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Riverhead’s school budget deserves a ‘yes’ vote

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

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’

"[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.

Riverhead’s business official is cast out. We’ll never know why, but things just don’t add up

The families, residents and taxpayers of the Riverhead Central School District deserve answers we know all too well they’re never going to get. 

A lesson learned

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

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.

Residents have a right to question and dissent — elected officials have a duty to respectfully listen and respond

Editorial: Lively debate and discussion are at the core of our nation's democratic principles. It is a foundation of all facets of our government and something to be valued and respected—not disparaged or dismissed.

At a time like this, transparency and clear communication are even more essential

Clear communication between local government and constituents has never been more important than in this time of particular stress and angst, with COVID-19 cases hitting record levels and uncertainty abounding.

Yes, this redistricting plan is a ‘naked power grab’ by county Dems

We’ve watched, at first with bewilderment, and then with outrage, the ongoing efforts of the county legislature’s Democratic caucus to redraw district...