10/30/14 2:00pm
10/30/2014 2:00 PM
Greenport Village Hall.

Greenport Village Hall.

Greenport Village officials said “backward wiring” was to blame for an August power outage that left some residents without power for more than 11 hours.

“What we found was that the transformer that feeds into the relay switch gear was wired backward,” village administrator Paul Pallas said during Monday’s meeting.  (more…)

10/30/14 8:00am
Election signs should be off the roadway by next week as voters head to the polls tuesday, Nov. 4. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Election signs should be off the roadway by next week as voters head to the polls tuesday, Nov. 4. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Tuesday, Nov. 4 is Election Day nationwide, and voters on the North Fork will be asked to choose a governor, a congressman, two state legislators, a county clerk, a state attorney general, a state and county comptroller and a handful of judges, while weighing in on special ballot propositions. There is even a special election for Town Trustee. (more…)

10/29/14 3:45pm
10/29/2014 3:45 PM
WaterFire in Providence, R.I.. Credit: Oko Zoko

WaterFire in Providence, R.I.. Credit: Oko Zoko

Light up the Peconic!

A plan to bring “WaterFire” to downtown Riverhead could be in the works. WaterFire Riverhead, as it’s being billed, is a based on similar WaterFire displays around the world — the nearest being in Providence, R.I. — that feature bonfires on waterways while other artistic displays and performances take place around them. (more…)

10/28/14 2:00pm
10/28/2014 2:00 PM
The European Fresh Bakery and Deli opened on South Street in June. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

The European Fresh Bakery and Deli opened on South Street in June. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

The Greenport Village Board will take legal action against the owners of a newly opened bakery on South Street.

On Monday, the board voted 5-0 in favor of obtaining a state Supreme Court order to force the owners of European Fresh Bakery & Deli to remove “unsafe and hazardous conditions” that exist at the storefront, according to the approved resolution.

European Fresh Bakery & Deli, which is located at 126 South St., opened in June without proper building permits and without an approved site plan, according to village building department officials. Its owners were issued a violation in July after failing to submit permit application forms to the village, records show.  (more…)

10/27/14 8:55pm
10/27/2014 8:55 PM
From left, Landmarks Preservation Commission member  Cliff Baldwin, Riverhead Town Councilwoman Jodi Giglio and commission chair Richard Wines listen to speakers at Monday's commission meeting, where a proposal to make a six-mile stretch of Main Road a National Register Historic Place was withdrawn. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

From left, Landmarks Preservation Commission member Cliff Baldwin, Riverhead Town Councilwoman Jodi Giglio and commission chair Richard Wines listen to speakers at Monday’s commission meeting, where a proposal to make a six-mile stretch of Main Road a National Register Historic Place was withdrawn. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

After hearing more comments both for and against a proposed National Register Historic District on Main Road stretching from Aquebogue to Laurel, Riverhead Town’s Landmarks Preservation Commission reluctantly voted to withdraw its application for the district.

The withdrawal, made at the commission’s monthly meeting Monday, kills the proposal in both Riverhead and Southold townships.

But it didn’t come easily.

(more…)

10/23/14 3:28pm
10/23/2014 3:28 PM
A six-mile stretch of Main Road would be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Credit: Andrew Lepre)

A six-mile stretch of Main Road is being pitched for an historic district. (Credit: Andrew Lepre)

The National Register Historic District proposed for Main Road in Aquebogue, Jamesport and Laurel has already been rejected by the Riverhead Town Board — and it appears to be one heading that way with the Southold Town Board as well.

“The Town Board had decided that the fate of the proposed district in Southold would be left to the will of the property owners who own land included in the proposed district,” Southold Supervisor Scott Russell said. “We have had 19 owners raise objections and only four show support. Southold cannot support the proposed district moving forward based on those figures.” (more…)

10/23/14 10:00am
Greenport vacation homes currently listed on airbnb.com.

Greenport vacation homes currently listed on airbnb.com.

Although Greenport has long been a hot spot for vacation rentals, the increasing popularity of websites that allow homeowners to lease their properties on a short-term basis has residents and village officials concerned.

On Monday, the Village Board agreed to revisit its zoning code on short-term rentals amid the rising use of websites like Airbnb, which allow homeowners to lease their properties for a little as one night. The conversation was prompted by complaints from residents and village officials alike that the hotel-like operations are disrupting otherwise quiet neighborhoods. (more…)