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.

Wooten

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.

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01/13/15 5:00pm
01/13/2015 5:00 PM
Farmer Lyle Wells was ousted from the Planning Board last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Farmer Lyle Wells was ousted from the Planning Board last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

After longtime Planning Board member Lyle Wells expressed surprise and disappointment after being replaced at the beginning of the year, one Town Board member who voted to remove him said Mr. Wells had acted unethically by voting on applications he was also in a position to profit from — a charge Mr. Wells emphatically denies.  (more…)

01/13/15 10:00am
The Summerwind Square affordable rental building in downtown Riverhead opened Nov. 1, 2013. Rental permits were first obtained last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Summerwind Square affordable rental building in downtown Riverhead opened Nov. 1, 2013. Rental permits were first obtained last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

A downtown apartment building co-owned by Riverhead Councilwoman Jodi Giglio operated for more than a year without town rental permits, the News-Review has learned.  (more…)

12/31/14 8:00am
12/31/2014 8:00 AM
Supervisor Sean Walter and councilman George Gabrielsen at a recent town board work session. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Supervisor Sean Walter and councilman George Gabrielsen at a recent town board work session. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The budget process for Riverhead Town’s 2015 spending plan started off the same way it has for the past several years: with a so-called “structural deficit.” (more…)

12/13/14 2:30pm
12/13/2014 2:30 PM
The outside of Ninow's new location in downtown Riverhead. (Credit: Rachel Young, file)

30 West Main Street in downtown Riverhead, which currently houses Ninow’s Music Store on the first floor. (Credit: Rachel Young, file)

The Riverhead Chamber of Commerce will officiate a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 10 a.m. to recognize the opening of 30 West Main Street in downtown Riverhead, the Riverhead Industrial Development Agency said.  (more…)

11/19/14 7:51am
11/19/2014 7:51 AM

 

Councilman John Dunleavy (left) and Sean Walter at a previous work session. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Councilman John Dunleavy (left) and Sean Walter at a previous work session. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The tentative 2015 Riverhead Town budget proposed by Supervisor Sean Walter at the end of September is likely to become the adopted 2015 budget automatically on Thursday, as a motion to vote on adopting the budget failed at Tuesday’s Town Board meeting.

Under state law, the deadline to approve a final budget is Nov. 20, and if the board doesn’t vote to make any changes to the supervisor’s budget, it automatically becomes the final budget at that point. (more…)

10/23/14 8:00am
10/23/2014 8:00 AM
Waste water being aerated in one of the two 750,000-gallon treatment tanks at the Riverhead Sewer District plant. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Waste water being aerated in one of the two 750,000-gallon treatment tanks at the Riverhead Sewer District plant. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A $23.5 million upgrade to Riverhead’s sewer system — which was to have been completed last winter — could take at least two years longer than expected, and the town has applied for an extension of the project completion date from January 2014 to April 2016.

In the meantime, the town is seeking additional funds from the county to help pay for the cost of the upgrade. The town doesn’t have the money.  (more…)