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Salt Supplied In Face Of Shortage

Salt used to melt ice and snow from the roadways has become a hot commodity in Farmingdale—as in most of Nassau County—even after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an extra 400 tons would be shipped to Long Island to combat future snow storms. This winter,

New York has used over 46,000 tons of salt in less than two months time, according to state officials. Whereas, on average, the state only uses 30,000 tons per year. 

 

Farmingdale village officials found themselves in a bind following the snowstorm on Feb. 14, when foremen with the Department of Public Works reported that the village had run out of salt.

 

“That Thursday night, we had used [our salt supply] all up,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand. 

 

Faced with yet another impending snow storm, the village swiftly telephoned state Sen. Kemp Hannon, who was able to help the village get the additional salt it needed. 

 

“When the mayor called me, he said they were down to their last scoop of salt,” Hannon said. 

 

Working with the senator, the village was able to secure an allocation of approximately 35 to 40 tons of salt from Gov. Cuomo, which local officials say will carry the village through the next three snow storms. 

 

“That was a godsend,” Ekstrand adds. “We are using our salt as prudently as we can, because we don’t know when we are going to get more.” 

 

According to Ekstrand, the village will go through an average of 20 tons of salt during a snow storm. He added that this is primarily due to hilly areas in their jurisdiction, such as Lenox Hill, which needs to be salted and then resalted to be sure the roads are safe.  

 

“[Superintendent Andy Fisch and the DPW] do their best,” said Ekstrand, “but it’s become a never ending battle to remove the snow off of Main Street.”

 

Ekstrand also acknowledged that because the salt is corrosive to the pavement, the amount of salt that has been needed to melt the ice and snow has also caused fair number of potholes along many of the village’s major thoroughfares. 

News

At a recent meeting of the Farmingdale Board of Education, school district superintendent John Lorentz discussed New York State’s proposal to invest $2 billion into districts statewide

through the Smart Schools Bond Act.

 

If approved by voters in the upcoming general elections, the act would allow the state to borrow $2 billion in the form of a capital bond to provide students with access to classroom

technology and high-speed internet connectivity, with the goal of equalizing opportunities for children to learn, adding classroom space, expanding pre-kindergarten programs, replacing classroom trailers with permanent instructional space and installing high-tech security features in schools. 

Over the weekend, thousands of Long Island residents flocked to the Village of Farmingdale for its 26th annual Columbus Day Weekend Fair and Fireman’s carnival. Running from Oct. 9

to 13, the five-day affair featured live music from Farmingdale’s own Electric Dudes and Long Island party band Superbad, a Fire Department barbecue, food vendors, a street fair, fireworks, carnival rides, games for kids of all ages and, of course, the Columbus Day parade. 


Sports

Last week, officials with the St. Kilian Saints baseball team inducted John Lombardi and Aaron Powell into their Hall of Fame. 

 

—Submitted by Farmingdale PAL and St. Kilian Baseball 


The 2014 Reilly Cup finals featured the two most successful OTHG teams over the last 9 years. Sal’s Place and Singleton’s have had 11 finals appearances and 7 championships between them during this period of time. They split 2 games during the regular season and Singleton’s became the winner’s bracket representative in the 2014 Cup by beating Sal’s deep in the tournament.

 

Sal’s took the first game 14-7. The game was close until the 8th inning when Sal’s broke it open with some timely hits and taking advantage of a Singleton’s miscue or two.  Sal’s held

Singleton’s to 7 runs with outstanding all-around defense, which was particularly impressive given that some of their significant contributors were visibly fighting through late-season injuries. 


Calendar

Homecoming - October 24

Autumn Fair - October 25

St. Kilian Blood Drive - October 26


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