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Riverhead, highway department come to an agreement on leaf pickup

Riverhead Town, highway department come to an agreement on leaf pickup
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On Long Island, Riverhead Town and its Highway Department have reached an agreement on a leaf pickup service for residents.

After a bit of a delay, the Town Board voted to transfer over $194,000 from its general fund to the highway department to take care of the leaf collection.

Pickup has been a point of contention between the town and the department for a few years.

Earlier this month, the highway department said they would not be responsible for the leaves without the town covering the estimated $220,000 cost of service. They were only given $25,000 to work with.

According to the board’s liaison with the department, next year’s town budget has accounted for a similar transfer.

Sabrina is host and producer of WSHU’s daily podcast After All Things. She also produces the climate podcast Higher Ground and other long-form news and music programs at the station. Sabrina spent two years as a WSHU fellow, working as a reporter and assisting with production of The Full Story.