11/20/14 5:34pm
Peconic Bay Medical Center is seeking to build a 3,500 sf medical site in this corner of Gateway Plaza, where Bob's Discount Furniture is located.

Peconic Bay Medical Center is seeking to build a 3,500 sf medical site in this corner of Gateway Plaza, where Bob’s Discount Furniture is located. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

PBMC Health is proposing a new medical building in a portion of the parking lot of the Wal-Mart and Bob’s Discount Furniture store on Route 58.

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11/20/14 11:50am
The former Courthouse Restaurant building as it appeared in January 2012. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The former Courthouse Restaurant building as it appeared in January 2012. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Riverhead Town may require the owner of the vacant and dilapidated Courthouse Restaurant (also known as J.P. Michael’s) on Railroad Avenue to clean up and secure the structure, or else the town will do so itself.  (more…)

11/19/14 7:51am

 

Councilman John Dunleavy (left) and Sean Walter at a previous work session. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Councilman John Dunleavy (left) and Sean Walter at a previous work session. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The tentative 2015 Riverhead Town budget proposed by Supervisor Sean Walter at the end of September is likely to become the adopted 2015 budget automatically on Thursday, as a motion to vote on adopting the budget failed at Tuesday’s Town Board meeting.

Under state law, the deadline to approve a final budget is Nov. 20, and if the board doesn’t vote to make any changes to the supervisor’s budget, it automatically becomes the final budget at that point. (more…)

11/18/14 7:05pm

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The tentative 2015 Riverhead Town Budget proposed by Supervisor Sean Walter at the end of September will apparently became the adopted 2015 budget automatically on Thursday, Nov. 20, as a motion to vote on adopting the budget failed at Tuesday’s Town Board meeting.

Councilman John Dunleavy, who said he opposes the budget because he thinks the revenue projections it makes are unrealistic,  submitted a resolution Tuesday to merely vote on adopting the budget. Councilwoman Jodi Giglio, who had sought cuts in the budget, voted in favor of voting on the budget as well. However, Councilmen George Gabrielsen and Jim Wooten voted against the resolution, saying it doesn’t propose any changes to the budget, and the budget will go into effect automatically if no changes are approved. Mr. Walter abstained.

Mr. Walter’s $53.7 million proposed budget called for a 1.5 percent spending decrease, a .58 percent tax rate increase and a 2.08 percent tax levy increase. There were no speakers at the public hearing on the budget two weeks ago.

The  Town Board also voted Tuesday to accept a proposed settlement with Brixmor Property Group, which owns the Costco shopping center on Route 58. Brixmor has thus far failed to meet several requirements of its site plan approval, including replacing dead trees meant as a buffer for neighboring properties.  (more…)

11/09/14 10:00am
New stores like Costco have increased Riverhead's assessed value, which could increase the school tax. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

New stores like Costco have increased Riverhead’s assessed value, which could increase the school tax. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The annual swing of school taxes from the Riverhead Town portion of the Riverhead School District to Southampton Town has hit the people in Flanders, Riverside and Northampton pretty hard in the past.  But this year, the Southampton Town portion of the district will be getting a break.

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11/07/14 2:00pm
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Harry Singh, the president of Bolla Oil Corporation, speaks at Thursday’s Planning Board meeting. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A Garden City-based oil company is considering moving its headquarters to Calverton in the next few years, its president said at a Riverhead Town Planning Board meeting Thursday night.

And he’s not talking about the Enterprise Park at Calverton, where Riverhead Town officials have been trying to lure energy companies. He’s talking about Edwards Avenue.  (more…)

11/07/14 6:00am
Riverhead Dodge president Tony Strollo (left) with his son T.J. Strollo, vice president, and daughter Jane Millman, secretary and treasurer, at the former Out East Family Fun site on Route 58, which they recently purchased to relocate their dealership. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead Dodge president Tony Strollo (left) with his son T.J. Strollo, vice president, and daughter Jane Millman, secretary and treasurer, at the former Out East Family Fun site on Route 58, which they recently purchased to relocate their dealership. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead Dodge, which once billed itself as the only Riverhead car dealership not on Route 58, appears to be headed there.

Last month, the company purchased the former Out East Family Fun mini-golf and batting cage site on the western end of the busy thoroughfare, with the goal of building a new dealership there and eventually moving from West Main Street, said owner Tony Strollo. (more…)