The same questions were asked of all candidates running for the Town of Oyster Bay Board, which is a four-year term. In the event a council member leaves office prior to completion of a full term, the Town Board appoints a replacement. That person serves until the next regularly scheduled election, at which time the voters elect an individual to serve the remainder of the term. There is no limit to the number of terms council members may serve.
Incumbent Republican councilmembers Chris J. Coschignano, Elizabeth A. Faughnan and Joseph G. Pinto are being challenged by Democrats Matt Meng, Erin Reilley and Doug Watson. Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 3. Their stories appear below in alphabetical order.
Incumbent Republican Steve Labriola is facing challenger Democrat John Capobianco in the race for Town of Oyster Bay Clerk. Both candidates were asked the same questions regarding their campaign to compile the following profiles. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Legislator Dave Mejias (D-Farmingdale) and Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi introduced a new recreational outlet at Old Bethpage Village Restoration for a very important constituent: man’s best friend.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony, which took place on Oct. 1, extends to six the number of dog runs offered in Nassau County parks and is the first in the area covered by the Town of Oyster Bay. The dog run, which is located near the entrance to the Village, provides separate areas for large and small dogs. Benches at the new dog run where donated by the Boy Scouts of America. The park will operate the same hours of Old Bethpage Village Restoration.
A dramatic new vision of Farmingdale’s downtown area was unveiled at a public information meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at Village Hall with a multimedia presentation by the consulting team of Saccardi & Schiff, Inc., Eng-Wong Taub & Associates, Economics Research Associates and Paulus, Sokolowski & Sarfor LLC.
The entire Farmingdale Village Board, along with Mayor George “Butch” Starkie and other local officials, such as Senator Kemp Hannon, Legislator Dave Mejias, and Oyster Bay Town Councilman Tony Macagnone, were also present.
More than 240 residents flooded the parking lot and streets around the Farmingdale Library on the afternoon of Monday, Sept. 14 to attend a presentation and forum from the Nassau County Department of Assessment. The well-attended meeting allowed homeowners to have their exemption applications processed in person and to learn more about the department and if they qualify to save money in property taxes.
One of the key advantages of holding one-on-one meetings with one of the department’s valuation specialists at the library is that once an inaccuracy or incorrect entry is discovered with the recorded property information on-file, an adjustment can be made quickly. A homeowner will no longer have to wait months to file an assessment challenge with the Assessment Review Commission (ARC) from January-March and again wait months for a simple correction to be made.
For the third consecutive year, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice brought Choices and Consequences, her driver-education program aimed at teaching high school students about the dangers of drunk and reckless driving, to Farmingdale High School.
The Sept. 10 and 15 presentations each featured a 90-minute slideshow and interactive speech by Rice, as well as testimony from actual young people who have been arrested for drunken and reckless driving, spent time in jail, and seen the consequences of their actions.
The Farmingdale School District is pleased to announce that due to additional stimulus funding, the tax levy increase accompanying the budget for the 2009/10 school year is 1.33 percent. After completing the final adjustments to the tax rate calculation, which was presented to the board of education and the community on Sept. 16, district residents from Nassau County will see an average tax increase of 1.7 percent and those residing in the Town of Babylon will see an average reduction in taxes of about .8 percent.
These figures are a result of the fact that Farmingdale is split between two taxing entities, Nassau County and the Town of Babylon. The district utilizes information from each of these taxing entities, as well as the Office of Real Property Services to properly calculate the rate for this year’s tax bill.
“The country is going through some difficult economic times these days, and thankfully as a district, we are able to minimize the tax increase for the residents of our community, while still providing a sustainable education for our students,” said the Farmingdale School District Assistant Superintendent for Business Paul Defendini.
The Sept. 8 Farmingdale Village Board meeting opened with a moment of silence for fallen Farmingdale Marine James Argentine and his family.
Mayor George “Butch” Starkie then presented an award to Village Historian Bill Johnston for 40 years of public service.
“Anyone who knows Bill knows how passionate he is about the history of the village,” Starkie said.
Upon accepting his plaque, Johnston said he and his wife have spent 48 years in Farmingdale and have “come to love this community.”
Despite the rain date change to Sept. 13, the Women’s Club of Farmingdale presented the community with a remarkable day of art appreciation on the Village Green.
Forty-seven artists presented their stories in a variety of media in the Art in the Park event chaired by Frances Rotondo and Dolores Cianciabella. Women’s Club members also sold homemade goods at a simultaneous bake sale, chaired by Loda Romanelli.
Armed with petitions containing over 50,000 signatures of Nassau County residents, the Republican caucus of the Nassau County Legislature, led by Minority Leader Peter Schmitt, plans on calling for the repeal of the Home Energy Tax, which is being imposed on consumers to help the county close a budget deficit, if Republicans are successful in reclaiming the Nassau County Legislature on Election Day this November.
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