1. Puppy mill ban: Riverhead looks to ban sale of commercially bred dogs and cats by pet stores.

Stores offering dogs and cats for sale will be required to prove the animals came from animal shelters, animal control agencies, humane societies or nonprofit rescue groups registered with the state.

2. New York State will not mandate masks, but local governments ‘should seriously consider the CDC guidance,’ Cuomo says.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo left the door open for future state action, but he said policy-making responsibility rests with local governments and school districts in areas of substantial virus transmission to decide whether to implement the revised CDC guidance.

3. PBMC Executive Director: To beat COVID, we need more people vaccinated.

Low vaccination rates deeply lower our odds to control, and in time defeat, the COVID-19 virus, Peconic Bay Medical Center Executive Director Amy Loeb argues, urging unvaccinated people to take the shot now.

4. A new downtown electric scooter rideshare program could be restricted by proposed code changes.

The proposed code changes put heavy restrictions on the operation of electric scooters, which the town board is looking to bring to downtown Riverhead through a rideshare program operated by Bird Scooters.

5. Riverhead BID is eyeing space in the town-owned building on Main Street.

The Riverhead BID Management Association is interested in the vacant storefront next to Craft'd in a building the town recently acquired.

6. Opinion: Town government is seriously broken.

"The appearance of open, deliberative government can be deceiving. Listen to Supervisor Aguiar and you would think she and the town board have always welcomed and continue to welcome input from the public. Take the time to watch a town board meeting on Channel 22 or try to participate in a town board meeting and you will quickly understand that is not the case." Guest column by Kathleen McGraw.

7. Riverhead Police report for June 2021.

Riverhead Town Police reported 198 criminal incidents and 42 arrests in the month of June, according to a monthly public safety report released by Police Chief David Hegermiller. Here's a rundown of arrests and incidents reported.

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