02/02/15 2:00pm
02/02/2015 2:00 PM
Supervisor Sean Walter and councilman George Gabrielsen. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Supervisor Sean Walter and councilman George Gabrielsen. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Since Riverhead Town’s planning department only has one full-time planner this year, officials have expressed concern that the department could become backed up in reviewing applications.

To counteract this, Town Board members are considering a proposal that would allow developers to hire a private planning or engineering firm to do much of the review work currently completed by the planning department, effectively speeding up the process. The planning department would then review the work submitted by the private engineering or planning firm to make sure it complies with town regulations.  (more…)

01/29/15 10:00am
01/29/2015 10:00 AM



The Riverhead Town Board will have a light agenda for Thursday’s work session, with a discussion of the draft resolutions for Tuesday’s 2 p.m. regular meeting being the only item on the agenda.

News-Review reporter Tim Gannon will be live blogging the meeting, which starts at 10 a.m. Click below to follow or comment.

Live Blog Riverhead Town Board work session 01-29-2015

01/22/15 9:30am
01/22/2015 9:30 AM

The Town Board discussed a proposal that would allow applicants to pay an additional fee to have their application “expedited” at Thursday’s work session. The proposal would allow the town to hire an outside consultant to do the bulk of the review, and then that consultants consultants’ work would be reviewed by the town planning staff to ensure that it complies with regulations.

The proposal comes in the wake of concerns that applications will be backed up in the planning process due to staffing cuts in that department this year. The town did not fill the planning director and environmental planner positions following retirements in both of that slots, and the planning department is left with one planner, a part-time environmental planner and planning and building administrator Jeff Murphree, who oversees two departments.

The expedited review proposal would need a public hearing first, and the town must issue a request for proposals for consulting firms interested in doing the work. It’s not certain if this would need approval from the Civil Service Employees Association, the union that represents town workers.

To read a recap of News-Review reporter Tim Gannon’s live blog of the work session, click below,  and scroll down for the full meeting agenda.

Live Blog Riverhead Town Board work session 01-22-2015


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01/21/15 7:00pm
01/21/2015 7:00 PM

The Riverhead Town Board debated the pros and cons of flyboarding with Flyboard LI owner Jim Bisset IV and Kevin McAllister of Defend H2O at its meeting Wednesday night, even though the public hearing on new proposed regulations on flyboarding isn’t scheduled until next month.


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.


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.