Written by Daniel Offner Wednesday, 07 May 2014 00:00
As term limits set to expire for two positions on the Farmingdale School District Board of Education, one incumbent will not be seeking re-election this year, prompting two uncontested races for the board.
On April 30, members of the Concerned Citizens Association of Farmingdale met with the two candidates—incumbent John Capobianco and newcomer Ralph Morales—to discuss their plans for the district in the years ahead.
First elected in 2008, Capobianco said he ran for school board after opening up his school tax bill.
“All my illusions of how a school district operates were shattered within the first year,” Capobianco said.
Now, with six years experience under his belt, Capobianco said he has a much greater understanding of the financial difficulties facing public school districts. For Capobianco, the source of the district’s money woes stems from the state government.
“Until we, as an electorate, stand up to these bullies, we’re going to be nickled and dimed and eventually we’re going to run out of money,” Capobianco said.
Since Farmingdale Board of Education Vice President Steve Wilson has decided not to seek re-election this year, newcomer Ralph Morales decided to take out petitions and stake an uncontested bid for Wilson’s seat.
With over 18 years of experience in law, Morales has picked up a few things that he feels will make him an asset to the Farmingdale Board of Education—namely the ability to listen and analyze a topic instead of impulsively casting a vote.
“The best attorneys are parents,” Morales said.
During the forum, one of the more outspoken parents in the district brought forward concerns pertaining to the security of the students in the district. Citing an incident that occurred last year, when police apprehended two female suspects who allegedly broke into the high school and stole electronic devices, he asked if the district has improved security since then.
“We all have these concerns because bad things do happen,” Morales said. “We want to be as proactive as we can be about them and to learn from what happens.”
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.