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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02/25/15 9:10pm
02/25/2015 9:10 PM
Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter giving his State of the Town speech Wednesday. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter giving his State of the Town speech Wednesday. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

During his sixth annual State of the Town address Wednesday night at The Birchwood restaurant in Polish Town, Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter proposed consolidating certain town positions and departments in order to reduce spending.

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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…)

02/05/15 8:00am
02/05/2015 8:00 AM

The Riverhead Town Board on Tuesday authorized a one-year extension with a Rochester, N.Y., company allowing them to view aerial images of town property — a move officials said will continue to save the town tax dollars in assessed grievances by giving planners and engineers access to “before and after” photos.

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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…)

01/16/15 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…)