I am not so much shocked at the election results as I am at the overall turnout of voters. In a town in excess of 34,000 people only about 8,000 people voted. This is just a little more than half the population of the Riverhead hamlet itself.

After all we have been and are going through with the warehouses and EPCAL, it is sad to see such apathy from our community. I guess most people in this Town really don’t care what the administration does. It looks like if it’s not in my back yard, I don’t care.

This is sad because EPCAL is not a dead issue, it is just asleep until they find a new buyer. The next buyer might have the money and the plans to build a cargo airport.

Paul Spina


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