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Farmingdale mayoral hopeful unveils slate

The Village of Farmingdale in the Town of

The Village of Farmingdale in the Town of Oyster Bay was officially incorporated in 1904 and the area became known for its aviation and aerospace technology. (July 5, 2011) Credit: Alexi Knock

Farmingdale village mayoral candidate Ralph Ekstrand has announced his running mates and the creation of the Farmingdale 2035 party as he campaigns to succeed Mayor George Starkie in March’s village election.

Ekstrand, a village trustee and supervising pharmacist, on Tuesday said his party was named for the village’s recently approved revitalization plan, “Downtown Farmingdale 2035: A Downtown Master Plan.”

His ticket includes trustee William Barrett, a certified public accountant seeking re-election, and Thomas Ryan, chief executive of a medical supply company.

Regarding his party’s name, “We wanted 2035 because we’re planning for the village’s future,” Ekstrand said. “Bill and I were two people heavily involved in the master planning and revitalization of Farmingdale, but people don’t understand this is a controlled growth pattern we’re planning ...It’s not going to all happen in five or 10 years.”

Georgiana Sena, a Farmingdale homeowner and civic leader, in November announced her candidacy for mayor and the ticket for her Village Independent Party, which includes retired Nassau County police supervisor Michael Manchin and village resident Susan Miles for trustee seats.

Sena, a registered Republican, Manchin and Miles could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Starkie earlier this month said he was retiring from public office, after one term as mayor, to concentrate on his family and gardening business.

The election is to be held March 20.

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