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Matters lawfully discussed by the town board in closed-door executive sessions are to be considered “confidential or privileged,” under an amendment to the town board’s rules of procedure adopted by the board last night.

The amendment arose out of a flap among board members over whether matters discussed in executive session may be discussed with people outside of the executive session. Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith and Councilwoman Jodi Giglio accused each other of doing that in connection with a personnel matter the board had discussed behind closed doors.

The town board accepted the retirement of longtime Riverhead Bay Constable James Divan. The board also accepted the retirement of Police Officer Timothy McAllister.

It appointed new police officers Daniel J. Hoffman, Cole Stasiukiewicz and Courtney E. Weber effective March 17.

The board also authorized an advertisement seeking part-time police officers, with applications to the chief of police due March 28.

In other action last night, the town board:

  • scheduled a public hearing on April 2 at 2 p.m. to consider taking action on designated blighted properties known as 1501-1595 West Main Street, Riverhead;
  • scheduled a public hearing on April 2 at 2:05 p.m. on $3.13 million worth of improvements to Riverhead Water District facilities;
  • granted permission to the recreation department to issue parking stickers and 4×4 beach permits at no charge to members of the town’s fire departments and ambulance companies.

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Denise Civiletti
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