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Schools Getting Greener

Written by Ron Scaglia Thursday, 28 March 2013 00:00

Energy saving measures discussed at school board meeting

The Farmingdale school district will be going green, in the tradition of the uniforms of its teams, the Dalers.

At the latest school board meeting, specific details were given about the Energy Performance Contract that the district is working on with Johnson Controls to make the school district much more energy efficient.

 

Weitzman Wants Back In

Written by Ron Scaglia Saturday, 23 March 2013 00:00

Former comptroller is seeking his former job and says he has ties to southeast Nassau

“The comptroller is there to protect the taxpayers.”

That is what former Nassau Comptroller Howard Weitzman says is the job of a comptroller. It’s something he says he did during his eight years in the position, and it’s something that he wants to do again. Weitzman was elected to the position in 2001 and 2005 before being narrowly defeated by current Nassau County George Maragos in 2009.

Weitzman blames his defeat on a rare illness he contracted in 2009, which he says prevented him from running a full campaign. He says that despite his limited campaigning he was still only defeated by a narrow margin – 800 votes. 

 

First Farmingdale St. Pat’s

Written by Ron Scaglia Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00

Irish eyes, and for that matter, all other eyes, were smiling on St. Patrick’s Day in Farmingdale. The First Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held on Main Street and a huge crowd attended the event. Dressed in green, crowds lined the sidewalks as the parade traveled south from North Side School to the Village Green.

 

Slight Hike In Budget

Written by Chris Boyle Thursday, 21 March 2013 00:00

Amid ever-increasing financial burdens facing schools throughout New York, including the state-mandated tax cap, the Farmingdale school board presented the first draft of its  budget for the 2013-14 school year, calling for a 1.87 percent tax increase over last year’s figure.

 Assistant Superintendent for Business Paul Defendini held an in-depth presentation of the proposed budget at a public workshop at Weldon E. Howitt Middle School, which he said was strenuously crafted this year to ensure the continued quality of education in the Farmingdale school district.

 

Farmingdale Rising

Written by Ron Scaglia Wednesday, 20 March 2013 00:00

Construction will soon begin on The Plaza at Farmingdale.

“It’s going to be a destination at the train station in Farmingdale.”

That’s how Anthony Bartone described the construction project called The Plaza at Farmingdale that Bartone Properties is building along South Front Street at the intersection of Secatogue Avenue. 

 

Fighting For School Funds

Written by Ron Scaglia Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00

Restore state high-tax to this year’s levels. That’s the most important message that the Farmingdale School District’s Legislative Action Committee tried to get across when members of the committee recently traveled to Albany to present the Farmingdale School District’s 2013-14 legislative proposals. According to Farmingdale School District officials, Governor’s Cuomo’s proposed budget would remove $1.4 million in high-tax aid to Farmingdale.

“That’s a big number considering we have a 2 percent tax cap,” said Assistant Superintendent for Administration Barbara J. Horsley. “We’re asking, just return the high-tax aid. Just make it what it was.”

 

Village Green For Sunday

Written by Ron Scaglia Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00

For the first time, the Village of Farmingdale on Sunday, March 17, will be holding a St. Patrick’s Day parade in what is to become an annual event.

Organizers are hoping that the parade will give Farmingdale residents a chance to come together and share a special event, and are also hoping that the parade will bring customers to Main Street and help support the businesses located there.

 

Downtown Master Plan

Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00

Implementation Committee News

The Farmingdale Saint Patrick’s Day (SPD) committee continues to promote the ‘first ever’ Farmingdale Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and events. We have come a long way in less than six weeks from the start of planning this event, it has been ‘organized chaos’ and there are more details to work out. With the cooperation from the weather man above and a bit of the ‘luck of the Irish’ we are hoping for an all round family-fun day… so let the planning continue with only 14 days to go for the ‘first ever’ Farmingdale Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and events.

 

Venditto: Debt Not A Worry

Written by Ron Scaglia Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00

Supervisor speaks about bonding, taxes and town debt

Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto believes that the town is a great place to live and he emphatically said so at a recent board meeting. 

He also forcefully defended the decision to incur debt, which he said protects the quality of life of the town’s residents.

“I made a decision a long time ago, that while I would never spend unreasonably, I would spend appropriately to advance legitimate town purposes,” he said. “And I don’t think there is any higher town purpose than to protect the quality of life that we enjoy in the Town of Oyster Bay– the suburban quality of life that we enjoy here in the Town of Oyster Bay.”

 

Farmingdale Opens $25M Building

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00

Farmingdale State College, the once quiet, tiny educational institution that specialized in animal husbandry programs, continued on an expansion spree, recently opening a 50,000-square-foot, $25 million Campus Center that boasts a cafeteria, bookstore and lecture hall.

The new building was unveiled Feb. 1.

 

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