Mar. 8-14, 2015
Bethpage Federal Credit Union
After serving the employees of Long Island's largest organizations, including Computer Associates and BAE, for 72 years, Bethpage Federal Credit Union began serving all Long Islanders directly after a community charter application was unanimously approved in September 2003. We have branches across Long Island, but our vision remains the same as when we first opened our doors for Grumman employees in 1941: Provide extraordinary service and value anytime, anywhere. As the needs of our members have grown through the years, so has the list of products and services we offer.
Bethpage Federal Credit Union has grown to be the largest credit union on Long Island because of the loyalty and commitment that our members have shown us through the years.
“More than 3,500 new apartments have opened or are under construction in our county with more than 1,000 units being constructed through our initiative to convert vacant office space into apartments near transit centers.”
County Executive Ed Mangano
“Our Planning Department … is emphasizing livable, walkable communities, which will tie into economic development and re-investment in our downtown areas... With a $5.5 to $8 billion surplus, I challenge New York State not to forget Long Island. We need the local jobs that necessary infrastructure projects could create."
Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano delivered his 6th State of the County address this week starting by thanking the men and women of the police force who have given their lives and services not only in Nassau County but in surrounding areas as well. He explained that because of their service the crime rate which is down 25% over the last five years with Nassau being the safest large suburban county in America. He also provided details on his action plans to address the heroin crisis.
Lastly, he referenced his Smart Growth Award from Vision as well as his Environmental Equinox Award from CCE for the work that has been done and he plans to continue with this coming year.
Veterans living in newly opened Liberty Village in Amityville received some welcoming news Thursday after months of uncertainty. After being urged by Senator Charles Schumer, HUD will provide 30 project based HUD VASH vouchers for the facility, giving assistance to some of the 60 veterans and families that now call Liberty Village home.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is already $34 billion in debt, and authority officials want to borrow even more to pay for capital projects.
CEO Thomas Prendergast appeared recently in front of a State Senate joint committee in Albany. The MTA’s proposed $32 billion capital budget for 2015-2019 has a $15 billion hole. Of the $32 billion capital plan, $22 billion is already earmarked for track and signal maintenance.
Without additional funds, Prendergast said the MTA would cut plans to expand and improve services to make ends meet. The 125th Street 2nd Avenue subway extension, Penn Station Access project, countdown clocks, new elevators and help point intercoms would all fall on the chopping block.
However, the troubled East Side Access project may escape fiscal trimming since $2.2 billion of the $10.2 billion total would go back to the federal government if the connection between the Grand Central Terminal and Long Island Rail Road doesn’t manifest. Currently construction is $6.5 billion over budget and 10 years behind schedule – 2023 is the latest estimate. When first proposed, the project was slated to be completed by 2009 at a cost of $4.3 billion.
So what does the public think of all of this? In a recent online poll conducted by LI Business News, nearly 75% of respondents believe that the MTA will be either 16 or 20 years late in completing East Side Access. Only 20% thought it would completed “on or close to” schedule.
Plans to borrow more against riders, however, were challenged by both legislators and transit advocates on Monday. State Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) said it’s getting to the point where mass transit is actually more expensive than driving for a family headed into New York City.
"We have to consider the consequences of authorizing borrowing that kind of money on future expenses . . . . How much is it going to cost at a time in which people just can't afford it?" Martins said.
However, advocates behind a plan to add and rebalance tolls across New York City told legislators they could create $1 billion in revenue. The Move NY proposal would create a toll cordon would be created at 60th Street for cars headed into the midtown business district. The four free New York City-owned would cost $15 cash or $10.66 with EZ-Pass, but the existing MTA- and Port Authority-owned bridges and tunnels would remain unchanged.
Tolls for several bridges and tunnels to other parts of New York City would remain unchanged. Others would actually come down in price. The Throgs Neck, Whitestone and Verrazano-Narrows Bridges, for example, would drop from $15 cash to $10.
Plans also call for non-stop cashless tolling. Drivers could pay with a transponder – similar to EZ-Pass – or have their license plate photographed and be mailed a bill.
Prendergast agreed MTA officials would consider the plan, but said they were concerned it wouldn’t raise enough revenue.
State Senator Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset), chairman of the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee, commented thatthe Move NY plan is “worthy of consideration.”
Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine delivered his 3rd State of the Town address on Monday, highlighting the Town’s strong financial rating, environmental and quality of life issues, and future plans for the most populous of Suffolk County’s Towns.
Legislator Curran and Freeport Officials Secures $5 Million to Begin N. Main Street Revitalzation in Freeport
On Monday, Freeport Village Mayor Robert Kennedy and Trustee Jorge Martinez held a press conference with Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran announcing $5 million in county capital funds to begin the process of revitalizing the North Main Street corridor in Freeport, New York. Main Street in Freeport serves as a major access point for vehicles traveling on the Meadowbrook Parkway and Sunrise Highway and is also adjacent to Freeport’s LIRR station and NICE Bus terminal. The money would be used towards investments in the roadway and potential rezoning by the train station that can bring in mixed use development.
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A concert venue in downtown Huntington is quietly becoming more than a landmark.
The Paramount and Connoisseur Media Long Island entered a new partnership last week that will have famous musicians visible from the streets of Huntington village.
“How cool will it be to walk down New York Avenue in downtown Huntington and be able to see legendary artists like Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Jeff Beck being interviewed on-air by D.J.’s right in front of your eyes,” Paramount Directors Jim Condron, Dominick Catoggio, Stephen Ubertini and Brian Doyle said.
Paramount and Connoisseur are constructing a radio studio as a storefront at the theater. Expected to be finished by May, the studio will house artists during live performances and interviews before they go on stage.
Passersby can check out the live sessions through large glass windows, while the audio is broadcast to Connoisseur’s weekly audience of more than 1.6 million on five Long Island radio stations.
“This studio project brings us back to basics and reminds us how cool radio can be. Not only with our ability to be local, and hyper local in this sense, but also how we can relate and reflect the lifestyles and interests of our listeners through the music and the artists we play. This studio will connect all those dots and offer a killer experience for the artists, our audience and our radio stations,” Connoisseur Media CEO Jeff Warshaw said.
The Paramount replaced Huntington village landmark IMAC in September 2011. In the four years since, the club has played host to countless modern and classic bands, boxing matches, comedy shows and other performances. Theater ownership estimates they host almost 200 events every year.
The venue is capable of holding 1,555 people, although various seating and standing arrangements are possible. It’s also home to the V.I.P. Founder’s Room – a private speakeasy-themed area for 450 guests.
Long Island is the 20th largest media market in the country, and The Paramount is just one example of the downtown theater sweeping through Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The Space at Westbury opened in 2013, while 89 North and The Emporium operate in Patchogue. These venues encourage patrons to dine locally and window shop in neighboring small businesses before and after shows.
Vision Long Island presented The Paramount with a Smart Growth Award in 2012 and sees the venue as a critical anchor for downtown Huntington.
Block Island Wind Farm Secures Funding
Deepwater Wind reported securing funding for their Block Island Wind Farm earlier this month. More than $290 million will come from France’s Societe Generale and KeyBank National Association.
“We are on the cusp of bringing offshore wind from theory to reality in the U.S. We’re incredibly proud of our position at the forefront of the U.S. offshore wind industry,” CEO Jeffrey Grybowski said. “We’ve brought together some of the best American and European expertise to build an outstanding project and finance team. We’re poised to launch a new American clean-tech industry, and it all starts here with our work on the Block Island Wind Farm.”
Meanwhile, construction of the 30-megawatt project is already underway. Manufacturers in France and Louisiana are building the turbines and steel jacket foundations, with a Rhode Island company beginning creation of foundation substructures.
Deepwater is being backed by international investment firm D.E. Shaw and renewable energy company SunEdison. They are putting up more than $70 million in equity investment in the Block Island project, more than 90 percent is coming from D.E. Shaw. The financing from Societe Generale and KeyBank is in addition to that money
But as five turbines are built for waters off of Rhode Island, Deepwater Wind was shut down on building a wind farm off the coast of Montauk. LIPA had issued RFP’s to build 280 megawatts of renewable energy. But in December, they voted against the 220-megawatt turbines and supported only 11 new solar projects producing 122 megawatts. LIPA has since issued another RFP for the remaining 160 megawatts.
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Brown Bag Lunch Presentation: Downtown Redevelopment on Long Island
On March 18, 2015, at 12 noon Eric Alexander, Director of Vision Long Island, will be the guest speaker for a Brown Bag Event hosted by NYMTC. It will be a discussion on the status of downtown revitalization initiatives on Long Island including residential, office, retail, public space market trends and the growing movement to create, manage and maintain great places. A robust discussion on opportunities and challenges to these efforts, needed infrastructure and the implications on local decision making will ensue.
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.
2015 Complete Streets Summit on April 10th
This coalition is a contingent of chambers of commerce, civic associations, local governments, engineering and professional trade groups, transit advocates and members of the public who want safe streets for all modes of traffic. The group looks to coordinate Complete Streets planning efforts, communicate on finding opportunities for local projects, act as a clearinghouse for information and lobby with a united voice for safe roadways.
The second annual Complete Streets Summit, held at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College in Farmingdale, was a gathering of government leaders, planners, engineers, nonprofits and other community stakeholders who support policy changes to design roadways for all uses – not just automobiles. The Summit was a chance to remind participants of the campaign’s significance.
“If we’re going to have a vibrant economy and a safe environment for all of us, then Complete Streets is part of the solution”, said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.
Friday, April 10, 2015 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Fee for registration is $45. Scholarships are available!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (631) 224-4400.
Regional Freight Plan Amendment Public Review Period
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) is conducting a public review for an amendment to its Regional Freight Plan. The public comment period begins on March 2, 2015 and will end at 4 p.m. March 31, 2015. The freight plan has been amended to reflect new information that was produced after NYMTC’s current regional transportation plan, known as Plan 2040, was adopted by NYMTC’s Program, Finance, and Administration Committee in September, 2013. The comment period provides the opportunity for public feedback on the three task reports and the revised Summary Report’s Chapter Five, Special Reports.
The technical memoranda for these discrete tasks and the revised Regional Freight Plan Summary Report can be found on the NYMTC website at http://www.nymtc.org/project/freight_planning/freight_index.html.
Two public meetings will be held to present an overview of the amended Freight Plan, on March 18, 2015 at 3PM and 6:30PM. Both meetings may be attended in person or via webinar. To attend in person, RSVP at 212.383.7200 or Shawana.Brown@dot.ny.gov. The meetings will be held in NYMTC’s offices at 25 Beaver Street, Suite 201, NY, NY 10004.
To register for the 3PM webinar go to http://bit.ly/1EpQzfX
Comments are due in writing by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 to:
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.
Long Island Board of REALTORS Looking for a Legislative Liaison.
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Current exhibition: “The Other Side”- a look at William Floyd Estate, a National Park unit of Fire Island National Seashore. Long Island plantation and slave owner William Floyd.
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Current exhibit: Growing Up in Sea Cliff
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Offering vocal criticism of the aging transit network and its continued failure to meet their transportation needs, frustrated citizens nationwide are calling upon federal officials this week to at long last update the country’s obsolete zip-line infrastructure.
“As it stands, our current zip-line infrastructure must be rebuilt from the ground up if zip-lining is to remain viable for the millions of workers, students, and business travelers who rely on it every day,” American Public Transportation Association president Michael Melaniphy told reporters. “Right now, if someone wants to travel by zip-line, they must crowd into long lines and wait for extended periods before riding along a patchwork of rusty cables and end posts, many of which haven’t been refurbished since they were first erected in the 1950s. Frankly, the fact that we’re still commuting on the same zip-line technology our grandparents used is embarrassing for a nation as advanced as ours.”
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