More than five years ago the Farmingdale community welcomed me with open arms as the editor of their local newspaper. I greeted the community with my Sept. 24, 2004 editorial and I must bid farewell in the same manner.
The countless individuals I have met on my journey as editor have helped shape my journalism career. I have truly enjoyed telling your stories and reporting your news.
As I move on, you can rest assured I am leaving the paper in capable hands. Please give my successor, Rachel Shapiro, a warm Daler welcome!
As of this writing there has been a major change in the county legislature and the race for the county executive is still in doubt. We feel a key ingredient in these results is the public’s disenchantment with the privatization and misuse of the county park system. Are there other factors at work? Of course, but few issues strike with as much impact as open space, parks and preserves.
By going to the polls this past Election Day, our community helped ensure that the American Dream is alive and well. Though I was just four years old when I came to the U.S. from India, after completing my education in science, economics and law, I imagined that one day the skills I acquired would be beneficial to the community, which had provided me with these gifts.
I began my career in public service as an assistant district attorney and my nomination as the Democratic and Working Families Parties candidate for the Nassau County Legislature’s 17th Legislative District was not only a continuation of my personal commitment to serving our community, but it was also the continuation of my American dream.
Last Tuesday evening the Village of Farmingdale took a big step forward toward a bright future. After years of hard work the village board presented a master plan to revitalize downtown Farmingdale and guide the village into the future. Mayor Starkie and the village board deserve credit for reaching out and working together with local elected leaders but more importantly, for involving the community on this historic process.
As a longtime resident and civic leader in the Town of Oyster Bay, I believe we have been fortunate to have a Town Supervisor who has done a superb job over the last 12 years with his determination and resolve in making the Town of Oyster Bay one of the leading towns in NYS to live.
Keeping an open mind, I attended a debate where Arshad Majid and Rose Walker were vying for the Nassau County Legislature seat for the 17th Legislative District.
Rose Walker was almost an hour late – every question asked of her by the moderator of the debate that she barely managed to answer, was tempered by her allegiance to Mr. Mangano – never by her ability to fill the job. When asked what would happen if Mr. Mangano lost the election, we received no answer. When asked what she would do as a legislator, she hemmed and hawed – and was heavily leaning on her past six years on the Town of Oyster Bay Council record.
I volunteer at the Farmingdale Adult Day Care one day a week. This past month we had a number of events that were published in the Farmingdale Observer. However, there were a number of people who helped make these events possible who were mentioned. I would like to publicly thank them.
I enjoy taking my autistic grandson, Thomas, to a small and relatively quiet park. Gerngras Park, in the Village of Farmingdale, is such a park. However, this park was in the need of significant, expensive renovation, which would have put a strain on the finances of the village government.
I urge you to vote for Arshad Majid.
Since Mr. Majid rang my doorbell one summer afternoon (in the middle of a barbecue with my family), I have spent much time finding out as much unbiased factual information as possible about him, and I am very impressed.
On Aug. 6, Lance Cpl. James D. Argentine, 22, of Farmingdale was among three other Marines killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. In the weeks following this tragedy, Farmingdale became closer in respect to James in how he died protecting our freedom.
This year, the Farmingdale Fire Department will host the Annual Columbus Day Weekend Fair through Oct. 12. Each year we have a fundraising bin in honor of someone. Last year it was a Bethpage Volunteer Firefighter who was diagnosed with cancer. This year we will be raising money in memory of Lance Cpl. James D. Argentine. His family will then decide where to donate the money. We are asking all Farmingdale residents to come to the rear of the Farmingdale Fire Department at the refreshment tent and show your support. Thank you for your support.
Farmingdale Fire Department
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