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Letter to the Editor: Smithtown Town Council Should Not Be Taking Any Victory Laps

A letter from the Chair of the Smithtown Democratic Committee

Dear Editor,

I don’t believe that the incumbents up for re-election for the Smithtown Town Council should be taking any victory laps for the job they are doing. The people who are responsible for making Smithtown the great place that it is are the residents. It is the people who live in Smithtown who go to work, who pay their taxes and keep up their homes. The folks in Smithtown are active in their community and are concerned with the education of their children. The fact that Smithtown is a great place to live and raise a family is because the people here are hard working and engaged. The tax-payers in Smithtown are the ones who fund the good services we receive and it is the residents who are responsible for the success and for the good character of the town.

But in those areas where the town government can exert influence and leadership our elected officials in Smithtown have not done the job that their reputations say they did. In instance after instance where the Town Board could’ve been in a leadership role and an advocate for its constituents they have delayed, referred problems to other governing bodies or have just thought small. Whether it is the Kings Park Psych Center, the flooding problem, pedestrian safety on Main Street, the response to Hurricane Irene or the growing heroin problem the town board has been behind the curve and often times happy to push the problem off to the county or the state. It is a town board that is reactive rather than proactive and this attitude does not bode well for how they will deal with creeping blight that we are all beginning to notice in Smithtown.

Re-electing the incumbents will not produce a better result and it is time for Smithtown to consider the future. Howard Knispel and Teresa Haft are not life-long public employees pulled from the same political clique as every elected official in town. They understand the challenges and opportunities in Smithtown and they have the energy and ability to work out the solutions.

Howard operates his law firm in Commack and was a member of the Smithtown Board of Ethics. Howard has the experience of running a business in Smithtown and has a particular insight into the Town Council. Teresa Haft is a volunteer with the Smithtown Fire Department and has been with the Red Cross Huntington/Smithtown Disaster Action Team for ten years. Teresa knows how to handle a crisis and understands the value of preparedness.

Remember to vote for Howard Knispel and Teresa Haft for Smithtown Town Council Tuesday November 8th.


Ed Maher
Chair Smithtown Democratic Committee
37 Avenue A
Kings Park, NY 11754

SM November 06, 2011 at 02:20 PM
40 year controll of House and Senate? I'm pretty sure Republicans controled the legislative branch at certain times int the past four decades. Also pretty sure Republicans have betrayed their conservative routes and spent tax and spend a lot as well. For instance, from 2005 - 2009 a Republican president and Congress, increased the debt by 4.5 trillion dollars. This is the largest increase by percentage points of GDP and real numbers in any four year period.
Frank Mercuri November 06, 2011 at 02:43 PM
To SM dates are wrong. Congress was in the hands of democrats from 2007 to 2010 Republicans only regained the house in 2010. The spending was under the democrats who intergected a lot of other spending in defense budgets, The senate is still under the control of the democrats.
SM November 06, 2011 at 05:35 PM
So from 05 to 07 the 109th Congress didn't have Dennis Hassert and the Republicans were not in control? They weren't the ones who increased budgets as well? The myth that republicans cut taxs and spending is decades old. Both parties dont' fit into those neat catagories.
Frank Mercuri November 06, 2011 at 07:39 PM
To SM, There are always increases in budgets. It;s a way of life in federal and state government. The trillions fall on the hands of democrats who passed programs that cannot be supported i.e Obama care.
Joy C November 10, 2011 at 04:31 AM
This is why I hate politics. But I vote anyway. I juust hope my tax money goes where the politicians say it will..to schools, roads, snow removal, public works; not to line a politico's pocket or pay for his/her favorite lobbiest. Smithtown is reasonably good. There is one law I wish someone would change, though. I think that owner-occupied single family homes should be allowed to have an accessory apartment--and they should be inspected, permitted/co'd and taxed accordingly. This would help keep people on Long Island, secure more revenue for the town, make sure that the homes are up to code, and legalize what is already being done. Oh, and Stella? I guess the voters decided they wished to be overtaxed by Creighton & Wehrheim. Personally, I'd never buy stock in a company which is operating in the red, unless it was a start-up. You should probably listen to Frank...he appears to know what he's talking about. It's not about parties, it's about money and what is done with it. I would never vote for Bush because his loyalty was skewed ...oil and gas lobbyists, arms dealers, millionaires trying to make money instead of fixing things. Politics is a nasty business; ther is very little of philanthropy about it...just greed. At least Smithtown's politicians seem to spend money on beneficial things and plan for contingencies.


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