Mar. 22-28, 2015
D&F Development Group
The D&F Group is proud to be among New York’s premier developers of affordable family and senior housing, working closely with a wide array of forprofit and not-for-profit partners. Yet, our diversity and scope of background enable us to provide comprehensive services relating not only to affordable housing but to all segments of the real estate marketplace. Furthermore, our versatility means we can handle all aspects of a project from inception to finalization. Or, depending on the specific project, we can provide any one or more of the individual areas of real estate services we offer. that our members have shown us through the years.
“We cannot reach our economic potential, we cannot build a prosperous future if we are not a region that can attract the high-knowledge, high-skill workers necessary to build an innovation economy... Suffolk County has vibrant downtowns which are improving and have so much untapped potential. With the Connect Long Island plan, we can leverage all of these resources and enhance what is so great about our communities to build a sustainable, stronger, even better Suffolk County."
County Executive Steve Bellone
On Thursday night, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone delivered the 2015 State of the County Address concentrating on downtowns, transportation, and sewers as a way to help retain our young professionals on Long Island. But the county can’t do it all, he explained, calling on the state to provide additional funding. "Suffolk County is home to some of the greatest research institutions in the world, including Suffolk County Community College, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook University and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and we are home to some of the best educated populations thanks to our excellent public schools" said County Executive Bellone.
Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a $141.6 billion budget in January. Now the state legislature is hashing out the details before the April 1 deadline.
But when Albany finally unveils the finished product, Long Island could seriously benefit from key funding.
New York State has an extra $5 billion one-shot obtained through settlements with banks in enforcement actions. Cuomo proposed building two parking garages on Long Island, but an ocean outfall pipe at Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant would be a part of a better solution. The $500-million project would revive the bays of southern Nassau County and be the final touch to Superstorm Sandy repairs.
Reynolds Channel and nearby bays don’t flush – pull in different water – very often. Scientific studies provided data that shows the channel acts like a toilet bowl. Meanwhile, the treated wastewater, while not toxic, contains higher levels of nitrogen that spawns excessive amounts of seaweed and prevents marine life and saltwater marshes from flourishing.
Advocates had long called for FEMA to foot the bill as part of their multi-million Sandy recovery plan, although those funds never materialized.
The 2015 budget should include relief for taxpayers from the Long Island Power Authority. LIPA has more than $7 billion of debt, which includes $799 million of new debt earlier this year. Rate relief has not transpired, with PSEG-LI increasing rates despite LIPA promises of no change for three years.
Earlier this month the Long Island Lobby Coalition, representing 75 diverse LI organizations, went to Albany to fight for Long Island’s fair share of infrastructure funding. The group proposed several key projects and infrastructure investments that could would generate an increase in economic development and storm resiliency. Funding for the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant was one of this top items. PSEG rate increases also remained on the group’s agenda denoting that it not only contributes to the high cost of living on Long Island but it also impacts many small businesses already struggling.
Check out this opinion piece in Newsday (subscription required) for more.
Walmart, one of the world’s largest companies and owned by the Walton family, is finally accepting blame for the death of a Long Island employee.
The retailer last week abandoned an appeal of a $7,000 fine over the 2008 death of Jdimytai Damour, only after legal costs exceeded $1 million. Walmart pulled in nearly half a trillion in revenue through fiscal year 2015.
“Change comes when those monopolizing power can no longer withstand the power of the people! Workers and allies have hammered Walmart on their poverty wages, unfair employment practices and unsafe working conditions, and we are winning,” Long Island Jobs With Justice Executive Director Anita Halasz said.
Damour was working Black Friday when a stampeding crowd crushed the 34-year-old. He was trying to hold the crowd back when the glass door failed at the Valley Stream store and he was trampled. Damour had only spent a week on the job after being hired through a temp agency.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigated, opting to cite the massive retailer in 2009. “Reasonable and effective crowd-management principles were not implemented,” the federal agency said and issued the maximum $7,000 fine.
Walmart appealed, but an administrative law judge with the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission upheld both the citation and fine in 2011. The retailer appealed again, which was recently dropped. Walmart spokesman Mike Hargrove did not want the matter to drag on, even if they disagree with the decision.
"We maintain our position that the citation from OSHA should not have been issued, because it imposed standards that did not exist and were unknown to the retail industry at the time of the incident," Hargrove said. "With the likelihood that this would not conclude for a long time, we decided to put it behind us and withdraw the appeal."
Walmart settled with Nassau County for nearly $2 million back in 2009 to avoid criminal prosecution. The decision to drop the appeal comes in the wake of an announcement earlier this year to raise employee hourly wages to $9 next month and $10 by next February.
Walmart was a recieept of Vision's first Dumb Growth Award in 2005 for its negative impact in downtowns areas. Community leaders and small businesses have fought and successfully repelled new proposald for walmarts in Rocky Point and East patchogue with VIsion Long Island support.
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Great Neck Plaza Mayor and multiple Smart Growth Award winner Jean Celender has secured an important grant for upgrade of her downtown business district. $838,000 has been awarded by the state DOT’s Transportation Enhancement Program, providing a majority of funding needed by the Village for the project, which is anticipated to begin next spring.
Town of Brookhaven Pushes for Contamination Clean Up at Brookhaven Rail
Although it has been several years since the purchase of the Yaphank site, the Brookhaven Rail Terminal has yet to clean up of any contaminates on it. The Town of Brookhaven is now taking further action to push for the cleanup before the containments can leach into the aquifer below or spread further throughout the site. The Town has asked that at minimum, the site be covered to protect it from elements that may cause leaching.
Pedestrians Deaths Remain A Top Priority For Cities
Fewer people are dying on American roads, but pedestrians are still very much at risk.
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.
Fee for registration is $45. Scholarships are available!
Talking Renewable Energy For Long Island
Mark your calendar now to be at the Tilles Center at LIU Post on April 13.
Deepwater Wind’s Clint Plummer will join the University of Deleware’s Stephanie McClellan in “Solar & Offshore Wind: Can Renewable Energy Work For Long Island.”
The evening will include a series of presentations and panels with industry, policy and academic experts. Plummer is the vice president of development and part of the team behind the proposed Montauk wind farm. McClellan is the director of Special Initiative on Offshore Wind.
For the complete itinerary, including a full list of speakers, contact LIU Post at 516-299-2233.
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.
Sustainable Living Film Series - A Fierce Green Fire - April 23
You are cordially invited to the Sustainable Living Film Series screening of the documentary A Fierce Green Fire.
Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff and informed by advisors like Edward O. Wilson, A FIERCE GREEN FIRE chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds.
A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle for a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties, and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2012, has won acclaim at festivals around the world.
Vegan buffet, beverages,and popcorn!
Date:Thursday, April 23, 2015
$7 IN ADVANCE PURCHASE TICKETS HERE $10 AT THE DOOR
If your organization would like to partner on an upcoming screening, call 516.323.4510.
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.
Social Justice Leadership Awards Dinner
Honoring Journalist Robert Keeler, Legislator Michelle Schimel, & Activist David Sprintzen for their lifelong dedication to the betterment of humankind. Each has made significant contributions in the areas of justice, human rights, and humanitarian causes. Their work reflects the values that Ethical Humanists cherish, including the fervent desire for peace among nations, the recognition of the dignity and worth of each individual, and the obligation of each of us to work for societal change.
Contact email@example.com or the Ethical Society office at 516-741-7304 for more information or to purchase tickets.
Celebrate LI’s Women At 10th Annual Latina Hat Luncheon
Join the ladies of the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as they honor women making a difference on the island.
Scheduled for May 15 at The Carltun in Eisenhower Park, the 10th annual Latina Hat Luncheon is an annual ceremony to commemorate exceptional business women, community advocates and inspirational role models.
The event also provides an opportunity for networking and business exposure.
Nassau County First Lady Linda Mangano will serve as mistress of ceremonies and PIX 11 News’ Lisa Mateo will provide the keynote speech.
For more information or to attend, visit their website or call 516-333-0105. Tickets must be purchased no later than May 1.
Apply Now For Realtor Placemaking Grants
The National Association of Realtors calls it placemaking, but creating parts of community that are safe, inviting and accessible is definitely Smart Growth. They consider Placemaking smaller, cheaper projects than traditional Smart Growth while still improving the community.
The association is accepting applications for their Placemaking Initiative. Every year they bestow two grants valued between $500-$2,500 to support such projects.
Applications are accepted throughout the year on a rolling basis and require a current photo of the proposed place.Visit their website or contact Holly Moskerintz for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: email@example.com.
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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How Has Long Island Changed in the Past 40 Years?
Since the 1970's, a lot has changed on Long Island. The Long Island Index has developed a webtool that will allow you to see the changes regard various quality of life issues like changes in the economy, population, housing, and more! You can check out the whole region or zoom into your specific community.
Try out their NEW interactive maps!
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