Sign at the May 3 forum about Triple Five's plans for EPCAL, hosted by the Riverhead IDA at the Hotel Indigo. Photo: Denise Civiletti

To the residents of the Town of Riverhead:

Thank you.

Thank you for speaking your mind and raising your voices again and again.

Thank you for never letting rudeness, disrespect and dismissive attitudes keep you from speaking your piece.

Thank you for filling Town Hall at many meetings for the past six years and standing shoulder to shoulder with your fellow town residents.

Thank for challenging our leadership as early as 2018 during qualified and eligible hearings.

Thank you for asking the right questions and always seeking information and answers to those questions that never came.

Thank you for building a public record that cannot be denied or pushed aside, spending countless hours researching, writing, testifying and listening.

Thank you for being the voice of reason, responsibility and leadership during six years of drama, half-truths, and bad decisions.

Thank  you for being respectful but persistent.

Thank you for talking with your neighbors, engaging even more voices.

Thank you for showing up at short notice and staying the whole course.

Thank you for making local government accountable and demanding transparency.

The victory of ending the CAT EPCAL deal is yours.  You and your fellow residents diverted us from disaster, a project that would have ended all we love and cherish about our hometown.

The cowardly and lazy Town Board had no choice but to follow your lead, heed your words.  They thought you would not remember their promises, but you did.

You made a small town agency do the yeoman’s tasks of disqualifying CAT LLC.

Congratulations and Hurrah!  Each and every one of you is a hometown hero!

And now the rumblings, the threats of lawsuits loom over our heads.  I know you are not frightened or easily moved from your beliefs.

What to do?

Do not panic, do not question your resolve.

Use the voice of your vote on November 7.

Do not return Tim Hubbard to Town Hall.

Do not allow him and his cronies the opportunity to once again bring disaster into our midst.

Choose to move Riverhead forward.

Choose leadership that’s not in the pockets of developers.

Angela De Vito is the Democratic candidate for Riverhead Town supervisor. She lives in South Jamesport.


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