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Three seek two trustee seats in Farmingdale

Three Farmingdale natives running for village trustee say they want to balance development with suburban living while keeping down taxes.

One first-time candidate, Craig Rosasco, and two incumbents, Patricia A. Christiansen and Cheryl Parisi, are vying for two part-time slots.

Christiansen, who has served for four terms, said the most important issue in the next two years is "to continue the revitalization" of Main Street.

The village needs to resurface roads, address roadway drainage issues and replace fire department and public works equipment, she said.

She said she approved payments in lieu of taxes, or PILOTs, which municipalities use as a subsidy to attract development and business by reducing their property taxes for multiple years. "When a developer comes and talks about it, I'm not averse to it," she said.

Christiansen, who manages real estate holdings for a law firm in Locust Valley, declined to give her age. She is a registered Republican running on the Green Leaf Party line.

Newcomer Rosasco, 45, is a partner in a law firm that has offices in Long Island and New York City, and specializes in disability suits. He said he would bring his legal skills and experience to the village, which has a budget of about $5.6 million. A housing discrimination suit filed by Latinos in 2006 should have been settled sooner than it was in January, he said.

"There was some liability there, and I probably would have liked to settle it a long time ago," he said.

The village of more than 8,000 residents needs to either improve services or lower taxes, he said.

Rosasco criticized the use of PILOTs for two recent developments in Farmingdale, but said the tool can be used appropriately. "There's no reason a contractor should come in and take our money out of the taxpayer's pocket and put it into theirs when they're willing to do it without the benefit," he said.

Rosasco, who does not belong to a political party, is running on the Renaissance Party line.

Parisi, who has been a trustee for six years, said the big issue facing Farmingdale is taxes. "We have to figure out how to work within our means," she said.

Parisi said she has written successful grant proposals for the village. "We have to be able to secure funding that will allow us to work on projects without burdening the taxpayer," she said.

Parisi said she was happy with the direction of downtown development. "We have the ability to keep young professionals in our area with development going on" near the train station, she said.

Parisi, who runs a graphic design business, is running on the Green Leaf Party line, but declined to identify her national party affiliation. Records show she is a registered Democrat. She also declined to give her age.

Voting for the posts, which pay $12,000 a year, is Tuesday noon to 9 p.m. at Village Hall, 361 Main St.

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