06/23/15 2:32pm
06/23/2015 2:32 PM
The view from Route 105 bridge at Indian Island golf course as the Peconic River leads into the Bay. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The view from Route 105 bridge at Indian Island golf course as the Peconic River leads into the bay. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Legislation is awaiting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature that would permit all five East End towns to use up to 20 percent of its Community Preservation Fund dollars for water quality improvement projects. (more…)

03/20/15 10:00am
Kent Animal Shelter executive director Pam Green addresses the Pine Barrens Commission during a public hearing Wednesday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Kent Animal Shelter executive director Pam Green addresses the Pine Barrens Commission during a public hearing Wednesday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The facilities at Kent Animal Shelter aren’t enough to meet their needs, representatives of the nonprofit said at a public hearing before the Pine Barrens Commission last week.

Plans for a new facility, they said, would not only expand their operations but also help the environment by removing outdated and “archaic” septic systems.

But whether that’s enough for the commission to allow the group to build remains to be seen. (more…)

03/18/15 12:05pm
03/18/2015 12:05 PM
Opponents of the Riverhead Terminal expansion on Sound Shore Road Monday afternoon (from left): Northville Beach Civic Association president Neil Krupnick, Ann Weiser, Greg Genovese of the Highlands Club community, John Cullen and Dave Gruner. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Opponents of the Riverhead Terminal expansion on Sound Shore Road Monday afternoon (from left): Northville Beach Civic Association president Neil Krupnick, Ann Weiser, Greg Genovese of the Highlands Club community, John Cullen and Dave Gruner. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Safety. Traffic. The environment.

Residents of the Northville area of Riverhead and beyond have been concerned about all three ever since United Riverhead Terminal Inc. first appeared before the Riverhead Town Board in September with plans to expand its sprawling petroleum storage facility alongside Long Island Sound.

Over the last few months, some have harkened back more than 50 years, to the time when people then living in neighboring Northville Beach fought but failed to stop construction of the massive string of tanks that punctuates the otherwise wooded and rural landscape.  (more…)

03/11/15 12:00pm
03/11/2015 12:00 PM
Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter giving his State of the Town speech last month. (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)

Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter giving his State of the Town speech last month. (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)

Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Riverhead Town’s credit rating, meaning the town will have to pay higher interest rates on any future borrowing involving municipal bonds, according to a summary report listed on the credit rating agency’s website.

The downgrade, from an Aa2 score to an Aa3 score, was attributed to the town’s steady depletion of its reserves.  (more…)

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…)