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Community news roundup: Code changes, new clerk candidate, garden dedication

Town changes code on debris for farms
Riverhead’s town board has tightened regulations covering the storage of downed trees and other storm debris on farmland and other vacant property, but also added a provision that lets farmers bring in mulch and other materials that are needed to grow crops.

Under the code change, those involved in agricultural production can bring in up to 3,000 cubic yards of plant material per year, providing it does not change the natural slope of the land or change drainage, and specifically bans materials containing creosote or coal tar materials such as pitch.

Mulching materials cannot later be sold, but must be used on site. People with improved residential property would be allowed to bring in 1,000 cubic yards of plant material per year, and are subject to the same restrictions.


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The board adopted the measure earlier this month by a vote of 5-0.

— MITCHELL FREEDMAN


Conservative joins race for town clerk
A Conservative Party candidate has joined the competition for North Hempstead Town Clerk.

Joseph Wood, 73, of Mineola, secured enough petitions to run, according to the Nassau County Board of Elections. Wood, who runs Monica’s Manor Inc., a Mineola nonprofit that provides transitional housing for recovering addicts, was selected by a Committee to Fill Vacancies.

Another Conservative, Aquilas G. Mathew, had secured enough petitions to qualify but recently withdrew, said William Biamonte, Nassau Democratic elections commissioner. There was no challenge filed, Biamonte said, so the substitution is valid.

Wood spoke of a desire to achieve “fiscal responsibility” and advocate for “the right to life” as town clerk. He said chief among his priorities is eliminating “waste” within the town.

Leslie Gross, the Democratic incumbent who in May switched to the Republican line, is being challenged by Legis. Wayne Wink (D-Roslyn), whose seat was redistricted by Nassau Republicans.

Nassau Conservative chairman Daniel F. Donovan last month said he would not endorse Gross, nor a candidate against her, saying she did not align with his principles. — SCOTT EIDLER


Garden dedicated to former official
Huntington Town officials recently joined the Candurra family to dedicate a garden in memory of former Dix Hills Water District Supervisor Vincent J. Candurra.

Candurra died in 2010. His wife, Colleen, donated the garden at the water district as a memorial to her husband and “to help symbolize his dedication to the district and his co-workers,” according to a statement from the town.

At the July 12 ceremony, Supervisor Frank Petrone, Councilwoman Susan Berland and Colleen Candurra were joined by Candurra’s sons, grandchildren, former water district co-workers and the superintendents of the South Huntington and Greenlawn water districts.

Candurra was a longtime district employee who became superintendent before retiring in 2007. — MACKENZIE ISSLER

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