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From http://www.smithnetny.com/smithnews/jun2697/story2.htm [no longer available]
Flapping Over Town Flag - Supervisor Rejects Request For Smithtown Flag At County Center
In a dispute over whether to make a second town flag at a cost of between $500 and $2,000, some flag information has been gleaned. Fuelling the controversy is the desire to provide the Suffolk Legislature with a Smithtown flag to hang in its County auditorium. All nine other Suffolk towns have a flag adorning the auditorium but where the Smithtown flag should fly there is only a pole. It appears that the town flag embodies the the Town seal.
The Town seal has on it a shield, a crown, and a bull encircled by "The Town of Smithtown, Suffolk County, New York 1665 ." Under the shield it says in Latin "Nec Timeo Nec Sperno," which means "neither fear nor despise". The art work in the center of the Smithtown seal is from the family logo of Richard Smith, who founded the Town 332 years ago.
Dov Gutterman, 2 January 2003
I recently came across some partial images of the flag of the town of Smithtown, Suffolk County, New York. The town's website has some videos showing draped flags of the nation, state, county, and town. While there isn't a full view
of the town flag, enough is apparent to add an important detail: the town seal on the flag is not in full color, rather it is a monochromatic line image, gold on a dark blue field. www.smithtowngtv.org/tagged/Town%20Council%20Update. A full color thumbnail image of the town seal alone can be seen at www.smithtownny.gov/index.aspx?NID=27.
Also, fwiw the text says the seal was taken from the logo [sic] of the town's founder, Richard Smith. While it is true that the arms on the seal are traditionally ascribed to him, there are serious reservations about the accuracy of that.
Ned Smith, 3 May 2014
image located by Paul Bassinson, 26 April 2020
Paul Bassinson, 26 April 2020