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Ask The Mayor

Written by Mayor Ralph Ekstrand Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00

Village of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand Answers Residents’ Most Frequent Questions

 

Q:   “How long will the construction take for the Bartone developments?”

 

A: The “mini me version” on the east side of Secatogue Avenue is targeted for 12 months. The original plaza will lag 4-to-6 months behind. This is why we expect South Front Street to be closed for a year; however there is a pedestrian walkway for commuters. 

 

Letter: Peter King Should Not Lead Us To War

Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00

 Congressman Peter King is misguided in opposing the easing  of sanctions on Iran.   It is far better to negotiate than to rush into war.   We must remember that in war there are no winners!

 

Eleanor Krebs


 

Letter: A Word From The President

Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00

Once again the Chamber’s annual holiday parade and visit with Santa was a great success. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Dr. Walter Priestley, Farmingdale’s official Santa, and the Chamber members who came out to march in the parade. Argyro and Michael Razis with Precious Times Day Care; Dan Kornfeld with the Farmingdale Baseball League; Rosemary and Bill Trudden with McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home; Jo Wider with the Farmingdale Chamber; Tina Diamond with the Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary; Rose Larsen with Douglas Elliman Real Estate; Debbie Podolski with the Farmingdale Public Library; Joseph and Bianca Minieri with Metlife; Harmonie Saltzman with Network USA; Joe Tafuro, CPA; Phil Strehl with the American Legion Post 449; Chris Wider with Priestley Chiropractic and Angela J. Cowan, CPA. Thanks also to Legislators Rose Marie Walker and Michael Venditto for joining us down the parade route.

 

Ask The Mayor

Written by Mayor Ralph Ekstrand Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00

Village of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand Answers Residents’ Most Frequent Questions 

 

Q: “Will Farmingdale Village have any affordable housing units as part of the new construction?

 

A: Jefferson Plaza (120 Sectagoue Ave) will have 16 affordable units.  The cap (the limit on the total income made) is $74,000. TDI / Bartone will be using Long Island Housing Partnership to run the lottery process and evaluate the applications. Under the current law it must be a lottery and Farmingdale residents are not allowed any special considerations.


 

Letter: 10-Minutes More for Common Core

Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00

John Owens’ column reported the Board of Regents announced that on the upcoming April statewide tests, they’d take “10 minutes off  the English exam.” Owens wrote, “Of course, in context, it’s  not much. Our kids still can expect to sit through nearly three hours of testing.” He’s right, but I’d like to amend his “not much” to “too much: 10 minutes too much.” Because allowing kids to leave the testing room 10 minutes early will do more harm than good — and here’s why: I think the  Board of Regents needs some Common Core courses intended to improve both critical thinking and problem-solving, given their foolish plan which stipulates that “students in grades 5-8 will be allowed to leave testing areas 10 minutes earlier on one day ... if everyone in the class completes the exam in less than the time allowed.”  

 

Letter: Rep. King Talks Iran

Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00

Congressman Peter King, Chairman, Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterintelligence & Terrorism, Member of Select Committee on Intelligence, Issued The Following Statement:

 

“President Obama’s agreement with Iran is a serious strategic mistake. The United States will ease sanctions on Iran making billions of dollars available to the Iranians while Iran does not have to dismantle any of their 19,000 centrifuges.

This agreement is a victory for Iran and a defeat for the United States and our allies in the Middle East, specifically Israel and Saudi Arabia.”

 

—Submitted by Kevin Fogarty, Rep. King’s Chief of Staff


 

Ask The Mayor

Written by Village of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00

Village of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand Answers Residents’ Most Frequent Questions 

 

Q:   “When is the tree lighting?” 

 

A:  The Tri Centennial Tree Lighting is Tuesday December 3rd at 6pm, with a raindate of December 5th. This Year we will also light a tree in Gerngras Park (Staples Street) on Friday December 6th at 6pm donated by the blue spruce tree at Gerngras Park has been donated by the family of Judith Badalamenti.

 

Letter: Keep Pressure On The Common Core

Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

I congratulate parents and teachers on their protests on Common Core curriculum and testing. I wonder if the authors of Common Core have any idea of the cognitive readiness of the children for the content at each grade level. The commissioner is throwing at the audience “educanese” policies which are meant to intimidate. To the credit of the audience he is not succeeding. In my 49 years of teaching I have I never witnessed such widespread disapproval of an education program; and confusion. But we have never had such radical change thrust on us.

 

Ask The Mayor

Written by Village of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

Village of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand Answers Residents’ Most Frequent Questions 

 

Q: Is it true that senior citizens get free taxi rides within the Village of Farmingdale?

 

A: Senior citizens get free taxi rides within the village only. This is something written in the contract with Long Island Checker Cab.


 

Letter: Honoring Past Presidents

Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00

The Women’s Club of Farmingdale met on Thursday, November 7th at Allen Park.  A meeting usually set aside to acknowledge past and present presidents of various Chapters of Women’s Club.  Invitations are sent in advance, for members to attend our November meeting, which was postponed from last November because of Hurricane Sandy.  We had a wonderful turnout of guests including various Women’s Club dignitaries from the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and the Long Island Federation.  Rosemary Emigholz and her committee—consisting of Valerie Thieke, Fran Rotondo, Cheryl Parisi, Rosemary Trudden, Anna Ievolo, Angela Ditullio, Mary Ann Ferrara, Ann Ciuffo and Ann Lomonte—did an excellent job of making and catering a buffet luncheon with desserts. Throughout the luncheon members were serenaded by Jack Cottiell on the keyboard.

 

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