12/04/14 9:30am
12/04/2014 9:30 AM

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Expect the Edgar Allan Poe Festival to return to downtown Riverhead next Halloween. Town Board members welcomed the idea of bringing it back during a discussion with festival creator Sal St. George and BID president Ray Pickersgill at Thursday’s work session.  Mr. St. George said he’d like to do a “War of the Worlds” broadcast next year.  (more…)

12/03/14 2:44pm
12/03/2014 2:44 PM
Town Board members took John Cahill (center) of The Pataki-Cahill Group on a tour of EPCAL Tuesday morning. 'There's tremendous infrastructure on the site,' Mr. Cahill said. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Town Board members took John Cahill (center) on a tour of EPCAL Tuesday morning. ‘There’s tremendous infrastructure on the site,’ Mr. Cahill said. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Riverhead Town Board seems poised to hire a “specialized business development firm” headed by former Gov. George Pataki in order to market town-owned land at Enterprise Park at Calverton and woo potential investors.

After taking a bus tour of EPCAL with representatives of the Pataki-Cahill Group on Tuesday, Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter suggested the Town Board move forward in drawing up a contract with the firm to work as marketing consultants. A majority of the Town Board appears to be in favor of the plan.

The Pataki-Cahill Group was founded by Mr. Pataki and former state Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner John Cahill, who also served as Mr. Pataki’s chief of staff.

Mr. Cahill ran for attorney general on the Republican line this year and lost to incumbent Democrat Eric Schneiderman. (more…)

12/02/14 10:25pm
12/02/2014 10:25 PM
Town Hall was packed during a nearly four hour hearing on plowing private roads Tuesday

Town Hall was packed during a nearly four-hour hearing on plowing private roads Tuesday in Riverhead. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A public hearing on a plan that would allow the town to continue plowing snow on 49 currently private roads but would take away their private status drew a big crowd to Riverhead Town Hall Tuesday.

The meeting lasted more than three hours and over 40 people spoke. Most were residents of private roads that have been plowed in the past, even though state law says they shouldn’t have been, and who want to continue receiving that service.

But some speakers were residents of private streets who preferred to keep them private and forgo town plowing. (more…)

11/20/14 11:50am
11/20/2014 11:50 AM
The former Courthouse Restaurant building as it appeared in January 2012. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The former Courthouse Restaurant building as it appeared in January 2012. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Riverhead Town may require the owner of the vacant and dilapidated Courthouse Restaurant (also known as J.P. Michael’s) on Railroad Avenue to clean up and secure the structure, or else the town will do so itself.  (more…)

11/18/14 7:05pm
11/18/2014 7:05 PM

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The tentative 2015 Riverhead Town Budget proposed by Supervisor Sean Walter at the end of September will apparently became the adopted 2015 budget automatically on Thursday, Nov. 20, as a motion to vote on adopting the budget failed at Tuesday’s Town Board meeting.

Councilman John Dunleavy, who said he opposes the budget because he thinks the revenue projections it makes are unrealistic,  submitted a resolution Tuesday to merely vote on adopting the budget. Councilwoman Jodi Giglio, who had sought cuts in the budget, voted in favor of voting on the budget as well. However, Councilmen George Gabrielsen and Jim Wooten voted against the resolution, saying it doesn’t propose any changes to the budget, and the budget will go into effect automatically if no changes are approved. Mr. Walter abstained.

Mr. Walter’s $53.7 million proposed budget called for a 1.5 percent spending decrease, a .58 percent tax rate increase and a 2.08 percent tax levy increase. There were no speakers at the public hearing on the budget two weeks ago.

The  Town Board also voted Tuesday to accept a proposed settlement with Brixmor Property Group, which owns the Costco shopping center on Route 58. Brixmor has thus far failed to meet several requirements of its site plan approval, including replacing dead trees meant as a buffer for neighboring properties.  (more…)

11/14/14 10:30am
11/14/2014 10:30 AM
Lawmakers are trying to grapple with the legal issues surrounding flyboarding and other similar water sports. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Lawmakers are trying to grapple with the legal issues surrounding flyboarding and other similar water sports. (Credit: Paul Squire)

One thing was made clear as Riverhead Town Board members again discussed regulating flyboarding — a new water sport — on the Peconic River Thursday morning: flyboarding and the town, they said, weren’t a good fit. (more…)