January 14th - January 18th, 2013
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This week we are featuring quotes Long Island elected officials conerning the recent passage of the Sandy Relief Bill:
"I would have thought two weeks ago tonight we'd be here. It's a bit like a dream in a way, the fact that it happened when it was dead. It is unfortunate that we had to fight so hard to be treated the same as every other state has been treated." - U.S. Representative Peter King
"I am proud to be a part of the bipartisan coalition that delivered this necessary aid to our hard-hit area, although we should have reached this point many weeks ago. I urge the Senate to pass this legislation without delay. As a bipartisan coalition, we support this funding to make sure that the federal government is a full partner with state and local government in rebuilding our communities. That effort will come from the ground up, with the federal government providing the resources to get the job done." - U.S. Representative Tim Bishop
“Almost three months after Sandy hit, New Yorkers can finally rest assured that help is on its way. I'm delighted that the House finally passed the Sandy relief bill, but the real heroes are the New Yorkers rebuilding their lives, homes, and businesses. I'm delighted that the House finally passed the Sandy relief bill. But the real heroes are the New Yorkers rebuilding their lives, homes and businesses." - U.S. Representative Steve Israel
"While the House bill is not quite as good as the Senate bill, it is certainly close enough. We will be urging the Senate to speedily pass the House bill and send it to the president's desk.” - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer
“I want to thank Congressman Peter King and Congressman Steve Israel for leading the charge in rallying the votes necessary to approve disaster relief funds that will assist residents in recovering and rebuilding from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy. It was important that I along with a bus full of Hurricane Sandy victims put a face to our voice for support of the bill.” - Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano
Sandy aid bill approved by House of Representatives
More than 10 weeks after Superstorm Sandy destroyed communities all along Northeast, the House approved $50.7 billion in emergency relief for the victims Tuesday night as Republican leaders struggled to close out an episode that exposed Congressional party divisions.
Sandy swept through several states in late October and resulted in 140 deaths and billions of dollars in residential and business property damage, much of it in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The storm caused power outages and interruptions to public transportation that made life difficult for millions, and the clamor for federal relief began almost immediately. As part of the effort to see the bill passed Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone made the trip down to Washington D.C., along with over 50 hurricane victims from across the island, in order to lobby congress to pass the bill.
“I want to thank Congressman Peter King and Congressman Steve Israel for leading the charge in rallying the votes necessary to approve disaster relief funds that will assist residents in recovering and rebuilding from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy,” said Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano. “It was important that I along with a bus full of Hurricane Sandy victims put a face to our voice for support of the bill.”
'Long Island Medium' star Theresa Caputo donates $10G to Lindenhurst Sandy charity Camp Bulldog
Camp Bulldog, a grassroots effort in Lindenhurst to help those affected by the storm, has been working tirelessly to hand out hot meals and emergency supplies to victims of Hurricane Sandy in the Lindenhurst area, as well as those in need in the weeks following the storm. This past Monday, Camp Bulldog received a special $10,000 donation from Theresa Caputo, star of TLC’s “Long Island Medium.”
Representative Steve Israel calls on FEMA to help co-op owners
Current Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) policy is leaving owners of co-ops damaged by Hurricane Sandy without money for repairs. Representative Steve Israel, along with other local officials and presidents of co-op boards in Queens, is calling on FEMA to revise their policy to allow co-ops to apply for grants, not just loans.
Island Park rally calls for more federal Sandy relief aid
On Saturday in Island Park, about 250 people trudged a mile in a protest aimed at calling on Congress to approve more federal dollars for local superstorm Sandy relief efforts. Island Park's "Walk a Mile in Our Shoes -- Hurricane Sandy Relief" event was among eight coordinated marches and rallies held Saturday in New York and New Jersey.
Study shows that East Side Access could help boost Long Island home values
A study done by the Regional Plan Association shows that homes on Long Island and in Queens could benefit from the East Side Access project, which is slated for 2019. Homes in these areas will likely see an increase in value once the Metropolitan Transportation Authority completes its ambitious plan to connect the Long Island Rail Road to Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal.
Hempstead approves controversial agreement on downtown plan
Despite opposition to the deal, the Village of Hempstead has approved a controversial community benefits agreement for its $2.5 billion downtown redevelopment plan.
Islip considering high-density zoning
As an incentive for developers who build affordable, environmentally-friendly housing, the town of Islip is proposing a change to the town code in order to allow for higher density in a residential zoning district.
Call for Outside-the-Box Transportation Solutions in New Competition
The George Mason University School of Public Policy is currently seeking submissions for its inaugural Cameron Rian Hays Competition for "Outside-the-Box" Transportation, Business, and Policy Innovations. The competition challenges young people to think creatively and offer “outside of the box” solutions to complicated transportation policy challenges.
Ben & Jerry's Foundation providing grants for constituent-led organizations
The Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program supports non-profit grassroots, constituent-led organizations across the country that are using direct action, grassroots community-organizing strategies to accomplish their goals. Proposals will only be considered if they are aligned with the Foundation’s broad interests in social justice, environmental justice and sustainable food systems. Only organizations with operating budgets less than $500,000 may apply. In making funding decisions, they focus on the types of activities and strategies an organization uses for creating social change. Although the Foundation appreciates the value of direct service programs in meeting individual and family needs, we do not fund such programs.
National Grid announces Sandy Recovery Program to help repair or replace broken heating systems
National Grid is reaching out to natural gas customers who have been most seriously impacted by Hurricane Sandy on Long Island and New York City with a Customer Assistance Program. Eligible customers include property owners whose home has not been declared uninhabitable by the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) and National Grid has placed a warning tag on boilers, water heaters or furnaces, (meaning that the equipment is unsafe for relight and operation until repair or replacement is made) are eligible.
National Grid can offer assistance to residential gas heating customers based upon the income guidelines listed in the document linked here. They have also released a Value Plus plumber list, available here. To participate with the program, customers can choose their own licensed plumber or select a plumber from this list. National Grid has also partnered with an agency (HeartShare) helping with this program.
The two tiers listed below are programs for residential customers:
Important: Please note that they cannot accept customer phone calls to the residential program.
If you know of anyone that needs assistance from these programs, please have them call directly to the 800 numbers above.
Though the above programs are designed for residential customers there is also help for commercial customers:
For additional information, please visit the web site link of http://www.nationalgridsandyrelief.com/. Please be sure to review all relevant documents to find out what aid you are available to receive.
Volunteers needed for Clean Up this Weekend
Dear potential volunteers who have not yet signed up for a community for this weekend.
Vision Long Island would like to thank those of you who have helped in the past. Because of your efforts we have been able to help so many Long Island residents through our efforts but there is still work to do.
Vision Long Island is organizing another physical clean-up crews to assist local communities damaged by heavy flooding for this weekend.
This weekend we will be focusing our cleanup efforts in the following communities:
Please provide your own supplies needed for clean-up: Industrial bags, rakes, hammers, shovels, gloves, masks, heavy boots. We may have many of these items available but it is safer to have them ready to go just in case.
SIMPLY CONTACT INFO@VISIONLONGISLAND.ORG OR CALL 631-804-9128 SO WE KNOW WHO IS SIGNING UP
Huntington Township Housing Coalition to host interfaith service and choir concert on January 21st
On Monday, January 21st 2013 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm the Huntington Township Housing Coalition (HTHC), in partnership with rockCANroll and the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center, is hosting “Shelter Me, O God,” a Martin Luther King Jr. Day multicultural, interfaith service and choir concert for homeless Long Islanders.
Public comment period for the Draft 2013-2014 UPWP Document now open, NYMTC to hold meeting on January 24th
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) announces a public comment period for the Draft Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) covering the period April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014. The public comment period opened on Monday, January 14, 2013 and will close at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.
For security purposes, bring a valid photo ID. R.S.V.P. by calling (212) 383-7200 or by sending an e-mail to Andrea.Miles-Cole@dot.ny.gov.
Long Island Bus Rider’s Union to host public forum on February 28th
The Long Island Bus Rider’s Union is hosting a hearing on fare increases/bus service that we're hosting on February 28th from 6pm to 8pm at the Ethical Humanist Society in Garden City. The goal is to get the participation of bus riders and to bring the legislators to them.
4th Annual Celebration of Suburban Diversity banquet rescheduled to March 6th
In the spirit of promoting tolerance and understanding, the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University will be holding the 4th Annual Celebration of Suburban Diversity banquet which has been rescheduled to Wednesday, March 6th 2012 at the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale. Long Islanders along the length of the multi-cultural spectrum will come together, as well as the disabilities and LGBT communities.
"Pitching Long Island" panel to be held on March 12th
On Tuesday, March 12th, Public Relations Professionals of Long Island, a nonprofit group in the region for professional communicators, will be hosting Pitching Long Island: Who, What, Where, When & Why.
Intern with Vision Long Island!
Vision Long Island is looking for interns! Our staff likes to say we "wear many hats," and interns will have to do the same. Interns will assist with planning, design, outreach, event planning, writing, research, attending meetings, reporting, photography, video and more. Bring your unique skill set to the table! We are looking for energetic and conscientious individuals with an interest in urban/suburban planning from a bottom-up perspective. This is a valuable opportunity to work with great people and learn about the issues impacting Long Island. Strong writing skills a plus.
To learn more or apply, send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put Fall 2012 Internship in the subject heading. For more information, call our office at 631-261-0242.
Check out what downtown theaters and performing arts centers are playing this weekend! Consider visiting a local bar or restaurant, or doing some shopping before or after the show.
Bay Street Theater
Guildhall, John Drew Theater
Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
The John W. Engeman Theater
Museums in or near Long Island downtowns:
The Garden City Historical Society
For information, visit their website.
Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
To arrange a visit, call 516-571-8011 and for information and brochures, visit their website
Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
For information, visit their website or call 631-367-3418
East Hampton Historical Society
For information, visit their website or call 631-324-6850
For information, visit their website or call 631-351-3250
For information, visit their website or call 516-822-7505
Islip Art Museum
For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402
Long Island Maritime Museum
For information, visit their website.
Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House
For information, visit their website or call 516-766-0300
Oyster Bay Historical Society
For information, visit their website or call 516-922-5032
Port Jefferson Historical Society
For information, visit their website or call 631-473-2665
Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum
For information, visit their website or call 631-725-0770
Sayville Historical Society
For information, visit their website or call 631-563-0186
Sea Cliff Village Museum
For information, visit their website or call 516-671-0090
Smithtown Township Arts Council
For information, visit their website or call 631-862-6575
Southampton Historical Museum
For information, visit their website or call 631-268-2494
Freeport Historical Museum
For information, visit their website or call 979-233-3526
For information, visit their website or call 516-439-5218
Long Beach Historical Museum
For information, visit their website.
Clearview Grand Avenue
Clearview Port Washington
Clearview's Babylon Cinemas
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