Contrary to the Aug. 10 letter from Gotham G.R.&C., I don’t believe that this deal between Trump and New York State will “enhance the lives of all Long Islanders.” As a long-time Jones Beach lover now in his 70s, Jones Beach has always meant casual relaxation for low and middle-income families to picnic and swim and get away from the city for a few precious hours. A fancy restaurant with Trump’s name emblazoned on the front mocks the original purpose of the beach set forth by Robert Moses himself.
Edward J. Thompson, Sr., Farmingdale
(Editor’s note: This letter is in response to “Trump On The Ocean Moves Forward At Jones Beach” from Brad Gerstman and David Schwartz of Gotham Government Relations and Communications that appeared in the Friday, Aug. 10th edition of the Farmingdale Observer. The original letter to the editor is also available on the Observer’s webpage at www.antonnews.com)
Last week, the Farmingdale Fire Department held their inaugural car show on Main Street. The show, which featured vintage cars, racing cars, motorcycles and other specialty vehicles was a success. It will be continued through August.
The show closed Main Street from South Front Street to Prospect Street and made the downtown area completely walkable, something that may have a domino effect, bring some bustle to the downtown area and helping to churn some life into the businesses along one of the main business districts.
Approximately nine months ago after years of legal obstacles, we went on a mission to revitalize Jones Beach and to go on a grass roots campaign to get Trump on the Ocean built. We are pleased to finally announce that a deal has been reached between the Trump Organization and the Parks Department to build what will be the “Jewel of Long Island.”
(Editor’s note: At the Village Pops Concert at the Farmingdale Village Green on Sunday, July 15, Patricia A. Christiansen, deputy mayor of the Village of Farmingdale delivered this speech. The “Minute of History,” is a series of speeches delivered at the Pops Concerts throughout the summer.)
Let’s go back for a few minutes to look at Farmingdale in 1912. This suggestion is inspired by a very favorable article on our village, which appeared in an issue of the old Brooklyn Daily Eagle in the late autumn of 1912. The headline reads, “Many New Factories in Farmingdale, Long Island.”
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently announced that legislation he cosponsors to expand the Iran Divestment Act has been signed into law. The new law will prevent companies that invest in Iran’s energy sector from entering into contracts with any state or local public authority, as well as the State University of New York (SUNY) and the City University of New York (CUNY).
“Iran promotes terrorism and continues to pursue nuclear weapons which could be used to threaten the U.S. and its allies, including Israel. Taxpayers shouldn’t have their tax dollars spent on companies that profit from investing tens of millions of dollars into Iran’s energy development. Expanding this law to include state and local authorities will reinforce the message that New York will not spend tax dollars on businesses that support Iran’s energy sector,” said Senator Fuschillo.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall arrived at Mitchel Athletic Complex from being on display in Mexico, NY, a town north of Syracuse, and was escorted to Eisenhower Park in East Meadow by veterans, military and county officials, builders, and dozens of motorcycle riders.
The Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall is the largest traveling replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall and is the centerpiece of the American Veterans Traveling Tribute’s (AVTT) “Cost of Freedom” tribute program.
(Editor’s note: At the Village Pops Concert at the Farmingdale Village Green on Tuesday, July 18, James B. McCullagh, vice president of Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society, was scheduled to deliver this speech. The “Minute of History,” is a series of speeches delivered at the Pops Concerts throughout the summer.)
Even a prophet is said to be overlooked in his own hometown; the same can often be said of historical points of interest in a community. People note sites of past events in places they visit on vacations to remote areas but fail to observe those in their own towns. Let us consider now but a few such in Farmingdale.
Recently, Governor Cuomo signed into law a health care measure I sponsored in the New York State Senate to expand greater access to vaccinations.
The new law expands the allowable vaccines that trained pharmacists are able to administer. Effective Tuesday, Oct. 16, the vaccine for the shingles virus will be available along with the vaccine for flu and pneumonia.
Assemblyman David G. McDonough is reminding low-income residents with serious medical conditions that New York state has set aside $3 million in funding through the federally-funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to provide residents with assistance in purchasing air conditioners during times of extreme heat.
Residents are encouraged to contact the Community Development Corp. of Long Island, Inc. at (631) 471-1215 to find out more information on the program and to see if they qualify for assistance.
(Editor’s note: At the Village Pops Concert at the Farmingdale Village Green on Tuesday, July 3, Jane Schriro Rubinstein delivered this speech. The “Minute of History,” is a series of speeches delivered at the Pops Concerts throughout the summer.)
Memories are probably one of the most personal things we possess, shaped by our own experiences, sculpted over time, molded with age. My memories of growing up in Farmingdale in the 1960s are my own, but I think many of us here today may share overlapping experiences and touch points as we grew up “Rockwell” in Farmingdale.
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