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Edward R. Wehrheim
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Councilman Edward R. Wehrheim represents the residents of the Town of Smithtown as a member of the Smithtown Town Board. He was first elected to the position of Town Council in 2003. His commitment to serving constituents in the Smithtown Community is one of Councilman Wehrheim’s most popular assets.

As a member of the Smithtown Town Board, Councilman Wehrheim has continued his efforts to preserve his proven record of placing the public’s safety, efficient government services, and quality of life issues at the top of his agenda.

Experience
Councilman Wehrheim has 40 years of government experience. He began employment with the Smithtown Department of Parks, Buildings and Grounds in 1972. He was appointed as director of the department in 1989 and remained department director until his retirement in 2003. During his tenure, Ed Wehrheim was proud to have Smithtown’s recreational facilities labeled as some of the finest facilities in the State of New York.

Accomplishments
Councilman Wehrheim has brought his leadership skills and government experience to the Smithtown Town Board and is a valuable member as Councilman. As a member of the Town Board, Councilman Ed Wehrheim has established a record of full time constituent service. His office is accessible to Town residents requiring government assistance. Councilman Wehrheim’s experience and dedication has resulted in substantial first term accomplishments:
  • Cut Expenses / Stabilized Taxes: Assisted supervisor Pat Vecchio in producing four consecutive minimal tax increase budgets. Substantial cost saving policies implemented to reduce town personnel budgets.
    • 2005 Reduced Payroll $102,000
    • 2006 Reduced Payroll Additional $123,000
    • 2007 Reduced Payroll Additional $66,000
    • Total Savings to Tax Payers $291,000
  • Smith Haven Mall Redevelopment: Initiated negotiations with Simon Properties for development of Smith Haven Mall site generating additional tax revenues projected at $1.1 million per year.
  • Smithtown Town Hall Elevator Addition: Supervised construction of ADA compliant elevator at Smithtown Town Hall.
  • Restoration of Smithtown Historical Sites
    • Caleb Smith House, Smithtown
    • Franklin Arthur Property, Smithtown
    • Mills Pond House, St. James
  • N.Y.S. Armory Development
    • Ended 14 year deadlock on property development.
    • Development of Neighborhood Park and village green by Town of Smithtown.
    • Transfer of armory building site to Library District for construction of new library.
  • Roger Balducci Marina Facility – Long Beach
    • Supported and supervised the reconstruction of the Town Marina Facility.
    • Improvements paid for by marina fees.

Second Term Accomplishments
  • Continued efforts to control Town Departmental Budgets.
  • Continued efforts to keep Smithtown fiscally stable.
  • Continued efforts to stabilize town property taxes.
  • Continues full time constituent service.

Economic Development
  • Bob’s Furniture and Pet Smart - Smithtown
  • Home Depot, Walmart and Kohl’s - Commack
  • Super ShopRite - Commack
  • Whisper Vineyards- Smithtown

Downtown Business Revitalization
  • Commuter / Railroad Parking Facility renovations Kings Park, Smithtown, St. James
  • Construction of Savatt Square Plaza Main Street, Kings Park
  • Increased safety measures Main Street, Smithtown

Family
Ed Wehrheim is a lifelong Smithtown resident born and raised in Kings Park. Ed and his wife, Diana, have two daughters, Kellie and Michelle. Councilmember Wehrheim is a graduate of Kings Park High School and a graduate of United State Navy Airframes / Structural Mechanic Service School-Millington, Tennessee. A veteran in the United States Navy, Councilmember Wehrheim was honorably discharged after two tours of duty in Vietnam 1968-1971.

Councilman Wehrheim is dedicated to the Smithtown Community as a Trustee of the Kings Park Education Foundation and a member of numerous local organizations including the Smithtown Sunrise Rotary, The Smithtown Historical Society and the Smithtown BPO Elks Lodge.