Town Hall Notebook
- Hearings were held on proposed code amendments regarding rental dwelling unit permits, hunting permits and an E. Main Street zoning change, and the town board filled one of two vacancies on the Riverhead IDA.
- Riverhead Town Councilman George Gabrielsen announced decision not to seek re-election in late night letter that shocked party officials.
Suffolk fire chiefs, citing public safety concerns, threaten Riverhead with state compliance complaintSuffolk County’s fire chiefs are threatening to file an oversight complaint with state regulators against the Town of Riverhead for the town’s alleged failure to conduct fire safety inspections as required by state code. That complaint can result in fines levied against the town and fire safety inspections being done by the state — and billed ...
A hearing that wasn’t, sort of: Residents, applicant turn out for second round on Riverhead Ciderhouse site planThe hearing on the controversial Riverhead Ciderhouse site plan application was held open on April 1. Residents and the application showed up for round two of the hearing yesterday. It wasn’t officially opened for comment, but everyone spoke anyway.
Bid to hire fire inspector using false alarm fees criticized by firefighters, who want third fire marshal post restoredRiverhead should restore its third fire marshal position, cut in 2011, the town and county fire chiefs councils say. A fire prevention inspector is not enough.
IDA hearing set for Monday on application by developer of new Rt. 58 hotel, a Marriott Residence InnThe developer of the Hilton Garden Inn is ready to go forward with plans for adjacent Marriott Residence Inn on Route 58, and is seeking property tax abatement, as well as sales, compensating use and mortgage tax exemptions.
Town board wrap-up: Nile Rodgers music festival, Sonoma Grill ‘night life’ permit and flyboarding regsA Niles Rodgers summer music festival got a green light from the town board. Sonoma Grill made its case for a tavern permit, which would allow it to have music and dancing on the weekends. And flyboarding regulations were finally adopted after months of debate.
Residents flex their muscles: opposition to gasoline storage in Northville shifts opinions on town boardAfter listening to many hours of community opposition to United Riverhead Terminal’s plan to store and distribute gasoline in Northville, a majority of town board now appears ready to deny the company’s special permit application, reversing prior course.
- Former town employee’s lawsuit claiming wrongful termination, breach of contract and other charges is dismissed by state Supreme Court judge.
- Riverhead deputy town attorney William Duffy, who has served in Riverhead since January 2011, has been named town attorney for the Town of Southold.
- Moody’s cites depleted reserve fund as lead factor in downgrade of Riverhead’s bond rating from Aa2 to Aa3 and tax base growth on Route 58 and in downtown areas as factors in maintaining the Aa rating.
After town board contract delay, Pataki consulting firm decides against working for Riverhead Town on EPCAL siteThe firm headed by former Gov. George Pataki, who is now exploring a run for the White House, has informed Riverhead “they decline to work with the town,” according to Supervisor Sean Walter, who pushed for the deal. On Feb. 18, a three-member majority of the town board tabled a resolution authorizing an agreement with ...
Walter, Giglio in shouting match over unauthorized EPCAL bike path material that must be removed from siteAn attempt by Riverhead town officials to inexpensively finish the bike path at EPCAL has apparently backfired — and touched off a shouting match between the town supervisor and a council member at today’s town board work session.
Town board wrap-up: New highway yard storage building, East Lawn proposals, controversial hearing to go forwardTown Board work session wrap-up: The Riverhead Highway Department wants to build a storage building at its Osborn Avenue yard to shelter trucks and equipment from severe weather; bidders on the dilapidated town-owned East Lawn building meet with the town board; a March 18 public hearing on a planned expansion by United Riverhead Terminal in ...
- A lieutenant and two new sergeants were sworn in last night at town hall, where the town also honored its employee of the year for 2014, and held a very lengthy hearing on an alleged unsafe structure built atop a Baiting Hollow home.