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State commission members hear support for making LIPA a fully public power authority

There was overwhelming support for the idea of transforming the Long Island Power Authority into a fully public power authority at a hearing conducted by the State Legislature’s LIPA Commission at Southampton Town Hall on Friday.

State’s ‘future of LIPA’ commission to hold public hearing on the East End Friday

The state Commission on the Future of the LIPA will hold a public hearing Friday at 11 a.m. in Southampton. The hearing will be live-streamed. The commission was established last year to develop an action plan to make LIPA a true public power authority.

Thiele: Riverhead sets another land preservation tax revenue record, while the rest of the East End sees decline in 2022

Riverhead Town generated $7.89 million in Community Preservation Fund revenue in the first 11 months of 2022, breaking the yearly record it set in 2021, according to a report by Assembly Member Fred Thiele.

Lawmakers seek awareness month, protective measures for homicide victims’ survivors

Long Island State lawmakers gathered outside the county criminal court building in Riverside to advocate for the establishment of a Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month and the passage of legislation to support and protect the survivors of homicide victims.

Legislature votes to restrict governor’s emergency powers

Republican lawmakers blasted Democratic majority, charging the bill passed this week does not nearly go far enough to 'rein in' Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Local officials blast state COVID-19 vaccination program as chaotic, unfair and failing

With more than half of all New Yorkers now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine though the vaccine supply remains scarce,

Riverhead joins forces with other East End towns in sand mine battle

Riverhead Town has signed on to an amicus brief in an appeal being defended by Southampton Town in a sand-mining case that could have implications for towns across the region.

Long Islanders deserve real LIPA/PSEG-LI reform

Assembly Member Fred Thiele (I-Sag Harbor): "We deserve an electric company that is up to the task of implementing our new energy future. Transparency, oversight, and accountability will be critical."

Lawmakers take aim at foundation aid equity

State Sen. Ken LaValle and Assemblyman Fred Thiele say they've drafted legislation that would require an increase in foundation aid for districts, like Riverhead, funded at less than 55% of the foundation aid formula if they meet growth and need criteria.

Governor vetoes bill to establish affordable housing fund with new tax on luxury homes

Legislation that would have authorized the five East End towns to establish affordable housing funds financed by a new real estate transfer tax of .5% was vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Friday.