Newly appointed Planning Board member George Nunnaro of Baiting Hollow says he applied for the position “to give back.”
“The town’s been good to me,” said the owner of Prest-O-Peconic, a welding supply and industrial and medical gas business on West Main Street. “I live here. I work here. And I’m hopeful that I can bring some good ideas to the board.”
Mr. Nunnaro still serves with the Riverhead Empire Zone, which had granted tax incentives to lure businesses to town but now meets just once a year to review incentives given out previously.
He’s also a member of the town’s small business advisory committee.
Since 2009, Mr. Nunnaro has made nearly $1,300 in political donations, to the Riverhead Republican Committee and every Town Board member except George Gabrielsen.
“I believe in the party … and I’d like to do what I can to assist,” he said of his donations. “It costs money to get a person’s name out there.”