03/09/15 5:00am
03/09/2015 5:00 AM
Congressman Lee Zeldin speaks to reporters and concerned members of the public at a press conference on helicopter noise at Southold Town Hall Sunday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Congressman Lee Zeldin speaks to reporters and concerned members of the public at a press conference on helicopter noise at Southold Town Hall Sunday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Congressman Lee Zeldin asked the Federal Aviation Administration to do its part in reducing helicopter noise on the East End before the busy summer season in a letter he sent last week.  (more…)

02/18/15 12:04pm
02/18/2015 12:04 PM
Town Supervisor Sean Walter and Town Board members George Gabrielsen and Jodi Giglio at a board work session last March. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Town Supervisor Sean Walter and Town Board members George Gabrielsen and Jodi Giglio at a board work session last March. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead Town councilwoman Jodi Giglio has her sights aimed at the supervisor seat.

Ms. Giglio, who told The News Review in January she was “considering screening” for the position, said she will indeed screen for the supervisor seat currently held by fellow Republican Sean Walter.  (more…)

01/25/15 8:00am
01/25/2015 8:00 AM
The Summerwind Square affordable rental building in downtown Riverhead opened Nov. 1, 2013. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Summerwind Square affordable rental building in downtown Riverhead opened Nov. 1, 2013. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Re: Last week’s story about Summerwind operating without permits.

The story is much deeper than the headline reads. My wife, Councilwoman Jodi Giglio, has always been the one to work toward doing the right thing. When she found out the rental permits for the building that she is a partner in were not taken out, she urged her partners to get them, which they did. (more…)

01/16/15 4:48pm
01/16/2015 4:48 PM
Supervisor Sean Walter and councilman George Gabrielsen. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Supervisor Sean Walter and councilman George Gabrielsen. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

It’s early, but the three Riverhead Town Board members up for re-election this fall already say they are running together as a team.

Wooten

This is no small bit a news from a group of fellow GOP members often at odds with one another.

But Councilwoman Jodi Giglio says she hasn’t ruled out the possibility of challenging incumbent Supervisor Sean Walter for their party’s nod for that position.

“There’s a lot of supporters out there, both regular people and political people; that have urged me to run for supervisor,” Ms. Giglio said Friday. “I want to look to serve the taxpayers in the best position I possibly can. I haven’t definitively said yes or no to running. There’s a lot of time to decide… so we’ll see what turns out.”

Apparently, I’ve got the most popular job in town,” Mr. Walter said in response to Ms. Giglio’s comments.

“We are planning to present ourselves as a team to the Republican nominating committee,” he said of himself and council members Jim Wooten and George Gabrielsen, who will be seeking new terms in November.

Councilman Jodi Giglo

The current all-Republican Town Board has had the same five members since 2010.

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01/13/15 10:00am
01/13/2015 10:00 AM
The Summerwind Square affordable rental building in downtown Riverhead opened Nov. 1, 2013. Rental permits were first obtained last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Summerwind Square affordable rental building in downtown Riverhead opened Nov. 1, 2013. Rental permits were first obtained last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

A downtown apartment building co-owned by Riverhead Councilwoman Jodi Giglio operated for more than a year without town rental permits, the News-Review has learned.  (more…)

12/16/14 12:00pm
12/16/2014 12:00 PM
The unfinished bike path at EPCAL. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

The unfinished bike path at EPCAL. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

After town board members appeared to oppose completing a bike and recreational path at the Enterprise Park at Calverton over the summer, the Suffolk County Legislature unanimously approved allocating $200,000 to complete the path on Monday.

Riverhead Town and New York State have already contributed $100,000 each toward the path, though three miles of the 8.9-mile path remain unpaved.

The bike path will get walkers and bikers off the dangerous public road, as it is located inside the fence around EPCAL, officials say.

Initially, it appeared part of the southern portion of the trail would be on the public street on River Road, but that will now be inside the fence as well, according to North Fork county legislator Al Krupski (D-Cutchogue), who sponsored the funding bill.

“It will be an off-road, non-motorized trail of over eight miles long for use by all county residents,” Mr. Krupski told legislators Tuesday, adding that the county won’t have to pay anything else, since the maintenance will be handled by Riverhead Town.

Riverhead Councilwoman Jodi Giglio, who spoke before the legislature Monday, said the town is planning on holding events on the trail, such as fundraisers for the Wounded Warriors, and a Halloween Walk.

“We just think it’s a great project,” she told legislators.

Ms. Giglio was peppered with a slew of questions from western Suffolk legislators, who asked about things like whether the trail would impede economic development at EPCAL or use of the runway there.

She said the trail is not on part of the property where the town plans to see land for economic development.

“I’m comfortable with it,” said Legislator Robert Calarco (D-Patchogue). “I think bike paths are important.”

“I think it’s a reasonable investment,” said Legislator Tom Barraga (R-West Islip), who said it cost $1.7 million for a pedestrian-friendly trail in his district that only covered 8/10ths of a mile.

Riverhead Town’s alternative transportation advisory committee, to which Ms. Giglio is the liaison, has been championing the bike for the several years.

Supervisor Sean Walter said work on the extension of the bike path can’t commence until the environmental studies of the EPCAL site are completed and the town Planning Board approves the EPCAL subdivision which will show exactly where the bike path will go.

“We’re in the end stages of the study at this point,” Mr. Walter said. He thinks the subdivision could be approved some time in early 2015.

He added that he’s not sure if the $200,000 will be enough to complete the bike path.