Feb. 15-20, 2015
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“Given the vital economic engine that Nassau is for the state and federal governments, we are prepared to fight for our fair share of funding.”
- Legislator Norma Gonsalves, Nassau County Legislature
“We are at the cusp of turning one of the worst sewage treatment plants in our state into a model plant for the region. By removing nitrogen and extending the outfall pipe into the ocean we will bring back our bays and protect our ocean.”
- Adrienne Esposito, Citizen's Campaign for the Environment
Tuesday evening, Hicksville Downtown Revitalization Committee, Hicksville Chamber of Commerce, Hicksville Community Council, and others heard from the MTA outlining the LIRR station redesign and capital improvements. The Hicksville School Board, Hicksville Gardens Civic Association, Duffy Park Civic Association, Midlands Civic Association, West Green Civic Association, Nassau County and the Town of Oyster Bay were all part of the meeting and the revitalization committee.Over 85 people turned out for a rescheduled meeting on a snowy day.
Nassau County Legislators Rose Walker and Laura Schaefer kicked off the meeting with Lionel Chitty from the Hicksville Chamber and Vision's Director Eric Alexander. Kudos to NYS Senator Jack Martins and Assemblyman Michael Montessano for moving the process forward.
The MTA/LIRR took most of the recommendations from the visioning process including lighting, beautification, maintenance, public art, public space, seating, security and accessibility.
Questions from the community included Hicksville artists involved in the design of the station, parking for local residents, details on security cameras, construction timing and schedule, prospects for solar panels, and food vendors.
After a brief update on the status of the revitalization efforts underway, the LIRR presented several renderings of new translucent canopies over the platform allowing natural daylight to illuminate the platform during the day, with high efficiency LED lighting to illuminate at night. The existing canopy supports would be reused and refinished with new canopies installed and new floor surfacing. Heated waiting rooms and art installations on the platforms will also help to improve the rider’s experience. Below in the station plaza area, there will be an additional elevator and wider escalators installed as well as new stairs with ADA compliant railings. The vendor areas will be reconfigured slightly and new LED lighting will brighten the area under the station platform. Additional energy efficient features include escalators and waiting room heaters with occupancy sensors so that they only run when needed.
Other improvements to the tracks themselves will allow for greater flexibility and capacity for service at the station. The renovations do not include the interior of the station which is in good condition or any work east of Newbridge Road at ground level.
Audience members had questions regarding the use of local artists to provide artwork for the station, lack of solar panels on canopy roofs and availability of parking for future increased service. There were also suggestions for adding more color to the design, improved layout for drop offs and picks ups at the station and to clean the overpass and improve platform access for riders east of Newbridge Road.
Construction will start towards the end of this year and will be completed by the end of 2018.
The revitalization process has been long with lots of input but the reinvestment in the LIRR station is a huge victory.
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Upgrading railroad service from diesel to electricity would stimulate economic development in the Village of Port Jefferson, according to a letter from village officials.
An East End community is looking to redesign itself and put an end to illegal housing.
On Wednesday, another Friends of LI - Sandy Relief meeting was held with representatives of over 12 communities including East Rockaway, Island Park, Oceanside, Freeport, Baldwin, Long Beach, Lindenhurst, Babylon, Bay Shore, Patchogue, Mastic Beach, Mastic, Shirley and twenty locally based organizations.
"The passionate, intelligent and tireless commitment from these voluntary organizations 2.5 years later is incredible, heartwarming and a testament to the power of community and local business leadership," said Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander.
NYS Commits $150 Million to Bay Park
Plans to remove nitrogen from the waters surrounding Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant have finally been announced, although it’s not the ocean outflow pipe requested by many.
Vision Long Island has been an advocate for this investment in nitrogen removal from Bay Park.
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is once again introducing legislation to combat “zombie homes”. These abandoned properties plaguing neighborhoods with overgrown landscaping and unsightly conditions are commonly abandoned due to imminent foreclosure, decreasing surrounding property values and increasing crime rates- and the problem is not getting any better.
" I will be supporting the legislation,. As a former Village official it was very frustrating to wait for someone to take responsibility for maintaining properties during the foreclosure process. I am hopeful this legislation will hasten the process and rid our communities of these zombie properties" said Suffolk County Legislator Kevin McCaffrey.
The original bill with 7 multi-sponsors and 35 co-sponsors has additions that can allow for an attack on the problem with various solutions. Among the proposed solutions that the bill will combat in order to resolve this issue are:
Allowing early notice to be given to distressed homeowners to notify them that they are legally entitled to remain in the homes until mandated to leave by court order, decreasing the amount of homes that are left vacant.
Requiring mortgagors and lenders to clearly identify and periodically inspect homes that are in the foreclosure process to ensure that they are occupied, and if not, remedy any degrading situations through proper upkeep. It would also be unlawful to coerce or harass residents who continue to occupy the premises in order to render it vacant and abandoned.
Requiring lenders or their agents to register said properties with a statewide database created and maintained by the Attorney General’s office. A hotline would also be created for neighboring residents and municipalities to report suspected properties and receive information regarding the status of the property, as well as the person or entity charged with maintaining the property.
Directing monies levied for deficiencies towards a specific fund to enable local municipalities to hire and maintain additional code enforcement personnel to enforce violations.
Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning said, "The 3rd Legislative district has been hit hard with foreclosures due to the economic downturn and more recently from Super storm Sandy. The foreclosed boarded homes are an eyesore and negatively affect the property values of the hard working families in my district. I asked Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to assist the 3rd Legislative district in getting the banks to respond and I want to thank him for answering that call. His actions will help improve the quality of life for our communities."
Local representatives are strongly behind the principles of the bill . In the past months, Trustee Maura Spery of the Incorporated Village of Mastic Beach assembled a committee of numerous residents, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies and entities to address this issue. She stated, “Attorney General Schneiderman’s legislation would be a home run for our Village. Having the ability to rehabilitate the over 500 blighted and vacant homes that plague our community would go a long way to getting new homeowners in to help revitalize our community”.
Friends of Long Island Program Consultant Jon Siebert echoed the need for a change. “We have had scores of residents that have left Long Island who felt their best option post-Sandy was to cut ties and losses and leave the state. Many before Sandy were upside-down on their mortgages by no fault of their own, tempted at the American Dream by predatory lending-these are some of our most financially vulnerable. Give people the opportunity to stay locally”, said Siebert.
On February 10th, “Long Island’s Future: Economic Implications of Today’s Choices,” a study commissioned by the Long Island Index, predicted that could be a decrease job growth compared to past decades, adding to the “brain drain” with the 25- to 34-year-old population representing barely more than 10 percent of the Island’s population since 2010.
With fewer adults and young children in the population of Nassau County, Comptroller Maragos has called for changes in economic development for the county including cutting-edge medical research and treatment in order to make Nassau a destination for medical treatment and to curb the trend the alarming trend.
On Wednesday, Feburary 11th, Avalon Bay and VHB sponsored the first in what they hope is a series of Thought Leadership discussions on land use issues across Long Island. This first mini conference was “The Myths & Realities of Development on Long Island,” which explored some of the most common misconceptions about multifamily housing. Attendees received a copy of “The Power Broker” the 1971 biography of Robert Moses written by Robert Caro which reminded them of how things used to get built on the island before beginning a discussion on how things get built today.
The first portion of the program featured three case studies of recently built projects on the island, Avalon Rockville Centre, Avalon Huntington Station and the Canon headquarters in Melville. VHB and Avalon Bay conducted post occupancy studies of these two housing developments to see how the demographics of the occupants compared to both the misconceptions discussed at the public hearings and the estimates presented by the developer at the hearings. They found that many of the concerns held by the community were not played out once the project was constructed. The residents of both of these developments were primarily people who had previously resided in the community or in adjacent communities and not people from outside of the area. Incomes of the residents were on average higher than those of the surrounding community and not “low income.” Traffic was dispersed throughout the day and did not lead to traffic jams during the morning and evening rush hours and was actually lower than the projections. The number of school age children within the development was within the range estimated at the hearing and not significantly higher as many claimed it would be. These initial numbers were no surprise to the crowd at the event, but a more in depth analysis of these numbers and other considerations that would factor in should be considered for the information to be more compelling to those who are skeptical of this data.
The second portion of the program was a panel discussion with elected and appointed officials that deal with the land use entitlement process. Paul Tonna moderated the discussion and the panel included Former Hempstead Supervisor Richard Guardino, Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine, Nassau County Planning Commission Chair Jeffrey Greenfield, Suffolk County Planning Commission Chair David Calone, Mayor Ralph Ekstrand of Farmingdale and Mayor Ralph Scordino of Babylon. Panelists discussed balancing regional and local needs, race issues on the island, transit oriented development, post Sandy issues and even some of the stranger things they’ve seen happen at a public hearing.
In partnership with the National Center for Suburban Studies® at Hofstra University, the Suburban Millennial Institute is convening leaders in government, business, and advocacy on Friday, March 13 to discuss how Long Island can retain its Millennial population. Three moderated panels entitled “Work” “Live” and “Play” will discuss innovative and bold ideas for building a strong future with long-term economic growth on Long Island. The “Work” panel focuses on public sector jobs, “Live,” on private sector jobs, and “Play,” a panel of Long Island Millennial generation entrepreneurs. Lee Zeldin, United States Congressman (NY-1) and Joan Kuhl, Why Millennials Matter will be the keynote speakers. For more on this event, visit www.suburbanmillennial.com.
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Farmingdale Winter Wonderland Expo
Farmingdale, N.Y. (February 9, 2015) – The Village of Farmingdale is set for the Second Annual Farmingdale Village Winter Wonder land Expo “Taste of Farmingdale” Open House, to be held at Village Hall at 361 Main Street on Thursday evening Feb. 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. “We are preparing for a great event at Village Hall on February 26th and hereby inviting residents, the local community & Village merchants to join together and enjoy a casual evening with tastings and samples from Farmingdale Village."
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Vision Long Island Partner, Suburban Millennial Instititue to Host First Annual Conference on jobs
In partnership with the National Center for Suburban Studies® at Hofstra University, the Suburban Millennial Institute is convening leaders in government, business, and advocacy on Friday, March 13 to discuss how Long Island can retain its Millennial population. Three moderated panels entitled “Work” “Live” and “Play” will discuss innovative and bold ideas for building a strong future with long-term economic growth on Long Island. The “Work” panel focuses on public sector jobs, “Live,” on private sector jobs, and “Play,” a panel of Long Island Millennial generation entrepreneurs.
The Suburban Millennial Institute is proud to announce Lee Zeldin, United States Congressman (NY-1) and Joan Kuhl, Why Millennials Matter as the keynote speakers.
Panelists include the following*:
“LIVE” panel: Moderator, Tawaun Weber, Vision Long Island
“PLAY” panel: Moderator David Calone, Jove Equity Partners
The conference kicks off at 8:00am and will run through 12:30pm, with refreshments served throughout the morning. Register for the conference at www.suburbanmillennial.com, and follow us on twitter @SuburbanMillenn.
Get Up To Speed At 15th Annual Main Street Forum
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Have A Heart For Island's Homeless At Candlelight Vigil
Wear red and join Long Island Coalition for the Homeless at Farmingdale State College March 31 to support your homeless neighbors.
Listnet LISA Awards to be held on May 6th
The objective of LISTnet (Long Island Software & Technology Network) is to promote Long Island as one of the national centers of excellence for Software and Technology solutions. This is achieved by facilitating collaborations between companies, establishing forums and events for the exchange of information, improving the quantity of the labor force and partnering with companies that provide the High technology Centers necessary for the growth of L.I. software and technology companies.
Each year Listnet honors partners in that growth at their annual LISA (Long Island Software Award). This year Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander is among the honorees.
The awards will be held 6-9pm at the Garden City Hotel on May 6 for the "NEW" LISA LITE AWARD at the Garden City Hotel. For more information please visit our website at www.listnet.org or contact Peter Goldsmith at email@example.com or (631) 224-4400.
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 "Vision Long Island Internship" in the subject heading. For more information, call our office at 631-261-0242.
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Can I Borrow A Room?
Forget about apartments above Main Street retail. A pair of Spanish architects are working on a plan to redesign a neighborhood in eastern Spain with space and resources that residents can trade. With a substantial number of vacant apartments following the economic downturn, their plan is to breathe new life into the area with minimal structual changes. When it's done residents will share kitchens, rooftop gardens and office space. Elderly residents can offer one of their rooms to a low-income family in exchange for assistance. A pregnant mother may borrow a first-floor room until the child is born.
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