More than 240 residents flooded the parking lot and streets around the Farmingdale Library on the afternoon of Monday, Sept. 14 to attend a presentation and forum from the Nassau County Department of Assessment. The well-attended meeting allowed homeowners to have their exemption applications processed in person and to learn more about the department and if they qualify to save money in property taxes.
One of the key advantages of holding one-on-one meetings with one of the department’s valuation specialists at the library is that once an inaccuracy or incorrect entry is discovered with the recorded property information on-file, an adjustment can be made quickly. A homeowner will no longer have to wait months to file an assessment challenge with the Assessment Review Commission (ARC) from January-March and again wait months for a simple correction to be made.
For the third consecutive year, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice brought Choices and Consequences, her driver-education program aimed at teaching high school students about the dangers of drunk and reckless driving, to Farmingdale High School.
The Sept. 10 and 15 presentations each featured a 90-minute slideshow and interactive speech by Rice, as well as testimony from actual young people who have been arrested for drunken and reckless driving, spent time in jail, and seen the consequences of their actions.
The Farmingdale School District is pleased to announce that due to additional stimulus funding, the tax levy increase accompanying the budget for the 2009/10 school year is 1.33 percent. After completing the final adjustments to the tax rate calculation, which was presented to the board of education and the community on Sept. 16, district residents from Nassau County will see an average tax increase of 1.7 percent and those residing in the Town of Babylon will see an average reduction in taxes of about .8 percent.
These figures are a result of the fact that Farmingdale is split between two taxing entities, Nassau County and the Town of Babylon. The district utilizes information from each of these taxing entities, as well as the Office of Real Property Services to properly calculate the rate for this year’s tax bill.
“The country is going through some difficult economic times these days, and thankfully as a district, we are able to minimize the tax increase for the residents of our community, while still providing a sustainable education for our students,” said the Farmingdale School District Assistant Superintendent for Business Paul Defendini.
The Sept. 8 Farmingdale Village Board meeting opened with a moment of silence for fallen Farmingdale Marine James Argentine and his family.
Mayor George “Butch” Starkie then presented an award to Village Historian Bill Johnston for 40 years of public service.
“Anyone who knows Bill knows how passionate he is about the history of the village,” Starkie said.
Upon accepting his plaque, Johnston said he and his wife have spent 48 years in Farmingdale and have “come to love this community.”
Despite the rain date change to Sept. 13, the Women’s Club of Farmingdale presented the community with a remarkable day of art appreciation on the Village Green.
Forty-seven artists presented their stories in a variety of media in the Art in the Park event chaired by Frances Rotondo and Dolores Cianciabella. Women’s Club members also sold homemade goods at a simultaneous bake sale, chaired by Loda Romanelli.
Armed with petitions containing over 50,000 signatures of Nassau County residents, the Republican caucus of the Nassau County Legislature, led by Minority Leader Peter Schmitt, plans on calling for the repeal of the Home Energy Tax, which is being imposed on consumers to help the county close a budget deficit, if Republicans are successful in reclaiming the Nassau County Legislature on Election Day this November.
On Aug. 21, 1862, Alfred and Cornelius Walters and 11 other young men from Farmingdale boarded a train at the Farmingdale Railroad Station and left Farmingdale to serve in the Union Army. They fought in many of the major battles of the American Civil War including Chancellorsville and Gettysburg as well as the battles during General Tecumseh Sherman’s March to the Sea. One hundred and forty seven years to the day, a program honoring the Walters brothers was the culminating event in the American Civil War Veterans Project.
Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Gary Hudes recently criticized a NYS Department of Transportation (DOT) plan to extend the Wantagh Parkway Bike Path, also known as the Ellen Ferrant Bicycle Path, while unsafe conditions along the area remain unresolved.
The extension of the existing bicycle path would proceed north from Cedar Creek Park, along the Wantagh Parkway and continuing along Salisbury Park Drive in Westbury, eventually leading to Eisenhower Park. The plans for extending the project contemplates having bicyclists walk across Sunrise Highway and Merrick Road at their intersection with Wantagh Parkway.
With the safety of the students and community in mind, Farmingdale High School has implemented a new traffic pattern for the main parking lot, increasing student safety both inside and outside the school building. With the help of the Farmingdale Board of Education, Assistant Superintendent for Business Paul Defendini, Principal Glen Zakian and Administrative Intern Thomas DePaola, the high school will begin the school year on a safer note.
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