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Newsday: “Riverhead, Shelter Island Voters Boot Incumbent Supervisors”

Yvette Aguiar was elected Riverhead Town Supervisor, making her the first Latina to be elected to that post. Throughout her campaign, Ms. Aguiar touted a 10-point strategic plan to crack down on illegal, overcrowded housing that has affected both the residents’ property values and quality of life, and the students’ ability to learn. She told Newsday that, as part of her platform, “the people of Riverhead are always going to come first.”

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Yvette Aguiar Releases Radio Commercial on Riverhead Illegal Housing

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October 1, 2019


100 Million Dollars School Bond and the School Overcrowding Crisis.

September 28, 2019

My 10 point plan to alleviate illegal and dangerous overcrowding 

Proposed Task Force addressing illegal overcrowding in Riverhead (Ten Point System):

1. Create a Task Force to pool all our resources, i.e. code enforcement officers, fire marshals, police, a town attorney, traffic control officers (TCOs), building inspectors, and code enforcement officers. The goal is to pool our resources and work collectively in a cohesive manner. For example, identify locations where cars are parked illegally on both sides of the streets, causing traffic congestion. Once these violations are observed by our traffic control officers, violations should be documented.

2. The task force should be headed by a town member who is well-versed in law enforcement, town codes and managerial experience.

3.Enhance the computer tracking system to identify and document illegal overcrowded homes and time stamp the violation(s) for processing purposes with identified levels of action.

4. Hire at least two additional code enforcement officers. This approach will eventually lead to a reduction in excessive school taxes. (Southampton Town has at least six code officers, Riverhead has only 3.5).

5. Meet with our town justices to ensure they are aware of increased code enforcement and resolve any concerns appropriately. Create an increased penalty scale consisting of at least $5,000 for the initial violation.

6. Commence legal action against landlords and homeowners who enable excessive renters in Supreme Court. Not one Supreme Court action has been initiated in the last two years.

7. Create an intelligence reporting system with checkboxes for all code enforcement officers, fire marshals, policer officers, traffic control officers, and the public to initiative the preponderance of evidence required in court. 

8. Identify those residences who have multiple garbage cans, doorbells, mailboxes, an excessive number of automobiles (unregistered and out-of-state), automobiles parked on front lawns, external wiring, homes with multiple locks, etc.

9.These violations can be simply documented on a short checkbox intelligence report, along with photograph(s) of the violation. Any town personnel who witness these violations can easily prepare the form quickly and submit the document to the Task Force for documentation into the tracking system. In addition, commence utilizing residency affidavits.

10. Establish a working relationship with the Riverhead Central School District and civic groups to report on the progress of the Task Force. 


Overcrowding in the Riverhead School District and the 100 million dollar bond issue

September 24, 2019

Video at the school board meeting on September 24, 2019

I had no intention to talk until a school board member stated the current supervisor candidate has no plan for school overcrowding.

2 articles from the Riverhead Local:


Board approves $175,000 pattern book for downtown redevelopment

August 21, 2019 Riverhead Local

Republican supervisor candidate Yvette Aguiar in an interview after the meeting called the pattern book “another delay tactic for not addressing the urgent issues that we have to revitalize downtown.”

She said Riverhead has “great architects who know every nook and cranny in our town and architects and designers serving on the ARB and other committees” and she does not agree with spending $175,000 for “pretty pictures.”

The "pretty picture book" does not mitigate the plague of storefronts for rent in downtown Riverhead.

One of the 17 buildings for rent on Main Street in Riverhead


From the Riverhead News Review 

August 20, 2019

Yvette Aguiar, Ms. Jens-Smith’s Republican opponent in this fall’s election, attempted to go along on the tour, but was told by a representative of the Lt. Gov. that it was a private event and was not open to the public.

Another fine example of transparency in local government.


Indecisiveness on by town supervisor on state water grant

August 2, 2019


Future of Riverhead Water District becomes a political campaign issue

July 18, 2019


Riverhead can support a movie theater

June 27, 2019


Republican supervisor candidate responds to ‘State of the Town’ speech

April 10, 2019


Aguiar selected to run for Riverhead Town Supervisor

February 11, 2019


Future of Riverhead Water District becomes a political campaign issue

July 18, 2019


Dr. Aguiar's Cyber Challenge

March 3, 2016


Professor Uses NYPD Training and Experience to Develop Interactive Class on Active Shooters, Campus Security

January 28, 2014









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