Greg Fischer (left) once worked on a campaign with Rent is Too Damn High party candidate Jimmy McMillon. The two, seen here in an undated photo, now share the same party line as Mr. Fischer runs for state comptroller. (Courtesy photo)
It’s September and Calverton resident Greg Fischer is breaking out the campaign signs again.
He used some of them during his unsuccessful run for Riverhead Town supervisor in 2012. A small section of the signs showing the office he ran for then have been cut away.
They’re the same signs he used in campaigns for town tax assessor in 2013 and the Riverhead school board this year. And they’re the same ones he’ll now use to run for New York State comptroller on the Rent is 2 Damn High party line.
Mr. Fischer’s running mate is two-time gubernatorial candidate Jimmy McMillan, the YouTube sensation from New York City who wears black gloves and famously debated Andrew Cuomo in 2010 by answering questions with the response, “The rent is too damn high.”
It’s a race Mr. Fischer fully admits he is destined to lose.
“If you don’t have a major party endorsement, you’re not getting elected,” he told the Riverhead News-Review. “It’s mathematically impossible … I cannot possibly win.”
The Second Street firehouse was obtained by Riverhead in 2011 in a land swap with the Riverhead Fire District. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)
Only one member of the public spoke at a public hearing Tuesday about a proposal to rezone the town-owned Second Street firehouse to a more business-friendly zone — a rezoning sought by Suffolk Theater owner Bob Castaldi as a condition of his proposal to buy the building from the town for $500,000. (more…)
The Riverhead Town Board is scheduled to have its first public discussion on the 2015 town budget at its work session on Thursday. Supervisor Sean Walter has said the budget will need to cut about 20 positions in order to avoid a 12 percent tax increase, due in part to a roughly $4 million budget deficit. (more…)
The Riverhead Town Board held public hearings Tuesday night on rezoning the Second Street firehouse, which it hopes to sell, and on a special permit to put a new Hamptons Coffee location in Aquebogue. (more…)
A stop work order was issued last month for illegal land clearing on Ostrander Avenue. (Credit: Tim Gannon)
Riverhead Town’s building department has slapped a stop work order on the development of a new doctor’s office on Ostrander Avenue, where town officials say land clearing was being done prior to site plan approval.
The Riverhead Town Board discussed at Thursday’s work session enacting a law banning people from keeping dogs tethered to an object in a manner that endangers the dog’s health or access to food and water, or unreasonably limits the dog’s movement. (more…)
Tom Schiliro, Democratic candidate for assembly. (Courtesy photo)
Tom Schiliro, the Democratic candidate for the Second New York State Assembly District in the Nov. 4 election, will now also be the Independence Party candidate, if the results of Tuesday’s primary hold up. (more…)
Riverside Rediscovered’s new community liaison Siris Barrios, right, and Sean McLean of Renaissance Downtowns discussed plans to revitalize Riverside at Monday’s meeting of the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association, where residents said they’d like to see a grocery store in the area. (Credit: Tim Gannon)
For years, people in Flanders and Riverside have tried to get a supermarket or grocery store to come to the area, with no success.
So, improve the neighborhood, and a grocery store will come.
That’s what the company hired to redevelop the blight-ridden hamlet of Riverside is hoping will happen. (more…)