Written by DANIEL OFFNER Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00
Members of the Farmingdale Board of Trustees have approved a provision to its current health care policy that will impact any future hires in the village, restricting vested employees from lifetime health benefits until at least age 55.
At the meeting, on Oct. 7, trustees voted to change the local law, which previously did not limit employees with ten years of service from receiving lifetime benefits, whether or not they retire.
Deputy Village Clerk Barbara Kelly explained that under the previous law, an employee hired at age 20 who is terminated at age 30, was eligible to receive health care benefits for life.
“It doesn’t effect anyone who is already in the vested status,” Kelly said. “It effects anyone going into the vested status in the future.”
According to Kelly, under the new provision, the four employees currently in the vested status will not lose their lifetime health care entitlements, however it will impact benefits for any future employees.
Two years ago, village officials amended contribution requirements for all non-union employees, making part-timers contribute 10 percent, and full-time employees contribute 20 percent of their total health care costs.
For village staff members eligible to receive lifetime benefits at age 55, the contribution requirements will remain unchanged under the new provision, allowing retirees to collect benefits at the current rate of contribution.
However, changes to the policy now require the mayor, village board, justice court and appointed part-time officials contribute the maximum allowed by the New York State Health Insurance Program, if they wish to receive lifetime health care benefits in retirement.
“We no longer get a free ride,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.
Elected and appointed officials, eligible to retire after Jan. 1, 2014, after working ten or more years in the village, must now contribute 50 percent of the cost for individual health coverage or 65 percent of the cost for dependent coverage.
“We’re trying to save the village money,” said Village Trustee William Barnett, who explained that changing the elected board’s contribution requirements alone, will save Farmingdale $34,000 a year.
In addition to revising the health care policy, village officials also approved a provision that in the event a retired village employee does not contribute to their health insurance, the cost will be deducted from their state pension check.
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, 05 December 2013 00:00
The Farmingdale Dalers took on the Sachem North Flaming Arrows last Saturday afternoon at Stony Brook’s LaValle Stadium for the Long Island Conference I Championship in front of 7,200 fans. This was the Dalers second trip to the finals since losing to Floyd last year. The Dalers went into the game looking to finish a perfect season.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
The Farmingdale Dalers, ranked first in the division (11-0), came out to defend their title as Nassau County champions against the no. 3 seed, the Massapequa Chiefs (8-3), who attempted to take it away. The Chiefs, after losing to the Dalers 33-8 in week 4, would of liked nothing better then to defeat the Dalers in front of 4,000 people at Hofstra and grab the title. The rivalry was all the talk this week and the Nassau County Police had extra Officers all around the stadium at Hofstra.