January 31st- February 6th, 2016
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“It’s been long overdue... We’ve been trying to get them forever, so I’m glad they finally listened to us.”
- Lindenhurst Mayor Tom Brennan speaking on steps the DOT is taking to improve pedestrian safety in Lindenhurst
“Right now, it’s over a half mile between lights on this stretch of Montauk Highway in Lindenhurst, giving residents no safe place to cross for almost a dozen blocks. Adding signals to shorten this distance will make it easier and safer for residents to cross while helping to make Montauk Highway less of a barrier between neighborhoods to the north and south.”
- Vision Long Island Sustainability Director Elissa Kyle speaking on steps the DOT is taking to improve pedestrian safety in Lindenhurst
NYSDOT Takes Steps to Increase Pedestrian Safety in Lindenhurst
After completing a 5-year study, NYS DOT has decided to add two stop lights to a dangerous stretch of Montauk highway in Lindenhurst. The first would be placed at Montauk Highway and 13th Street and the second at either 7th Street or 8th Street after further assessment.
Suffolk County Legislator Kevin McCaffrey and Vision Long Island have joined the efforts to bring attention to provide traffic calming recommendations. “Narrower lanes, well-designed medians, a number of things which makes the road seem narrower, which makes drivers more diligent and cautious,” Vision Long Island Sustainability Director Elissa Kyle said.
North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth Delivers State of the Town Address
North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth delivered her third State of the Town address last week, which focused on many quality of life issues for Town residents, such as development of downtowns, park improvements, infrastructure projects that will reduce the nitrogen content in the Town’s surrounding bays and harbors and more accessible parking.
The Supervisor spoke before a crowd of hundreds of local government officials, dignitaries and residents. The speech was part of a luncheon program hosted by the League of Women Voters of Port Washington-Manhasset, which has hosted this event for 36 years. “There is nothing more important to me than serving our residents, enhancing our quality of life and running the government in an open and transparent manner,” Supervisor Bosworth said. “I believe that every law we pass, every initiative we put forth and every issue we might oppose is rooted in the belief that we are here to serve the residents of North Hempstead.”
She pointed to the Town’s strong financial standing, excellent bond rating and lower debt as a firm foundation for the Town. “Last fall Moody's Investors Service reaffirmed the Town's stable fiscal outlook, citing the Town’s conservative financial management practices and the reduction of debt by a total of more than $30 million over the past two years,” said Bosworth. “The 2016 budget is fiscally conservative and stays under the State-mandated .73 percent tax cap, which presents a continuing challenge to our Town and all municipalities. And next year, with a zero percent cap, we will face an even greater challenge. With the help of our strong financial team I’m confident that we’re up to that challenge.”
Highlights of the Supervisor’s 2016 initiatives included a $450,000 water infrastructure grant from New York State, which will allow the Town to replace the aging septic system at North Hempstead Beach Park with a sewer system, a strong continued commitment to the disabled community and announcement of the creation of a Disability Advisory Committee, and the collaboration with Vision Long Island to discuss downtown revitalization efforts. “It is my hope that by working with Vision Long Island and our Planning Commissioner we can address some of the issues of empty storefronts in our downtowns,” she said.
Other 2016 initiatives that were mentioned included the visioning of North Hempstead Beach Park, calling for the full re-opening of the Sixth Precinct, the formation of a North Hempstead Parking Advisory Committee to suggest improvements, and reducing plastics in the water and waste water with the use of compostable leaf disposal bags. As Supervisor Bosworth closed, she stated: “I will continue to draw from the Town’s past as we plan for its future. We will stay true to our history and reputation as a forward‐thinking, progressive place to live. I look forward with anticipation to another great year for our Town in 2016 as we stand together to meet any and all challenges.”
You can call 311 or (516) 869-6311 from outside North Hempstead to request a copy of the State of the Town Speech. You can click here to view the speech starting February 9th.
Nassau IDA Announces Successful 2015 for Local Industry
Last Wednesday, January 27th, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced another successful year for the Nassau IDA, touting a total of 15 projects and $2.6 billion in benefits for the local economy. Projects include, but are not limited to, the Nassau Events Center, a new home for Publishers Clearing House, a new hotel, facilities for high-tech businesses and affordable transit-oriented apartments.
Major impacts for the local economy include an estimated $1.97 billion dollar injection from the Nassau Events Center, which will be replacing he Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Publisher’s Clearing House’s relocation to 300 Jericho Quadrangle will also have an impact to the tune of $136 million. The new Mineola Metro apartments will contribute $136 million, while Superme Screw’s planned move to Plainview will provide an additional $98 million.
“My economic development team continues to pursue new employers and assist current companies with keeping their operations in Nassau County. The job-generating projects supported by the Nassau County IDA in 2015 will provide a significant boost to our local economy,” said County Executive Mangano.
Among other things the County Exec outlined the record of 5 years with no tax increases, $120 million County cash reserve, administrative cuts, growth of the film industry, retention of existing companies, attraction of new companies and the Nassau HUB redevelopment. Of particular interest to Vision and the smart growth movement were the thousands of units of Transit Oriented Development housing supported by the IDA as well as the campaign to shop locally in the downtowns. The 4,905 permanent and construction jobs created by these projects, and roughly 4% unemployment rate this past year show the validity of these and many endeavors.
You can read the press announcement from the IDA here.
Rauch Foundation Reports Predicts Need for More Multifamily Housing
Vision Board and staff were out this week with regional planners from the Rauch Foundation hearing their ideas for more housing development on Long Island. They projected a need over the next 15 years of 115,000 to 158,000 new residential units, and believe that 64,000 units (roughly half of them single family homes) are already in the pipeline. The 86-page report focuses on three communities — Hicksville and Valley Stream in Nassau County, and the village of Babylon in Suffolk County — and predicts how many more multifamily housing units developers could build in downtowns if the communities allowed larger buildings.
Under the researcher’s definition, multifamily housing means any building with three or more attached residential units and includes both rentals and owner-occupied residences such as co-ops and condos. None of the estimates, of course, account for the existing or future illegal housing stock which is near impossible to quantify.
SBA Reopens Filing Period for Sandy Victims
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced it has reopened the filing period for survivors in all states affected by Superstorm Sandy on December 2, 2015 to apply for low-interest disaster loans. The new filing deadline for physical damage and economic injury losses is December 1, 2016.
New Study on Bus Rapid Transit
A new study by Arthur C. Nelson of the University of Arizona finds that Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines can indeed shape real estate and attract jobs if the projects are done right. This is contrary to the belief by many that BRT lines when compared to rail do not affect development patterns.
Vision, Tri State Interviewed for 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.
Join 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.
Contact us at 877-811-7471 or at email@example.com to RSVP or for more information.
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.
The mission of the organization is to inspire change and instill a positive influence in the lives of youth and adults through the art of theater and spoken word, so that they may achieve their highest potential in all aspects of life. The traveling performances produced by The Truth give audiences of all ages, races and backgrounds an intimate, visual look at life’s grim realities and divine beauty. "They are shinning a light on new concerns and topics that are sure to change the scope of the politics and policy of the future, while giving young Americans a new creative way of understanding current events," says Congressman Steve Israel about the organization.
2016 NYS Environmental Excellence Awards
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is now accepting applications for the 2016 NYS Environmental Excellence Awards. "As a national environmental leader, New York is home to many organizations and businesses that are pioneering new and exciting programs to reduce energy consumption, use natural resources sustainably and help combat climate change," Commissioner Basil Seggos said. "Through our annual Environmental Excellence Awards, DEC is able to honor and showcase those who are setting the example for others across New York and beyond."
St. Joesph's College Hosts Hospitality Symposium
The St. Joseph’s College Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Management and the Long Island Hospitality and Leisure Association will be holding a Symposium-Trends in Hospitality: Present and Future.
The Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Management (IHTM) at St. Joseph’s College provides a leading voice in the discussion of responsible tourism and hospitality. Tourism brings an estimated $5 billion dollars a year to the Long Island economy. Key industry professionals from GAM Hospitality Management, the NYS Hospitality and Tourism Association, and the Long Island Hospitality and Leisure Association will discuss timely and relevant issues.
The symposiums are open and free to the public. The next symposium will be held on Friday, March 11th from 8am-10am at the McGann Conference Center at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue. For more information, click here. To RSVP, please call (631) 687-1285 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
LIBOR Looking for Legislative Liaison
The Long Island Board of REALTORS® (LIBOR) currently has an opportunity in their Government Affairs Division for a Legislative Liaison. This is a wonderful opportunity for a person that is looking to broaden their horizons.
The general job description is to augment the Government Affairs Division with an emphasis on expanding and intensifying our outreach program on the County and Township levels. The requirements include experience in an elected official’s office, a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science/Communications or related areas, as well as other relevant requirements.
LIBOR is offering a competitive salary based on experience. For a full job description, please email email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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Seattle Launches Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program
Twelve schools across Seattle will see safety improvements in 2016 as part of the city-wide Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. As the name suggests, the program is built around targeted programs to encourage students to walk and bike to school safely. The approach to SRTS is fairly broad with initiatives to show students how to get to school safely, slow down traffic near schools, and give students new walking and biking facilities. The first project began last week with a new 12-foot paved surface suitable for walking and biking by improving a gravel maintenance road and a dirt pathway to allow bikes and pedestrians safe access through existing parkland. Seattle DOT will deliver an additional 11 SRTS projects in 2016.
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