Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 22 November 2013 00:00
At a recent hearing, Farmingdale residents publically voiced concern over a proposal to add more pumps to the Delta gas station along Rt. 109 near Fulton and Bernard streets. Neighbors argued that the expansion would make an already dangerous intersection even more hazardous.
“There are a lot of accidents on that corner,” said Ronald Schwabe, a Bernard Street resident.
According to Schwabe, drivers frequently turn onto the one-way street, heading the wrong way. Fellow Bernard Street residents chimed in, adding that in the past few weeks, there have already been two car accidents on the block. Despite previous discussions on improving traffic flow at the intersection, residents suggested the village change the narrow one-way street into a dead end, assuring nobody goes up the block in the wrong direction.
However, none of the suggestions floated by residents at the meeting would suggest a compromise with the gas station’s plans to expand. In addition to safety concerns, residents complained that the gas station was not well kept, full of pot-holes and low lights.
Open since the 1930s, the Delta gas station at 511 Fulton Street is a non-conforming property, which means the tenant needs a special use permit from the village in order to expand operations.
“Everything is put on hold until [the tenant] cleans up,” said Village Administrator Brian Harty.
According to Harty, the tenant needs to spruce up before the village will consider approving the permit.
“I think this is going to take up to six months before [the tenant] shows anything redeeming,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.
After numerous comments from the public, the Village Board of Trustees unanimously voted to close the hearing, with the caveat that the tenant resubmit his permit application after the property is cleaned up.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00
In preparation for budget season, the Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees recently adopted legislation that will allow the village to enact an override of the state’s 2 percent tax levy cap. A procedural requirement, the local law enables the village to decide—by a two-third board majority vote—whether it will exceed the cap, without the threat of a penalty from the state.
“Even though the village board has no intention of going over the 2 percent cap,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, “we prepare ourselves by passing a law saying we can.”
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
It may have been a polar vortex outside, but inside Farmingdale’s Village hall things were heating up with the first annual Winter wonderland. Close to 800 people filled the village hall over two hours on a frigid Wednesday evening to eat, laugh, and mingle with Main
Street’s finest, the business owners. While K 98.3 played music outside, inside the wonderful aromas of a variety of hot food from the local restaurants filled the air. There were rice balls, and chicken picatta, pastas and meat balls supplied by Cascarino’s and Palmer’s
Grill, along with Shepard’s pie, hot wings from Croxley’s Ale House. The guacamole from Caracara Mexican Grill was so fresh and delicious it would make a Texan jealous. There were 37 business represented all giving away free samples, food, and discounts to a packed crowd ranging in age from infants to seniors.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
On an uncharacteristically beautiful, Feb. 23, the local running community responded in a big way. Between 450 and 500 people showed up at the Runner’s Edge in Farmingdale for the annual Winter Fun Run co-sponsored by the Runner’s Edge and the Greater Long Island Running Club.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
Oyster Bay Town Councilman Anthony D. Macagnone (center) recently attended the Farmingdale Firehawks Football Luncheon at Carlyle On The Green in Farmingdale. The Farmingdale Hawks players ages 5 to 13, along with their coaches, parents and team moms all attended the luncheon to show their support and receive annual awards. Pictured behind the players from left to right are Board Members Bob McCormic and Tim Greco, Village Trustee Patricia A. Christainsen, Village Trustee Cheryl Parisi, Nassau County Legislator Michael Venditto, President Bob Dentato, Councilman Macagnone, Vice President Regina Mott, and Board Members Mike Ippolitti, Andrew Frigerio, and Steve Licata.
— Submitted by The Town of Oyster Bay