Immediately following the passage of the public referendum law by the Nassau County Legislature to allow county residents to decide the fate of the Nassau Memorial Coliseum, New York Islanders owner Charles Wang, sports fans, union leaders and community members joined County Executive Edward Mangano for the bill signing ceremony. The plan could hold up to a $400 million price tag.
In honor of Memorial Day approaching, on Tuesday, May 17 Morgan Stanley Smith Barney hosted “A Celebration of Our Freedom” with Col. Jack Jacobs, U.S. Army (Ret.) at the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale.
The induction ceremony will take place Wednesday, July 27 at Fort Benning in Columbus, GA. Dolan will receive a medal and be enshrined with a plaque in the Hall of Fame’s permanent legacy hall.
On Tuesday, May 17 residents approved the Farmingdale School District’s budget with a 2.52 percent tax levy, a 2.30 levy increase from last year’s budget. The total budget for the 2011/12 school year will be $147,878,484. The budget received 1,988 yes votes and 1,181 no votes.
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.
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