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  {becssg}cssgallery/schools/0126_BOE_meeting{/becssg}   Riverhead Central School District architects answered residents’ questions about the planned facilities upgrade and expansion at the Riverhead school board meeting Tuesday night. Residents asked questions about plans for an artificial turf athletic field, administrative offices relocation, classroom expansion, and project financing. A referendum on the bond necessary to finance the facilities project is set for Feb. ...

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MTA plan to axe Greenport LIRR service spurs protest

lirr protest

 

If the MTA eliminates service on the Greenport branch, in keeping with its announcement Friday, the state should at least repeal the MTA payroll tax instituted last May to bail out the financially troubled transportation authority, according to state, county and local elected officials.

Gathered outside the shuttered Riverhead railroad station in the blowing rain Monday morning to protest the MTA's plan to axe service on the Greenport branch, Assemblyman Marc Alessi, County Legislator Ed Romaine, Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter and Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell were united in their expressions of outrage over the transportation authority's plans to cease train service on the Greenport branch east of Ronkonkoma beginning in September. They all called for an immediate repeal of the new MTA payroll tax, imposed over the objections of local state legislators last year. Alessi said he and Senator Ken LaValle, who was not at the press conference because the State Senate was in session, would immediately introduce bills in both chambers of the State Legislature to repeal the controversial new payroll tax. The new tax — 34 cents on every $100 of payroll, including municipal, school and special district payrolls, was passed by the legislature last year to avert massive fare hikes and drastic service reductions throughout the system of trains, buses and subways serving the metropolitan area.

 

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Former town supervisor named to post

 

Former Riverhead Supervisor Bob Kozakiewicz was appointed part-time deputy town attorney by the Riverhead Town Board at its regular meeting Jan. 20. The former supervisor will serve a minimum of 20 hours per week in his new post and receive compensation of $44,000 per year, plus benefits including health insurance.

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Riverhead post office to be named for Garfield Langhorn

PFC Garfield Langhorn

 

The U.S.  House of Representatives on Thursday unanimously approved a bill to rename the Riverhead post office as the “Private First Class Garfield M. Langhorn Post Office Building,” in honor of one of Riverhead's Vietnam War heroes.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) to honor the Riverhead Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, who was killed in Vietnam Jan. 15, 1969 when he threw himself on a live grenade to save fellow soldiers.

“As they conduct business each day, the people of Riverhead who visit the post office will be reminded of PFC Langhorn's extraordinary service and sacrifice, and can reflect on the true value of freedom,” said Bishop during a speech on the House floor. “They will know that PFC Garfield M. Langhorn was a national hero, and the values for which he gave his life – honor, loyalty, family – will forever be memorialized.”

 

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Sex offender hearing set

  Riverhead Town is considering a new law that would restrict where registered sex offenders may live in the town. Intended to protect the town’s children, the law would ban registered sex offenders who have been convicted of committing sexual offenses against minors, from living within a quarter-mile of any school, daycare center, library, day camp, park, beach or playground. ...

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Downtown ‘summit’ set

Riverhead Town will hold a “Downtown Summit” on Feb. 5, 2009, Town Supervisor Sean Walter announced today. It will be held at 121 East Main Street, Riverhead at 11 a.m. The past few years have seen Riverhead’s Downtown fall onto hard times, the supervisor said in a press release. “Downtown maintains a vacancy rate of approximately 70 percent. A long ...

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