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Letter: State of the Village 2014

Over the past year, the Village of Farmingdale has kept and continues to keep taxes within the 2 percent levy cap threshold. Meanwhile the Standard and Poor’s Bond rating for the Village went up two points to AA. 

 

We recently settled a 9-year-old lawsuit at no cost to Village residents as our former insurance company will cover all disbursements. Future residential development dispersed throughout the village will have a 10 percent workforce housing requirement. Housing income caps will be five percent at 80 percent and five percent at 50 percent of the Nassau County household median income. 

 

Presently, there are only three vacant storefronts downtown, with new store openings in the next few months, including The Village Diner, Charlotte’s Frozen Yogurt, the Dark Horse Tavern, Hush Speak Easy, Blue Hawaiian Restaurant, La Dolce Care and a “Make Your Own Pizza” restaurant. 

 

The village also broke ground on the long-awaited Bartone-TDI development project, which involves the development of 154 housing units adjacent to the LIRR station, with 20,000 sq. ft. of retail space. And at the end of March, Staller Associates will demolition the property at 235 Main Street with 300 sq. ft. of retail and 27 housing units. Also 285 Eastern Parkway will be redeveloped with 26 units of apartments. 

 

We are also awaiting the approval of the New York State Department of Transportation for a left hand turning lane on Main Street at the Conklin Street intersection. This will boost traffic flow through the Downtown. The Secatogue Avenue and Conklin Street

intersection will be getting a right hand turn arrow—at the Valero Gas Station—to enhance traffic flow.

 

Farmingdale Village received a $200,000 grant through Rep. Peter King for new Scott Breathing Apparatus for our Fire Department, and recently approved the capital purchase of trucks, one of which is retrofitted with a large capacity dump body for debris removal. 

 

The Village continues to have events on Main Street and plans on expanding the “Movies on the Green”. This March we will also be holding our Second Annual “St. Patrick’s Day Parade” on March 23, at 1 p.m. down Main Street. We hope to see you there.

 

Farmingdale Mayor

 

Ralph Ekstrand


News

Driving rain and cold temperatures could not keep Long Islanders from coming out to support the first annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Held for the first time at Marjorie Post Park in nearby Massapequa, dogs of all breeds and sizes came with their humans with one goal in mind; to raise funds for CCI.

 

Event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event. 

It’s been more than 50 years since the Farmingdale High School class of 1964 roamed the halls of their beloved high school, but that doesn’t mean that the memories have faded. The class—the first to graduate from Farmingdale High—came together on Saturday, October 18 at the Marriott in Islandia to celebrate all of the good times past and make new memories as a class.  


Sports

3rd Grade Division

The Giants and Jets met for the 2nd time this season, with the Giants again getting the victory over the Jets.  Jalen Gordon scored late into the 1st half for the Giants, which turned out to be the only points in the half.  The Giants shut the Jets down for both halves, keeping the offense off the board.  The Jets strong point this weekend was the defense, with Kyle June and Jake Kuller picking up the weekly William June Foundation awards.  In what is turning into a rough offensive season for the Jets, these awards continue to remind the boys of the perseverance and determination of the award’s namesake and his “never say quit” attitude.

 

—Submitted by Paul Caputo


William Merola, a member of the Farmingdale School District’s wrestling program, was recently selected to attend the third annual U.S. Marine Corps Summer Leadership and

Character Development program, which is limited to 150 sophomores and juniors throughout the nation.

 

Over the summer, from July 20-26, Merola attended the third annual Marine Corps recruiting command summer leadership and character academy at the USMC base in Quantico. 

 

The SLCDA (Summer Leadership and Character Development Program) educates high school leaders about Marine Corps Officer Programs by participating in classroom academics, ethics training, accelerated college prep, physical fitness training, a field exercise, a community service component and a field trip to Washington, D.C.


Calendar

Networking Event - October 29

Halloween Parade - October 31

Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair - November 2


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