How Would You Rate Smithtown Officials' Response to Sandy?

Comment below to share how you feel Smithtown officials did responding to Hurricane Sandy, as compared to Irene.


LIPA has been widely criticized over the past two weeks, with locals and politicians skewering the utility company over its performance and communication at the same time praise poured in for the actual crews who worked for so long to restore power. 

In effort to get power restored and roads accessible, Town of Smithtown employees were working with LIPA while elected officials offered information on local recovery efforts. Public safety and Highway Department crews worked overtime to cut up downed trees that blocked local roads, remove trees and collect debris.

John Valentine, director of Emergency services, said Hurricane Sandy did twice the damage of Irene in 2011. He estimated the clean up efforts will take weeks. 

After Tropical Storm Irene, many residents criticized Smithtown's elected officials for their lack of response, feeling the town government had left them in the dark. Patch readers called for them to 'wake up' and be proactive. 

Shortly before Sandy, Smithtown debuted a new town website that has a black bar across the top of the page prominently displaying it's Emergency Alert with updated storm recovery messages. 

So, we'd like to ask: How would you rate the Town of Smithtown's response to Hurricane Sandy? How does it compare to Hurricane Irene? 

Tell us in the comments below. 

Marlene November 18, 2012 at 08:40 PM
J, are you for real? No, I just sat back bad did nothing fir my house, ir, my neighbors house.....lol come on. Tell me, how did you protect our school while you were protecting everyone's property.....?
Ellen T November 18, 2012 at 11:41 PM
It's because Smithtown is 2/3 republican and too many vote party lines rather than the elected official's record.
* November 20, 2012 at 10:27 AM
Marlene, I'm not here to read you be snarky and combative with your post. Why do you make everything "personal"? Your previous question on your Town Tree pulling up your sprinklers. Can be and will be addressed by calling the Dept. of Highways at 631-360-7500. The tree can be cut down and new sidewalks will be installed. If necessary. Lipa will have to be called to trim the branches between the wires.
LR December 13, 2012 at 03:37 AM
yeah! True..This town is a joke! It seemed we had more people with no power and longer than other areas that weren't flooded. Where is the communication?
LR December 13, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Why was Mt Pleasant was one of the last roads to get cleaned up? I went to Town Hall for a problem...you think they would have been a little accomodating for all the taxes we pay? I asked for a small favor, no skin off their backs and they were rude and obnoxious...I couldn't believe it. Smithtown is disappointing...you just want to collect our money and give nothing in return. Drive down Main Street...It is hard to believe we live in a middle class neighborhood. I think this town is a disgrace. It seems the only help I heard that was available in this town was LA Fitness was offering showers! How nice. People were flocking to the libraries for heat and computers. The kids came to do their homework. The night it snowed, the library closed early and made everyone leave. What a warm and cozy town!


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