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Incoming supervisor names key staff members for appointment in 2018

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Supervisor-elect Laura Jens-Smith has named the key staff members in the supervisor's office, including a deputy supervisor, chief of staff and legislative secretary.

Despite onslaught of criticism, split board sets hearing on proposed EPCAL sale

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It was an acrimonious end to eight years of sometimes contentious town board meetings presided over by a town supervisor who often found himself at odds with constituents, civic activists and fellow board members.

Riverhead will continue to open town board meetings with prayer

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Board members today voted unanimously to continue a policy of inviting leaders of local religious assemblies to offer an invocation at the start of each regular semi-monthly meeting.

In split vote, town board adopts supervisor’s budget after all

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In a special meeting yesterday afternoon called at the request of Councilwoman Jodi Giglio — the statutory deadline for budget adoption — the Riverhead Town Board adopted an operating budget for 2018 unchanged from the budget presented by Supervisor Sean Walter in September.

As deadline to adopt 2018 budget looms, Giglio calls for budget changes and a special meeting Nov. 20

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Time is running out on the Riverhead Town Board’s opportunity to comply with N.Y. State Law and adopt an operating budget for the coming fiscal year.

Walter ousted as supervisor by Jens-Smith; Giglio and Kent win other town board seats

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Riverhead voters ousted supervisor Sean Walter in favor of Laura Jens-Smith and elected another Democrat, Catherine Kent, to fill a town board seat left empty by Republican Councilman John Dunleavy.

To combat overcrowded housing, Riverhead considers dramatically raising penalties for landlords

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With a growing number of overcrowded housing reports in Riverhead neighborhoods, town officials are considering dramatically increasing fines to help pay for the lengthy investigations needed to issue violations to an offending landlord.

After dropping out of race, former Republican candidate for highway superintendent will run write-in campaign

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The former Republican candidate for Riverhead Town Highway Superintendent has announced he will run a write-in campaign, five months after he dropped out of the race “for personal reasons.”

Riverhead hires three police officers, new town board coordinator and building inspector

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Riverhead Town Board appointed three new police officers, a new town board coordinator and a new building inspector at a special town board meeting Thursday morning.

Walter’s 2018 tentative budget calls for 1.63-percent town-wide tax rate increase

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The proposed spending plan would mean an “average increase of $45” to town taxpayers, according to Supervisor Sean Walter, who said the budget is balanced and fully funded.