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This is Riverhead’s last chance to get it right

by Jan 13, 2023
Riverhead Town's natural resources and community character are being erased by unplanned development. It's time for our leaders to take action and implement sustainable development practices before it's too late. Opinion column by Bob DeLuca of Group for the East End.

The Town Board said no to a hearing on an important topic of major concern to hundreds of residents. Whose...

by Jan 8, 2023
"I don't owe you an explanation," the supervisor barked in response to a constituent's question. The outsized influence of the development crowd and the diminished influence of ordinary citizens in Riverhead were on vivid display at the last Town Board meeting. How did it get this way and why? RiverheadLOCAL editorial.

A split Town Board refuses to hold hearing on proposed industrial moratorium in Calverton

by Jan 4, 2023
A split Town Board on Wednesday declined to schedule a public hearing on a proposed moratorium on industrial development in Calverton, with a majority turning their backs on Calverton residents who have turned out in force to press the board to hit the brakes on development in the hamlet.

Outcry for industrial moratorium reaches fever pitch at contentious Town Board meeting

by Dec 21, 2022
Though the Riverhead Town Board never scheduled a hearing on the moratorium the community has been demanding for many months, they had one yesterday, whether they liked it or not.

Residents rally for the town to hit the brakes on industrial development in Calverton

by Dec 21, 2022
As the Riverhead Town Board remains divided on whether to pursue a moratorium on industrial development in Calverton, more than 100 people rallied in front of Town Hall yesterday to encourage the board to halt development until the town’s comprehensive planning process is complete.

Calverton moratorium sputters, currently lacks three votes even for public hearing

by Dec 20, 2022
“I just wanted to get this going. I thought I’d get three votes to at least go to a public hearing. But apparently not,” Council Member Tim Hubbard said after last week's work session, when he asked to have the moratorium resolution taken off the agenda for today's Town Board meeting.

Resolution calling public hearing on Calverton moratorium pulled from Town Board’s agenda

by Dec 15, 2022
The resolution calling a public hearing on a proposed moratorium on industrial development in Calverton has been pulled from the packet of resolutions scheduled to be acted on by the Town Board Tuesday night.

Residents, angered by proposed zoning code changes, again press Town Board for moratorium

by Dec 7, 2022
Frustration over delays in the comprehensive plan update and inaction on a moratorium for Calverton boiled over in the Riverhead Town Hall meeting room yesterday.

No time left for dawdling: Town Board needs to wake up and kick it into overdrive on comp plan — and...

by Dec 2, 2022
Failing to adopt a moratorium while at the same time dawdling on the comprehensive plan, allowing new land uses and increased development density without the transfer of development rights — in other words, maintaining the status quo — indicate that the Town Board either doesn't grasp the urgency of these matters or just doesn't care.

In Riverhead, a study in dysfunctional governance

by Nov 27, 2022
Guest column: The Nov. 17 work session was a stark illustration of this Town Board's inability to responsibly govern, writes Kathleen McGraw of Northville. The board’s decisions on a moratorium ignore sound legal advice and set the town up for lawsuits by developers.