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Joseph Pinciaro

07/08/14 8:00am

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Update: Police have arrested the second suspect in an alleged robbery that happened outside the Riverhead DMV early Monday.

Bobby Riddick, 46, turned himself into police after learning he was a wanted man, authorities said.

He was charged with second-degree robbery and held for arraignment.

Original story: A Riverhead man who recently pleaded guilty after he was caught stealing candy from a Mattituck home with a weapon was arrested again early Monday — this time, according to police, for mugging a man near the DMV and taking $300 from him.

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07/06/14 10:00am
Here's a low-resolution photo that came out of the Brookhaven Town press shop in 2013. It's Councilwoman Connie Kepert congratulating engineers on an award. Notice the date stamp.

Here’s a low-resolution photo that came out of Brookhaven Town’s press shop. It’s Councilwoman Connie Kepert congratulating engineers on an award. It was taken on April 6, 2013, if you couldn’t tell from the time stamp. I imagine this got printed nowhere.

Public relations firms: News organizations can’t live with ’em.

And life would sure be a lot harder without ’em.

That might not be the first thing you’d expect an editor to say, but it’s the truth. Relationships with people in the PR business — and spokespeople for many elected leaders — are an important part of the job and can be very helpful at times.

Other times, though, I really just have to shake my head. (more…)

06/26/14 12:00pm
After seven years, Rabbi Bill Siemers will lead his last service at Temple Israel in Riverhead this Saturday before packing up and moving his family to Maine next week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

After seven years, Rabbi Bill Siemers will lead his last service at Temple Israel in Riverhead this Saturday before packing up and moving his family to Maine next week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Moving around is nothing new to Rabbi Bill Siemers, who’s visited 49 of 50 states in the nation — he’s saving Hawaii for retirement, he says — and grew up on a U.S. Army base in California.

With that in mind, it’s time for him to move on to his next stop, and the 49th state he visited in his 45 years: Maine.  (more…)

06/20/14 4:02pm
Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders announced an agreement yesterday on a bill to establish medical marijuana. (Credit: Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office)

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders announced an agreement yesterday on a bill to establish medical marijuana. (Credit: Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office)

New York State is on track to become the 23rd state in the country to allow the sale of medical marijuana. State Senators passed a measure Friday afternoon, the Assembly did the same Thursday night and Gov. Andrew Cuomo is poised to sign the bill.

North Fork representatives Ken LaValle and Anthony Palumbo split  on the measure, with Mr. Lavalle (R-Port Jefferson) opposing the bill today and Mr. Palumbo (R-New Suffolk) voting in favor last night. (more…)

06/19/14 3:47pm
Legislation has passed both houses of the New York State legislature that would prioritize non-lethal methods of killing free-ranging mute swans. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Legislation has passed both houses of the New York State legislature that would prioritize non-lethal methods of killing free-ranging mute swans. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

It looks like the swans won’t be killed. Or at least if they are killed, it will now come as a last resort.

Legislation has passed both houses of the state Legislature that would prioritize non-lethal methods of controlling the free-ranging mute swan population.

The measure comes less than six months after the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation announced that it wanted every mute swan in the state killed or captured by the year 2025. (more…)

06/17/14 1:00pm
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The view from Route 105 bridge at Indian Island golf course as the Peconic River leads into the Bay.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The view from Route 105 bridge at Indian Island golf course as the Peconic River leads into the Bay.

After last year’s inaugural ‘Discover Suffolk County Parks Day,’ county parks will once again be open to residents at a discounted rate one day this summer, as county leaders hope to advertise its natural amenities to those who might not otherwise take advantage of them.

The discount day will take place this upcoming Saturday, offering any Suffolk residents the rate of admission they would have if they had a green key, which cost $24 and are valid for three years.

“Discover Suffolk County Parks Day offers residents an opportunity to explore parks they have never seen before or revisit those familiar from their childhood,” said Bellone.  “With the vast array of ecosystems, beautiful scenery and recreational opportunities, there is something for everyone to enjoy.”

At lifeguard-supervised beach parks, green key cardholders pay $8 while non green key-cardholders pay $15; and at inland parks green key cardholders pay $6 while non-green key cardholders pay $13.

Last year’s event was held on a Thursday, which ended up being a rainy day as well.

Legis. Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk), chair of the parks and recreation committee, co-sponsored the measure to offer the discount along with Legis. Kara Hahn (D-Stony Brook).

The Suffolk County Parks Department operates 27 parks county-wide, covering over 46,000 acres.

Click here for a list of county parks.

06/17/14 8:00am
Pine Barrens Society head Richard Amper reads from the Suffolk County Drinking Water Protection Program in 2011, which states the law "may only be amended, modified, repealed or altered by an enactment of an appropriate Charter Law subject to mandatory referendum." (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson file)

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Pine Barrens Society head Richard Amper reads from the Suffolk County Drinking Water Protection Program, which states the law “may only be amended, modified, repealed or altered by an enactment of an appropriate Charter Law subject to mandatory referendum.”

A public hearing will be held today at the Suffolk County Center in Riverside on an agreement made between County Executive Steve Bellone and environmentalists who had sued the county after they claimed Suffolk leaders illegally “raided” the Drinking Water Protection Program on two occasions to balance its budget.  (more…)

06/13/14 4:00pm
Members of the town's parking committee have called for parking meters downtown, though some board members are hesitant to support the proposal (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

Members of the town’s parking committee have called for parking meters downtown, though some board members are hesitant to support the proposal (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

Is there a traffic problem downtown?

It depends on who you ask.

But members of the town’s parking committee believe a problem exists — and that it’s just a matter of time until it becomes a really big one.  (more…)