Mailing address: Taxpayers for Aguiar, P.O. Box 1279, Riverhead, NY 11901
With Your Support, Moving Riverhead Forward!
When I ran for Riverhead Town Supervisor two years ago, my goal was to work for all of Riverhead. For the last 21 months, this dictum has guided my actions. As I seek re-election, I promise to continue to work on behalf of all our residents to provide quality government services in the most efficient way possible at minimal cost to taxpayers, while safeguarding our community, increasing economic opportunities, preserving our local environment, and protecting our drinking water.
Just nine short weeks after taking office, a global pandemic impacted our nation. Here in Riverhead, we experienced monumental challenges. My experience in public and private management, law enforcement and the ability to lead cohesively helped our town government rise above the challenges presented to us. We provided services to the homebound, shelter for the homeless, and secured vaccines for our seniors. At the same time, we reduced spending and debt to improve our fiscal stability and secured our communities. We reduced our crime rate substantially and a recent pandemic-related audit by the New York State Comptroller revealed that we addressed the pandemic setbacks properly, all while maintaining the services our residents expected and deserved. Thereafter, Moody’s increased our bond rating, a significant indicator of financial stability. Reducing property taxes will be my next priority.
The Island Water Park, 22 years in the making, will finally open later this year. The year-round destination park will offer activities for all age groups.
I support our police. The town has a great force.
I do not support the Defund the Police movement which threatens our safety and well being.
Riverhead was the first town on Long Island to allow outdoor dining to help our restaurants survive during the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the Beat the Heat Event at Race Track - Not Street in EPCAL.
A great crowd of families and racers was present to see racers compete against Sgt. Jose Ayala's in his 1980 Camaro.
One of the great events is the fair at the Hollockville Farm Museum.
I attended the 2nd Annual Brian "Smiles" Simonsen Golf Outing, which is a bittersweet event honoring a fallen hero from the NYPD.
Photo Courtesy of Patch.com
What an awesome opening day for Race Track, Not Street Drag Racing
Today August 21, 2021, Riverhead made history! The first of eight drag racing events went off without a hitch. The entire community is in awe. Thank you, Pete and Maree Moscati, and the Long Island Needs a Drag Strip. The Riverhead face of Drag racing, John Montecalvo, and all those who had a vision. Thank you to Councilmen Tim Hubbard, Frank Beyrodt and Kent Rothwell for voting yes to this great community event. Thank you Congressman Lee Zeldin for supporting Riverhead in this initiative. The whole community came together.
We can't wait for the Next Event!
TOWN OF RIVERHEAD, NEW YORK – GATEWAY TO PROSPERITYhttps://businessviewmagazine.com/town-riverhead-new-york-gateway-prosperity/
"The town is going through its renaissance, something we have not seen here in 30 years. We’re doing things that other towns haven’t done.”
Town Supervisor Yvette Aguiar.
Great interview on The Future of Riverhead & Drag Racing at EPCAL with Jay Oliver
Congratulations to all Manorville Fire Department Volunteers, who were honored at the 79th Annual Inspection Dinner. Thank you all members for helping keep our community safe.
A special yearly event is the Stop the Violence Summer Basketball Tournament played at the Horton Avenue park. Dwayne Eleazer, is the president of Stop the Violence of Long Island. The organization’s goal is to bring young men together by playing basketball to create a bridge of friendship on and off the court. I wish to thank all who donate their time, energy, and financial resources to this worthwhile cause.
Prospective Puppy Mill Legislation
Unfortunately, a discussion regarding puppy mills at a recent work session was taken out of content and it is important to note, puppy mills are and should never be supported. As a former Law enforcement officer, my career was built on doing the right thing for the community and help safeguard the community, in an effort for people to live in harmony. No one in our society should ever condone abuse of animals and people.
I have a 11-year-old Golden Retriever, who was purchased from a commercial pet store in Queens with an American Kennel Club certification, not a puppy mill, which was in existence for over 50 years. In addition, we have raised puppies for Smithtown Guide Dog Foundation the past 5 years. River, a Black Labrador is our latest puppy. These dogs become life support companions for the visually impaired, veterans, and children in need, and it is our way of giving back to society.
The intentional misinformation put forth recently stems from certain groups, the media and political supporters, who have not asked for my personal viewpoint and put forth misinformation in an effort to promote their own political agenda during an election year. Putting fear in people in an effort to slander a candidate, should not be tolerated in our community.
Recently, Councilman Rothwell asked for a discussion on puppy mills, after the discussion, I became aware there was a pending State legislation. It became important for us to both take a harder look with the Town Attorney to ensure the legislation was appropriately addressed. This is our responsibility as Legislators.
No resolution was passed, and no vote was casted. The discussion item was a conversion about possibly putting forth legislation banning puppy mills in the future. Thereafter, a public hearing will be held to hear from the entire public. These actions are part of a process and should be the guiding principle of good governance.
I asked for additional time to comprehensibly review the New York State legislation – S. 4234 – A and A. 6298 –A and other legislations regarding the subject at hand. After the discussion, I became aware of the State legislation no one was aware of during the discussion. What is wrong with saying, we have new information and let’s take an informed look at the State legislation, which was not known to us? nothing!!!
I wholeheartedly support legislation banning puppy mills. However, we all need to ensure the legislation is appropriately researched and written. It is our job to become fully informed as Legislators.
In addition, we need to ensure commercial pet stores owners and our farmers who follow the State regulations do not become collateral damage in this effort. Again, an open discussion and working on the appropriate legislation is the foundation of what good governance should be based on.
For the record, I have never supported and will never support puppy mills. I personally do not know anyone who supports animal abuse and I hope to never know such a person. Enough of the political driven attacks. Political candidates should run for office based on their record, ability to lead, credentials, and working with the entire community, not engaging their political supporters to point fingers to create public fear. Anything further is harmful to our community and an abuse of what good government should stand for.
At the National Night Out in Riverhead,
great to see the residents and our Police Department together.
Moody's upgraded the Town of Riverhead's bond rating from Aa3 to Aa2 rating. First upgrade since 2008. A significant sign of fiscal stability.
I am honored to be nominated by Dan’s Newspaper, "2021 PowerList of the East End", which recognized the most influential movers and shakers of the North and South Forks, for their continued commitment, impact and influence on the East End.
Riverhead is on the map and moving forward.
One of the great summertime events is the Jamesport Fire Department Parade, thank you to all the Fire Personnel and EMS who kept us safe especially during the COVID-19 Pandemic
I had the honor to renamed Marcy Ave - Ziggy's Way after the Zbigniew “Ziggy” Wilinski, a pillar of Polish Town and the Riverhead community.
Finally, after 20 years of trying under previous supervisors, Island Water will open in the fall. The state of the art park, will generate jobs, grow the local economy and make Riverhead, a year round destination.
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New York Post Article.
Smaller version of Disney’: Mega-waterpark set to open on Long Island
By Jackie Salo July 14, 2021 | 4:21pm |
The Island Water Park will open this fall in Riverhead, Long Island.
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A giant water park with indoor surfing, rock climbing and something called the “Ninja Warrior” obstacle course is slated to open on Long Island by late fall.
The Island Water Park in the town of Riverhead is “going to be a smaller version of Disney,” Town Supervisor Yvette Aguiar told The Post on Wednesday.
“It’s going to be family-friendly entertainment at all skill levels. It’s going to be a year-round destination,” she said.
The Island Water Park will feature attractions such as indoor surfing, rock climbing and an obstacle course.
Aguiar said the attraction will also being creating partnerships with the community and “sourcing local businesses to utilize.”
“It’s going to create over 500 employment opportunities. They’re going to provide a symbiotic relationship with our business, the hotels, the restaurants and student interns,” she said.
Riverhead Councilman Frank Beyrodt Jr. said the “state-of-the-art” facility will draw more tourists out East.
Riverhead Councilman Frank Beyrodt said the water park is “going to be an economic multiplier
“It has a tremendous economic impact. It’s going to be an economic multiplier for the town of Riverhead that we are embracing,” Beyrodt Jr. told The Post.
“It was the brainchild of Eric Scott and what a visionary to think of something like that.”
The park, which will also feature electric bumper boats with water cannons as well as a manmade lake, could be ready to welcome guests by late fall.
The attraction has been more than 20 years in the making, with Scott first setting his eyes on a site near the town’s former landfill in 1998 before construction obstacles led him to sell the property.
This time around, it is slated for a 42.5-acre site on Middle Country Road in Calverton.
“It’s got a little of everything. And out here, there’s nothing for kids to do, so this is going to be groundbreaking for kids on Long Island,” Scott, president of Island Water Park, told the newspaper.
“All we have is baseball fields and football fields. This is going to be surfboarding and Ninja Warrior parks.”
Statement on Marijuana Legislation - July 7, 2021
I fully support medical marijuana, as many people do. This is not the issue here. There are many questions with no answers or guidance from NYS regarding this new legislation. Unfortunately, there are way too many unknowns here at the moment. There is no indication of the resources being provided to our law enforcement to safeguard our roads and residents. I spoke with many police departments, including, the NYC and Suffolk Police Departments, including our own Police Department. They are not against the use, they are against the legislation due to the lack of ability to safeguard the public.
I am extremely concern with the issuance of State delivery licenses. It is not clear to me where deliveries may take place or what controls are in place for businesses, private homes, government buildings, or locations where children are present. I know a colleague of who put on sunglasses and a hat and entered a smoke shop. He asked to purchase the candy known as gummies. He was sold the candy laced with Marijuana. It is very obvious, the bag of candy he purchased was marketed young children. This should be concerning for all parents!
I would have liked to bring this matter to a public vote or at a minimum pursued the option of opting out, until we have created the public safeguards that are needed for detection and control. Further, I am not sure on the monetary front we many receive, which is very dubious at the moment.
I do not believe I should be pursuing the state taxes, when people are now permitted to grow marijuana in their own homes, or it may be purchase at Indian reservations, again, tax free. This may have been a carrot presented to me. I am sorry, I am not biting. My decision should not be about money that will be offered, it is about safety, prevention, control and proper designation of locations.
We also have two other options here:
1)To opt out of the legislation (which means to no allow it at this time) and correct some of these concerns. Thereafter, and opt back into it (allow can café use when we are better prepared). I do not see the hurry here?
2) We could have also put this action up for a permissive referendum, and bring the issue to all Riverhead voters.
These two options would have been a better approach in my opinion.
Last week, I wrote to the Governor, requesting answers to 10 questions of concern. I hope to receive a response in the near future. Regardless, marijuana use does not belong in Downtown Riverhead or anywhere near our new Town Square!
I respect my colleague’s vote to allow marijuana retail and café use at this time. However, I vote yes to delay the decision and hold off on Marijuana retail and café use, until our community is able to comprehensively explore the entire issue.
At the Grand Opening of the Lidl Supermarket in Riverhead on June 30, 2021. Great to see another store open up in the town.
I wish to thank Mark Alhadeff and the all the members of Boy Scout Troop 442 from New York City on their cleanup of Reeves Beach on Sunday June 6, 2021.
Thank you for all support Drag Racing is back on Long Island.
This family friendly event will bring together the Residents of Riverhead.
A major step in creating a new Town Square in Riverhead
Long Island Abate
Attended the Long Island’s ABATE 11th Annual Motorcycle Awareness Ride, today at the Riverhead Elks Lodge #2044 with New York State Assembly members Jodi Giglio and Douglas Smith.
ABATE (American Bikers for Awareness, Training & Education) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization located on Long Island that helps to promote Bike Safety, lobby for motorcyclist’s rights, and raises money for local Veteran Organizations.
I was happy to meet the members of ABATE and thank you to President Chris Beckhans for all your efforts.
Many our residents are lighting up lanterns to support our senior class.
Congratulations Riverhead High School Class of 2021!
Best of Luck in all your future endeavors.
The Riverhead Republican Campaign Kickoff
Last Friday, I had the honor of meeting the great citizens of Riverhead at the Riverhead Republican Campaign Kickoff.
Our traditional & moral values are under constant attack. Our hard working citizens face enormous financial press due to rising taxes to fund giveaway programs by the state and federal governments.
I recognize the importance of faith, family, education and hard work. I support the police and against any political pressure to defund our law enforcement.
With the family members of PFC. Garfield Langhorn and
Tech. Sgt. Dashan Briggs at the Honoring the Hometown Heroes Ceremony.
Thank you to the Riverhead Veterans' Advisory Committee and Councilman Rothwell for all your efforts.
Thank you Lieutenant Rick Boden for your 35 years of faithful service to the Riverhead Police Department.
Please check out the article in Dan's Paper
Great turnout for The Riverhead litter cleanup.
Thank you Riverhead ROTC, the Boy and Girl Scouts
and all who volunteered.
PRESS CONFERENCE - Town of Riverhead Announces Release of RFQ to Foster Redevelopment of Riverhead Train Station
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2021 Contact: Devon Higgins, Deputy Supervisor, Town of Riverhead-- 631-727-3200 Ext. 252
Supervisor Yvette Aguiar said the revitalization of downtown Riverhead is taking another significant step forward with the promotion of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to foster the development of a Transportation Oriented Development (TOD) project.
“The creation of a Transportation Oriented Development at the Riverhead Railroad station will vastly increase public transportation options to live, work and play in downtown Riverhead and beyond,” Supervisor Aguiar said. Riverhead was awarded New York State grant funding several years ago to create the plan, adopt new zoning and issue an RFQ for a developer for the project. “The plan, in part, involves the Town leveraging the train station surface parking lot for a new mixed use TOD development that we are confident will transform this long blighted area,”
Community Development Director Dawn Thomas said. Aguiar praised the entire Town Board for once again advancing downtown revitalization forward despite the 2020 pandemic. “Riverhead’s government has been united in its intent to move redevelopment goals forward,” she said. “Combined with the Town Square, the TOD will transform the downtown business district into a thriving regional hub that offers an attractive venue for people to live, work and play here in Riverhead.”
Supervisor Aguiar expressed her appreciation to New York State and Suffolk County for being enthusiastic financial supporters of the revitalization of Downtown Riverhead. “The Town of Riverhead is entering a period of unprecedented economic renaissance,” she said. “We have not seen this level of positive interest from the private sector, the community, as well as support from all levels of government in at least 20 years. In closing, I want to thank the entire Town Board for working cooperatively towards our mutual goal of seeing a fully revitalized
Recently, the Town of Riverhead lost a Icon.
Ziggy, You will be missed but never forgotten.
I have been advocating for a COVID-19 vaccination distribution site at our senior center.
Finally, after many attempts, New York State released 1,000 vaccines for distribution at our Senior center. Thereafter, I petitioned the County and was able to obtain an additional 500 vaccinations.
I am thankful to the Governor's office and the County Executive for hearing my pleas.
Thank you Councilman Rothwell for your assistance and working with our office to pre-register our seniors.
I am thankful to have been nominated by the Riverhead Republicans and the Conservative party as their candidate for Riverhead Town Supervisor.
The 2021 Republican Slate:
Councilman Kenneth Rothwell, Candidate for Councilman Robert Kerns, Tax Assessor Lavern Tennenberg and Highway Superintendent candidate Michael Zaleski
The 2021 State of the Town Address
Yvette Aguiar, Supervisor, Town of Riverhead, delivers the State of the Town address at Riverhead Town Hall on February 8.
I was honored to see the intensity of confidence displayed by our community. Most certainly, it was reflected at the November 5th election.
I walked and I talked personally to my entire community. I spoke to anyone who would listen to me, thousands of residents, local businesses, religious and civic organizations. I heard my community loud and clear.
While, election victory is a great honor. Today, I working every day to address the complex issues such as COVID-19, the budget, revitalizing downtown, Over Crowded housing, keeping our water district and obtaining additional funding for our town and school district. I thank the community for having faith in me. I am aware there are some bridges to be built and promises to be kept. Rest assured, I will represent the entire Riverhead Community.
In keeping with Abraham Lincoln’s Mantra, you serve the people best, when you serve them first. I will serve Riverhead Residents first
My First STATE OF THE TOWN SPEECH
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mobile: (516) 983-3890
Work: (631) 207-1057 ext. 112
John Zaher (631) 207-1057 ext. 107
February 8, 2021
Riverhead Town Supervisor Yvette Aguiar Delivers Annual State of the Town Address
Discusses How the Town Has Addressed and Overcame Many of the Challenges Posed by the COVID-19 Pandemic
On February 8, Yvette Aguiar, Supervisor, Town of Riverhead, held her State of the Town address at Riverhead Town Hall. She talked about her administration’s challenges during her first year in office, how the Town worked to overcome those challenges and mitigate the effects of Hurricane Isaias and the COVID-19 pandemic.
She went on to outline other initiatives over the past year to move the Town forward, despite the pandemic’s impact. Her administration worked on efforts to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on the Town residents and its finances and made important investments in public safety. “At a time when people were scared and confused, with limited movement and resources, we worked to protect our residents and helped those most in need,” she said.
To help these communities, the Town worked to provide shelter for the homeless and partnered with the county to supply emergency food deliveries to homebound residents and families in need.
“The pandemic has had its greatest impact on the Town’s children and seniors,” Supervisor Aguiar said. “Very often, our seniors found it difficult to access food, healthcare and other essential services.”
Under her leadership, the Town created the Riverhead SAFE (Senior Assistance for Essentials) program, which delivered food, medications and supplies to older residents and enhanced its Senior Meals on Wheels program. Supervisor Aguiar announced that, starting next week, the Town will launch an outreach program to assist seniors with transportation to and from Riverhead vaccination sites. Future plans include an expansion of the Town’s Senior Home Improvement program.
The pandemic also impacted the town’s finances, with a $1.8 million reduction in building application fees, State and County aid and Justice Court revenues in the General Fund. To mitigate these losses, Supervisor Aguiar’s administration reduced spending by 1.14%. She renegotiated the 2018 contracts for the Town’s police officers and superior officers at a savings of $645,000 for 2021 and renegotiated a reduction in insurance cost for 2021 at $30,326. In addition, the Town was able to lower its debt by $9.68 million.
“We cut non-essential spending, placed promotions on hold and limited new hires, while maintaining the services taxpayers expect and deserve,” Supervisor Aguiar said. “The lower debt will reduce financing costs, helping to put the Town on better, long-term footing.”
Supervisor Aguiar also addressed the topic of illegal overcrowding and its impact on schools. Upon taking office, she commenced five Supreme Court actions and adjusted the hours for Code Enforcement. However, these actions, and other initiatives to reduce illegal, overcrowded housing, were put on hold by the governor’s eviction moratorium, which will be in effect until May 31.
“This will continue to be a priority of my administration,” Supervisor Aguiar said of the overcrowding crisis. “We will also work to enhance the availability of legal workforce housing for our Town’s residents.”
On environmental issues, Supervisor Aguiar said she will work to protect the residents of Manorville and those living east of the Enterprise Park at Calverton (EPCAL), who are threatened by contaminants in the drinking water. “These residents deserve clean and safe water now. I will continue to champion with Federal, State and Local officials to supply the necessary water as quickly as possible,” she said.
On the issues of downtown revitalization and economic development, the supervisor announced that the Pattern Book has been completed and adopted and will be used as a guide for the ongoing revitalization of Riverhead’s downtown. These include the addition of nationally recognized chain stores and shops, the purchase of the old Sweezey’s building by the Long Island Science Museum and the scheduled fall opening of the Island Water Park, an interactive family-friendly amusement center featuring an indoor surf pool, restaurant and café. Thanks in part to an $800,000 grant received by the Community Development Agency, the Town will create a Town Square on the Peconic Riverwalk.
“We as a Town will navigate and successfully tackle any future challenges presented to us,” Supervisor Aguiar said. “I am confident we will emerge from the current State of Emergency as a greater, smarter and more cohesive community, dedicated to building a better future for our residents.”
On the Subject of Code Enforcement
The COVID-19 pandemic has effected the town's effort on overcrowded housing complaints. Five Supreme Court actions have been commenced, the amount of summons issues has increased and the hours for Code Enforcement have been adjusted. However, these actions, and other initiatives to reduce illegal, overcrowded housing, were put on hold by the governor’s eviction moratorium, which will remain in effect until May 31.
I have opened a line of communication with School Superintendent and the Board of Education in an effort to increase school funding from the state and address other areas of concern. Our children are the future of Riverhead.
A united community demands public water in area near former Grumman site — but Navy shows no sign of budging
Please read the article in Dan's paper.
Thank you for all our veterans, who risked their lives to safeguard our American way of life.
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