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1. Election Guide: 2023.

A voter resource guide to the 2023 General Election in the Town of Riverhead. At stake are three seats on the Riverhead Town Board: town supervisor and two council member spots. The only other contested town election is for the position of town clerk. Incumbents in the positions of town justice, receiver of taxes and assessor face no challenges. Supervisor candidate profiles Town council candidate profiles Town clerk candidate profiles Assessor, receiver of taxes, town justice candidate profiles County Legislator candidate profiles Sample ballot (Riverhead Town) Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7. Polls are open from 6 am. to 9 pm

2. Meet the candidates: First Legislative District.

Meet the candidates for Suffolk County's First Legislative District: Catherine Kent (D) and Catherine Stark (R).

3. Downtown Riverhead projects land more than $3.3 million in county grant funding.

A downtown parking garage and a new Long Island Science Center museum were among four projects in downtown Riverhead that were awarded a total $3.35 million in Suffolk County grant funding.

4. Cock-a-doodle doo! Riverhead drops bid to ban roosters and regulate backyard chicken keepers.

Here’s something backyard poultry-keepers can crow about. The community has spoken and Riverhead officials heard them. Town officials have decided to drop the rooster ban idea. The town also will not pursue regulations on backyard coops, henhouses and pens.

5. Proposed rooster ban and regulations on keeping fowl on residential property has local backyard chicken keepers squawking.

Alarmed backyard chicken keepers are squawking about a proposed code that would ban roosters and regulate the keeping of domesticated fowl on residential properties in Riverhead Town.

6. Police investigate overnight break-in at Jamesport gas station.

Riverhead Police are seeking information about a burglary that occurred overnight at the Valero gas station on Main Road in Jamesport.

7. Cops: Center Moriches man impersonated FBI agent to lure woman to ‘safe house’ is arrested in Flanders, detectives seeking other victims.

A Center Moriches man who police say impersonated an FBI agent to lure a woman into his vehicle on the pretense of taking her to a "safe house" was arrested in Flanders last night. Detectives are seeking other possible victims of the suspect.

8. An Objective Look at the Riverhead IDA.

Former Riverhead IDA Board member Larry Simms in a series of three essays discusses the IDA's projects, processes and impacts.

9. Suffolk County Planning Commission rejects Riverhead’s 6-month industrial moratorium, OKs a 3-month pause, over town’s objections.

Riverhead's proposed 6-month moratorium on industrial development hit a snag yesterday when the Suffolk County Planning Commission rejected it, authorizing a 3-month moratorium instead. Overriding the commission requires four votes — unlikely for an already-divided Town Board.

10. Riverhead Police investigating robbery that occurred Tuesday near Union and Maple Avenues.

Riverhead Police are investigating the robbery of a person by four men that occurred on Tuesday evening in the area of Union Avenue and Maple Avenue in Riverhead. 

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