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Town Board discusses changing its meeting time

The Riverhead Town Board is considering moving up the time of evening meetings by an hour to 6 p.m. 

Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith suggested the change during Thursday’s work session. 

Ms. Jens-Smith proposed holding meetings scheduled for Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18 at 6 p.m instead of 7 p.m. as a trial. 

“In an effort to have more people come out and participate, we want to give it a try,” she said.

Councilwoman Jodi Giglio said she’d like to hold a public hearing on the matter before making a change, citing issues with working residents who may have to commute in the evening. 

“People who work can’t make it [to Town Hall] by 6,” she said.

Councilman Jim Wooten said it could be a good idea. 

“In the winter months, it works because it’s dark by 4:30,” he said.

Ms. Jens-Smith said she’d like to start a trial with 6 p.m. starts and then reconvene in January when the board sets its meeting schedule. 

“We can give it a try and see if it’s something we want to continue or not continue,” she said.

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