Riverhead will have a new deputy supervisor for 2019.
The Riverhead Town Board voted 3-0 at its organizational meeting Thursday at Town Hall to appoint Town Councilwoman Catherine Kent as deputy supervisor. Kent, a Democrat, replaces Tim Hubbard, who was appointed to the position for a one-year term in January 2018.
Kent abstained from the vote and Town Councilwoman Jodi Giglio was absent from the meeting.
Hubbard, a Republican, said Saturday that Riverhead Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith called him the previous week and informed him of her decision to appoint Kent. Hubbard said Jens-Smith, a Democrat, told him she was facing “a lot of political pressure” to name Kent deputy supervisor. Hubbard, who remains on the board and will keep all his committee appointments, said he asked Jens-Smith last year to consider appointing him deputy supervisor because he felt he “could be a bridge between both sides.”
“I think it worked rather well, but . . . [Jens-Smith] said it was a difficult choice to make me . . .[deputy supervisor] because of political pressure,” Hubbard said, though he declined to speculate about the source of the pressure.
While saying he understood Jens-Smith’s decision, Hubbard added, “In my view, it wasn’t the best choice. I think it will isolate the two parties.”| read more ››