Vecchio said he was proud of the town’s “fiscal stability” under his leadership, pointing to its low debt, strong credit rating from Moody’s Investors Service and “ample” cash reserves. Vecchio said he would continue to focus on upkeep of town parks and beaches. He said he would also focus on construction of sewers in downtown Smithtown and Kings Park. The town is building a pumping station on Parks Department grounds in Kings Park and officials have identified land for a sewage treatment plant in an industrial area in “the east side” of Smithtown, he said, declining to be more specific because the land has not yet been purchased.
Vecchio, 86, of Fort Salonga, is seeking his 14th term as town supervisor, the office he has held since 1978. He is running in a GOP primary. Prior to being elected supervisor, Vecchio was a New York City police detective and an aide to then-Mayor John V. Lindsay. He is originally from Manhattan’s Lower East Side. He received his bachelor’s degree in English from St. John’s University in 1954. He is married and has four children.