Written by Kimberly Moncada Friday, 18 January 2013 00:00
The Farmingdale Village Board Monday night passed the first local law of 2013, allowing judgments for unpaid parking tickets. A total of six letters will be sent to the violator and if the ticket still has not been paid, a final judgment will be filed after 540 days. The judgments will be in effect in both Nassau and Suffolk and will be identical to New York State’s traffic law.
“Right now if you don’t pay your parking ticket, virtually nothing happens to you. We’re not collecting our fair share of parking tickets and other tickets because there is no penalty,” said Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.
The board also announced a law to prevent massage therapists who are not registered and licensed by the Department of Education from practicing in the village. The fee for a license obtained from the village is $500. But after hearing from a massage therapist, the board decided to waive the fee.
Marie Freiss, a licensed massage therapist in Farmingdale, said it would be a hardship for her practice to provide the $500 fee for the license. She was glad that the village was penalizing unlicensed massage therapists, but felt the board was singling out professionals in her field.
“I feel we are being set apart from the other healthcare industries. I feel as a massage therapist, I am being penalized because this industry is associated with unsavory things,” said Freiss.
While the board agreed to waive the fee, it said code enforcement officers could demand massage therapists to produce their New York State license.
“We now can go in and our code enforcement can inspect them and they have to conform to the law. We can now go after them with some teeth,” said Mayor Ekstrand.
The next board meeting will be held at the Farmingdale Village Hall on Monday Feb. 4, at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
This past Fall, Farmingdale village officials approved plans to construct the proposed Staller Project—located at 285 Eastern Parkway in Farmingdale—which will usher in 27 residential housing units. Now, after further discussion with village officials, developers with Staller Associates, Inc. have modified their original renderings to change the once olive-colored facade with steel panels to red brick, to better match the motif of downtown Farmingdale.
After discussing the initial proposal with several residents, some of whom did not feel the cold steel panels were a good fit with some of the surrounding buildings, Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand said he contacted the Hauppague-based developers to find a way to better compliment the community.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Levittown and Plainview.
According to the lawsuit, the district is demanding a jury trial to determine whether Grumman owes compensation for the costs of monitoring contaminants, operations, maintenance, treatment upgrades, and equipment required to comply with state and federal safe drinking water law; or whether Grumman would bear the expense of securing an alternative source of clean drinking water.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Thirteen male and female student-athletes at Farmingdale High School have signed scholarship letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at prestigious schools around the county. During the “College signing day” ceremony, on Dec. 5, friends, families, faculty, academic advisors, coaches, and parents joined student athletes in support of their collegiate careers.
The following students have signed letters of intent:
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Franklin Diaz of Farmingdale scored as the third overall finisher in the 21st annual Rob’s Run—a 5-kilometer cross-country style race through Stillwell Woods in Woodbury, hosted by New York Blood Services,
Diaz finished with a total time of 16 minutes and 43 seconds.
After finishing the race, on Dec. 1, Franklin went back out onto the course to run with his nephew Anthony Diaz, who was celebrating his 10th birthday. Anthony finished the run with a total time of 29 minutes and 37 seconds.
534 competitors finished this year’s run which was put together by the Greater Long Island Running Club, in memorium of Rob Lauterborn.