Smithtown Officials Decide Not to Declare State of Emergency

Town of Smithtown has not declared state of emergency or opened any shelters as Hurricane Sandy approaches.


Smithtown officials have yet to declare a state of emergency for the Town of Smithtown as Huricane Sandy's winds batter Long Island on Monday morning.

Staff member of the town's Emergency Management department said a state of emergency for the town has not been declared and no shelters have been opened in the local area.

Nissequogue residents on Long Beach Road were advised on Sunday night to relocate during Hurricane Sandy. Members of the town's Public Safety Department spoke to locals Sunday door-to-door advising them to leave until it is safe to return.

John Valentine, Director of Public Safety for the town, and John Wagner, Smithtown’s deputy director of public safety, were not available for comment by time of publication.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone declared a state of emergency for the county on Sunday night for the duration of Hurricane Sandy. The Town of Brookhaven, Town of Huntington, Village of Northport have also declared a state of emergency.

Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio did not declare a state of emergency during Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011 despite evacuating residents on Long Beach Road.

Following Irene, Vecchio told Patch there was "no need" for him to declare a state of emergency as "a supervisor has no power to declare state of emergency, they are superseded by county and governor."

wildcat25 October 29, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Nice, keep our taxes for your salaries, and not worrying about your residents!!!!!
Laurene Schtupak October 29, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I think Patrick Vecchio should step down.
Laurene Schtupak October 29, 2012 at 03:23 PM
He's obviously not taking the situation seriously.
Tim ENPT October 29, 2012 at 03:25 PM
P. J. Miller October 29, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Do we need any more proof that he is not for us - the residents? this is a serious storm even the governor said to not take it lightly. every man for himself. just hope we are all okay. next year when he runs, don't vote for him. it doesn't cost money to declare a state of emergency, it only helps us get more assistance. there goes the OT budget through the roof. he says he wants to find ways to save money how about cutting down on uneccesary OT.
Ira Lipton October 29, 2012 at 05:42 PM
The most important function for government is to protect the people. Federal ,State and Local responsibilities must help in Emergency Situations. The town of Smithtown has abdicated this primary responsibility. There is no justification. The last emergency the town of Huntington assisted me not the Town of Smithtown. The President has asked that we listen to local officials--my town is silent.
Dan Warne October 29, 2012 at 06:01 PM
If the supervisor declares a state of emergency all employees get paid time and half from the minute he declares it till its recinded. And ur worried about ur taxes, we'll get FEMA assistance weather its declared or not
Tim ENPT October 29, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Hi Dan, you know the Supervisor, he doesn't want to spend anything extra! It's almost as if it;s coming out of his own pocket.
Dan Warne October 29, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I can tell you all town deptartments; Parks, Highway, Sanitation, and Public Safety are currently working to keep open the highways so LIPA and out of town crews can make repairs. The wind is bringing down trees at a faster rate than the roads can be cleared. Also remember no crew can touch a fallen tree till LIPA deenergizes the power.
scooter H October 31, 2012 at 01:05 PM
You idiots can't read. If suffolk County calls it, there's no need for Smithtown to call it.
nw October 31, 2012 at 08:02 PM
the roads are great. The streets are basically clear. we looked like a war-zone on Tuesday morning and now we don't. like always a good job by the town in keeping the streets drivable
P. J. Miller October 31, 2012 at 08:31 PM
I am sure the town departments are working very hard trying to clean up the town, but all day while driving around havent' seen one town truck down any of the neighborhoods. And I don't think they will be having any OT for this as winter is around the corner and Pat will not want to use up his OT budget. Of course, the foreman will be raking it in now. And I can understand Pat's side as he is trying to keep the costs down, and yes, it is coming out of his pocket, his budget, which comes out of our pocket. So Pat - thanks for thinking of us, but could use a little more presence of your town workers. The neighborhoods are devasting to look at, trees down all over. Mostly homeowners are doing the cutting down and dropping off debris at dumps I've seen. It will be a long recovery.
jozee November 01, 2012 at 10:04 PM
driveable nw are you kidding there are no traffic lights through the whole town its downright unsafe, no updates no nothing thanks mr supervisor for nothing, no state of emergency for the town? we had 90mph winds and microbursts, saying we are not getting power till thanksgiving where are we going to go and what can we do????????? scooter, if he doesnt do anything there is no place safe for anyone to go where there is light and heat for the older people who will die if they have to wait till thanksgiving!!! no phones, no lights, no heat do the math
jozee November 01, 2012 at 10:06 PM
hey tim your right its like its coming out of his pocket, this has been going on for hmmm what 35 yrs? time for some young blood!!
Enough of this November 29, 2012 at 02:52 AM
agreed. county employees have the best jobs out there. getting paid (our money) to do minimal work must be wonderful


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