03/06/15 12:00pm
03/06/2015 12:00 PM

At face value, Supervisor Sean Walter’s effort to save taxpayers money by consolidating town government offices seems to be a good idea — and it’s good that he’s pursuing such good ideas. Trimming the number of town employees by 12 percent over the last five years has surely saved taxpayers money — and will continue to down the road. However, the need for the town to trim even more personnel to balance its budget next year and beyond is a real problem — one that’s largely of his and this Town’s Board’s own creation. (more…)

03/05/15 8:35am
03/05/2015 8:35 AM
Cars make their way trough a snowy downtown Riverhead Thursday afternoon. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Cars make their way trough a snowy downtown Riverhead Thursday afternoon. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter declared a winter storm emergency beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday as snow that began in the early morning hours continued to fall steadily.

Though there’s been concern about dwindling supplies, Riverhead Town received 85 tons of salt yesterday, Mr. Walter said.

“That will get us through this storm,” he said, adding the town has 700 additional tons of salt on the way.

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02/22/15 10:00am
02/22/2015 10:00 AM
Riverhead Town Board members at a meeting last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Riverhead Town Board members at a meeting last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

National debate about corporate campaign contributions is endless and abstract. The discussion becomes manageable and much more real if we look at a small, local example of how the practice damages government and hurts taxpayers.

I’m not suggesting, or even hinting, that anything illegal occurred; that does not make the activity any less noxious or offensive.  (more…)

02/20/15 4:33pm
02/20/2015 4:33 PM
A bird's eye view of the Enterprise Park at Calverton site. (Credit: Andrew Lepre, file)

A bird’s eye view of the Enterprise Park at Calverton site. (Credit: Andrew Lepre, file)

GlobalFoundaries, a Silicon Valley-based company described as a spinoff of computer chip giant AMD, has expressed interest in building a plant that would manufacture semiconducters in Calverton, Supervisor Sean Walter said.

“They did send somebody to look at the property around Columbus Day,” Mr. Walter said. ”Unfortunately, because we haven’t moved quickly, now they (GlobalFoundaries) are looking at property in Delaware” as well.

He stressed that EPCAL still is in play for GlobalFoundaries, but said the town’s lack of marketing the site is a problem. (more…)

02/18/15 12:04pm
02/18/2015 12:04 PM
Town Supervisor Sean Walter and Town Board members George Gabrielsen and Jodi Giglio at a board work session last March. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Town Supervisor Sean Walter and Town Board members George Gabrielsen and Jodi Giglio at a board work session last March. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead Town councilwoman Jodi Giglio has her sights aimed at the supervisor seat.

Ms. Giglio, who told The News Review in January she was “considering screening” for the position, said she will indeed screen for the supervisor seat currently held by fellow Republican Sean Walter.  (more…)