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Zeldin puts political ambition above facts as he peddles mythical impacts of ‘cashless bail’ in NY

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Opinion: Rep. Lee Zeldin blames "cashless bail," for New York's rise in crime since the start of the pandemic. The facts and data show otherwise, but he doesn't care. His claims play well with a frightened public and he eagerly stokes their fears to win their votes.

The Town Board must reckon with firearm business zoning

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Opinion: Gun shops and firing ranges should not be treated the same as any other type of business for zoning purposes, and the Riverhead Town Board needs to act to close the major gap in our town’s code that fails to distinguish between a gun shop and a toy shop. 

You have the right to see the sausage being made. In Riverhead, it’s out of public view.

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Opinion: There's an old saying: "Laws are like sausages. It's best not to see them being made.” We disagree. That's precisely when you need to pay attention.

We think Juneteenth is important. It doesn’t feel that way in Riverhead

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Editorial: Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in America. It's an important day to remember and acknowledge. So why was Riverhead one of the few towns in the region that wasn't formally acknowledging the federal and state holiday? And where was the outrage among community leaders? We think this is part of a larger pattern in Riverhead. And it's troubling.

Once again, Riverhead Town is a poster child for ‘how not to’ do something

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Opinion: The very long saga of the town’s “space problems” is a classic example of how not to plan and execute capital improvements if you happen to be the governing body of a growing municipality.

Riverhead’s school budget deserves a ‘yes’ vote

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Editorial: The budget proposed by Riverhead school officials is fiscally conservative, while satisfying the educational and social needs of our children, thanks in part to long-overdue increases in state education aid. This budget deserves the community’s support and we urge you to vote “yes” on Tuesday.

Don’t try to gaslight the public

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Riverhead planning officials could have said “We hear ya” and abandoned the controversial idea of a third lane along the length of Sound Avenue in favor of studying other alternatives. Instead the town's top planner simply denied the recommendation was made. That's gaslighting the public — and it's not going to fly.

‘Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or perhaps, both’

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"[A] popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or perhaps, both,” James Madison, Father of our Constitution" warned.

A lesson learned

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One thing was made painfully clear this week in the serious gaffes by the Suffolk County Historical Society and Southampton History Museum...

Open meetings matter. And they can’t be open unless the public knows they’re happening

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This week's town board work session violated the State Open Meetings Law, because the town didn't give 72 hours notice of the meeting to the public and the news media.
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