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Smithtown, New York
Town of Smithtown
Official seal of Smithtown, New York
Seal
U.S. Census Bureau Map
U.S. Census Bureau Map
Coordinates: 40°51′46″N 73°12′55″W / 40.86278°N 73.21528°W / 40.86278; -73.21528Coordinates: 40°51′46″N 73°12′55″W / 40.86278°N 73.21528°W / 40.86278; -73.21528
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
CountySuffolk
Government
 • Town SupervisorEdward Wehrheim (R)
 • Town CouncilThomas McCarthy (R)
Lynne Nowick (R)
Lisa Inzerillo (R)
Thomas Lohmann (R)
Area
 • Total111.45 sq mi (288.64 km2)
 • Land53.71 sq mi (139.10 km2)
 • Water57.74 sq mi (149.55 km2)
Elevation
105 ft (32 m)
Population
 • Total117,801
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
117,481
 • Density2,187.48/sq mi (844.60/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
11725, 11745,11754, 11780, 11787, 11788, 11768 (part), 11755 (part), 11779 (part)
Area code(s)631
FIPS code36-68000
Cook PVIR+24
Websitewww.smithtownny.gov

Smithtown is a town in Suffolk County, New York, United States, on the North Shore of Long Island. This town is an eastern suburb of New York City. The population was 117,801 at the 2010 Census.

The census-designated place (CDP) of Smithtown lies within the town's borders.

History[edit]

Statue of the Smithtown Bull that Richard Smith was said to have ridden in order to claim the land that became the Town of Smithtown

Smithtown, originally known as "Smithfield",[citation needed] was first settled around 1665. Local legend has it that, after rescuing a Native American chief's abducted daughter, Richard Smith was told that the chief would grant title to all of the land Smith could encircle in one day "on a bull". Smith chose to ride the bull on the longest day of the year (summer solstice), to enable him to ride longer "in one day". The land he acquired in this way is said to approximate the current town's location. There is a large anatomically correct[4] statue of Smith's bull, known as Whisper, at the fork of Jericho Turnpike (New York State Route 25) and St. Johnland Road (New York State Route 25A).[5]

Main Street, Smithtown

The border between Smithtown and the town of Huntington is partially defined by Bread and Cheese Hollow Road (Suffolk County Road 4), so named after Bread and Cheese hollow, which according to legend is where Smith stopped on his ride to have a lunch of bread and cheese. The road is reputed to follow part of his original ride. The border between Smithtown and Huntington was also the site of Fort Salonga, a British fort that was the site of a battle of the American Revolution during 1781.[6][7]

The Smithtown hamlet of Nesconset, New York, was the home of Spaceplex, an indoor amusement park and arcade that was falsely accused of being the abduction site in the Katie Beers kidnapping case in 1992.[8][9]

Geography[edit]

The Town of Smithtown is located at 40° 52' 13" North, 73° 13' 3" West (40.862786, -73.215175).[10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 111.4 square miles (288.5 km2), of which, 53.6 square miles (138.8 km2) of it is land and 57.8 square miles (149.7 km2) of it (51.89%) is water.[citation needed]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
17901,022
18001,41338.3%
18101,59212.7%
18201,87417.7%
18301,686−10.0%
18401,93214.6%
18501,9722.1%
18602,1308.0%
18702,1360.3%
18802,2495.3%
18903,35749.3%
19005,86374.6%
19107,07320.6%
19209,11428.9%
193011,85530.1%
194013,97017.8%
195020,99350.3%
196050,347139.8%
1970114,657127.7%
1980116,6631.7%
1990113,406−2.8%
2000115,7152.0%
2010117,8011.8%
2016 (est.)117,481[3]−0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 115,715 people, 38,487 households, and 31,482 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,159.9 people per square mile (833.9/km2). There were 39,357 housing units at an average density of 734.6 per square mile (283.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was:

There were 38,487 households, out of which 38.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.6% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.2% were non-families. 15.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.28.[citation needed]

In the town, the population was spread out, with 26.0% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.6 males. For every 1000 females age 18 and over, there were 911.2 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the town was $100,165, and the median income for a family was $110,776.[13]

Males had a median income of $61,348 versus $38,208 for females. The per capita income for the town was $31,401. About 2.1% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.[citation needed]

Ancestries: Italian (35.3%), Irish (26.0%), German (18.7%), Polish (6.9%), English (5.0%), Russian (4.1%).[14]

Government and politics[edit]

Current Town Board as of January 10, 2018
Town Clerk / Registrar Councilwoman Councilman Supervisor Councilwoman Coucilman Receiver of Taxes
Vincent Puleo (R)

since January 1, 2006

Lynne Nowick (R)

since January 1, 2014

Thomas J. McCarthy (R)

since January 1, 1998

Edward Wehrheim (R)

since January 1, 2018

Lisa Inzerillo (R)

since January 1, 2015

Thomas W. Lohmann (R)

since January 10, 2018

Deanna Varricchio (R)

since January 1, 2002

The present town hall and seat of the town was built in 1912 on Main Street in Smithtown.

In 2015 the town hall was dedicated and renamed after former Supervisor Patrick R. Vecchio.[15]

Smithtown is led by a Town Supervisor and a four-member Town Council, elected town-wide with each serving four year terms. Elections are held on odd numbered years with two of the councilmembers being up for re-election each year.[citation needed]

The current Supervisor is Edward Wehrheim who has been Town Supervisor since 2018. His predecessor, Patrick Vecchio was in office for forty years, the longest elected town supervisor in the history of the United States. Elected as a Democrat during a special election, Vecchio switched parties in 1993 in an attempt to run for County Executive. Although defeated in the primary by Robert Gaffney, Vecchio remained a Republican until his death in 2019. He is the longest serving town supervisor in all of New York State. Vecchio ran in 2013 against former Councilman Robert Creighton, of the Conservative Party. Supervisor Vecchio won the Republican Primary against Councilman Creighton and then later defeated the Councilman in the General Election 45-30%. The Democratic candidate, Steven Snair received 25% of the vote. Councilman Creighton was later ousted in 2015 by Lisa Inzerillo. In the 2017 Republican primary, then-Councilman Ed Wehrheim received about forty votes more than Vecchio. The race was too close to call and a recount was demanded by Vecchio. Following the recount a week later, Wehrheim was declared the winner, nearly doubling his lead. Vecchio conceded the race the same day saying "“All good things come to an end."[16] On November 7, 2017, Ed Wehrheim defeated William Holst in the election for the town's next supervisor. Wehrheim succeeded Vecchio on January 1, 2018. On January 10, 2018, Thomas Lohmann was appointed to the seat vacated by Wehrheim's election.

The Town of Smithtown has always been dominated by Republicans at all levels of government. This one-party domination has often led to infighting between factions of the Republican Party in Smithtown with the most recent between Supervisor Vecchio and Smithtown Republican Party Chairman William Ellis. In recent times the Republican party has dominated the Town Board; the last Democratic Town Supervisor being Mr. Vecchio. The most Republican areas for Smithtown are its three incorporated villages, Nissequogue, Head of the Harbor, and the Branch, along with the hamlets of Smithtown and Kings Park. The weakest areas for the Republican party in Smithtown is the edges of the Town in the hamlets of Commack and Hauppauge. In 2016, President Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by 28 points, the highest performing town for him on all of Long Island.[citation needed]. Democratic County Executive Steve Bellone has won the town, in two of his three runs for that office.

In addition to presidential politics, the Town of Smithtown is also the power bases of many State and County elected officials. New York State Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan has the bulk of his district located in Smithtown. Current Republican Comptroller John M. Kennedy, Jr., along with his wife, Suffolk County Legislator Leslie Kennedy both reside in Nesconset.[citation needed]

Former Supervisor Vecchio died on April 6, 2019 at the age of 88.[17]

Town of Smithtown, New York vote
by party in presidential elections
[18]
Year Republican Democratic
2016 61% 35,931 36% 20,552
2012 60.17% 32,549 39.83% 21,544
2008 56.85% 34,409 43.15% 26,114
2004 56.41% 33,686 43.59% 26,034
Town of Smithtown, Supervisor election results
Year Candidate Vote %
2017 (R) Edward Wehrheim Green tickY 16,268 56.8
(D) William Holst 10,047 35.0
(I) Kristen Slevin 2,250 8.2
2013 (R) Patrick Vecchio Green tickY 9,507 45.08
(C) Robert Creighton 6,366 30.18
(D) Steve Snair 5,218 24.74
2009 (R) Patrick Vecchio Green tickY 11,049 60.35
(D) Patricia Biancaniello 7,051 38.51
(WF) Deanna DeLieto 208 1.14
2005 (R) Patrick Vecchio Green tickY 12,370 55.52
(D) William Holst 5,981 26.84
(I) Jane Conway 3,929 17.63

Communities and locations[edit]

Villages (incorporated)[edit]

Hamlets (unincorporated)[edit]

Other communities[edit]

  • North Smithtown
  • San Remo

State parks[edit]

Notable people[edit]

Media[edit]

Smithtown is the city of license for two radio stations, WFRS Family Radio and WWSK "94.3 the Shark", repeater W228BI for WNYC, and the TV station WFTY-TV. Smithtown broadcasts its board meetings on SGTV, the Town of Smithtown Public service television station; Cablevision channel 18 or Verizon channel 27. Smithtown has three local newspapers, Smithtown Messenger, The Times of Smithtown, and The Smithtown News, which carry community-based articles. Websites such as SmithtownRadio.com serve as hyper-local news outlets for the community.[citation needed]

Emergency services[edit]

Fire Protection and Emergency Medical Services are provided by the seven Volunteer Fire Departments, and two Volunteer Ambulance Corps that cover parts of the Township. The Smithtown, Kings Park, Saint James, Nesconset, and Nissequogue Fire Departments provide both Fire Protection, as well as Emergency Medical Services to their districts. The Commack Fire Department and Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corps provide coverage for the Commack hamlet, which is divided between the Town of Smithtown, and the Town of Huntington. The Hauppauge Volunteer Fire Department and Central Islip-Hauppauge Volunteer Ambulance Corps provide coverage to the Hauppauge hamlet, which is divided between the Town of Smithtown, and the Town of Islip.[citation needed]

Smithtown is policed by the 4th Precinct of the Suffolk County Police Department. The Suffolk County Police are the primary law enforcement agency in Smithtown. They are responsible for responding to all 911 emergency calls. The Smithtown Department of Public Safety is an agency with limited powers. The Park Ranger Division is made up peace officers as defined in the Criminal Procedural Law of the state of New York.[19] Their enforcement powers are limited to Smithtown town property. The Department of Public Safety also has a Harbor Master division and Fire Marshall division.

Emergency medical care can be found at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, located in Smithtown, as well as the nearby Stony Brook University Hospital, located in Stony Brook, in the neighboring Town of Brookhaven.[citation needed]

Transportation[edit]

Railroad lines[edit]

The Town of Smithtown is also home to the Kings Park, Smithtown, and Saint James Stations of the Long Island Rail Road's Port Jefferson Branch.[citation needed]

Bus service[edit]

The Town of Smithtown is served entirely by Suffolk County Transit bus routes.[citation needed]

Major roads[edit]

  • I-495.svg Interstate 495 is the Long Island Expressway, and the sole interstate highway in the Town of Smithtown although only in the southwest corner of the town between Exit 52 in Commack and east of Exit 53 in Brentwood.
  • Northern Pkwy Shield.svg Northern State Parkway was the sole west-east limited-access highway in the Town of Smithtown until the construction of the Long Island Expressway. It has interchanges from Exit 43 in Commack on the Huntington-Smithtown Town Line to Veterans Memorial Highway in Hauppauge. Extensions further east were proposed at one time.
  • Sagtikos Pkwy Shield.svg Sagtikos State Parkway is the south-north parkway that enters the Town of Smithtown from Brentwood at the interchange with the Long Island Expressway, and terminates at the Northern State Parkway (Exit SM1) in Commack, where it becomes the Sunken Meadow State Parkway.
  • Sunken Meadow Pkwy Shield.svg Sunken Meadow State Parkway is the dominant south-north parkway within the western Town of Smithtown. It begins at Northern State Parkway as a continuation of Sagtikos State Parkway in Commack, winding northeast, until it reaches Sunken Meadow State Park immediately after the interchange with NY 25A.
  • NY-25A.svg New York State Route 25A, the northernmost west-east state highway on Long Island including the Town of Smithtown. It enters the town from Bread and Cheese Hollow Road in Fort Salonga, winding through the hills of Fort Salonga through Kings Park where it becomes Main Street, then makes a sharp turn to the south onto Saint Johnland Road before passing the Smithtown Bull where it overlaps NY 25 and becomes Main Street. In the Village of the Branch, NY 25A leaves the overlap across from NY 111 where it runs along North Country Road as it heads northeast through Saint James and Head of the Harbor before crossing the Smithtown-Brookhaven Town Line west of Stony Brook.
  • NY-25.svg New York State Route 25 runs west to east along Jericho Turnpike from Suffolk CR 4 at the Huntington-Smithtown Town Line through Main Street at the Smithtown Bull where it overlaps with NY 25A until separating with that route again at NY 111 in the Village of the Branch. East of there it runs along Main Street, then Middle Country Road through the Smithtown-Brookhaven Town Line in the Village of Lake Grove.
  • Suffolk County 16.svg County Route 16 (Suffolk County, New York)
  • Suffolk County 67.svg County Route 67 (Suffolk County, New York), the remaining drivable portion of the Long Island Motor Parkway
  • NY-111.svg New York State Route 111
  • NY-347.svg New York State Route 347
  • NY-454.svg New York State Route 454

Education[edit]

Smithtown Central School District is home of seven elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools.[citation needed]

The Town of Smithtown is also home to the Kings Park Central School District, a portion of the Commack Union-Free School District (shared with the Town of Huntington), a portion of the Hauppauge School District (shared with the Town of Islip) and a portion of the Sachem Central School District (shared with the Town of Brookhaven).[citation needed]

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Accompsett Elementary School
  • Branch Brook Elementary School (Closed)
  • Dogwood Elementary School
  • Mills Pond Elementary School
  • Mt. Pleasant Elementary School
  • Nesconset Elementary School (Closed)
  • Smithtown Elementary School
  • St. James Elementary School
  • Tackan Elementary School

Middle schools[edit]

  • Accompsett Middle School (formerly Smithtown High School Freshman Campus 1992-2005)
  • Great Hollow Middle School
  • Nessaquake Middle school

Smithtown High School[edit]

  • Eastern Campus (formerly Smithtown Central High School, 1960s-1973; formerly Smithtown High School East, 1973–1992; formerly Smithtown Middle School, 1992–2005) - located in St. James
    • The High School's Eastern Campus is composed of graduates of Nesaquake Middle School and those graduates of Great Hollow Middle School that reside in the Tackan and Nesconset Elementary area.
Smithtown High School West
  • Western Campus (formerly Smithtown High School West, 1973–1992; formerly Smithtown High School 10-12 Building, 1992–2005)- located in south of the Kings Park Hamlet and west of the Smithtown Bull
    • The High School's Western Campus is composed of graduates of Accompsett Middle School and those graduates of Great Hollow Middle School that reside in the Mt. Pleasant and Branch Brook Elementary area.

Private schools[edit]

Former schools (No longer used as K-12 Facilities)[edit]

  • New York Avenue Junior High School- (now the Joseph M. Barton/New York Avenue Building) Currently the central office and headquarters of Smithown Central School District
  • Smithtown Branch High School- Smithtown High School before the opening of Smithtown Central High School in the 1960s

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 5, 2017.
  2. ^ Metropolitan & Central City Population: 2000-2005. Demographia.com, accessed September 3, 2006.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ "The Bull, Smithtown Long, Island". Maggie Land Blanck.
  5. ^ Rediscovering Smithtown’s Golden Age of Progressive Architecture; 1911–1948 (Preservation Long Island)
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-10-27. Retrieved 2018-01-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  8. ^ Ketcham, Diane (January 17, 1993). "About Long Island; A Rare Oasis of Enjoyment Suffers a Moment of Doubt". The New York Times. p. LI-13. Retrieved October 25, 2020. ...the Space Plex [sic] Amusement Park in Nesconset. ... Since it opened two years ago...
  9. ^ "FRS Facility Detail Report: Spaceplex". United States Environmental Protection Agency. Archived from the original on October 25, 2020. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  13. ^ " Income in the Past 12 Months (In 2007 Inflation-Adjusted Dollars): 2007 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates" Archived 2020-02-12 at Archive.today. American Fact Finger. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  14. ^ "Profile of Selected Social Characteristics: 2000. Census 2000 Summary File 3 (SF 3) - Sample Data". United States Census Bureau. U. S. Census Bureau. 2000. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  15. ^ Hampton, Deon J. (November 1, 2015). "Smithtown Town Hall renamed to honor supervisor Patrick Vecchio". Newsday.
  16. ^ Walsh, Sara-Megan (2017-09-28). "Ed Wehrheim dethrones Pat Vecchio, wins Smithtown Supervisor primary - TBR News Media". TBR News Media. Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  17. ^ https://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/patrick-vecchio-funeral-1.29631397
  18. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/
  19. ^ NYS CPL Article 2 Section 2.10(9)

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