Written by Christy Hinko: email@example.com Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00
The most recent public meeting on April 2 of the Village of Farmingdale Board was a bittersweet ending for many existing members of the village board, including outgoing Mayor George Starkie. Following a jam-packed work session, Mayor Starkie expressed his sadness about it being his final board meeting and the official end of his mayoral term. “It’s been an experience of a lifetime,” Starkie told community members, remarking how incredible it has been to work with the board and village staff over the past years.
Starkie addressed the residents, “Thank you for the privilege to serve the community that I love; it’s been a labor of love.” He gave advice to the board members to remember to use the ruler of “is it good for Farmingdale” to guide future village operations.
The village elections were held on Tuesday, March 20. The results were:
Mayor – Ralph Ekstrand - 815 votes, Georgiana Sena - 639 votes
Two trustees: William Barrett 824 votes, Thomas Ryan 784 votes, Michael Manchin 641 votes, Susan Miles 637 votes.
The board resolved to declare the village “mayor” sign at Village Hall as surplus as a token of thanks for Starkie’s years of service to the village. It will be presented to Starkie at a later date. Starkie then officiated the swearing-in of Mayor-elect Ralph Ekstrand.
Starkie took a few extra minutes to thank his family for their support and patience through his mayoral term. About his wife, Patti, Starkie said, “It wasn’t easy for her, but she stuck with me; she’s the love of my life, and has made it all possible.”
Newly installed Mayor Ekstrand then took the reins and performed the swearing-in of Trustees William Barrett and Thomas Ryan. Assemblyman Joseph Saladino was also in attendance to present state citations to newly installed village members Ekstrand, Barrett and Ryan.
In addition, Ekstrand completed the annual re-organization appointments:
Patricia Christiansen—deputy mayor
Brian Harty—clerk, treasurer, assessor, tax collector, budget, records management, records access officer
Barbara Kelly—deputy village clerk, treasurer, deputy of records management, records access officer
Joseph Schweitzer—chair and member of zoning board of appeals
Marisa Tully—member of zoning board of appeals
David Nostrand—member of zoning board of appeals
Kenneth Camisa—member of zoning board of appeals
Lisa Waskiewicz—member of zoning board of appeals
Nick Varlotta—alternate of zoning board of appeals
Frank DeStefano—chair of planning board
Laura Coletti—member of planning board
Charles Gosline—member of planning board
Nick Parisi—member of planning board
Nick Varlotta—member of planning board
Frank DeStefano—member of planning board
Lawrence Jorgensen—alternative member of planning board
Michael Occhipinti—alternative member of planning board
John Capobianco—alternative member of planning board
William Rielly—chair and member of board of fire commissioners
Fred Schumeyer—member of board of fire commissioners
Michael O’Brien—member of board of fire commissioners
Kenneth Romeo—member of board of fire commissioners
Bruce Blovsky—member of board of fire commissioners
Kevin Walsh—village attorney
Robert Kirk—deputy village attorney
Thomas Delaquilla—deputy village attorney
Cheryl Cruthers—clerk to village justice
Andrew Fisch—superintendent of public works
Maria Zito—marriage officer
JoAnn Edling—director of civil defense, chief auxiliary police unit, and emergency management
William Johnston—village historian
Diane Correri—deputy registrar
Patricia Christiansen—chair of beautification
The board announced that all future work sessions would begin at 7 p.m. A public hearing on the tentative village budget will be held on Monday, April 16 at 7 p.m., and the village budget will be adopted on Monday, April 23.
The next public board of trustees meeting will be held on Monday, May 7 at 8 p.m. at Village Hall, 361 Main Street, in the conference room. Copies of the past minutes and future agendas can be found on the village website. Regular meetings are typically on the first Monday of each month at 8 p.m.
Next week in the Farmingdale Observer: Read about the Barton Properties public hearing.
Friday, 18 April 2014 00:00
Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, or perhaps an errant interpretation of state law, 1,100 military veterans and Gold Star families in Farmingdale will have to wait for their tax break until next year.
The Farmingdale School District is among several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending the exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. Earlier this year, school board trustees uanimously voted to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the district, starting with the 2014-15 school year.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
In the aftermath of a fatal carbon monoxide leak at Legal Seafoods in Huntington, the Village of Farmingdale passed new legislation requiring all residential and commercial properties carry a carbon monoxide detector.
“The whole idea behind this is public safety,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.
On April 7, Farmingdale Trustees unanimously voted to amend village code as a proactive measure to prevent future harm from carbon monoxide poisioning.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
The Farmingdale Devils U10 Travel Baseball team defeated the West Islip Gold team 11-6 to win the Bayport Bash baseball tournament last weekend. The Devils swept both games on Saturday to advance to the championship game. In the championship The Devils struck for four runs in the first inning. Nick Napolitano and Nick Disanti started it off with singles and were driven home by Gavin Weinstock’s 200 foot blast off the left field wall. Timmy Purack and Matt Brandimarte followed with run scoring singles and the Devils were on their way to their first title of 2014. Nicholas Napolitano pitched three solid inning for the win. The Devils will now compete in the Half Hollow Invitational Spring Tournament.
— Submitted by The Farmingdale Devils
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
The Dalers Boys Varsity Lacrosse team (3-2) are putting their best foot forward, after losing two games this season.
On March 25, the Dalers took their home turf to face the Lynbrook Owls. During the game, the Dalers Tom McPartland and Chris Brown each scored two goals, while goalies Matt Deluca and Scott dePalmer racked up a total of 11 saves. Despite the valiant effort, the Dalers lost to Lynbrook High School 11-7.
The Dalers are currently 3-2 this season. Their next game will be held on April 17 at Long Beach.