After 36 years at the highway department, the last 13 as its chief, Superintendent George "Gio" Woodson is not seeking re-election and will retire at the end of this year.
Rift between highway superintendent and town board widens over responsibilities, equipment and staffing
The already-fraught relationship between the Riverhead highway superintendent and the town board — whose differences have already landed in court — has further deteriorated with disputes over hiring, equipment purchases and accepting new town roads without the highway chief's consent.
Following months of wrangling with the town board, Highway Superintendent George Woodson has agreed to pick up loose leaves for a three-week period beginning Nov. 30.
Leaves may be falling but the fate of loose leaf pickup in Riverhead is still up in the air. Highway Superintendent George Woodson has been seeking to end the highway department's loose leaf pickup in Riverhead for more than a decade.
After pleas and a warning about plowing delays next winter, highway superintendent gets green light to fill two vacancies
After being told a COVID-related hiring freeze prevented him from filling vacant truck driver jobs because the positions were "non-essential," Highway Superintendent George Woodson warned the town board his current staffing level can't handle the department's snow-plowing duties next winter — and would cause long delays in clearing the roads.
In My Opinion
A message from Riverhead Highway Superintendent George Woodson about snow operations.
Pier Avenue is closed to traffic to all but local residents today for drainage repair work being done on the north end of the road.
A State Supreme Court judge this week ordered the Riverhead Town highway superintendent to plow the "roadways" in the Oak Hills community in Baiting Hollow, the subject of ongoing litigation between the homeowners association, the highway superintendent and the town board.
Town Hall Notebook
The town board approved a $20,000 salary increase for Highway Superintendent George Woodson to compensate him for managing the municipal garage this year.