Written by Mayor Ralph Ekstrand Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00
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.
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
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.
Friday, 17 October 2014 08:43
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.
Friday, 17 October 2014 09:04
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.
Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00
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.