05/14/15 11:00am
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The main building at the  Jededian Hawkins Inn in Jamesport.

The main building at the Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

An online petition to “Save Jedediah Hawkins Inn” now has more than 900 signatures in support of allowing outdoor events at the historic structure on South Jamesport Avenue.

The Inn, built in 1863, is once again before the Riverhead Town Zoning Board of Appeals seeking permission to have outdoor catered events, something it has done annually since 2008. Indoor catered events are permitted, but outdoors events are not, which is why the ZBA variance is needed.  (more…)

05/13/15 5:13pm
05/13/2015 5:13 PM
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. argues tax relief should be the top priority for the State Legislature in its final five weeks.

Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. argues tax relief should be the top priority for the State Legislature in its final five weeks.

The most important priority the State Legislature needs to concentrate on in its remaining five weeks is to provide real property tax relief, Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) said Monday. In January, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed what he called a “Real Property Tax Circuit Breaker Program” that would cap property taxes based on a percentage of household income. (more…)

05/11/15 4:00pm
05/11/2015 4:00 PM
State comptroller Tom DiNapoli. (Credit. Flickr/nycomptroller)

State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. (Credit. Flickr/nycomptroller)

A high profile $211 million local business and tourism advertising campaign championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo lacks the performance measures needed to determine if the spending has been a wise decision, according to an audit released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. (more…)

05/07/15 1:00pm
05/07/2015 1:00 PM
Town Board members discuss marketing EPCAL with deputy town attorney Anne Marie Prudenti, right, at Thursday's work session. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Town Board members discuss marketing EPCAL with deputy town attorney Anne Marie Prudenti, right, at Thursday’s work session. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The Riverhead Town Board discussed two proposals it received to market the Enterprise Park at Calverton at its work session on Thursday and also agreed to have a public hearing on a proposal to allow micro-breweries in a section of downtown Riverhead.  (more…)

05/06/15 2:00pm
05/06/2015 2:00 PM
Mike Harrigan, chairman of the Wading River Fire District commissioners, speaks at Tuesday's town board meeting. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Mike Harrigan, chairman of the Wading River Fire District commissioners, speaks at Tuesday’s town board meeting. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A proposal to eliminate the section of the Riverhead Town Code that divvies up false alarm fines 70-30 between the local fire districts and the town was opposed by one fire district and supported by another at a public hearing on Tuesday. (more…)

05/06/15 1:31pm
Curtis Sliwa at a meeting in Greenport last November. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Curtis Sliwa at a meeting in Greenport last November. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

A day after Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller met with leaders of the Guardian Angels to establish a Riverhead chapter of the volunteer anti-crime group, Supervisor Sean Walter’s fellow Town Board members say they were blindsided by the effort and that bringing the Angels into town could exacerbate a negative image for downtown. (more…)