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LaValle Defends Record, Blasts Vecchio

County GOP Chairman responds to Tuesday letter from Smithtown Supervisor.

The back-and-forth among Republican party leaders continued on Wednesday, as County GOP Chairman John Jay LaValle responded to aletter by Town Supervisor Patrick Vecchiodefending his own record over the years – as well as a shot to those who decided to support his opponent in this fall's race for the town's supervisor seat, Councilman Robert Creighton.

LaValle attended a fundraiser for Creighton Monday night at the Smithtown Elks Lodge, in which he endorsed Creighton as "the exact kind of person you want to have at the top in Smithtown" while Vecchio still holds the reigns. 

Vecchio responded the next day by calling LaValle's leadership skills "pathetic" and pointed to a "failed electoral record," even calling on LaValle's resignation.

LaValle disagreed. He writes:

Dear Supervisor Vecchio:

I am in receipt of your practically incoherent, babbling correspondence of this afternoon. I find your tone offensive and immature, but not surprising in the least. I support councilman Bob Creighton because he is a tremendous public servant who possess' the utmost integrity. He is a role model for all elected and appointed officials here in Suffolk County. I have known him for many years and consider him to be a friend. More importantly, Bob Creighton has succeeded throughout his career in public service because he is a man of honor and class; something Smithtown is lacking today in the case of the position of Supervisor. Your childish letter confirms my assertion.

After all, we live in a democratic republic where the citizens are free to choose whom they wish to support for public office. The fact that you have taken to mudslinging and lies to defend your record of failure is unfortunate. The residents of Smithtown deserve better. It is my sincere hope they choose better this coming September. The future success of Smithtown depends on it.

Regarding my record as County Leader, you are once again, but not surprisingly, mistaken. To date, Suffolk County Republicans have taken back more than a dozen seats across Suffolk County since I have become Chairman of the party. Furthermore, Suffolk County's two Congressmen are not Democrats. Rather, Peter King is a Republican and, yes, Tim Bishop is a Democrat. However, we could possibly have two Republican Congressmen if individuals like you did not work against the party's candidate. We have achieved this success while being dramatically outspent, but have set forth a message of fiscal responsibility that cannot be bought with campaign contributions.

Lastly, my record in public service speaks for itself. As Supervisor of the Town of Brookhaven, it was my initiatives that kicked off the "cleanup" of Brookhaven Town. Together, with our District Attorney, my staff and I worked tirelessly to root out corruption and incompetence. I am proud of all that we achieved. For the record, not one member of my administration was either involved in any wrong doing or even accused of such; in fact, we either commenced or assisted in virtually every case. Considering the recent Grand Jury proceeding investigating your administration and activities, I don't think someone with such unclean hands should be talking about corruption and incompetence.

With that being said, it is my hope, and that of many residents of Smithtown, that you are handed your termination this coming fall. I am sure that you are already conspiring with the Democrats, as you have always been open to the highest bidder. In the coming months we will see just what kind of integrity you actually do possess. I am sure I will not be disappointed, as usual.

Very truly yours, 

John Jay LaValle

Sal February 27, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Mr. LaValle, would you sign this petition? As far as your record, let people make their own decision. So everyone, let your fingers do the walking on your keypad and search away. You cannot hide from the truth Mr. LaValle Task Force, I hope you don't mind me sharing your petition, there are 3 communities suffering the effects of Creighton. If you cared about anything, you will sign this petition Mr. LaValle, looking to see your name on it! http://www.change.org/petitions/smithtown-hall-representatives-shut-down-all-companies-that-do-not-comply-with-current-town-codes
Deb February 27, 2013 at 08:20 PM
As long as the people of Smithtown vote Republican our towns will continue to look the way they are. You deserve what you vote for! The town board does not reflect the population of Smithtown. Why does the town board contain only middle aged white men? As a woman I will never understand why there are currently no women on the board! Whenever a woman was on the board she was usually voted down. I would hope that the Democrats will one day successfully run a female supervisor and town board candidates.
mary wellbourne February 27, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Mr. Lavelle please be quiet when it comes to Smithtown politics. remember you are from CROOKHAVEN !!
Jack February 27, 2013 at 08:52 PM
What are you talking about? Smithtown is a republican a place as you can get- A woman democrat will equal tax and spend- more liberal social programs- Atleast the republicans have kept Smithtown finances in the black. Do we need modernizing? absolutely but low crime, good schools, beautiful parks and a healthy budget trump al to the modern young family.
Deb February 27, 2013 at 09:30 PM
Jack, so sorry you can't understand what I am talking about. Maybe you shouldn't reply if you can't understand. You sound misogynistic. There has been a (GASP!) woman on the Huntington town board for over 10 years. Huntington is looking better than Smithtown ever hopes to be.
Sal February 27, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Is he talking politics? A major disappointed. He is supposed to be someone you can look up to. What a shame.
GS February 27, 2013 at 11:44 PM
This letter is an absolute disgrace. I'm truly ashamed to be a republican at this point. If it's Mr. Lavalle's job to get republicans elected, shenanigans like this won't assist in that goal. I will be voting for Vecchio this fall if for no other reason than a vote of no confidence in Mr. Lavalle
lisa costello February 28, 2013 at 12:55 AM
the town of Smithtown,the Republican party and Mr Vecchio are all a disgrace.It is corruption and old boy politics at its finest and apparently far too many residents are all sucked in.
Sal February 28, 2013 at 11:04 AM
Corruption in it's truest form... how do you defend being corrupt? Creighton will show you how! http://www.newsday.com/long-island/towns/town-considers-asking-court-to-close-kings-park-composter-1.4724544?print=true
mary wellbourne February 28, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Is it true that Vecchio's opponent received contributions of $3000 from the law firm defending all the illegal businesses from the Old Northport Road area. How can one take contributions and still be in the taxpayers corner? Politics be dammed

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