February 11th - February 15th, 2013
Kushnick Pallac, PLLC
At the law firm of Kushnick Pallaci PLLC, they have a simple philosophy:
“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
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.
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.
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:
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:
2) SMALL BUSINESSES, JOBS, & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
3) SEWAGE & INFRASTRUCTURE
4) HUMAN SERVICES
5) ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
6) POST SANDY RECOVERY
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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,
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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:
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.
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.
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.
"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 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.
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.
To learn more or apply, send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put Fall 2012 Internship in the subject heading. For more information, call our office at 631-261-0242.
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
Guildhall, John Drew Theater
Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
The John W. Engeman Theater
Museums in or near Long Island downtowns:
The Garden City Historical Society
For information, visit their website.
Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
To arrange a visit, call 516-571-8011 and for information and brochures, visit their website
Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
For information, visit their website or call 631-367-3418
East Hampton Historical Society
For information, visit their website or call 631-324-6850
For information, visit their website or call 631-351-3250
For information, visit their website or call 516-822-7505
Islip Art Museum
For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402
Long Island Maritime Museum
For information, visit their website.
Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House
For information, visit their website or call 516-766-0300
Oyster Bay Historical Society
For information, visit their website or call 516-922-5032
Port Jefferson Historical Society
For information, visit their website or call 631-473-2665
Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum
For information, visit their website or call 631-725-0770
Sayville Historical Society
For information, visit their website or call 631-563-0186
Sea Cliff Village Museum
For information, visit their website or call 516-671-0090
Smithtown Township Arts Council
For information, visit their website or call 631-862-6575
Southampton Historical Museum
For information, visit their website or call 631-268-2494
Freeport Historical Museum
For information, visit their website or call 979-233-3526
For information, visit their website or call 516-439-5218
Long Beach Historical Museum
For information, visit their website.
Clearview Grand Avenue
Clearview Port Washington
Clearview's Babylon Cinemas
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!).
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