The Farmingdale Board of Education unanimously voted to inact a school tax exemption for local military veterans at its March 5 public board meeting, a move which elicited a round of applause from the audience.
School Board Trustee Kathy Lively read aloud the details of the proposal before the Board held its vote, noting that the new law, as laid out by New York State, allows school districts the option of opting in or out of the veteran tax exemptions; in addition, each district, if it chooses to participate, is given latitude in setting the amount of the exemption.
“We elect to participate in the exemptions of real property tax for veterans,” she said. “And we further resolve that the district will adopt the statutory basic maximums for real property tax.”
In preparation for budget season, the Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees recently adopted legislation that will allow the village to enact an override of the state’s 2 percent tax levy cap. A procedural requirement, the local law enables the village to decide—by a two-third board majority vote—whether it will exceed the cap, without the threat of a penalty from the state.
“Even though the village board has no intention of going over the 2 percent cap,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, “we prepare ourselves by passing a law saying we can.”
It may have been a polar vortex outside, but inside Farmingdale’s Village hall things were heating up with the first annual Winter wonderland. Close to 800 people filled the village hall over two hours on a frigid Wednesday evening to eat, laugh, and mingle with Main
Street’s finest, the business owners. While K 98.3 played music outside, inside the wonderful aromas of a variety of hot food from the local restaurants filled the air. There were rice balls, and chicken picatta, pastas and meat balls supplied by Cascarino’s and Palmer’s
Grill, along with Shepard’s pie, hot wings from Croxley’s Ale House. The guacamole from Caracara Mexican Grill was so fresh and delicious it would make a Texan jealous. There were 37 business represented all giving away free samples, food, and discounts to a packed crowd ranging in age from infants to seniors.
On Feb. 27, parents in the Farmingdale, East Meadow, Massapequa and Levittown school districts came together for an informal panel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards.
Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
An outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
With the quest to craft the Farmingdale Schools’ 2014-2015 spending plan underway, the Board of Education met on Feb. 26 to discuss the financial well-being of the District; a topic that the support—or lack thereof—from New York State will have a very direct impact upon.
Superintendent of Schools John Lorentz discussed how New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year is slated to include additional financial support for school districts; however, Lorentz said the increase in aid is still far short of what Farmingdale needs to ensure its standards of learning are kept intact going forward.
After a recent 45-37 win over the top-seeded team from Baldwin, the Farmingdale High School Boys Varsity Basketball team will be heading to the Nassau County ‘AA’ conference finals. According to Head Coach Jim Pastier, this is the first time since 2002 that the Dalers have advanced to the county finals.
“Nobody gave us a shot since before the season,” said senior Malik Seelal, directly following the victory over Baldwin. “That was our motivation.”
Curtis Jenkins, who led the Dalers’ squad in scoring throughout the regular season, was held to an uncharacteristic seven points, meanwhile Ron Winkler carried the load with a tremendous 15 point and 14 rebound performance.
Salt used to melt ice and snow from the roadways has become a hot commodity in Farmingdale—as in most of Nassau County—even after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an extra 400 tons would be shipped to Long Island to combat future snow storms. This winter,
New York has used over 46,000 tons of salt in less than two months time, according to state officials. Whereas, on average, the state only uses 30,000 tons per year.
Farmingdale village officials found themselves in a bind following the snowstorm on Feb. 14, when foremen with the Department of Public Works reported that the village had run out of salt.
Sometimes having a passionate fan base can affect the home team. The Farmingdale Dalers admitted the volume and intensity of the crowd at the game against Calhoun “forced them to rush their shots” in the first quarter, according to Dan McKeon.
Fortunately for the home crowd, the Dalers were able to relax and overcome an 11-point deficit against their opponent to advance to the Nassau County quarterfinals with a 47-38 victory.
While the Dalers would strike first to put up an early 2-0 lead, the squad’s scoring chances were quickly stifled by the Colts’ defense—scoring only one more basket in the first quarter of the game.
After calling a stop work order on all construction in the village, Farmingdale officials met with the developers and representatives from National Grid and LIPA to discuss a recent gas leak caused by the ongoing development of 120 Secatogue Avenue.
“The findings at that meeting were most distrubing,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.
According to Ekstrand, National Grid representatives said it is at their sole discretion whether to cut off gas service at the property line or at the gas main in the street.
Nassau County Police detectives are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Feb. 14, in downtown Farmingdale.
According to homicide squad detectives, the incident occurred as police were searching for a stolen vehicle, which had just occured from the parking lot of the Lotus Garden Chinese Restaurant at 345 Conklin Street. A nearby officer—parked at the Spartan Diner located at 1580 Broad Hollow Road—spotted the vehicle.
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