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
Six Riverhead Republican committee members who supported incumbent Supervisor Sean Walter in the May 26 nominating convention have since been removed from the committee, a move some see as retribution from party chairman Mason Haas, who supported Councilwoman Jodi Giglio in the convention. READ
Riverhead Republican leader Mason Haas, left, and Supervisor Sean Walter, top, in happier times, celebrating a Republican sweep Election night in 2013. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file photo)
Riverhead Republican leader Mason Haas will be required to step down from either his position as party chair or his position as an elected assessor under an ethics code revision approved by the Riverhead Town Board in a split vote Tuesday. READ
Councilmen Jim Wooten, John Dunleavy and Supervisor Sean Walter at a town board meeting last winter. (File photo: Barbaraellen Koch)
Is it OK for a sitting supervisor to campaign during what would traditionally be described as “office hours?”
It depends on who you ask. (more…)
The former West Marine building in downtown in April. The building is vacant. (Credit: Tim Gannon)
Riverhead Town may soon borrow a page from East Hampton Village in requiring owners of vacant stores in the downtown area to spruce up their windows with attractive displays, rather than just having an empty building or a window covered with newspapers.
Jack Van de Wetering speaks at a Riverhead Town board meeting Tuesday afternoon. (Credit: Tim Gannon)
The Riverhead Town Board declined to offer a resolution in support of a Baiting Hollow farmer’s application to grow medical marijuana on land on Edwards Avenue.
The issue was defeated by an informal 3-2 margin Tuesday. (more…)
Supervisor Sean Walter and Councilman James Wooten smiled and posed for photos after a meeting in 2011. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)
After they both lost their party’s nomination for re-election last week, Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter and Councilman Jim Wooten intend to run as a pair in primaries this fall against the party favorites.
Mr. Walter, running for his fourth two-year term in office, lost by half a gubernatorial vote to party-nominee Jodi Giglio, and said on Friday he hopes to get the nomination of the Independence and Conservative parties.
Instead of the incumbent councilman Mr. Wooten, the GOP committee went with retired police officers Tim Hubbard and Bob Peeker to fill Mr. Wooten’s seat, as well as the one currently belonging to Councilman George Gabrielsen, who is not running for re-election.
Jodi Giglio gives an acceptance speech after the Riverhead Republicans nominated her for the Town Supervisor seat. (Credit: Joe Pinciaro)
The incumbents are out. (more…)