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Farmingdale's water plans under third-party review

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 officials have hired an independent contractor to help the village analyze proposals from Suffolk County Water Authority and Bethpage Water District, which are competing to be the village’s next provider of water.

The Boston-based Guastella Associates LLC utility management and consulting firm will assist Farmingdale in choosing a water supplier and will be paid an estimated $9,000, after a unanimous 5-0 vote Monday by the village board of trustees.

Suffolk proposes to bill the village a flat rate for water and to invest in water infrastructure upgrades. Bethpage, in negotiations, has revised its rates to better compete with the Suffolk proposal, Farmingdale Mayor George Starkie has said.

Guastella could not be reached for comment Wednesday. In a January letter to the village about its services, the firm proposed to consider “the impact of adding a tax rate as proposed by BWD” and “immediate and future capital improvements,” among other factors, in making its recommendation to Farmingdale.

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