January 17th - 23, 2016
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Service Cuts Take Effect on 11 NICE Bus Routes
Over 2,000 Nassau County bus riders began their first week without service on eleven routes that were cut in order to reduce a $7.5 million budget gap. Three other routes had service reductions that began this week as well.
Municipal Leaders Discuss Ongoing Sandy Recovery
Vision was out earlier this week to see Board member and Ruskin Moscou Faltishek's partner commandeer a panel on Sandy rebuilding. The panel, hosted by Commercial Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island included Freeport Village Mayor Robert Kennedy, Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman and Lindenhurst Village Mayor Thomas Brennan.
The group of about 200 real estate industry members heard of Freeport’s 3,500 flooded homes and $10 million in the Village’s Department of Public Works facilities, as well as Mayor Kennedy’s advocacy for resilience, including the funding of a feasibility study of creating storm-water gates to harden the south shore, protecting all of Nassau County. Hopes to relocate the village’s public works department out of the flood zone were also discussed, proposing to use a state armory that has not been used by the state in over 5 years. ”Freeporters are carrying the burden of increased insurance costs for the DPW due to its current location and mitigation of its current property is futile. During flood conditions, our emergency vehicles will not have access to the area and the fuel tanks will remain at risk,” said Kennedy. “Moving the DPW out of the 100 year flood zone is a win-win for residents and DPW staff.”Schnirman spoke of a $175 dune restoration project that the US Army Corps of engineers will soon undertake to protect Long Beach on the ocean side. $40 million in bulkheads have been installed to protect the bay side; Long Beach was inundated during Sandy from both the ocean and the bay.
Vision Long Island Director Honored at MLK Breakfast
Hollywood Full Gospel Baptist Cathedral proudly presented the 10th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Awards Breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club this week. The momentous event gave “the opportunity to recognize persons whose work and commitment to the community reflect the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King,” wrote Chairperson Tonya Lewter Gordon.
Progress on Long-Awaited Mastic-Shirley Sewer Project
There’s progress with the long-awaited Mastic-Shirley sewer project, which will build a scalable sewage treatment system designed to clean up the heavily polluted Forge River and protect homes and businesses in Mastic from flooding.
The plan for sewers arose from the Montauk Highway project visioning sessions in 2002. Like many infrastructure projects on Long Island, this one has takennumerous years to advance.
I would like to publicly thank Newsday for its December 21 article LI Village Payrolls: Where the Money Goes. What was most enlightening was the analysis of villages’ top civilian earners. The reporter noted that 87 of Long Island’s 97 villages responded to Newsday’s request for information. While stating, “295 of the top 300 salaries (in 2014) went to retired and active police department employees”, the article also said, “Villages paid mayors and deputy mayors a total of $953,599.”
Barbara Donno, Mayor, Village of Plandome Manor and President, Nassau County Village Officials Association
2nd Annual Winter Bourbon Festival- Saturday
T.J. Finley’s Public House will hold their 2nd Annual Winter Bourbon Festival this Saturday, January 23rd from 4PM-7PM, with VIPs getting in at 3PM. The event is rain/snow or shine, with seating indoors and outdoors in heated tents.
More than 30 whiskies and more than 30 craft beers will be flowing in the bar and in the tented area behind the T.J. Finley’s Biergarten for you to enjoy. One BBQ sandwich is included with your ticket, with additional food items on hand for sale.
The event will help raise funds for Gavin’s Got Heart, a local 501c3 charity with a mission to educate people about congenital heart defect (CHD) while offering support to families with children affected by CHD.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.
Save the Date for the Long Island Business Council's next meeting on February 9th!
On Tuesday, February 9th from 8:00am to 10:00am, The Long Island Business Council will be holding a worksession at the East Farmingdale Fire Department, located at 930 Conklin Street in Farmingdale.
This meeting will include a keynote address from U.S. Congressman Steve Israel. Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy will also be addressing the group. Breakfast will be available for attendees. As a member of the Long Island Business Council you can pre-register at any time, at no cost. The fee for non-members is $45.00.
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Ethical Humanist Society of LI Hosts Annual Social Justice Leadership Dinner
The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island will be holding the Social Justice Leadership Dinner on Thursday March 31st, 2016 at 6:30PM. The event will be held at the Nassau County Bar Association located at 15th & West Streets in Mineola.
Suffolk County Veterans Marathon Grant Accepting Applications
The Suffolk County Marathon and Half Marathon attracted more than 3,500 runners from 25 states and four countries. The event was one of six races that was part of the Suffolk County Veterans Running Series that took place throughout the region in 2015.
The approximately $160,000 of net proceeds generated from the Inaugural Suffolk County Marathon & Half Marathon will be disbursed to local not-for-profit organizations through a grant application process directed by the Suffolk County Marathon Fund Disbursement Advisory Committee.
The grant request should be a minimum of $2,500 and should not exceed 50% of total available funds ($80,000) . All 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19) organizations that offer services for veterans/active military and military families are eligible to apply.
Interested participants can download the application and instructions here. The application is due by January 29th 2016 at 4:30PM.
ScottsMiracle-Gro Announce New Community Grant
Scotts Miracle-Gro has announced a grant opportunity for community organizations to develop and enhance pollinator gardens . The GRO1000 awards will provide monetary grants, product donations and educational resources to fifty 501(c)(3) organizations this year.
To date, Scotts Miracle-Gro has awarded 680 such grants, allowing for over a million and a half square feet of space being restored and revitalized, over 50,000 youth to experience nature through hand-on learning and panting over 8,000 garden plots. Grassroots Grants are awarded to local communities to help bring pollinator habitats, edible gardens and public green spaces to neighborhoods across the United States. The grant application will be open until February 22nd, 2016. To learn more about how this opportunity can benefit a local project in your community and to apply, click here
Project Manager Position Available
The Town of Babylon is seeking a Project Manager for the Office of Downtown Revitalization to guide the redevelopment of new and existing downtown areas.
The Project Manager will work on specific redevelopment projects within the Town, taking the process from initial community visioning and conceptualization through to implementation and build-out. The Project Manager will interface with the community, identify and pursue grants and other funding opportunities, manage redevelopment and project studies, provide project support to the rest of the Office of Downtown Revitalization, interface with other Town departments and staff, work closely with regional agencies such as Suffolk County, analyze development proposals, and assist with day-to-day office needs. The position requires graduation from an accredited college with a bachelor’s degree or higher in city/regional planning, urban design, economics, public administration, or a related field, or comparable and relevant work experience. The job location is Lindenhurst.
Interested candidates should request a full job description and submit a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
Long Island Coalition for the Homeless Management Information Specialist
The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is seeking applicants for a Full-Time Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Support Specialist to work with Long Island’s “Supportive Services for Veteran Families” (SSVF) grantee agencies. This person will work directly with SSVF HMIS users on Long Island, including training, HelpDesk requests, trouble shooting issues, report development as needed and assisting the HMIS Support Supervisor to address inconsistencies in HMIS data submitted by providers.
Must have a strong knowledge of Foothold AWARDS database or similar client database, understanding of HUD CoC programs and/or VA programs, excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well with others. Must have strong written and verbal communication skills. Amityville location. Local travel will be also required for this position. Benefits after probationary period will be available.
Interested parties should submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not call the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless regarding this position. Questions and requests for a full job description should be submitted via email only.
Town of Babylon Announces New RFP
Two Requests For Proposals have been announced by the Town of Babylon this week.
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is searching for a candidate with 8 – 12 years of experience to lead some of their most dynamic urban planning projects as a senior member of a staff of more than 20 individuals.
Their work concentrates on repurposing infrastructure (redesign of highways into urban boulevards), designing communities around transit (TOD, station area designs, complete streets, bikeway design, corridor plans) and climate change adaptation strategies (resilient infrastructure strategies for coastal communities, district-scale infrastructure strategies). Their work is unique and exciting in that they partner with their technical experts – engineers, economists, strategic consultants to solve the complex urban infrastructure problems facing modern society.If you know of someone that you think would be interested in this type of work and who fits the capabilities that they are searching for, or to view requirements and qualifications, please encourage them to apply for this position by clicking here.
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.
What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?
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Bow Tie Port Washington
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Cold Spring Harbor
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Port Jefferson Historical Society
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With the potential for severe weather this weekend, we would like to remind residents of the importance in being prepared ahead of disaster. Be sure to listen to official notifications regarding severe weather, and to respond accordingly.
Once the snow has stopped and the roads have been cleared, take a look for “sneckdowns” in your neighborhood. A sneckdown is a “snowy neckdown” or curb extension; any place where snow remains on paved streets for hours or days after a snow fall showing areas where cars don’t actually drive; coined by Streetsblog founder Aaron Naparstek. Sneckdowns highlight wasted roadway space that could be put to better use for pedestrians, cyclists and other users. Take a photo of any that you see and let us know what you think would be a better use of the space. Share and tag your photo #sneckdown for others to see where our roads can be improved.
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