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07/27/15 3:13pm
07/27/2015 3:13 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Riverhead police speaking to a Hispanic bicyclist on West Main Street in downtown Riverhead in 2009.

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

03/18/15 2:00pm
03/18/2015 2:00 PM
After several attacks in the downtown Riverhead area this year — most of which have targeted Hispanic males — the town will revive its dormant Anti-Bias Task Force, a group 'meant to be a proactive agency in promoting tolerance and understanding.' (Credit: Carrie Miller)

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…)

03/12/15 10:00am
03/12/2015 10:00 AM

The Riverhead Town Board was expected to talk about the recently reformed Anti-Bias Task Force at Thursday’s work session.

The Anti-Bias Task Force had become dormant in recent years, but officials have sought to revive it after a string of violent attacks against Hispanic men in town.

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07/17/14 8:00am
After several attacks in the downtown Riverhead area this year — most of which have targeted Hispanic males — the town will revive its dormant Anti-Bias Task Force, a group 'meant to be a proactive agency in promoting tolerance and understanding.' (Credit: Carrie Miller)

After several attacks in the downtown Riverhead area this year — most of which have targeted Hispanic males — the town will revive its dormant Anti-Bias Task Force, a group ‘meant to be a proactive agency in promoting tolerance and understanding.’ (Credit: Paul Squire)

A string of violent assaults and robberies in the downtown area this year — most of which have targeted Hispanic men — has town leaders responding by reviving a group aimed at bringing the community together.

Dormant almost since its inception in 2007, according to town officials, Riverhead’s Anti-Bias Task Force will soon begin meeting again. (more…)

07/17/14 7:00am

News that the town is reviving its long-dormant Anti-Bias Task Force is well-received. While bias against our neighbors is something that shouldn’t require a task force — racism is a senseless concept to begin with — it is heartening to know there are people in Riverhead who feel compelled enough to inform the community that crimes based on race and other forms of bias do, unfortunately, happen in our town. And they shouldn’t.

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07/10/14 2:00pm
07/10/2014 2:00 PM

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A mixed-use development at EPCAL, including homes, industry and stores, is the best solution toward beating the trend of young people leaving Long Island, according to Martin Cantor, the former Suffolk Economic Commissioner who is now chief economist for Destination LI, a non-profit organization aimed at improving the economy.  (more…)