Should Smithtown Town Officials Face Term Limits?

Smithtown's elected officials call for support for 12-year term limits as primaries approach.

Smithtown Town Hall, Smithtown, NY. Patch file photo
Smithtown Town Hall, Smithtown, NY. Patch file photo
As primary season heats up for the November elections, Smithtown town board candidates are throwing their support behind setting new term limits. 

Smithtown Councilman Kevin Malloy said his first action if re-elected to the town board in November would be to support the creation of a 12-year term limit, Newsday reports. 

Malloy is seeking re-election to his second 4-year term this November. While campaigning, he said constituents have complained about elected officials becoming complacent and unresponsive after years in public office. 

Malloy's call-to-action is supported by Councilman Robert Creighton, who will run in the Republican primary on Sept. 10 against Supervisor Patrick Vecchio. 

Creighton is in the middle of his sixth year serving on Smithtown Town Board, re-elected to his second four-year term in 2011. Vecchio has been in office for 36 years, earning him the distinction of the longest serving town supervisor in New York State. 

Assem. Michael Fitzpatrick, R-Smithtown, who is serving as Vecchio's campaign manager, called Malloy and Creighton's support for term limits a publicity stunt, suggesting residents are more concerned about cost of government and keeping taxes low. 

Democratic candidate Steven Snair also said the suggestion of term limits is nothing more than a political stunt.  

Would you like to see a term limit imposed on Smithtown's elected officials? Why or why not? 

Tell us in the comments below. 

Read more on Newsday [subscription required] about Malloy's support for term limits. 
IMHO August 21, 2013 at 09:43 AM
Limit School Boards terms as well...
Jeff August 21, 2013 at 09:44 AM
I asked Mr. Vecchio " how long have you been in office" He responded "ahhhh, too long"
Joel Schleifer August 21, 2013 at 09:46 AM
I generally disagree with term limits. That's what elections & the ballot box are for. If as a people we continue to have appallingly low voter turn out and we end up with bad leaders the fault is ours. DEMOCRACY IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT!!! Also if you look at Malloy's proposal he wants to grandfather all current incumbents. Really Mr. Malloy!!!
GM August 21, 2013 at 09:40 PM
Absolutely need term limits. Incumbents have a huge advantage and can utilize resources a challenger simply does not have.
Just The Facts August 23, 2013 at 09:20 AM
"It is difficult to overstate the extent to which term limits would reform Congress. Term limits are supported by large majorities of most American demographic groups; and they are opposed primarily by incumbent politicians and the wealthy special interest groups which depend on them to accomplish their own goals. Term limits would ameliorate many of America's most serious political problems by eliminating most incumbent election advantages, ensuring more congressional turnover, securing more independent congressional judgment, and reducing reelection related incentives for wasteful government spending. The recent term limits phenomenon is a tribute to public involvement in politics and is one of the few reforms devised and implemented by people who live beyond the Beltway. It is substantive, not cosmetic; both allies and enemies concede that congressional service terms would create favorable and fundamental change in American politics." -- Arkansas Assemblyman Dan Greenberg


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