Riverhead Town has quietly been in the throes of a budget crisis for several years. On the upside, the hefty surplus Supervisor Sean Walter inherited when he took office in 2010 has kept the town from sinking entirely into the red.
On the downside, the town has relied on that same surplus to balance its budget ever since. READ
Nearly 25 years ago, Suffolk County imposed a tax of 0.75 percent on the owners of hotels and motels, with the proceeds earmarked to benefit a variety of organizations. That tax was later quadrupled to 3 percent and, more recently, an effort has been launched to collect the same tax from homeowners who rent out their properties on a short-term basis. READ
An interesting juxtaposition exists in this week’s paper. While one historic property is about to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, another is in such disrepair that it’s in danger of demolition — and barely remains a link to the area’s past. READ
Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter’s proposal to study a stretch of Main Road in Jamesport and Aquebogue comes largely in response to protests from community leaders who have called for an update of the town’s master plan — notably, Democrats who have run against him in the past . READ
A state budget that’s expected to top $150 billion will inevitably include many pricey mandates — funded or not — that will impact the East End’s economy. READ
“What were we going to do? Ask them to replant the trees?”
So replied Brookhaven Town supervisor and former county legislator Ed Romaine when asked last week why the town took no action against the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which it suspected of violating state law by clearing a half-acre of trees in one of Long Island’s most protected areas. READ
Riverside, Flanders and Northampton residents had a rough stretch at the end of 2015.
Car after car was vandalized across the area — over 60 break-ins ended up being reported. An armed robbery occurred at a home. Someone was even shot and killed on the street in Riverside. An informal night watch was formed as frightened residents appealed to the town for help. READ
It was sad news last month when we heard out of Town Hall that a $50,000 upgrade to the town’s dilapidated skate park would be put on the back burner because the recreation department couldn’t afford it in the face of other priorities.