Riverhead Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith opened her first State of the Town speech Monday by criticizing her predecessor’s handling of town finances. She later described some new initiatives she hopes to implement, such as providing a resource officer for Riverhead High School and finding a tenant for the long-vacant Riverhead train station. READ
Riverhead Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith blamed the prior administration of Republican Sean Walter for spending all of the town’s reserves, and allowing infrastructure to crumble, in her first State of the Town speech, saying Mr. Walter “effectively kicked the can down the road.” READ
After several weeks of debate, Riverhead Town Board members voted unanimously April 3 to increase the salary of Highway Superintendent George Woodson to compensate him for assuming oversight of the town’s municipal garage for the remainder of 2018. READ
Riverhead’s current Town Board inherited a reckless giveaway of what’s left of EPCAL for a fraction of fair value to serial fraudster Daniel Preston and his start-up Luminati. After the property was tied up without a penny of consideration for almost a year, the board then, in effect, allowed Mr. Preston to assign his letter of intent to various permutations of entities allegedly controlled by the Ghermezian family. Mr. Preston’s involvement was sufficiently suspect that Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith and her running mates during last year’s campaign called for an independent investigation into prior dealings between then-Supervisor Sean Walter and Luminati. READ
Transportation has long been a topic of discussion on the North Fork, whether it’s about offering the public ways to get around or managing tourism volume in the busier seasons. READ
The vacant former Lane Bryant storefront in Riverhead Centre is now being proposed as a restaurant.
As a nor’easter begins to dump snow across the area, Riverhead residents are required to remove their cars from the side of roads to allow plows to operate. Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith declared a winter storm event starting at 8 p.m., at which time parking is restricted. READ
Should the Town Highway Superintendent’s salary be increased by $20,000?
That will be the subject of a March 6 public hearing before the Riverhead Town Board at its 2 p.m. meeting that day. READ