By DAVID AMBRO
On the eve of the Town of Smithtown floating a $6.7 million serial bond for capital projects and equipment, Moody’s Investment Service has affirmed the town’s stellar credit rating and offered a glowing evaluation of the town’s financial position.
Bonds for Smithtown in the amount of $6,747,200 are expected to go on sale August 19. In advance of the sale, Moody’s determined that the town has a “sound financial position” and “sizeable tax base with above-average wealth indicators.” Moody’s also concludes that financial challenges facing the town include a trend of utilizing General Fund balances to pay for annual operations and a recent decline in property values in the wake of the recession.
“I pride myself on implementing a sound fiscal policy. This rating proves that Smithtown is fiscally sound,” said Town Supervisor Patrick Vecchio.
By COREY ADWAR
Although the graffiti at the top of a vacant building at the former Kings Park Psychiatric Center was romantic enough to spark a young couple’s engagement, state park officials this week were not amused.
The former psychiatric center, which operated as a mental health facility from 1885 until it closed in 1996, is now the Nissequogue River State Park. The vacant psychiatric center buildings throughout the park are dilapidated and closed to the public while the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) continues its efforts to demolish the buildings in stages in order to clear more space for state parkland.
- Bridge construction coverage
- Soccer team wins national title
- Kings Park Fire Department makes history
- Smithtown Library utility pole blaze
- Editorial on Hauppauge Industrial Park
- Formal complaint filed over oversized political signs
- Profile of Smithtown golfer
- Letters from our readers
- Dimensions of Living section
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By DAVID AMBRO
There have been some ups and downs as a result of the Nissequogue River tides, and it took a few days for traffic to adjust, but the Suffolk County Department of Public Works (DPW) project to replace the concrete deck on the Landing Avenue Bridge in Smithtown is on the road to completion.
The $80,000 project is being undertaken by NKC Inc. of Patchogue. The project entails the replacement of the concrete deck on the 80-year-old bridge and replacement of the asphalt approach for 35 feet on the south side and 10 feet on the north side to smooth the transition between the roadway and the bridge.
By JOELLE GOLDSTEIN
Michael Hebron, a St. James resident and PGA hall of famer, has just published his sixth book, Modernizing Approaches to Learning: Exchanging 20th Century teaching for 21st Century Learning. The book is available in paperback or e-book and be purchased on Amazon.com or through the Kindle.
Hebron was inducted into the 2013 PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame this past March. The Bayside native, who spent the last 44 years teaching at Smithtown Landing Country Club, has become one of the top golf instructors in the nation.
He has received countless awards, including the Horton Smith Award in 1990 highlighting his accomplishments in PGA education and PGA Teacher of the Year in 1991. To add to his achievements, Hebron has been ranked in the nation’s Top 50 golf instructors.
- Town ticket takes a turn
- City kids spend summer in suburbs
- Editorial on Creighton signs
- Fire department to celebrate centennial
- Candidacy gets lift by Independence, Nowick
- Smithtown West boys’ lacrosse alumni night coverage
- Former Smithtown West athletes prepare for military
- Dimensions of Living Section
- Letters from our readers
By COREY ADWAR
The Landing Avenue bridge in Smithtown is closed to traffic for the next two-and-a-half to three weeks as of Wednesday, July 24 for regular maintenance by the Suffolk County Department of Public Works (DPW). DPW workers spent Monday, July 22 and Tuesday, July 23 moving equipment to the bridge and preparing for the closure by installing detour signs in the surrounding area.
The Landing Avenue bridge crosses a narrow portion of the Nissequogue River next to the Town of Smithtown-owned Landing Avenue Park in Smithtown. The concrete deck and steel railings of the bridge are tight, allowing only two cars to squeeze through, one in each direction. Lori Baldassare, government liason officer with the DPW, said the construction to the bridge’s deck will take place from late July to mid-August and will require closing the bridge to traffic in both directions.
By DAVID AMBRO
With two months left until the September 10 primary for the Republican nomination for supervisor, incumbent Patrick Vecchio holds a slight financial advantage over Councilman Robert Creighton, although Mr. Creighton has significantly outspent Mr. Vecchio, according to financial disclosure statements filed this week with the New York State Board of Elections.
The campaign committees of candidates for public office are required to file campaign financial disclosure forms with the New York State Board of Elections in January and July. The deadline to file the July forms was last week. Mr. Vecchio is running against Mr. Creighton in a Republican primary. Mr. Creighton also races a Conservative party primary from Linda Donnelly.
The Smithtown Chamber of Commerce will hold its 25th Annual Golf Classic at St.George’s Country Club in Setauket, Monday, August 5. The outing will honor Frank D. Filipo while raising money for United Cerebral Palsy.
The Smithtown Chamber of Commerce focuses on meeting the present and future needs and concerns of Smithtown’s business community. The Smithtown Chamber hosts monthly membership networking meetings, publishes a Community Guide/ Membership Directory and plans major community and business events throughout the year, such as; Smithtown Festival Day, Annual Golf Classic, 5K Running of the Bull, Restaurant Week and Holiday Lighting. It promotes businesses in the township by working closely with the local merchants, businesses, political leaders, town and village officials, school districts, hospitals and civic organizations. This year the Smithtown Chamber is proud to honor Frank D. Filipo, Executive VP & Operating Officer at Suffolk County National Bank as our honoree. He serves as Executive Vice President of Suffolk Bancorp (SUBK) and Executive Vice President and Operating Officer for Suffolk’s banking subsidiary, Suffolk County National Bank (SCNB). He is responsible for the Bank’s network of branch offices, trusts and estate services, alternative investments, insurance information technology, marketing and facilities management. Filipo lives in Medford with his wife, Joanne, and has two children and one granddaughter, eight-month-old Phoebe Elizabeth.