Riverhead Democrats oust party chair after last year’s landslide losses; former town supervisor leads slate of new party leadership
After Democratic voters ousted the incumbent party chairperson and elected 10 new members to the Riverhead Town Democratic Committee in the June party primary, the newly reconstituted committee on Tuesday elected Laura Jens-Smith as its chairperson and replaced all of its other officers.
Jens-Smith’s budget proposal tops $100 million in total spending for 2020
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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