Riverhead Town Council MemberPosted: 10/28/2017 12:07:00 -04:00 Updated:
Frank R. Beyrodt Jr. -C, R
Beyrodt, 50, of Riverhead, is a third-generation farmer who is executive vice president of DeLea Sod Farm, which has farms on Long Island and in southern New Jersey and Rhode Island. Beyrodt is making his first run for public office and is campaigning for a seat on the town board. He previously served as president of the Long Island Farm Bureau and is on the board of directors of Bethpage-based food bank Island Harvest. Beyrodt is married with three children.
Noting Riverhead’s long farming tradition, Beyrodt said he wants to represent small businesses and farms in local government. “Having someone from the business world and the farming community will be helpful in making decisions that impact farmers and businesses going forward,” said Beyrodt, a fiscal conservative. He said he also wants to help the town manage taxes and finances in “common sense” ways.
Jodi A. Giglio - C, IN, R
Giglio, 49, of Riverhead, lost her bid for town supervisor in 2015 and is running for her third and final term on the town board. She is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines. Giglio, who has a business management degree from Stony Brook University, is married and has three children.
Giglio cited her work in upgrading the software for the town’s software so town offices can better track illegal, overcrowded houses in Riverhead. She previously voted no on having zoning that allowed for housing to be constructed at the EPCAL subdivision, a sentiment she said has gotten more support among prospective town board candidates and residents. If re-elected, Giglio wants to strike down that zoning provision for the property and work on quality-of-life issues “that affect our property values and our taxes.”
Catherine A. Kent - D, IN, WF, WEP
Kent, 61, of Baiting Hollow, is a lifelong resident of Riverhead who spent 31 years in the Riverhead School District educating children in kindergarten through fourth grade before retiring. She is running on the Democratic ticket for town board. Kent has a bachelor’s degree in education from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri, and a master’s degree in liberal arts from Stony Brook University. Kent is single and has three children.
Kent pointed to the subdivision of land at EPCAL in Calverton as an issue of high concern for her, adding she wanted to work to market the property better and attract more credible businesses, as well as remove the zoning regulations that allow for homes to be built there. Kent also wants to work on traffic concerns, revise the town’s master plan to provide for more parking in the downtown area and take a closer look at how the Riverhead Industrial Development Agency distributes tax breaks to prospective businesses. “I have a pretty good understanding of the town,” Kent said. “I grew up here, I raised my family here and I work here. The town board should be people within the community, and not necessarily career politicians.”
Michele Lynch - D, WF, WEP
Lynch, 67, of Riverhead, is making her first run for public office for a seat on the town board. She is running on the Working Families party line. Lynch, who has an associate degree in liberal arts from Suffolk Community College, is a former unit secretary with Peconic Bay Medical Center and retired last year from her position as political director for the 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East health care union. She holds positions in several community organizations. Those positions include being a member of the Riverhead Anti-Bias Task Force and treasurer of the Riverhead ladies affiliate of the Riverhead Fire Department. Lynch is married with one son.
If elected, Lynch wants to work with the town’s Industrial Development Agency to create what she called “smart” tax breaks that would ensure jobs and grow the town’s tax base. Lynch said she wants to look into creating a parking plan for the downtown area and go over the town budget “line by line” and meet with town department employees and other officials to see where the town can keep costs contained and avoid piercing the tax cap. Lynch added her retired status would allow her to focus full-time on all town matters before the board.