February 18th - February 22nd, 2013
Bethpage Federal Credit Union
After serving the employees of Long Island's largest organizations, including Computer Associates and BAE, for 62 years, Bethpage Federal Credit Union began serving all Long Islanders directly after a community charter application was unanimously approved in September 2003. Even with branches across Long Island, their vision remains the same as when they first opened their doors for Grumman employees in 1941: Provide extraordinary service and value anytime, anywhere. As the needs of their members have grown through the years, so has the list of products and services they offer.
Bethpage Federal Credit Union has grown to be the largest credit union on Long Island because of the loyalty and commitment that their members have shown throughout the years.
“The state of our county is that we are rebuilding. This is a county that has faced challenges before and always emerged stronger.” - Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone speaking at the State of the County
Bellone delivers his State of the County address
This past Tuesday evening, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone delivered his second State of the County Address. Bellone praised first responders and local lawmakers for their response to Hurricane Sandy and talked about the need to reform local government to make it more efficient for Suffolk County residents.
During the speech, Bellone addressed the county’s fiscal crisis, saying money was running out for county operations. He also outlined his administration’s accomplishments in his first three months in office, and his plans to deal with the county’s financial crisis in the future. Bellone pledged to grow the county’s economy and to make government work to protect taxpayers and strengthen families.
His address comes as Long Island waits for billions in federal Sandy aid dollars to begin flowing nearly four months after the historic storm that seriously strained government resources across the tri-state area.
Tough economic times, government clean up and restructuring, and storms Sandy and Nemo have painted a tough backdrop for Mr. Bellone's first year. Bellone discussed the $400 million deficit he inherited. In one year he accomplished 700 less employees, $65 million in savings, saving OTB, County Traffic Bureau, less overtime, and a balanced budget under 2% tax cap.
“Despite all of the changes that we have made to make our government smaller and more efficient, we still have a significant structural deficit,” Bellone said, meaning Suffolk still has more annual bills than recurring revenues after cutting 700 county workers. “While we’ve made great progress, we still have a long way to go.”
The county executive also focused largely on storm recovery, the economy and public safety. He spoke about the need to assist homeowners in making their property more flood-resistant for future storms, and said how he plans to create an interagency partnership focused on attacking recidivism.
Suffolk County faces a number of long-term planning challenges, including an exodus of young people, a lack of affordable housing and a high volume of road traffic.
The County Executive also took the opportunity to outline his regional economic development and transportation plan, Connect Long Island, an initiative that could help slow the aforementioned trends, while also improving the local economy.
It is a comprehensive regional transportation and development plan that compliments Suffolk County’s assets: world-class educational and research facilities and major infrastructure improvements in the pipeline including the Long Island Railroad’s Double Track project.
Connect Long Island calls for new transportation infrastructure that connects these assets with vibrant downtown developments, improved North-South transit connections and innovation zones designed to attract, retain and grow clusters of businesses around existing and enhanced transportation corridors, research institutions and municipal land.
The problems inherited are not solved in one year, but the continued priority is encouraging especially for the Connect LI program as well as support for rebuilding from Sandy.
“The state of our county is that we are rebuilding,” Bellone, the former Babylon Town Supervisor, said before a packed legislative chamber in Hauppauge. “This is a county that has faced challenges before and always emerged stronger.”
For video of the full speech, please visit News 12 Long Island.
Cuomo may amend IDA oversight reform
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is mulling over amendments to his proposal for more state oversight of industrial development agencies after it was panned on Long Island and elsewhere, the No. 2 state official said Tuesday.
Transit Oriented Development Gains Ground on Long Island
The Land Use Law Center at Pace Law School is pleased to announce the release of the Winter 2013 edition of the TOD Line. The newsletter establishes a communications forum to support and promote equitable transit-oriented development in the southern New York and western Connecticut region. In addition to the attached PDF version, the TOD Line is available online.
After Sandy, Northport sewage plant to get upgrade
The aftermath of Sandy exposed vulnerabilities in communities across the Northeast. Northport Village Officials have modified designs for a $4 million plant upgrade, already planned before the storm, to accommodate for post-Sandy changes.
Upgrades to the Northport Sewage Plant have been a priority for Vision Long Island as well as the Long Island Lobby Coalition. We are glad to see this project moving forward.
Representative Israel urges grants for Sandy-damaged businesses
Representative Steve Israel urged grants, not loans, for small businesses. He says the money can come from the billions in federal Sandy aid headed to New York and is urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make it happen.
Schumer calls for additional IRS assistance centers across Long Island and New York City
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide additional Sandy services for taxpayers in areas that were seriously impacted by the storm In response to questions about tax treatment of Sandy payments or losses, the IRS has created special assistance hours and a Saturday Open House to taxpayers . The locations for these services are currently in neighborhoods that were not necessarily impacted by the storm. Schumer today called on the IRS to provide these Sandy-services to taxpayers living in neighborhoods including, but not limited to, the Rockaways, Gerritsen Beach, Coney Island, the North Shore of Staten Island, Island Park, Massapequa, Mastic Beach and Lindenhurst so that the residents who were impacted by the storm can easily commute to the IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers.
Insurance assistance for Hurricane Sandy victims on February 27th in Copiague
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. is sponsoring a visit by the New York State Department of Financial Services this Wednesday to help residents recover from Hurricane Sandy. The Department’s Mobile Assistance Unit will be at Tanner Park (in front of the Senior Center), on Baylawn Avenue in Copiague on Wednesday, February 27, from 11 am to 7 pm to provide assistance with storm-related questions about homeowners’, renters’, and business owners’ insurance coverage.
Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander to appear on Richard Rose show this Sunday, February 24th
Since Superstorm Sandy ravaged the area, Vision Long Island has been working to help bring aide to those who need it most. He recently spoke with Chanel 55 anchor Richard Rose concerning these ongoing efforts as part of his weekly public affairs show. Tune in this Sunday, February 24th, beginning at 11:00am to see the conversation on this important topic, and continue to check out our newsletter for more ways that you can help.
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.
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.
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.
The Community Transportation Association of America is accepting grant proposals
The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA), with support from ACL and in collaboration with other federal and national partners, is making available grants of up to $20,000 for up to 20 organizations to assist in the documentation, further development and replication of models to involve seniors and people with disabilities in the planning, design and implementation of coordinated transportation systems or processes. The grant submittal deadline for the Inclusive Planning Project RFP is March 2013.
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.
New Millenium Development Services, Inc. to hold 2013 Long Island Community and Economic Development Conference on April 17
New Millenium Development Services, Inc. presents the 2013 Long Island Community and Economic Development Conference for small businesses, MWBE firms, nonprofit organizations, veterans and social/civic groups. The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Windwatch, 1717 Motor Parkway, in Hauppauge from 8:00am until 5:00pm.
Job opening at the Citizens Campaign for the Environment for the position of Long Island Program Coordinator
The Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) is now hiring for the position of Long Island Program Coordinator starting in March in Farmingdale.
The Community Development Corporation of Long Island has a job opening for the position of Vice President of Home Ownership Services
The Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI) has a job opening for the position of Vice President of Home Ownership Services to manage CDC's Home Ownership services programs in Suffolk and Nassau Counties, including consumer lending (such as home improvement loans and second mortgages), foreclosure prevention and home buyer education. Duties include department and program oversight, management of the financial activities of the department, fundraising & marketing, and staffing & staff development, to direct and monitor development of new programs, including financial support, marketing and outreach, and building relationships with external stakeholders, and to ensure annual plan milestones for this department are met in full, on time, and within budget. The Vice President is a member of CDC's Executive Management Group.
Intern with Vision Long Island!
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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