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Village Board Addresses Various Local Issues At Recent Meeting

Investigation of Fire Officials, Abandoned Property Among Issues Discussed

Farmingdale Village Mayor George “Butch” Starkie acknowledged the ongoing investigation of several former Farmingdale Fire Department employees by the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office but said little else on the matter at the last village board meeting on April 5.

The arrests on March 24 of Farmingdale Fire Chief Keith Ryan Sr., Second Assistant Chief Keith Ryan Jr. and fire department employee Robert Anderson were reported in the April 2 edition of the Observer following investigations by the Department of Labor and the DA’s office.

Mayor Starkie had told the Observer that Ryan Jr. was being investigated for allegedly collecting unemployment compensation while also working as a part-time village employee at the firehouse.

Local issues tackled at the meeting included the emergency replacement of a caustic water tank due to a failure of the tank’s inside wall. The mayor reported that up to one third of the village’s water capacity could be affected by the tank’s failure. He also reported that the tank, that routinely regulates the ph-level of the village’s water supply, failed after only 11 years. In the past, these tanks have lasted up to 30 years.

Trustee Cheryl Parisi questioned the purchase of another water tank from the same manufacturer. “Shouldn’t we look into another company since this tank didn’t last as long as it should have?” she asked.     

However, the village’s engineer said the tank may have failed due to reasons other than poor manufacture. He said the original manufacturer of the tank was reliable and the replacement tank should be purchased from the same company. Mayor Starkie also pointed out that the company likely still had the original specs from the village’s tanks and that could facilitate a speedy replacement process.

Meanwhile, an abandoned property in the vicinity of 10 Merritts Road is causing headaches for local residents as well as village officials. The mayor said the “Hubbard” property, vacant for more than two years, was a “cross to bear” for residents and the village alike.

In the past, the property has been declared unsafe and has been inspected by the Nassau County Health Department to ensure compliance with health code regulations. Village officials reported that lime treatments have been used on the property to control insects and other potential health issues.

But, Merritt’s road resident Carlo Mazarese complained that not enough is being done. “There are rodents everywhere and I can’t seem to get adequate information from both the village and the department of health,” he said. “There are flies and awful odors. We can’t even stay outside on warm days it’s so bad.”

The mayor promised to contact the department of health once again and remedy the situation.