Jan. 24-30, 2015
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“I'm glad we are going to have the opportunity to discuss the type of development we want here in Baldwin with Town of Hempstead representatives, and possible ways we can get that done. I'm hopeful that these talks will start us on a path to finally revitalize the corner of Merrick Road and Grand Avenue, and do it in a smart way." Baldwin Civic Association President Karen Montalbano
Cuomo Personally Presents State Of State Address To LI
First he shared his plan for 2015 with Albany legislators. Then, he shared it with Long Islanders.
Other items in the address include an increase in the minimum wage, heavy NYS oversight of school districts NYS regulations on sexual consent on public and private campuses, NYS storm response training, ethics reform and property tax benefits. Infrastructure projects included last years announcements with Federal money for Bay Park and Suffolk sewers including money for the Mastic Shirley sewer district.
NYS Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine and NYS Senator Michael Venditto provided the introduction for the Governor.
Vision Board, staff, community & small business partners were in attendance to hear the governor's presentation and its implications for LI.
Find our original story on Cuomo’s address from our Jan. 23 issue here.
OTB Hears Public Outcry On Fortunoff Casino Plans
It was a celebratory atmosphere this past week for businesses and residents in Central Nassau County thanks to the abandonment of plans to approve a small Casino adjacent to downtown Westbury.
“There’s a collective sigh of relief in the Carle Place-Westbury-New Cassel community today,” North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth said on Saturday. “I am pleased that OTB [Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation] listened to the voice of the people and did the right thing.”
A gambling facility at the defunct Fortunoff in the Source Mall will not happen after all. The OTB formally announced the news over the weekend.
“It is clear that the level of opposition from the surrounding neighbors and their elected representatives no longer made the Fortunoff property a viable option," OTB said in a statement.
The plan drew massive criticism as soon as it was announced in December. One thousand slot machines and tables games would have been the focus of the video lottery terminal (VLT). OTB officials previously defended the gaming parlor, saying it would also include a large number of high-end restaurants, create 200 jobs and generate $150 million in revenue.
Over 3,000 residents attended a pair of community meetings in January with concerns about traffic, crime and effects on property value in the neighboring community.
Bosworth, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Town Councilwoman Viviana Russell, Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro and a contingent of Democratic Nassau County legislators separately requested the OTB change their plan to a different location. County Legislator Siela Bynoe (D-Westbury) wrote Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) seeking GOP support, which happened on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Bosworth, Murray, Russell and Cavallaro joined elected officials from the Village of Old Westbury, Garden City, Village of Mineola, school board officials, civic leaders and State Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) in organizing the formal resistance. That included the community meetings at St. Brigid school in Westbury and Carle Place and Carle Place High School.
“As a resident of Westbury and an elected official representing both Carle Place and Westbury, I am so proud of the communities I represent. It was a pleasure to stand with the residents and my colleagues in government in this fight. We stood shoulder to shoulder, united as a community and we won a great victory for us all,” Russell said.
OTB officials refused to consider relocating the proposed gaming facility for more than a month. They began soliciting business owners interested in selling back in April; 19 property owners responded. The OTB announced in December the Fortunoff site was the top choice. As per state law, OTBs are also exempt from local zoning and site selection requires just approval of the State Gaming Commission. This left little to stop the formal sale and construction – the latter anticipated to be completed by the summer.
But in the wake of public opposition, OTB officials said on Saturday they will seek an alternative site.
"I am pleased to announce to our residents that OTB has issued a statement today that cancels its plans to establish a 1000 VLT gaming parlor/casino at the old Fortunoff site," said Mayor Cavallaro in a release on January 31st, "I am proud that our community, as it always does when challenged, came together as one and spoke as one. I am proud of the bi-partisan coalition of elected officials who came together to defend our community. Many of them worked from the beginning behind the scenes (as well as out front) to make sure our community was protected. They all deserve your thanks and credit for this result.."
"This case example is a lesson in failed regional planning by attempting to take away local zoning control from communities," according to Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander, "Trust cannot be built in this scenario and a robust conversation on benefits and impacts never materializes let alone moves forward.
Kudos to Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro, who led the campaign, and North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, NYS Senator Jack Martins, NYS Assemblymembers Charles Lavine, Micheal Montesano, Edward Ro, Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Nassau County Legislators Siela Bynoe, Nassau Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves and the entire Nassau Legislature, North Hempstead Clerk Wayne Wink, Councilwoman Viviana Johnson Russell, Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss, the Carle Place, Westbury, and Meadowbrook Point Civic Associations, Chamber of Commerce's and many others.
A plan to build another corporate pharmacy in Baldwin is dead in the water.
The Village of Farmingdale has already attracted island-wide attention for their success with Smart Growth. Now, Main Street could get even stronger.
Vision Liong Island was at the hearing and praised the village for their ongoing support to expand the Main Street business district.
You can read Newsday's article on this subject here.
It wouldn’t actually happen for another 24 hours, but stopping the proposed gambling facility at the Source Mall was a sticking point during the Town of North Hempstead’s State of the Town address.
Other highlights included downtown initiatives in Port Washington, arts music and tourism programs and investment in water, parks and infrastructure. Vision Long Island is heartened by the Town's approach and their ability to listen and work closely with local communities, Villages and other levels of government in partnerships and projects.
Obama Pushing Transportation In $3.99 Trillion Budget
Transportation projects could see a boost in funding from the federal level.
The first month of 2015 is in the books, and it looks promising for America’s freight railroads.
Go Red For Women And Fight Heart Disease
Don’t miss out on the 14th Annual Long Island Go Red for Women Luncheon next month.
Learn How To Save Money, Energy And Stay Comfortable
Join New York State’s Climate Smart Communities and learn how to save money and energy without sacrificing comfort.
Get Up To Speed At 15th Annual Main Street Forum
Sign up now for a one-day symposium about the New York Main Street Alliance.
Have A Heart For Island's Homeless At Candlelight Vigil
Wear red and join Long Island Coalition for the Homeless at Farmingdale State College March 31 to support your homeless neighbors.
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Un-cleared sidewalks create poor walking conditions
As folks who are traversing Main Streets and other destinations know that roads may be clear from snow and ice but sidewalks, crosswalks and curbs are not. Vision was out with News 12's Drew Scott today in downtown Bay Shore to see the walking conditions. Seniors, disabled folks, families and all citizens walking need safe passage through the winter. It is the job of local businesses, municipalities and in the absence of that support volunteers to safely clear the areas for walkers. Check out the story preview and watch for the full clip at 5.
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