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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

Bring your four-legged friends—in costume if they’d like—to roam Old Westbury Gardens during ‘Dog Days.’ Twice a year canines are welcome to accompany their (leashed) humans around the grounds of the mansion, and this is Fido’s last shot until spring. On Sunday, enjoy exhibits from rescue groups and animal welfare organizations from 1 to 4 p.m. A dog costume contest and parade takes place at 3 p.m. All activities included with admission: $8, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 7 to 17. At 71 Old Westbury Rd., Westbury, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tel: 516-333-0048.


Mentorship is one of those goals rotary clubs strive for, particularly when it comes to grooming future community business leaders. Nowhere was this more important than when the most recent Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary meeting’s guests were Stanley Pelech, director of Integrated Academic and Technical studies and Jodi Haniquet, advisor of the Farmingdale High School (FHS) Interact club. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people. The Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary is the sponsor of the 75-plus student strong high school club. Advisor Jodi Haniquet reported to Rotary club members what  fundraising events the Interact Club will participate in for the 2015 school year. The service group will once again team with FHS student government in a food drive – donations collected for Island Harvest pantries. They will also participate in Ronald McDonald house dinner program – cooking and serving meals on the premises in New Hyde Park for the many families staying at the residence while their seriously ill children receive treatment at nearby hospitals.


Sports

The Farmingdale State College Women’s Volleyball team earned a three-set victory of York in a non-conference match on Oct. 8. 

 

Tied 4-4 in the opening set, Farmingdale State freshman defensive specialist Gina Giacalone served for 14 consecutive points to extend the advantage 18-4. The Rams cruised to a 25-8 victory in the first set. 

Farmingdale team wins annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Race

On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Farmingdale-based Runner’s Edge team earned first place overall in the 29th annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Relay. The team, representing the Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store located at 242 Main St. in Farmingdale, consisted of Boyd Carrington, Andrew Coelho, Nick Pampena, Tim Lee, Shawn Anderson, Ryan Healy, Kevin Galante, and Brandon Abasolo. It completed the 50-mile course from Jones Beach State Park to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 58 seconds. The runners won by a margin of more than 10 minutes over the runner-up team from the Sayville & Smithtown Running Company, with much of the difference supplied by the strong Leg 2 performance by Andrew Coelho. Runner’s Edge Teams also took second place honors in the Mixed Open and Men’s Masters Divisions of the Relay. The Relay was sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union (“Built to Give You More”), with new Race Directors Glen Wolther and Keith Montgomery managing the event for the host Greater Long Island Running Club.


Calendar

Women's Club of Farmingdale - October 16

Board of Trustees Work Session - October 20

Jack O'Lantern Extravaganza - November 2


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