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February 24, 2021

Councilwoman Catherine Kent is running for supervisor. The first-term council member was tapped by the Riverhead Town Democratic Committee Tuesday night, the committee announced in a press release.

Kent, of Baiting Hollow, is currently serving the fourth and final year of her first term as councilwoman.

She will face off against Supervisor Yvette Aguiar, a Republican seeking a second two-year term. The two have frequently been at odds since Aguiar took office in January 2020, frequently arguing over policies and town board procedures.
Kent, a lifelong Riverhead resident and retired educator who spent her career teaching in Riverhead schools, heads a town board ticket that includes Evelyn Hobson-Womak and Juan Micieli-Martinez.

Hobson-Womak is retiring after a 28-year career in the Riverhead Police Department, where she currently serves as a detective. A military veteran, she has given her time to Riverhead Youth Court and is a member of First Baptist Church of Riverhead.

Micieli-Martinez is a longtime Riverhead resident with strong ties to farming and agriculture. He was general manager and winemaker for Martha Clara for more than 10 years.

Rounding out the Democrats’ slate this year is William “JR” Renten for highway superintendent, and Tara Taylor and Ellen Hoil for assessor.
Renten is an employee of the Riverhead highway department and volunteer since 1986 in the Riverhead Fire Department, which he currently serves as third assistant chief. He is a U.S. Navy veteran. He hopes to succeed his boss, Highway Superintendent George Woodson, who is retiring at the end of his current more ››

January 20, 2021

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in Wednesday as president and vice president of the United States, taking the helm of a deeply divided nation and inheriting a confluence of crises faced by few of their predecessors.

With Donald Trump absent — he became the first president since 1869 to skip his successor's inauguration — Biden said he would be the president "for all Americans."

"We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal," said Biden, a Democrat. "We can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts."

"Every disagreement doesn't have to be a cause for total war, and we must reject the culture in which facts themselves are manipulated and even manufactured," he added.

Latest updates on the inauguration of Joe Biden
The last outgoing president to snub his successor's inauguration was Andrew Johnson, who didn't attend the swearing-in of Ulysses S. Grant. Earlier, Trump held his own sendoff, telling supporters gathered at Andrews Air Force Base: "Have a nice life. See you soon."

About three hours later, in Biden's inaugural address, the new president paid homage to those lost in the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed 400,000 Americans since February 2020.

He paused for a moment of silent prayer to remember those lost souls.

"Remember all of those who we've lost in this past year to the pandemic — those 400,000 fellow Americans, moms, dads, husbands, wives, sons, daughters, friends, neighbors and coworkers," Biden said. "We will honor them by becoming the people and the nation we know we can, and should, be."read more ››

November 7, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden says it’s time for America to "unite" and to "heal."

Biden said in a statement Saturday, "With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation."

"We are the United States of America," he wrote. "And there’s nothing we can’t do, if we do it together."

Biden made no mention of his opponent, President Donald Trump, who has not conceded the race.

Biden clinched the White House with a victory in Pennsylvania, the state where he was born. He will be the 46th president of the United more ››

November 7, 2020

Kamala Harris made history Saturday as the first Black woman elected as vice president of the United States, shattering barriers that have kept men — almost all of them white — entrenched at the highest levels of American politics for more than two centuries.
The 56-year-old California senator, also the first person of South Asian descent elected to the vice presidency, represents the multiculturalism that defines America but is largely absent from Washington's power centers. Her Black identity has allowed her to speak in personal terms in a year of reckoning over police brutality and systemic racism. As the highest-ranking woman ever elected in American government, her victory gives hope to women who were devastated by Hillary Clinton's defeat four years ago.
Harris has been a rising star in Democratic politics for much of the last two decades, serving as San Francisco's district attorney and California's attorney general before becoming a U.S. senator. After Harris ended her own 2020 Democratic presidential campaign, Joe Biden tapped her as his running mate. They will be sworn in as president and vice president on Jan. more ››


For the first time in town history, a major party is fielding an all-women slate of candidates for town office.

Riverhead Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith, who in 2017 became the first woman ever elected to the post, got her party’s nod to lead the Democrats’ ticket in 2019. Local Democrats have tapped former East End Arts executive director Patricia Snyder and Chamber of Commerce executive director Diane Tucci to run for town council.

Rounding out the slate are 10-year incumbent town clerk Diane Wilhelm and political newcomers Jaraby Thomas and Tara Taylor who are running for the... ›› read more