04/03/15 10:00am
04/03/2015 10:00 AM
A Riverhead highway crew begins patching up potholes along Sound Avenue Wednesday morning. The workers said this year is the worst they can remember. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A Riverhead highway crew begins patching potholes along Sound Avenue Wednesday morning. The workers said this year is the worst they can remember. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Hopefully, the suspension of your car is ready this spring because 2015 is shaping up to be the worst year for potholes in a long time.

“It’s twice as bad as I’ve ever seen it,” said Riverhead Highway Superintendent George “Gio” Woodson.

The town’s employees are scrambling to fill in potholes — large and small and numbering up to 5,000 — across town that were cratered in a snowy and frigid February, according to Mr. Woodson.

The crews are focusing on main roads first, moving to secondary roads and then finally streets in housing developments. (more…)

01/28/15 9:26am
01/28/2015 9:26 AM
Highway crews clear snow near Hulse Landing Road and Route 25A in Wading River Wednesday morning. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Highway crews clear snow near Hulse Landing Road and Route 25A in Wading River Wednesday morning. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Lingering flurries from Tuesday’s blizzard left a dusting of snow on Riverhead roadways Wednesday morning.

But, the dusting of less than an inch of snow didn’t phase the Riverhead Town Highway Department, Superintendent Gio Woodson said. (more…)

06/20/14 9:00am
06/20/2014 9:00 AM
Riverhead Highway Superintendent Gio Woodson in February. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead Highway Superintendent Gio Woodson in February. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Riverhead Town Board voted 3-2 this week to allow Highway Superintendent George Woodson to purchase a Chevy Tahoe priced at $35,554 to use as his work vehicle, instead of a Ford Explorer that Supervisor Sean Walter says would cost $9,000 less. (more…)

04/17/13 1:00pm
04/17/2013 1:00 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Salt barns used by the Riverhead highway department. The GOP is set to screen one candidate for highway superintendent.

Riverhead Republicans plan to screen one candidate for highway superintendent, in addition to the Town Board seats, according to Republican chairman John Galla.

Mike Panchak of Riverhead is so far the only candidate seeking to screen for the party’s highway superintendent nomination, Mr. Galla said.

Mr. Panchak owns Eagle Asphalt Maintenance in Riverhead, and he is also a first lieutenant in the Riverhead Fire Department.

Mr. Panchak could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Republicans plan to screen prospective candidates for town offices tonight at the Hyatt Hotel on East Main Street, but have yet to set a date to nominate their choices, Mr. Galla said.

If nominated, Mr. Panchak would challenge incumbent Democrat George “Gio” Woodson, who has held the position since 2008.

Mr. Woodson, a former highway department employee, was elected to a two-year term in 2007 and was reelected to a four-year term in 2009. Riverhead voters voted to increase the term of the highway superintendent from two years to four in a 2009 proposition.

The only other town position up for reelection this fall is for assessor, where incumbent Republican Laverne Tennenburg is seeking reelection and doesn’t appear to have any challengers for the Republican nomination, Mr. Galla said.

Ms. Tennenburg was first elected in 1989, and has been the chair of the town Board of Assessors since 1997.

The Republicans plan to screen incumbent Sean Walter, Councilman Jim Wooten and Assessor Mason Haas for supervisor, Mr. Galla said. In addition, they plan to screen incumbents John Dunleavy and Jodi Giglio for council, along with challenger Anthony Coates.

Greg Fischer, a registered Democrat, has asked to screen with both parties for a Town Board seat, although he has not specified if he’s seeking the supervisor post or a council seat.

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