Nassau County Legislator Joe Belesi recently joined together with Village of Farmingdale officials Mayor George Starkie and Deputy Mayor Patricia Christiansen to attend the Annual Village of Farmingdale Tree Lighting. Pictured: Belesi, Debbie Podolski, Rosemary Trudden, George Starkie, Joe Trudden, Patricia Christiansen and Phil Strehl.
Georgiana Sena has announced her official candidacy for Mayor of Farmingdale Village. As a Farmingdale resident and homeowner, she has been deeply involved with civic, charitable and political organizations for over 20 years working to improve her community.
On Thursday, Nov. 17, just days after Mayor Bloomberg tried to shut out the voices of Occupy Wall Street in New York City; members of MoveOn.org joined a nationwide day of action called, “We Are the 99%.”
Marking the two-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, nearly 70 local community members from Long Island and beyond rallied at the former K-Mart property on Hempstead Turnpike at Gardiners Avenue in Levittown to demand that the politicians in Washington focus on creating jobs and making millionaires on Wall Street pay their fair share.
While the Village Beautification team put some of the final touches on the holiday decorations around the village, the annual holiday parade, sponsored by the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce kicked off on the north end of Main Street on Saturday, Nov. 19.
The mild temperatures welcomed parade-goers and all of the local groups who participated in the march down Main Street.
Toys for Tots, once again through the courtesy of Gary Melius, held its kick-off luncheon at Oheka Castle.
Organizer of the entire program is Major Chuck Kilbride with the help this year of Coordinator Gunnery Sgt. Steven Covington and Assistant Coordinator Brian Gomez.
The Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees voted at Monday’s public hearing to amend the zoning code of the village to add Article XIV- a downtown mixed-use zoning district, which allows residential units to be built over stores on Main Street.
Prior to the vote, the hearing turned slightly contentious when some residents raised concerns about the various problems which may arise from amending the zoning code. Some residents expressed to the board that they were hopeful the new code will lead to a vibrant, attractive and economically flourishing Downtown Farmingdale, while other locals were staunchly opposed to the plan due to the potential for illegal apartments and traffic congestion.
Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and the Hempstead board recently honored Bethpage firefighter and EMT Corey Fisher who was among the 24 volunteer firefighters from surrounding departments at a ceremony, on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion at the Town Hall in Hempstead.
Father Daniel O’Brien, S.J. who serves Oceanside’s St. Anthony’s R.C. Church and the Valley Stream Fire Department, provided a brief invocation, and Fred McFarland of the Levittown Fire Department, performed the National Anthem. The Levittown Fire Department Guard Unit retired the colors before each of the 24 fire members were honored with medals and certificates.
On Sunday, Nov. 6 Nassau County hosted its annual Veterans Day Service in cooperation with the United Veterans Organization (UVO) of Nassau County, Inc. and the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency at the Veterans Memorial in Eisenhower Park.
The program was dedicated to honoring all veterans. Following the advancement of Color Guards, led by the United States Marine Corps Color Guard from the 1st Marine District in Garden City and the Nassau County Police Department Pipes and Drums Band County Executive Mangano recognized veterans who served during the Vietnam War eras with special certificates in appreciation of their service to our nation.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, District Attorney Kathleen Rice, and the father of Leandra Rosado recently announced new legislation to strengthen Leandra’s Law. The legislation would make it harder for convicted drunk drivers to avoid the law’s mandatory ignition interlock requirement.
“Ignition interlocks help prevent drunk drivers from even getting behind the wheel, which is why we made them mandatory as part of Leandra’s Law. However, far too many offenders are avoiding using them. There’s only one reason why a convicted drunk driver would try to avoid an interlock, and that’s to drive drunk again. Strengthening Leandra’s Law will help stop drunk drivers from getting around the interlock requirement and make it harder to escape a device that prevents them from driving drunk again,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee and a sponsor of Leandra’s Law.
Democratic candidates for office in the Nov. 8 election met on Sunday, Oct. 16, for breakfast at Buckram Stables in Locust Valley. They then took the LIRR at the Locust Valley station on their Whistle Stop Tour of the Oyster Festival. The annual waterfront festival is a great way for candidates of all parties to meet and greet the voters.
“We’ve always used signs, just not handed out leaflets,” said Dave Gugerty, Town of Oyster Bay Democratic leader, a resident of Bayville.
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