Town Hall Notebook
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 ...
- Town board honors public safety dispatcher as employee of the year, thanks a child who made cards for veterans in nursing home, approves 3rd annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.
- Riverhead’s internal audit committee issued a highly critical report on the operation of the town garage, but one councilman says the issues have already been addressed — mostly.
Fourth of July parade, Colonial Ball and other events discussed for Riverhead’s 225th birthday celebration next yearTo celebrate Riverhead’s 225th birthday next year, a series of events are being discussed for 2017, including a Fourth of July parade, a colonial-era ball and educational events on local history.
7-Eleven lawyer: Riverhead’s proposed ban on some 24-hour businesses is ‘illegal,’ would be struck down in courtAs Riverhead considers banning businesses from operating overnight in certain areas of town, a lawyer representing 7-Eleven told town board members last week that the ban would be “illegal” and would likely be struck down in court.
- A host of new recreational programs and services will soon be available to Riverhead residents through a planned merger of the town’s recreation and senior citizen departments.
Assisted living facility proposed for Mill Road farmland will be subject of public hearing next monthA senior assisted living facility proposed for a stretch of fallow farmland on Mill Road will be the subject of a public hearing February 17, as the facility’s developer tries to convince the town to move the property out of the agricultural protection zone.
Nile Rodgers’ FOLD fest permit on hold as town awaits additional information to complete environmental reviewThe approval was held up because the town failed to complete an environmental assessment form and now has asked the applicant for additional information, which hasn’t yet been submitted, according to a Riverhead official.
Planning board heeds civic president’s request, keeps hearing open on controversial Wading River retail centerIt was a long night for new Planning Board Chairman Stan Carey. His first meeting as chairman lasted more than two hours Thursday night, thanks mostly to a long public hearing on the site plan for a Sonic Drive-In restaurant on Osborn Avenue and County Road 58. See prior story. Carey and former chairman Richard O’Dea, ...
- Plans for a Sonic Drive-In restaurant on Route 58 and Osborn Avenue cleared a key hurdle at the Riverhead Planning Board Thursday night.
- RIverhead’s newly elected officials took their oaths of office Jan. 1 at Riverhead Town Hall. Photo slideshow.
- The supervisor’s plan to change the leadership on the Riverhead Planning Board was put off till after the new year, to allow newly elected Councilman Tim Hubbard to have a say in the matter.
- On second thought, never mind. Councilman George Gabrielsen won’t be taking a position on the planning board come January. He told RiverheadLOCAL today he has changed his mind. Gabrielsen, who decided not to run for re-election to the town board because of his business obligations, said in an interview he reconsidered accepting an appointment to the planning ...
Planning board shake-up: Retiring councilman eyed for seat on board, long-time chairman to be replacedSome big changes are coming next year to the Riverhead Planning Board, the appointed board of residents whose responsibilities include reviewing and approving plans for new commercial development in town.
- The major music festival that brought acts like Pharrell Williams and Keith Urban to Riverhead this summer will return next year – and for the first time, it is being planned for a weekend.