March 27th - April 2nd, 2016
The Engel Burman Group
In real estate development, you make a name for yourself not only by the projects you complete, but also by the company you keep. This is why the principals of The Engel Burman Group are always actively networking — remaining both in touch and in step with the communities they help build. While the management team is comprised of seasoned real estate professionals, the organization is driven every day by the youth and energy of the next generation. The effect of this collective experience makes for a formidable formula: The Engel Burman Group is proven, but hungry; careful, but courageous; wise, but willing to break new ground.
“We can design fatalities out of the system” -Ryan Russo, Deputy Commissioner of Transportation, Planning and Management for NY City’s Department of Transportation delivering a keynote address at the LI Complete Streets Summit. Russo highlighted many of the successes of the 2 year program, with hopes that some of the best practices could be implemented as Long Island moves ahead with its own Complete Streets programs.
"I was delighted to be part of the Complete Streets Summit. It's a great opportunity to learn about projects going on Island-wide, and to share what we're doing locally to make our communities safer, more fun, and welcoming for smart economic development." - Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran
"When local officials and government planners come together with advocates, community groups, and the private sector, safety is the winner. AAA looks forward to continuing to work with all these parties to make Long Island's roads less dangerous for all" - Alec Slatky, AAA Northeast
"Long Island's annual Complete Street Summit is the perfect forum to get inspiration and ideas. There were many inspiring and practical ideas shared by NYCDOT about Vision Zero and by some of Long Island's towns and villages that can transform Long Island's dangerous road arterials into vibrant, safe corridors. Long Island residents, workers and visitors want places they can get to on bike, transit and their own two feet. I am encouraged to see the progress each year and the growing interest in Complete Streets on Long Island"- Veronica Vanterpool, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
""As a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Bicycling Coalition, and as an attorney who represents crash victims, I was honored to be able to present to the Summit on NYBC’s vision of safer streets for Long Island cyclists”. “We are extremely excited about our efforts to amend NY’s safe passing law to bring it up to speed with the National trend of requiring motorists to pass a cyclists with at least 3 feet”. I was glad to see that the attendees were supportive of our initiatives and eager to make Long Island a safer and better cycling region”. - Daniel Flanzig, NY Bicycling Coalition
“Still photographs and renderings offer a particular view of a proposed project. However, what if you could immerse yourself in the proposed concept and walk and drive along the streets of your community to see what the future may offer? By combining engineering with the power of gaming, GPI offers this invaluable opportunity to community stakeholders, public officials, business owners and other interested parties, to see tomorrow, today.” - Jim Bazata, Greenman Pedersen
Long Island Complete Streets Coalition Hosts Annual Summit
The 4th Annual Long Island Complete Streets Summit was held this week at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College in Farmingdale, once again bringing together transportation experts, advocates, elected officials, engineers, and community leaders to the table to discuss projects in the works and what can be done to make safer streets for all who use them.
Vision’s Director Eric Alexander pointed to the progress for Complete Streets highlighting the seven Towns that have passed legislation, two Counties and smaller villages and cities. “The good news is that over 40 traffic calming and pedestrian and bike projects are completed or underway along with robust community support. The bad news is that it is unclear the NYS DOT's implementation of the Complete Streets law and Nassau and Suffolk County have limited resources to advance these types of projects. Many local Town's and Villages desire these road design changes but the tax cap limits reinvestment in roadway infrastructure.”
NYS Senator Jack Martins Urges Albany to Pass $100M in Dedicated Pedestrian/Bike Funding
Local advocates and stakeholders are praising New York State Senator Jack Martins for his public call to provide $20M in funding each year over the next five years for improvements to pedestrian and bike infrastructure.
Senator Martins was joined by four other Majority Senators: Martin Golden of Brooklyn, Rich Funke of Monroe, Terrence Murphy of Westchester, and John Bonacic of Orange. Together they reached out directly to Majority Leader Senator Flangan of East Northport to support the earmarked funds during the current round of budget negotiations. The Assembly had included the $20M for the 2016-17 budget cycle in their proposal. Senator Flanagan has been leading the negotiations on behalf of Senate along with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Governor Cuomo.
“By making this additional $20 million annual investment in bicycling and walking infrastructure, we will improve safety, help stimulate local economies, address challenges posed by climate change, and give New Yorkers access to healthy, low-cost transportation options to improve quality of life for the residents of our state,” Senator Jack Martins wrote in a letter to Senator Flanagan.
The funds have long been a goal of the AARP and the Long Island Lobby Coalition, of which Vision Long Island is a founding member. According to a study realeased by Smart Growth America on America’s dangerous road infrastructure, NY pedestrians aged 65+ died at a rate of 4.9 per 100,000 from 2003 to 2010, more than twice the national average of 1.5 per 100,000. The study also found that pedestrians accounted for almost a third of all traffic deaths in Nassau County and almost a quarter of those in Suffolk County. The national average is 12.3%.
“Sadly, Long Island is home to some of the most unsafe roadways for pedestrians and bicyclists in the state with an all too regular tragic human cost. Kudos to NYS Senator Jack Martins for prioritizing funding for the safety of our local communities,” said Eric Alexander, Director of Vision Long Island
You can read a press release on this subject here.
Consultants Hired for Proposed 3rd Track Plan
LaunchPad Ribbon Cutting for New Location in Great Neck Plaza
On Wednesday evening, Vision Long Island was out in the Village of Great Neck Plaza for the ribbon cutting of Launchpad LI's newest downtown high tech incubator. To assist startup companies on Long Island LaunchPad provides a co-working space where businesses can share resources. The space will offer desks and offices for startups to rent, with the goal of building an entrepreneurial work environment that can nurture creativity and collaboration. The Great Neck Plaza site is their third Main Street location following successful (and Smart Growth Award winning) ventures in Mineola and Huntington.
Huntington Station Gateway Plaza Goes Before Zoning Board
Renaissance Downtowns, the master developer for the revitalization of Huntington Station looks to move closer to getting site plan approval for one of its components of the project, Gateway Plaza.
Engineers and planners from Renaissance Downtowns went before the Huntington Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday to seek several variances for a three-story building which if approved, will include retail and restaurants on the first floor, and 33 studios and 33 one-bedroom units on the second and third floors.
Due to the size and some of the aspects of the project, the town was unable to approve the site plan application without zoning board approval. At the hearing, Renaissance Downtowns addressed these issues including parking, noting that it is their intent to create more walkability and shared use parking so that a smaller number of be required. This is similar to the shared time uses seen in Huntington Village just north of the project.
Town Supervisor Frank Petrone noted the need for the variances is a small hurdle in the grand scheme of revitalizing Huntington Station. “The need for the variances are things that can be addressed so we can get moving on the revitalization of the Station,” he said. Throughout Huntington Station, the project has gained large support as the developer and his team have continued to meet with residents and gain their input. Vision Long Island is in support of this project.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: preservenys.org/preserve-new-york.html
NYS Budget Call to Action:
The recently-released New York State Assembly and Senate one-house budgets offer contradicting paths for New Yorkers who walk and bike. In a win for active transportation, the Assembly included $20 million in dedicated Complete Streets funding to ensure the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists. The Governor and the Senate, however, failed to include similar provisions in their budgets.
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.
For more information visit LIRPC
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Customer Experience Representative”.
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Long Island's Historic Patchogue Theatre Reopens
Many who have a awaited the completion of the Patchogue Theatre renovations can wait no more. A ribboon cutting ceremony was held on Wednesday and shows wil begin again this weekend. ocated on Main Street in Patchogue, the theatre is the heart of the downtown. Attracting visitors from across the island, the theatre helps to be an economic driver for ocal business. Local residents and theatre goers are excited to see it's return for the summer season. For more on this story, visit News12
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