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Ralph Ekstrand Takes Village Helm As Mayor

Village holds annual reorganization meeting

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

Debra Pagan—registrar

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.

News

Oyster Bay Town officials are mulling an override of the state’s 2 percent property tax cap for the second consecutive fiscal year. On Aug. 12, the town held a hearing to approve local legislation, giving the Town Council authority to pierce the cap.

 

However, according to Marta Kane, a spokesperson with the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor John Venditto and the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council are not certain if they will entertain a repeat of last year, when the board adopted a $277 million budget, increasing the tax levy by $15,964,647—or 8.8 percent. 

Village officials have teamed up with James Faith Entertainment—founders of the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue—to organize Farmingdale’s first ever two-day music festival, this September 13 and 14. 

 

“Farmingdale is another town that is starting to move forward,” festival producer Jim Faith told the Farmingdale Observer, last May. “[The inaugural festival] will be small, but we’ll start growing it... music festival always take a few years to catch on.” 

 

Faith said that when he first started the Great South Bay Music Festival, back in 2007, it too started small, growing little by little each year. For its inaugural year, Faith booked folk musician Richie

Havens to headline the event. Now, more than eight years later, the festival has featured numerous big name musicians, including: the Doobie Brothers, WAR, Billy Squier, Taking Back Sunday, moe., and Blues legend B.B. King, to name a few. 


Sports

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 

After more than a month of group play, on Aug. 16, fourteen teams went head-to-head for a shot at the 2014 Farmingdale Baseball League’s 9/11 Tournament Championship. Here are some highlights from Saturday’s championships. 

 

8U Finals

Long Island Rangers 8 - Farmingdale Greendogs 9


Calendar

McKevitt Mobile Office Hours - August 21

Artisan Market - August 23

Blood Drive - August 24


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