George (Butch) Starkie grew up a Daler, attending Farmingdale schools. He has been working in the agricultural field since the age of 14. With his family going through a financially difficult time, George, along with his brother John, started a landscape company to help pay the bills. Together, they grew a successful landscape and design build company, remaining partners until 2005. Today Butch Starkie is the sole owner and operator of Starkie Brothers Garden Center and has a number of other businesses in the horticultural field, including a seed and fertilizer company, a 66-acre in-ground farm operation and a 20-acre perennial farm, both on the North Fork of Long Island.
Butch is a member of the Long Island Farm Bureau and a strong advocate for the local agricultural community. He is involved in various programs related to farming and agricultural stewardship. Butch is also a very active member of his local community. In 2006, he became an elected official as Trustee for the Incorporated Village of Farmingdale. After serving two years in this position, he decided to run for Mayor. He ran a successful campaign and was elected Mayor of Farmingdale Village in March of 2008.
He has also served as a member of the New York Conference of Mayors, Nassau County Village Officials Association and Long Island Regional Planning Council. In recognition of his accomplishments in the Farmingdale community, he was inducted into the Farmingdale High School Wall of Fame in 2016.
With over 45 years of experience in business management, fiscal oversight, community relations and public service, his transition into elected office was a natural fit.
Former Mayor Starkie lives in Farmingdale Village with his wife of 30 years, Patti, and their four children, Hank, Heather, Luke and Nick. When he’s not running 4 companies, Butch enjoys flying helicopters, and spending time with his family at their farm. Butch and Patti are also active members of St. Kilian Parish in Farmingdale.