Riverhead resident Byron Perez dons the navy blue uniform of a Riverhead Town police officer by day. Mr. Perez, who was hired in December 2014, is the department’s first full-time Hispanic officer. Speaking fluent Spanish, he has been working on bridging the gap between local law enforcement and the town’s growing Hispanic population. READ
The racist Facebook rant posted late Sunday by Dianne Kozakiewicz sparked a renewed dialogue about race relations in Riverhead Town, where about 20 people, mostly African-American, spoke Monday night at the town’s Anti-Bias Task Force meeting.
Riverhead Town Attorney Bob Kozakiewicz issued a statement Monday publicly apologizing for racist rants left by his wife, Dianne, on Facebook. READ
The crossroads of rising gang violence, immigration and social oppression took center stage Saturday at the Social Justice Diversity Summit hosted by Riverhead Town’s Anti-Bias Task Force. READ
Sitting in a giant circle, the guests and members of the Riverhead Anti-Bias Task Force spent Monday evening discussing topics as diverse as the group itself.
“Immigration violations are not crimes.”
That was the message delivered by Amol Sinha, director of the Suffolk County chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union, during a presentation at Thursday’s Town Board work session.
Members of the Riverhead Town Anti-Bias Task Force say recent comments made by some members of the Town Board may “undermine the work that we’re doing to try to bring the community together.”
But some of those members, including the liaison to that committee, stand by their statements, noting that they don’t want the town to be seen as a haven for anyone who comes into the country illegally. READ
After several attacks in the downtown Riverhead area last year — most of which have targeted Hispanic males — the town will revive its dormant Anti-Bias Task Force. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)
The Riverhead Town Board is expected to officially restore Riverhead’s anti-bias task force at tonight’s meeting.
The task force was created in 1998, but had become dormant in recent years. Officials sought to re-establish it last year in the wake of a series of violent attacks on Hispanics in Riverhead. (more…)