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Larry Simms held his own meeting in the hallway after the IDA wouldn't let him speak at theirs Monday

The Riverhead Industrial Development Agency voted unanimously at a special meeting Tuesday to grant tax incentives for a proposed restaurant and boutique hotel on East Main Street and for an additional 10-year tax abatement at the Long Island Aquarium.

That part of the meeting took about 10 minutes. The dispute that followed lasted nearly an hour.  READ

03/21/13 9:45am
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BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | A dog at the Youngs Avenue animal shelter in 2011.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | One of the dogs at the Youngs Avenue shelter in 2011.

TIM GANNON FILE PHOTO | The Pfiefer community center building in Calverton.

TIM GANNON FILE PHOTO | The Henry Pfeifer Community Center building in Calverton.

The Riverhead Town Board is moving forward with plans to move its animal shelter from Youngs Avenue to the Henry Pfeifer Community Center at the Enterprise Park at Calverton, but the move isn’t likely to be started until sometime in the fall.

Board members said at their public work session Thursday that there’s a recreation department program using the Pfeifer Center over the summer, so officials will wait until fall to begin plans to move the animal shelter from Youngs Avenue to the River Road/Grumman Boulevard building.

The town will be able to use money raised by the nonprofit Riverhead Move the Animal Shelter group, headed by Denise Lucas, to pay for renovations to the Pfeifer building. The nonprofit North Fork Animal Welfare League, which is now running the town’s animal shelter, also has a $300,000 bequest that must be used for a new animal shelter that is not owned by the town.

That facility can be located on town land next to the Pfeifer building, officials said.

Reporter Tim Gannon reported live from the meeting; click below.



March 21, 2013 – Agenda by rnews_review