February 25th - March 1st, 2013
Long Island Board of Realtors
The Long Island Board of REALTORS®, Inc. (also known as LIBOR) is a 20,500 member not-for- profit trade association that serves real estate professionals throughout Nassau, Suffolk and Queens counties. LIBOR is the third largest local REALTOR® Board in the United States. REALTOR® members subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Not every real estate licensee can be called a REALTOR®. LIBOR members may elect to participate in the MLS, and are members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), and the New York State Association of REALTOR®.
LIBOR also has a subsidiary corporation, the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island, Inc. which is one of the largest in the country to which enables Realtors to better serve the buying and selling public.
“We have seen again and again that relatively low-cost improvements such as the improvements being done to Hempstead Turnpike can save lives.” - Veronica Vanterpool, Executive Director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, speaking on the recently released "Most Dangerous Roads for Pedestrians" report.
"Recent improvements to New York’s most dangerous roadways are very encouraging and AARP is hopeful that this report will instill a sense of urgency to make even more improvements where necessary. Designing our roadways with pedestrians in mind, today and in the future, is paramount considering the aging population we have on Long Island.” - Will Stoner, Associate NYS Director for AARP speaking on the recently released "Most Dangerous Roads for Pedestrians" report.
Most dangerous roads report released
A new report from Tri-State Transportation Campaign finds that more than 1,200 pedestrians were
killed on roads in Connecticut, New Jersey and downstate New York in the three years from 2009
Some of the key findings in the analysis were:
• More than 1,200 pedestrians have been killed in collisions with cars in our region between 2009 and 2011.
The Long Island Business Council hears from County Executive Bellone on helping our economy grow Post-Sandy
On Tuesday, February 26th, the Long Island Business Council held a work session with over 100 local business leaders in attendence at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone was the featured speaker along with other invited guests, including Executive Director Anthony Manetta of the Suffolk County IDA, Deputy Commissioner Brian Foley of the NYS Parks Department, and Vice President of Long Island Press and author, Felice Cantatore.
Steve Bellone, discussed some of the challenges the region is facing and how we can help grow our economy in a post-Sandy world. He stressed the importance of being prepared and accepting realities, especially with recent the changes in weather patterns, and understand that we are all subject to the disasters that come with them.
Bellone stated that he wants people, communities and elected officials to focus on what really matters and use this as an opportunity to learn from previous mistakes and rebuild better and smarter.
Bellone discussed his Connect Long Island initiative that could help slow trends like the number of long-term planning challenges, an exodus of young people, a lack of affordable housing and a high volume of road traffic, while also improving the local economy.
Long Island Business Council is a group of small business leaders who are dedicated to regulatory relief, tax and utility stabilization for the average business owner in addition to infrastructure investments towards our downtowns. We take our message to Albany and Washington as part of the Long Island Lobby Coalition and other regional initiatives.
Increased state funding for Suffolk County transit in Governor Cuomo's budget
Last September, various nonprofits, advocacy groups, and other organizations signed on to a letter requesting that state elected officials do more to ensure Sunday bus service in Suffolk County. In his 2013 budget, Governor Cuomo has included an additional $2.01 million in the state operating assistance for Suffolk County.
Mangano and State officials hold meeting with local residents concerning Sandy Recovery Task Force
A meeting was held at Molloy College on Thursday, with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and State officials and over 60 residents and businesses on the State's role in implementing the Federal Sandy Aid package.
Of the many residents and businesses that attended the meeting the primary concern was the lack of resources from any level of government and issues with the insurance industry. State representatives were urged to crack down on insurance companies in order to facilitate rebuilding.
Senator Fuschillo announces new program to help homeowners seeking release of Superstorm Sandy insurance settlement money
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. today announced a new program in which representatives from five of New York’s largest banks will be available to provide one-on-one assistance to homeowners seeking the release of Superstorm Sandy insurance settlement funds. Senator Fuschillo called for the program to be set up to help homeowners access their insurance settlement funds more quickly. Bank representatives will be available March 4th through March 9th to meet one-on-one with homeowners to help expedite release of insurance settlement funds.
Additionally, representatives from the New York State Department of Financial Services will be available to meet individually with homeowners at these sites and provide additional assistance with Superstorm Sandy related insurance issues.
The Department of Financial Services advises residents to bring copies of any relevant documents, records, or correspondence. According to the Department, banks may require proof that repairs have been made before endorsing checks.
The Department of Financial Services also encourages customers of banks or mortgage servicers other than the institutions participating in the program to visit the sites to get help in answering their questions. Homeowners with general insurance-related questions are also invited to attend.
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 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
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.
Sierra Club hosts Long Island’s Awards and Member Appreciation Luncheon, honoring Gordian Raacke on March 23rd
Sierra Club hosts Long Island’s Awards and Member Appreciation Luncheon, honoring Gordian Raacke, founder of reLI, as their 2012 Environmentalist of the Year.
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.
The first 100 attendees who pre-register are complimentary (includes registration, breakfast, and lunch). Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available. To reserve your seat please click here. For further information call (516) 223-3855.
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!
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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Photographer place ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ in real life locations
There’s a new treat online for fans of Bill Watterson’s classic comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, which had its original 10-year run between 1985 and 1995 and continues in syndication.
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