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You Tell Us: Big Ideas for Making Smithtown Better

With so many issues in town, locals are bound to have their own big ideas for bettering their community. Let's share them.

Smithtown has its share of problems. Officials hope to balance plans to make Main Street a downtown destination while addressing its dangers as a major roadway, vacancies dot the landscape from St. James to the edge of Kings Park, taxes are high and schools with good academics face the scary problem of heroin in their halls.

It's times like these that people get to thinking about the home they love so much, coming up with their own ideas, be them wild stretches of the imagination or practical fixes that are altogether doable, to keep the Smithtown, St. James and Nesconset areas great into the forseeable future.

So let's hear them.

In the spirit of putting the local dreamer and the civic leaders on the same plane, we'd like to give all locals the opportunity to share their big ideas for Smithtown. In this forum, no idea should be shot down. Instead, let's gather as many suggestions as we can so we can later narrow the list down to the 10 most popular ideas for the Smithtown community.

We can't wait to hear what you come up with.

Marge Baldwin October 03, 2012 at 04:45 PM
@Adam R. I too am in favor of a major reno for the Mandee's site on Main and Maple. However if the whole lot was leveled and a Trader Joe's put there I think that would benefit more people. Increased foot traffic in that area would be a boost to the local restaurants and shops as well. Anything besides more vacant shops! Smithtown is starting to resemble a ghost town. We also need new leadership!! How about a strategic plan for the town. Do we even have one?
Dave M. October 03, 2012 at 05:05 PM
The Town Board should pass a law requiring all political candidates to remove their signs after the election. Next, they will have to enforce it. Maybe require a bond be posted BEFORE the election and all the signs go up. Any signs not removed could result in fines and/or forfeiture of the bond. I get tired of looking at Ross Perot signs from 1992.
D April 06, 2013 at 11:50 AM
A note to the landlords in the town of smithtown. Lower your rent. Stop being greedy. Wouldn't you rather collect something rather then nothing. By lowering the rent young creative people with great ideas may be able to fulfill their dreams of opening a pastry shop, children's clothing store, photography studio etc.
stownson April 23, 2013 at 09:38 PM
A couple of things... The state controls Main Street - go to your legislators as the town has no jurisdiction. Changes have been made to Main Street causing worse traffic conditions. Why? Because people were killed by failure to navigate the street, being drunk or being hit by a drug addict. People need to learn to cross at corners and take responsibility for their own actions. The economy is bad - lowering rents is not going to add more stores. Blame Obama.
Argile April 23, 2013 at 10:32 PM
Sorry but even I can't blame Obama for the high taxes on Long Island. Taxes are a result of greed and everyone padding their salaries and benefits when the economy was good. Now that the economy here is slacking people still think that the taxpayers should honor their greed with higher taxes.

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