March 13th - 19th, 2016
Over the past two decades, Greenview Properties has been masterfully instilling stunning architecture, lifestyle amenities and unsurpassed quality and value into thousands of area residence.
Greenview Properties reputation is beyond compare. A premier builder, urban renewal developer and property management firm, Greenview has left a mark of quality and design excellence all over Long Island. Recognized with countless awards for architecture, construction and design, Greenview Properties continues to strive for excellence, focusing on smart growth revitalization in downtown urban areas, spectacular rental neighborhoods, luxury condominiums and beautiful mixed-use and senior housing communities.
Through vision and Dedication to excellence Greenview endeavors to continue their tradition of fine craftsmanship, impeccable design, and unsurpassed service.
“Small businesses help drive New York’s economy. From neighborhood coffee shops to start-up tech firms, small businesses account for more than half of all private-sector employment and provide almost $190 billion in annual payrolls. These businesses are critical to New York’s economy and integral to the fabric of life in the Empire State.”
- NY State Comptroller Tom Dinapoli
County Executive Mangano Talks about the Future of Nassau
Vision Long Island board and staff joined Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano as he delivered his 7th State of the County address this week at the Museum of American Armor in Old Bethpage, highlighting low unemployment rates, growth in economic development, and IDA support for transit-oriented development and infrastructure improvements.
To a crowd of over 400 people, Mangano said that 25,000 jobs have been created after property taxes were frozen for five years, with Nassau leading in New York State with the lowest unemployment rate. The unemployment rate dropped to 4.2 percent, down from 7 percent in 2010, saying that “new employers are returning and investing in Nassau, creating jobs, and local companies are in many cases expanding operations. “My administration knows that high taxes kill jobs and depress the local economy. That is why I repealed the Home Energy Tax and worked with the Legislature to freeze property taxes for five years,” Mangano said. “Our taxpayer conscious policies have sent a clear message to employers to create local jobs." Companies such as Supreme Screw and K&B Trading moved into the county, creating new jobs, while others such as Publishers Clearing House stayed in the county with help of the county’s economic development team. The moving of Publishers Clearing House from Port Washing ton to Jericho meant the retention of 800 jobs, the creation of 66 more, and the generation of $136 million into the county.
The film and television industry gave the county a boost, bringing in $530 million in the past two years to the county’s economy, with 535 films produced, employing 1,773 people. Healthcare was also said to be an industry that is “growing like never before,” with plans including Sloan Kettering Cancer Care Center in Nassau, and possible state funding for a $350 million Center for Bioelectronic Medicine at the Nassau Hub, which is under construction. The County Executive is asking the state for $225 million that the state has in the 2016 budget for Long Island projects, to build a 2,700 unit parking garage with office space on top, a new 8.5-mile bus rapid transit route in Nassau, three pedestrian bridges, and an outdoor plaza. Vision Long Island was recognized for working with the administration to support many of these efforts.The County Executive also touched on a proposal for publicly-funded campaign finance to avoid “the appearance of influence in the contracting process”, as well as continued support to combat the heroin epidemic in the county. You can read more about the annual address in Newsday, News12, and Long Island Business News
NY State Comptroller Tom Dinapoli Stresses the Importance of Small Businesses
A recent report by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli highlighted the importance of the state’s small businesses, stating that nearly 3.9 million jobs and over $950 billion a year are generated from New Yorks small businesses annually. “Small businesses help drive New York’s economy,” DiNapoli said. “From neighborhood coffee shops to start-up tech firms, small businesses account for more than half of all private-sector employment and provide almost $190 billion in annual payrolls. These businesses are critical to New York’s economy and integral to the fabric of life in the Empire State.”
Mainstreets Fair Well in Village Elections
The old adage that “decisions are made by those who show up” was evident last night in Village elections across Long Island. Of the 14 local villages with downtown revitalization plans, projects or local infrastructure projects underway all returned incumbent administrations to office and nearly all officials who ran on those platforms.
Highlights from the winning teams include:
Village of Northport incumbents Damon McMullen and Jerry Maline winning re-election to two trustee seats largely on the campaign of upgrading the Northport sewer plant and managing Main Street issues.
Village of Patchogue incumbent trustees Lori Beth Devlin, Thomas Ferb and Jack Krieger were returned and Mayor Paul Pontieri and trustee Susan Brinkman ran unopposed. This administration will continue their efforts at revitalizing their downtown.
In a closely watched race the Village of Lindenhurst Village incumbent Mayor Thomas Brennan and trustees Michael Lavorata and Joan Masterson who campaigned on the platform of upcoming downtown redevelopment were returned to office.
There was a split decision in the Village of Mastic Beach as incumbent trustee Betty Manzella was returned to her seat and challenger Joseph Johnson was elected to the second trustee seat. Despite the loss of the one trustee seat the downtown comprehensive plan is supported by both incumbents and challengers and will move forward.
Incumbent Village officials with downtown plans and projects in the Villages of Farmingdale, Great Neck Plaza, Lynbrook, Valley Stream, Cedarhurst, East Rockaway, Floral Park, Garden City and Island Park ran unopposed and will begin new terms to continue their work.
The near unanimous support for local elected officials that are successfully managing, planning and growing their downtown business districts reminds us that the conflicts and polarization that exists and are endlessly covered are largely driven from large scale national and regional issues and not about placemaking and our main streets. We can learn a lot from the style, temperament and progress that these local communities are demonstrating.
Congratulations to the winners and we look forward to the next phase of progress in our many local communities.
To check out the elections results, visit News12
Supervisor Romaine Announces “A Blueprint for the Future”
Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine delivered his fourth State of the Town address this week in Farmingville. The theme of the address was “A Blueprint for the Future,” with an optimistic look at the great strides that have been made this past year, his new initiatives, and the challenges that face the Town in the years ahead.
New Innovative Parking System Coming to Cedarhurst
The Village of Cedarhurst’s parking meters, many of which are decades old, are being replaced with the most technologically advanced and user –friendly meters anywhere, and will be the first community in New York to receive them, putting Cedarhurst at the forefront of modernizing parking management for downtown shopping districts. The Village says that there have been “almost zero complaints” with the new system after an 18 month pilot program on Central Avenue.
Some of the features include credit card acceptance, video monitoring of the street and parked vehicles to thwart vandalism and assist with stolen vehicles, and automatic notification of meter failures for fast servicing. There will be a ten minute grace period for payment still, and if the meters have a technological issue, the meter goes into “free parking” mode to avoid confusion and invalid tickets. “Meter feeding” will also be discouraged by disallowing those parking from staying in a spot over the permitted length of stay (usually 1 or 2 hours), allowing chances for more equitable parking for shoppers.
The new system will also include a smartphone app that allow users to pay for parking from their car or from downtown shops to add time, remind you where you parked, and help you find parking spaces that are available by using real-time information. You can check out the fact sheet with a list of the new system’s features here. You can also read about the pilot program launch here
Farmingdale Village's 4th Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration
Farmingdale Village’s 4th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade & festivities will begin on Sunday, March 20th at 1PM. For those coming out of town, the event is not far from the Farmingdale LIRR station. The event is rain or shine.
The parade kicks off from Northside Elementary School on Powell Place, just south of Bethpage State Park, and spans about 1/2 mile down Main Street to the Village Green. Festivities include local community groups, Pipe Bands, Village Officials & more! After the parade enjoy family fun activities at the Village Green & explore downtown merchants & restaurants, many offer tastings and specials.
Suffolk's Hotel Motel Tax to be Explained
A joint Chamber and Business meeting regarding Suffolk’s Hotel/Motel tax will be held on March 30, 2016 6:00 pm and hosted by the Hyatt Hotel located at 451 E Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901. The meeting is free for all to attend. The presentation will start at 7:00 pm.
Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy will explain who has to pay the 3% tax and where the revenue goes. Kristen Jarnagin, President and CEO of the Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau will discuss the promotion part of this revenue. A majority of the revenue goes towards tourism promotion.
This meeting is great for all businesses to see how money is spent to help promote our region. It is especially important for motels, hotels and B & B’s to find out who specifically has to pay this tax. During the social hour you will be able to mingle with business owners from the North Fork, Riverhead and Center Moriches.
Those interested in attending or who would like to get additional information should contact John Stype at Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski’s office at 631-852-3200 or firstname.lastname@example.org before March 23, 2016.
The 2016 Complete Streets Summit will be held Thursday, March 31st
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” - Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone
Thursday, March 31, 2016 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Fee for registration is $45. Scholarships are available! Please send the completed form to Vision Long Island, 24 Woodbine Ave, Suite 2, Northport NY, or you can register online. Contact us at 631-261-0242 or email@example.com.
Sustainable Living Film Series - The True Cost
The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, in partnership with Energia for Teens, will be presenting a screening of the award-winning documentary The True Cost as part of the Sustainable Living Film Series.
This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically.
The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.
The screening will take place at Molloy College’s Suffolk Center, 7180 Republic Airport, Farmingdale, on Thursday March 31st, 2016 from 6PM-9PM. A vegan buffet will be available from 6pm-7pm, with the program beginning at 7:15pm. Admission is free, with a $5 suggested donation at the door. For more information, you can call (516) 323-4510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out the movie trailer here.
Ethical Humanist Society of LI Hosts Annual Social Justice Leadership Dinner
The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island will be holding the Social Justice Leadership Dinner on Thursday March 31st, 2016 at 6:30PM. The event will be held at the Nassau County Bar Association located at 15th & West Streets in Mineola.
Have a Heart for the Homeless
Long Island Coalition for the Homeless invites you to join them for the “Have a Heart for the Homeless” Candlelight Vigil on April 5th, 2016 from 6:30PM – 8:30PM, in the Multi-Purpose Room in Roosevelt Hall at Farmingdale State College. The participation of every person who cares will make a difference. By attending, you can help show that Long Islanders want to eradicate homelessness and hunger that exists in our affluent society- attendees are encouraged to wear red.
The event will include free haircuts, face painting, story time for the kids, balloon animals, a candle lighting ceremony, and more.
Help is also needed by those who can conduct drives to collect new baby items, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and non-perishable foods. Sponsorship opportunities are also available, which include opportunities for information tables at the event, as well as your company logo on the Vigil t-shirts.
Mastic Beach Village Comprehensive Plan Public Workshop
The Village of Mastic Beach invites the public to attend the first public meeting for the Village’s developing comprehensive plan for a visioning workshop.
The purpose of the public meeting will be to incorporate all community stakeholders’ input in terms of goals and aspirations for the Village’s future land use, utility, redevelopment, housing, resilience, and tourism.
The public meeting will be held on Saturday, April 23rd from 10am-4pm at William Paca Jr. High School, 338 Blanco Drive Mastic Beach. For more information, please call (631)241-0242, or feel free to email.
1010 Wins & Cannon Grant Opportunity for Small Business
Businesses on Long Island have the opportunity to turn their creative business idea into a reality with help from 1010 WINS with the 1010 WINS - Canon Maxify Printers Small Business Grant Challenge, and win $10,000. Judges will be looking for a plan that meets the following criteria:
A convincing plan that is compelling, thorough, and well written; a clear need and use for the $10,000 award; the positive impact the business has on the community.
A maximum of 10 selected qualifying Contestants will have a chance to step on stage and give a :90 second "elevator pitch" followed by 3 ½ minutes of questions from the judges on Thursday, April 7, from 4pm to 7pm at the Adorama Live Performance Space at 1010 WINS.
Small Businesses with up to 100 employees throughout the 1010 WINS listening area in the New York Metropolitan Area can enter this contest. The deadline for submission is Saturday, March 27th. You can click here for more details and to apply.
HUD Announces HOPE VI Main Street Grant
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has opened up application opportunities for the HOPE VI Main Street Grant Program.
The HOPE VI Main Street Program provides grants to small communities to assist in the renovation of an historic or traditional central business district or “Main Street” area by replacing unused, obsolete, commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units. The obsolete building space property may be publicly or privately owned. The objectives of the program are to: Redevelop central business districts (Main Street areas); Preserve Historic or traditional Main Street area properties by replacing unused commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units; Enhance economic development efforts in Main Street areas; and provide affordable housing in Main Street areas. Main Street grant funds can be used to build new affordable housing or reconfigure obsolete or surplus commercial space (or extremely substandard, vacant housing) into affordable housing units.
There is one award expected to be given for this grant opportunity, with a total amount of up to $500,000 available for eligible projects. To see all of the requirements and restrictions, and to apply, please click here. The application deadline is April 12th, 2016.
TIGER Grant Application Period Now Open
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced $500 million will be made available for transportation projects across the country under an eighth round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program.
2016 Preserve New York Grant Program
The Preservation League of New York State is seeking applications for the 2016 Preserve New York Grant Program. This program provides support to identify, document and preserve New York’s cultural and historic buildings, structures and landscapes. Specifically, this opportunity funds historic structure reports, cultural landscape reports, building condition reports and cultural resource surveys. Preference will be shown to projects that advance the neighborhoods and downtowns that qualify for the NYS Rehabilitation Tax Credit program, continue the use of historic buildings for cultural, interpretive and artistic purposes, and identify and preserve architecture and landscapes designed after World War II. Projects must be discussed with League Preservation staff before receiving an application. Applications are not available online.
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations and units of local government are eligible to apply. Groups may apply for site-specific reports only if they own the site or have at least a six-year lease by the application deadline.
Funding: Grants are likely to range between $3,000 and $15,000.
Deadline: April 11, 2016
Contact: Frances Gubler Phone: (518)462-5658 ext. 10 Email: email@example.com Website: preservenys.org/preserve-new-york.html
Deepwater Wind is Hiring for 3 Positions
Deepwater Wind is proud to be America’s leading offshore wind developer. The company’s path breaking Block Island Wind Farm will be first in the nation. Led by a veteran management team with experience in developing complex energy projects worldwide, Deepwater Wind is making offshore wind in America a reality- and is now hiring.
LIRPC Positions Available
The Long Island Regional Planning Council is hiring for the positions noted below:
Council’s Executive Director:
Responsibilities of the Position include: serving as the full-time operational manager of the Council, including management of Council staff and Council finances, scheduling of regular Council meetings; preparation of board reports and meeting minutes, representing the Council at various external meetings involving regional issues; responding to requests from County officials, Council members and media and interacting on a regular basis with various governmental, business, institutional, educational, environmental, advocacy, groups and various other stakeholders on issues affecting Long Island’s sustainability and quality of life for all Long Islanders.
The Long Island Regional Planning Council (“the LIRPC”) in cooperation and association with the New York State Department of Environment Conservation (“DEC”) has embarked upon the development of a LINAP in order to protect Long Island’s ground and surface waters from further contamination and degradation from the discharge of nitrogen-containing compounds and the associated environmental and economic impacts that result from such pollution.
In order to accomplish the goals of the LINAP, the LIRPC and DEC desire to retain the part-time services of a Program Manager for the development of such plan.
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Help Wanted - Southampton Town Planner
The Town of Southampton is seeking a professional planner in the Current Planning Division of the Department of Land Management.
Duties include but are not limited to review subdivision, site plan and special exception use applications; prepare staff reports to Planning Board; make presentations to Boards/Officials, respond to inquiries relating to planning/zoning; supervise planners in data collection and analysis, problem identification and program development; may act as a liaison with department heads in related agencies for planning/program development. Qualified candidate must have knowledge and experience in GIS, SEQRA/environmental impact statements, zoning and Master Plan process and site design. Supervise/review work of clerical, technical/professional personnel in various planning studies. Additional experience and qualifications are needed.
Minimum qualifications for this position are: graduation from a New York State or regionally accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Political Science, Economics, Geography, Environmental Studies, Civil Engineering, or a related field, and four (4) years of experience in the field of community or regional planning; or graduation from a New York State or regionally accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree and five (5) years of experience in community or regional planning. The annual salary is $74,261.00.
To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume, salary history and work related references to: Town of Southampton, Human Resources, 116 Hampton Road, Southampton, NY 11968. Fax 631-287-5721 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Applications are due by April 29, 2016
SunPower Seeking Customer Experience Representative
SunPower by EmPower Solar is seeking a motivated individual looking for an exciting position in the growing solar power industry. They are looking for a talented, driven, hard-working, friendly, outgoing, awesome Customer Experience Representative to work at the front desk of their brand new solar design center in Island Park.
CX Representatives are responsible for initial client intake, appointment setting, and general office management and administrative items. They are also responsible for ensuring that our solar design center is welcoming and visitors have a great first impression.
The position is full-time with flexible hours. Vacation + benefits included. Salary (~$45,000) will commensurate with experience. You can view a full job description here, and email a resume and cover letter to email@example.com with the subject “Customer Experience Representative”.
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.
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Solar Village Produces 4 Times More Energy Than It Consumes
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