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Joseph Pinciaro

01/20/15 3:15pm
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO

A public hearing will be held tomorrow in Riverhead on raising bus rates throughout most of the Suffolk County bus transit system to $2.25 per ride in order to pay for Sunday and night service.

But East End routes will remain largely unaffected.

The $2.25 fare is already in effect on the S92 — which runs from Orient Point through Riverhead and out to East Hampton — as well as the 10C, which runs from East Hampton to Monatuk. Rates on those lines, which already operate on Sundays and evenings, would stay flat at $2.25.


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Fares on the S92 and 10C were raised two years ago, allowing Suffolk Transit the funding to pay for weekend routes on the two lines. Proponents of expanding the system said at the time that Eastern Suffolk County’s economy was overdue for the move, as many people working in the service industries could use the system to get to and from work.

Deputy Presiding Officer of the Suffolk Legislature, Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk), was chair of the county’s transportation committee when service expanded to the weekends on the S92. He said on Tuesday that the time has come to expand service throughout the county; beyond the two East End lines, Sunday and evening routes run along what Mr. Schneiderman has termed 10 more “critical arteries” across Suffolk County.

“Service on those lines is going really well,” he said. “It’s time to expand it. Unfortunately we are asking riders for a little more. I hate to see rates go up. But riders are already paying that on the East End.”

Mr. Schneiderman said he hopes that eventually, the county will be able to secure state or federal funds to expand service further.

Tomorrow’s public hearing will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. at the county center in Riverside. It follows a hearing also taking place today in Hauppauge from 3 to 7 p.m.

01/19/15 8:00am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces a proposal to offer certain residents a property tax credit on Wednesday. (Credit: Governor's office)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces a proposal to offer certain residents a property tax credit on Wednesday. (Credit: Governor’s office)

It’s one of two things, according to Benjamin Franklin, that is certain in life: taxes.

And one proposal by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo aims to at least ease the tax burden for about 1.3 million people across the state.

While the governor can’t pass legislation preventing another of Mr. Benjamin’s certainties from occurring — death — his ‘Opportunity Agenda’ would provide an average $1,150 in annual tax credits for over 125,000 homeowners in Suffolk County, and 1.3 million across the state. (more…)

01/17/15 8:00am

Fans of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” will recall the season seven finale when Larry David, accused of leaving a water mark on Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ wooden table, sets out to discover who really committed the deed. “Do you respect wood?” he asks several of his former “Seinfeld” colleagues. Conversations about wood discrimination ensue — leaving water marks on low-grade wood is OK, Jerry Seinfeld says; Larry expresses his adoration for all kinds of wood — and eventually finds out his wife is the sought-after water mark suspect.  (more…)

01/08/15 8:56am
Long Ireland Beer Company owners Dan Burke (left) and Greg Martin. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Long Ireland Beer Company owners Dan Burke (left) and Greg Martin. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

When Long Ireland Beer Company owners Dan Burke and Greg Martin opened their microbrewery in 2011, it was hard to imagine that several more breweries would open in the 11901 Zip code over the next few years.

But that’s exactly what happened.  (more…)

12/30/14 7:10pm
The view from Route 105 bridge at Indian Island golf course as the Peconic River leads into the Bay. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The view from Route 105 bridge at Indian Island golf course as the Peconic River leads into the Bay. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

As Riverhead Town Board members continue to work on regulations which would permit flyboarding in local waters, a group of local residents have filed a petition with the town, asking its leaders to do the exact opposite.

Over 30 residents submitted a petition in town hall on Monday, “asking the Town of Riverhead Board to cease all flyboarding activities in Treasure Cove and the connecting River/Estuary.” (more…)

12/30/14 1:00pm
Ryan Egan (top) and Stephen Tang hang the vinyl tarps at Suffolk County Historical Society on Tuesday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Ryan Egan (top) and Stephen Tang hang the vinyl tarps at Suffolk County Historical Society on Tuesday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Entering downtown Riverhead from the east or the west, one can be expected to pass an “anchor property” at each end.

Coming from East Main Street, the Hyatt East End and Long Island Aquarium — both modern buildings which opened in the 21st century — are impossible to miss.

Coming from West Main Street sits the 85-year-old Suffolk County Historical Society building, a piece of both local and national history that has been on the National Register of Historic Places since the mid-1990s.

On Tuesday, the historical society and town announced that a set of banners are going up with the hopes of increasing the nonprofit’s visibility to the public.

“It is our hope that these unique banners will encourage more people to stop in and check out all we have to offer,” said historical society director Kathy Curran. “We believe this will allow us to better serve the public as an educational resource by clearly announcing this site as an historic center.”SCHS rendering

The signs started going up on Tuesday morning. Three vertical banners, measuring 12-feet 8-inches tall by 5-feet 6-inches wide, will spell out ‘Suffolk History Museum’ on each side of the building. In between, inside a pair of brick archways on the east and west sides of the building, two different Hal Fullerton images and two images from the historical society’s archives will be reproduced.

Ms. Curran said the Fullerton images will be Edith Fullerton driving Teddy Roosevelt and a Medford farm. A portrait of Henry Green (a whaler from Sag Harbor) and the Hulbert Flag, one of the earliest United States flags from the 1770s in the SCHS collection, will also be on display.

Though Riverhead Town itself does not have a historical society of its own, SCHS has been in operation since the mid-1880s, first operating out of the office of a Riverhead judge. The West Main Street building was constructed in 1930, where the nonprofit has been centered since.

The banners were made possible with the help of a $250,000 Main Street grant the town received in 2012, the fourth of its kind to come through the New York State Office of Community Renewal. The grant paid for 75 percent of the cost of the banners, which totaled about $10,000.

“Downtown Riverhead is fortunate to have many special educational facilities, including the Long Island Aquarium, The Long Island Science Center and the Suffolk County Historical Society, in such a close proximity,” said Supervisor Sean Walter. “We hope these new banners attract more visitors to the downtown business district.”

Caption: A rendering of new banners and reproduced images at SCHS. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)