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Laura Jens-Smith

Jens-Smith’s budget proposal tops $100 million in total spending for 2020

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Riverhead Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith has proposed a $100,390,400 total town operating budget for 2020, calling for a 2.76% spending increase and a 2.58% increase in the town-wide tax rate.

Supervisor candidate slaps incumbent for ‘indecisiveness’ on state grant for replacing lead water service lines

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Republican supervisor candidate Yvette Aguiar yesterday attacked the Democratic incumbent, Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith for 'indecisiveness' about accepting an unsolicited $627,000 state grant announced a week ago.

Why Riverhead must update its master plan — now

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Will Riverhead be a town dominated by more big box stores, when we know retail is retreating? Will our hamlets become a litany of faceless strip malls, when we know there are already too many vacant storefronts? Will we value open space, or cut down every last tree in the name of “progress”? Guest column by Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith

Supervisor: This is a ‘pivotal’ time for Riverhead

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"Progress can sometimes be a bitter pill if not metered with a larger vision." Riverhead Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith argues for master plan update.

Republican supervisor candidate responds to ‘State of the Town’ speech

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Republican supervisor candidate Yvette Aguiar's written response to Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith's 'State of the Town' address.

Jens-Smith pledges to hold EPCAL buyer to their promises, begin master plan update

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In her second 'State of the Town' address, the Riverhead supervisor talked about the accomplishments of her first year in office and her priorities for the year ahead.

Jens-Smith announces ‘State of the Town’ address at town hall April 8

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Riverhead Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith will give her 2019 'State of the Town' address on Monday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Riverhead Town Hall.

Jens-Smith announces ‘listening tour’ on three evenings around town next week

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Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith will host a “listening tour” with three town hall-style events this month in Aquebogue, Wading River and Riverhead.

Supervisor: Main Street zoning needs changes and we want your input

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It is time we implement zoning that allows for smart development. We need development that encourages mixed-use buildings and supports both commercial and residential development and enhances the feel of our downtown. Column by Laura Jens-Smith

Jens-Smith delivers 2019 budget, calling for 2.7-percent tax rate hike

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Riverhead Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith delivered her first operating budget yesterday, proposing a 3.9 percent spending increase in the three town-wide funds — the general fund, highway fund and street-lighting district — to $59.1 million. Total town spending in 2019 would rise to just under $97.7 million.
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