March 4th - 8th, 2013
St. Joseph's College
Since 1916, St. Joseph's College has provided an affordable liberal arts education to a diverse group of students. Independent and coeducational, St. Joseph's prepares students for lives of integrity, social responsibility and service - lives that are worthy of the College's motto, Esse non videri - "To be, not to seem."
St. Joseph's challenges its approximately 5,000 students to develop their full potential and a joy of learning. With more than 400 faculty members, the College enjoys a student-faculty ratio that provides individual attention in an open, supportive atmosphere. Its academic strength hasn't gone unnoticed. The College is consistently recognized in U.S. News & World Report's annual "America's Best Colleges" issue.
"This community is coming out of the starting gate in regards to obtaining sewer infrastructure. It has been talked about for decades but never made a reality. The stars are aligned in a way they haven't been for decades." - NYS Senator Lee Zeldin speaking on grants for Three Hamlets to improve sewer infrastructure.
“Creating a sewer district for the Montauk Highway corridor and homes within the Forge River watershed is crucial for economic development and environmental sustainability in the tri-hamlet community." - Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning previously speaking on the need for sewer infrastructure in the Tri-Hamlet area.
Victory for Long Island Lobby Coalition: New revitalizing grants for Three Hamlets
Brookhaven lawmakers announced Saturday new state grants they say will be key to revitalizing the Shirley, Mastic and Mastic Beach communities.
"It's been hard for a lot of the businesses along main streets," Brookhaven Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said.
For further reading, please visit Newsday.
Huntington boutique hotel has planning board approval
The town planning board has granted conditional site-plan approval to convert the old Town Hall building on Main Street into a boutique hotel. It will have 55 guest bedrooms in a new four-story addition to be built behind the existing historic structure at Main and Stewart Avenue.
How our built environment is failing us; auto-orientation and lack of exercise
A poll conducted by NPR and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, recently uncovered that while virtually all parents believe it’s important for kids to exercise, about a third of them said that current infrastructure can make things difficult.
After Schumer push, HUD will allow federal disaster-aid funding to be available to co-op and condo owners for repairs
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will allow Community Development Block Grants Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding to help housing cooperative and condominium owners impacted by Superstorm Sandy. Co-op and condominium owners are not currently eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants to cover the cost of repairs to common areas and infrastructure. The move comes after Schumer requested that HUD establish program guidelines to establish eligibility requirements to help co-op and condo homeowners repair damage incurred by Sandy. The funds can be used to repair the common areas in the building, such as lobbies, boilers and elevators.
Vision Long Island and the Friends of Freeport were part of prelimenary meetings to raise this issue and kudos to Senator Schumer for including funding to these hard hit property owners.
For more check out Newsday's article.
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.
New York State website provides information about residential and business grant programs
New York State created a website for homeowners and business owners to pre-register for Sandy Aid grants. The site provides information regarding the programs via Nassau County website.
The DEC Office of Environmental Justice is now accepting applications for the 2013 Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants and Green Gems Grants
The Department of Environmental Conservation will provide state assistance funding through the Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants and the Green Gems Grants to community-based organizations for projects that address exposure of communities to multiple environmental harms and risks. Projects proposed for the Community Impact Grant funding must address exposure of communities to multiple environmental harms and risks, must be located within the community served by the applicant organization, and must include research that will be used to expand the knowledge or understanding of the affected community. The Green Gems Grant will provide funding for smaller scale projects with a research and educational component that will be used to expand the knowledge or understanding of the affected community.
Eligible projects must involve education, stewardship, or monitoring activities related to parks, open space, community gardens or green infrastructure.Applicants for both grants must be a community-based organization or a partnership of multiple community-based organizations; have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS; must focus on addressing the environmental and/or public health problems of the residents of the community that is impacted by the multiple environmental harms and risks that are the focus of the project; have a history of serving the residents of the affected community; have its primary office located in the affected community; have more than 50% of its members or the people served by the organization living in the affected community; and the applicant must declare that it has not caused or contributed to the environmental harms or risks that are to be the subject of the project.
Community Impact Grant awards range from $10,000 to $50,000 and Green Gems Grant awards range from $2,500 to $10,000.The deadline is April 5, 2013. All proposals must include research that will be used to expand the knowledge or understanding of the affected community. The Community Impact Grants are a continuation of the EJ Grants awarded in previous years. Approximately 85% to 90% of the available funds will be awarded for Community Impact Grants.
For more information please contact the Office of Environmental Justice 625 Broadway, 14th Floor Albany, NY 12233-1500. You can call (518) 402-8556 or visit their website.
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
Please help support essential Workforce Development funding
The Workforce Development Institute, which is a statewide, regional non-profit, has been an important partner to unions and businesses across the state on a variety of workforce development-related projects. WDI works with unions and business to tailor programs aimed at the creation and retention of good jobs in NYS. WDI looks for opportunities where strategically placed funding or expertise can boost a business’ ability to expand or retain staff, transition groups of laid-off individuals back into employment, provide skills for individuals to move up a career ladder, or pave the way for future job development through leverage of other funds.
The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University hosts Long Island After Sandy conference on from March 7th to March 9th
Long Island After Sandy, A Conference From the Outside In:Sustainable Futures for Global Cities and Suburbs from Thursday, March 7th to Saturday, March 9th, 2013.
Long Island’s Commercial Real Estate Expo to be held on March 12th, Post Sandy Panel featured at 10 am
This year’s Long Island Commercial Real Estate Expo gives you a unique one day chance to get the informational tools you will need for success and maybe even survival. No other forum provides you with the efficiency of a single day, single location to get this knowledge from such a broad spectrum of industry experts representing every aspect of Long Island commercial real estate development and management.
"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.
Community Conversations in the Modern-Day Public Square taking place on March 13, 2013
On March 13, 2013 a Community Conversation will invite the public to ask: ‘Who are we? What does our community look like? What is important now?” Information will be presented that promises to challenge our assumptions and to spur lively conversation.
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.
First annual Farmingdale St. Patrick's Day Parade to take place on March 17th
The Downtown Master Plan Committee of Farmingdale is hosting the first annual Farmingdale St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 17th starting at 1:00pm.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano presents the Nassau County Business Awards Breakfast taking place on March 20th
On Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 from 8:00am to 11:30am at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building at the Legislative Chambers, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and the LaGuardia Business College Services will host the Nassau County Business Awards Breakfast.
The conference is cosponsored by the Nassau Office of Minority Affairs and the Nassau IDA, Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Vision Long Island, Long Island Business Council and the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce.
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.
What's happening in your downtown this weekend?
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Cold Spring Harbor
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Port Jefferson Historical Society
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Clearview Port Washington
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