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Knispel: Revitalization of Town, Master Plan Will Be Implemented if Elected

The Democratic hopeful says he'll bring a plan for how the town will look in the future if you elect him Nov. 8.

Democratic town council hopeful Howard Knispel wants to bring a new plan of action to the town board, mainly a master plan.

“You look at the county, you look at most towns, they all have master plans, which is basically a plan as to where the town is going to be in 10 years, five years, 20 years. It sets goals … Smithtown doesn’t even have one,” he said.

Knispel also wants to change how the board manages the issues the town faces, acting proactively instead of reactively.

The Democrat questioned if the town acts on some of the major issues at all, citing Tropical Storm Irene as a time where he believes the town did nothing.

“You look at Brookhaven, you look at Islip, you look at Babylon … they changed their website, they had emergency numbers, they had an emergency response team that handled those types of issues. Smithtown did nothing, they were missing in action,” he said.

Knispel said he could bring revitalization to the town, something he feels the current town council has failed to do.

“We have a $99 million budget for 2011 for the Town of Smithtown with a $22 million surplus. Why can’t we use some of that surplus?” he said. “It should be returned to the taxpayers or be used to generate more income, to be doing something to attract businesses to downtown.”

Knispel said the town needs a plan to attract new businesses to the town, which would help in the revitalization process. Aside from forming a plan to bring new business to the town, Knispel said he wants to make Main Street in Smithtown a destination, a place people would want to walk around and explore versus a place where people shop and leave.

While a Democrat in a largely Republican township, Knispel still has faith he could see a majority vote on Nov. 8.

"There are always difficulties when you are a member of a minority party … I speak to a lot of people who are fed up with the current government, they’re fed up with the town board ignoring a lot of the issues they have, and I think it’s because they feel that they are going to get elected because they are Republicans and they get elected as Republicans simply because of their party affiliation."

“You need an outsider to be on the town board,” he added.

Why does Knispel believe you should vote for him?

“I bring not just a fresh look at things but a different look, a look from the south part of town, a look from the Democratic side of the aisle, a look from a different perspective in terms of where I’d like to see the town go,” he said.

stella November 05, 2011 at 09:38 PM
Hello George: really enjoy your rants and raves It's more fun then Laughin reruns on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Laugh+in+&aq=f Smithtown can do better. The voters will decide if they wish to be overtaxed by Creighton & Wehrheim.
DKNY718 November 05, 2011 at 10:34 PM
I agree, restaurants dont do well there. I have a solution, the night club silk which right now is in the meat farms shopping center and is surrounded by residentual houses that are being tormented until 4am. move them over there, club goers wont mind the egress into the site and we can enjoy our nights again.
Bill Miller November 07, 2011 at 01:21 AM
If they spend the surplus wisely there will be no money left for them to play golf with the outside vendors that take away jobs that our town employees were hired to do!! We need to clean house, and start out with real honest people that truly want the best for Smithtown. Hurricane Irene should be a wake up call for all of us? There was no way for us to find out what was going on, In this day of technology it is shameful.
Howard E. Knispel November 07, 2011 at 01:54 AM
I certainly do not condone age discrimination, however I would not consider calling people "old cronies", age discrimination. I believe the writer is simply referring to the fact that they have been cronies in the town for a long time, but I may simply be giving the writer the benefit of the doubt.
KpNibbler November 07, 2011 at 03:29 AM
Well said Mr. Knispel....We need new blood, doesn't matter if it's a 30yr old or 70yr old...It's all about new ideas....You've got some good ones and you got my Vote. Good Luck Tuesday!

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