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Board members at odds over supporting preservation of West Main Street property

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The county is moving to acquire 16.7 acres on West Main Street but the Riverhead Town Board is split over whether to support the county purchase.

After he moves out of state, newest IDA board member’s eligibility to serve is called into question

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Larry Simms, an outspoken critic of the Riverhead IDA whose appointment in February touched off controversy, has sold his house in South Jamesport and moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Legal counsel to the IDA said the board member's move out of state created an immediate vacancy on the IDA board.

New IDA board member: Agency should focus on reuse of vacant buildings

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The Riverhead Industrial Development Agency’s newest member has proposed forming a task force with Riverhead Town officials to concentrate on redevelopment of vacant buildings in the town.

IDA critic takes his seat at the table, votes against first two applications before him

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In short order, new IDA member Larry Simms cast two “no” votes on resolutions approving applications pending before the agency: an new application for IDA benefits from Twin Fork Beer Company and an application for a modification of a prior approval granted to a doctor’s office on Roanoke Avenue.

Outspoken IDA critic appointed to its governing board

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Councilman Tim Hubbard broke ranks with his party today, joining with the board's two Democrats to support the appointment of Larry Simms, an outspoken critic of the Riverhead Industrial Development Agency to that body’s governing board.

Town board considers, then shelves, a resolution appointing an outspoken critic to the Riverhead IDA board

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A resolution appointing Larry Simms of South Jamesport to an IDA board of directors term ending Dec. 31, 2021 was pulled from consideration so that additional applicants could be interviewed.
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Website launched attacking Riverhead’s EPCAL plans

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A local civic group leader has produced a website that takes aim at Riverhead Town’s efforts to sell the Calverton Enterprise Park and the resulting plans to sell the site to Luminati Aerospace.

Grapes and Greed: 5 ways J. Kings is in your pocket

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Guest column by Larry Simms questions propriety of town's settlement with Grapes and Greens/Cider House owner.

Opinion Four-year terms? Term limits? No, Riverhead needs a professional manager

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If term length and term limits are the answers, we’re asking the wrong questions Why we need to restructure town government and hire a professional manager.

Police called to town hall for altercation between civic activist and aquarium owner after Riverhead IDA meeting

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Atlantis Holdings and J. Petrocelli Development Associates got the financial assistance they requested from the Riverhead Industrial Development Agency tonight at a special meeting...
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