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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

After spotting an abandoned cemetery at the corner of Grant Avenue and Rose Street in the heart of downtown Farmingdale, resident Vicki Gruber became inspired to trace the lineage of the Van Cott family—some of the earliest settlers in the Farmingdale community. Gruber, a corporate and securities attorney, said that after approaching the village about the history of the cemetery, she took it upon herself to do the research. Compiling three or four years worth of newfound information, Gruber discovered that each of the 16 plots in the cemetery are direct descendants of Claes Cornelissen Van Cats, a Dutch settler and firm believer in democracy, home rule and civil liberty. 

Farmingdale village officials will be holding a public hearing on Dec. 1, to reexamine school speed zones throughout the village, in order to establish a consistent school speed zone limit. 


Sports

At a special “wrap up “ meeting for the 2014 Marcum Workplace Challenge, Greater Long Island Running Club Vice President and Event Director Mindy Davidson of Farmingdale, presented a special plaque to Winsome Foulkes, team captain of the Farmingdale-based Telephonics Corporation.  Winsome is retiring from Telephonics after a long and successful career and has led the Telephonics Corporation in the Marcum Workplace Challenge since its inception.  

There is simply no better way for runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday Season than by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, the Run will be celebrating its 27th anniversary edition at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage. The run will start at 9:30 a.m. on Broadway in Bethpage.


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