The Riverhead Town Board debated the pros and cons of flyboarding with Flyboard LI owner Jim Bisset IV and Kevin McAllister of Defend H2O at its meeting Wednesday night, even though the public hearing on new proposed regulations on flyboarding isn’t scheduled until next month.
The board also accepted a $3,000 donation from Councilwoman Jodi Giglio to account for taxes she didn’t pay because improvements to her house were done without permits several years ago. By law, the payment is considered a donation because state law doesn’t allow towns to assess improvements more than one year back.
The board also authorized a settlement in a lawsuit brought by the estate of Joseph Wowak, who was a patient in the ambulance that crashed in Aquebogue in 2005, killing two ambulance responders. Mr. Wowak, who has since died, did not die in the crash.
Town Attorney Bob Kozakiewicz said this authorizes the settlement, but the amount is not finalized. He said Mr. Wowak’s estate wants $100,000 and the town is offering no more than $50,000.
In addition, the board honored the three teens and town police officers who rescued a man who had fallen into the Peconic River recently.
To read what else was discussed at Wednesday’s meeting, click below for a recap of News-Review reporter Tim Gannon’s live blog of the meeting and scroll down for the full agenda and resolution packet.