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Riverhead Town wants you — yes, you. The town is looking for residents interested in serving on one of its committees dealing with a wide variety of issues in the local community. There are a number of vacancies to be filled.

Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith said the town is reaching out to the community at large in the hopes of getting a broader cross-section of the community people in the process of local government. She had asked the town board to solicit resumes for all vacancies, including the salaried positions on the planning board and zoning board of appeals, but a majority of the board declined, reappointing the individuals already serving on those two bodies. See prior story

All but one of the available positions are volunteer. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and reside in the Town of Riverhead.

The town is looking to fill spots on the following boards and committees.

Architectural Review Board: The ARB reviews proposed commercial construction proposals. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a background in architecture, landscape design, historic preservation or related field; additionally, a graphic design background is a plus. ARB members are required to attend afternoon meetings the fourth Wednesday of each month. Compensation is $2,500 per year.

Conservation Advisory Council: The CAC advises the Town Board on issuing permits for the development and management of Riverhead Town’s natural resources. Additionally, the CAC reviews applications for permits for all structures, dredging, clearing, planting, bulkheads, docks, roads and waste disposal systems, etc. near freshwater and tidal wetlands. Obtaining a CAC permit is required to obtain a building permit for any project within the coastal zone or adjacent to freshwater wetlands in the town.

Members are required to attend meetings the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Members of the Conservation Advisory Council receive no monetary compensation.

Ethics Board: The Ethics Board serves to promote integrity, public confidence and participation in Town government; sets forth clear, enforceable, common sense standards of conduct; provides training and education to town officers, employees and the public.

When called upon, the Ethics Board will conduct hearings and/or investigations and will make recommendations for disciplinary actions and penalties regarding alleged violations of Riverhead Town’s Ethics Code. Members are required to attend meetings as they are called.
Download an ethics board application form

Industrial Development Agency: The director serves a term of three years concurrent with a term as director for the Riverhead IDA Economic Job Development Corporation. Ideal candidates should possess knowledge of business finance, economic development, planning, government operations and business development.

The board meets once per month, typically the first Monday of every month. The candidate will serve on assigned committees for both the IDA and the LDC and shall participate in training approved by the State of New York regarding their ethical, legal, and fiduciary responsibilities. The candidate must be deemed as an “independent director” in accordance with Section 2825 of the Public Authorities Law. This is an unpaid position. Download an IDA board application form.

The town is also seeking volunteers to serve on the following Town Board advisory committees:

Agricultural Advisory Committee: This committee advises the town board on legislative and regulatory issues pertaining to agriculture.

Alternative Transportation Committee: The mission of this committee is to encourage and address alternate means of transportation in Riverhead, with a goal of expanding opportunities for pedestrians, cyclists, and other users of non-motorized transportation.

Farmland Preservation Committee: This committee maintains an inventory of agricultural lands within the town, makes recommendations on which agricultural lands should be preserved by the purchase of development rights by the town or county, reviews applications for construction permits for structures on preserved agricultural lands, and reviews any matters relevant to development issues concerning the agricultural industry.

Landmarks Preservation Commission: The commission’s purpose is to conserve, protect and preserve places, sites, structures and buildings of special historic significance.

Open Space/Park Preservation Committee: This committee’s mission is to identify, review and recommend to the town board lands that should be acquired by the town and preserved as open space or incorporated into the town park system. It is tasked with developing and recommending the town’s open space conservation plan for the utilization, maintenance and management of lands owned or acquired by the town.

Parking District Advisory Committee: This committee advises the Riverhead Town Board, in its role as trustees of the Riverhead Parking District, on all matters pertaining to maintenance, management and future development of areas within the parking district.

Recreation Advisory Committee: This committee develops plans and recommendations to the town board for the expenditure of the town’s park and recreation fund for projects to meet the present and future recreational needs of the town.

Wildlife Management Committee: This committee advises the town board on all matters pertaining to managing wildlife such as deer, waterfowl, wild turkey and other small game, which if not properly managed can cause problems for farmers, homeowners and motorists and degrade natural habitats. Members assist the town with annual hunting lotteries.

Interested parties for any of the above boards and committees should write to the Office of the Riverhead Town Supervisor, 200 Howell Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901 or email

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Denise is a veteran local reporter, editor, attorney and former Riverhead Town councilwoman. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including investigative reporting and writer of the year awards from the N.Y. Press Association. She is a founder, owner and co-publisher of this website.Email Denise.