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.
Senator Charles Fuschillo, Jr. and Assemblyman Robert Sweeney announced the passage of legislation they authored to expand the Broad Hollow Bioscience Park (BHBP) at Farmingdale State College on Tuesday, March 22.
The bill is expected to create hundreds of jobs on Long Island. The legislation (S.3536/A.5664) will allow Farmingdale State College to enter into lease agreements to expand BHBP.
“The Broad Hollow Bioscience Park is a key component of Long Island’s economic engine. It has helped build up Long Island’s biotech industry, created jobs, and provided educational opportunities to students. At a time when over 116,000 Long Islanders are unemployed, this is a measure that would lead to hundreds of new jobs for local residents and tens of millions of dollars in new revenue for our economy. We need this bill to become law, and I urge Governor Cuomo to sign it,” said Fuschillo.
The Women’s Club of Farmingdale celebrated their 98th birthday at their Thursday, April 7 meeting held at Milleridge Inn. The festive luncheon was arranged by Cheryl Parisi and her committee Helen Bergmann and Ellen Pence.
The meeting opened with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Helen Ghiorsi. President Veronica Jones warmly welcomed members and guests. The usual order of business was dispensed with.
After all the protests and disagreements, after all the proposals and changes, New York State has an on-time budget for the first time in 15 years and just a third on-time budget in 28 years.
New York State passed its $132.5 billion budget on March 31 around 1 a.m., just in time for the April 1 deadline. Overall spending will be cut $3.5 billion (2 percent) from the current year and closes a $10 billion deficit without raising taxes.
The budget included steep cuts in education aid ($1.3 billion or about 6 percent), Medicaid ($1 billion or about 2 percent) and state operations (10 percent).
In the midst of this difficult budget season, the Farmingdale School District has proposed a budget decrease of $1,075,886 for the 2011-2012 school year. This represents a 2.96 percent tax levy increase. The dire circumstances that face this state’s economy have forced the district to make program cuts to accommodate these fiscal challenges.
On Monday, March 21 Legislator Joseph Belesi honored Ellen Krammer of Massapequa as Nassau County’s “Trailblazer of the New Millennium” in honor of this year’s Women’s History Month. This is the ceremony’s 13th year, held at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building Chambers of the Nassau County Legislature in Mineola.
On Sunday, March 13 Jackie Reilly’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in Bethpage hosted the local St. Baldrick’s Foundation charity event. To kick off the event, members of American Celtic Pipe Band played for charity participants. Nearly 150 local residents volunteered to be shaved, collecting close to $12,000 for this year’s event. The Bethpage pub has now raised over $85,000 to date for pediatric research.
St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer organization that hosts events throughout the country to raise money to fund pediatric cancer research. Volunteers agree to shave their heads in solidarity and support of kids who lose their hair due to the harsh after-effects of chemo treatments.
After many years of contention, Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Steve Israel have received acknowledgement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that it does not have the authority to demolish the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport in Farmingdale as part of its runway safety program. The FAA has also conceded that federal dollars can be used to save the museum and investigate relocation, as opposed to tearing it down.
Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Steve Israel announced at a press conference on Monday, March 21 that the American Airpower Museum, housing vintage aircraft in a 35,000 square foot hangar, attracting nearly 40,000 visitors annually, has been saved from demolition.
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