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…)

01/07/15 5:09pm
01/07/2015 5:09 PM
NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO | Riverhead Town Board members in Town Hall.

NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO | Riverhead Town Board members in Town Hall.

Riverhead Town Board members on Tuesday argued over whether to give salary increases to employees who will be taking on new responsibilities this year due to positions eliminated due to attrition.

The town offered a retirement incentive program for 2015 aimed at getting older, higher paid employees to retire. Eleven employees, including some department heads, took the offer.  (more…)

01/06/15 2:10pm
01/06/2015 2:10 PM
Farmer Lyle Wells at a Town Board meeting in 2011. (Credit: News-Review file)

Farmer Lyle Wells at a Town Board meeting in 2011. (Credit: News-Review file)

The Riverhead Town Board has fired longtime Planning Board member Lyle Wells from the post he’s held since 2002.

During its 2015 organizational meeting Tuesday, the Town Board appointed George Nunnaro, owner of gam company Prest-O-Peconic and Service in Riverhead, to the position instead of Mr. Wells.

Councilwoman Jodi Giglio said of Mr. Nunnaro: ”He has a background in real estate and a familiarity with the town.”

Mr. Nunnaro is also a former member of the town’s Empire Development Zone at the Enterprise Park at Calverton.

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12/31/14 8:00am
12/31/2014 8:00 AM
Supervisor Sean Walter and councilman George Gabrielsen at a recent town board work session. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Supervisor Sean Walter and councilman George Gabrielsen at a recent town board work session. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The budget process for Riverhead Town’s 2015 spending plan started off the same way it has for the past several years: with a so-called “structural deficit.” (more…)