Legislation is awaiting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature that would permit all five East End towns to use up to 20 percent of its Community Preservation Fund dollars for water quality improvement projects. (more…)
Their backs facing the mouth of the Peconic River, town and county officials gathered outdoors Saturday for a press conference at the Riverhead Yacht Club, where they called upon the federal government to provide financial assistance to help address water quality issues in the wake of two fish kills. (more…)
Normally, the state Department of Environmental Conservation is the entity saying that a developer or municipality is in violation of state environmental regulations.
But now, officials from Brookhaven Town are claiming the DEC violated its own regulations by more than tripling the size of a DEC boat launching site in Calverton, a site that’s located the core preservation area of the Pine Barrens, where development is greatly restricted. (more…)
The Riverhead Town Board has scheduled a public hearing to discuss prohibiting elected officials from holding leadership positions in political parties. The hearing will be on July 7, and while the vote to schedule it was unanimous, two board members were critical of the proposal.
The Town Board also heard from Calverton residents who were opposed to the location of a proposed medical marijuana growing facility at Ivy Acres on Edwards Avenue. Supervisor Sean Walter, who opposes medical marijuana, said he’s spoken to two other medical marijuana companies that looking to build facilities at EPCAL, although he said he couldn’t remember the names of those applicants.
During Tuesday’s meeting, the Town Board also approved a resolution to sell the historic — but dilapidated — East Lawn building on East Main Street to Isabelle and Mary Gonzalez. The buyers want to use half of the building for their office and the other half as a residence. (more…)
Three weeks after Supervisor Sean Walter and Councilman Jim Wooten failed to get the Republican committee nomination for reelection, a proposal has resurfaced before the Town Board to ban all elected officials from serving on the executive committee of political parties.
That would mean that Riverhead Republican chairman Mason Haas, who is also an elected assessor, would have to give up one of those positions. (more…)
In 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration pledged to not take negative action against East Hampton Town with regard to the enactment of noise restrictions at its airport.
Now, three years later, Congressman Lee Zeldin has taken steps to assure the agency keeps its word.
A funding bill passed June 9 by the House of Representatives includes an amendment written by Mr. Zeldin (R-Shirley) to ensure that the FAA does not use any new funds to take action against East Hampton Town following its recent efforts to restrict helicopter access.
The developer involved in a lawsuit with Riverhead Town over the zoning of his Calverton property is seeking public input on a new proposal to build residential units instead of retail stores.
Town council and supervisor aren’t the only positions involved in a Republican primary in this fall’s Riverhead Town elections. (more…)