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Cuomo budget to include statewide ban on single-use plastic bags

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The governor yesterday announced his intention to include the single-use plastic bag ban in his 2019 executive budget.

In Congress: Actions taken by our federal lawmakers last week

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Votes and bills sponsored by Rep. Lee Zeldin, Sen. Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in the week just ended.

Riverhead to step up enforcement of ban on rec trail use during hunting season

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Town officials are having a hard time keeping bicyclists and hikers off the trail, despite signs posted at trail entrances advising the public that because the town allows deer hunting at the park during the special shotgun season..

Court orders Riverhead highway superintendent to plow Oak Hills roadways

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A State Supreme Court judge this week ordered the Riverhead Town highway superintendent to plow the "roadways" in the Oak Hills community in Baiting Hollow, the subject of ongoing litigation between the homeowners association, the highway superintendent and the town board.

Riverhead Police Department reports incidents and arrests in 2018

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Riverhead Police answered nearly 30,000 calls in 2018, 1,816 of which were classified as criminal incidents. They made 822 arrests.

Part of Hulse Landing Road to be closed Wednesday

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Hulse Landing Road between Rt. 25A and Sound Avenue will be closed to traffic today between 9 a.m. and about 3 p.m., Riverhead Highway Superintendent George Woodson said this morning.

Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps swears in new chief and line officers

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The new crop of line officers is “one of the best crews I’ve ever seen at the ambulance,” says RVAC's new chief Bill Wilkinson, a 23-year EMS veteran. Wilkinson, a past president of the organization also previously served two terms as chief.

Local farming community grows wary of government shutdown impacts

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The potential for the federal government shutdown to disrupt the H2A temporary visa program concerns local farmers. The shutdown is also impacting the ability of farmers to apply for loans, insurance and grants.

In the new minority: Rep. Lee Zeldin’s first day of his third term in Congress

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For the first time since taking office in 2015, Zeldin is a member of the minority caucus, after Democrats took control of the House, 235-199 in the 2018 midterm elections. He voted with the Republican minority on all roll call votes yesterday, including controversial appropriations bills offered by Democrats to end the partial government shutdown.

Utilities now required to give mailed notice of new above-ground transmission lines

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Legislation mandating formal community notice procedures on LIPA and PSEG-LI for utility transmission projects has been signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
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