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Local Law Requires CO2 Detectors

In the aftermath of a fatal carbon monoxide leak at Legal Seafoods in Huntington, the Village of Farmingdale passed new legislation requiring all residential and commercial properties carry a carbon monoxide detector. 

 

“The whole idea behind this is public safety,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.

 

On April 7, Farmingdale Trustees unanimously voted to amend village code as a proactive measure to prevent future harm from carbon monoxide poisioning.   

 

According to Village Attorney Claudio DeBellis, while the state currently requires all residential property owners purchase and maintain carbon monoxide detectors in their homes, they are not required in local businesses. 

 

“There is a hole in New York State law that does not require commercial establishments have [carbon monoxide detectors],” DeBellis said. “Now, we will have this in places that were not previously required.” 

 

The local law requires all structures built after April 7 to include carbon monoxide detectors that are hard-wired with a back-up battery. Meanwhile, any structure built after April 7 must include detectors before starting on any construction, when the cost of construction is more than half the structure's value. Any request to change the number or location of the detectors must be approved by the village Board of Trustees. In addition, no certificate of occupancy can be issued by the village until the owner meets these requirements. 

 

Both commercial and residential properties, must also comply with National Fire Protection Association Code 720, which is an established standard for the proper "performance, installation, operation, inspection, testing and maintenance of carbon monoxide detection and warning equipment."

 

While village code enforcement and fire safety officers do not plan on inspecting residences, they are obligated to ask if a resident had carbon monoxide detetectors installed. Anyone found in violation will be given a 30-day citation to comply. Under state law it is the homeowner's obligation to purchase and maintain carbon monoxide detectors. Conviction of a first offense will be subject to a fine not to exceed $500, 15 days imprisonment, or both. 

News

If you stopped by the Farmingdale Public Library this past week, perhaps you noticed all of the paintings and art pieces currently on display. For the entire month of July, the library will feature the many styles of artist/poet Ruth Lawrence.

 

“I’ve been exhibiting for quite a few years,” said Lawrence, “I am always happy to show my work.”

 

Lawrence, 87, of East Meadow, said she first began painting at just 12 years old. She recalls, at the time her sister had been dating someone who worked at an art supply store, and had gotten her some oil-based paints as a present. 

Two inventors, one local and one international, have come together to launch an online fundraising campaign for a product they hope to bring to the market by the end of the year. 

 

Farmingdale resident Rafael Avila is one half of the duo behind the Chocolazer, which is a hot glue gun used to melt chocolate for culinary purposes. 

 

The Chocolazer is branded as a no-mess product that is meant to inspire people to be creative with chocolate. The gadget features a removable heating barrel, wherein special chocolate sticks are melted down into a manageable liquid form. 


Sports

Throughout the summer, the Farmingdale Observer will feature the box scores from the Farmingdale Baseball League Inc.’s 9/11 Baseball Tournament. 

July 6

Farmingdale Greendogs 7 - Seaford Vikings 6 (8U)

 

Syosset Cubs 18 - Plainview Hawks 1 (12U)

Runners and walkers from Farmingdale and all over Long Island and beyond are invited to join in the fun on one of the most unusual 5 Kilometer courses on Long Island at the Saturday, August 9th Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint.

 

The Run presents the Long Island running community with an opportunity to traverse a unique combination of paved paths and runner-friendly woodland trails at the Sands Point Preserve. 

 

The leading Nassau County law firm of Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello has signed on to be the new lead sponsor of the event, with partner John Dunne and his wife planning on running the 5K distance. The Lynbrook Runner’s Stop will be back as the presenting sponsor.  


Calendar

Wounded Warrior Dinner - July 16

Youth Council Concert - July 17

Roller Rebels Tryouts - July 19


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