Feb. 22-28, 2015
Concern for Independent Living
Concern for Independent Living, Inc. is a non-profit agency committed to helping individuals and families to live in the community with dignity and enhanced opportunities through the provision of housing and support services. We are one of the largest housing agencies of this kind in New York State, currently serving approximately 850 individuals and families in over 220 locations. Concern offers a variety of housing options with individualized support services designed to support personal growth and independence.
“The future of Nassau County depends on attracting first-class businesses and creating high paying job opportunities.”
- Hon. Denise Ford, Nassau County Legislator
"The Economic Development forum was the start of a serious dialogue towards building the future Nassau County needs. I am more confident than ever that we can get this done based on the excellent presentations from representatives at various universities, hospitals and think-tank groups such as Vision Long Island. The next step is for continued collaboration, discussion and action."
- Hon. George Maragos, Nassau County Comptroller
“There needs to be a concerto movement between federal state and local governments in order to adequately fund and bring to fruition our millennial retention strategy”
- Jeff Guillot, Suburban Millennial Institute
In hopes to create a sense of place for their neighborhood, the Coram Civic Association and residents worked with Vision Long Island to develop a plan for their future. There has been quite a bit of progress with the latest being the redevelopment of a 16 acre site is moving ahead. The once a blighted and vacant movie theater will be turned into a multi-use community that is organized around the concepts of walkability, and improved vehicular and pedestrian connectivity. Applications are now being accepted for a lottery being held on March 19th.
“I am extremely pleased to see the transformation of this long-blighted site into a vibrant, mixed- use development coming to fruition,” stated Councilwoman Connie Kepert. “This project is truly the cornerstone in a community- wide effort to revitalize the hamlet of Coram and will provide much needed investment, jobs, and housing options to the local community. The redevelopment of this parcel will also create a walkable, pedestrian-friendly downtown neighborhood that will ensure a bright future for Coram.”
Tuesday night in Baldwin over 80 people showed up to give their input for the complete streets makeover for Grand Avenue. Nassau County has hired the LiRo Group to redesign Grand avenue to better serve all users. Karen Montalbano, President of the Baldwin Civic Association, kicked off the evening with a explination of how improvements to Grand Ave can help with Baldwin revitalization. Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran and Sean Sallie and Aryeh Lemberger of Nassau County DPW explained the planning efforts that Baldwin has undergone so far and how this redesign will be the next step in the process.
The study area runs from Merrick Road at the southern end, to Stanton at the northern end. It is based on the 1/2 mile radius from the train station that was studied in the TOD infill study and extended north to include the high school and the many students that walk to and from each weekday.
Abid Ansari of the LiRo Group presented the data that they collected and analyzed to understand what sort of existing conditions they are dealing with. They presented traffic counts which showed that the volumes increased the further north you travel along the corridor. The speed data showed that on average 65% of drivers were travelling above the 30 mph speed limit, but most were less than 7mph over. Accident data showed that most accidents caused only property damage with only 25% causing injury and one death over the four year period. Three percent of accidents involved cyclists or pedestrians with an average of 8 per year. Though cyclists and pedestrians were also counted at the time of the traffic counts, it is unclear how the number of accidents relates to the overall number of cyclists and pedestrians.
The community had several questions as to where funding for the study was coming from as well as how long before construction would begin. Over 60 comment cards were collected at the end of the meeting and the design team is currently reviewing them to provide insight and input into the design. Additional stakeholder meetings will be held in order to ensure that the proposed design meets the needs of all of the users of the road.
Nassau County is moving the study forward as a follow up to the Transit Oriented Deveopment plan worked on by the community and VIsion Long Island with results that will drive physical safety and walkability improvements. NYS DOT has also been a art pf the coordination of design recommendations on Sunrise Highway.
Over 50 people gathered on Thursday at the Nassau Legislative Building for the Economic Development hearing hosted by Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, and Nassau Legislator Denise Ford. The hearing was called to discuss the recommendations from the Comptroller's report for a health care cluster of industries with supportive downtown housing options. Legislators at the hearing included Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves, Richard Nicollelo, Carrié Solages -Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Don Mackenzie and Ellen Birnbaum.
"The Economic Development forum was the start of a serious dialogue towards building the future Nassau County needs. I am more confident than ever that we can get this done based on the excellent presentations from representatives at various universities, hospitals and think-tank groups such as Vision Long Island. The next step is for continued collaboration, discussion and action", said the Nassau Comptroller.
Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander gave an update to the many projects in Nassau County that are headed in the right direction. He also spoke regarding some of the communities that are now coming on board and would like to see change such as Hicksville and Baldwin. “Over the last 8 years, units of transit oriented development have been approved. Nearly 30 communities in Nassau are either approved, planning, or actively trying to envision and get this type of investments in their downtown” said Alexander.
There is also an office market desire in downtowns. Vacancy rates are lower in main streets. “Folks don’t want their grandfather’s office park” said Mr. Alexander.
Jeff Guillot, Suburban Millennial Institute spoke on behalf of the millennial generation citing some of the desires of the generation such as affordable housing, high-paying jobs, vibrant downtowns and reliable transportation. He gave the example of his own downtown of Babylon where things like good restaurants, entertainment, transportation, affordable housing, and a main street/downtown area were part of their biggest draw.
In a recent poll conducted by Siena College, 43 percent of residents expressed trust in their local government, while only 28 percent of New York registered voters expressed the same trust in their state or federal government.
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Additional precautionary measures are being taken regarding contaminated water plume emanating from the Northrop-Grumman site in Bethpage which has already closed two drinking water wells in Levittown. Prompted by this, the Navy proposes the installation of 31 new monitoring wells as far south as South Farmingdale and Massapequa.
Suffolk County has agreed to a unique pilot project aimed at turning over 55,000 tons of sludge a year from the Southwest sewer district into a cost savings and profit for the County rather than ship the waste to landfills upstate and in Connecticut.
Twenty-two American veterans kill themselves everyday.
28-year-old Clay Hunt served in the Marine Corps. Deployed in Iraq as an infantryman, he earned a Purple Heart after being struck by an enemy sniper’s bullet in 2007. It didn’t stop him. Cpl. Hunt recovered, graduated sniper school and deployed again in 2008. He was discharged in 2009 and dove into humanitarian work and veterans’ advocacy.
But PTSD plagued the young veteran. And with his marriage struggling, stable employment elusive and limited financial support from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Hunt took his own life in 2011.
The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Victims was signed into law by President Barack Obama earlier this month. And on Monday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) joined Congressmen Peter King (R-Seaford) and Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) at North Shore-LIJ’s Unified Behavioral Health Center in Bay Shore to celebrate the legislation.
“This bill will improve critical suicide prevention suicide services by reviewing and strengthening the VA’s current mental health programs. It provides better resources for veterans transitioning from deployment, and addresses the shortage of mental health professional by creating new incentives that attract them to the VA,” Gillibrand said.
The law requires annual third-party evaluations of the VA’s mental health care and suicide prevention programs; create a centralized website with information about available services; and requires collaboration on suicide prevention between the VA and nonprofit mental health groups.
It’s designed to support VA efforts to provide mental health resources and hire professionals as armed forces come home from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“It’s crucial that our veterans, who have been willing to sacrifice everything to protect our constitution, liberties and freedoms are given access to the highest quality of care once they return home,” Zeldin said.
Both North Shore University Hospital and Farmingdale-based Patient AirLift Services are part of one airline’s plan to help patients and caregivers.
Southwest Airlines recently announced they will expand their 2015 Medical Transportation Grant Program to $3.2 million this year. The Dallas-based carrier offers free transportation 101 medical facilities connected to 75 nonprofits and medical organizations.
“We are proud to help fill the gap between where patients live and where the doctors they need practice so patients can receive the treatment that best supports them,” Vice President of Communication and Outreach Linda Rutherford said.
That $3.2 million is a 14 percent bump from Southwest’s contributions in 2014.
The Medical Transportation Grant Program took off eight years ago. Since then, more than 41,000 individuals in 26 states have benefited from more than $16.4 million in transportation savings.
Massachusetts resident Andy Furhmann needed their help back in 2013. Now 25, Fuhrmann was skiing in Vermont on two feet of new snow and under blue skies at the time. He hit a bump the wrong way and fell. But when Fuhrmann tried to get up, he couldn’t. Ski patrol took him down the mountain and physicians at a hospital hours away diagnosed the young man with a cervical spinal cord injury that required rehab, but no surgery to overcome the paralysis.
After a week hospitalized in Vermont, the family traveled across the country to Atlanta, Ga. for treatment at the Shepherd Center – a hospital, research facility and rehabilitation center specifically for people with spinal cord or brain injuries. Using Southwest’s grant program, Fuhrmann’s father was able to visit his son in Atlanta and continue working at home. Fuhrmann later said having his father’s around during treatment was just as important as the physical therapy and medical treatment itself.
"As one can imagine, when you have a catastrophic injury, finances become tight," Anna Elmers, a physiatrist at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, said. "Southwest Airlines' Medical Transportation Grant Program has been a wonderful way of allowing family members to see their loved ones who are undergoing rehabilitation at Shepherd Center. Having loved ones near provides the patient with important emotional support during their recovery.”
Now almost two years after the accident, Furhmann said he will never fully recover but was surprised at the “miraculous and extensive” recovery he made with help from the Shepherd Center and Southwest Airlines.
Families interested in participating are asked to contact their hospital's social work, travel/concierge or patient assistance offices, according to Southwest.
Find the full list of participating hospitals and medical organizations on the carrier’s website.
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.
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Freeport Makes "Top 20 Coolest Town to Live In"
Freeport was named #7 in the top 20 “coolest towns to live” in the United States this week by Matador Network, highlighting its resiliency after Hurricane Sandy, positive population growth, diversity, and of course, The Nautical Mile. It was the highest rated town in the Northeast, and edged-out popular tourist towns such as Chattanooga, Tennessee and Asbury Park, New Jersey.
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