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Overcrowding in the Riverhead School District and the 100 million dollar bond issue. I have designed a 10 point plan to address the crisis in our school district.

Video at the school board meeting on September 24, 2019

https://www.facebook.com/susan.tocci.5/videos/10219483348105169/ 

Articles on 100 million dollars bond issue.

https://riverheadnewsreview.timesreview.com/2019/09/95706/town-debates-overcrowded-housing-may-increase-fines/

https://riverheadlocal.com/2019/09/25/riverhead-school-districts-100-million-construction-plan-continues-to-spark-debate/

https://riverheadlocal.com/2019/09/20/residents-challenge-riverhead-school-districts-100-million-expansion-plan/

I issued my press release yesterday. The current supervisor liked my ideas so much, she copied them in her plan. Here is the 10 point plan.

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.

 

https://riverheadlocal.com/2019/04/10/republican-supervisor-candidate-responds-to-state-of-the-town-speech/

Our quality of life should be maintained. Hard work now will reap benefits towards a viable future for Riverhead. 

On Our Water District – We should fight against county acquisition of our water district. This issue lies in waiting behind the Supervisor’s back doors, without transparency or disclosure to the public. The potential acquisition by the county should be exposed and addressed in an open forum enabling transparency to prevail for the good of all Riverhead residents. We must make every effort to fight against county acquisition. The Riverhead Water District is Riverhead’s BIGGEST income generating asset. Riverhead has the best and purest water in the entire county due to the existence of our aquifer. Once the water district is acquired by the county, there is no guarantee we will ever receive the timely water supply we currently have. In the past, Suffolk County has experienced water supply deficiency problems. Furthermore, of concern is the possibility, the county will send our water outward to other towns without compensation and substantially increase the cost of water we receive.  A more practical solution is to maintain our most valuable asset and sell our water to Suffolk County.

Riverhead local  (7/18/2019) Future of Riverhead Water District becomes a political campaign issue

https://riverheadlocal.com/2019/07/18/future-of-riverhead-water-district-becomes-a-political-campaign-issue/

 

On Our Police – Collectively, we need to maintain control of our police department. We must prevent county acquisition. At the present moment, there is a concerted effort by the county to take control of our police department. Should the county succeed, we can anticipate:

·       Response time will increase

·       Crime rates will increase

·       The quality of patrol services will decrease

·       The quality of our investigations will be decrease

·       Members of the police force who reside in our town will decrease

We need viable public-private partnerships, which in turn will transcend into economic prosperity for our Town. Especially, the property owners and to enhance our Town’s future cohesively. In public-business management, the mantra is “effective management skills are necessary to accomplish goals, while protecting all the people it serves.” We need our community to have faith in our Town Supervisor to possess the ability to effectively manage and move our Town forward, not publicity driven drama with a false sense of transparency.

 

Press Release - 9/25/19 - Supervisor Candidate Yvette Aguiar Announces Opposition to Riverhead School Bond Referendum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:

PRMG New York

September 25, 2019

Supervisor Candidate Yvette Aguiar Announces Opposition to Riverhead School Bond Referendum
Blames Incumbent for Failing to Take Action on Illegal Housing and Its Impact on the School District’s Ability to Provide Quality Education Amidst Overcrowding

Riverhead Town Supervisor candidate Yvette Aguiar today announced that she opposes a proposal by the Riverhead School District to borrow $100 million for a construction project to build new schools in order to handle the exponential growth of students attending school. She cites the failure of current Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith to address illegal, overcrowded housing and the lack of Code Enforcement officers, both of which have resulted in a crisis in the Riverhead School District, severely impacting the school district’s ability to provide students with a quality education.

Ms. Aguiar said the town does not have an adequate number of Code Enforcement Officers, at 3.5, compared to the smaller, neighboring town of Southampton, which has at least six code enforcement officers. As Supervisor, Ms. Jens-Smith added only one enforcement officer in the past two years. Enforcement of Town Code not only punishes landlords and homeowners who support residential overcrowding, it protects the most vulnerable people from substandard, unsafe and unhealthy housing. Ms. Aguiar said she plans to “hire additional officers to combat the crisis.”

Ms. Aguiar added that lack of code enforcement has not only resulted in unsafe and unsanitary housing in the town, but it has negatively impacted the quality of life on the residents, school taxes and the quality of education. She pointed out that Ms. Jens-Smith has never pressed Southampton Town to enforce its town code in Flanders, which impacts Riverhead schools. “This has not been a priority for the current administration,” Ms. Aguiar said. “Since taking office almost two years ago, Ms. Jens-Smith hasn’t initiated a single Supreme Court action against a homeowner or landlord for supporting illegal overcrowding.”

As part of her campaign, Ms. Aguiar laid out a 10-point plan on how to combat overcrowded homes. Among these initiatives include creating a task force to help identify and prosecute quality-of-life violations; providing enhanced technology and intelligence gathering to document overcrowded homes; commencing legal action against landlords and homeowners who willfully enable excessive renters; and setting a fine of $5,000 for the first offense, and an increased fine for subsequent offenses thereafter. “An effective measure utilized in the Quogue School District, which has a stable enrollment, is the use of residency affidavits, signed by the parents of each student,” she said. “Both Southampton and Quogue School Districts work cohesively with each other, an effort that is lacking in Riverhead.”

She has also spoken out against the Riverhead School District’s plans to bond $100 million for a construction project. She recently attended school board meetings expressing her displeasure with the bond proposal. “We cannot afford to have the school district borrow $100 million without ensuring the root of the problem is not addressed,” she said. “This request will negatively impact taxpayers for years to come. Where is the supervisor at these meetings? This is a very complex problem which requires a collaborative effort to address the deep-rooted problem.”

Two of the most important quality-of-life issues in Riverhead, Ms. Agiuar said, are high taxes and overcrowding. Unfortunately, a lack of proactive code enforcement has led to the crisis Riverhead is experiencing. The problem can be resolved through proper code enforcement. The goal of this plan is to protect the health, welfare and security of people living in these homes. “Code enforcement ordinances were created to protect our most vulnerable people who reside in substandard, unsafe and unhealthy housing conditions,” she said. “I propose a plan to target landlords and homeowners who are not in compliance with our code enforcement ordinances.”

For more information, visit aguiar4riverhead.com.

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.


Downtown Revitalization and Route 58 Corridor

We need a cohesive plan to move our Town forward. Our revitalization efforts have been stalled for one and a half years. We need our community to have faith in our ability to manage and move our government forward. We should concentrate on creating open spaces, creating new expanded child friendly parks, exposing the riverfront to Main Street and apportioning larger old retail locations into smaller rentable spaces. This approach will garner a desirable welcoming quaint hometown charm.

Once an effective development plan is developed, we should expedite approvals and reduce fees to further fortify our goals effectively. Planning to move our Town forward is possible with the right management team in place. However, you need a leader who has the desire to act and make decisions. This approach will also entice the right developers for our Town and reap the fruits of good and effective government. We need to be progressing towards setting our goals and objectives for our town in a cohesive manner. Many of our communities around us thriving. Why? Simple, they have a business and resident friendly Town. We have the infrastructure in place, the desire of businesses to work with our community and the ability to change zoning. Change can happen now!


Press Release - 8/01/2019 - Water Quality in Riverhead

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release:
August 1, 2019

CONTACT:   Aguiar4riverhead.com

Yvette Aguiar has serious concerns regarding lead-based water service pipes in the Riverhead Water District



Riverhead Town received a non-solicited $627,327 state grant to replace lead-based drinking water service pipes in Riverhead. The funds were allocated based on the percentage of children with elevated blood lead levels, the median household income and the number of homes which currently have lead-based water service lines. The grant targeted Riverhead as a one of the highest at-risk communities.

Unfortunately, our town Supervisor has indicated “I have a lot of questions about implementation before we commit to it.” What doubts does the Town Supervisor have? In certain areas of our town, service water pipes are lead-based. Fact is, we have high lead counts in our community. As a result, the state has afforded our town funds to mitigate this dangerous health issue. Eliminating lead-based service pipes is essential to healthy human development. We need this grant utilized as soon as possible.

This grant is critical to maintaining a safe and healthy community. The Town Supervisor needs to ensure our drinking water is free of contaminants and safe for us to drink. We need to utilize this grant as soon as possible to ensure the necessary upgrades to our water district are implemented. Ensuring the health and safety of Riverhead town residents should always be a priority.

I have serious reservations concerning the Supervisor’s approach to managing our water district. In addition to her indecisiveness in utilizing the allocated funds, the law states, we need to have a certified senior water operator available to oversee our water district. The former Water Superintendent retired on July 2nd, 2019.  It has been a month since his departure. We need our Water District Superintendent on board immediately.

As a member of this community, I urge the Town Supervisor to accept the grant award. This grant was issued to protect the health and future welfare of our families and children.  The Supervisor’s response, “We will think about it,” appears unreasonable and unacceptable.


Pattern Book (AKA Pretty Pictures Book) for Downtown

From the Riverhead Local  - August 21

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.”

Another delay and waste of taxpayers' dollars - do we need an Pennsylvanian firm to tell us how Riverhead should look? 

The pattern book does not address the vacant storefronts on Main Street and the issues concerning the area around the train station. Planting pretty flowers around the station is not the solution to the inherent problems. 

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


Downtown ‘pattern book’ is an unnecessary, costly half-step

The Pattern Book should become part of the updated master plan. 

https://riverheadlocal.com/2019/09/09/downtown-pattern-book-is-an-unnecessary-costly-half-step/Your issue summary goes here. This text will appear on your Issues page.


Overcrowding in our schools

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

You must attack the root of the problem which is overcrowded illegal and unsafe housing conditions. Not build a new school with our hard earned tax money. 

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Video at the school board meeting on September 24, 2019
https://www.facebook.com/susan.tocci.5/videos/10219483348105169/

I had no intention of speaking at the meeting until a school board member stated I had no plan to address the overcrowding.

 
https://riverheadlocal.com/2019/09/25/riverhead-school-districts-100-million-construction-plan-continues-to-spark-debate/

I have a 10 point plan to address the overcrowding in our schools.

https://riverheadlocal.com/2019/09/20/residents-challenge-riverhead-school-districts-100-million-expansion-plan/Y

 



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