Mar. 15 - 21, 2015
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“In some of the most recent reports, Long Island is among the most expensive regions in the country. This presents challenges, especially when young people graduating college and starting careers and leaving Long Island... (We) don’t always need a 2500sf house with $15,000 taxes. Many want 1-2 bedroom apartment in downtown like Wyandanch rising or the project in Copiague”
Suffolk County Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory
“Both counties need revenue. If you don’t raise taxes, you can’t say no to every other opportunity...Near my office there are lots of apartments going up but they are not cheap.This is something we have to dwell on if we want to keep our young people from leaving Long Island.”
Nassau County Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves
Nearly 200 folks gathered at Hofstra University for the Suburban Millennial Institute's Jobs Conference. The conference focused on millennial retention consisted of 3 panels: Work, Live, Play. The Garden City-based institute co-sponsored the free conference with the university's National Center for Suburban Studies. How to generate jobs to keep young adults on Long Island was the key topic for all attendees.
The keynote speaker was Congressman Lee Zeldin who spoke of the challenges he sees as a Long Island native and how it has affected his family, many of whom have moved away because of the high cost of living.
Vision Long Island Board of Directors recently received a visit from both the Nassau and Suffolk County Presiding Officers. Each of them provided an update as to the status of their county and smart growth projects.
Presiding Officer Gregory explained that the county has to do what they can to keep ypung people here. “(We) don’t always need a 2500sf house with $15,000 taxes. Many want 1-2 bedroom apartment in downtown like Wyandanch rising or the project in Copiague.” He noted that they are looking for anything the county can do to improve affordability. Currently any project is hooked up to county sewer, they must have 20% affordable component.
DEC Hosts Webinar on NFIP Community Rating System
The federal government makes flood insurance available through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) when a community adopts and enforces floodplain management ordinances.
The NFIP Community Rating System (CRS) is an incentive program that encourages communities to exceed the minimum NFIP standards for development in the floodplain. Communities in compliance with the minimum NFIP floodplain management requirements may apply to join the CRS.
The CRS provides flood insurance premium discounts for property owners of 5-45% in communities that provide floodplain management activities beyond the minimum requirements in four categories: public information, mapping and regulations, flood damage reduction, and warning and response. A participating community accrues points with the completion of each approved activity and points may be awarded retroactively for improvements implemented prior to enrolling in the CRS program. A community may even be awarded points for compliance with regulations put in place by New York State!
Long Island’s Climate Smart Community http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/50845.html Coordinators are creating a CRS users group for Long Island. Please attend the inaugural meeting on March 23, 2015. FEMA’s CRS regional representative will be in attendance to answer enrollment and other CRS questions. Representatives from CRS enrolled communities and one that just applied will discuss their experiences, as well.
The new Long Island CRS users group will help current and future CRS program participants advance their community’s ratings and share ideas and experiences. The Long Island CRS users group will be a forum for communities and Long Island’s CRS FEMA representative to discuss the challenges met and successes achieved by Long Island communities.
On March 23rd, join in person at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College’s Suffolk Center http://www.molloy.edu/admissions/schedule-a-visit-to-molloy/suffolk-center or sign in for the webinar (details below). Please let us know how many representatives from your municipality will attend. Contact Sarah Oral, interim CRS Users Group Coordinator and Climate Smart Communities representative, at email@example.com or at 516-224-5237.
Although this is a meeting of Nassau and Suffolk county municipalities, representatives of local governments in other areas are welcome to participate via WebEx to hear how the CRS program might apply to their communities.
Topic: Community Rating System
Suffolk County is footing the bill to study the economic impact of a proposed Transit-Oriented Development.
The county’s Industrial Development Agency (IDA) agreed to provide $250,000 to the Long Island Regional Planning Council to consider property tax alternatives, as well as the economic impact of the Ronkonkoma Hub project. Council Chairman John Cameron Jr. said he was concerned about property taxes undermining the economy. The funds will also be used to update an economic development strategy report used by local governments to apply for federal funds and improve the council's Internet initiatives.
The Ronkonkoma Hub project is a 50-acre, $475-million transit-oriented development near the Ronkonkoma LIRR station proposed by East Setauket-based developer Tritec Real Estate.
Meanwhile, the funds will be part of the Long Island Regional Planning Council’s $639,000 2015 budget. Created by both Suffolk and Nassau County governments, the organization tackles regional issues like housing and education with the goal of promoting the well-being of Long Island residents.
Council officials also hope to receive another $250,000 from the Nassau County IDA. An IDA source said they were waiting for a detailed request.
Both counties’ IDAs provided the council $125,000 in 2013. Nassau County withdrew $200,000 in aid back in 2011 due to fiscal constraints, although the move threatened the council with Suffolk dropping support as well.
Both county executives have said funds for the council should come from the IDAs, not taxpayers. Those funds originate as fees charged to businesses seeking tax breaks.
For more about this story, check out Newsday (subscription required).
Suffolk County and Town of Islip officials held a press conference announcing their new pipeline route connecting the $475 million Ronkonkoma HUB project to the county’s Bergen Point sewer district.
No votes were cast, but progress is happening in the Village of Port Jefferson as the Planning Board held hearings for two Smart Growth projects last Thursday.
A proposal to replace the former Harbor View Hotel was first on the docket. East Setauket-based Tritec Real Estate wants to replace the vacant 3.75-acre site with 112 market-rate apartments. In addition to 42 one-bedroom units and 70 two-bedroom units, the three-story building would house 168 parking spaces underneath.
Tritec also committed to restoring part of Mill Creek, extending a brick footpath and building a small bridge capable of holding cars on the south side of the property.
Mayor Margot Garant previously backed the project, saying the village coffers will see a 12-times increase on the $2,900 in taxes from the hotel. However, a Building Department official said Monday that no vote took place and the hearing was simply closed.
Later that evening, the board also considered another rental project. Hauppauge-based Northwind Group is looking to replace the dilapidated Islander Boat Center into 52 apartments.
The proposed three-story structure would also house parking under one- and two-bedroom apartments. However, Northwind has also agreed to donate to the Village a parking field as part of their public benefit package. Village officials are widening sidewalks at the expense of street parking to improve walkability.
The Building Department official said that hearing will remain open for their April 16 meeting.
For more on this story, check out Long Island Business News (subscription required).
A new 30,000 square-foot hospital will replace the defunct Long Beach Medical Center (LBMC).
Oceanside-based South Nassau Communities Hospital (SNCH) formally announced plans Wednesday to spend up to $40 million on a medical center with a round-the-clock emergency department and various other services.
The new facility is expected to open July 1 and will also replace a temporary urgent care center SNCH opened next door last summer.
Once complete, the new center will house a full-service, 16-bay, 911-receiving emergency department and provide a diagnostic imaging suite with CT-scan, MRI and X-ray machines.
Authorization from the state Health Department and other agencies could take up to a year, with construction itself lasting another two years.
South Nassau purchased the 162-bed LBMC for $11.7 million in October. But as architects started on plans to demolish and replace damaged parts of the hospital, South Nassau officials waited for assurance that FEMA will help cover the bill. SNCH officials confirmed plans to raze three buildings and four other structures on the campus. LBMC officials initially spent $20 million on repairs and construction finished in summer 2013, although SNCH officials later said most of the hospital remains irreparably damaged.
The lead proponet of reopening the medical center was pleased with the progress. Legislator Denise Ford praised the proposal, including the added jobs. "This will provide a beginning for a renewed and revitalized medical campus," she said.
Back in January, FEMA committed to giving South Nassau $154 million towards redeveloping health services for Long Beach and neighboring communities. But the situation in Long Beach has been a mess ever since Superstorm Sandy hit the area in October 2012. State health Commissioner Nirav Shah refused to authorize reauthorize opening the hospital, which was losing $2 million annually since 2007, until they could develop a more sustainable business plan. In February 2014, Schumer called on FEMA to transfer $100 million in Sandy aid from LBMC to SNCH; that was finally approved last spring. The project was also delayed last fall when the New York attorney general’s office was tardy signing off on the bankruptcy sale.
Described as a hospital without beds, the new facility will actually be erected on property formerly occupied by Sandy-damaged houses. Bidding for the demolition on several wings of LBMC is almost complete, although questions remain about two newer wings.
For more on this story, check out Newsday (subscription required).
Join the Village of Rockville Centre this weekend for an annual Long Island tradition.
The 19th annual St. Patrick’s Day will kick off at noon on Saturday. The route begins at parking field 12 and winds its way to St. Agnes Cathedral.
“What better way to come together as a community then a parade,” Mayor Francis X. Murray said. “Its one of the most exciting days here in Rockville Centre. The downtown shops are booming, the streets are full of Rockville Centre pride and we are able to give back to three worthy causes.”
The village’s parade has become one of the most successful and well-attended in New York State. Officially a not-for-profit organization, the parade partners with three charities that boast a national, Irish and Rockville Centre flavor. In the past 18 years, the parade donated more than $878,000 to 55 charities. This year’s partners are the Katie McBride Foundation, the Hance Family Foundation, and Dublin Children’s Pilgrimage.
Meanwhile, Rockville Centre native Bob Williams will have the honor of serving as the 2015 grand marshal. Williams served in the Army and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service. He’s also a practicing attorney with an office in the village for 28 years and served as village justice for 16 years. Outside of work, Williams is an active member in various community groups, including the parade’s original organization committee back in 1997.
Mixing Old, New Buildings Healthy For Neighborhoods
Combining buildings of all ages offers economic and social benefits, as per a recent study.
Even One Suicide Is Too Many
Twenty-three percent of young Latinas consider, attempt or commit suicide.
The Long Island Crisis Center is partnering with various community groups and elected officials to figure out why at an upcoming event.
Young Latinas: Girls at Risk is on for March 27 from 8:30-11 a.m. at the Molly College campus in Farmingdale.
Experts Dr. Luis Zayas and Dr. Carolina Hausmann-Stabile will serve as keynote speakers in a discussion to explore the reasons and develop solutions to support these young women.
The event is free, but registration is required by March 20 either online or by calling 516-826-0244.
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!
Long Island Business Council's Next Meeting on April 16th!
The Long Island Business Council is a group of small business leaders who are dedicated to regulatory relief, tax and utility stabilization for the average small business owner in addition to infrastructure investment towards our downtowns. They take our message to Albany and Washington as part of the Long Island Lobby Coalition and other regional initiatives.
On Thursday, April 16th from 8:00am to 10:00am, The Long Island Business Council will be holding a worksession at the East Farmingdale Fire Department, located at 930 Conklin Street in Farmingdale.
This meeting will include a fiscal update on both state and local issues by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, and Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy.
Breakfast will be available for attendees. As a member of the Long Island Business Council you can pre-register at any time, at no cost. The fee for non-members is $45.00.
Contact us at 877-811-7471 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP or for more information.
The St. Joseph’s College Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Management
The St. Joseph’s College Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Management, and the Long Island Hospitality and Leisure Association invite you to attend the:
HTM SYMPOSIUM: LONG ISLAND HOTEL OWNERS/DEVELOPERS — CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Friday, April 24, 2015 • 8-10 a.m.
PANELISTS DISCUSSION BY
MODERATOR FOR THE EVENT
Mike Johnston has more than 30 years of hotel and hospitality industry experience, including numerous positions in corporate management, operations and human resources. He has served as general manager at city, suburban and airport locations, and has been personally involved in numerous hotel openings, acquisitions and repositionings.
Johnston possesses extensive knowledge in all aspects of the hospitality industry. As past president of the Long Island Hotel & Lodging Association and current chair of the board of directors for the Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, Johnston is a recognized leader within the industry with a long track record of success. The New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association recognized Johnston as Hotel Executive of the Year in 2009. Johnston is also a professor at Nassau Community College, teaching hospitality and tourism.
In addition to his wide range of industry experience, Johnston has spearheaded numerous charitable events in an effort to give back to the community and sits on numerous local and regional industry advisory boards.
This event is free and open to the public.
Contractors: Build Your Understanding Of Accessible Housing For Free
Don’t wait to sign up for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s free training next month.
The Touro Law Center in Central Islip will host one of 26 training sessions across the country on April 24.
Participants will be trained in Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST program. The event will
The Central Islip session is sponsored by Long Island Housing Services and the Suffolk County Disabilities Advisory Board.
However, online registration is expected to close in early April.
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.
To learn more or apply, send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to email@example.com. Put "Vision Long Island Internship" in the subject heading. For more information, call our office at 631-261-0242.
The Long Island Board of REALTORS® (LIBOR) currently has an opportunity in our Government Affairs Division for a Legislative Liaison.
The general job description is to augment the Government Affairs Division with an emphasis on expanding and intensifying the outreach program on the County and Township levels. The requirements include:
Candidates should send their resume and salary requirements to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?
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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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