At the regular public meeting of the Board of Trustees in the Village of Farmingdale on Monday, May 2 more than 35 residents and community members were in attendance seemingly for the public hearing about the reducing the Village’s Fire Department Dispatcher staff from three full time positions to two in an effort to repurpose salary and benefits of the third dispatcher to fund a new fire truck.
The members of the Nassau County Legislature can all agree on what Section 113 and Section 114 of the county charter mean; however, as residents at the first hearing on the 2011 county redistricting proposal (put forth by Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt and the Republicans who currently control the legislature) learned very quickly, Section 112 is a very different beast. Much of the discussion at the Monday, May 2 hearing involved questions of interpretation of the county charter- or, if it was a question of interpretation at all.
Two seats are up for election on Tuesday, May 17. Both incumbents, Stephen Wilson and John Capobianco, are running unopposed. Wilson is the current vice president of the Farmingdale School District’s Board of Education. Capobianco is a trustee on the school board. Both seats are three-year terms, through the end of June 2014.
There can be no doubt that the Farmingdale students who participated in the Olympics of the Visual Arts (OVA) and garnered an unprecedented seven total awards are most definitely winning. The extracurricular school program has art students from across all of New York State using their creativity and originality to solve long-term, artistic problems, as well as provide on-site, spontaneous solutions to a group problem during the annual competition.
United States Senator Charles E. Schumer revealed that a study conducted at his request by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirms that current modeling for an off-site toxic groundwater plume, emanating from a former Navy-Grumman manufacturing site, does not adequately assess potential impacts to as many as 25 public wells that supply water to over 160,000 Nassau County residents. The study report states that the Navy’s current modeling ignores public-supply pumping, groundwater discharges from systems remediating volatile organic compound (VOC) plumes, recharge and precipitation rates, and water levels and stream flows.
The Farmingdale varsity black roller hockey team under the direction of coaches, Jim Gunn, Pat McDonald, and Gabe Vitale finished in first place during the regular season. Their record was 18 wins, one loss, and an overtime loss for a total of 37 points in the Island wide High School Roller Hockey league.
Victoria Fanslow and Diane Gantenhammer, 2004 graduates of Farmingdale High School, are training for a one-month bike trip. In May, they will begin a 31-day bike trip, spanning more than 1,000 miles with just bicycles and a tent. They will begin in San Francisco and end in Vancouver, Canada.
The most recent public meeting of the Farmingdale School Board of Education drew approximately 50 community members for the continued presentation about the proposed 2011/2012-school budget.
Trustee Cheryl Parisi, Deputy Mayor Patricia Christiansen, Legislator Joseph Belesi, Farmingdale Bethpage Historical Society (FBHS) President Mildred Johnson, and Mayor George Starkie were in attendance at the FBHS’s 47th Annual Founders Day Dinner hosted at Palmers Restaurant in Farmingdale. Legislator Belesi presented a check for $9,000, on behalf of Nassau County, to the Historical Society to provide assistance enhance speaker programs and the display of historical materials and to expand the reach of the historical society within the community. FBHS is presently accepting contributions for its Civil War Memorial, to be unveiled at a Memorial Day celebration on the Village Green.
Senator Charles Fuschillo, Jr. and seven other state senators held a public hearing on Thursday, April 7 at Farmingdale State College to explore ways to improve oversight of LIPA and ensure that the energy provider is accountable to ratepayers across Long Island.
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