A proposed settlement of an eight-year-old lawsuit filed by Riverhead Town against the owners of Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard was rejected by the Town Board last month in a split vote. Board members couldn’t agree as to whether a judge’s July 10, 2017, ruling in that case was in their favor or not. READ
Less than a week into her term as supervisor, Laura Jens-Smith held a private closed-door meeting with the new partners of Daniel Preston (exposed by the News-Review as a serial fraudster) prior to the “qualified and eligible hearing” on the proposed EPCAL sale. In circumventing the open meeting law in a prearranged secret rendezvous, Ms. Jens-Smith engaged in exactly the same lack of transparency in negotiations with Luminati she campaigned against. READ
By all appearances — and, in government, appearances are as critical as anything else — the Town Board in Riverhead under new Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith acted in a bizarre fashion last week. READ
Riverhead Town Hall was closed during last Thursday’s snowstorm, as were many local businesses due to more than a foot of snow on the ground.
But Town Board members still met at Town Hall with members of Triple Five Ventures and Luminati Aerospace about plans to purchase more than 1,000 acres of town-owned land at the Enterprise Park at Calverton for $40 million. READ
The “qualified and eligible” hearing on Calverton Aviation & Technology scheduled for Wednesday will be adjourned, as one of the principals in that company is changing the name of the entity. (more…)
So much for everybody getting along.
Just two days after an inauguration ceremony where newly sworn-in Riverhead Town Board members of both parties said how they felt they could all work together, the board had its first debate along party lines on Wednesday. (more…)
Should the Riverhead Town Board be paying more attention to what the boards it has appointed are doing? READ
Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski presented a proclamation to the Riverhead Town Board Thursday, congratulating the town on its 225th year.