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Update: Battery energy storage code pulled from today’s Town Board agenda

A resolution to adopt a local law establishing battery energy storage systems as an allowed use in the Town of Riverhead, and regulating their placement and operation, has been pulled from today's Town Board meeting agenda.

Justice Court Report: Weeks of Feb. 13 & 20

Excerpts from Riverhead Town Justice Court docket for the weeks of Feb. 13 and Feb. 20, 2023: There were 792 criminal and traffic cases on the court's docket.

Riverhead Democrats announce 2023 slate, led by supervisor candidate Angela DeVito

The Democrats tapped Angela DeVito for supervisor, Andrew Leven and Rene Suprina for council, Josephine Makowski for clerk and incumbent Justice Lori Hulse.

Planning Board wrap: New outlet stores OK’d, Riverhead Ciderhouse public hearing rescheduled

A plan to build a new 13-store outlet center on a parcel of undeveloped land in the middle of Tanger Outlets gained preliminary approval from the Riverhead Planning Board Thursday evening.

Central Islip woman sentenced in 2020 murder of 69-year-old Aquebogue man

“This was a cold-blooded killing fueled by greed, treachery, and the complete disregard for Lee Pedersen’s life, all in order to steal the victim’s home,” Suffolk DA Ray Tierney said. Donatila O’Mahony, 43, was sentenced to 25 years to life in the murder and an additional 4 2/3 to 14 years for possession a forged will and attempted grand larceny.

Police charge two clerks with selling to patrons under 21 during vape and tobacco sales sting

Riverhead Police said they arrested two people during a tobacco and vape compliance check across town yesterday.

Triple Five affiliate hoped to have its application for IDA benefits approved by now, but it’s not clear the agency’s vetting...

Calverton Aviation & Technology's attorney said in September his client hoped to gain approval from the IDA by the end of 2022 or early in 2023. Five months later, it's not clear whether the IDA's vetting process has even begun.

Wet snow blankets local area, creating ‘slushy conditions’ for morning commute

Four inches of wet snow blanketed the town overnight, Riverhead Highway Superintendent Mike Zaleski said Tuesday morning. Expect slushy conditions to make for slippery travel this morning, he said.

County legislators will meet in Riverhead this week and next. Here’s what’s on their agenda.

For the first time since the discovery of the ransomware attack on Suffolk County government systems in September, the Suffolk County Legislature will return to Riverhead this week for committee meetings and next week for its general meeting.

Update: Missing resident of Riverhead group home located unharmed, police said

Updated - March 9 at 4:15 p.m.: Felix Alexander was located in the New York City area in good health and without further incident, Riverhead Police said in a press release this afternoon.