Members of the Riverhead Town Anti-Bias Task Force say recent comments made by some members of the Town Board may “undermine the work that we’re doing to try to bring the community together.”
But some of those members, including the liaison to that committee, stand by their statements, noting that they don’t want the town to be seen as a haven for anyone who comes into the country illegally. READ
TIM GANNON PHOTO | Sears closed its downtown Riverhead store in 2006.
Saying he’s fed up with the owner of several long-vacant buildings in downtown Riverhead, Supervisor Sean Walter says he is now in support of considering condemnation of the former Sears building and some other buildings owned by that company.
But Sheldon Gordon, a principal in Riverhead Enterprises, which owns several downtown buildings including the Sears building, said in an interview Monday that a proposal for the Sears buildings and several buildings he owns to the east of that is not dead.
“There’s a strong possibility it will move forward,” he said. (more…)
Town Highway Superintendent Gio Woodson says his department should be in charge of sign permits. (Credit: Tim Gannon)
Fed up with his crews picking up signs for public office on public property, Riverhead Highway Superintendent George Woodson asked the Town Board to give his department the authority to issue political sign permits.
But that proposal was rejected by the board majority. (more…)
Mike Harrigan, chairman of the Wading River Fire District commissioners, speaks at Tuesday’s town board meeting. (Credit: Tim Gannon)
A proposal to eliminate the section of the Riverhead Town Code that divvies up false alarm fines 70-30 between the local fire districts and the town was opposed by one fire district and supported by another at a public hearing on Tuesday. (more…)
Curtis Sliwa at a meeting in Greenport last November. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)
A day after Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller met with leaders of the Guardian Angels to establish a Riverhead chapter of the volunteer anti-crime group, Supervisor Sean Walter’s fellow Town Board members say they were blindsided by the effort and that bringing the Angels into town could exacerbate a negative image for downtown. (more…)
After saying he was screening for supervisor, and then saying he was not screening, Anthony Coates actually did end up screening with the Riverhead Democratic committee after all Thursday night.
But he says that doesn’t mean he’s decided to run for office. (more…)
A few days ago, Anthony Coates was planning to screen for the Riverhead Democratic Committee nomination for supervisor and Angela DeVito wasn’t planning to run for any office at all this year.
Now, Ms. DeVito — who lost to incumbent Supervisor Sean Walter two years ago — is planning to screen for the Democratic nod for supervisor, and Mr. Coates says he’s no longer considering running for office. (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…)