Support local journalism.

Now more than ever, local news matters.

Riverhead Town Board

Water authority’s NoFo pipeline is not actually under construction; last week’s ‘groundbreaking’ was ‘ceremonial kickoff,’ SCWA spokesman says

The Suffolk County Water Authority’s groundbreaking in Laurel last week on an eight-mile pipeline to deliver public water to the North Fork wasn’t a groundbreaking at all, a water authority spokesperson told RiverheadLOCAL this week.

Riverhead suspends Building and Planning Administrator Jefferson Murphree, pending disciplinary proceeding

A resolution authorizing the suspension was passed unanimously Wednesday night by the Town Board in a 4-0 vote, with Supervisor Yvette Aguiar absent. The resolution authorized up to 30 days of the suspension without pay. It did not specify the substance of the charges.

Riverhead settles labor contract with civil service union, increasing wages 12.75% over three years plus a $1,500 boost in pay scale

The three-year contract provides wage increases of 5%, 2% and 2%, plus annual step increases of 1.25% and a $1,500 boost in the pay scale.Both sides said the deal is fair to all involved.

This ‘stealthy and secretive’ move gave residents one more reason to lose trust in local government

The Town Board's last-minute attempt to slip the adoption of a controversial local law onto its meeting agenda Tuesday gave residents one more reason to lose trust in local government.

New town committee would focus on housing, homelessness and quality of life in Riverhead

Riverhead officials are discussing forming a committee to focus on recommendations on "quality of life issues," focusing on housing, homelessness and home ownership. 

Hearing set on new special permit application by owners of Dimon Estate for catering room addition

After several months of settlement negotiations involving two separate lawsuits between the town and the owners of Dimon Estate over catering at the Manor Lane, Jamesport restaurant, the owners have filed a new application to build a 6,000-square foot dining/catering room addition.

Proposed new parking rules for north end of Edwards Avenue are panned by neighboring residents, will be rewritten

A proposal to allow additional parking by permit only on the north end of Edwards Avenue near a small town beach was shelved after residents of the neighborhood turned out in force to today's Town Board meeting to pan the idea.

Update: Battery energy storage code pulled from today’s Town Board agenda

A resolution to adopt a local law establishing battery energy storage systems as an allowed use in the Town of Riverhead, and regulating their placement and operation, has been pulled from today's Town Board meeting agenda.

Triple Five affiliate hoped to have its application for IDA benefits approved by now, but it’s not clear the agency’s vetting...

Calverton Aviation & Technology's attorney said in September his client hoped to gain approval from the IDA by the end of 2022 or early in 2023. Five months later, it's not clear whether the IDA's vetting process has even begun.

Fate of downtown pattern book code remains up in the air due to continuing objections of town’s Business Advisory Committee

Ten months after a public hearing on proposed code revisions to implement the downtown pattern book — the town’s adopted $175,000 plan intended to improve downtown development standards — the fate of the legislation remains uncertain.