Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00
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.
Saturday, 20 September 2014 00:00
Last year, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer stopped at Moby Drugs in Farmingdale to highlight the launch of a drug take-back program, which was designed to help residents remove addictive prescriptions out of their medicine cabinets.
Yet, despite studies conducted by the Center for Disease Control—which found 70 percent of those addicted to prescription drugs get them from home, family or friends—federal regulations have prevented pharmacies in New York State from hosting the take-back program.
Friday, 19 September 2014 08:38
Lt. Matt Komorowski of Farmingdale was recently honored with the first annual American Heroes award, for showing bravery when faced with impossible odds.
On Sept. 11, 2001, Komorowski was one of six FDNY firefighters with Ladder Co. 6, called to the World Trade Center just a short while before the tower collapsed. Arriving at the scene, Komorowski and the members of his ladder company rushed inside the building. As they rushed up the stairs the men of Ladder 6 stopped to assist Josephine Harris, a then 60-year-old Brooklyn grandmother, who was stuck in the stairwell of the building.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
The 2014 Farmingdale Flag Football season kicked off with a blast on Sept. 7.
3rd Grade Division
The Texans and the Jets played a great opening weekend game, with the Texans getting the victory. For the Texans, touchdown pass from Joseph Spano to Jaxon Parisi with 20 seconds in the half broke a tie that the Jets never came back from. The Jets were led by Brendan O’Keefe, who had two rushing touchdowns and Jimmy Caputo, who picked off a pass at the goal line.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
Farmingdale State College’s women’s tennis team opened the 2014 season with an 8-1 victory over John Jay College (0-1) on Sept. 3. The Rams (1-0) held a 2-1 advantage after doubles play before sweeping the singles matches.