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February 11th - February 15th, 2013


REGIONAL UPDATES

NATIONAL UPDATES

REBUILDING LONG ISLAND

Kushnick Pallac, PLLC

At the law firm of Kushnick Pallaci PLLC, they have a simple philosophy:

"Provide high-quality, cost-effective construction and commercial litigation services and help establish and implement a plan to avoid problems in the future."

This philosophy has allowed them to represent clients of nearly any size on a wide variety of legal issues. Whether a case involves a small issue or a multi-million dollar claim, they apply this same philosophy to every case. They are able to offer the skilled service and aggressive litigation of a large New York law firm while providing the personal attention and individual representation that one would expect at a smaller law firm.

“New Yorkers have been paying their flood insurance premiums for years and years and they deserve far better service than they’re getting from the companies that are so well compensated to implement our flood insurance program. Families who saw their homes flooded and their possessions washed away need these payouts to rebuild. In many cases they also need to have their claims to be processed so they can access other types of federal aid." - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer speaking on the need for expediting flood insurance dollars for families on Long Island

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The Hempstead Hispanic Civic Association is accepting donations for victims of Hempstead fire

This weekend a fire raged through a Hempstead building complex, killing 2, injuring several and leaving over 400 residents homeless. Currently, a small number of those affected are staying with relatives but most are at Kennedy Park sleeping in cots set up by the American Red Cross.

Many of the local leaders and restaurant owners have donated food and water to the victims and the personnel from the school district has made arrangements for the children to be transported to their schools. Arrangements are being made through the Nassau County Department of Social Services for assistance in relocating those left homeless.

The Hempstead Hispanic Civic Association (HHCA) has been designated as the drop off site for needed clothing and other essential needs. The HHCA is asking for donations of warm clothing, coats, gloves, scarves, sweaters, and other winter wear. They are also accepting financial contributions. Funds are needed so that those affected can purchase other personal items (undergarments, toiletries, etc). 100% of all contributions will go to the people left homeless.

If you would like to make a donation, checks can be made out to:

Hempstead Hispanic Civic Association, Inc.
236 Main Street, Hempstead, NY 11550
Please put 17 St. Paul on the Memo side of check

For more information about the HHCA or about how you can help, please visit their website.

Westbury Business Improvement District announces Incentive Program Newsletter

The Westbury Business Improvement District (BID) announces a new Financial Incentive Program worth up to $20,000 to new business owners. This innovative program was designed to attract new retail and anchor stores, national and regional franchises as well as specialty shops to balance the area which already offers an array of service businesses.

The incentive dollars can be used to offset start-up costs or anything else that is needed to get stores up and running.

Recently, the program was expanded to include property owners. If a property owner leases a property to a qualifying new business, they are also eligible to receive financial incentives.

Inside the rest of the newsletter you’ll find information about the Westbury area, what the Westbury BID is and what they focus on, as well as testimony from elected officials and business owners alike who find Westbury a great place to live, work and shop.

If you are interested in finding out more about this advantageous program, and if your business fits the criteria for the incentives they are offering, please visit the Westbury BID website.

Regional

5th Annual Long Island Lobby Day in Albany to push a unified agenda for Transportation, Small Business, Sewers, Human Services, Energy, and Post-Sandy Recovery

Tuesday, February 12th marked Long Island Lobby Coalitions’ 5th Annual Long Island Lobby Day. Nearly 50 participants, representing over 60 Long Island organizations, business leaders, environmentalists, civic associations, human services, senior and transit advocates, Smart Growth planners, labor groups journeyed to Albany to meet with elected officials in hopes of advancing this year’s unified platform. As with previous years, the platform included transportation, sewer infrastructure, energy and environment, small business, jobs and economic development and human services.  With the success of previous bills advocated for by this group and the need of Hurricane Sandy relief, the Long Island Lobby Coalition (LILC) felt it was necessary to also contain a post-Sandy component. 

Past and present supporters of the Long Island Lobby Coalition include:
AARP, American Communities Institute at Dowling College, American Planning Association—LI Chapter, Child Care Council of Nassau, Child Care Council of Suffolk, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Concern for Independent Living, Concerned Citizens of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community, Congress for the New Urbanism—New York Chapter, Coram Civic Association, Cornerstone Church of God in Christ, Corridor Magazine, Dowling College, Elmont Chamber of Commerce, Empire State Future, EmPower Solar, Friends of Freeport, Friends of the Bay, Glen Cove Downtown Business Improvement District, Good Harvest Financial Group, Greater Smithtown Chamber of Commerce, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc., HIA-LI, Hicksville Chamber of Commerce, Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce, Jubilee Recovery Center, Laible and Fitzsimmons Inc., Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization, Lindy Manpower, Long Island Business Council, Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL—CIO, Long Island Housing Partnership, Long Island Minority AIDS Coalition, Long Island Software & Technology Network, Longwood Alliance, Mastic Beach Property Owners Association, Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library, Middle Island Civic Association, Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce, Neighborhood Network, Northport Village Merchants Association, NY Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, New York League of Conservation Voters, Plainview/Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce, Renaissance Downtowns, Roel Resources, Save the Forge River, Selden Civic Association, Signature Organization, South Yaphank Civic Association, Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, them TV, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Uniondale Community Council, US Green Building Council—Long Island Chapter, Verizon, Vision Long Island, Wading River Civic Association, Workforce Development Group, and the Youth of Ethical Societies, Long Island Chapter.

Part of the LILC growth can be attributed to several community groups from Freeport, Lindenhurst and Mastic Beach who signed on and/or took the journey to Albany as well.  These groups represented some of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy and are advocating for aide in various forms to help get life back to normal for residents.

Throughout the day, the LILC met with several elected officials including Senators Chuck Fuschillo, Jack Martins, Phil Boyle, Carl Marcellino, and Kemp Hannon, and Assembly Members Bob Sweeney, Michelle Schimel, Edward Ra, Edward Hennessey, Steve Engelbright, Michael Montesano, Tom McKevitt, Andrew Raia, Joseph Saladino, Charles Lavine, David McDonough, Al Graf, Fred Thiele, Chad Luppinacci, and Mike Fitzpatrick.

This year, the platform agenda was as follows:

1) TRANSPORTATION
A. Funding for Complete Streets Infrastructure
B.  Strengthening Public Transit
C.  Multimodal Transportation and Infrastructure Solutions for Nassau Hub & Pilgrim State

2) SMALL BUSINESSES, JOBS, & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
A. Tax Deferred IRA Accounts for Small Businesses
B. Create Incentives to Emphasize Development of Downtowns as Hubs for Small Business

3) SEWAGE & INFRASTRUCTURE
A.  Increase Sewer Funding towards Long Island Sewer Priorities: Mastic/Shirley, Bay Park STP, Northport, Hempstead, Smithtown/Kings Park.

4) HUMAN SERVICES
A. Child Care
B.  Disability Advocacy Program
C.  Caregiving
D.  Consumer Protections
E.  Inclusive Design

5) ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
A. Offshore Wind
B. Solar
C. Ban Tris Chemicals

6) POST SANDY RECOVERY
A. Expedited Funding for Coastal Communities
B. Sandy Relief Act
C. Insurance Oversight
D. Debris Removal

Vision Long Island is proud to be a part of the annual Long Island Lobby Day and looks forward to continuing to work with local groups and communities to create opportunity for projects of signicance on Long Island. We applaud everyone who joined with us this year!

See also http://libn.com/youngisland/2013/02/13/long-islands-love-affair-with-albany/ for more on Long Island Lobby Day. And visit our website for a full copy of our lobby day platform, and look forward to a much more in depth write up on this year's Lobby Day coming up next week!

Car sharing services grow and expand options

As more companies and even nonprofits enter the fast-growing business of car sharing, they are offering consumers new ways to customize their short-term rentals for convenience, reliability and cost.

Take the expanding Car2go service from Daimler, the German luxury-car maker. It rents only two-seat Smart cars, charges customers by the minute instead of the hour, and allows for one-way rentals and free street parking.

Car2go is one of about two dozen car-sharing services in the United States, and its one-way vehicle rentals are the latest wrinkle in the growing industry.

Providers range from small, nonprofit organizations to big corporations like Hertz, a longtime leader in the car rental industry, and Daimler, which started Car2go five years ago in Germany and now operates 1,800 vehicles in six American cities.

New players are also getting in, including Avis Budget Group, another stalwart in the traditional rental business, which earlier this month agreed to buy the vehicle-sharing company Zipcar for $491 million.
They are all drawn by the rising popularity of car sharing. Last year, about 800,000 people belonged to car-sharing services in the United States, a 44 percent increase from 2011, according to Susan Shaheen, co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley.

With most of the services, customers pay a small annual fee to join, then make reservations over the Web or with a smartphone app. They typically unlock the car by swiping a special laminated card across a sensor on the windshield, and rates are usually by the hour. Amid all the competition, the rental providers are trying to differentiate themselves.

Zipcar, for example, has long tried to portray itself as part of a young, hip lifestyle, calling its members Zipsters and promoting itself through a Twitter hashtag, #thatswhereiroll. It promotes its vast number of rental locations, including many on university campuses, and its blend of ordinary and prestige cars, from Ford Escape S.U.V.’s to Mini Cooper convertibles.

Enterprise CarShare, which last year absorbed a Zipcar competitor called Mint, builds on Enterprise’s strong tradition of catering to businesses while offering customers the chance to try out newer technologies like Nissan’s all-electric Leaf.

And nonprofit groups are adding their own specialized services to the industry, like City CarShare in San Francisco, which in 2008 created the first wheelchair-accessible car-share vehicle. Called AccessMobile, the program offers minivans that accommodate two people using wheelchairs along with three other passengers and a driver.

Car2go’s chief executive, Nicholas Cole, said Daimler used the latest technology to provide cars almost instantly to members. For a $35 registration fee, Car2go members can locate and reserve a blue-and-white Smart microcar within 15 minutes. Members pay only a per-minute fee for the rental, and can park free in legal parking spaces in Washington and other participating cities. Car2go also lets members leave the car nearly anywhere in the city it is rented in.

By comparison, Zipcar members pay an hourly or daily rate that typically winds up being cheaper than Car2go’s rates, but they have to return the rented vehicle to the same parking lot where they picked it up. (BMW’s DriveNow service in San Francisco also allows one-way rentals.)

One of Car2go’s big selling points is free parking. In Washington, for example, Car2go paid $2,890 per vehicle to the District of Columbia for free use of metered spaces. In some cities, including Miami, the company also rents spaces in parking garages.

While some automakers have struck supply partnerships with car-sharing services, as Ford Motor Company did with Zipcar in 2011, it’s less clear why a car-sharing service makes financial sense for Daimler to operate directly.

Daimler, the German maker of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars and Freightliner trucks, said Car2go emerged from a business innovation group within the company that was looking at the future of transportation within cities. The service, which Daimler says has reached the break-even point in three cities, was begun in Europe and now has about 275,000 members worldwide.“There’s a trend in general for people wanting to pay for what they use,” said Mr. Cole of Car2go.

The need for cheap, convenient mobility is fueling the growth of car sharing around the world, said Ms. Shaheen of the University of California, Berkeley. She said that recent statistics showed 1.7 million car-sharing members in 27 countries, not including so-called peer-to-peer services that allow drivers to rent vehicles directly from individual car owners. So far, big corporations and smaller organizations coexist comfortably because of the growing demand for car sharing in urban areas.

For further reading, please visit the New York Times.

GRACE Communications Foundation outlines nine things to know about the “nexus”

The GRACE Communications Foundation recently released “Food, Water and Energy: Know the Nexus,” a report that examines where the three systems overlap, how they rely upon each other to function and how they impact each other. GRACE’s paper promotes a nexus approach to resource use and management as well as policymaking at all levels.

These three interlocking systems form the backbone of our society. Understanding how they interact with each other is vital to achieving a more resilient and environmentally sustainable future. The post-Sandy fallout shows the importance of devoting time and resources to rethinking how we grow food, provide water and produce energy, particularly in the context of a changing climate (among other factors). The goal is to meet humanity’s needs while at the same time balance these three systems with the natural world and the global climate.

Drawing from the paper and other sources, the GRACE Communications Foundation outlines nine things to keep in mind about the nexus.

  • Understanding how and where the three systems intersect can help reduce our ecological footprint and enhance environmental stewardship. To foster a better understanding, the food/water/energy nexus approach should be included in education curriculum from elementary school through college.
  • Managing these three systems together, given the many ways they interact, is key to environmental and economic sustainability and ecological and community resiliency.
  • Water, food and energy shortages encompass one of four “megatrends” that US government intelligence analysts say could cause radical economic and political changes between now and 2030. On a related note, the cost of food, water and energy (whether in the form of products or services) is greatly influenced by supply as well as how the three systems interact.
  • The three systems are in conflict with one another and under great strain due to a changing climate, extreme weather events (e.g. drought), population growth and poor resource planning. Here’s another way to look at it: The security of food, water and energy are not only dependent on one another, they are dependent on these other factors, particularly climate security.
  • The nexus manifests itself in many of the biggest environmental issues facing the US (and the world). Take food waste for instance. When we waste food we are also wasting water and energy resources. At present, food is the single largest and least recovered waste stream in the US. Fortunately food waste consciousness is on the rise.
  • Saving water saves energy and saving energy saves water. This relationship has prompted some efforts to collaborate. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) recently announced the first-of-its-kind awards for efficiency programs that jointly save both energy and water. “These awards highlight the huge potential for savings when you combine water and energy efficiency together," said Steven Nadel, Executive Director of ACEEE.
  • The power industry withdraws more water than any other sector of the US economy. The country’s aging fleet of conventional power plants kill fish by sucking billions of gallons of water – and the fish that live in it – out of rivers, lakes, harbors and estuaries every day. Nearly all of this water is used for “once-through cooling,” an outdated process in which older power plants withdraw enormous volumes of water out of natural waterbodies, kill everything living in it, heat it and discharge it back into the environment at an elevated temperature.
  • According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), freshwater consumption for world energy production is on track to double within the next 25 years. What’s behind this increase? Two trends: “soaring coal-fired electricity” and the “ramping up of biofuel production.”
  • Drinking water supplies and freshwater ecosystems have been adversely impacted and continue to be threatened by fossil fuel extraction and other stages of the fuel cycle.

Superstorm Sandy brought long gas lines and a massive disruption to the metropolitan region’s mass transit system and thousands of families across the Northeast. However, it was also a lesson which exposed the vulnerabilities of our infrastructure, food, water, and energy systems to extreme weather and climate. The storm underscored the interconnected nature, or “the nexus”, of these three systems, a subject of increasing interest to the business community and policymakers. This profound interconnection is also emerging as a critical issue for the public.

Recent extreme weather events, oil spills and increasing food prices tell us that we can no longer view our food, water and energy systems in isolation. This means gaining a better understanding of how these three systems connect and then taking carefully considered actions to ensure food, water and energy security and sustainability for the future. Moving forward with a nexus approach is no simple task. Doing so will require the combined, society-wide efforts of individuals, businesses and government.

For further reading, please visit GRACE Communications Foundation.

Schumer Calls On FEMA to Expedite Flood Insurance Payments

This past Monday, Senator Charles Schumer, as well as several Long Island residents who still await flood insurance payments from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP),  went to Lindenhurst to visit a family that is still waiting for funds and struggling to recover from Sandy and urged FEMA to demand insurance companies immediately improve performance.

More than three months after floodwaters from Hurricane Sandy destroyed southern areas of Lindenhurst, some homes still remain unlivable. Many are looking to repair their homes and return to their communities, but long delays in the processing of insurance claims through the National Flood Insurance Program are preventing many individuals and families from resuming a normal life.

In fact, only about half of homeowners’ Sandy-related flood insurance claims remain unprocessed, preventing many from rebuilding. More than 100 days since the storm struck, only 52% of New Yorkers' flood claims have been fully processed, greatly slowing down, or in some cases preventing, the rebuilding process, according to Schumer.

Schumer returned to Lindenhurst on Monday to offer support to the residents of the community and promised to pressure the Federal Emergency Management Agency to remedy the situation. He called on FEMA to immediately demand improved performance from insurance companies that run the program. He also urged for in depth, local claims data to determine performance by region and by company.

“New Yorkers have been paying their flood insurance premiums for years and years and they deserve far better service than they’re getting from the companies that are so well compensated to implement our flood insurance program,” Schumer said.

In a letter to FEMA, Schumer called on agency officials to expedite the processing of claims through the NFIP for those homeowners impacted by Sandy.

The NFIP is run by FEMA but policies are implemented by a network of private adjusters and insurance companies and nearly 30,000 Sandy claims remain “open.” In many cases, federal disaster relief dollars can't be obtained until flood insurance claims are completely processed. These slow and delayed payments from the NFIP are causing unnecessary hardship for homeowners already devastated by Sandy.

“Families who saw their homes flooded and their possessions washed away need these payouts to rebuild,” Schumer said. “In many cases they also need to have their claims to be processed so they can access other types of federal aid.”

For further reading, please visit the Lindenhurst Patch.

FHWA $2 Billion for Emergency Relief Funds

The FTA today released a notice confirming the availability of $2 billion in emergency relief funding for areas hit by Hurricane Sandy.  The notice indicates that damaged diesel buses or vehicles could be replaced with CNG buses or vehicles but the funding cannot pay for a new CNG station.  Of course if a CNG station was damaged as a result of the storms it appears funding could be used to repair, replace equipment.  Using equipment for emergency transportation services also qualifies for compensation.

To view the full pdf, please click here.

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:

Tier 1 
Contact # is 1-877-MY-NGRID (1-877-696-4743) 
Heating equipment (boiler, furnace, water heater) replacement based upon HEAP income guidelines. This is an outright grant from National Grid.

Tier 2 
Contact # is 1-877-MY-NGRID (1-877-696-4743) 
Heating equipment (boiler, furnace, water heater) replacement based upon income guidelines above HEAP income guidelines with an upper income limit. Please note that the tier 2 income chart is available on the document linked in the second paragraph of this araticle. The grant from National Grid is determined partly by the household income and the cost of the equipment.

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:

Tier 3 
Contact # is 1-855-496-9359 
National Grid is offering commercial gas customers grants that include heating equipment, buildings and inventory. Assistance varies based upon needs. There is an agency (RAM) helping with this program to help determine the amount of assistance available.

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.

LIHP offers Help with Heat & Hot Water

The Long Island Housing Partnership has just received a grant from the Robin Hood Foundation to expand its grants of up to $5,000 to purchase new hot water heaters, heating systems, mold remediation, removal of replacement of sheetrock and paint and installation of heat tracers and pipe liners in homes damaged by Sandy. There are now two ways to qualify.  This program will problably run until late February. You may be eligible if either:

Your home is in  Island Park, East Rockaway, Long Beach, Bay Park, Inwood, Mastic, or Mastic Beach and your income is below 80% of median income in the area—under $86,000 for a family of 4, for example,

or

Your income is less than 50% of the median income in your area or you live in a designated low-to-moderate income area.

For further information or to receive an application, homeowners should Michelle Di Benedetto at the LIHP (631-435-4710) and request a Disaster Assistance Repair Application.

Deadline for FEMA & SBA Applications extended to February 27th

FEMA and the Small Business Administration have extended the deadline for applying for Sandy-recovery assistance to Feb. 27. See details below on how to apply—and why you should consider applying to the SBA as well as FEMA.

New Help from EmPowerNY

Low income households who are eligible for the Home Energy Assistance Program and were affected by Superstorm Sandy, may now receive additional help from NYSERDA’s Empower NY program with free energy efficiency measures. Income limits vary with family size, from $2,146 gross monthly income for a single person, for example, to $4,127 for a family of four.

Participants may receive free insulation, free air sealing, and/or other options to save on oil, gas or propane—and reduce the global climate change that makes storms more violent. For more info, call EmPower NY  at 1-800-263-0960. 

National Grid also has expanded its similar, complementary program.

New NYSDOT transportation funding opportunities for municipalities

NYSDOT is accepting applications for strategic investments through transportation infrastructure projects that promote economic competiveness, livability and system connectivity to optimize the State’s multi-modal transportation system. The Strategic Transportation Enhancements Program is intended to fund projects that go beyond preservation and system renewal. This new program supports strategic investments in transportation infrastructure projects that promote economic competiveness, livability, and system connectivity.

Tier I Project proposals will not seek less than $200,000 and will not exceed $10million. Tier II project proposals are those requesting more than $10million.

All projects eligible for capital funding under programs administered by the Federal Highway Administration (23 USC) and/or the Federal Transit Administration (49 USC) will be considered.

For more information on the STEP program, including eligibility, project criteria, and application process, refer to the following guidance Strategic Transportation Enhancements Program (STEP) Guidance and STEP-1 Form.

Each NYSDOT Region may submit up to five projects for consideration, regardless of sponsorship/ownership. Since NYSDOT Region 8 must submit its projects to the NYSDOT Main Office by February 28th, we are asking applicants to submit their applications no later than February 21st (4 p.m.). This will allow adequate time to review submissions and follow-up with applicants as necessary. Applications should be emailed to NYSDOT-Region 8 (c/o Mr. Rich Peters (rich.peters@dot.ny.gov) and Mr. Thomas Weiner (thomas.weiner@dot.ny.gov)) at Region 8, with a copy emailed to bsla@co.ulster.ny.us.

For more information, please contact Rich Peters at (845) 431-5723, if you have questions about this program. Preliminary Applications to NYSDOT Region 8 are due February 21, 2013 and Final Applications are due on February 28, 2013.

NYSDOT has created the Highway Safety Improvement Program in an effort to fund projects which maximize investment in the most cost-effective safety projects. For FFY14, NYSDOT will allocate approximately $40M in available HSIP funds for centrally managed proposals to be selected statewide. This statewide solicitation will be used to support safety specific projects that direct safety funds where they are most needed by targeting locations, corridors, or areas demonstrating the highest benefit-cost ratios to reduce fatal and severe injury crashes. Funding will be awarded based on an evaluation of these projects to maximize investment in the most cost-effective safety projects. Successful proposals will be consistent with the strategies and emphasis areas identified in the NYS Strategic Highway Safety Plan. Both targeted and systematic projects will be considered.

All projects eligible for capital funding under programs administered by the Federal Highway Administration (23 USC) and/or the Federal Transit Administration (49 USC) will be considered.

More information can be found in the following pdf: Updated Guidance - Statewide Solicitation for Safety (HSIP) Projects FFY14.

Interested Ulster County applications should contact MPO staff asap in order to discuss potential submissions. One joint, mutually agreed upon set of projects will need to be submitted by the Region 8 Planning and Program Manager’s office. Please contact Rich Peters at (845) 431-5723, if you have questions about this program or Brian Slack at UCTC (845) 334-5590 to discuss possible application submissions. The application is due on March 30, 2013

For more information about the programs, please visit the NYSDOT.

The Women’s Fund of Long Island 2013 grant application deadline is March 1st

The Woman’s Fund of Long Island, a non-profit which invests and provides opportunity for women and girls across the Island, are announcing that their application process for the 2013 Social Change Grantmaking Cycle is now open. Social Change Grantmaking is one strategy they use to help advance equity and social justice for women and girls.

The applications for the grant are due by March 1, 2013. Current funding priorities include programs that respond to the needs of women and girls affected by the current economic climate, job skills development and training, career planning and development especially in non-traditional fields such as science, technology, engineering, math and the trades, and financial literacy programs.

Funding priorities also include programs that promote gender equity & women's rights, leadership development and empowerment.

Programs which provide and respond to the needs of women and girls directly affected by Hurricane Sandy, education, training and direct services that target violence against women and girls as an outcome of Hurricane Sandy, programs that respond to the distinct needs of immigrant women and children who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.

For more detailed examples of each of the above funding subcategories, please download the Women's Fund 2013 Request for Proposals Document. Please direct any questions you might have about the grants process to Fran Medaglia, Senior Program and Advocacy Consultant, at grants@womensfundli.org.

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 is organizing another physical clean-up crews to assist local communities damaged by heavy flooding for this weekend.

Thanks for your past help of Sandy  impacted residents but much work still needs to be done.  I know that with the holiday season, it may be hard for you to come out but any time you could donate would be greatly appreciated.

This weekend we will be continuing our cleanup efforts in the following communities:

FREEPORT:
267 St. Marks Ave
Freeport, NY 11520
Saturday at 9am
Volunteers will be ripping out houses but there will also be opportunities for door to door surveying if that would be your preference.
For more information please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128

LINDENHURST:
45 East Neptune Ave
Lindenhurst, NY 11757
Saturday at 10am
Three houses will be ripped out starting with the address listed above.
For more information please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128

MASTIC BEACH:
St. Andrew's Church
250 Neighborhood Road
Mastic Beach, NY 11951
Saturday and Sunday at 10 am
Volunteers will be ripping out houses but there will also be opportunities for door to door surveying if that would be your preference.
For more information please contact Jon Siebert 631-615-8430

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

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.

If you have had problems with your bus service and want your voice to be heard or worried about fare increases and possible service cuts in 2013, or any other issues, the Long Island Bus Rider’s Union is asking people to voice their concerns are this public forum.

There is also a Long Island Bus Riders' Union Incident Report Form which will help the union get a better understanding of the incident and to advocate on anyone’s behalf. Please be as thorough as possible, and remember, if the bus service is so bad that you are forced to take a taxi, please keep a receipt. They will use these receipts to advocate for better, more affordable bus service.

Incident forms can be mailed to LI Bus Riders’ Union, 390 Rabro Drive, Hauppauge NY, 11788 or completed online. For further information please visit the Long Island Bus Rider’s Union website.

Suffolk Theater to host “Back to the 30's” Grand Opening Gala on March 2nd

In celebration of its restoration and reopening, the Suffolk Theater is hosting a “Back to the 30s” Cocktail Party featuring Grammy Award-winning Vince Giordano & his Nighthawks Orchestra, of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” fame, on Saturday, March 2nd.

The evening will feature dancing, food, signature cocktails, costumed characters, video entertainment and many more surprises. The gala starts at 6:00pm with an after party starting at 9:00pm.

The 600 seat Suffolk Theater is a unique Art Deco movie theater located on Main Street in Riverhead, Long Island. R Thomas Short of the New York firm, Harde and Short, was the architect. Mr. Short’s legacy includes eleven movie theaters on Long Island. The Suffolk Theater is the last remaining movie house built by R Thomas Short. The Suffolk Theater is also the last remaining large art deco theater on Long Island. The theater was built as a National Recovery Act project for the Century circuit chain and has now been transformed into a state of the art performance space.

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.

Some of the highlights of the evening will include awards, art work, entertainment, and inspirational speakers, including keynote speaker will be Robert B. Catell Chairman of the Board of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC), which will celebrate the strength and opportunities in our differences. Last year's event drew over 500 people and the support of so many major corporations and organizations including Bethpage Federal Credit Union, National Grid USA, Bank of America, Cablevision, Macys, the Horace and Amy Hagedorn Long Island Fund, North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation, and the Long Island Federation of Labor. A portion of the funds raised at the event will support diversity and sustainability-related scholarships, research and conferences. Last year's Celebration helped the NCSS to underwrite tens of thousands of dollars worth of internships  and grants to community groups, faculty and students.

Long Island's new suburbanites are students, patrons, customers and entrepreneurs of various ages and backgrounds who can revive and sustain our economy and understanding one another is essential to all our success; diversity and sustainability are the keys to our social and economic survival.  The ability of people from different  races, religions and regions to live and work together is crucial to our prosperity.  

If you would like to sponsor, checks should be made payable to Hofstra University Diversity Celebration and mailed to NCSS, 250 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549. For information about the event or sponsorship opportunities, please visit the event page or contact Ina Katz at 516-463-9939 or via email at ina.katz@hofstra.edu.

"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.

The region of Long Island, surrounded by water with the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn to the west, is unique in its geography, culture, politics, economy, challenges and advantages. From economic development to recreation to education to business and the professions, the people who pitch Long Island are as unique as their surroundings.

Panelists include Vision Long Island’s Executive Director Eric Alexander, Account Director Audrey Cohen of Epoch 5 Public Relations, Vice President Melissa Connolly for University Relations at Hofstra University, Laurie Bloom, Director of Marketing & Communications at Rivkin Radler LLP, and Mindy F. Wolfle, President of Neptune Marketing LLC, as the moderator.

Hear what they have to say about their careers, the techniques they employ in their messaging, their roles as spokesperson, and how they manage the strengths and weaknesses of their organizations.

If you live or work on Long Island, this panel discussion will provide insight on what it takes to market our region.

Please visit the Public Relations Professional of Long Island website for registration and further details.

The Sustainable Living Film Series to screen “The Island President” on March 14th

The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College has announced the next Sustainable Living Film Series screening on Thursday March 14, 2013. This time around they will be screening the award-winning documentary film, The Island President followed by a discussion.

The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced—the literal survival of his country and everyone in it.

The film captures Nasheed’s first year of office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, where the film provides a rare glimpse of the political horse-trading that goes on at such a top-level global assembly. Despite the modest size of his country, Mohamed Nasheed has become one of the leading international voices for urgent action on climate change.

The Sustainable Living Film Series is a documentary series presented by the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College that screens films with a focus on environmental protection and sustainability, and features a different organizational partner for each presentation. For this screening they are partnering with Citizens Climate Lobby Long Island, part of a national grassroots organization which call for a stable climate through empowering individuals to take meaningful actions.

Patti Whitaker and Rich League of 7 Angelica Farms will again be catering the screening. Vegan food, popcorn and socializing at 6:00. Film starts at 7:15. Discussion following the film. Running time: 101 minutes.

$5.00 per person suggested donation at the door. RSVP required.

Seating is limited. Please be sure to RSVPon their Facebook page, by calling 516-678-5000 ext. 7562 or si@molloy.edu. All are invited. Feel free to bring a friend or two, but please be sure to RSVP.

Visit for directions to Molloy College Suffolk Center.

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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 info@visionlongisland.org. Put Fall 2012 Internship in the subject heading. For more information, call our office at 631-261-0242.

Theatre Listings

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
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor:
The Picture Show presents Johnny Guitar - Friday, February 15th at 8:00pm
The Picture Show presents Possessed - Saturday, February 16th at 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

The YMCA Boulton Center

37 West Main Street, Bay Shore:
Tab Benoit - Saturday, February 16th at 8:00pm
Toby Walker - Sunday, February 17th at 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton:
The Met: Live in HD - New Production of Verdi’s RIGOLETTO - Saturday, February 16th at 1:00pm
Guild Hall in Partnership with the East Hampton Library presents the Annual Free Winter Film Series: Free Men - Sunday, February 17th at 4:30 PM
Tickets and more information available here

Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
232 Main Street, Port Washington:
Jazz on the Island - Saturday, February 16th at 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue:
Mickey B’s Golden Oldies Winter Spectacular - Saturday, February 16th at 7:00pm
Dancing For Diabetes All Star Show - Sunday, February 17th at 9:30 am
Tickets and more information available here

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington:
Testament “Dark Roots of Thrash” - Friday, February 15th at 7:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson:
From the Fires: Voices of the Holocaust - Friday, February 15th at 8:00am
Back to Bacharach and David - Saturday, February 16th at 8:00pm and Sunday, February 17th at 3:00 pm
Tickets and more information available here

Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead:
DEAD OF WINTER 5 featuring Dawg Star Compromiz, Reckoning, The Electrix - Saturday, February 16th at 7:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport:
Wait Until Dark - Friday, February 15th at 8:00pm, Saturday, February 16th at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday, February 17th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

Museums

Museums in or near Long Island downtowns:

The Garden City Historical Society
109 Eleventh Street, Garden City
Founded in 1975, The Garden City Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the historic character and ambiance of the Village of Garden City, and educating its members and the public in preservation and history related matters. The Society owns and operates The Garden City Historical Society Museum at 109 Eleventh Street, an original 1872 A.T. Stewart-era “Apostle House” listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which was deeded to the Society by the Episcopal Diocese. The Society maintains an Archive of over 1,200 artifacts and a Historic Structure Survey of pre-1935 residential and non-residential structures in the Village of Garden City. It offers periodic lectures and presentations, and publishes a newsletter. The Society’s A. T. Stewart Exchange (consignment shop) on the lower level of the Museum offers unique items for sale. The shop (516-746-8900) is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays (Tuesday is senior citizen discount day) and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

For information, visit their website.

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove
The museum is a center for research on Long Island geology, Native American archeology and natural history. Current exhibits feature, “The Seasonal Round”, an exploration through Long Island Native American life throughout the seasons. Exhibits on Long Island’s glacial formation, landform change and cultural evolution are on display. Prehistoric artifacts and audio descriptions add to the story of Long Island migrants, their lifestyles and interactions with newcomers such as Europeans. The museum has special educational programs to accommodate field trips and science research on the history of Long Island.

To arrange a visit, call 516-571-8011 and for information and brochures, visit their website

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor
The museum explores the relationship between Long Islanders and the sea through. It details the history of the regional whaling industry, whale conservation and the history of Cold Spring Harbor as a maritime port. A new exhibit, “Right Whales”, highlights the biology, history and decline of the Right Whale. Exhibits featuring New York’s only fully-equipped 19th century whaleboat, ship logs and correspondence as well as whaling and maritime artifacts. Art programs are available for all ages.

For information, visit their website or call 631-367-3418

East Hampton Historical Society
101 Main Street, East Hampton
The headquarters for the East Hampton Historical Society, the house is an example of life in the post-colonial era in the East End. It features historic furnishings and crafts built by local craftsmen of the time. The Historical Society also has four other museums and town houses including one of New York’s first educational academies and a colonial town government meeting house.

For information, visit their website or call 631-324-6850

Heckscher Museum
2 Prime Avenue, Huntington
Located in Hecksher Park, the museum features collections of European and American paintings which spans over 500 years of Western art. Photography has become a growing part of the collection as well. Current exhibits include “A Way with Words: Text in Art”, which displays the incorporation of text in visual art and “Coming of Age in America : The Photography of Joseph Szabo”, which portraits adolescence of Long Island through time with a look at summers spent at the beach. The museum also features educational experiences for students and adults and will exhibit Long Island’s best young artists in April.

For information, visit their website or call 631-351-3250

Hicksville-Gregory Museum
Intersection of Heitz Place and Bay Avenue, Hicksville
The museum includes a history of the Heitz Place Courthouse and a collection of earth science materials to describe the natural history of the area. It features one of the few remaining Long Island lock-ups and is one of the few remaining courthouses standing from before Nassau County split from Queens. The earth science exhibit in the museum has recent additions of a Mosasaur skull, prehistoric amber and the horn of a Triceratops horridus. The educational program at the museum offers experiences in paleontology, dynamic earth processes and investigating butterflies and moths.

For information, visit their website or call 516-822-7505

Islip Art Museum
50 Irish Lane, East Islip
The museum is the leading exhibition space for contemporary art on Long Island, featuring work from international, national and emerging local artists. It is said to be the best facility of its kind outside of Manhattan. Current exhibits feature “Jam Session”, a holiday exhibit featuring paintings and sculptures influenced by music. The museum’s store features one of a kind jewelry, crafts and art work. Educational opportunists are also offered at the museum through its Cultural School of Arts.

For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402

Long Island Maritime Museum
88 West Avenue, West Sayville
Featuring 14 acres with 9 historic buildings on the West Sayville waterfront, the museum preserves Long Island’s maritime history and heritage. It is committed to research, preservation and interpretation of the region’s nautical history and the relationship to Long Island’s natural history. The Elward Smith Library houses racing trophies and records of over 500 wrecks and groundings in the Long Island waters. The other buildings feature rotating exhibits of maps, photos, newspapers and personal accounts of maritime history. Also highlighted are boats and materials left behind by the US Life Saving Service.

For information, visit their website.

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House
28 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre
The museum is a restored 19th century Victorian home which displays life in Rockville Centre in the 19th and 20th centuries. It features furnishings, antique kitchen tools, carpentry tools and clothing of the time period. The museum is considered one of the finest small museums in the state and there is never an entrance fee for special events or exhibits.

For information, visit their website or call 516-766-0300

Oyster Bay Historical Society
20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay
The Earle-Wightman House built in 1720, gives a picture of life in Oyster Bay during the colonial period and its transition through the mid-20th Century. It features an 18th century garden, maintained by the North Country Garden Club, holds ornamental plantings as well as herbs used for cooking, medical purposes and fragrances. Exhibited are postcard, photograph, map and newspaper collections. Current exhibition, “Women Wearing History: The Force Behind Fashion”, details women’s influence on the textile and fashion industry in the 19th and 20th centuries.

For information, visit their website or call 516-922-5032

Port Jefferson Historical Society
115 Prospect Avenue, Port Jefferson
The Mather House Museum, the headquarters of The Historical Society of Greater Port Jefferson, and features several exhibitions of local artifacts. The museum complex features the 19th century home, a country store, a marine barn, a tool shed, the Spinney Clock Museum and the Thomas Jefferson Perennial Garden. Exhibitions feature ship models, period furniture and paintings, vintage tools and clothing, antique dolls, taped oral histories, 250 antique clocks and other examples of life in the 19th century.

For information, visit their website or call 631-473-2665

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum
Main and Garden Streets, Sag Harbor
The museum details Sag Harbor’s whaling industry through the 19th century and its impact on the culture and development of the area. It details how the whaling industry brought migrants from all over the globe and turned the port into an international destination. Artifacts left by whalers, antique tools, harpoons, captains’ portraits, antique furnishings and children’s toys are all on display at the museum.

For information, visit their website or call 631-725-0770

Sayville Historical Society
Edwards Street, Sayville
The museum is the headquarters to the Sayville Historical Society. The museum aims to foster historical spirit, encourage historical research and to preserve historical materials. The museum features products of both Sayville and other Suffolk localities. The Society holds 4 historic buildings, 1,500 items of clothing, 1,000 photographs, a map collection and numerous classic furnishings. Its collection is constantly growing and tours of the Edward Homestead offer a view at the area through its history.

For information, visit their website or call 631-563-0186

Sea Cliff Village Museum
95 Tenth Avenue, Sea Cliff
The museum presents changing exhibits on the history and culture of Sea Cliff. It strives to raise community awareness by preserving artifacts, photographs and costumes relating to the unique historical background of the village. It contains 287 photos taken by Long Island postcard photographer, Henry Otto Korten. Currently exhibited, “Then and Now…” displays a range of artifacts and costumes over a 125 year span. Exhibits include the Connor Cottage, Victorian Kitchen, and a historical town diorama.

For information, visit their website or call 516-671-0090

Smithtown Township Arts Council
660 Route 25A, St. James
The Council aims to enrich the township and surrounding area’s quality of life through celebrating and supporting the arts in everyday life. It is a goal to make art accessible to people of all backgrounds. It Mills Pond House is a valuable place in its preserved traditions as well as its evolving and unique influences. Current exhibit, “Winners Showcase” displays the artistic development and achievements of the region and nation. Classes in jewelry making, poster design, scrapbooking, pottery, drawing and several other skills and topics are available. The Council has also partnered with local downtown businesses to display local artists’ work.

For information, visit their website or call 631-862-6575

Southampton Historical Museum
17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
The Southampton Historical Society was created to preserve the town’s history as well as history from the surrounding area. Its Rogers Mansion Museum features year round exhibits, a research center and education programs for children and adults. Current exhibits include “Shopkeepers of Southampton: Photographs by Davis Gaffga”, which gives a detailed look into historic businesses which helped shape downtown and community. Its research center allows for visitors to conduct research with a professional research assistant. Collections feature antique furnishings, a classic parlor room and dining hall and photographs of the 1938 historic hurricane.

For information, visit their website or call 631-268-2494

Freeport Historical Museum
350 S Main Street, Freeport
Housed in a Civil War cottage, the museum chronicles Freeport's history through the 20th century. On display are a spinning wheel from the town’s oldest house, vaudeville-era items, waterfront memorabilia, a 1930s television and a 1777 13-star flag. The museum holds a collection of historic postcards and high school yearbooks from the early 1900s to present day.

For information, visit their website or call 979-233-3526

Palace Galleries
117 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck
The museum features highly distinctive collections of antiques, artworks and fine furnishings from around the world. It is a premier art dealer dating back to 1971 and features expertise in 17th to 19th century works. The gallery experience offers the opportunity to not only view fine art but to purchase a piece which stands out.

For information, visit their website or call 516-439-5218

Long Beach Historical Museum
226 W. Penn Street, Long Beach
The museum, operated by the Long Beach Historical and Preservation Society, is a classic Craftsman-style summer villa. The house built in 1909, features large stain glass windows which are a hallmark of classic Long Beach estates. The house and backyard are furnished with local artifacts, including an original broadwalk bench, photographs and archaeological findings. The garden features original stock rose bushes.

For information, visit their website.

Movies

Nassau

Clearview Grand Avenue
1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin
516-223-2323
clearviewcinemas.com

bellmore
Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore
516-783-7200

glen cove
Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove
516-671-6866
www.glencovetheatres.com

great neck
Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck
516-466-2020
clearviewcinemas.com

long beach
Long Beach Cinema

179 East Park Avenue, Long Beach
516-431-2400

manhasset
Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset
516-627-7887
clearviewcinemas.com

Clearview Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington
516-756-2589
clearviewcinemas.com

roslyn
Clearview Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn
516-756-2589
clearviewcinemas.com

seaford
Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford
516-409-8700
seafordcinemas.com

Suffolk

Clearview's Babylon Cinemas
34 Main Street, Babylon
clearviewcinemas.com

huntington
AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington
888-262-4386
amctheatres.com

cinema arts centre
Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington
631-423-7611
cinemaartscentre.org

islip
Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
631-581-5200


Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street Suite #121, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-438-0083
plazamac.org

sayville
Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville
631-589-0232
sayvillecinemas.com

 

Our staff stumbled across this great article on the Atlantic (check it out here or by clicking the picture below) that explores the process of city planning through a growing hobby of creating miniature cities through the use of LEGOs (but really, we all know that it's just an excuse to play with our toys, just don't step on a brick!).

Smart Talk

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