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Village To Limit Cell Towers

Elected officials in the Village of Farmingdale are looking to pass legislation that will restrict cellphone providers such as AT&T and Verizon from putting any antenna, beacon or tower on private property.

“The village relies on the cellphone tower revenue,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand. “These rich cellphone providers can easily pay the fees.”  

According to Ekstrand, the village makes approximately $200,000 in non-taxpayer revenue from the cellphone service providers’ use of its facilities. He said that every once in a while, service providers attempt to renegotiate contracts with threats of relocating wireless telecommunication facilities from atop municipally-owned water towers onto private property.  

“If [service providers] want to play hardball,” Ekstrand said. “We’re going to make it so you can’t put [cell towers] up on a private building.”

Village attorney Claudio Debellis said that the proposed legislation includes several requirements that any cellphone service provider is mandated to adhere to in order to erect a cell tower within the village borders.

“It makes [service providers] look to other places without 20-page ordinances,” Debellis remarked. “There are hefty fees and penalties if they don’t comply.”

According to the proposed law, any person who attempts to erect or modify a wireless telecommunication facility without the necessary permits or permissions shall be punished by a fine up to $5,000 or imprisonment of up to 30 days or both.

Trustees say the bill needs some minor tweaks before it's ready for presentation, but the board anticipates voting on the proposal at the next meeting, scheduled for after press time, on June 2.

News

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. 

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. 


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.


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