Riverhead Planning Board Chairman Stan Carey of Calverton is stepping down from the board effective Nov. 30. File photo: Denise Civiletti

Riverhead Planning Board Chairman Stan Carey has announced his retirement from the board.

Carey, 54, of Calverton, was appointed to the board in February 2014 and named its chairman in January 2016.

He will be stepping down Nov. 30, Carey told fellow planning board members at yesterday’s meeting.

Carey said in an interview this morning he is planning to retire from his post as superintendent of the Massapequa Water District at the end of the year. He said he needs to separate from his municipal employment because he will start drawing a pension after he retires.

“I still will be working in a consulting role somewhere in the water industry on Long Island, part-time,” said Carey, who will turn 55 in December. He has been in the water supply industry 36 years.

Carey said he intends to continue to serve on the State Water Drinking Water Quality Council, to which he was appointed by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2017. He was just reappointed to a two-year term on the council.

“I’m proud of my record,” he said. “I hope I brought a breath of fresh air when I was appointed chairman. I never saw it as a long-term thing,” he said. “I give something 100% and try to leave a mark, make a positive change and move on,” he said.

“He was a valued member of our community, who had extensive, extensive knowledge in planning,” Supervisor Yvette Aguiar said this morning. “He has elected to retire, and he’ll be a loss to our town and our planning board. And we wish him the best of luck in his retirement.”

The town would post notice of the planning board vacancy today, the supervisor said. “Anyone who’s interested can submit to the town clerk a resume,” Aguiar said. “It’ll be open for 10 days, and the entire board will make the selection. I will make a recommendation to the entire board and the entire board will make the selection,” Aguiar said.

The supervisor said she will be in discussion with the town board on who should be named planning board. chair. It will not necessarily be whoever is chosen to succeed Carey.

The town board at its meeting Tuesday appointed Eileen Powers of Southold to serve as counsel to the planning board. Powers will succeed planning board attorney Richard Ehlers, who is retiring no later than the end of the year. Her appointment began Oct. 21 at the request of the planning board, “to allow for continuity of legal representation an d a period of transition.”

Powers, 54, is a sitting Southold Town Justice and maintains a law office on Griffing Avenue in Riverhead. She will be paid $150 per hour for requested research and attendance at planning board meetings and/or work sessions and for advice regarding pending applications and $175 per hour for planning board matters in litigation, according to the resolution appointing her to the post, which was passed unanimously by the town board.

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