you will cost the residents of Smithtown money. Maybe they should fire you as you possibly didn't live to to the standards of your job as town clerk.
Captain February 13, 2014 at 10:33 PM
a rolex from the mid 30s and older has to b wound
P. J. Miller February 13, 2014 at 10:36 PM
Laura Schaefer February 13, 2014 at 10:38 PM
Ugh...@ knee jerk Are you saying that Sheriff DeMarco told you to write that to me. Please nice try, after posting something harassing you gonna tell me that Sheriff DeMarco told you how to change your words and try to explain yourself after you already caused yourself such problems. I don't think so, I guess well see if Sheriff DeMarco did approve your email after you were so harassing. You probably should have requested his professional opinion prior to. See you still won't come clean with your real name. Your a fake behind a keyboard. Which basically means your not man enough to (or wish you were man enough when even perhaps living in a woman's body) With that said, I have to admit I am proud of Mr. Crieighton & Mr. Wertheim for doing the honorable thing this evening. I hope this is the beginning of our Town Board Members uniting. It's this that makes me proud to live in this town.
P. J. Miller February 13, 2014 at 10:39 PM
RANDY SHAW: It is the responsibility to get the paperwork signed - he did not do his job. This is not meteorology where you can forecast the wrong weather and still get paid and nothing is said. Mr Puleo knew the paperwork was not signed and purposely did nothing. What was it for him to make a phone call and ask.
Laura Schaefer February 13, 2014 at 10:50 PM
@ knee jerk = I hope your not using a school computer to make these harassing comments. If so, you will be fired. I'd be happy to have my attorney contact yours, once again what's you name? I'm so glad you finally decided to leave Fred's Rolex out of your ridiculous posts. I decided to where my Mink to the meeting instead of my Rolex; because I was worried that if you saw my Rolex you would continue to waste peoples time reading your immature posts. Get a life and a Rolex. lol
Local Res February 13, 2014 at 10:53 PM
@laura can anyone really say yours are much better?
Laura Schaefer February 13, 2014 at 10:58 PM
@Local Res You have no clue how much better mine are. Thx
knee jerk February 13, 2014 at 11:03 PM
@Laura S. After your earlier post, alluding to the fact, that I didn't respond to you immediately, you stated: "he could be e-mailing from jail, don't respond to him, this is the only way he can get attention". Ring a bell-or maybe just a hollow sound? I thought I'd play along with you and say that the sheriff gave me permission to e-mail you from jail. DUH You are right about one thing though, there is something toxic in that mulch you've been breathing in down there. My advise would be to leave quickly before permanent brain damage occurs. Not a threat, repeat, not a threat, repeat, not a threat, just a suggestion. DUH
Laura Schaefer February 13, 2014 at 11:12 PM
Good night Jerk sorry I mean "knee jerk" I noticed you didn't comment on the outcome of the meeting which by the way is the reason we have the opportunity to share our thoughts on this website. I'll have to speak to the Sheriff and see if he knows your name. Good night
knee jerk February 13, 2014 at 11:23 PM
I don't care about the outcome of the meeting, it should never have happened, but it did give us some laughs.
Laura Schaefer February 14, 2014 at 10:01 AM
i was informed by the Lawrence Road Task Force they are claiming that the man I spoke to is not part of there group. Once again I was only repeating what the man told me. If he was not telling me the truth then I apologize to the Lawrence Road Task Force. I will make it a point to get in touch with this person to find out who he really is and why and what purpose he would have lie about such a thing? I will keep all posted as soon as I confirm the matter.
Veronica Grayson February 14, 2014 at 11:46 AM
and I think we've all just about heard enough from Laura Schaefer that's one heck of a headache I got now.
knee jerk February 14, 2014 at 12:06 PM
@Vickie: Me too. Bordering on a migraine.
Laura Schaefer February 14, 2014 at 12:31 PM
@ Veronica Grayson - I think we the people voters have heard enough of your opinions as well. It's hard being on the loosing side, I wouldn't know about that. lol I respect your opinion now respect mine. That's the wonderful thing about being an American, "freedom of speech". No matter what you say I am proud to say that Mr. Patrick Vecchio is my Town Supervisor now and for the next 4 years. Good luck & God Bless. @ knee jerk - I quess I took Fred's place. lmao
Captain February 14, 2014 at 12:37 PM
What margin would vecchio win over creighton in November? Will mr c even bother? I'm just waiting to see more elect creighton signs. For some reason I feel that the Conservative party feels that the planets have all aligned in their favor. Was the planetary alignment natural? Mother Nature at work? I think not.
Veronica Grayson February 14, 2014 at 01:06 PM
mhmm. LOL
knee jerk February 14, 2014 at 01:23 PM
"Ink, Not Mink"


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