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Smithtown Officials Propose Town Code Change to Prohibit Hiring Relatives

Residents asked to weigh in on amendment to town could aimed at curbing nepotism on June 21 town board meeting.

Smithtown's elected officials have proposed a change to the town code that would prohibit its employees from showing favoritism by hiring relatives. 

Times of Smithtown reports Smithtown Town Board has scheduled a public hearing for its June 21 meeting on an amendment to town's code of ethics that prohibits town employees from hiring relatives.

The proposed amendment reads, "No elected official, officer or employee of the town shall participate in any decision to hire, promote, discipline or discharge a relative or family member for or in any position in the town government." 

In such case, a relative is defined as "any person living in the same household as the individual and any person who is a direct descendent of the individual's grandparents or the spouse of such descendent," according to the Times of Smithtown. 

Superintendent Patrick Vecchio pointed to the town's highway department as being notorious for hiring kin, according to the Times of Smithtown, highlighting that Highway Supervisor Glenn Jorgenson hired his own son. 

However, in the article Jorgenson refutes the claim stating that he followed personnel regulations within the union contract when dealing with his son. 

The public hearing on the proposed amendment will be held 8 p.m. June 21 at the Eugene A. Cannataro Senior Citizen Center. 

Read the Times of Smithtown's full article on the proposed ammendment aimed at curbing nepotism. 

Tim ENPT June 08, 2012 at 06:17 PM
As much as I respect Mr Vecchio, he is the last person to talk of using political office for hiring kin!
new guy June 08, 2012 at 11:16 PM
.looks like Vecchio has a thing for the glen Jorgensen. First the dispute over not paying the concrete contractor then fighting glen over a desperately needed road project money and now this. Guess glen is not getting Vecchios endorsement next time around. The supervisor should concentrate on our towns infrastructure and it's procedures with building anything or inspections on renovations. That a mess.
Tim ENPT June 08, 2012 at 11:40 PM
I hope Mr Vecchio after all his years of service and accomplishments for the public, will retire & enjoy his golf & family.
new guy June 08, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Yeah, I hear he like to golf in the Carolina's.....
Tim ENPT June 09, 2012 at 12:34 AM
It has been my experience that the relatives of Town employees usually work a lot harder as to not embarrass their relatives. Nepotism in a small Town will always be there, it works for both parties.
FYI June 09, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Eliminate nepotism in Northport and there would suddenly be a lot of job openings.
VT June 09, 2012 at 06:54 PM
The counties ,both Nassau and Suffolk need to prohibit hiring relatives (too bad it can t also be close friends) also..plus creating job titles for them ...
parent June 09, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Time to vote, instead of blog!
pbug56 June 09, 2012 at 07:17 PM
So let's see what happens when boss A can't hire relatives. Boss A hire's Boss's B's relatives, and Boss B hires Boss's A's relatives. And friends. The problem is that there are too many positions that don't require Civil Service, and that Civil Service rules are too easy to get around to appoint hacks. Look around and you can see plenty of hacks, usually in well paid positions they are not qualified for. If their party loses the next election, some other entity hires them - for more money. Look at our new, esteemed County Executive; how many people got laid off so he could hire a bunch of his friends? His behavior so far makes the former CE look like an Eagle Scout by comparison.
George June 09, 2012 at 11:46 PM
After reading this story and all the comments.... why the heck has this rule not been the law since 50 years ago?
Louise June 10, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Nepotism has a strong stench, whether it's in government or private enterprise. The sense of entitlement because "my aunt owns the business" or "my brother is a cop" is too tempting for most. Whether they are qualified or not, everyone who gets a job must compete for it fairly without familial interference. I am in strong favor of this amendment and hope that it goes county-wide.
new guy June 10, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Life is unfair....accept that and you won't walk around with all that resentment.
new guy June 10, 2012 at 09:20 PM
What's next....the supervisor wants to discipline public employees for major offences? Like the slap on the wrist a Suffolk county water district employee received for screwing up big time, or how about...what if someone is caught stealing from OTB. What a joke. HIPOCRATE.
Tim ENPT June 10, 2012 at 11:22 PM
For good or bad and I believe mostly good. " This Town was built on Nepotism,"
chris smith June 11, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Good idea but coming from the king of nepotism- a bit ironic-his wife and son made headlines and i am sure there is more
Tim ENPT June 11, 2012 at 10:56 AM
What the Town, County, State & U.S really needs is Term Limits on all Elected Officials.
Ex Parkie June 11, 2012 at 10:21 PM
The one one good thing, they didn't work for the Town!
Smithtown Rez June 12, 2012 at 01:29 PM
You can not make the blanket statement that family members work harder (never true) just as you can not say all family members are not deserving of their posts. What you CAN say is when these are tax dollars at work the only thing that gives the appearance of being fair is unfortunately to not permit nepotism and to observe a transparent policy. There is simply no way for Jorgenson to claim that his son did not get preferential treatment and to claim he got the job for any other reason than he was his son. And we all know he will never be fired for performance issues, even if warranted. So again, when it is the public's money, and you are talking about government serving the constituents and keeping their trust, you can not allow even the appearance of favoritism. What is laughable is Vecchio has obviously turned his mafia-esque sights on Jorgenson and is ignoring the very public embarrassment of his own family favors in the county when talking about the need for a new policy. When will Smithtown residents stop acting like sheep (and I am talking to the Republicans because this town will never vote for a Dem). Sheep...baaaaaaaah. Who is next in line to lead this town forward? He is a tad old people. He is starting to remind me of my depression era grandparents, who would let their house fall down around them when the roof needs to be done and the plumbing is failing just so they can sleep with a bunch of money under the mattress.
Nesconset Dude June 12, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Eh, FYI to all: I hear Mr. Vecchio is indeed running again. Now, I assume he won't be running his campaign from the Carolinas,. Then again, Smithtown's flock of sheeple will just vote down the party line again, like they did last time. Enjoy your golf game, Mr. Vecchio!
Ex Parkie June 12, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Well the last time the Town elected a Dem. Supervisor it was Pat Vecchio.
Nesconset Dude June 12, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Haha, very true on that statement. It's amazing how many folks in Smithtown say they want change, but can't get past voting for the same people time and time again.
Gigi June 13, 2012 at 11:36 AM
I think it's time to clean house in the town board. All of them have been there way too long. The good ole boy network stinks.
Smithtown Rez June 13, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Well, it's been 22 years since he flipped parties. You would probably agree that it will be another 22 before a dem gets put into office. Person first, party second...but not in Smithtown.
Nesconset Dude June 13, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Gigi - Obviously you 'get it'. It's a shame 70% of the rest of Smithtown does not.
Gigi June 13, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Thanks Dude....here's to being in the minority ..

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