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Drama Escalates in Smithtown as Vecchio, Nowick Booted From Office

Deputy Supervisor Tom McCarthy calls special meeting to reappoint Vecchio and Nowick on Thursday.

Whoever is to blame, one this is for certain: for the first time in more than three decades, Patrick Vecchio is no longer the Smithtown Town supervisor. 

It's a stunning escalation of political drama that began last week when Smithtown Town Clerk Vincent Puleo declared the supervisor's post "vacant," saying that Vecchio and four other Town officials, including Town Councilwoman Lynne Nowick, who were elected in November did not file a required written oath within 30 days of taking office.

On Monday, Smithtown Town Attorney Matthew Jakubowski told Newsday that, "I've sought out every resource that I could possibly think of, and it all came to the conclusion that the failure to file is fatal." 

Vecchio and Nowick, both Republicans, may not be on the sidelines for long, however, as Deputy Supervisor Thomas McCarthy–now the acting supervisor–has called a special meeting of the Town Board for Thursday night "to sponsor resolutions to appoint Patrick R. Vecchio as Town Supervisor and Lynne C. Nowick as Town Councilwoman." 

That meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Eugene A. Cannataro Senior Citizen Center. 

Puleo, a conservative who supported Town Councilman Robert Creighton is his bid to unseat Vecchio in November, has been feeling the heat from residents who have claimed he should have alerted Vecchio and the others that the oaths needed to be signed. But Puleo told CBS 2 the move was not political. 

“I feel so bad that this happened, but you have to understand, I can’t say, ‘Well, Supervisor, just sign this, and I’ll put the 30th,'" Puleo told CBS. “I can’t do that. I’d be derelict in my duties.”


knee jerk February 11, 2014 at 05:32 PM
I have had work done in the past that needed permits from the TOS. Never again would I want to deal with that abject stupidity and shake down. In fact, I considered a roof solar system but did not want to deal with the TOS building dept. Not worth the hassle.
* February 11, 2014 at 05:46 PM
The Apprisal has nothing to do with TOS permits. It's a appraisal. It's not a TOS DOB inspection. More Gas monies for you to get to the Smithtown Bull and patronize the TOS TOWN BULL !!!!
Captain February 11, 2014 at 06:10 PM
Losers n haters, get over yourselves. Had the voters felt there was a better candidate in November, vecchio would not of been elected. You can't accept the FACT that your guy lost. Twice. The voice of the people was heard. Loud enough to override a law. Dont like it? Lawyer up. Good luck! How nice it was to be at town hall today surrounded by some truly great people
knee jerk February 11, 2014 at 06:20 PM
Captain: Did it feel more like a rock concert?
Captain February 11, 2014 at 06:24 PM
I can't wait to see the backlash in the next election!!!! Mmmmm can you say collateral damage????????
Marion Knott February 11, 2014 at 06:47 PM
I didn't vote for him except the first time when he was a Democrat and soon found that being a Democrat in Smithtown is lonely. But all of this fiasco is an embarrassment for our town. He was elected. End of story. Good part is that I am getting emails other than ads.
* February 11, 2014 at 09:54 PM
Town of Smithtown • Total 117,801 Republican incumbent Patrick Vecchio has won the 2014 election for Town of Smithtown supervisor with 8,805 votes, over his Conservative challenger, Councilman Robert Creighton with 5,930 votes, and Democratic candidate Steven Snair with 4,783 votes with 89 out of 93 districts reporting, according to Suffolk County Board of Elections at 10:27 p.m. Get REAL! The Town of Smithtown Population did not come out and VOTE!
Joe mcCaffrey February 12, 2014 at 09:22 AM
Smithtown is looking like a JOKE because Patrick Veccchio and his boy scout politicians are a nightmare.They say Brookhaven is corrupt HAHA .He shouldn't be allowed to serve all these years in his position .Who in there rite mind voted all these years for him ? Goes to show you the bullcrap politics of Smithtown is getting worse ! You and i try this forget it . For years we had to watch him dodge issue and lie to all of us and he and his office still continue to play there games. WE NEED HIM LIKE WE NEED OBAMA.....PS-- do us a favor VECCHIO retire .
Ottenere su di esso February 12, 2014 at 09:47 AM
Four more years Baby!!!! Lol waaaaaaaaaaa
localguy February 12, 2014 at 10:28 AM
reports were that approx 100 people showed up at town hall, as big an embarrassment as the turn out for the election.
The Truth February 12, 2014 at 11:07 AM
did someone say no one showed up for the press conference... 6 media groups and.......... http://kingspark.patch.com/blogs/to-the-end-of-the-patch
localguy February 12, 2014 at 11:41 AM
So I was right, about 100 people, many of which were reporters looking for a story or name for themselves. Look, I don't agree what happened was right...... I'm just making note that not many people showed up to support their guys and worse than that, almost no one shows up to vote....... they will complain about everything but not take the time to take advantage of their very important right to cast a vote.
knee jerk February 12, 2014 at 12:10 PM
You have a right to cast a vote but whether you do or not does not affect your right to complain as a taxpayer. Let's suppose you don't vote and: an elected official commits a crime or perjures himself, etc, etc . Whether you vote or not, you expect your elected officials to conduct themselves in a professional and honest manner. Anything less deserves the peoples attention and critique.
Marion Knott February 12, 2014 at 12:36 PM
Let it go. The situation is really one Republican against another, not caring how it makes our great town looks. I repeat, I did not vote for Veccio, not because he is a Republican but because he is too old for the job and the decisions he has made, like the traffic pattern in Smithtown is terrible. We take the long away around just to go to my sons and Uncle Giuseppe. Why didn't he just retire with honor? I'm 84 and I know what that feels like. Thankful to be alive. This too shall pass.
+irish+ February 12, 2014 at 12:42 PM
There were at least a hundred people at Tuesday's rally, Cathryn S. Look at the pictures and videos on Newsday, smithtownmatters.com and on Youtube. If you only saw 20-25, then either you can't count or you weren't there when it took place. Vecchio won. Nowick won. You people failed at the ballot box and now you're resorting to cheap, backroom antics. The Town Clerk deliberately waited for the deadline to pass before saying anything. The Supervisor was presented with papers on TWELVE PREVIOUS OCCASIONS, thereby setting precedent. Again, in my opinion, Puleo is guilty of a moral dereliction of duty!!!
knee jerk February 12, 2014 at 12:47 PM
And don't anybody accuse Marion of age discrimination!!!
knee jerk February 12, 2014 at 12:51 PM
There are errors of commission and errors of omission.
+irish+ February 12, 2014 at 12:54 PM
Marion, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Guess you never taught History.
knee jerk February 12, 2014 at 12:58 PM
You don't have to teach history to be condemned too repeat it.
Marion Knott February 12, 2014 at 01:03 PM
You are too cute, Knee Jerk
knee jerk February 12, 2014 at 01:05 PM
Don't worry Marion, I have your back.
Marion Knott February 12, 2014 at 02:08 PM
knee jerk you are so nice to answer for me. While I was at exercise I was thinking of what I should say and you said it for me. I volunter, as you all know, in an inner city school and so many of the kids are in shelters or on Treasure Island and a good many are immigrants from the Middle East but they are so nice and when I leave them to go home I have to go by the homeless who make me so lucky to have what I have. There are no politics involved. What would some of "my" kids say if they knew what a beautiful town I live in. I should shut up while I'm ahead, or so I think. Thank you Patch for allowing me to speak my mind.
Candyee February 12, 2014 at 05:04 PM
Marion Knott.. Main St/rt 25 is a NYS road. The DOT made the final decision on the traffic pattern . Its a nightmare. Avoid it as much as I can . There were many residents who wanted this and fought for it . Not I .
Captain February 13, 2014 at 10:34 AM
election in november? can u say hat trick? threepeat?
* February 13, 2014 at 10:53 AM
If two Leaders, Vecchio and Norwick can not accept "their" failure to do "their" due diligence then they need to go and not be appointed but made to realize they can not expert the Law "to change" to suit their agenda. The average Joe would be told it's over! Appoint these two and they will together cause so much mayhem and dissension our Town will be in a upheaval. Good Riddance!
marguerite zangrillo February 13, 2014 at 01:40 PM
The venomous criticism of those duly elected officials who unintentionally neglected to sign the appropriate papers is appalling. If people neglect to pay their taxes on time, they pay a fine and life goes on. No one is the worse for it. But to blow this issue out of proportion has impacted the whole community and shamed those who allowed it to happen. The Town Clerk said it wasn't in his job description to inform them of the pending expiration date? Well, it wasn't in his job description years ago to do so, but he did it anyway. This smacks of spitefulness and lack of integrity, and he will rue the day he allowed it to happen. The same goes for those who conspired with him, and we know who they are.
+irish+ February 13, 2014 at 01:43 PM
This issue is far too important to "let it go" or be "cute", kneejerk. Maybe you missed the point. Considering your history of excellent posts (and 'detective' work on a certain troll who specializes in targeting women, esp. elderly women), I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. That being said, labeling Mr. Gorman a "tool" simply because you disagree with him on a different thread was inappropriate.
+irish+ February 13, 2014 at 01:48 PM
Excellent comment, Marguerite! You speak post should be read into the record PRIOR to tonight's vote.
marguerite zangrillo February 13, 2014 at 01:50 PM
Be my guest. Thank you.
knee jerk February 13, 2014 at 03:17 PM
@+irish+: Go back and read the posts, nowhere did I use the words "let it go" or "cute". As far Mr. Gorman, the bantering between us goes back a while and is not personal, at least not on my part.

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