Written by Daniel Offner Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
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.
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00
This month, the Professional Golfers Association of America [PGA] hosted the Barclays Tournament—part of the first round of PGA’s FedEx Tournament with a $1 million prize—at the Bethpage Black Golf Course. From the event, the PGA released $50,000 to the Village of Farmingdale.
“It was great working with the Farmingdale community, one of the best host communities in the country”, said Peter Mele, PGA Tour Director.
Friday, 01 August 2014 00:00
This August, the Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees will hear public comment on a proposed law to place new restrictions on driveway use.
According to Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, village code does not currently mandate size or shape of residential driveways. He said that presently, village residents could make it so their driveway takes up the entire front lawn.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Throughout the summer, the Farmingdale Observer will feature the box scores from the Farmingdale Baseball League Inc.’s 9/11 Baseball Tournament.
Plainedge 12 - Island Trees 2 (9UB)
Ozone Howard Huskies 14 - Wantagh Hawks 1 (9UA)
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
The Farmingale Devils Travel Baseball teams were in action during The 4th of July weekend and provided fireworks in two different states.
The 11U Devils won their third tournament this year. They traveled to Connecticut for the fourth of July tournament. The Devils lost game one on Saturday 7-5 to the Connecticut Defenders and won game two 17-0,The Devils advanced to the playoff round and would meet the Defenders again .The bats were on fire all day led by Big Joe Mcgrath and Nick Franco.The Devils beat the Defenders 11-5 and advanced to the championship to play the number one seed and undefeated Hit Club. The Devils jumped out to 4-2 to lead .The game was tied at 9-9 going to the 6th inning and the Devils would score 2 runs and hold on to win the tournament. The Devils had 52 hits and scored 44 runs,Big Joe had 4 doubles a triple, Nick Franco had 8 hits. Anthony Quatromani 8hits.Matt DiSanti drove in the last run in the championship game. Tim Dorman 6 hits. Patrick Quinn 5 hits and 6 stolen bases. Nick O'Connor 3 hits and 4 stolen bases. Kyle Gaertner 6 hits and was winner pitcher in championship game. Patrick Sanchez was the winning pitcher in semi-final game.