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Accomplishments And The Road Ahead

Written by Mayor of Farmingdale Ralph Ekstrand Thursday, 09 January 2014 00:00

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the very first “From the Mayor’s Desk,” a new column in The Farmingdale Observer. We have much to announce and share in the Village of Farmingdale, in the year ahead, so stay tuned for new and exciting topics. 

Let me begin the new year with some of the village’s accomplishments of the past year and where they stand. 


Ask The Mayor

Thursday, 02 January 2014 00:00

Village of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand Answers Residents’ Most Frequent Questions


Q:   “The firehouse doors look new, were they replaced?” 


A:  The Village received grant money from Nassau County.  The grant was secured through our Nassau County Legislator Joe Belisi. Joe is retiring and a list of his accomplishments for the Village will be read at Village Hall on Joe Belisi day December 2nd.


Letter: Rage Against The Dying Discourse

Thursday, 26 December 2013 00:00

I feel for Lois A. Schaffer on the tragic loss of her daughter and am truly sorry that her admirable quest to stir people to demand what she calls “legislative movement” is so unlikely to achieve success. The fact that more than one whole year, four seasons, 12 months, 52 weeks and 365 days have passed since the slaughter of 20 Newtown children last year,  with no “legislative movement” from our national legislature makes it clear that we’re more likely to see “laxative movement” from its 535 members than any legislative movement. Collectively, these 535 men and women are a disgrace to civilization. I can’t help wondering if the Senate or House of Representatives would have passed any meaningful gun legislation if, somehow, the 20 children killed on “12-14” were 20 of their own children. Or, since between them, these 535 men and women probably have more than 1,000 children; if Adam Lanza had somehow managed to shoot every one of those “children” (even if now of adult age) to death with his assault rifle, would that have “moved” them to action? I’m not even sure that would have done the trick; although I’m sure they would have paid some lip service to the idea of some gun control, and would have made some impressive-sounding, passionate, stirring speeches, oratory and rhetoric. They may not be able to walk-the-walk of genuine legislators, but they sure can talk-the-talk.


Richard Siegelman 


Ask The Mayor

Thursday, 26 December 2013 00:00

Village of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand Answers Residents’ Most Frequent Questions


Q:   “What size is the village? How many acres, how many residents & businesses are there?” 


A: The Village is approximately 1 and ¼ square miles with about 9,000 residents and 200 businesses. The Village was settled in 1687 by Quaker Thomas Powell and was incorporated in 1904. 


Letter: Thanks For Honoring Judy

Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00

Dear Mayor Ekstrand and friends,


Thank you to the Incorporated Village of Farmingdale, Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, Pat Christiansen and the Village Board of Trustees, Mr. Ted Dorfmeister, and to the Staples St. community for allowing me to dedicate a beautiful blue spruce in memory of Judith Dale

Badalamenti, my wonderful wife of 43-years. Judith was a resident of Staples St. for the past 43 years, the loving mother of Antonia Marie, Andrea Lynn, Lorrie Ann and Christina Michelle, and a very special grandma of 9 and a half grandchildren. 


Ask The Mayor

Written by Mayor Ralph Ekstrand Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00

Village of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand Answers Residents’ Most Frequent Questions


Q:   “How long will the construction take for the Bartone developments?”


A: The “mini me version” on the east side of Secatogue Avenue is targeted for 12 months. The original plaza will lag 4-to-6 months behind. This is why we expect South Front Street to be closed for a year; however there is a pedestrian walkway for commuters. 


Letter: Peter King Should Not Lead Us To War

Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00

 Congressman Peter King is misguided in opposing the easing  of sanctions on Iran.   It is far better to negotiate than to rush into war.   We must remember that in war there are no winners!


Eleanor Krebs


Letter: A Word From The President

Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00

Once again the Chamber’s annual holiday parade and visit with Santa was a great success. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Dr. Walter Priestley, Farmingdale’s official Santa, and the Chamber members who came out to march in the parade. Argyro and Michael Razis with Precious Times Day Care; Dan Kornfeld with the Farmingdale Baseball League; Rosemary and Bill Trudden with McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home; Jo Wider with the Farmingdale Chamber; Tina Diamond with the Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary; Rose Larsen with Douglas Elliman Real Estate; Debbie Podolski with the Farmingdale Public Library; Joseph and Bianca Minieri with Metlife; Harmonie Saltzman with Network USA; Joe Tafuro, CPA; Phil Strehl with the American Legion Post 449; Chris Wider with Priestley Chiropractic and Angela J. Cowan, CPA. Thanks also to Legislators Rose Marie Walker and Michael Venditto for joining us down the parade route.


Ask The Mayor

Written by Mayor Ralph Ekstrand Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00

Village of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand Answers Residents’ Most Frequent Questions 


Q: “Will Farmingdale Village have any affordable housing units as part of the new construction?


A: Jefferson Plaza (120 Sectagoue Ave) will have 16 affordable units.  The cap (the limit on the total income made) is $74,000. TDI / Bartone will be using Long Island Housing Partnership to run the lottery process and evaluate the applications. Under the current law it must be a lottery and Farmingdale residents are not allowed any special considerations.


Letter: 10-Minutes More for Common Core

Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00

John Owens’ column reported the Board of Regents announced that on the upcoming April statewide tests, they’d take “10 minutes off  the English exam.” Owens wrote, “Of course, in context, it’s  not much. Our kids still can expect to sit through nearly three hours of testing.” He’s right, but I’d like to amend his “not much” to “too much: 10 minutes too much.” Because allowing kids to leave the testing room 10 minutes early will do more harm than good — and here’s why: I think the  Board of Regents needs some Common Core courses intended to improve both critical thinking and problem-solving, given their foolish plan which stipulates that “students in grades 5-8 will be allowed to leave testing areas 10 minutes earlier on one day ... if everyone in the class completes the exam in less than the time allowed.”  


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