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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.”  


Letter: Rep. King Talks Iran

Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00

Congressman Peter King, Chairman, Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterintelligence & Terrorism, Member of Select Committee on Intelligence, Issued The Following Statement:


“President Obama’s agreement with Iran is a serious strategic mistake. The United States will ease sanctions on Iran making billions of dollars available to the Iranians while Iran does not have to dismantle any of their 19,000 centrifuges.

This agreement is a victory for Iran and a defeat for the United States and our allies in the Middle East, specifically Israel and Saudi Arabia.”


—Submitted by Kevin Fogarty, Rep. King’s Chief of Staff


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.


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