Election 2011: Two Town Council Seats Open

Incumbents Edward Wehrheim and Robert Creighton will face off against newcomers Teresa Haft and Howard Knispel.

With Election Day just 24 hours away, here's a reminder of the candidates running for two seats on the town council for the Town of Smithtown.

If elected, Knispel would aim to create a master plan for the town, a plan that will unveil the town's image for the future. The Democrat would also like to change how the town makes decisions, which he said is reactively – Knispel would like the town to operate proactively.

Haft said if elected she would bring a new energy to local government via “Smithtown For You,” a plan she envisions would help create an image for the town by bringing together all the town’s departments, incorporating family safety, bringing in new businesses, and having a stronger focus on the environment.

Current town councilman Wehrheim said he will give full-time commitment to the part-time role, and focus on the economic growth of the town, keep taxes stable for locals, and improve communication between the town and its residents.

Creighton said if re-elected he would dedicate his time to making things such as obtaining permits easier for both local business owners and homeowners. The councilman said he is not opposed to cutting permit fees for businesses and homeowners. In addition to help with permits and fees, Creighton said he will be aggressive in working with the state Department of Transportation for a safer Main Street in Smithtown.

Peggy Gilmartin November 08, 2011 at 12:58 PM


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