07/04/15 5:59am
07/04/2015 5:59 AM

Almost daily, the media teases stories about how to lose weight and get into shape and the answer is always the same: diet and exercise.

Most folks don’t want to hear that, though. We like the idea of a magic solution, but in the end, most of life’s answers are pretty easy. It’s the doing it that’s tough. That’s why it’s kind of disheartening to see all the attention yet another downtown study is getting (cover story, June 26 Riverhead News-Review: “Downtown parking & traffic & housing, oh my!”). We know what the answers are in this town; the hard part has been doing it. (more…)

06/01/15 3:09pm
06/01/2015 3:09 PM
Supervisor Sean Walter and Councilman James Wooten smiled and posed for photos after a meeting in 2011. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

Supervisor Sean Walter and Councilman James Wooten smiled and posed for photos after a meeting in 2011. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

After they both lost their party’s nomination for re-election last week, Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter and Councilman Jim Wooten intend to run as a pair in primaries this fall against the party favorites.

Mr. Walter, running for his fourth two-year term in office, lost by half a gubernatorial vote to party-nominee Jodi Giglio, and said on Friday he hopes to get the nomination of the Independence and Conservative parties.

Instead of the incumbent councilman Mr. Wooten, the GOP committee went with retired police officers Tim Hubbard and Bob Peeker to fill Mr. Wooten’s seat, as well as the one currently belonging to Councilman George Gabrielsen, who is not running for re-election.

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03/24/15 6:10pm
03/24/2015 6:10 PM

coatesdevitoA few days ago, Anthony Coates was planning to screen for the Riverhead Democratic Committee nomination for supervisor and Angela DeVito wasn’t planning to run for any office at all this year.

Now, Ms. DeVito — who lost to incumbent Supervisor Sean Walter two years ago — is planning to screen for the Democratic nod for supervisor, and Mr. Coates says he’s no longer considering running for office. (more…)

03/12/15 2:00pm
Supervisor Sean Walter and Anthony Coates. (File photos)

Supervisor Sean Walter and Anthony Coates. (File photos)

Anthony Coates, a former political adviser to Supervisor Sean Walter — who is up for re-election this fall — has been noncommittal on whether or not he’ll run for public office since the two have stopped working together.

And while Mr. Coates is still hesitating to commit to running for a Town Board position again (he failed to receive a Republican nomination for Town Board in 2013), he did say he’ll be screening for the Democratic nomination for supervisor to “explore the possibility of running.” (more…)

02/03/15 3:15pm
02/03/2015 3:15 PM

CoatesAnthony Coates, a former political ally of the supervisor who ran an unsuccessful Republican primary for Riverhead Town Council in 2013, is planning to launch a new website he hopes will act as an “online civic association” dealing with issues in Riverhead Town.

“What I want to do is be in a position to bring attention to issues and get the community to discuss them and come to some consensus,” Mr. Coates said. “I’m doing this because I find there are a number of issues before the town now that will determine where we go as a town for the next generation.”

The site, BetterRiverhead.com, will launch on Feb. 24 at an event at the Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport at 6 p.m.

Mr. Coates was a lifelong Democrat who changed his registration to Republican for the 2013 race and has now changed it back to Democrat.

Prior to his run for town board, Mr. Coates served as a political consultant for Supervisor Sean Walter largely from mid-2010 through mid-2012, receiving nearly $30,000 from the supervisor’s campaign funds, according to campaign finance disclosure forms. He last received money from the campaign in February 2014, when he was paid $500.

Mr. Coates feels that while civic associations do a great job in addressing issues in their specific areas, he wants to address issues that are more townwide and will have longtime implications, such as EPCAL, town spending and development.

“I’m not confident we’re going in the right direction,” he said of the town.

Although he is charging a $20 admission to the Feb. 24 event, Mr. Coates says he will not accept advertising on BetterRiverhead.com.

He said he can’t rule out that he may someday run for political office again, but he says that’s not what this website is about.

“This is about trying to create an alternate voice in the political process,” he said.

The site, BetterRiverhead.com, will launch on Feb. 24 at an event at the Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport at 6 p.m.

11/16/14 8:00am
11/16/2014 8:00 AM

Gray shuts out the sun as another winter begins to descend upon the Enterprise Park at Calverton, known as EPCAL.

For 20 years now, the former Grumman property — once a fertile crescent of ideas and action, the place that defended freedom in time of danger and placed a man on the moon — has sat cold and dormant. For 20 years, EPCAL has been long on talk and short on results. (more…)