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Town Board Supports Footbridge Over Peconic

Tim Gannon
Riverhead News-Review

The Riverhead Town Board is discussing Southampton Town’s proposal for a footbridge across the Peconic River into downtown Riverhead at its work session Thursday.

Vince Taldone, president of the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association, is speaking before the board on the proposal, which his organization and Legislator Jay Schneiderman has pushed as part of an overall effort to jump-start business development in the beleaguered Riverside hamlet.

In addition, the board is discussing the Knightland application for excavating permit, which would be used to build a commercial development at the corner of Sound Avenue and Route 25A in Wading River.

That application has withstood legal challenges, and the attorney for the applicant — developer and EastWind Caterers owner Kenn Barra — has been asking for the excavating permit for several weeks now.

The board also will discuss legislation limiting houseboats in town waters.

The meeting starts at 10 a.m. and News-Review reporter Tim Gannon will be reporting live.