In 2011, New York State eliminated all funding for the Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged and Nassau County returned for the second year to help preserve and maintain the games.
“The young student athletes who are able to participate in the weekend of events are truly inspirational to watch,” County Executive Ed Mangano said. “As you see them cross the finish line, you see the smiles on their faces and tears of joy in their eyes. For one weekend, they get to compete with their friends from across New York State, share their stories and continue to build long-lasting friendships.”
Despite a passing rain shower, Blue Angels’ practice flights and commercial air traffic overhead, Senate transportation committee chairman, Senator Charles Fuschillo, Jr. was joined on Friday, May 24 at Conklin Street and Fairchild Loop in Farmingdale by Senator Owen Johnson, Senator Lee Zeldin, Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) President Helena Williams and many other local officials and union representatives to announce that work is about to begin on the LIRR’s second track project and redevelopment of the Republic train station.
Fuschillo said confidently, “Bringing jobs to Long Island will get our economy back,” creating more than 300 direct jobs and more than 1,000 indirect jobs in the region. He said the expansion and redevelopment would also promote economic development.
Representatives were on hand for a meet-and-greet from the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds, the United States Air Force F-22 Raptor team, the GEICO Skytypers, and perhaps one of the most fascinating and most inspiring teams, the United States Navy Blue Angels.
On Monday, May 28, the Village of Farmingdale held its annual Memorial Day parade down Main Street. Members of the local veterans’ organizations, fire department, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, local officials, and residents gathered dutifully for the somber ceremonies to honor the nation’s war dead.
The procession passed through nearly a dozen “arches of honor,” where American flags fly high between two fire engines with ladders extended, along Wellwood Avenue in East Farmingdale, performed by many of the local fire departments.
This weekend, a special service will celebrate the fact that their remains have recently been discovered all these years later. Finally, the men will receive a military burial at Arlington and their families will have closure.
On Saturday, May 26, at 1 p.m., residents are invited to Saint Patrick’s Church in Glen Cove for a local memorial mass that will precede the Arlington ceremony to be held by the Air Force on July 9.
On Tuesday, May 15, Farmingdale School District residents took to the polls at Howitt Middle School, resulting in an approved 2012-13 school budget with the breakdown being 1,787—yes, and 896—no. This year’s budget offered to voters totaled $150,567,160. The district’s budget-to-budget increase is 1.82 percent more than last year.
The grand opening of the fully accessible park and playground in Eisenhower Park, Field 4, the Let All The Children Play (LATCP) project, was highly anticipated, and met with great praise from those in attendance at the Friday, May 4 ribbon cutting ceremony.
Some of the local officials included Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, Adam Weingarten, Michael Alon, chairman and founder of LATCP; David Weingarten, vice chairman of LATCP; Assemblymen Harvey Weisenberg, Tom McKevitt and Ed Ra; Nassau County legislators Denise Ford, Rose Walker and Dave Denenberg. Also in attendance were representatives of the environmental bond act needed to move forward with the ground breaking of the playground project, and corporate sponsor, Astoria Federal Savings President/CEO Monte Redman.
On Saturday, May 19, Long Island veteran organizations and funeral homes are set to give proper military burials to more than 50 unclaimed veterans’ cremated remains.
Lorentz thanked the three seniors groups that he had given budget presentations to within the past week, saying, “We’ve developed a relationship with them, such that they really understand our budget concerns and they are generally a supportive group.”
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