04/28/17 6:00am
04/28/2017 6:00 AM

Town halls are often fiery forums where members of the public express concerns to their elected officials, who find themselves having to defend policy positions that are unpopular with many in the room.

Anyone who’s attended such an event in the 1st Congressional District — whether it be Sunday’s community forum with Congressman Lee Zeldin in Northampton or one of the 2009 town hall events featuring his predecessor, Tim Bishop — would expect it to be confrontational.

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03/24/17 5:45am
03/24/2017 5:45 AM

It’s become a yearly late autumn tradition that leaders from social service agencies across the North Fork attend Town Board meetings to plead for money, specifically through federal Community Development Block Grants. The organizations that serve the neediest and poorest of our neighbors rely on those grants for critical funding.

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03/16/17 5:55am
03/16/2017 5:55 AM

Whether it’s restaurants, housing or parking, it would be wise for Riverhead to look south to Patchogue as an example of a downtown to emulate.

Town officials have already said Patchogue has the blueprint for what they hope Riverhead is on track to achieve: a vibrant downtown that attracts people from across the island for its food and nightlife scene along the waterfront.

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02/23/17 5:50am
02/23/2017 5:50 AM

Lee Zeldin office Riverhead

On Saturday, one New York congressman spent about five hours hosting a pair of town hall meetings in his district. Another took to Facebook to explain why he has no interest in holding such an event.

The two elected officials are both Republicans and, so far, each has voted in line with the political views of President Donald Trump 100 percent of the time. Both have also faced protests from constituents.

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01/13/17 5:55am
01/13/2017 5:55 AM

A feud between Suffolk County officials and a local environmentalist over farmland development rights is reaching a fever pitch. Essentially at stake is whether farmers have the right to build on properties where development rights have been sold.

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