It’s a topic of discussion that rears its head in Town Hall every few years: how long elected officials should serve in office. The issue boils down to the length of an elected official’s term and whether that term can be capped.
New York’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics — a 14-member board consisting mainly of attorneys and businessmen from across the state — doesn’t make many headlines.
Though it’s a scant eight pages (see below), an internal audit of the town’s municipal garage is particularly scathing.
Completed by the town’s independent audit advisory committee — a group formed in 2012 — the report identifies eight noteworthy deficiencies in the way the town oversees the facility and its four employees. READ
A scene from early in the first season of the acclaimed HBO series “The Wire” dealt with Baltimore’s drug trade and how the system — including law enforcement, schools, government and the media — had failed that city.
A detective on the show makes an offhand comment about how they’re fighting the “war on drugs.”
“You can’t even call this a war,” his partner responds. “Wars end.” READ
It’s hard to imagine any developer looking to triple the size of what is already the largest commercial shopping center in a rural hamlet on the North Fork. READ
We saw hints of it at the Town Board’s first meeting of this year and, based on the pushback witnessed in Town Hall at the end of 2015, commercial development proposals will certainly be something to keep an eye on in 2016. READ
As a group, they have made Riverhead a healthier place to live. They’re people who have fostered the sense of community that makes Riverhead a destination. They’ve saved lives — both literally and figuratively. READ
Here’s what our editorial board liked and didn’t like this year.