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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. 

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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