10/26/13 9:01am
10/26/2013 9:01 AM

A 45-year-old East Hampton man was arrested for DWI and other charges in Riverside early Saturday after police spotted his car speeding along Flanders Road, Southampton Town police said.

Cops stopped Edwardo Morgado-Rodriguez just after 1 a.m. and found him to be intoxicated, officials said.

He was arrested and also charged with speeding, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and other traffic violations.


10/24/13 12:00pm
10/24/2013 12:00 PM
TIM GANNON FILE PHOTO | Route 24 in Riverside, where a new 'Main Street' is envisioned.

TIM GANNON FILE PHOTO | Route 24 in Riverside, where a new ‘Main Street’ is envisioned.

Southampton Town has received a $236,900 Brownfield Opportunity Area grant from New York State to conduct a revitalization plan for the Riverside area.

There are 15 “brownfield” sites in Riverside, which are defined as “dormant properties where the presence or potential presence of contamination has impeded site redevelopment, turning the properties into economic and environmental drains on communities.”

The proposed revitalization plan will address the “Integration and coordination of Town, County, and State efforts, including road improvement, sewer feasibility, and coastal planning studies that are already in progress; The potential for the redevelopment of strategic sites by a master developer’: and quality of life issues such as property maintenance and code enforcement, recruitment of businesses to provide needed goods and services, development of recreation opportunities and waterfront access on public lands, and improved solid waste management services,” according to statement from the town.

There are already several other planning studies in progress for the Riverside area, including a sewer feasibility, a traffic improvement study, a waterfront protection plan, and grant applications to create a walking trail from Flanders Road to the Peconic River and a walking bridge over the river into downtown Riverhead, according to Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst.

In addition, a Flanders/Northampton/Riverside Revitalization Study was completed less than a decade ago.

All aim at revitalizing the distressed hamlet, which has a median income of under $40,000, according to census data – well below the county’s $87,000 and nearby Riverhead hamlet’s $51,000. Riverside was chosen as one of 26 areas across the state to receive a portion of $10 million overall in BOA funding.

Riverhead Town also received a $569,000 BOA grant two years ago and is currently in the process of doing a similar study for the downtown and West Main Street areas.

The Southampton Town Board was scheduled to discuss the Riverside grant its work session on Thursday morning.

“The NYS Brownfields Opportunity Area grant will add much needed state financial support to local economic development initiatives by identifying ways to safely and productively redeploy long dormant or underutilized ‘brownfield’ properties for economic development,” said Vince Taldone, the president of the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association, in a town press release.

10/21/13 7:53am
10/21/2013 7:53 AM

SH_CopsSouthampton Town police arrested three men in three separate incidents early on Sunday and Monday mornings on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol in the Flanders-Riverside area.

According to police, Margarito Morales, 35, of Riverhead, was arrested on charges of DWI and several other vehicle and traffic violations about 1:45 a.m. after he was caught driving drunk on Lake Avenue in Riverside.

James Bennett, 25, of Flanders, was charged with DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, a felony. Bennett was arrested shortly after 5:15 a.m. on Flanders Road in Flanders.

On Monday, East Hampton resident Francisco Moctezuma, 47, was arrested on a DWI charge after being pulled over on Flanders Road in Flanders just before 5 a.m.

Police said all three were arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court.

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that all three arrests were on Monday morning.

10/17/13 1:00pm
10/17/2013 1:00 PM

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Republican Linda Kabot, left, speaks while incumbent Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, who is running on the Democratic line, listens at the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association’s Southampton Town candidate’s night Tuesday.

Both the Republican and Democratic candidates for Southampton Town Board and Suffolk County Legislature agreed Tuesday that helping the northwest portion of town – most of which shares a school district with Riverhead Town – is an important goal in their campaigns. But the two sides disagreed about how best to achieve this goal.

One key disagreement concerned the proposed formation of a Riverside sewer district, seen by some as a key to economic development in the area.

The Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association held the forum Tuesday in David Crohan Community Center in Flanders, where candidates for Southampton Town Supervisor and council spoke, along with candidates for the South Fork’s Suffolk County Legislature seat.

Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst of Sag Harbor, running for reelection on the Democratic, Independence and Working Families lines, is opposed by former Supervisor Linda Kabot of Quogue, running on the Republican and Conservative lines.

Ms. Throne-Holst defeated Ms. Kabot four years ago and then won again two years ago when Ms. Kabot ran only a write-in campaign.

Ms. Throne-Holst said her administration has done a lot for the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton areas, including establishing an economic development task force, getting the county’s sex offender trailers closed, obtaining a grant for a walking trail to the river in Riverside, having the police department join the East End Drug Task Force and issuing a request for proposals from developers interested in jump-starting economic activity in Riverside.

“Economic development in Riverside is absolutely crucial,” Ms. Kabot agreed. But she said that having done a number of studies on the area, the town should be taking action. She said the area near the former car dealership on Route 104 should be rezoned for shopping centers and the property north of the Riverwoods mobile home park should be rezoned for senior housing. The Republican Town Board candidates have included a section on Riverside in their campaign platform, Ms. Kabot said.

The two candidates also differed about future handling of the area’s sewage. Ms. Kabot said the town should hook into downtown Riverhead’s system while Ms. Throne-Holst supports a $250,000 study of the issue. The views of the county legislature candidates, incumbent Jay Schneiderman and Republican challenger Chris Nuzzi, split along the same lines.

Mr. Nuzzi said he disagrees with doing a $250,000 study on sewers in Riverside since “we already know the answer,” which would be hooking into the Riverhead system.

Mr. Schneiderman, who sponsored the bill to fund the study, has said that Riverhead Town rejected a request to tie into their sewer system, which Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter has confirmed in interviews.

All candidates supported current plans to create a walking trail from Flanders Road to the Peconic River and to build a pedestrian bridge over the river from downtown Riverhead connecting to that path. Town and county officials hope to obtain a grant for that project.

“We have very serious issues here,” Ms. Kabot said. “The northwest quadrant of the town needs attention.” At one point, she added that she’d like to see someone from the area run for town board, though Ms. Throne-Holst’s running mate, Brad Bender, is in fact from Northampton. Ms. Throne-Holst later thanked Ms. Kabot for “endorsing” him.

Ms. Kabot said that during her two years as supervisor, the town brought the Big Duck back to Flanders, got the state to repave Route 24 and renovated the Crohan Community Center.

Ms. Throne-Holst’s running mates for Town Board are Mr. Bender, a former FRNCA president and landscaping company owner who made an unsuccessful bid for Town Board in 2011, and Frank Zappone of Southampton, currently her deputy supervisor. In the past, he was a school administrator for many years and also worked for Apple and for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Republican/Conservative council candidates are Stan Glinka of Hampton Bays – president of the Hampton Bays Chamber of Commerce and the Rogers Memorial Library and a vice president at Bridgehampton National Bank – and Jeff Mansfield of Bridgehampton, a finance professional who also has degrees in business administration and law.

Some Republican candidates were also critical of the current administration for not following through on a pledge to create a night court within the town justice court, something Flanders and Riverside residents felt would help deal with quality-of-life offenses.

Ms. Throne-Holst said the attorneys in town didn’t want to go to night court, and the decision to have night court was up to the town justices, who didn’t pursue it. She said the Town Board can’t force judges to do something since they themselves are elected officials.

Correction: The print version of this story in the Oct. 17 News-Review incorrectly said the meeting was Monday.


10/15/13 12:28pm
10/15/2013 12:28 PM

SH_CopsA homeless man was arrested twice in less than six hours at a Riverside fast food restaurant Friday after he allegedly assaulted a man at the restaurant, was arrested, arraigned and released, before trespassing at the same restaurant to buy some food, according to Southampton Town police reports.

Police say William Gilmore Jr., 47, formerly of Florida, “came after” a Manorville man at the McDonald’s on Flanders Road about 9 a.m., punching the victim in the forehead after Gilmore said the Manorville man took his spot in line.

The victim suffered bruises, a scratch above his right eye and a cut above his left eye that required four stitches to close, according to a police report. The victim was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment, while Mr. Gilmore was arrested by police.

Mr. Gilmore was charged with third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, and was taken to police headquarters. He was later arraigned and released by the court and was warned not to return to the restaurant, police said.

But the man went back to the McDonalds about 3 p.m., police said.

The manager signed a trespassing affidavit stating Mr. Gilmore came back to the restaurant and bought some food. Mr. Gilmore was arrested again by police and charged with third-degree criminal trespassing.

He was arraigned and was held at Suffolk County jail on $2,500 cash bail, police said.

09/24/13 8:30pm
09/24/2013 8:30 PM

94A Middle Island man was arrested on Monday night after police said he found with crack cocaine in the car while driving with a suspended license.

Southampton police said that around 9:10 p.m., 40-year-old Anthony Salvagno was driving down County Road 94 in Riverside when he was pulled over for a traffic infraction.

Mr. Salvagno, police said, was in possession of crack cocaine personally, and also had it in a straw in the car.

Cops said that his license had been suspended, and Mr. Salvagno was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, both misdemeanors.

He was arrested at the scene, transported to headquarters, and held for morning arraignment.

09/19/13 9:56am
09/19/2013 9:56 AM

SH_CopsAn ex-convict was arrested yesterday morning after Southampton Police said he was driving his car in Riverside without an interlock device following a previous drunk driving conviction.

According to police, 33-year-old Daryl Gregory was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors: circumventing an interlock device and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Gregory was reportedly driving on Flanders Road around 11:15 a.m. when police pulled him over for a traffic violation and found out that his license was suspended and he was operating a vehicle without an interlock device – a requirement stemming from a prior DWI.

Sgt. Howard Kalb said Gregory had a conditional license, allowing him to drive to places such as work and medical appointments, however that was suspended when he failed to meet certain requirements.

According to the New York State Department of Corrections, Gregory has served prison time for convictions of both second-degree attempted robbery as well as criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.

Gregory served nearly two years for the robbery conviction, before being released in 2000, and spent four years in prison from 2006 to 2010 for the drug conviction.

Gregory was arrested and according to Southampton Justice Court, made $250 cash bail after being arraigned and is due back in court on Friday.

09/17/13 9:05am
09/17/2013 9:05 AM

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A Riverhead woman was caught holding a crack pipe at a Riverside bus shelter Saturday, town police said.

Sabrina Butler, 44, was sitting in the shelter along Route 24 with an unidentified man about 8:10 p.m., when a police officer approached and saw she was holding a crack pipe in her right hand with some cocaine inside, police said.

Ms. Butler told police she had more crack cocaine inside a pocket of her backpack, where police found a plastic baggie containing “crack cocaine resin,” according to a police report.

Ms. Butler was arrested and charged with three counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.