🌱 Riverhead Daily: "Winter surge 2.0" Plan + New DA Ray Tierney

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Happy Sunday, people of Riverhead! Diane Witek here to get this day started off right. Here's everything you need to know about what's happening today in Riverhead.

First, today's weather:

Cloudy, a little rain; mild. High: 52, low: 28.

Here are the top stories today in Riverhead:

  1. On Friday, Governor Kathy Hochul rolled out her "Winter surge 2.0" plan, she also announced that all SUNY and CUNY students must be boosted before returning to classes, and that a mask-or-vaccination mandate for businesses will be extended through February. (Patch)

  2. New Suffolk District Attorney Ray Tierney, a Republican, unseated Tim Sini and started Jan. 1. Tierney spoke with Patch after the win and outlined his plans moving forward, as well as thanking voters. "I am so humbled and grateful for the tremendous support I have received from everyone," Tierney said. "We made history, but this is just the beginning. I am ready to fight to keep the residents of Suffolk County safe." (Riverhead Patch)

  3. The new Suffolk County Police Commissioner, Rodney Harrison, pledged a new look at the cold case by taking a walkthrough with homicide detectives at the site of the 11-year-old Gilgo Beach serial killer investigation. Harrison said he had the opportunity to speak to the former police commissioner, outgoing District Attorney Tim Sini, and former commissioner Geraldine Hart "regarding their thoughts on what needs to be done or what was done in the investigation." Suffolk Police have a website called GilgoNews.com featuring updates on the investigation. Tips can be submitted by clicking here. (Patch)

Today in Riverhead:

From my notebook:

  • Riverhead Books: "✨🌟Happy New Year beloved book friends! May your 2022 be filled with joy, ease, good health, and beautiful books." 🥰🌟✨ (Instagram)

  • NY Marine Rescue Center/NYMRC: "The NYMRC wishes you and your family a happy and healthy New Year!⁠⁠#2022, #NYMRC, #seaturtles, #newyear." (Instagram) (Website)

  • The Long Island Pine Barrens Society: "We want to thank you all for your support throughout the year! We look forward to a new year filled with big victories for the environment and time to enjoy nature's beauty. Happy New Year!" (Facebook) (Website)

  • RiverheadLOCAL: "Take a look back at RiverheadLOCAL's most read stories of 2021, in general news, COVID-19/health, police & fire news, education, environment, business, community, notable passings and columns. Happy New Year, everyone!⁠" (Instagram)

  • RISE Life Services: "Wishing all a happy and healthy New Year! We will continue to RISE higher in 2022! #riselifeservices, #elevatelives." (Facebook) (Website)

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Diane Witek

About me: Impassioned Writer, Website Designer, Social Media Marketer and newly proclaimed Baker. Lover of nature and animals of all kinds.

This article originally appeared on the Riverhead Patch

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