07/10/14 8:00am
07/10/2014 8:00 AM
South Jamesport resident Raymond Janis has lived on Tuts Lane for 47 years. "Leave it just the way it is," he said. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

South Jamesport resident Raymond Janis has lived on Tuts Lane for 47 years. “Leave it just the way it is,” he said. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The United States Postal Service — which derives all of its revenue from the sale of its products and services — has lost $26 billion over the last three years.

In an effort to stop the bleeding, it has consolidated 141 mail processing facilities nationwide over the last two years, saving nearly $900 million and laying off no employees in the process. (more…)

07/08/14 12:00pm
07/08/2014 12:00 PM
The South Jamesport Post Office at 70 Second Street could be in for some changes. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

The South Jamesport Post Office at 70 Second Street could be in for some changes. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

The smallest post office on all of Long Island may undergo some cost-reducing changes initiated by the United States Postal Service.

A survey sent last month by the USPS  gave South Jamesport residents four options in regards to the future operations of their beloved 400-box post office.  (more…)

07/08/14 8:00am
A stop-work order was issued at the Route 58 BJ's and KMart shopping center in June. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A stop-work order was issued at the Route 58 BJ’s and KMart shopping center in June. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A month after issuing a stop-work order at the BJ’s and KMart shopping center for cutting down several trees without proper permits, Riverhead Town plants to authorize legal action against the shops’ owners, according to Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter.  (more…)

07/03/14 10:00am
07/03/2014 10:00 AM
TIM GANNON PHOTO | Riverhead Town's planned bike path would run south from Route 25 along Line Road (above) before reaching an area near River Road.

Line Road (above) at EPCAL became a subject for debate during Thursday’s bike path discussion. (Credit, Tim Gannon, file)

George Bartunek and members of the town’s alternative transportation committee made another push Thursday to get the bike path at the Enterprise Park at Calverton completed, so it could encircle the property.

They were met with resistance from the Riverhead Town Board. (more…)

07/01/14 2:00pm
07/01/2014 2:00 PM

The Second Street firehouse finally appears to have a willing buyer — and a willing seller.

After a previous attempt by Supervisor Sean Walter to sell the house failed earlier this year, the Riverhead Town Board voted 4-1 Tuesday to authorize the sale of the building to Suffolk Theater owner Bob Castaldi for $500,000. (more…)

06/27/14 5:00pm
06/27/2014 5:00 PM
Congressman Tim Bishop and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand pitch the new high-tech startup bill at a press conference Friday morning. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Congressman Tim Bishop and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand pitch the new high-tech startup bill at a press conference Friday morning. (Credit: Paul Squire)

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said New York research facilities and nonprofits receive about $6 billion in federal investment — the second-most in the nation.

Yet fledgling businesses out of those research labs get about 7 percent of the nation’s venture capital, something Ms. Gillibrand said needs to change.  (more…)

06/26/14 2:25pm
06/26/2014 2:25 PM
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs legislation on Monday at the University of Binghampton related to tightening controls on heroin. (Credit: Office of Gov.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs legislation on Monday at the University of Binghampton related to tightening controls on heroin. (Credit: Office of Gov.

“They say in drug abuse treatment, the first step is to admit the reality, right?” Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked last week. “We should not deny the problem we currently have with heroin.”

Legislation to combat the growing epidemic of heroin and opioid use — a problem that has reached the East End in recent years — was considered the “top priority” in Albany last week as the state legislative session came to a close, and Mr. Cuomo touted a package of 11 separate bills designed to address “the problem” from all angles.

Calling the epidemic a “public health crisis,” the governor unveiled legislation June 18 that was designed with four particular goals in mind: assisting enforcement against illegal trafficking of such drugs, helping with emergency response in overdose situations, improving treatment options for individuals suffering from heroin and opioid addiction through insurance reforms and creating public awareness campaigns with reach to school-age children, adults and even prescribers, who are the legal gatekeepers to opioid drugs.

“I believe that this is a comprehensive approach. It has a public safety component, has a public health component and also has a public awareness campaign,” he said during a press conference about the bills, flanked by leaders of both legislative houses, as well as the state’s health commissioner.

The 11 bills were passed unanimously June 19 and were signed into law Monday during a press conference at Binghamton University. The governor said funding for all of the measures and other treatment services would be addressed in the next budget cycle.

At the same time, Mr. Cuomo announced plans to hire 100 additional experienced investigators for the State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota has already asked that some of these new hires be placed with the East End Drug Task Force, a multi-jurisdictional unit that investigates drug activity in the area.

In a letter to Mr. Cuomo requesting additional police resources, Mr. Spota called Suffolk County “ground zero in this crisis.”

According to data released in February by Dr. Michael Lehrer, chief toxicologist with the Suffolk County medical examiner’s office, heroin-related deaths have increased countywide by almost 300 percent in the past four years — from 28 in 2010 to 64 in 2011 and 83 in 2012, with at least 82 deaths reported in 2013.