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Accomplishments And The Road Ahead

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the very first “From the Mayor’s Desk,” a new column in The Farmingdale Observer. We have much to announce and share in the Village of Farmingdale, in the year ahead, so stay tuned for new and exciting topics. 

Let me begin the new year with some of the village’s accomplishments of the past year and where they stand. 

 

Economic Development:

 

• Construction of Jefferson Plaza, a $59 million dollar mixed-use development, began last November, and is estimated to be completed within 18 months. It is comprised of two locations, one on the West Side of Secatogue Ave and South Front Street that will be 115 rental apartments and 13,000 square feet of retail space, and another on the East side of Secatogue where a Hilton Hotel was planned for and later replaced by 39 rental apartments and 6,000 square feet of retail space. 

 

• Staller Properties will develop on Main Street and Eastern Parkway. Both projects have received final approvals from the Village of Farmingdale and the groundbreaking is anticipated for late March 2014. The Main Street project will have 26 rental apartments with balconies overlooking Main Street and 3,000 square feet of retail space. The Eastern Parkway development will have 27 rental units and will adaptively reuse the existing historic brick building facing Eastern Parkway by converting this warehouse into 8 rental apartments, taking full advantage of its brick construction. It will be a very cool place to live.

 

• Federal Community Development Block Grant Funding rebuilding Main Street at minimal cost to the business owner.  This program pays for 80% of the cost of the new Lights, Signs and Awnings for local businesses.  We have completed approximately 20 store fronts with an additional 40 in cue. This is helping make Farmingdale’s Downtown “the place to be.” We can point to the increased occupancy of new stores on Main Street. Eighteen months ago there were over 20 empty storefronts on Main Street, today there are only three.

 

• County Funding of nearly $1 million dollars that was orchestrated by former County Legislator Joe Belesi to rebuild  Main Street in order to provide for traffic calming and enhanced pedestrian safety.  We want to thank Joe for all of his efforts on behalf of the residents of the Village of Farmingdale. This project will commence in the spring of 2014.  Thanks again Joe and all of our best wishes.

There is much more going on and I will keep you updated in future columns. In the meantime, we look forward to continued success with revitalization in Farmingdale village and wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year.  Hope to see you on Main Street.

News

Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, or perhaps an errant interpretation of state law, 1,100 military veterans and Gold Star families in Farmingdale will have to wait for their tax break until next year.

 

The Farmingdale School District is among several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending the exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. Earlier this year, school board trustees uanimously voted to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the district, starting with the 2014-15 school year. 

In the aftermath of a fatal carbon monoxide leak at Legal Seafoods in Huntington, the Village of Farmingdale passed new legislation requiring all residential and commercial properties carry a carbon monoxide detector. 

 

“The whole idea behind this is public safety,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.

 

On April 7, Farmingdale Trustees unanimously voted to amend village code as a proactive measure to prevent future harm from carbon monoxide poisioning.   


Sports

The Farmingdale Devils  U10 Travel Baseball team defeated the West Islip Gold team 11-6 to win the Bayport Bash baseball tournament last weekend. The Devils swept both games on Saturday to advance to the championship game. In the championship The Devils struck for four runs in the first inning. Nick Napolitano and Nick Disanti  started it off with singles and were driven home by Gavin Weinstock’s 200 foot blast off the left field wall. Timmy Purack and Matt Brandimarte followed with run scoring singles and the Devils were on their way to their first title of 2014. Nicholas Napolitano pitched three solid inning for the win. The Devils will now compete in the Half Hollow Invitational Spring Tournament. 

 

— Submitted by The Farmingdale Devils

The Dalers Boys Varsity Lacrosse team (3-2) are putting their best foot forward, after losing two games this season.  

 

On March 25, the Dalers took their home turf to face the Lynbrook Owls. During the game, the Dalers Tom McPartland and Chris Brown each scored two goals, while goalies Matt Deluca and Scott dePalmer racked up a total of 11 saves. Despite the valiant effort, the Dalers lost to Lynbrook High School 11-7. 

 

The Dalers are currently 3-2 this season. Their next game will be held on April 17 at Long Beach. 


Calendar

Women's Club of Farmingdale - April 17

Maundy Thursday - April 17

Good Friday - April 18


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