January 24th - 30th, 2016
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“The start of the environmental review process is another step in the right direction as we progress with the creation of a sewer district for the Forge River Watershed. Advanced wastewater treatment technology is critical to the remediation of the river and Great South Bay, and seeing the project moving forward is extremely exciting. We will continue to work with the public to ensure that their input drives this process.”
- Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning speaking on the Forge River Sewering process.
Public Weighs in on Forge River Sewer Project
Vision joined over 100 residents, community and civic leaders, environmental advocates and electeds for a Public Scoping meeting for the proposed Forge River Watershed Sewer project. The public meeting is a required step for the NEPA and SEQRA environmental review for the project.
The plan’s initial phase, which is estimated to cost $168 million according to Suffolk County Public Works Commissioner Gil Anderson, and will have the Montauk Highway corridor as well as over 2,000 homes in Mastic and Shirley connected to the treatment facility. The proposed treatment facility would be located on property at Brookhaven Calabro Airport, which would treat the sewage and discharge the denitrificated effluent locally. Currently the Mastic-Shirley peninsula only has cesspools available for residential and commercial use, less a few local sewer treatment facilities such as Fairfield in Mastic Beach. The lack of sewering contributes to excessive nitrogen loading into the groundwater, as well as runoffs into the Forge River and Narrows Bay. This nitrogen loading severely reduces resiliency of the wetlands, which increases flooding in low lying areas such as Mastic Beach.
Over half of the 20 plus persons who submitted public comment were supportive of expanding the project towards Mastic Beach Village’s downtown district, where the Village can connect to the plant to not only reduce nitrogen load into Pattersquash Creek and the bay, but give opportunities towards economic development and smart growth in their efforts to revitalize the area that was devastated during Superstorm Sandy. Mayor Maura Spery of Mastic Beach Village is supportive of the project including her Village, saying after she gave testimony, “While it is important to ensure that the Tri Hamlet area in whole has access to proper sanitation, it would be foolish to not spend NY Rising money that is earmarked for resiliency to help Mastic Beach Village move ahead with their sewage projects. We could connect to the proposed plant, with developers who want to come into the area having connectivity to develop smart growth initiatives while providing significant resiliency for the Village.” The Village is currently working on preparing a shovel-ready plan that would enable them to connect to the proposed plant, which is scalable in order to accommodate additional residences and businesses.
“The start of the environmental review process is another step in the right direction as we progress with the creation of a sewer district for the Forge River Watershed,” stated Legislator Browning. “Advanced wastewater treatment technology is critical to the remediation of the river and Great South Bay, and seeing the project moving forward is extremely exciting. We will continue to work with the public to ensure that their input drives this process.” Additional public meetings will take place as the project moves ahead. Legislator Browning’s office noted that there will be tours available sometime in the Spring of this year of the Miller Place treatment facility so that residents can see similar treatment plants that currently are in operation.
The public is encouraged to submit comments regarding the plan before on or before February . The Draft Scope can be viewed/download here, and comments can be submitted here. To learn more, you can read an article provided by Newsday before the meeting.
Vision Long Island Welcomes Three New Board Members
Long Island’s Smart Growth organization Vision Long Island is pleased to unveil three new members to its Board of Directors. The Board of Directors provides guidance and oversight for an organization tasked with supporting Smart Growth, downtown revitalization and infrastructure investment in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. In 2016, Vision welcomes Eric C. Rubenstein of Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, Glen R. Cherveny of GRCH Architecture, and Scott Schoen of Long Island Business News.
Mr.. Rubenstein is a partner at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, where he is co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate Department and a member of the Environmental Practice Group. He has successfully manages a diverse real estate transactional practice with specific emphasis on sophisticated mortgage financing, commercial leasing, acquisitions and sales, personally closing hundreds of millions of dollars in large transactions, including Jericho Plaza and EAB Plaza. Mr. Rubenstein was elected Secretary of the Long Island Real Estate Group in 2008 and continues to serve on that capacity and as Board Member. He has been active in numerous non-profit organizations, serving on the Town of North Hempstead Business and Tourism Development Corporation and its Waterfront Advisory Commission, and committees for the Community Development Corporation and Friends of the Arts, among others. For three years, Mr. Rubenstein served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Landmark on Main Street, Inc., a community non-profit organization which converted an elementary school in Port Washington, where Mr. Rubenstein resides, into subsidized senior housing, day care and after-school facilities and a theater.
Glen R. Cherveny is Principal of GRCH Architecture and leads a highly successful team of industry professionals with more than 30 years of experience in architecture, design, planning, engineering and more recently LEED-sustainable architecture. GRCH has successfully designed millions of square feet for thousands of commercial and residential projects in hundreds of communities where many of our designs have received awards for excellence and smart growth on behalf of our clients and developers. Outside of his service to Vision’s Board, Mr. Cherveny is affiliated with Long Island Builders Institute, Long Island Housing Services, American Institute of Architects.
Scott Schoen is Vice President and Publisher of Long Island Business News, and is a seasoned veteran of newspaper sales and marketing. Mr. Schoen has been audience development manager for The Dolan Company since 2011, directing, developing and coaching management teams at seven of company’s newspapers. That includes LIBN, where he was based and served as director of circulation marketing from 2007 to 2011.
Prior to that, Schoen held various positions at Newsday, the only daily newspaper focused on Long Island. From 2003 to 2007, he became Newsday’s circulation marketing director after serving as advertising account manager from 2000 to 2003. He also had a stint at as a sales account executive at The New York Daily News.
By adding these three to the Board, Vision gains decades more experience in the realms of business, community and transit-planning, and media expertise.
Renaissance Men Receive Davis Awards
Long Island Federation of Labor President and Vision Board member John Durso was recently awarded at the 15th Annual David Awards, presented by Networking Magazine.
For each of the past fifteen years, every January Networking magazine has honored eight exceptional men — ”Renaissance Men” who have performed generous and unselfish acts for the benefit of all. The David Awards are named for David, the giant slayer, who represents the Renaissance Ideal Man memorialized by Michelangelo’s famous 16th century statue of David. Each of the honorees has been a true Renaissance man having excelled in business or academics and also accomplished outstanding heroic and humanitarian acts.
Also awarded this year were Dr. Collin E.M. Brathwaite, Gerry Cooney, John v.H. Halsey, Hon. Robert G.M. Keating, Andrew Malekoff, Michael Mascari and Dr. Bruce W. Stillman. Each year, partial proceeds from the award event are donated towards charitable causes; this year, the Morgan Center for Preschool Age Children will be the recipient of a donation from the event, which has raised over $130,000 for charity over the past 15 years.
Congratulations to all those awarded!
Long Island Weathers Significant Winter Storm
Nor’easter Jonas dumped about two feet of snow on Long Island this past weekend, bringing with it heavy winds and minor to moderate coastal flooding on both the south and north shores. Friends of Long Island groups were monitoring the storm and prepared to assist residents in need.
States of Emergency were declared prior to the storm, with officials urging people to stay off of roads unless absolutely necessary. Virginia State police recorded over 1,000 car accidents due to snowfall from the same storm, with many drivers stranded. With between two and three inches of snow falling hourly, publics works employees and contractors worked around the clock to try and keep roads clear and maintained. Suffolk County closed Saturday bus service prior to the storm’s arrival, with NICE ending service in the afternoon once riders began their days. By the afternoon, Governor Cuomo had banned driving on the Long Island Expressway and Northern State Parkway, making 2:30PM the time that the restriction would begin, allowing drivers to leave work and begin to go home. The Governor also halted LIRR service, announcing that the last trains available would be at 4PM, and mobilized resources to the downstate region to assist. There were about 50 reported motor vehicle accidents in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the storm’s duration, with the low number reflecting the restriction on travel.
All of Long Island’s coastal areas were under a flood watch or warning with high winds and a full moon raising tidal levels to three feet or more above normal high tide levels. While there weren’t a high number of significant property damage to homes or businesses reported to municipalities, water from the bays and sound did flood streets and lawns, and gave residents who have or are still recovering from Sandy an unwelcome reminder of the devastation that can hit Long Island.
The region in whole did well with snow removal, considering the amount, however many areas are still struggling with piles of snow blocking crosswalks, corners, bus stops and sidewalks. Luckily, Mother Nature decided to assist with snow removal the days after Jonas having temperatures above freezing. “We understand that renting or purchasing large Snow Melting equipment may be prohibitively expensive, “ said Vision’s Director Eric Alexander. “ Places that have not tackled effective snow removal at least need to put snowblowers in their capital budget or dedicated time, staff and other equipment towards sidewalk and bus shelter clearing.” There were also significant LIRR delays during Monday’s commute.
Mineola Board Approves 192-Unit Complex
A $68 million development by Mill Creek Residential received unanimous thumbs up this week, with a 192-unit development given the green light to move ahead. This is the fourth transit-oriented apartment complex to be approved in the Village. The original plan was for 197 apartments.
The plan calls for the construction of two four-story apartment buildings at the 2-acre site of the former Corpus Christi Elementary School located less than a mile from the Mineola Long Island Rail Road station. Mill Creek is partnering in the plan with Corpus Christi Parish, which sold the property and needs to develop it to pay off a $400,000 debt to the Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre according to Monsigneur Robert Batule. The new Searing area apartments, which are scheduled to begin to be built in the summer, will make a total of 1048 apartments approved by the Village Board as part of its master plan to revitalize the downtown. The first of the four projects, Modera Mineola, has leased about two-thirds of its units so far.
While some residents were concerned about traffic and parking at a past meeting regarding approval of the fourth project, a traffic study by VHB Engineering said that the new project would create about 40 percent less traffic than they would elsewhere in the Village. One parking spot will be available per apartment for the project on Searing Avenue. “This approval is a win-win-win for not just Mill Creek, Corpus Christi Church and the Diocese of Rockville Centre, but also for the residents of the Village of Mineola,” attorney Chris Coschignano, a partner of Sahn Ward Coschignano, who represented Mill Creek, said in the statement. “The project represents a redevelopment of an unutilized property that will help to attract people to the village who will have easy access to the LIRR. It is a smart-growth project that is helping communities like Mineola transform and revitalize their downtowns.”
Vision Long Island has testified in support of this project at public hearings and is happy to see it move forward.
The Village will now see how the developments work for the area before aggressively seeking other developments in the area. “We’ll entertain conversation (from developers), we’ll see what they have planned, but we are ready to take a slight breather,” said Mayor Scott Strauss. You can read more about the newest development to revitalize Mineola here.
Solar Plant Proposed in Shoreham
Vision was out at the Brookhaven Planning Board meeting this week in support of the Shoreham Solar Commons plan which would produce enough clean energy to power over 3,500 homes with the proposed plan.
When Chicago based Invenergy searched for the best places for commercial solar power, it thought it found a kindred spirit in the Town of Brookhaven. The town’s plan specifically called for commercial solar or clustered housing along Route 25A. The proposed area that has been zoned for such a project is adjacent to the smaller solar project at the DeLalio sod farm which will supply power to about 1,000 homes. “The town zoning calls for it,” Brad Pnazek, Invenergy’s business development manager, said of the Shoreham Solar Commons project. “It says it’s an applicable use for that land. The zoning code and the plans the town issued allow that use.”
The plan would not remove trees from the property to install the panels and would comply with code, allowing for less than 47 percent the land to be used for open space- this plan uses less than that under zoning, at 38.1 percent of lot usage. It would also reduce groundwater usage for irrigation, with no pesticides, herbicides or fertilizer being used on the facility, further reducing the land’s environmental impact to the groundwater. The area could also house up to 120 single-family homes, which could further strain the water supply, as well as add congestion to roads, in increase in needs to emergency and municipal services, and an increase services needed at the school. The proposed plan would increase tax revenue approximately 10 times over the amount that is currently being paid by the golf course.
Vision’s Assistant Director Tawaun Weber spoke at the hearing. “We feel that this proposal one of the most fitting for what the community has asked for. Looking for renewable energies is one of the goals of NY State and this would help Brookhaven reach that goal. We look how it works from a community-based standing, and while there may be some that are not in favor of the project, the fact that they went and did a community-based survey, favored 2 to 1 by the community, we think that it is significant”.
Lindenhurst Creates Architectural Review Board
Lindenhurst Village Mayor Thomas Brennan announced the creation of an Architectural Review Board last week. The Village currently has a planning board and zoning board of appeals.
The intention of the board is to have a more uniform look in the village as far as architecture and aesthetics such as awnings. The Village has been working on revitalizing their downtown, with a right rate of vacancies in their commercial district. “We’ve been thinking about it for quite some time,” Village Clerk-Treasurer Shawn Cullinane said. “It’s part of the overall process of revitalizing the downtown.” Mr. Cullinane’s recently formed Economic Development committee is in the process of reviewing a survey to take a look at public perception of the strengths and opportunities for the area.
Recently, the Village approved funding an environmental study with the aim of acquiring a parcel of land to improve parking options for the downtown. You can read more about the Village’s recent step in their revitalization efforts here
Nautical Mile Meets the Big Easy this Spring
The Nawlins Seafood Co. will be opening its doors on Freeport’s Nautical Mile this spring, replacing Bonito Hibachi and Sushi, giving residents and visitors a taste of the Big Easy.
The two-story restaurant right next to Rachel’s Waterside Grill, Nawlins will resemble Bourbon Street’s side-by-side voodoo vendors and bars from the street, complete with Spanish-era landmark tiling. On the canal side, an enormous riverboat wheel will hail boaters who can dock and simply walk up to the restaurant’s rear entrance. The owners of Rachel’s, which has been voted the Best Seafood Restaurant on Long Island for four years, will be some of the partners in the venture. The second story of the new restaurant will be reserved for private parties complete with a balcony view. The first floor will have an indoor/outdoor bar, as well as indoor and waterfront dining to accompany New Orleans inspired music. “You won’t find Jimmy Buffet here,” Sayles said. “We’ll have live zydeco, jazz and blues bands.”Tastings for the new restaurant are being featured at Rachel’s Waterside Grill from now until the opening in April. You can read more about the upcoming Freeport feature here, and visit Nawlins’ website here to check out their menu as the opening date approaches.
Vision, Tri State Long Island Business Report
Vision Diector Eric Alexander was interviewed by Jim Paymar from the Long Island Business Report on WLIW21 a couple of weeks ago tackling Transportation on Long Island from LIRR Parking, third track, walkable streets, bus service and overall infrastructure spending. Our transportation partners the Tri-State Transportation Campaign joined us on the show as well.
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Long Island Business Report #401- Transportation on Long Island
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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Truth UTC Performs in Brentwood Beginning in February
The Truth UTG will be hosting a series of performances at the Sonderling High School in Brentwood beginning in February.
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.
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.
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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Winter Storms and the Importance of Clearing
Long Island was hit pretty hard by the recent Winter Storm that dumped over 20 inches of cnow on most of the island. While people managed to dig out and make it back to their routines with relative ease after the event. however, for some that routine includes walking on sidewalks that are still completely covered in snow, making for dangerous situations or forcing people to walk in the street. It's important to remember that you must clear all of any sidewalk on your property to allow people to pass without walking on what can be slippery and dangerous roads. You can check out this video from Verizon FiOS on the situation on Long Island, and please remember to clear your own paths!
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