Town Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith speaks to the crowd that turned out to witness her inauguration Jan. 1 at Pulaski Street School in Riverhead. Photo: Denise Civiletti

Breaking with a longstanding tradition, Riverhead Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith will deliver her “State of the Town” speech at Riverhead Town Hall, rather than at a dinner meeting of three local service clubs.

Riverhead town supervisors in the past few decades have given the annual speech to a dinner meeting of the Riverhead Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs.

Jens-Smith said she wanted to give the speech in a public forum. She said she plans to give a talk at an upcoming Riverhead Rotary club meeting as well.

The “State of the Town” speech will be delivered in the town hall meeting room on April 10 at 6 p.m. It is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served after the speech. RSVPs by email would be appreciated.

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