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Mailing address: Taxpayers for Aguiar, P.O. Box 1279, Riverhead, NY 11901

VOTE November 2, 2021 Rows B & C 

*** Endorsed by the Riverhead Police Benevolent Association and Newsday***

The demolition of the two buildings started today to open Downtown Riverhead to the scenic Peconic for the creation of a new town square.  I had the honor of taking the first piece down.

  

 

 

Click on this Link for full article: Aguiar for Riverhead supervisor | Newsday   

Thank you to the Riverhead PBA for endorsing me for a second term as Town Supervisor. I believe that our police should be suppored and NOT DEFUNDED. 

 ***Riverhead taxes have increased in the last 21 years. Supervisor proposes no tax increase and a decrease in her 2022 budget***


Press Release:9/20/21

Supervisor Proposes Zero Percent Property Tax Increase for 2022 Budget and 1% decrease in the Highway Budget:

If approved, it would be the first town budget in 20 plus years to not increase property taxes, with a 1% decrease in the Highway Budget.

Supervisor Yvette Aguiar proposed her Tentative 2022 Town of Riverhead budget this morning that will not increase property taxes. If adopted by the Town Board, the budget would be the first one in more than 20 years to provide residents relief in the form of a 0% increase in taxes and 1% decrease in the Highway Budget.

“The year 2021 has proven to be a year of progress for the Town of Riverhead,” Supervisor Yvette Aguiar said. “Our plans and vision for our great Town are advancing, despite the ongoing financial challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Supervisor Aguiar said her administration instituted proactive measures to reduce spending town-wide as outlined in last year’s budget. These measures were successfully implemented with the assistance and support of the entire Town Board, department head and town employees. “As a result, I am proud to be able to provide our residents and business owners a proposed tentative budget that will hold the line on taxes,” she said. “Sound financial planning in 2021 paved the way for the stable fiscal position we find ourselves in today. It is these fiscal efforts that have enabled me to reduce taxes in the Highway Fund, while keeping taxes in the General Fund and in the Street Lighting Fund to the same level as 2021. This will benefit every taxpayer in the Town of Riverhead and will be the first time in 21 years that property taxes will not increase, and, in fact, will decrease because of lower highway taxes.”


Supervisor Aguiar’s 2022 Tentative Budget provides the Town with the ability to enhance critical Information Technology infrastructure, supply body cameras for police officers, further the expansion of the Code Enforcement Department, continue the updating of the Comprehensive Master Plan, and continue the development of our new Town Square along the Peconic Riverfront in Downtown Riverhead. The use of Community Benefit Funds and American Rescue Funds will be used in part to purchase or upgrade much of this critically needed equipment and vehicles, and will also provide additional training and equipment for the Town’s first responders. “These funds, as well as unanticipated revenues received in 2021, have enabled me to offset inevitable spending increases including contractual expenses and higher health insurance premiums,” she said.

Supervisor Aguiar said, “the primary purpose of this budget was to create a stable road map for fiscal responsibility and future planning. My administration, the Town Board, our department heads, and all town employees will continue to battle the pandemic-fueled fiscal challenges, as the pandemic recovery phase continues. Subsequently, my administration has proven that it is indeed possible to exercise fiscal discipline, while continuing to achieve the momentum to move forward towards the betterment of our entire town.”


According to the Supervisor, the 2022 Tentative Town Budget “reflects my continued commitment to provide fiscal stability with the highest level of services, while continuing to fortify the Town’s infrastructure, increasing public safety, and improving the quality of life for our residents, our businesses, and our visitors.”


Supervisor Aguiar Presents 2022 Tentative Budget to the Town Board, which would not increase taxes


The deadline to submit the 2022 Tentative Budget is Tuesday, October 5, at which point it will become the 2022 Preliminary Budget. The Town Board will have until November 20 to discuss or amend the budget. If no changes are made by the Town Board, the budget will become the 2022 Final Budget.


As a result of the Town Board making difficult choices, Aguiar also noted that in June 2021, after a random review of 20 New York State municipalities, the New York State Comptroller’s Office released a report, determining the Town of Riverhead “adequately assessed the impact of the pandemic on financial operations while developing estimates for significant revenues and expenditures in the 2021 adopted budget.” Furthermore, for the first time in over two decades, Moody’s Investors Service upgraded the Town of Riverhead’s bond rating, from Aa3 to Aa2, a significant sign of fiscal stability, similar to an individual credit score, and a reduction in long-term interest rates.

 

With Your Support, Moving Riverhead Forward! Why I am Running

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.

While the pandemic response and public safety was my top priority, we moved forward with our plans to develop our local economy, revitalize our downtown, improve local quality of life and protect our environment.
We are creating a town square on our riverfront and two of the blighted buildings across from the Suffolk Theatre will be demolished soon, opening Main Street to beautify our riverfront. I obtained the assistance of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and flooding of the riverfront will finally be addressed.

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.

Finally, after decades of passion displayed by our residents, drag racing in Riverhead became a reality over the summer.

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. 

 
We formed a beach committee to ensure we maintain our beaches for our residents.
The welfare and safety of our town’s children is a primary concern. As a result, we have reorganized our code enforcement office and enacted new code revisions to enhance enforcement. We are now more prepared to address overcrowded housing issues, once noneviction mandates are lifted.
 
We formed a committee to address the immediacy to bring clean water to our Manorville residents. I am working with Congressman Zeldin and State officials to bring this long overdue process to a successful close. We have completed a map and plan to facilitate the water service in this area.

 

While these are only some of my accomplishments over the less than two short years, I am committed to moving Riverhead forward for the benefit of all our residents.
 
As I seek re-election as Supervisor, I look forward to continuing to speak with town residents and discuss my credentials, management experience, and what we have accomplished so far, along with my vision for Riverhead’s future in a positive, constructive, and balanced manner.

 

  

Certificate of appreciation presented to the Riverhead Supervisor, Lion Yvette Aguiar and Lion Paul Carr by Lions Club President, Robert Kozakiewicz and on the left Nick Feliz Lions Zone chairman. Yvette and Paul raising Riverhead Lions sponsored Guide puppy, "River" an adorable black lab named by the town employees.

 
 
 

 

A great time at the Riverhead High School Blue Waves Homecoming and Football Game. Riverhead won 22-12

 

 

 

Another First for Riverhead - The 1st Annual Octoberfest was a great success, with a large crowd, live music and great food. 

 

  

 https://longisland.news12.com/restaurant-owners-await-town-board-s-decision-on-making-outdoor-dining-permanent-in-riverhead

 

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.

 

        The new Town Square will be the focal point of Downtown Riverhead. A place where families may enjoy the scenic waterfront.
 
 
 

 

     

 Photo Courtesy of Patch.com

 

 Please read the article in the Riverhead Patch on the racing at EPCAL.

 

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

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/jvc-broadcasting/id983607576?i=1000532205679

 

 

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

Video featured on Fox Five New York 

Click below to view video

New water park coming to LI (fox5ny.com)

 

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.

 

  

Credit: Image Broker/ Alamy

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.”

 

https://nypost.com/2021/07/14/new-water-park-could-come-to-long-island-by-fall/

 

 

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.

 

 

Finally, we are moving away from the COVID-19 Pandemic.
To all our residents, this day has been a long time coming. I believe, I speak for everyone when I say, it could have not arrived soon enough.

 

 

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. 

 

May be an image of text that says 'NHRA Race Track, Not Street A0 DRAG RACING SERIES AT EPCAL RIVERHEAD. ISLAND'

 

Riverhead town board gives green light to drag racing events on EPCAL property | Newsday

  

 

 

 

"Veterans are a symbol of what makes our nation  great, and we must never forget all they have done to ensure our freedom.”-
 
Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen

 

 

A major step in creating a new Town Square in Riverhead 

 

https://www.newsday.com/long-island/towns/town-square-riverhead-buildings-demolish-1.50250653

 

  

 

 

 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

 

https://www.danspapers.com/2021/04/high-profile-yvette-aguiar/

 

 

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

Click here for Press Release

 

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.

 

 

 https://riverheadlocal.com/2021/03/05/riverhead-covid-19-vaccination-site-opens/

 

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

Thank you,

Yvette

 

 

My First STATE OF THE TOWN SPEECH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Hank Russell

Mobile: (516) 983-3890

Work: (631) 207-1057 ext. 112

John Zaher (631) 207-1057 ext. 107

PRMG New York

 

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

https://riverheadlocal.com/2021/01/25/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.

 

 https://www.danspapers.com/2020/11/victorias-diary-remember-her-name/?fbclid=IwAR2YE0MunsYUS9ASjl0wBvL2o8ln25ITeqcLWvmROmtxnu2ptRlMR_1zFdA

 

Thank you for all our veterans, who risked their lives to safeguard our American way of life. 

https://riverheadnewsreview.timesreview.com/2020/11/102867/honoring-those-who-served-in-riverhead-at-annual-veterans-day-ceremony/

 

 

Host an Event: Ask a few friends over to meet the candidate for Riverhead Supervisor. Go to the "Contact" link above. Email Yvette Aguiar and present your ideas for hosting an event.


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