Written by Ronald Scaglia, email@example.com Friday, 04 January 2013 00:00
After serving in the New York State Assembly for six years, the 17th Assembly District will shift drastically beginning next year. Whereas the district previously went from the western Nassau border to East Meadow, it now extends from East Meadow to the eastern border of Nassau, including a huge portion of Farmingdale. Tom McKevitt has represented the district since early in 2006 and will continue to do so with the new boundaries. So what has impressed him within the new district?
“Farmingdale Library is an incredible facility and I hope to do many events there in the future,” said McKevitt.
Many residents may have already met McKevitt, who has actively been out making stops throughout the new district. For those who haven’t, he hopes to meet everyone in his newly redefined district soon. He says that he plans on visiting every elementary school within the district and that he wants the people he now represents to know that he has “an open door policy” and that those in his district should bring their issues and concerns to him.
“I really do look out for the interests of the constituents and I don’t bow to the interest groups,” McKevitt says. “I’m really looking out for the people I represent.”
The assemblyman comments that the communities that he will soon be representing are very similar to the communities he has represented for almost seven years, consisting of people who want a good education for their children who are trying to make life as affordable as possible. He says this has been getting more difficult during the past several years.
“The economy has been poor, so people just don’t have as much money,” he remarked. “Health care costs and pension costs have been a great stress on local governments so that creates the issue of taxes. That’s why the tax cap was enacted two years ago but that creates even greater stress on school districts and local governments to provide the basic services.”
Because of this, McKevitt says that one of his most important tasks is to fight in Albany to get as much state aid as possible for his district. He says that is going to become extremely important in the coming years, as the state doesn’t have enough revenue, so communities will be fighting over a decreasing amount of state aid. In addition, because of the costs in helping the state recover from Sandy, the amount of funds available figures to decrease as more state aid will be going to storm recovery as the Federal Government will not be providing enough money to cover all of the expenses. McKevitt was also hoping that state funds could go to job creation, but once again, the money needed for storm recovery may prohibit that.
“I’m going to fight hard as we always do to provide some needs for rebuilding but we can’t expect people to pay any more taxes,” McKevitt says.
The assemblyman has also been an outspoken critic of the Long Island Power Authority. He said that there is a lot of agreement among colleagues in state government that LIPA, as it exists today, is not a good situation, and that there is a strong possibility that a private utility will be running all of the electrical operations on Long Island. He adds that this needs to be done as soon as possible.
On a personal level, McKevitt and his wife, Samantha, who is a social studies teacher, have two young children. A devoted family man, McKevitt routinely makes a long daily commute back and forth to Albany so he doesn’t spend too much time from his family. McKevitt says that residents will soon learn that he is someone they can turn to for help.
“Whenever people call for help we never ask for their registration,” he commented. “We’re just there to help. That’s my job.”
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Following the Memorial Day ceremonies on May 27, the Village of Farmingdale held a special ceremony, dedicating Prospect Street, adjacent to the Village Hall, in honor of Farmingdale native, Marine Lance Corporal James D. Argentine.
Lance Corporal Argentine was killed, along with two fellow Marines, on Aug. 6, 2009, by a roadside bomb while supporting combat operations of Operation Enduring Freedom, in Farah Province, Afghanistan. Argentine was 22 years old.
Mayor Ralph Ekstrand said, “This is a fitting tribute to James and will permanently serve as a reminder of the sacrifice that has been made by the members of our military, who protect our freedom.”
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Farmingdale superstar Franklin Diaz made it look easy at the 2nd annual Belmont Stakes Blue Ribbon 5 Kilometer Run for Prostate Cancer on the evening of June 2, crossing the finish line in 16:46, 36 seconds in front of runner-up Ricardo Cuahuizo, with 17-year-old Travis Wooten a strong third.
It was Diaz’s second race of the day, following up on a second overall finish at the New Hyde Park 8 Kilometer Run in the morning.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
For months the parents and players had this weekend circled on their calendars. Some players started a count down; they couldn’t wait. The parents checklist was drawn, uniforms, cleats, bathing suits, goggles, blender…check.
Now it was the girls’ turn and they didn’t disappoint. The GU 10 HBC Xtreme, were crowned division champions of the Poconos Cup Memorial Weekend tournament.
The girls went undefeated in their four games to take first place. They played outstanding soccer defeating two New Jersey teams and two Long Island teams.
Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00
“Championship, Cortland and Chipotle.” These buzz words, created by Farmingdale girls’ lacrosse coach Shari Campbell, were motivation for the Lady Dalers (14-3, 7-2 Nassau Conference I), as they held on to beat Bay Shore, 12-11 and claim the Long Island Class A Championship at Adelphi’s Motamed Field on Sunday, June 2.
Campbell promised her team that if they won, she would take the team Chipotle to celebrate, following the match.
“That was the biggest motivation for us all,” senior attack Nadine Hadnagy joked.