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Farmingdale Village Board Approves Judgments For Scofflaws

The Farmingdale Village Board Monday night passed the first local law of 2013, allowing judgments for unpaid parking tickets. A total of six letters will be sent to the violator and if the ticket still has not been paid, a final judgment will be filed after 540 days. The judgments will be in effect in both Nassau and Suffolk and will be identical to New York State’s traffic law. 

“Right now if you don’t pay your parking ticket, virtually nothing happens to you. We’re not collecting our fair share of parking tickets and other tickets because there is no penalty,” said Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.    

The board also announced a law to prevent massage therapists who are not registered and licensed by the Department of Education from practicing in the village. The fee for a license obtained from the village is $500. But after hearing from a massage therapist, the board decided to waive the fee.

Marie Freiss, a licensed massage therapist in Farmingdale, said it would be a hardship for her practice to provide the $500 fee for the license. She was glad that the village was penalizing unlicensed massage therapists, but felt the board was singling out professionals in her field. 

“I feel we are being set apart from the other healthcare industries. I feel as a massage therapist, I am being penalized because this industry is associated with unsavory things,” said Freiss. 

While the board agreed to waive the fee, it said code enforcement officers could demand massage therapists to produce their New York State license.

“We now can go in and our code enforcement can inspect them and they have to conform to the law. We can now go after them with some teeth,” said Mayor Ekstrand. 

The next board meeting will be held at the Farmingdale Village Hall on Monday Feb. 4, at 8 p.m.

News

Last year, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer stopped at Moby Drugs in Farmingdale to highlight the launch of a drug take-back program, which was designed to help residents remove addictive prescriptions out of their medicine cabinets. 

 

Yet, despite studies conducted by the Center for Disease Control—which found 70 percent of those addicted to prescription drugs get them from home, family or friends—federal regulations have prevented pharmacies in New York State from hosting the take-back program. 

Lt. Matt Komorowski of Farmingdale was recently honored with the first annual American Heroes award, for showing bravery when faced with impossible odds. 

 

On Sept. 11, 2001, Komorowski was one of  six FDNY firefighters with Ladder Co. 6, called to the World Trade Center just a short while before the tower collapsed. Arriving at the scene, Komorowski and the members of his ladder company rushed inside the building. As they rushed up the stairs the men of Ladder 6 stopped to assist Josephine Harris, a then 60-year-old Brooklyn grandmother, who was stuck in the stairwell of the building. 


Sports

 

The 2014 Farmingdale Flag Football season kicked off with a blast on Sept. 7.

 

3rd Grade Division

 

The Texans and the Jets played a great opening weekend game, with the Texans getting the victory.  For the Texans, touchdown pass from Joseph Spano to Jaxon Parisi with 20 seconds in the half broke a tie that the Jets never came back from.  The Jets were led by Brendan O’Keefe, who had two rushing touchdowns and Jimmy Caputo, who picked off a pass at the goal line.

 

Farmingdale State College’s women’s tennis team opened the 2014 season with an 8-1 victory over John Jay College (0-1) on Sept. 3. The Rams (1-0) held a 2-1 advantage after doubles play before sweeping the singles matches.


Calendar

Board of Education - September 17

A Town of the Taste - September 18

Evening with Jeffery Wands - September 19


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