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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

Over Labor Day Weekend, from Aug. 29-Sept. 1, the American Airpower Museum in East Farmingdale, treated Long Island locals to a once in a lifetime experience, taking visitors high above the clouds during its Warbird Weekend: Salute to Airpower. 

 

To kick off the celebration, on Aug. 28, tens of thousands of Long Islanders who worked in local defense plants, but were never given an official “thanks” for a job well done, were honored by the Museum. 

Sometimes when you do a job for a customer, you really have to expect the unexpected. 

 

In the case of German Cabral and Jason Galvin, energy efficiency advisors with the Farmingdale-based Green Homes Long Island, this was just the case. Who could have imagined that while trying to figure out the best way ot lower a client’s energy bills they would solve a 20-year-old mystery? 

 

On Aug. 20, certified energy efficiency experts did a home energy audit for Plainview resident Seymour Bosworth, with the goal of lowering the homeowner’s energy use by 25 percent or more. 


Sports

 

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.

 

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.


Calendar

Joint Networking Event - September 10

Sept. 11 Anniversary - September 11

Downtown Music Festival - September 13


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