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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.


Letter: It Just Doesn’t Add Up

Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00

Tom Suozzi is my cousin, so obviously you know I’m supporting him this November.  He’s running again for Nassau County Executive because he believes that this county can be one of the greatest places to live in the country.  He’s a deeply caring man that wants nothing more than to use his skills, abilities and leadership to serve his community and provide a better future for our children.


Ask The Mayor: October 24, 2013

Written by Mayor Ralph Ekstrand Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00

Village of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand answers your questions


Q: What is going on with the Waldbaum’s site?


A: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has declared the former Waldbaum’s as a superfund site. Any entity that purchases the land now becomes a responsible party to pay for its clean up. The ground water remediation will take about five years to complete. The former owners walked away from the mortgage which was payed to a commercial mortgage backed security trust. The village is trying to find who actual has title to the land now. No person or company has expressed any interest to the village concerning use of the site.


Ask The Mayor: October 18, 2013

Written by Village of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand Friday, 18 October 2013 08:18

Village of Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand answers your questions


Q:  Will there be another Restaurant Week this year?


A:  Yes, Restaurant Week is happening now, continuing through Sunday, Oct. 20. There are more than 15 restaurants in Farmingdale Village participating. Visit for a complete list of participating restaurants and offers. 


Common Sense Is Needed

Written by Steve Israel, Congressman 5th U.S. Congressional District Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00

There’s a lot of blame and finger pointing for the recent federal government shutdown. Today I’m offering a common-sense solution.


Originally, House Republicans, who are in the majority, offered a resolution to temporarily continue governing operations. It had two conditions: 1.) Fund the government at a level that many Democrats felt was insufficient; and 2.) Defund and delay the Affordable Care Act (known to many as Obamacare). I could not support both of those conditions, particularly using a shutdown of the federal government to effectively repeal the Affordable Care Act.


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