Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 11 April 2014 00:00
On April 4, members of the Farmingdale Board of Fire Commissioners appointed three new Chiefs of the Farmingdale Fire Department. After 14 years of service with the department, the newly minted Chief Patrick Tortoso is ambitious about his new title.
“I wouldn’t be here without my members' backing,” Tortoso said.
At the ceremony, Frank Romano, ex-Chief of the Farmingdale Fire Department, gave his final rundown of the 997 calls the department handled in 2013, before handing over the proverbial reigns to Tortoso.
“You guys always did a standup job,” Romano said congratulating his commrades. “This has been a rewarding experience.”
Romano explained that Fire Chiefs are elected to two-year terms of office, after which they typically appoint the First Assistant Chief to the rank of Chief of the Department.
“I loved it, but it was not without its challenges,” Romano added. “When people work together like this... it makes it much easier.”
After some heartfelt congratulations, Romano was presented with a proclaimation for his years of service with the department by Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, who also swore-in Chief Tortoso and presented him with his new badge and title. According to
Ekstrand, the mayor welcomes working with the new Fire Chief.
As a result of the department’s recent elections, the Board of Fire Commissioners appointed the following officers for 2014-2015:
Chief of Department - Patrick Tortoso
1st Assistant Chief - Keith Ryan
2nd Assistant Chief - Ryan C. Tortoso
Water Witch Engine and Hose Company No. 1
Captain - Matthew Pullaro
1st Lieutenant - Keith Ryan Jr.
2nd Lieutenant - Matthew Hammond
Chief Chauffeur - Matthew Oppedisano
Captain - Michael DiBartolo
1st Lieutenant - Michael Tortoso
2nd Lieutenant - Thomas Kelly
Chief Chauffeur - Roger Schlingloff
Recording Secretary - Henry J. Pieloch
Financial Secretary - Kenneth Tortoso, Sr.
Treasurer - Donald Tortoso
Captain - Richard “Irish” Fitzpatrick
1st Lieutenant - Rose Amereno
2nd Lieutenant - Robert Jensen
Chief Chauffeur - William Brochu
Recording Secretary - Shirley Cote
Captain - Frank J. Romano
1st Lieutenant - Christopher Walsh
2nd Lieutenant - Shirley Cote
Chief Chauffeur - Jason Flemmings
Recording Secretary - Robert Aaronson
Captain - Anthony Dagan
1st Lieutenant - Ryan Hunt
2nt Lieutenant - John Russo
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.