To the editor:
The April 2 News-Review article, “Town Board looks to stymie solar district.” I was stunned by the comments made by Supervisor Sean Walter. It seems he wishes to eliminate solar farms as a permitted use in the Industrial C zone. Admittedly, I am not technically versed in zoning and uses in specific types of zoning but I do travel on Edwards Avenue often and I was so pleased to see land used for clean and renewable energy. I enthusiastically thought, good going Riverhead; for the first time you are making good use of parcels of land. (more…)
The state police barracks in Riverside used to be located east on Route 24, in the Red Creek area away from the hamlet center. (Credit: News-Review)
In response to outcry from town leaders in Southampton and Riverhead that the front lobby of the state police barracks in Riverside might go unmanned, state Senator Ken LaValle and Assemblyman Fred Thiele are saying the issue has do with trouble hiring a dispatcher.
A dispatcher would typically man the front desk, the representatives say.
In the meantime, an officer has been filling in. (more…)
The state police barracks in Riverside. (Credit: News-Review)
Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter is hoping to stave off what he says are impending plans by the state police to pull a desk officer from its Riverside barracks.
Mr. Walter sent a letter to Senator Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) dated March 4 asking for the senator’s help to keep the barracks at 234 Riverleigh Avenue, near the Route 25 traffic circle, open to walk-in complaints and people who need assistance. (more…)
Supervisor Sean Walter and Anthony Coates. (File photos)
Anthony Coates, a former political adviser to Supervisor Sean Walter — who is up for re-election this fall — has been noncommittal on whether or not he’ll run for public office since the two have stopped working together.
And while Mr. Coates is still hesitating to commit to running for a Town Board position again (he failed to receive a Republican nomination for Town Board in 2013), he did say he’ll be screening for the Democratic nomination for supervisor to “explore the possibility of running.” (more…)
The Riverhead Police Department’s central records office is reducing its hours of operation due to being short staffed and to ease crowding in the halls when justice court is in session.
Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter giving his State of the Town speech last Wednesday. (Credit: Tim Gannon)
During his State of the Town address last week, Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter said his proposal to shrink town government would cause an “uproar.”
He may have been right. (more…)
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.
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.