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Voters Guide

Robert M. Peeker |

Robert M. Peeker is running for Riverhead town council member

Robert M. Peeker

Peeker is running as a slate with fellow council hopeful Timothy Hubbard and Republican supervisor candidate Jodi Giglio. Peeker said new council members are needed to calm the infighting at town board meetings. "It's too much like Jerry Springer, not enough like government," he said. "We have to be more productive." He said downtown needs more aggressive code enforcement on issues such as overcrowded housing, which could be achieved by putting code enforcement officers under the police department. He also said better deploying police resources would help. He criticized the incumbents for a dwindling budget reserve. To ease the town's budget woes he said the town needs to boost business at Enterprise Park at Calverton (EPCAL) and promote downtown businesses.

Peeker, 57, is running on the Conservative and Reform party lines. He retired after 33 years with the Riverhead police department in January as a lieutenant. His family moved from Woodside to Wading River in 1966, and he attended high school in Port Jefferson. He now lives in Aquebogue. He attended Suffolk County Community College before serving in the Marine Corps for four years. He is married and has two adult children. He changed his voter registration from "blank" to Republican after retiring from the police department, but the change doesn't take effect until after the general election.