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Farmingdale Officials Seek to Heal with Grieving Community

Farmingdale village officials are seeking to heal a community in mourning in the aftermath of a devastating crash on May 10 that took the lives of five local teens. At the same time, officials acknowledge a need to help prevent future accidents.

On Tuesday, Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand and the Board of Trustees released this statement:

"All residents of the Village of Farmingdale are attempting to cope with the tragic and untimely death of five young people from our community.  We grieve with the families who have suffered this unspeakable loss and are attempting to support them in this most difficult time in any way possible.  We also pray for the recovery of the persons who suffered injuries in this accident.

"Investigations are ongoing and possible remedies to avoiding future incidents are being offered but at this time, our focus is on mourning the loss of our children and grieving with their families.  There will be time later on to talk about what actions could be taken to avoid such a catastrophic tragedy.  

"Officials at The Village of Farmingdale express their heartfelt condolences to the victims, their families and all in the community."

Genrl Quarters May 15, 2014 at 10:30 AM
@Dennis......so give me a hypothetical real life example of a "remedy" that could actually be implemented. I'm curious about that.
Dennis May 16, 2014 at 12:03 AM
I have the definitive answer for you, Genri. I just watched the News 12 Extra on Ch. 612 and saw what has actually transpired. The Farmingdale Mayor, who you claimed was guilty of lip-service, has apparently accomplished quite a feat. As the story states, the Mayor wrote to Gov. Cuomo and asked him to intervene and make Conklin Street safer. The Governor responded and remedies are being considered that would include more stoplights and an automated red light system that would be triggered by speeding vehicles. In the meantime, already there have been speed-measuring signs set up in the area to get cars to slow down. No final decisions have been made, because they are waiting for the DOT to finish their investigation. So, everything that was written in the story is entirely factual and you owe the Mayor and Board of the Incorporated Village an apology for your accusation. I think it is nothing short of amazing for a municipal mayor to get a governor to act on a local matter in such a timely manner.
Christopher DiFilippo May 16, 2014 at 08:54 AM
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the recent tragedy that claimed the lives of (5) students in your School District. The sudden loss of children with a future before them taken away in moments is beyond words. As a parent my heart goes out to the parents, families and friends of those lost but not forgotten.
Genrl Quarters May 16, 2014 at 02:18 PM
@Dennis....oh, seemingly my misunderstanding then. I didn't realize the mayor was referring to a "remedy" for the configuration of a particular roadway. The article does not specify that. I thought he was referring to a "remedy" for teen drivers as it relates to unsafe driving anywhere in the community. At least his statement made it sound that way to me.


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