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Ask The Mayor

Written by Village of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00

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

 

Q:   “When is the tree lighting?” 

 

A:  The Tri Centennial Tree Lighting is Tuesday December 3rd at 6pm, with a raindate of December 5th. This Year we will also light a tree in Gerngras Park (Staples Street) on Friday December 6th at 6pm donated by the blue spruce tree at Gerngras Park has been donated by the family of Judith Badalamenti.

 

Letter: Keep Pressure On The Common Core

Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

I congratulate parents and teachers on their protests on Common Core curriculum and testing. I wonder if the authors of Common Core have any idea of the cognitive readiness of the children for the content at each grade level. The commissioner is throwing at the audience “educanese” policies which are meant to intimidate. To the credit of the audience he is not succeeding. In my 49 years of teaching I have I never witnessed such widespread disapproval of an education program; and confusion. But we have never had such radical change thrust on us.

 

Ask The Mayor

Written by Village of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

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

 

Q: Is it true that senior citizens get free taxi rides within the Village of Farmingdale?

 

A: Senior citizens get free taxi rides within the village only. This is something written in the contract with Long Island Checker Cab.


 

Letter: Honoring Past Presidents

Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00

The Women’s Club of Farmingdale met on Thursday, November 7th at Allen Park.  A meeting usually set aside to acknowledge past and present presidents of various Chapters of Women’s Club.  Invitations are sent in advance, for members to attend our November meeting, which was postponed from last November because of Hurricane Sandy.  We had a wonderful turnout of guests including various Women’s Club dignitaries from the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and the Long Island Federation.  Rosemary Emigholz and her committee—consisting of Valerie Thieke, Fran Rotondo, Cheryl Parisi, Rosemary Trudden, Anna Ievolo, Angela Ditullio, Mary Ann Ferrara, Ann Ciuffo and Ann Lomonte—did an excellent job of making and catering a buffet luncheon with desserts. Throughout the luncheon members were serenaded by Jack Cottiell on the keyboard.

 

Ask The Mayor

Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00
Village of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand Answers Residents’ Most Frequent Questions 

 

Q: Who does what in Farmingdale Government, and where do I go for various services? 

 

A: Village Hall at 361 Main St. is open Monday though Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We have a full time Village Administrator Brian Harty, and a friendly staff to answer your and questions and help solve your problems. Also at Village Hall is our Building Department Traffic Court. The Village phone number is 516 249 0093. Our Water Department and Department of Public Works is located away from the downtown area and can be reached by calling Village Hall. Our Fire and Rescue phone number is 516 249 0070 (24/7) Our fire dispatchers can be called for water main breaks and Village emergencies at 516 531 9820  (24/7).

 

Letter: Weitzman Offers Thanks In Comptroller Race

Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00

 

While the result achieved on Election Day is not what I had hoped, I want to express my sincerest thanks and appreciation to all the people who supported me in this election and encouraged me to run again.  We ran a great campaign, and I am indebted to my supporters and staff who worked so hard over these last 6 months.  It was clear that whether you agreed with it or not, we could not overcome the message of not raising County property taxes.

 

Maragos Thanks Supporters

Written by Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00

I want to thank everyone who voted on November 5 and participated in the most important part of the democratic process. The results clearly show that Nassau County residents want lower taxes, less expensive government and high quality services. These are not incompatible objectives. These objectives can be accomplished by continuing to make government more efficient by finding and eliminating waste, fraud, and unnecessary expenses while growing our economy to provide jobs, opportunities and additional sales tax revenues. 

 

Ask The Mayor

Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00

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

 

Q:  How do I get a pass to park at the railroad? I only need to park there once a week.

 

A:  Village hall sells day passes. You can buy one or a supply. $3 each. You must write the date on the pass as it cannot be reused. If you don’t write the date you will be ticketed.

 

Ask The Mayor

Written by Mayor Ralph Ekstrand Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00

Village of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand answers your questions

 

Q:  I’ve been hearing a lot of rumors about stores opening on Main Street. Can you give us specifics?

 

A:  Recently opened are Shasa Yoga Studio, La Bottega (Italian Gourmet), The Spring Roll (Vietnamese dinning) Cascarino’s (expansion), Uva Wine and Liquors. Granted village approval, but not ready to open are: Blue Hawaiian (Chinese/Polynesian), and La Dolche (coffee and fresh baked goods). Stores set for Public Hearings on permits are The Dark Horse Tavern (German style with a beer garden), Charlotte’s Ice Cream, and a Medical Spa (on Route 109).

 

Ask The Mayor: October 31, 2013

Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00
Village of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand answers your questions

Q: What are you doing to attract new business to Main Street?

A: I have given a few companies a walking tour of the village, explaining to them the $100 million of new construction and mixed-use development starting this fall. The village has streamlined the way developers and businesses applications are processed thereby reducing the time frame. The whole idea of mixed use and transit oriented development is to increase walkablilty and foot traffic in our downtown thus attracting new retail.

 

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