Sparks fly over issue of road repair in Smithtown

Smithtown residents say they want something done about what they say are neglected roadways, sparking an argument among the town?s leadership. Town Supervisor Patrick Vecchio is calling Highway Supervisor

News 12 Staff

Aug 29, 2008, 11:23 PM

Updated 5,796 days ago

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Smithtown residents say they want something done about what they say are neglected roadways, sparking an argument among the town?s leadership.
Town Supervisor Patrick Vecchio is calling Highway Supervisor Dan Ryan?s plan to float a bond or borrow $50 million to fix the roads fiscally irresponsible.
Ryan says the road situation amounts to a crisis. He says the condition of roads can easily decrease property value as well.
Residents complain of bumpy and tire-jarring roads that they say haven?t been paved in decades. They also say potholes are merely patched over and broken curbs are rarely repaired. "Our sidewalks are terrible,? Commack resident Loretta Montana says. ?You can't walk on the sidewalks, so you walk in the street. [But] you can't walk in the street because they're in disrepair."
Vecchio says he is against borrowing and that he has increased the highway repair budget each year he?s been in office. By the time the bond is paid off, he says, taxpayers will have had to pay $18.5 million in interest.


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