For nearly two decades residents and mall developer Taubman Centers have been fighting over Taubman’s plans to construct a luxury mall on the former Cerro Wire property bordering Robbins Lane and the Long Island Expressway in Syosset.
The site was once listed by The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) as a hazardous waste zone. It was removed from the list of Superfund sites in 1994 after a clean-up effort.
As village and county officials touted the launch of the long-awaited TDI-Bartone property development, workers with Carpenters Local Union 290 rallied along the Long Island Railroad platform, in protest of the project.
According to union officials, the laborers picketed the worksite over the developer’s refusal to pay area standards—a schedule of prevailing union wages or benefits.
“It’s not a union/non-union issue,” said council representative Anthony Macagnone. “They’re getting tax incentives, but [the developers] feel they can pay less than the standard.”
Work is officially underway on the construction of Jefferson Plaza—a $59 million transit-oriented development project at 120 Secatogue Avenue, next to the Long Island Railroad Station in Farmingdale—after six years of planning and preparation.
“We put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this,” said Anthony Bartone, the project developer.
Before any construction begins, crews will first demolish the existing property, which abuts the Fairfield Courtyard residences next door. Bartone said the crews plan to handle the demolition “surgically” to minimize debris.
At a recent hearing, Farmingdale residents publically voiced concern over a proposal to add more pumps to the Delta gas station along Rt. 109 near Fulton and Bernard streets. Neighbors argued that the expansion would make an already dangerous intersection even more hazardous.
“There are a lot of accidents on that corner,” said Ronald Schwabe, a Bernard Street resident.
During a lively forum on Nov. 13, parents, teachers, taxpayers and students from Mineola and other local towns took State Education Commissioner John King and Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch to task over the “common core” standards, venting their concerns and outrage about testing, evaluations and student privacy.
State Senator Jack Martins of the 7th Senate District moderated the talk, selecting 38 questions out of 250 submitted—specific to the application of the standards, evaluations, testing and privacy—to lob at the Commissioner.
Since the Farmingdale School District is not part of Sen. Martins district, administrators were not invited to attend the closed-door public forum.
Immediately following the ballyhoo—brought on by state Education Commissioner John King’s recent visit to Mineola High School—parents in the Farmingdale School District gathered at Allen Park for a discussion about the Common Core curriculum, the impacts of high stakes testing, and opting out of the exam.
Since 2011, when the New York State Education Department adopted the Common Core Learning Standards, public school districts around the state are required to test students, grades 3-8, on a new wave of English Language Arts and
Mathematics assessments. However, with approximately 30 percent of all students in the state passing at or above proficency, the new curriculum has parents and educators outraged over the results.
Two-hundred American flags will continue flying on the lawn outside the Farmingdale Public Library, through Dec. 7, as part of the local Kiwanis club’s “Field of Honor” ceremony.
Every year, Kiwanis members fill the field with red, white, and blue, in honor of all of our veterans—not only the ones who served, but also those currently serving overseas as well as those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Members of the Farmingdale Fire Department were the first to the scene, on Nov. 4, responding to reports of a brush fire at Bethpage State park, along the famed Black Course in Farmingdale.
According to Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Tortoso, the brush fire originated roughly 200 feet in the woods surrounding the golf course and stretched approximately 2.4 acres—bigger than the size of two football fields.
Construction of the long-awaited TDI-Bartone property—a $59 million development project, located next to the Farmingdale train station, at 120 Secatogue Avenue—is imminent, according to village officials.
“We plan to start within the next two weeks,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.
Although Farmingdale officials say they have not yet received a final plan, as of press time, they anticipate the developer will have all the necessary permits to begin demolition of the existing property within the next 30 days.
On Oct. 31, over 500 costumed seniors made the half-mile trek from Farmingdale High School to Woodward Parkway Elementary School for the district’s annual Halloween parade. A long-standing tradition in Farmingdale, students from both schools look forward to the celebration every year, for the opportunity to dress in differently themed costumes.
During the event, parents and teachers circled the parade route to watch and wave as the seniors joined the 5th grade band and other costumed creatures from Woodward Elementary for their rendition of Michael Jackson’s hit-song “Thriller.”
After circling the school parking lot multiple times, senior students returned to the High School, while the students of Woodward Parkway Elementary stayed outside to hold their own costume parade.
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