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Bond Rating Up Two Points To AA

Major Development Projects and Infrastructure Improvements Underway 

 

The Incorporated Village of Farmingdale recently announced that taxes are within the 2 percent tax cap limit and that the Standard and Poor’s Bond rating for the village is up two points to AA. 

 

In addition, transit-oriented development, redevelopment and infrastructure improvements will benefit residents and the public at no cost to the taxpayers. 

 

Two major development projects are underway; the first at the Farmingdale Train Station, while another redevelopment project on Main Street is about to begin. 

 

This is an exciting time for the Village of Farmingdale. Multi-million dollar development projects will bring housing, jobs, economic activity and great adaptive re-use to the community.

 

In November, Bartone / TDI broke ground on Jefferson Plaza—a transit-oriented [smart growth] project that includes the development of 154 housing units and 20,000 square feet of retail space adjacent to the LIRR Station. Excavation of the site is finished,

construction is ongoing and expected to be completed in 18 months. Pedestrian covered walkways are completed. Development updates for Jefferson Plaza will also continue to be posted on the village website as the construction continues. 

 

Staller Associates are about to start demolition of the property located at 231 Main Street—with plans to develop 26 apartments and 3,100 square feet of retail space. Also 285 Eastern Parkway will be redeveloped with 27 units of apartments.

 

New York State Department of Transportation has approved new left-hand turning lanes along Main Street, at the intersection with Conklin St. This will enhance traffic flow through the downtown area. The intersection at Secatogue Ave. and Conklin St. will also be getting a right-hand turn arrow (near the Valero Gas Station) to facilitate traffic flow.

 

In addition to the development projects, Nassau County has provided $1 million in funding to Farmingdale, to help re-build sections of Main Street. The re-construction underway consists of safer pedestrian-friendly curb lines, re-surfacing of Main Street, and improving sidewalks are underway. 

 

Phase one will consist of installing new sidewalks from the railroad tracks to Northside Elementary School, as well curbing and road resurfacing in this section. Phase one is expected to be completed before May. 

 

Phase two will encompass sidewalks and drainage, from Conklin to South Front Street, which is expected to be completed in May. 

 

Phase three, Conklin Street to Route 109, includes new sidewalk, and drainage issues. This should be completed in June.

 

In conclusion, we would like to thank Joe Belisi, Michael Venditto, Rose Walker, Ed Mangano and all at the County who helped to secure the grants for the infrastructure improvements helping to make our community safer and easier to navigate.

News

Oyster Bay Town officials are mulling an override of the state’s 2 percent property tax cap for the second consecutive fiscal year. On Aug. 12, the town held a hearing to approve local legislation, giving the Town Council authority to pierce the cap.

 

However, according to Marta Kane, a spokesperson with the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor John Venditto and the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council are not certain if they will entertain a repeat of last year, when the board adopted a $277 million budget, increasing the tax levy by $15,964,647—or 8.8 percent. 

Village officials have teamed up with James Faith Entertainment—founders of the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue—to organize Farmingdale’s first ever two-day music festival, this September 13 and 14. 

 

“Farmingdale is another town that is starting to move forward,” festival producer Jim Faith told the Farmingdale Observer, last May. “[The inaugural festival] will be small, but we’ll start growing it... music festival always take a few years to catch on.” 

 

Faith said that when he first started the Great South Bay Music Festival, back in 2007, it too started small, growing little by little each year. For its inaugural year, Faith booked folk musician Richie

Havens to headline the event. Now, more than eight years later, the festival has featured numerous big name musicians, including: the Doobie Brothers, WAR, Billy Squier, Taking Back Sunday, moe., and Blues legend B.B. King, to name a few. 


Sports

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 

After more than a month of group play, on Aug. 16, fourteen teams went head-to-head for a shot at the 2014 Farmingdale Baseball League’s 9/11 Tournament Championship. Here are some highlights from Saturday’s championships. 

 

8U Finals

Long Island Rangers 8 - Farmingdale Greendogs 9


Calendar

McKevitt Mobile Office Hours - August 21

Artisan Market - August 23

Blood Drive - August 24


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com