On Our Water District – We should fight against county acquisition of our water district. This issue lies in waiting behind the Supervisor’s back doors, without transparency or disclosure to the public. The potential acquisition by the county should be exposed and addressed in an open forum enabling transparency to prevail for the good of all Riverhead residents. We must make every effort to fight against county acquisition. The Riverhead Water District is Riverhead’s BIGGEST income generating asset. Riverhead has the best and purest water in the entire county due to the existence of our aquifer. Once the water district is acquired by the county, there is no guarantee we will ever receive the timely water supply we currently have. In the past, Suffolk County has experienced water supply deficiency problems. Furthermore, of concern is the possibility, the county will send our water outward to other towns without compensation and substantially increase the cost of water we receive. A more practical solution is to maintain our most valuable asset and sell our water to Suffolk County.
Riverhead local (7/18/2019) Future of Riverhead Water District becomes a political campaign issue
On Our Police – Collectively, we need to maintain control of our police department. We must prevent county acquisition. At the present moment, there is a concerted effort by the county to take control of our police department. Should the county succeed, we can anticipate:
· Response time will increase
· Crime rates will increase
· The quality of patrol services will decrease
· The quality of our investigations will be decrease
· Members of the police force who reside in our town will decrease
We need viable public-private partnerships, which in turn will transcend into economic prosperity for our Town. Especially, the property owners and to enhance our Town’s future cohesively. In public-business management, the mantra is “effective management skills are necessary to accomplish goals, while protecting all the people it serves.” We need our community to have faith in our Town Supervisor to possess the ability to effectively manage and move our Town forward, not publicity driven drama with a false sense of transparency.
Downtown Revitalization and Route 58 Corridor
We need a cohesive plan to move our Town forward. Our revitalization efforts have been stalled for one and a half years. We need our community to have faith in our ability to manage and move our government forward. We should concentrate on creating open spaces, creating new expanded child friendly parks, exposing the riverfront to Main Street and apportioning larger old retail locations into smaller rentable spaces. This approach will garner a desirable welcoming quaint hometown charm.
Once an effective development plan is developed, we should expedite approvals and reduce fees to further fortify our goals effectively. Planning to move our Town forward is possible with the right management team in place. However, you need a leader who has the desire to act and make decisions. This approach will also entice the right developers for our Town and reap the fruits of good and effective government. We need to be progressing towards setting our goals and objectives for our town in a cohesive manner. Many of our communities around us thriving. Why? Simple, they have a business and resident friendly Town. We have the infrastructure in place, the desire of businesses to work with our community and the ability to change zoning. Change can happen now!