04/09/14 7:00pm
04/09/2014 7:00 PM
Riverhead Town Board members at Thursday's meeting. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead Town Board members at a recent meeting. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead Town Board members appear headed for a public hearing on the latest version of term-limit legislation that would apply only to Town Board members — supervisor and council — and restrict them to 12 consecutive years of service.

A previous version of the proposal, which did not have support at the last Town Board meeting, set the limit at 12 cumulative years.

Councilman John Dunleavy, who has already been elected to serve 12 years, and is currently in his ninth year, opposes all term limits.

“My problem is, we are taking this away from the people of the town,” Mr. Dunleavy said at last Thursday’s work session, where the issue was discussed.

At the work session, Supervisor Sean Walter, Councilman Jim Wooten and Councilwoman Jodi Giglio agreed to schedule a public hearing on the new proposal. Councilman George Gabrielsen was absent.

Mr. Walter had previously sought term limits for all elected officials, but didn’t have board support.

The board also appeared to agree on setting a public hearing for a proposal to prohibit members of the Town Board, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Board of Assessment Review and Ethics Board from serving on the executive committee of a town, county or state political party.

Mr. Walter was voted down on extending that prohibition to include the highway superintendent, town clerk, assessor and tax receiver offices.

Mason Haas, who is both an elected town assessor and Riverhead Republican chairman, would have had to give up one of those posts if the prohibition had been expanded. Mr. Haas screened to run against Mr. Walter for supervisor last fall and did not have Mr. Walter’s support then for his current party position.

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04/07/14 10:13am
04/07/2014 10:13 AM
Richard Luzzi, a resident of Riverhaven mobile home park, addresses Thursday night's Riverhead Planning Board meeting. (Credit John Stefans)

Richard Luzzi, a resident of Riverhaven mobile home park, addresses Thursday night’s Riverhead Planning Board meeting. (Credit John Stefans)

They asked for input, and they sure got it.

The Riverhead Town Planning Board heard emotional – at times angry – testimony last week from a group of residents whose mobile home park abuts the facilities of Gershow Recycling, which operates on a 3.5-acre property on Hubbard Avenue that for more than six decades was the home of Fred J. Gallo Used Auto Parts.

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04/04/14 4:02pm
04/04/2014 4:02 PM
State workers trimmed trees on Friday to prep for Monday's work on E. Main Street. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

State workers trimmed trees on Friday to prep for Monday’s work on E. Main Street. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Construction is expected to start Monday on Main Street as the State Department of Transportation begins installing four miles of new sidewalks along Route 25, through downtown Riverhead.

While state workers were cutting trees this week downtown, work is expected to start in earnest on Monday. Hours will generally be Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., however officials said construction could also take place during off-peak hours to minimize effect on businesses.

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04/02/14 7:46pm
04/02/2014 7:46 PM

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Opponents — and supporters — of a deer cull being carried out by the United States Department of Agriculture are still waiting, and will continue to wait, for court proceedings to resume after a court date scheduled for last Friday was indefinitely delayed by a state judge, who sought more time to read up on the facts on the case before hearing both sides.

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04/01/14 9:49pm
04/01/2014 9:49 PM
EPCAL is home to at least two endangered species. (Courtesy photo)

EPCAL is home to at least two endangered species. (Courtesy photo)

Despite striking out at the lower court and appellate court levels, Riverhead Town can challenge a set of new state Department of Environmental Conservation regulations that established stringent new rules for the protection of endangered and threatened species, the state’s highest court ruled Tuesday.  (more…)

03/30/14 12:00pm
03/30/2014 12:00 PM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO  |  Neighbors have been complaining about noise and ground shaking near Gershow Recycling on Hubbard Avenue.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Neighbors have been complaining about noise and ground shaking near Gershow Recycling on Hubbard Avenue.

Gershow Recycling’s Hubbard Avenue recycling facility, which has drawn complaints from neighbors about noise and ground shaking, will be the subject of a public hearing at the Riverhead Planning Board this Thursday at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

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03/28/14 8:00am
03/28/2014 8:00 AM
Riverhead councilman John Dunleavy (second from left) argues with Supervisor Sean Walter (middle) during Thursday's work session.

Riverhead councilman John Dunleavy (second from left) argues with Supervisor Sean Walter (middle) during Thursday’s work session.

After explaining over the past week how closed-door political caucuses are necessary to prevent Riverhead Town Board members from fighting with each other in public, the members spent much of Thursday’s work session doing just that. (more…)