Town Hall Notebook
Riverhead Town Government
Town had $300,000 shortfall in 2015, after budgeted revenues fail to materializeRiverhead Town came up more than $300,000 short in 2015, after revenue projections in its adopted budget missed the mark by nearly $1.9 million.
- Summary of key actions taken by the Riverhead Town Board at its May 3, 2016 regular meeting.
- Code amendments to allow movie theaters in the shopping center zoning use district will be up for a public hearing before the Riverhead Town Board on June 7.
- Summary of actions taken at the Riverhead Town Board meeting of April 19, 2016: settlement with state DEC on sewage treatment plant discharge violation, cable franchise agreement approved, more
After colleagues pass law preventing him from running for a fourth term, an ‘angry’ Councilman John Dunleavy lashes outCouncilman had harsh words for Supervisor Sean Walter and newest board member Tim Hubbard after the town board passed a term limits bill that bars him from seeking another term of office next year. He is the only sitting member to be immediately term-limited out of office.
Riverhead opens door for church group’s workforce housing, community center plans for Northville Turnpike siteA new zoning code was approved in a split vote by the Riverhead Town Board last night. allowing the Family Community Life Center to apply for a special permit to build 132 workforce housing units and a community center on 12 acres along Northville Turnpike.
Hearings on proposals for town board term limits, four-year supervisor term draw virtually no public commentSomething usual happened in Riverhead Town Hall yesterday. The Riverhead Town Board held a public hearing on extending the supervisor’s term of office to four years and no one had anything to say about it. That was unusual because whenever a four-year supervisor’s term has come up in the past, the public had plenty to say — ...
- Nearly two dozen people spoke in support of the Family Community Life Center at a hearing on proposed overlay zoning tailored to the project.
Arrival of NextGen 911 technology in Suffolk will clear up confusion on town borders and hasten response times: policeNew technology on the way to public safety dispatch offices in Suffolk County will help clear the confusion about responding to addresses in areas that border two jurisdictions, even when calls are made from cell phones.
- The town continues to charge beach fees higher than allowed by town code. Instead of trying — again — to raise them by changing the code, the town is trying a different approach: taking them out of the code altogether.
- The new three-year deal approved and signed yesterday by Riverhead Town contracts with the Peconic-based not-for-profit organization to manage the town’s Youngs Avenue shelter and provide animal control services throughout the town for a fee of $233,135 in year one, increased by $5,000 per year in years two and three.
Riverhead finalizes contract negotiations with Cablevision, sets April 5 public hearing on new franchise agreementPublic wi-fi on the downtown riverfront, online uploads of town board meetings and continued senior discounts on Cablevision services and installations are all part of a new franchise agreement negotiated between Riverhead Town and Cablevision.
Riverhead Town Board
‘Freak Out! Let’s Dance’ festival approved; 24-hour retail ban adopted; term limits, high-density housing hearings setThe board: approved Nile Rodgers’ FOLD Festival, set for Aug. 12-14, adopted a ban on 24-hour retail operations in certain zoning districts, one affecting the proposed 7-Eleven in Aquebogue, set hearings on proposed laws to set term limits for the town board, extend the supervisor’s term to four years and allow for high-density rental apartments ...
- A request for a zone change that would allow for the construction of a 162-unit assisted living housing development on a 25-acre site on Mill Road drew strong objections from the community during a two-hour public hearing last night at Riverhead Town Hall.
Term limits for town board, four-year term for supervisor angers Riverhead’s longest-serving councilmanWith many of the same faces on the town board year after year, council members are considering term limits for the first time – a suggestion that angered Councilman John Dunleavy, who would be serving his last two years if the law were enacted. The law would also make the town supervisor’s term length the same ...