He could have been, and should have been, a contender for Suffolk County executive.
But Patrick Vecchio had to settle for staying on as a town supervisor.
And did he stay on! Smithtown Town supervisor for 40 years, he became the longest-serving town supervisor ever in Suffolk County and the state. (more…)
Suffolk County government remains in financial difficulty.
At the start of this year, Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone declared a “state of fiscal emergency” for county government for the fifth straight year. Mr. Bellone directed county departments to set aside 10 percent of planned expenditures in many accounts and gave himself control of hiring over other countywide elected officials. (more…)