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Bellone backs Snair for Smithtown supervisor

Photo credit: James Escher. Steve Snair, Democratic candidate for Town of Smithtown supervisor, poses for a portrait during a party meeting held at 370 Motor Parkway in Hauppauge.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has endorsed fellow Democrat Steve Snair in his campaign for Smithtown Town supervisor.

In a statement released by Snair’s campaign, Bellone said Snair “has the work ethic and vision to tackle the tough challenges that face Smithtown residents.”

Snair, 31, a Nesconset attorney, is seeking the seat held since 1978 by Republican incumbent Patrick Vecchio, 82, who is seeking his 13th term. Vecchio faces a September primary challenge from Republican Councilman Robert Creighton, 75.

In the statement, Snair said he was “honored and truly humbled by County Executive Bellone’s support.”

Bellone defeated Republican county treasurer Angie Carpenter in the 2011 county executive race. Bellone narrowly defeated Carpenter in Smithtown, where Republicans outnumber Democrats by about...| read more ››

NYS Comptroller DiNapoli Endorses Steve Snair For Town Supervisor

Smithtown Town Supervisor candidate Steve Snair

SMITHTOWN, NY – Steve Snair, the Democratic, Independence, and Working Families candidate for Smithtown town supervisor, today received the endorsement of New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

“Comptroller DiNapoli is well respected here on Long Island,” said Snair. “I’m impressed by his commitment to improving New York and making government more fiscally responsible.”

In a statement, DiNapoli said, “Steve Snair has proven he is the best choice for Smithtown. He will bring an honest, fresh approach as supervisor and I look forward to working with him.” DiNapoli has served as Comptroller of New York since 2007.

Steve Snair is a private practice attorney and small business owner based in the Town of Smithtown. The lifelong resident of Smithtown announced his...| read more ››

Consolidating to Save Money, Improve Services


With your support, I was elected as County Executive to make Suffolk County a great place to live, raise a family and operate a business. I work each day to overcome impediments to improving Suffolk County by making the tough decisions to move us forward. For years we have spoken in our region about eliminating unnecessary government offices and the need for common sense consolidations that save taxpayer dollars while delivering more efficient services. This November, we will do something about it.

I have introduced a resolution that asks the Suffolk County Legislature to allow the voters to decide in a referendum whether we should merge these offices under the leadership of an elected Chief Financial Officer. This resolution to...| read more ››

Bellone: Merge Suffolk treasurer, comptroller offices

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone

Democratic County Executive Steve Bellone Thursday proposed the merger of Suffolk's treasurer and comptroller's offices, both of which are run by elected Republicans, saying it would save $1 million a year.

Bellone released a report that said creating the single department would cut "duplicative" management jobs.

He said he will ask the county legislature to place a referendum on the November ballot to authorize the merger. If the referendum passes, Bellone would appoint an interim chief financial officer to run the new office throughout 2014, and an elected leader would begin a four-year term on Jan. 1, 2015. Suffolk is the last of New York's 62 counties to still elect a treasurer and comptroller.

"We continue to talk about...|

Dems optimistic in Smithtown supervisor race

Smithtown Town Supervisor candidate Steve Snair

With Republican incumbents facing potentially divisive September primaries, Smithtown Democrats launched a bid last week to regain a seat on the town board.

The board hasn't had a Democrat in four years, but party leaders expressed optimism on May 20 at their nominating convention in Hauppauge. About 40 committee members unanimously endorsed supervisor hopeful Steven Snair and council candidates Adam Halpern and Richard Macellaro.

By contrast, GOP Councilman Robert Creighton, 75, is challenging Republican Supervisor Patrick Vecchio, 82. Creighton won the Conservative endorsement last week, raising the possibility of a three-way race in November if Vecchio wins the Republican primary.

Snair, 31, a little-known Nesconset attorney making his first run for public office, said he believes his party has a...| read more ››