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Farmingdale Village Board Approves Judgments For Scofflaws

The Farmingdale Village Board Monday night passed the first local law of 2013, allowing judgments for unpaid parking tickets. A total of six letters will be sent to the violator and if the ticket still has not been paid, a final judgment will be filed after 540 days. The judgments will be in effect in both Nassau and Suffolk and will be identical to New York State’s traffic law. 

“Right now if you don’t pay your parking ticket, virtually nothing happens to you. We’re not collecting our fair share of parking tickets and other tickets because there is no penalty,” said Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.    

The board also announced a law to prevent massage therapists who are not registered and licensed by the Department of Education from practicing in the village. The fee for a license obtained from the village is $500. But after hearing from a massage therapist, the board decided to waive the fee.

Marie Freiss, a licensed massage therapist in Farmingdale, said it would be a hardship for her practice to provide the $500 fee for the license. She was glad that the village was penalizing unlicensed massage therapists, but felt the board was singling out professionals in her field. 

“I feel we are being set apart from the other healthcare industries. I feel as a massage therapist, I am being penalized because this industry is associated with unsavory things,” said Freiss. 

While the board agreed to waive the fee, it said code enforcement officers could demand massage therapists to produce their New York State license.

“We now can go in and our code enforcement can inspect them and they have to conform to the law. We can now go after them with some teeth,” said Mayor Ekstrand. 

The next board meeting will be held at the Farmingdale Village Hall on Monday Feb. 4, at 8 p.m.