Mayor George “Butch” Starkie presided over his final Farmingdale Village Board meeting on Monday, March 5. Starkie announced in January that he would not be seeking re-election. Eagle Scouts from Troop #261 were among those who attended the meeting.
On Tuesday, March 20, Farmingdale will hold its village elections. There are two candidates vying for the mayor’s seat: Ralph Ekstrand and Georgiana Sena. There are four candidates seeking two open trustee seats: William Barrett, Michael Manchin, Susan Miles, and Thomas Ryan. Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. at Village Hall. Residents must have already registered to cast their vote in this election.
On Friday, March 2, the Farmingdale Public Library, Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce and Mayor George Starkie hosted a presentation of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget address, “New NY Transformation Plan...the Next Step,” given by State Cabinet Member Ken Adams, CEO of Empire State Development.
Cuomo and his cabinet members arranged a series of public sessions throughout the state to give residents a chance to get more information on the budget proposal. The State Commissioners have been meeting with community members and residents to share details from the governor, as well as gathering concerns from residents to report back to Albany. Cuomo announced the initial budget proposal Jan. 17. The end of the state’s fiscal year is March 30.
Farmingdale 2035 Party mayoral candidate Ralph Ekstrand defeated challenger Georgiana Sena in the March 20 village election. Ekstrand received 815 votes, while Sena, a member of the Village Independent Party, picked up 639 votes.
In the Tuesday, March 20 Village of Farmingdale elections there are four candidates running for two four-year term trustee seats. The Farmingdale 2035 Party candidates are: William Barrett, trustee incumbent and Thomas Ryan. The Village Independent Party candidates are: Michael Manchin and Susan Miles.
The Farmingdale Observer asked each candidate to submit a general statement about their candidacy and respond to the same set of questions. Their answers appear here.
The Farmingdale Observer offered the following questions to each of the mayoral candidates who will run on the ballots in the Village of Farmingdale public elections on Tuesday, March 20. Both candidates were also offered a chance to make a general statement about their candidacy, or share something about themselves.
This year marks the centennial milestone of Farmingdale State College, founded in 1912. The school, undergoing some major transformations and renovations, is presently displaying Farmingdale State College Centennial Exhibition: Historical Perspectives through Friday, March 9 in its Memorial Gallery in Nathan Hale Hall.
No vote was taken on Monday, Feb. 27, on the plan to close four Nassau County police precincts and convert them into Community Policing Centers.
The Nassau County Legislature’s Republican majority had hoped for such a vote, one that would close the First and Fifth and Sixth and Eighth precincts. However, according to a spokeswoman for Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt (R-Massapequa), County Executive Edward P. Mangano asked the legislature to delay the vote for at least a week, while his office remains in negotiations over unspecified issues with the Police Benevolent Association (PBA).
On the doors of Bollinger’s Family Restaurant in the weeks leading up to its closing on Sunday, Feb. 19 was a sign notice to customers that the owners had decided to close the doors for good. It said, “To our valued customers, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your years of support and patronage. It has meant a great deal to those of us who have had the pleasure and honor to meet and serve you. Unfortunately, due to these difficult economic times, we can no longer afford to remain open. As a result, it is with much sadness and regret that Bollinger’s Family Restaurant will be closing its doors for good on Sunday, Feb. 19.”
As one lifelong customer, Jill (Smith) Chow, a resident of Farmingdale, passed through the doors on Friday, just days before the closing, she could hardly believe the news, and the reality of what this meant.
Don Zirkel, of Farmingdale, has recently published, Couple Power: Conversations with Donny and Marie, a memoir of his life with his late-wife, Marie “Re,” weaving the affects of the changes in the Catholic Church over the past 60 years.
The book highlights the Zirkels’ family life in the area diocese, and parish ministries, including Hicksville and Farmingdale. Oral historian, Ed Thompson, of Farmingdale was the main contributor to the book.
The Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees met Monday, Feb. 6 at Village Hall to continue public discussions on LLG-2011- the agenda item that would have added new allowed uses in the Conklin Street zoning district.
In December, Mayor George Starkie and the village board voted to eliminate “restaurant use” as a permitted option for the area in question- located after Hempstead Turnpike, before Main Street and essentially next to Fulton Street- after residents voiced concerns over the potential for increased pollution and food odors.
At the Feb. 6 meeting, Starkie discussed the background of the situation and provided reasons why he decided to discontinue the public hearing on it. “After hearing from the public and one person in particular, we were informed this might fall under the category of spot-zoning,” Starkie said. “Sometimes you need that ‘aha’ moment. So we continued the public hearing with the understanding that we’d definitely eliminate ‘restaurant use.’ Subsequently, that property has sold. Nobody is telling us to who; nobody has come in with any applications. At this point, I think it would be unfair to the public to continue the hearing.”
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