04/10/15 10:00am
04/10/2015 10:00 AM

The Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps is planning to bill motor vehicle accident victims’ car insurance companies for ambulance services.

The Riverhead Town Board approved a new five-year contract on Tuesday with the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps, which, for the first time ever, allows the corps to bill insurance companies.

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04/09/15 12:00pm
04/09/2015 12:00 PM
iverhead officials say they're moving forward with a lawsuit against Gershow Recycling's operation on Hubbard Avenue, even though the most outspoken of the neighbors who have complained about noise and other alleged issues at the site says he has a medical condition and no longer wants to be part of the case. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Riverhead officials say they’re moving forward with a lawsuit against Gershow Recycling’s operation on Hubbard Avenue, even though the most outspoken of the neighbors who have complained about noise and other alleged issues at the site says he has a medical condition and no longer wants to be part of the case. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

A Hubbard Avenue resident who has been an outspoken critic of Gershow Recycling and who submitted legal motions in Riverhead Town’s lawsuit against the company has now asked the court to remove him as a witness on the case, citing health concerns.

Richard Luzzi, 79, who lives in the Riverhaven mobile home community adjacent to Gershow, was one of two Riverhaven residents who submitted affidavits to the court against Gershow.

But now Mr. Luzzi says he has been advised by his doctors to drop out of the case.  (more…)

04/08/15 8:00am
04/08/2015 8:00 AM
Eugene Lafurno's home two years ago in Baiting Hollow. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Eugene Lafurno’s home two years ago in Baiting Hollow. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Times up for “The Epiphany.”

Eugene Lafurno of Baiting Hollow has been building what town officials call a third and fourth story onto his Founders Path home for several years, and town officials say it’s unsafe and was built without proper permits.

On Tuesday, the Riverhead Town Board approved a resolution to have the town engineering department remove the structure and is expected to charge Mr. Lafurno with demolition costs.

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04/07/15 2:00pm

The Riverhead Town Board on Tuesday approved a new five-year contract with the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance corps that, for the first time, will allow the corps to begin billing the insurance companies of people involved in automobile accidents that require ambulance service.

Town officials have said the move can bring in about $400,000 per year  in revenue.

The ambulance corps will still need to hire a billing company, and to obtain computer hardware and software and training in how to use it, according to RVA board of directors member Ron Rowe. The corps also will need an office and a secure location to store records, he said.

Also Tuesday:

• The Town Board approved Sonoma Grill’s application to have a live music at the new restaurant it plans at the site of the former Riverhead Project.

• Hired an outside law firm, McGiff Halverson LLP of Patchouge, to handle the town’s lawsuit against Gershow Recycling.

• Approved a $10,000 settlement with the owners of the BJ’s/Kmart shopping center for illegally clearing trees along Route 58.

• Ordered the town engineering department to being removing a cupola built on a Baiting Hollow home owned by Eugene Lafurno that the town maintains is too tall and not safe.

To read what else happened at Tuesday’s Town Board meeting, click below to read a recap of News-Review reporter Tim Gannon’s live blog of the meeting, and scroll down for the full meeting agenda and resolution packet.

 

 

Live Blog Riverhead Town Board 04-07-2015

April_7,_2015_-_Agenda by Timesreview

April_7,_2015_-_Packet by Timesreview

04/06/15 8:02pm
04/06/2015 8:02 PM

Marriott Residence Inn RH

In a split vote Monday night, the Riverhead Industrial Development Agency voted 3-1 to give tax incentives to Browning Hotel Properties for a second hotel proposed to be built next to the existing 114-room Hilton Garden Inn on Route 58.

IDA member Dawn Thomas, a former town attorney, cast the lone “no” vote, saying she wanted more time to read information submitted by the applicant. She had asked to table the vote for a future meeting, but the other board members opposed doing so, and proceeded with the vote on the application.  (more…)

04/06/15 8:00am
The Riverhead Town sewer plant off Riverside Drive. (Credit: Paul Squire file photo)

The Riverhead Town sewer plant discharges into Peconic Bay (Credit: Paul Squire file photo)

Several million dollars in the state’s newly passed $142 billion budget has been allocated to fund water quality initiatives across New York State, including two projects on Long Island.

Here is a breakdown of water quality initiatives supported in the 2015-16 state spending plan:

NITROGEN MITIGATION

What’s going on?

The state budget includes $5 million in funding to create The Long Island Nitrogen Mitigation Plan, a comprehensive strategy for mitigating nitrogen pollution in Suffolk and Nassau county waterways.

Why is it needed? (more…)

04/04/15 10:00am
04/04/2015 10:00 AM
Flanders resident Chrissy Prete speaks out against a proposal to establish a municipal garbage district in the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton hamlets during a presentation on the plan at Friday's Waters Edge Civic Association meeting. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Flanders resident Chrissy Prete speaks out against a proposal to establish a municipal garbage district in the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton hamlets during a presentation on the plan at Friday’s Waters Edge Civic Association meeting. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A proposed garbage district in Flanders, Riverside and Northampton was met with overwhelming opposition from those in attendance at a Waters Edge Civic Association meeting last Friday night in Flanders. (more…)