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What Roads Are Plowed in Smithtown?

With the town being quiet on road updates, help us create a list for the community.

It's day two after a blizzard shrouded Smithtown in more than two feet, and one question continues ring out from frustrated locals: Where are the plows?

While Smithtown Patch was able to reach the town's public safety director John Valentine on Saturday, he was not able to give specific details on the state of the town's roads, and what is causing many neighborhood streets to go unplowed since Friday.

Multiple calls to town highway officials, meanwhile, went unanswered, and after 2 p.m. went straight to voicemail. The town also does not give updates on its websites, unlike nearby Brookhaven Town, which on Saturday opened a portal on its website where folks could report unplowed roads.

Officials in other towns have said the volume of snow, and the many abandoned cars on the major roadways, has slowed down plowing efforts.

Smithtown did post this message in its site at 6 p.m. on Saturday: "Town of Smithtown Highway and Parks Departments are working diligently to clear Smithtown roadways. Please be patient as there is a tremendous volume of snow to be removed from town roads. Please stay off town roads if at all possible."

In the interim, comments on this site and social media have overflowed, with many calling out the town for what they say is a poor response to the blizzard.

"Third Street in Saint James, Not touched since last night! Can't leave the house. Have about 18" in the road. I have lived here for over 50 years. This is the poorest response to the roads as my taxes go up! What is going on with the town? Still waiting for the stumps to be removed from Sandy. Who to you blame?," Rod Goble wrote.

At Patch, we'd like you to help us create a list of what's plowed and not plowed in town so far. Just add a comment below with the name of your street and whether it is plowed or not. Send this link to people you know so we can create a comprehensive list. We will be forwarding this link to the town, as well.

weston mahalic February 12, 2013 at 02:27 PM
60 % of the trucks were down the night of the storm you should all be happy ur out today
AH11767 February 12, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Why should we be happy that 60% of the trucks were down? Don't you think it's a bit unacceptable that our equipment is so old or obsolete that it can't handle a major snowfall event?? Again - when property taxes are as high as they are, I think it's perfectly fine to have a high expectation of services. This is where "you get what you pay for" should actually WORK FOR US!
Gigi February 12, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Given the change in our weather the Town should be rethinking their approach to budgeting and purchasing equipment. It's only going to get worse. They should also be offering rebates to people who purchase snow removal equipment and standby generators....or at the very least not increase property taxes because homeowners install standby generators to ensure they will have power when the grid goes down (which it has at my house 3 times in the last 2 years with a cumulative total of 17 days in the dark & cold). This time around the I was told by LIPA that it is the fault of Long Island homeowners that we lose power because we don't maintain our trees properly. He further stated that LIPA only trims trees as a "courtesy" to homeowners but that it's really not their responsibility. As I said earlier on in this thread, we were lucky - our street was plowed early on and throughout the storm. Our problem was the loss of power for 22 hours. I can't blame all of you for being angry about being trapped on your blocks because the town has failed to remove the snow. I believe the Board (every single one of them) has been resting on their laurels for years. It's not just Vecchio, it's Creighton, Wehrheim, McCarthy and Malloy. They ALL need to go!!!
Marion Knott February 12, 2013 at 05:17 PM
I might be wrong but I think that LIPA has to make sure none of your or anyone's trees are on the power line. That is not a courtesy but a necessity. Check it out. Three Village schools are closed today. Brookhaven is a mess. I am here in spring like San Francisco but I feel your pain. Told the kids not to bother shoveling our drivewy. Just let Mother or Father Nature do it!
Carmelina February 12, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Seems lots of roads finally plowed. Watch out for thick ice someone's head should roll.we should all get some tax money for this screw up

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