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Riverhead begins systematic crackdown on ‘zombie’ and blighted properties

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Two measures to combat “zombie” and blighted properties in Riverhead were passed by the Riverhead Town Board Wednesday. One sets up a point system for determining "blight" and adds high fees to the tax bills of all properties determined to be blighted. The other establishes a "mortgage-in-default" registry and makes banks responsible for the defaulted property's condition.

Riverhead Town adopts rules for environmental review

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Riverhead has its own environmental review code now, in part mirroring new state rules that go into effect Jan. 1 — and in part more restrictive than the state's new rules. All projects that require environmental impact statements will be subject to mandatory scoping hearings and the so-called voluntary EIS process, used as a tool to expedite review, is barred.

Riverhead seeks to fill vacancy on IDA after resignation of most recent appointee

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The town needs to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of board member Larry Simms, who resigned this month after just four months in the position.

Riverhead looks at limiting special events during peak fall traffic season

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The town is assessing the types of events held in Riverhead and their impacts on traffic, and may impose limits on the number of big-draw events allowed to occur simultaneously or on the same weekend. It is also considering a fee hike for the required permit to better cover the town's costs associated with the event.

Town board wrap: ‘No’ to county’s request for part of Riverside Drive, ‘yes’ to school resource officer, more

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Riverhead won't abandon the stretch of Riverside Drive that cuts through the county golf course; the town and the school district reach agreement on a school resource officer; a controversial pick for the Industrial Development Agency board resigns.

Board accepts additional documents into hearing record on Triple Five; Calverton decision looms — or does it?

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It's still unknown whether a board majority will find the latest submission by Triple Five adequate for making a decision on the sale of Riverhead's remaining vacant acreage at the Calverton Enterprise Park — even as the board continues to wait for some word from the Riverhead ethics board on the complaint about Councilwoman Jodi Giglio's private meeting with the applicant.

Four-year supervisor term will not be put on the ballot this November

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The town board split along party lines to reject a proposal that would have sent a four-year supervisor term to the voters for the fourth time since 2005.

Model airplane enthusiast makes pitch for a field in Riverhead

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Vince Juliano of Rocky Point, 90, a lifelong model airplane enthusiast wants to start a club using a field somewhere in Riverhead Town.

Negotiations continue in deal with Triple Five: Riverhead will review applicant’s additional financial information

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Riverhead Town officials have agreed to review the additional financial information Triple Five Group has offered to provide at the town's request. 

Town Board wrap-up: Aug. 7

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Highlights of the Aug. 7 Riverhead Town Board meeting.
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