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February 3 - February 23, 2018

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"Special thanks to all of our sponsors, board members, vendors, downtown businesses, community partners, attendees and all of the folks who have supported us through the first leg of our journey. There is still much to accomplish, but we are happy to take a moment to acknowledge the substantive work that has been done. Thank You to everyone who has made these past 20 years possible!" - Vision Long Island, expressing our gratitude for 20 years of planning Smart Growth with Long Island Communities.

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Vision Long Island Celebrates

20 Years of Smart Growth

Vision Long Island was honored and humbled to see the turnout for Vision Long Island’s 20th Anniversary this past Thursday, February 15th. The warmth and fellowship from the over 500 supporters, colleagues, friends and family from all eras of our two decades was literally overflowing.

We started the evening with a cocktail hour that featured a brief program, including a 12 minute video that contained 30 diverse community, business, environment and labor leaders from our history. We then headed to the ballroom that had a “Taste of Long Island’s Downtowns” with a range of cuisines that kept folks happy. The house band, “The Electric Dudes,” couldn’t have been better rocking out mellow and danceable hits that kept the crowd energized.

Over 30 elected officials joined us and Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Suffolk Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen, Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, NYS Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick, Lisa Santeramo from Governor Cuomo’s Office and John Cameron from the LI Regional Planning Council Board joined us onstage. NYS Comptroller, Smart Growth Award winner and longtime friend Tom DiNapoli had a conflict but shared a video message to the crowd as well.

Vision’s Director Eric Alexander sang a couple of brief songs with one being a tribute to the founding group of the Vision Huntington where they joined the stage for a special presentation.

Great raffle prizes, including international Southwest Airlines tickets, were also a highlight. An 80 page journal documenting the myriad number of accomplishments on complete streets, downtown revitalization, TOD redevelopment, infrastructure investment, coalition building and community planning was available for attendees.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors, board members, dedicated staff, vendors, downtown businesses, community partners, attendees and all of the folks who have supported us through the first leg of our journey. There is still much to accomplish, but we are happy to take a moment to acknowledge the substantive work that has been done. Thank You to everyone who has made these past 20 years possible!


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Preliminary Report on Road Fatalities Released

New statistics released this week show that 2017 saw a decrease in fatalities on the road, a positive development as we try to move towards safer streets.  However, it is important to note that these dips in individual years have happened before and that the persistent dangerous conditions remain. t

When you take a step back and look at the numbers we see an unacceptable amount of deaths, injuries and crashes largely due to speed inducing roadway designs prevalent in our commercial corridors.  It is imperative that transportation agencies work to design roadways that are safer for both pedestrians and motorists. 

"Maybe you're safer if you're driving a car now,” said Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander.  “But if you're biking and walking, you're still taking your life into your own hands and that has to change.”

The one year dip comes at a time when there has been an increase in more traffic calming projects, increased enforcement, enhanced EMS training and better early-warning technology in modern cars.   Law enforcement professionals say that they still struggle with texting and driving and we know high speed driving on roads designed for high speeds continues.  A comprehensive solution is to invest in physical roadway improvements that increase pedestrian and bike safety.

We will be addressing this very topic at the LI Complete Streets Summit on April 5th, which you can register for here.

You can read more here.

Nassau County Village Officials Association Hosts County Executive Laura Curran

Vision Board and staff were out this week at the Nassau County Village Officials Association meeting featuring Nassau County Executive Laura Curren.

NCVOA President and Freeport Mayor Bob Kennedy opened the meeting with a review of the organization's agenda, which includes getting their Village’s fair share of AIM funding from NYS and increased infrastructure funding.  His speech emphasized that local Villages are already sharing services and have been for many years.

County Executive Curran spoke as well, talking about the tax assessment system and her newly formed assessment tax force. Her remarks also touched on the County budget and the need to look at potential cuts to different departments in the 2, 4 and 6% range.

The County Executive took questions from the Village of Farmingdale on the need to reevaluate police deployment for more active business districts.  Other questions included the Village of Great Neck Plaza’s need to maintain or improve services at County DPW.  The County’s guarantee and the Governor's proposed Oyster Bay to Rye bridge/tunnel were also covered at this time.

Vision Long Island is encouraged to see a dialogue between local governments that are closest to the public set the tone for the new administration.

LIRR Announces Improvement Plan

In a move to help modernize infrastructure and improve schedules, the LIRR has announced a “performance improvement plan” that will emphasize weather protection, enhanced communication, and faster recovery times.

The plan is modeled after the recently unveiled “Subway Action Plan.”  That plan came about last summer as a result of increasing delays and declining service, which has been plaguing the LIRR recently as well.  Problems from the train itself, track issues, wheel damage, shortage of cars, and other factors have led to several nightmare rush hours for riders since December according to LIRR officials.  This is in addition to new data showing that LIRR’s on-time numbers in January are worse than any others in the past 22 years.

Solutions are wide ranging including a rail inspection increase, modernization of signals, communication effort improvements, replacing outdated electronic messaging boards, addition of a countdown clock for incoming trains, new heaters to prevent icing on the rails, covers to protect switches from freezing, and more snow-removal equipment.  There will also be a reshuffling of crews and rescue vehicles to better respond to incidents and an uptick in storm resiliency preparation.

A majority of these changes were already in the works as parts of various infrastructure improvement plans that are currently in motion.  About 75% have been previously planned for and are moving forward.  The timetable on the remaining initiatives is unclear as of now, but the LIRR is looking to move quickly on these improvements.

While the plan has drawn praise, the optimism is cautious with questions on how exactly the improvements and updated time table will be paid for.

You can read more here.


LIRPC Seeks Program Manager for Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan

The Long Island Regional Planning Council (LIRPC) is hiring a part-time Program Manager for New York State’s Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan (LINAP). 

The LINAP Program Manager (PM) will provide overall program coordination, administration and short and long-term planning for LINAP in cooperation with the LINAP Project Management Team (LIRPC, NYSDEC Central Office and Region 1, Suffolk and Nassau Counties). In coordination with NYSDEC, the PM will interact with representatives of local, state and federal governments, elected officials, businesses, members of the local news media, universities and environmental and economic development organizations and others. The PM will help develop and implement initiatives in coordination with and as prioritized by the LINAP Project Management Team with a focus on those that will reduce nitrogen loads from stormwater, fertilizer, and wastewater. The PM will be assisted by the LIRPC’s Deputy Executive Director and will be overseen by the Executive Director and ultimately the LIRPC’s members and chair. The PM will work closely with the NYSDEC LINAP staff.

The deadline for submitting a letter of interest and resume is March 9, 2018. The FULL JOB DESCRIPTION can be found on the LIRPC website.

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless Seeks Full Time Case Manager for Amityville Office

Responsible for assisting homeless persons (with priority on Chronically Homeless persons – working from prioritization lists) in gathering documentation to ensure they are “Housing Ready”; work with homeless persons to obtain entitlements/benefits and services for which they are eligible; work with Coordinated Entry Team on planning and implementation of Coordinated Entry System (CES).

Interested parties can get more information about the position's requirements and qualifications, and should submit a resume and salary requirements via email to Please do not call the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless regarding this position.  Questions should be submitted via email only.

New York Bicycling Coalition Seeks Safety Ambassadors

The​ ​New​ ​York​ ​Bicycling​ ​Coalition​ ​(NYBC)​ ​is​ ​seeking​ ​​ ​high​ ​energy​ ​self-starters​ ​who enjoy​ ​walking,​ ​biking,​ ​working​ ​independently​ ​and​ ​delivering​ ​safety​ ​education​ ​to​ ​join our​ ​new​ ​team​ ​of​ ​​Safety​ ​Ambassadors.​​ ​​ ​NYBC’s​ ​Safety​ ​Ambassadors​ ​will​ ​deliver​ ​bicycle and​ ​pedestrian​ ​safety​ ​education​ ​through​ ​classes​ ​and​ ​outreach​ ​events​ ​to​ ​make​ ​biking and​ ​walking​ ​safer​ ​by​ ​educating​ ​all​ ​road​ ​users.  Ambassadors​ ​will​ ​be​ ​locally​ ​based​ ​in​ ​areas​ ​of​ ​New​ ​York​ ​State​ ​with​ ​high​ ​levels​ ​of crashes​ ​involving​ ​bicyclists​ ​and​ ​pedestrians,​ ​including​ ​​ ​Long​ ​Island,​ ​Western​ ​New​ ​York, the​ ​Capital​ ​Region​ ​and​ ​Lower​ ​Hudson​ ​Valley.​ ​​ ​Other​ ​locations​ ​may​ ​be​ ​determined​ ​on​ ​a case-by-case​ ​basis.​ ​​ ​Funding​ ​currently​ ​exists​ ​for​ ​up​ ​to​ ​three​ ​(3)​ ​Ambassadors,​ ​but applicants​ ​from​ ​other​ ​parts​ ​of​ ​the​ ​state​ ​are​ ​encouraged​ ​to​ ​apply​ ​as​ ​we​ ​hope​ ​to​ ​expand the​ ​program​ ​statewide. ​​​

Position​ ​Details: This​ ​is​ ​a​ ​part-time,​ ​contracted​ ​position​ ​from​ ​April​ ​-​ ​October​ ​2018,​ ​reporting​ ​to the​ ​NYBC​ ​Education​ ​Director.  Maximum​ ​compensation​ ​will​ ​be​ ​$5,000.00.  Number​ ​of​ ​hours​ ​worked​ ​will​ ​be​ ​determined​ ​by​ ​the​ ​Ambassador​ ​and​ ​the Education​ ​Director,​ ​but​ ​expect​ ​10​ ​-​ ​20​ ​per​ ​week.  Ambassadors​ ​must​ ​set​ ​their​ ​own​ ​schedule,​ ​working​ ​from​ ​home​ ​and​ ​in​ ​the community  At​ ​least​ ​5​ ​weekend​ ​work​ ​days​ ​per​ ​month​ ​and​ ​travel​ ​is​ ​required.  Must​ ​attend​ ​mandatory​ ​training​ ​in​ ​April​ ​(expenses​ ​reimbursed).  Must​ ​attend​ ​periodic​ ​NYBC​ ​staff​ ​meetings​ ​and​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​conference​ ​calls​ ​as requested. 

To​ ​Apply and learn more about responsibilities and requirements:​​​​ ​​Send​ ​a​ ​resume​ ​and​ ​cover​ ​letter​ ​to​ ​​​​ ​with​ ​the​ ​subject​ ​line​ ​NYBC Safety​ ​Ambassador.​ ​​​ ​NYBC​ ​is​ ​an equal​ ​opportunity​ ​employer.​ ​​ ​Women​ ​and​ ​people​ ​of​ ​color​ ​are​ ​encouraged​ ​to​ ​apply.

Walkable Cities Reduce Blood Pressure and Hypertension According to New Study

The largest-ever study of the link between city walkability and blood pressure has been held up as evidence of the “intangible value of urban design” in improving long-term health outcomes, say researchers.

The study of around 430,000 people aged between 38 and 73 and living in 22 UK cities found significant associations between the increased walkability of a neighbourhood, lower blood pressure and reduced hypertension risk among its residents.

You can read more here.

Smart Talk

Christopher Kyle, Communications Director

Eric Alexander, Director; Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director;
Elissa Kyle, Planning Director; Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator

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