As I take the helm from the previous editor, Rachel Shapiro, I want to thank everyone for the warm welcome. The community members have no shortage of pride and enthusiasm for the village and surrounding neighborhoods, which makes me excited to share the commitment in being a collective voice for Farmingdale. The abundant support is much appreciated; I encourage each person to help me continue to tell the stories that shape this village.
(This letter is in response to a letter titled “The Spring of Life,” printed in the Friday, July 23, 2010 issue of the Farmingdale Observer.)
I, for one, would prefer if skateboarders were banned from using the sidewalks in town because there are many senior citizens (and no, I’m not a senior) that shop in town. Could you just picture a senior coming out of a store only to be crashed into by a kid on a skateboard? Where’s the logic here of defending the village sidewalks for skateboarders? Not only that, but like Billy DePace said in the last letter to the editor regarding merchants having their wares on the sidewalk, that leaves little room as it is to just walk on the sidewalk. Bring in the skaters and there’s even less room for people to walk.
(This letter is in response to a letter printed in the July 9, 2010 edition of the Farmingdale Observer entitled “Property Taxes Are Too High in Farmingdale.”)
The Concerned Citizens Association is right. Their July letter centers on the NYS budget process and asks for “real tax relief this year in the very near future to Farmingdale, as well as Long Island residents.” I could not agree more.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has made a poor decision in cutting services provided by the Able-Ride Program while blaming such cuts on Nassau County.
It’s not easy for a young person in today’s world. If a teen is on a skateboard they are not doing drugs. They are happy. They are keeping in shape. If a young person is on a skateboard they are being young and alive.
(This letter is in response to a letter printed in the June 11, 2010 issue of the Farmingdale Observer, entitled “Newsletter Sent to Residents is Wrong.”)
All of our elected officials answer directly to the taxpayer. My passion for my community runs deep and that was just one of the reasons I ran for public office, only once thus far, for trustee of Farmingdale Village. Since questioning several of the practices of our present village administration, I have been attacked personally on many levels by the mayor and his friends. His rants and waving of papers at the village board meeting are merely his tactics of intimidation and showmanship. He even threatened to sue me. Yet, that will not stop me from asking questions and trying to get answers about how our taxpayer dollars are spent in our village.
The Concerned Citizens Association of Farmingdale civic board has been and continues to be very concerned over the burden of very high property taxes in our community and on Long Island. Over the past year we have provided forums for discussion on many relative issues, including school taxes, NYS education mandates, illegal apartments/housing, housing affordability, foreclosures, local economic development and property taxes.
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