February 14th - 20th, 2016
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“Our failures are that we over-consume and that we do not share the gifts of creation. This has dire consequences for the poor and the planet. And so it is urgent that we change our sense of [human] progress, our management of the economy, and our style of life... Caring for our common home requires, as Pope Francis says, not just an economic and technological revolution, but also a cultural and spiritual revolution — a profoundly different way of living the relationship between people and the environment, a new way of ordering the global economy.”
- Cardinal Peter Turkson
“With the 550 seat theatre filled to capacity, this event: Catholics, Capitalism and Climate, demonstrated the fact that Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudado Si,’ On Care For Our Common Home, has had a transformative impact generating increased awareness of the climate change issue in America. Molloy College brought together respected Catholic thought leaders from across the political spectrum not to debate whether human-induced global warming is happening, but instead to debate what we should be doing as a society to address this critical issue. As became clear during the panel discussion, the Pope’s encyclical has also served to broaden the discourse about global warming beyond environmental concerns to address the moral implications of global warming’s impact on the poor; what it means for a good person to pursue a business career; and to what degree a pure profit motive needs to be tempered with care for the environment and social good.”
- Neal Lewis, Executive Director of Sustainability at Molloy College
Cardinal Peter Turkson Addresses Molloy College on Environmental and Social Justice
"Caring for our common home requires, as Pope Francis says, not just an economic and technological revolution, but also a cultural and spiritual revolution - a profoundly different way of living the relationship between people and the environment, a new way of ordering the global economy."
Those were the words of advice from Cardinal Peter Turkson, the Ghana-born head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, as he addressed a standing-room only crowd at the Rockville campus for Molloy College. Cardinal Turkson, who was mentioned as papal candidate back in 2013 during Pope Francis’ election, is one of the Pope’s key advisors and on the forefront of the Vatican’s sweeping efforts to combat environmental degradation and climate change.
The efforts have included deriding an economic system that allows the rich to continue enriching themselves at the expense of the poor and the environment, turning the Earth into an “immense pile of filth.” While this portrayal has won favor from some who believe that the church has not been proactive enough on such issues, it has also drawn the ire of pro-capitalism voices. Turkson sought to address the issue by stating that “the Holy Father is not anti-business. Business is a noble vocation. What he decries, rather, is an obsession with profits and a deification of the market.”
“With the 550 seat theatre filled to capacity," noted Neal Lewis, Executive Director of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College and Vision Board member, "this event: Catholics, Capitalism and Climate, demonstrated the fact that Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudado Si,’ On Care For Our Common Home, has had a transformative impact generating increased awareness of the climate change issue in America. Molloy College brought together respected Catholic thought leaders from across the political spectrum not to debate whether human-induced global warming is happening, but instead to debate what we should be doing as a society to address this critical issue. As became clear during the panel discussion, the Pope’s encyclical has also served to broaden the discourse about global warming beyond environmental concerns to address the moral implications of global warming’s impact on the poor; what it means for a good person to pursue a business career; and to what degree a pure profit motive needs to be tempered with care for the environment and social good.”
Turkson’s talk was followed by a panel discussion of Catholic commentators who ran the gambit of ideologies within the church. Some stated that the idea of environmental degradation was overblown and pointed to improvements both local and international in lowering pollution levels and raising life expectancy. Other speakers noted a disconnect between Catholic morality and allowing mass extinctions and reduction of biodiversity on Earth.
For more information check out Newsday’s article here.
Water Quality Initiatives Move Forward
State Senator Jack Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel are leading the way to provide $3 million in the state budget to study Nassau County’s groundwater and where saltwater intrusion is playing a significant role in the quality of groundwater.
“We have a responsibility to know what’s happening below the ground,” Martins said. “Unfortunately we haven’t had the benefit of that for perhaps decades.” The funding would provide a study of Nassau’s aquifer, allow the U.S. Geological Survey to set up new monitoring wells, and ensure that saltwater intrusion and flow in the aquifers is not out of control. “I know it’s kind of crazy, but with the millions of people that rely on the sole-source aquifer system, there is no federal program to do research or to monitor the groundwater quality or quantity or even where the saltwater is located,” said Frederick Stumm of the USGS, cowriter of the proposal.
In Suffolk, eyes are on the former LIRR illegal dump in Yaphank which is about 1,000 feet from Carmen’s river. The area was originally slated to be capped, but Brookhaven Town opposed that idea, saying that contaminates such as copper, lead, and arsenic could seep into groundwater. Last week the DEC was ordered to evaluate the site further. A report by Suffolk County in January also recommended looking further into 6 composing sites to make sure that metals are not leaching into groundwater.
As part of a package of state reforms aimed at improving water quality, Governor Cuomo has released a set of proposals to tackle the issue statewide. Long Island in particular has been slated for a $6 million groundwater study that will determine levels of saltwater intrusion into the aquifer, surface water impact, contaminant transport, and sustainable yield. The goal is to produce a groundwater flow model to help effectively manage local groundwater resources.
Additionally, as part of this initiative, Department of Environmental Conservation officials have begun collecting the first samples of what will ultimately be six monitoring wells in the Northrop Grumman plume. These samples will be provided to a forensic lab for analysis in order to determine the amount of toxic 1,4-Dioxane contamination in the plume. This should allow the state to locate the source of contamination and perform necessary remediation. Results will be shared with the Massapequa Water District as well as others as soon as they are available.
HUD Awards $4.6 Million for Long Island Housing
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded nearly $1.8 billion to public housing authorities throughout the 50 states and territories last week, which will allow agencies to make major large-scale improvements to their public housing units. A total of 10 Long Island communities were awarded funding through the initiative, collectively receiving $4.6 million.
Long Island Communities May See Microgrids
The first phase of a study that was funded by the state’s NY Prize competition has been completed in East Hampton. The $100,000 study was one of the first awarded in the state, aimed at determining whether or not a microgrid would be a suitable option for the area.
Great Neck Plaza Celebrates Grand Opening of Downtown Supermarket Grand Opening
Village of Great Neck Plaza residents celebrated the Grand Opening of Best Market last week, filling a void left by the November closing of Walbaum’s on Great Neck Road. The Bethpage-based family-owned Best Market was approved to by former A&P supermarkets in several Long Island locations.The locations was purchased for $1.5 million.
Latest Big Projects Need Full Input from Public
While folks have been recovering from the holidays and grappling with snow, proposals have come forward for a plethora of needed infrastructure projects and predictions for housing growth.
Manhattan based regional planners presented ideas for more housing development on Long Island. Their projected need over the next 15 years range from 115,000 to 158,000 new residential units. They believe that 64,000 units (roughly half of them single family homes) are already in the pipeline. None of the estimates account for the existing or future illegal housing stock which is near impossible to quantify. It will be interesting to see if the local market follows these predictions
Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined his priorities for some of the $550 million in economic development and infrastructure funds secured in last year’s budget cycle
The best news was the support for the Bay Park outfall pipe which is a priority of the LI Lobby Coalition and needs to happen for the environmental and economic benefit of Nassau’s South Shore.
Good news also on the reopening of the East Farmingdale station, expansion of Macarthur Airport, expanded parking at the Ronkonkoma HUB and study for a Cross Sound Tunnel.
One of the most challenging was the resuscitation of the needed MTA third track proposal which was defeated 8 years ago due to poor planning, presentation and massive community opposition all along the rail line.
Lastly, unknown to everyone out here, the Federal Rail Administration has proposed a high speed rail through Long Island.
Community reaction has been mixed as some proposals like Bay Park outfall pipes and locally guided transit oriented development are moving forward with wide support.
Plans like the Federal Rail Administration’s high speed rail proposal conducted without the input of local municipalities, residents, business owners — the true decision makers in our region — are a waste of money. Worse is that they decrease the public trust in other legitimate efforts advancing innovative projects.
What is a surprise to no one is that a movement to support local projects has created changes across Long Island. Currently there are over 11,000 units of approved Transit Oriented Development with roughly 20,000 units in the planning process. Strategic thinking is needed when you release these sorts of regional plans and predictions.
In nearly 20 years of working with communities on difficult projects here are some successful themes we have learned:
1. The project need should include the economic and environmental benefits for the region and the local communities impacted by the proposal.
2. Provide clear and tangible public benefits to the host communities who have to bear the burden
3. Outreach to municipalities, local businesses, residents and property owners needs to commence in a transparent fashion
4. For public infrastructure the economics of the lead agency needs to be more transparent so folks see the project moves efficiently without the wasted dollars and delays that may have plagued past efforts
5. Don’t try to take power away from local communities. It was good to see that there are no new attempts at weakening municipal home rule.
In essence we need to move from a “not in my backyard” reaction but instead to a “how does this project help my back yard, our community and the region?”
What will aide some of these proposals moving forward is the hard work over the past decade from local officials, business owners and civic organizations that have embraced many projects in downtowns across Long Island. For the needed regional initiatives that are in the public interest we hope and trust that these true decision makers are partners in advancing them. There may not be much to talk about if they are not.
- Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander
Long Island Loses a Major Leader in Philanthropy
Msgr. Thomas J. Hartman, 69, a Roman Catholic priest who gained fame as half of an interfaith "God Squad" duo on television and in a syndicated column, died Tuesday at a nursing home in Uniondale, N.Y. after a battle with Parkinson's disease. "I'm used to asking God to help others, but now I need to ask God to help me to quiet the anxiety, to direct me to good doctors, to find peace," he told readers in one of his columns.
Father Hartman and Rabbi Marc Gellman teamed up as "The God Squad" on TV and radio and in print for 25 years. They started the program in 1987 on Cablevision before moving it to Telecare, the Diocesan television station Gellman praised his longtime partner in a eulogy he wrote this week. "Knowing Tommy was like watching a diamond turn in the light," the rabbi said. "Each of us was privileged to see one or another facet of his holy life reflected into the world to bedazzle us with its love and kindness, its compassion and generosity, its sacrifice and its secrets."
He raised $21 million for research into Parkinson’s, giving some of the money to The Thomas Hartman Center for Parkinson’s Research at Stony Brook University, which opened in 2013, Mohrman said. After his brother Gerard died of AIDS in 1995, Hartman raised $6 million for AIDS research. Father Hartman was also Chairman Emeritus of Island Harvest. His philanthropy and impact on Long Island will be remembered by many.
Remembering New Hyde Park Chamber's Angela Powers
Angela Powers, a longtime New Hyde Park community leader and the first female president of the Chamber of Commerce there, passed away recently. Powers was “an institution in New Hyde Park” who always pursued her passions “vigorously,” New Hyde Park Deputy Mayor Lawrence Montreuil said. “I absolutely had a lot of admiration for her, and for the values that she pursued there,” he said. “It’s a shame to see her leave us, and she’ll be greatly missed.”
A resident of New Hyde Park since 1966, Powers joined the Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce in 1973, serving as the “Welcome Wagon Hostess.” She was elected president in the 1990s. Ms. Powers was also active in New Hyde Park’s Holy Spirit Church, the Order Sons of Italy’s Cellini Lodge and the Stewart Manor-New Hyde Park Republican Committee, a group she led for 18 years.
Ms. Powers was also a singer who would sing the National Anthem for many organizations and events, including Vision’s Smart Growth Summit and Smart Growth Awards. We will miss her voice and her local leadership.
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.
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."
Village of Farmingdale Present 3rd Annual Winter Wonderland Expo
The Village of Farmingdale will be hosting the Third Annual Farmingdale Village Winter Wonderland Expo “Taste of Farmingdale” Open House, to be held at Village Hall at 361 Main Street on Thursday evening February 25th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.
Friends of Long Island Co-host Disaster Resilience Training Program for Suffolk
Friends of Long Island will be co-hosting, a free *new* half-day workshop: the Disaster Worker Resiliency Training Program along with World Trade Center Health Program and Stony Brook University. This program is part of a research study that looks at ways to help emergency responders and disaster workers (paid and volunteer) prepare mentally for their work and the stress that goes along with it.
Workshops are conducted by clinical psychologists affiliated with Stony Brook University and the World Trade Center Health Program. Some organizations that they have conducted workshops with include United Way in New Jersey, the WTC responder community, St. John¹s Episcopal Hospital, Nassau County Medical Reserve Corps.
The only workshop for Suffolk County will occur on Saturday, February 27th, 2016 from 9AM-1PM in Lindhenhurst, NY at the Lindenhurst Community Center, 293 Buffalo Avenue
Please call Vincenza or Matthew at (631)-632-8317 by Monday, February 22nd to see if this program is right for you and to learn more. You can also email them at at email@example.com.
Neighbors Supporting Neighbors- Feed the Children
Neighbors Supporting Neighbors will be partnering with The First Presbyterian Church of Babylon to present Feed the Children.
Save the Date for the Long Island Business Council's next meeting on March 9th!
On Wednesday, March 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. Breakfast will be available for attendees. As a member of the Long Island Business Council you can pre-register at any time, at no cost. The fee for non-members is $45.00.
Contact us at 877-811-7471 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP or for more information.
St. Joseph'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 email@example.com.
Van Bourgondien Park Public Review Workshop
The Van Bourgondien Park Steering Committee in West Babylon will be holding a public meeting to preview the most recent design plans and improvements for the area, and gain public input towards the project. The Van Bourgondien Park located on Albin Ave.
The steering committee is built of 16 community organizations and governmental entities, including Suffolk County Legislator Kevin McCaffrey and Babylon Deputy Mayor Tony Martinez, and has been meeting to gather ideas and begin the planning process. No community park should be undertaken without public input by stakeholders, including area residents of all ages and organizations that currently use the property or have an interest in using it in the future. The area, owned by Suffolk County and operated and maintained by the Town of Babylon, currently has a playground, concession stand, tennis courts, multiple soccer fields and a historic home on the property.
The Review Workshop will be held on Friday, March 18, 2016 from 6:30pm - 9:00pm at the West Babylon Junior High School- 200 Old Farmingdale Rd, West Babylon, NY 11704 .For more information, please contact: Neighbors Supporting Neighbors- (631) 885-1655 or by email.
The 2016 Complete Streets Summit will be held Thursday, March 31st
This Complete Streets Coalition is a contingent of chambers of commerce, civic associations, local governments, engineering and professional trade groups, transit advocates and members of the public who want safe streets for all modes of traffic. The group looks to coordinate Complete Streets planning efforts, communicate on finding opportunities for local projects, act as a clearinghouse for information and lobby with a united voice for safe roadways.
The second annual Complete Streets Summit, held at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College in Farmingdale, was a gathering of government leaders, planners, engineers, nonprofits and other community stakeholders who support policy changes to design roadways for all uses – not just automobiles. The Summit was a chance to remind participants of the campaign’s significance.
Fee for registration is $45. Scholarships are available! Please send the completed form to Vision Long Island, 24 Woodbine Ave, Suite 2, Northport NY, or you can register online. Contact us at 631-261-0242 or 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
Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Grants
Gina Coletti and Bob Fonti of Suffolk Alliance of Chambers would like to remind those interested that the Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Grant Applications for Round 14 have been sent out. Suffolk County has recently held the 1st of three training sessions at the Dennison Building in the media room. Please consider attending to further educate your organization on the application process.
Eligible applicants must be local business or community groups partnering with a local municipality (town or village). The application incorporates the Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Citizen Advisory Panel’s intent to support projects that will have an important and sustainable impact on downtowns and business districts. Applications are due by 4:30 pm on May 25, 2016.
The final two training sessions will be held on February 22 at 2:30pm and 6:00pm in the Media Room at the H. Lee Dennison Building, 100 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge. To RSVP, please email Heidi.Kowalchyk@suffolkcountyny.gov. To learn more about the opportunity and to view the application and guidelines, click here
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Wishing LI Federation of Labor's Executive Director Roger Clayman a Speedy and Healthy Director
Vision Long Island was elated to hear that after having emergency open heart surgery, Long Island Federation of Labor's Executive Director Roger Clayman is expected to make a full recovery. Our thoughts, prayers, and well wishes go out to him and his family at this time. You can read a statement released LI Fed President John Durso below:
Yesterday, we reported to many of you that Roger Clayman, our friend and Executive Director, had emergency open heart surgery. We are pleased to report that after a nine hour procedure he made it through successfully. In speaking with the doctor last night, his wife Lillian has learned that he can expect a full recovery and enjoy a productive life. While he faces a tough road ahead, he is fortunate to have his wife Lillian by his side to help him recover.
We will keep you updated on his condition. We ask that you please keep Roger, Lillian and his family in your thoughts and prayers.