Supervisor delivers ‘State of the Town’ at Calverton Links

03/02/2011 9:51 PM |

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Sean Walter giving his speech at Calverton Links.

Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter said the town is in a better position now than it was when he first took office just over a year ago in his first ‘State of the Town’ speech Wednesday night at Eagle’s Landing restaurant at Calverton Links.

Mr. Walter cited several new or under-construction projects in downtown Riverhead, such as the Hyatt Place hotel being built at Atlantis Marine World, the new Dark Horse restaurant recently opened by Dee Muma on 1 East Main Street, and the new restaurant under construction by former Frisky Oyster owner Dennis McDermott in a former Chase bank office on East Main Street.

“One year ago, downtown was a sea of empty storefronts and ill conceived plans,” Mr. Walter said.  “One year ago, the illusion of Apollo hung over downtown, choking out real renewal and good projects. For all too long Riverhead had been subjected to false promises that projects were ‘coming soon,’ yet all we saw was a litany of artist’s renderings and smoke and mirrors.”

Mr. Walter also commended the work of the downtown Business Improvement District for scheduling events that have brought many people downtown, such as concerts, car shows and cardboard boat races.

“Downtown was a place of concerts and the arts, music and fun,” he said of his first year in office.

The supervisor also said the town is in a better position now at the Enterprise Park at Calverton, despite the fact that two large projects— Rechler Equity Partners’ planned hi tech industrial park and Riverhead Resorts’ proposal to build eight theme resorts, including one with an indoor ski mountain— are no longer on the table.

This is better, he said, because the town now has a clean slate and can develop the land properly, by first doing a comprehensive environmental study of the land and then subdivided it, both of which state and county officials have been requiring but the town hasn’t done.

“That clean slate permits us to make a new beginning and we shall,” he said. “We have had the EPCAL property for some dozen years now and we have done nothing with our bounty. EPCAL has been the place that all bad ideas come to die.”

He added, “With a clean bill of environmental health and a newly subdivided property then we can properly tap the potential of EPCAL.”

BELOW IS MR. WALTER’S ‘STATE OF THE TOWN’ ADDRESS IN FULL:

“A little more than a year ago I took the oath of office at a festively decorated, historic Vail Leavitt Theater. The mood of the crowd was hopeful and it was a moment of renewal as Riverheaders shown their pride in the town we love. That day, I outlined the challenges ahead, I outlined my vision for an improved downtown, for a new direction at EPCAL, for preserving the rural heritage that is Riverhead and to bring fiscal sanity to Town Hall. One year later, I am happy to say that even in the downdraft of a poor economy, with municipalities and states across these states going bankrupt and strapped for cash, with households across our town hurting financially, that we have made great progress in our march to create a new Riverhead.

One year ago, downtown was a sea of empty storefronts and ill conceived plans. One year ago, the illusion of Apollo hung over downtown, choking out real renewal and good projects. For all too long Riverhead had been subjected to false promises that projects were “coming soon” yet all we saw was a litany of artist’s renderings and smoke and mirrors. In the backdrop of a poor economy, look at where we are just a short year later. Bob Laneri, stand up, the Hyatt Hotel is growing faster than a teenager in a growth spurt as each day the building gets closer to completion and it will be a treasure on our riverfront adjacent to the aquarium.

Dennis McDermott stand up. Dennis, the creator of the Frisky Oyster in Greenport is bringing his know-how and can-do spirit to our Main Street to create a glorious new eatery across the street from the soon to be Hyatt. Bob Castaldi, stand up. Only one year ago, the Suffolk Theater was mired in controversy and argument and at a stand still, through hard work and with new attitude you can hear the sound of circular saws and hammers at the theater as it gets ready to open its doors once again. Morgan, stand up. Just down the street the Red Collection has become a great place for browsers and buyers to purchase antiques and furniture in what was the Ben Franklin building. Liz Strebel, stand up. The Riverhead Grill, which has been a Main Street staple for generations, has rehabbed and refurbished and is once again the comfort place to eat on Main Street. Sandi Wosnesner, stand up. At this time last year we thought we would lose the Blue Door Gallery but with the help of Town Hall and Sandi’s spirit, Sandi has moved across town and her art and framing shop rolls merrily along on Roanoke Avenue. Vic Prusinowski, stand up. We had a huge problem at Casa Rica one year ago, there were knife fights and stabbings and problems of every kind. Well, one short year later all that has changed, through our diligence and the hard work of our police department, Casa Rica is gone, order has returned and now Cody’s Barbeque Restaurant will open soon on Main Street, providing good food to the good people of Riverhead.

John, stand up. John owns Athens Restaurant downtown and if you haven’t had a chance, go see the beautiful way he has transformed his building into a Greek cafe with live music and good food. Dee Muma, stand up. At Riverhead’s most prominent corner at One Peconic, Dark Horse Restaurant has brought downtown a world class eatery with a bistro like feel and has brought vitality to Main Street. Ray Dickhoff, Marty Sendlewski, Jodi Giglio, stand up. These are the principals in the “Summerwind” project which will replace the decayed former Club 91 and beautify the gateway to town with a soaring apartment complex that will bring foot traffic to downtown. Dan and Greg, stand up. This spring Riverhead gets its first brew pub, as Long Ireland beer, of which I can say I have had some, comes to Polish Town.

I asked these people to stand up …but I didn’t have to, they already have. They have stood up for Riverhead. Look around this room. There is a spirit that we are moving forward downtown and you can truly feel it. I’d like you to give a round of applause to these local heroes. These people who are not talk or hot air, these are the people who have taken up the challenge and have put their shoulder to the stone to move this town forward at a time when lending is nil and customers are scarce. These are the people who have invested in the future of downtown and this time you can believe downtown will change for the better because it isn’t about drawings and artist easels it is all real and these are neighbors and friends with a face. This time it will happen and it all feels good. Folks, we ‘aint where we want to be …but …we ‘aint where we were.
You can all be seated.

Ray Pickersgill and members of the BID you do need to stand up however. One of the things I promised one year ago is that we would make downtown a place of activity and the arts so that we could bring people to downtown and begin the Riverhead renewal …and …to anyone who was downtown last year you know the fun that was had downtown. Each week during summer we had hundreds of classic cars on our riverfront bringing families and baby carriages as old and young alike walked the waterfront and renewed some community spirit. Downtown was a place of concerts and the arts, music and fun. Our Fourth of July celebration was the largest one we have had in decades, we had rock on the River, children’s concerts and stilt walkers and one of our most successful Country Fairs. The Blues Festival rolled on, our Polish Fair had a great year, we organized a Country & Western concert, families enjoyed the Community Bonfire, parades and concerts and we even had thousands attend a cardboard boat race and I know that first hand because my boat sunk. Well, for a long time it seemed like downtown’s boat was sunk but today even the town’s biggest pessimists see a positive spirit, as we see families and neighbors coming together and enjoying downtown like they did in the old days. Renewing downtown is about people and events. It is about entrepreneurs ready to invest and live by the sweat of their brow and it is about kids running through crowds and Chevy’s and face paint, community gardens and music. It is coming together in Riverhead, you can feel downtown coming back and we look forward to an even grander 2011. Thank you for your role in all of this Riverhead BID. You can be seated.

One year ago this town faced an enormous deficit. Our landfill was in essence bankrupting this town and for all too long we existed on “one shot” budget gimmicks to keep Riverhead afloat. One year later we see light at the end of the tunnel as we begin to put this town on firm financial footing. Riverhead, like every other municipality across America, is being battered by a bad economy, but, unlike many other towns we have had the political courage to swallow the bitter medicine that will bring us closer to balancing our books. Last year, as you probably know, my budget laid people off from town hall for the first time in a long time. I do not take that responsibility lightly. We are diminished whenever we lose staff and I did everything I could to keep as many people as I could but there is also a sword hanging over the head of every Riverhead taxpayer, a sword that brings with it the danger of foreclosure on the family home and personal bankruptcy. Simply put, the public cries out for a reduction in the size of government. We can either face big problems now or face even bigger ones tomorrow. So my budget called for a layoff of thirteen positions. Seven of those layoffs were of people earning less than $10,000 per year but all receiving health care benefits of more than $20,000 per year. One position was the “cultural affairs commissioner” at the Senior Center costing Riverhead more than $100,000 per year. Our health care and insurance costs have skyrocketed over the past year but due to budget cutbacks and what I will call “miserly spending” we have absorbed that increase and actually kept real spending at less than in the previous year. We are on the right financial road but we are not out of the woods yet. Everyone talks about “tough solutions” and shrinking the size of government. Let me tell you it is one thing to talk about it in a political campaign and it is another thing to actually do it daily in town hall. This administration has made the tough choices and we are committed to continue on a path to fiscal stability. The Unions aren’t happy with me…Next year maybe I’ll be re-elected or maybe I’ll be run out of town on a rail but I want you to know whatever my personal fate is, as long as I am Supervisor, I am going fight to reduce the cost of government, hold the line on taxes and be honest with the public about my budgets. The public demands no less.

Finally, one year ago I said that we needed to tap our town’s treasure at EPCAL to create tax base and good paying, clean jobs for Riverhead. One year later, after some fits and starts, I believe we are on the road to doing just that. Let’s recap…a year ago there were two projects proposed for development at EPCAL. One, the Rechler deal, and, two, the Ski Mountain. Go ahead, you can laugh if you want to. Some months into my administration the Rechler deal sought to transform itself to a housing project adjacent to the runways at EPCAL. Well, it didn’t take a Grumman engineer to figure out that was not a good idea and that project soon disappeared. On to the Ski Mountain, we all witnessed the broken promises and missed deadlines that were Riverhead Resorts. I have to say that Riverhead gave Riverhead Resorts every benefit of the doubt and then some, but in the end, they could not close their transaction.

So we sit here today with a blank canvas at EPCAL. No deals in the pipeline. No projects on the drawing boards. That clean slate permits us to make a new beginning and we shall. We have had the EPCAL property for some dozen years now and we have done nothing with our bounty. EPCAL has been the place that all bad ideas come to die. EPCAL is where everyone with a dollar and a dream has come to propose silly schemes that never get off the ground. EPCAL is the place that politicians promise the moon and the stars to win re-election, with no intention of obtaining actual results. The days of fiddling at EPCAL are over. The days of tossing around EPCAL like a football are over. Here is my action plan: One, we finally do what the DEC has told us we must do and that is produce a comprehensive environmental study of the land at EPCAL. We can posture and pontificate, talk and bluster but the only way we can ever stick an actual shovel in the ground at EPCAL is to wrap up an environmental report and yes it will cost money to do so. I say it is time to recognize reality and get that job done. Step Two, our environmental study will tell us what areas at EPCAL are developable and which are not; from there we a can create a subdivision map and break the property down into smaller, more marketable parcels. We have a much better chance of attracting job creating businesses if we are marketing a high tech industrial  park of five acre lots then we will ever have in attempting to create Disneyworld North. With a clean bill of environmental health and a newly subdivided property then we can properly tap the potential of EPCAL. A few weeks ago, with Councilman Jim Wooten at the wheel of our town’s senior citizen van, the town board and I visited Devens, Massachusetts. Like Riverhead, Devens received land due to a base closure but there is little similarity to the story of Devens and that of Riverhead. In Devens the state created an agency that acts as a clearinghouse and facilitator to drive the permitting process so that developers can receive their approvals quickly and start building in most cases within 75 days. Here in Riverhead potential developers must clear the town, the county Department of Health, the State DEC and so on, and so on, and so on. My suggestion is that working with the state and county, and, at the same time not ceding any local control, that we create a permit clearinghouse that would streamline the timetable it takes to cite a business and get development moving. With an environmental study in hand, and a finished subdivision and a permit clearinghouse we can then take EPCAL from a “field of dreams” to real playing field where major league companies come to win.

A few weeks ago I met with Senator Chuck Schumer, we discussed a vision for what can be here on Long Island. Senator Schumer is working hard to unite the resources of Brookhaven National Lab, Cold Spring Harbor Lab and Stony Brook University to create a high tech powerhouse that would rival “Silicon Valley.”

Gone are the days of Pulte homes and the Wilpon Housing development at EPCAL. It is no longer about Ski Mountains and carnivals. There is no reason we cannot out innovate and out create the soft sleek land of Northern California and what better place to do that then at the former Grumman facility? When the challenge was thrown down before the American people to put a man on the moon it was Calverton that they came to and it can be the place that can make it all happen again, if only we dream bigger.
I am going to hitch my wagon to projects like “Silicon Valley East” and I am going to hold on. For this is the time for Riverhead to think larger, to be real and to innovate when it comes to EPCAL.

I want to remind you that Riverhead is a great place to live, work and play. Some of you have been here for generations, some of you came during the blossom of the 1960’s, some of you are relatively new to town, which in Riverhead terms means you’ve been here less than 100 years. We are all here for the same reason– this is a better place to be. There is something special about holding your child’s hand at Iron Pier beach or clamming on the Peconic or picking fresh strawberries. Admit it, we have all muttered under our breath when we are stuck behind a tractor on Sound Avenue but none of us would ever trade our rural way of life for the bustle that is “up Island” and so we happily will keep our tractor traffic to keep our heritage.
The best way we can ensure that this place does not become just like anyplace is to save our open space and farmland. In the past year, working with the County, and with a depleted community preservation fund, we have saved more than three hundred acres of farmland and open space here in Riverhead…Land that will be forever green, land that will never see the bulldozer’s blade, land that will never increase our taxes by sending children to school and land that we will all enjoy as long as we walk on earth as will our children and theirs. For, nature enriches us and every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.

Everywhere you look there is much to be done. Whether it is moving in a new direction at EPCAL or willing our downtown back to life or preserving our rural character or regaining our financial health, the time to act is now.  We can never wait because the timing is never …just right.
This is the “State of the Town” message…I am here today to tell you that the State of the Town of Riverhead is good. That we, like any other town have our difficulties, that we, like any other town, have our weaknesses but in the strength of our people, their character, their hard work and their love of community is the seeds that will bring us the bounty of many summers and autumns to come.
In this past year we have made a beginning and all of us should be excited about what’s next. There are many people in life who are there to say “no” we want to be the people that say “yes” and get things done.

Last year all of us will remember the rains that washed out the Horton Avenue area of our town; displaced neighbors and friends. Homes that were shattered and many of them may never be lived in again.     In that adversity something special happened …the community came together. Horton Avenue T Shirts popped up and were as common as blue jeans. Neighbors took in neighbors. Families came together and total strangers went into their pockets to help total strangers. In the political community egos and partisanship were put aside and everyone pulled on the oars in the same direction.

When I look out at the energy and devotion of the people in this room I see the ability to tackle any problem, to come together to make this town shine again and I see why this place is so special. I may be Town Supervisor but it is in all of our hands to move this town we love forward. I know we will rise to the challenge and I am happy to be here tonight with you –the people that make our town ‘Positively Riverhead.’

Thank you very much.”

179 Comment

  • “One year later we see light at the end of the tunnel as we begin to put this town on firm financial footing.” Sean, that could be the most laughable line in the whole speech. You have already admitted you have no clue on the town’s finances, and are flying blind. On top of that, the financial administrator has your full support, and you’ve done nothing but reward him by hiring more people to do his job!! The town will never be on firm financial footing with Mr. Rothaar there, and you do nothing about it. That alone should get you run out of town as you put it. The healthcare expenses you speak of have skyrocketed alright, but that was the phony budget numbers!!

  • Straight up lie. The Cultural Affairs Supervisor from the Recreation Dept, made $58,000 a year (public record). Even if her benefits were $20,000, thats not even close to $100,000 ….

  • Wonder what they are smoking at Walter’s Town Hall prayer sessions? Citizens get no benefit from millions in tax breaks for dumb projects for the friends and family network at the same the Town had the highest tax hike on LI. And Walter’s no-bid new $500,000 EPCAL study is a smoke screen for Walter’s screw ups with Bayrock and Rechler with no other deals in sight.

    And watch for an even bigger disaster when the audits show even more financial mismanagement.

  • Keep flapping your libelous gums Riverhead liberals, we’re going to reelect Sean, and you’re ulcers and migraines will be getting worse! HAHA~!

  • “You’re” should have been “your”. grammer nazi’s.

  • It its a lie, that’s a problem for our supervisor. Either way, the people in Riverhead can no longer afford unnecessary government jobs like this. Whether its $80k or $100k, its too much.

  • Why no bid for the EPCAL study? Something corrupt going on? Walters speech is far too light on the truth of our high property taxes, and offers no real solutions. Walters needs to work harder to get our property taxes down. Make this town, county, and state more affordable to live in, the good businesses and high paying jobs will follow.

  • I’m a conservative Waer21. Our supervisor is not doing nearly enough to lower property taxes, and does not address the problem adequately in his address. He should be working day and night with school, county, and state officials to lower our property taxes.

  • Riverhead does not have a Cultural Affairs Commissioner. The person that was laid off was paid $58,000 & had a benefit package of much less than $20,000 as she did not take the family plan. If you are lying about things that are very easily verified, one has to wonder what else you are lying about. The 13 taxpayers who were laid off left without so much as a, thank you for your service. This is not a proud moment for you or the town. Everyone beware, once the first cut is made it is much easier to make the second, third and fourth cut. If you think your job is secure, it is not. If you think the town services that you enjoy and relie on are safe, they are not. It is time to stick together and support each other. The town supervisior should be called out on each and every lie that comes out of his mouth.

  • Boy, I sure am glad to hear that everything is going “great” in the Town of Riverhead. If it weren’t imagine what would be happening. We wouldn’t know where we stand with town finances; we wouldn’t have necessary audits completed and couldn’t go out to bond our debt. We would be running out of money and would have to resort to short term borrowing. We would probably have to layoff necessary town employees and possibly find out later that there was money hidden away that would have allowed them to stay. If things weren’t going so great, we could have been left holding the bag at Epcal with no prospects in sight and be resorting to another round of fruitless expensive studies while we would have to hunt for food there.
    The supervisor may even state that he is flying blind when it comes to town finances. Good thing everything is going great or else we might be looking to replace our financial administrator. We could even experience the highest tax increase in the county. I sure am feeling better now. Let’s all hitch up our wagons, dream the bigger dream and fly over Silicon Valley to view our future. Blinders are optional, of course.

  • Thats it Bill J. Get rid of everyone at Town Hall. Make Riverhead the small town you want it to be. A ghost town.

    Brain surgeon

  • Jobs should not be secure. Things happen. Layoffs happen. Moneys tight. It happens. What you need to understand is that the Supv has, and will continue to lay people off that are needed, until his political “power” is felt. He said it himself in the 2011 address. This is all about politics, and NOTHING to do with work ethic etc. You can smash him all you want on these horrible message boards, but the truth is, all of the pols are the same. Smoke and mirrors. Wool, it’s being pulled over your eyes

  • Sean Walter thinks the Town of Riverhead is doing great. He says that his staff and adviser are doing a great job. That’s not a great perception for the residents and taxpayers of this town. They are all obviously operating at a much lower level of performance than would be normally acceptable almost anywhere. We all know the town is not doing great in any area except through the delusional perception of the supervisor and his staff. Patting themselves on the back doesn’t help the town at all. We are at the nadir of our existence in this town and this supervisor thinks we are doing great. If he was hanging with Nero, he might have thoughts of a barbecue or if on the Titanic when sinking might look forward to an refreshing evening swim. The word is delusional, intervention is needed and we need someone new in November.

  • Just curious to see some real numbers that might back up “Riverhead is good.” (nice grammar btw) What would constitute a “good” rating? A couple restaurants and a hotel being built or opened? Quick question for you, who will be coming to the hotel and eating at the restaurants? How do you intend on attracting tourism? Have you driven down Main St lately? Last time I did I saw over 6 stores closed and abandoned.

    I can’t for the life of me figure out how he can stand up there and say that Riverhead is “good.” Sure the people are good, but nothing I am seeing at Town Hall would warrant a “good” rating. How much money does the Town have? How much debt does the Town have? What plans are into the town that would generate revenue? Please don’t tell me more restaurants that will surely be closed by next year.

    I loved the part where he bashed the EPCAL resorts idea. Do you all remember the picture on the front of the News Review of him accepting a personal check from a foreign bank with a huge smile on his face? I do. I guess he forgot about that.

    Would also like to know why nobody seems to have a problem with the fact that he is still practicing law in the town that he is supervisor of. Nobody sees a conflict of interest? Really?

    It’s time people woke up and realized we were all duped by Mr. Walters slick speeches and empty promises. We are no better off now then we were a year ago. Cannot wait for the audits. The numbers do not lie.

    Enjoy your last year Mr. Walter.

  • So you plan on re-electing him out of spite or because he belongs to the same party as you do? Just curious to hear why he should be re-elected, were all ears Waer21.

  • So you plan on re-electing him out of spite or because he belongs to the same party as you do? Just curious to hear why he should be re-elected, were all ears Waer21.

  • Great to see Sandmine Sean explain that he takes his advice from the local bartender who previously held himself out as the financial backer for a convicted felon in the garbage/sand business whose partner was indicted with the asphalt cartel.

  • Did Walter ask his new no-bid EPCAL consultant to consider how environmentally friendly a Garbage Transfer Station would be in the Pine Barrens?

  • Best laugh I have had in a long time!! I could picture Sean’s spin as he addressed the Confederate States during the Civil War……….. “Hey, I’m just trying to guarantee that blacks have solid employment”. Intervention indeed.

  • Enter Mike Cholowsky, Calverton Industries president. He testified in federal court that he bribed Brookhaven town officials to gain access to the town landfill, where he dumped solid waste in the mid to late 1990s. Cholowsky had a close relationship with East Patchogue salvage yard owner Joseph Provenzano, who pled guilty in 1999 to 17 counts of federal stolen truck, extortion, witness tampering and racketeering charges and was sentenced to eight years in jail. Evidence gathered by federal investigators established that Provenzano was using Cholowsky’s hauling permit (issued to his company Sky Materials) to illegally dump hazardous waste at the Brookhaven landfill, according to reports in Newsday in 1999. Cholowsky’s testimony helped send John Powell, Suffolk County Republican leader, to prison.

    Cholowsky doesn’t own Calverton Industries, according to an affidavit he gave the DEC in 2000. He said the company is owned by his brother, Robert Cholowsky, and John Montecalvo, a paving contractor indicted earlier this year on federal bid-rigging charges.

    In the affidavit, Cholowsky swore he had no involvement in the solid waste industry and would have no involvement in it, except for handling concrete and asphalt for recycling. The DEC got the affidavit from Cholowsky to safeguard — on paper, anyway — against the dumping of solid waste at the Calverton Industries mine site. The DEC even made the affidavit a condition of the Calverton Industries permit, stipulating that the CI permit would be “deemed” automatically revoked if Cholowsky got back in the solid waste business.

    But then the DEC ignored its own permit condition.

    In applying for a permit to build and operate a solid waste facility in Brentwood, Cholowsky supplied the DEC in 2004 with signed contracts (signed by him!) indicating that he is in the business of hauling and disposing solid waste. The DEC then issued Cholowsky’s company a permit to process 200 tons per day of municipal solid waste.

    Evidently the DEC doesn’t pay careful attention to the contents of its files. The application forms Cholowsky signed in 2003 and 2004 represented “under penalties of perjury” that he had never been convicted of a crime involving fraud. He pled guilty to conspiring to defraud the U.S. on tax evasion charges in 2000.

    The DEC — at the highest levels — does seem to pay attention to who’s accessing its files under the freedom of information laws, however. When Riverhead Councilwoman Barbara Blass foiled documents from the Calverton Industries file, DEC regional director Peter Scully reviewed them first, and even attached Post-It Notes to some documents asking questions about their contents before they were turned over to the councilwoman. A couple of those notes were left in the file and copied by Ms. Blass, who showed them to me. I was left wondering what might have been removed from the file before she was given access.

    Interestingly, about an hour after the councilwoman returned to Riverhead Town Hall following her appointment at the DEC to review the FOIL documents, Cholowsky called her to tell her that if she had any questions about his business, all she had to do was call him and ask — she didn’t need to FOIL records at the DEC. How did he know where Ms. Blass had spent her morning that day?

    That’s just one of many, many unanswered questions in this saga. Some others: Why are Ed Tuccio and his wife helping to bankroll Mike Cholowsky’s financial assurance required by the DEC (to the tune of $200,000)? Cholowsky is a frequent visitor to Ed’s bar on Main Street, Tweed’s. So is his assistant, Jill Lewis, who left her job as Riverhead deputy supervisor one day and was back in Town Hall the next working for Mike Cholowsky’s Sky Materials. So is Lewis’s former boss, Richard Amper, executive director of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society — which has had oddly little to say about the Calverton Industries sand mine over the years, in spite of its location at the edge of the pine barrens core preservation area. So is Anthony Coates, who rents an apartment from Mr. Tuccio above the Main Street bar and who was a partner of Cholowsky’s in Peconic Golf Partners, which proposed digging a 60-acre “lake” at EPCAL a few years ago. Coates was also very involved in running a campaign for supervisor last year by Cholowsky’s partner in a fuel oil business, Councilman Ed Densieski.

    When Ms. Blass objected to “settling” the Calverton Industries case after the town had won its court decisions, and demanded that the settlement agreement grant the town access to inspect the site — to monitor what was being buried in the town’s special groundwater protection area — Councilman Densieski lashed out at her. “I have three words for this resolution,” he said at the April 16, 2002, Town Board meeting. “Stinks, stank and stunk.”

    Well, Ed, you can say that again. Something sure smells in this whole deal, and it’s more than the load of dead fish dumped in Barbara Blass’s driveway on April 18, 2002, the morning that page one of The News-Review carried the “Stinks, stank, stunk” headline over a story about Ms. Blass demanding accountability at the Calverton Industries sand mine.

  • Didn’t Sean Walter work for the Town of Brookhaven highway department during the 1990′s?? Wonder if anyone should check into this one??

    Also, a year ago the downtown was a “sea of empty storefronts” as you put it. Sure, I believe that all of the businesses you claim credit for just happened to materialize in the last year. We all know there is no planning necessary, and that it can all be done that fast!! Sean, you are such a liar you can’t even keep your stories straight anymore.

  • Didn’t Sean Walter work for the Town of Brookhaven highway department during the 1990′s?? Wonder if anyone should check into this one??

    Also, a year ago the downtown was a “sea of empty storefronts” as you put it. Sure, I believe that all of the businesses you claim credit for just happened to materialize in the last year. We all know there is no planning necessary, and that it can all be done that fast!! Sean, you are such a liar you can’t even keep your stories straight anymore.

  • Crookhaven in Riverhead? With Spota at work cleaning up out west, Riverhead is the new frontier for corrupt politicians.

    Where’s the missing cash and who is about to be indicted?