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Ask The Mayor: October 31, 2013

Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00
Village of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand answers your questions

Q: What are you doing to attract new business to Main Street?

A: I have given a few companies a walking tour of the village, explaining to them the $100 million of new construction and mixed-use development starting this fall. The village has streamlined the way developers and businesses applications are processed thereby reducing the time frame. The whole idea of mixed use and transit oriented development is to increase walkablilty and foot traffic in our downtown thus attracting new retail.


Letter: It Just Doesn’t Add Up

Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00

Tom Suozzi is my cousin, so obviously you know I’m supporting him this November.  He’s running again for Nassau County Executive because he believes that this county can be one of the greatest places to live in the country.  He’s a deeply caring man that wants nothing more than to use his skills, abilities and leadership to serve his community and provide a better future for our children.


Ask The Mayor: October 24, 2013

Written by Mayor Ralph Ekstrand Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00

Village of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand answers your questions


Q: What is going on with the Waldbaum’s site?


A: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has declared the former Waldbaum’s as a superfund site. Any entity that purchases the land now becomes a responsible party to pay for its clean up. The ground water remediation will take about five years to complete. The former owners walked away from the mortgage which was payed to a commercial mortgage backed security trust. The village is trying to find who actual has title to the land now. No person or company has expressed any interest to the village concerning use of the site.


Ask The Mayor: October 18, 2013

Written by Village of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand Friday, 18 October 2013 08:18

Village of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand answers your questions


Q:  Will there be another Restaurant Week this year?


A:  Yes, Restaurant Week is happening now, continuing through Sunday, Oct. 20. There are more than 15 restaurants in Farmingdale Village participating. Visit for a complete list of participating restaurants and offers. 


Common Sense Is Needed

Written by Steve Israel, Congressman 5th U.S. Congressional District Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00

There’s a lot of blame and finger pointing for the recent federal government shutdown. Today I’m offering a common-sense solution.


Originally, House Republicans, who are in the majority, offered a resolution to temporarily continue governing operations. It had two conditions: 1.) Fund the government at a level that many Democrats felt was insufficient; and 2.) Defund and delay the Affordable Care Act (known to many as Obamacare). I could not support both of those conditions, particularly using a shutdown of the federal government to effectively repeal the Affordable Care Act.


Ask The Mayor: October 10, 2013

Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

Village of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand answers residents most frequent questions

Q. Why does it take so long for a store to open once they announce they are moving to Main Street?

A: It only takes two to three months to go through the process for a special permit (i.e. bars and restaurants) and less for those who do not need one. The wait for the Nassau County Fire Marshall office (if needed) can add another six to eight weeks to the process.


Weitzman Blasts Maragos Over Threatening Letter

Written by Howard Weitzman Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

Threat of lawsuit, made at public expense, aims to silence political opposition

Former Nassau County Comptroller Howard Weitzman announced that he received a letter from the law firm Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, at the behest of the Nassau County Attorney’s Office, threatening a lawsuit unless he retracts a complaint he filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The complaint, based on an investigative piece published by the Wall Street Journal, highlights evidence that Comptroller George Maragos’s annual financial report is misleading and that the County Attorney’s office colluded with a partisan Republican judge to ‘cook the books’ and misrepresent the county’s financial condition on the annual financial report.


Letter: Response to “The Real State of Nassau’s Finances”

Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

Nassau County is very similar to other places around the country when election time comes around. You have candidates and incumbents willing to say anything to stay in office or get back in office. This time around we have two former incumbents in Suozzi and Weitzman who for over three years did not say a word about the county’s finances, struggles, or achievements. Yet all of a sudden they come out and say that everything is horrible. They say things like “cooking the books” and “the County borrowed $2 billion and your children will pay the price.” All these statements are meant to grab your attention and make you question your quality of life. As residents of this wonderful place we call home we need to remember where we were about a year ago. Hurricane Sandy struck Long Island, we had no gas, no electricity, and a sense of hopelessness. While some families are still hurting many of us are back on our feet going to work and living our normal lives. Mainly thanks to the response and leadership of our current government. It’s tough to shift through all the stats and all the numbers that are thrown at us during election time but there is one thing that we know is true. The current administration is doing everything they can not to make it more expensive to live here even during a disaster. The former administration, that is trying to make a comeback, has a track record of making it more expensive to live here. The choice is clear for me and my family. We love it here but we already pay enough.

Steve Vosilla


New NYSSBA Report Examines School District Mergers

Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

Smaller, financially strapped school districts that can offer greater educational opportunities by joining together are the best candidates for mergers, according to a new research report by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).


The report found that losses in state aid and the local property tax cap have forced some districts to eliminate teaching and support staff positions, affecting their ability to provide elective courses and, in some cases, core courses as well.

By merging, these districts might be better able to offer a wider variety of educational programs and courses than they would otherwise.


Letter: Corrections To ‘Eat Local’ Article

Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

(Editor’s note: The following is a letter from a Farmingdale resident about the article “‘Eat Local L.I.’ Stays True To Roots” by Randy Stephens, that appeared in the Sept. 13 edition of the Farmingdale Observer.)

You wrote a piece about “A Taste of Long Island” in last week’s Observer. Unfortunately, there are some mistaken facts in the first paragraph.


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