06/16/15 7:00pm
06/16/2015 7:00 PM

The Riverhead Town Board has scheduled a public hearing to discuss prohibiting elected officials from holding leadership positions in political parties. The hearing will be on July 7, and while the vote to schedule it was unanimous, two board members were critical of the proposal.

The Town Board also heard from Calverton residents who were opposed to the location of a proposed medical marijuana growing facility at Ivy Acres on Edwards Avenue. Supervisor Sean Walter, who opposes medical marijuana, said he’s spoken to two other medical marijuana companies that looking to build facilities at EPCAL, although he said he couldn’t remember the names of those applicants.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the Town Board also approved a resolution to sell the historic — but dilapidated — East Lawn building on East Main Street to Isabelle and Mary Gonzalez. The buyers want to use half of the building for their office and the other half as a residence.   (more…)

07/01/14 2:00pm
07/01/2014 2:00 PM

The Second Street firehouse finally appears to have a willing buyer — and a willing seller.

After a previous attempt by Supervisor Sean Walter to sell the house failed earlier this year, the Riverhead Town Board voted 4-1 Tuesday to authorize the sale of the building to Suffolk Theater owner Bob Castaldi for $500,000. (more…)

01/16/14 10:00am
01/16/2014 10:00 AM


The Riverhead Town Board is scheduled discuss a proposal for an indoor farmers market at its work session on Thursday. The plan, proposed by the Business Improvement District, would run on Saturdays for 16 weeks beginning in February and would sell local products. The BID hopes to have it in the eastern half of the former Swezey’s building.

The board also has discussions planned on Go Blue, a cancer awareness program, a bike drive, ethics recommendations and a review of draft resolutions for the next regular Town Board meeting.

News-Review reporter Tim Gannon will be live blogging from the meeting, which starts at 10 a.m. Click below to follow or comment.

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07/25/13 8:00am
07/25/2013 8:00 AM

Riverhead Town officials are considering a proposal from Supervisor Sean Walter that would ban town elected officials from serving as leaders of political parties.

While the proposal comes at the convenient time when his onetime political rival, elected Assessor Mason Haas, is set to take over as Riverhead GOP chairman, it seems a reasonable plan. In a perfect town, such a bill would have no problem gaining approval from the Town Board.

But we don’t live in a perfect town. That much was evident at last Thursday’s work session, when the Town Board punted the proposal to an ethics board that has no authority to approve legislation. All the ethics board can do is make a recommendation to the Town Board.

Which raises the question: Does the Town Board really need to ask if banning elected officials from serving as political party leaders is a good idea?

There’s no doubt such a ban seems like a good idea to anyone who’s not an elected official — in other words, everyone the Town Board is supposed to represent.

Supervisor Walter should have trusted his initial instincts and had the town attorney’s office craft legislation on the ban. Then he could have tested his fellow board members to see who had the guts to stand up to party leadership and vote in favor of the proposal before Election Day.

07/18/13 10:00am
07/18/2013 10:00 AM


The Riverhead Town Board punted to the ethics board Thursday a proposed law that would ban elected officials from leading political parties over its ethics board.

Supervisor Sean Walter made the proposal Tuesday night, and it went before the ethics board for an opinion Wednesday, but the ethics board said they can’t make recommendations on proposed legislation unless the entire board refers it to them.

The Town Board also sent a proposed tree-clearing ordinance the planning department was drawing up back to the department for revisions

The measure was requested last week, in the wake of several large shopping centers on Route 58 that all cleared their land of trees at about the same time.

Mr. Walter has suggested developers be required to leave a 50 foot buffer between their developments and adjuring  homes.

News-Review reporter Tim Gannon reported live from the meeting.

Click on the blog box below to see what else transpired.


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