Old foes to square off in Riverhead town supervisor race

RIVERHEAD - This Election Day, a political rematch will take place in Suffolk as incumbent Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter will face off against the man he pushed out of office two years ago.

Downtown development is the major campaign issue in the town supervisor race. While there are some building projects currently under way, residents say it's far from the revitalization they've been promised. Walter, however, says he's done his share.

"We've added seven or eight new stores and restaurants on Main Street," he says.

Democrat Phil Cardinale had been supervisor for six years before losing to Walter, a Republican. Now, he wants his job back.

"Every single thing that has occurred downtown started in my administration, not in his," he says.

But Walter and Cardinale are not alone in the race. A third candidate, Greg Fisher, is proposing a vacancy tax on landlords as an incentive for them to lease their space.

"We can't wait for Washington and Albany to come to our rescue," Fisher says.

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