- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

SMITHTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - The job of a Long Island town supervisor who has served in the post for 35 years is threatened because of a missed deadline.

The Smithtown clerk declared the supervisor’s office vacant after incumbent Patrick Vecchio failed to sign his written oath of office within 30 days of taking office.

The Republican was sworn in on Jan. 1 after being re-elected to a 13th term as Smithtown’s town supervisor.

Vecchio says the whole thing could have been avoided. He says in the past the town clerk has brought him the papers to sign.

But town clerk Vincent Puleo tells WCBS-TV that he was only doing his duty.

A special meeting is scheduled for Thursday to reappoint Vecchio to the position.

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