Mar. 29 - Apr. 4, 2015
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"“This fifth consecutive on-time budget builds upon the progress we are making to revitalize the state’s economy and spend only what taxpayers can afford... Communities in each region of the state will have opportunities to strengthen their economies and create jobs through tax relief, investments in infrastructure, and workforce development. And important investments in quality health care and natural resource protection will help improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers.”
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos
Many groups like the 75 member Long Island Lobby Coalition, who made the journey to Albany to advocate for more state aid, are counting their victories as the state budget was released this week. Over $550 million was slated for the island. This is far above what was proposed.
“Kudos NYS Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos for securing over $500 million in infrastructure funds for LI projects much closer to our regions fair share than originally proposed. Projects include funds for downtown sewers, roadway improvements, solar energy and resiliency,’ said Eric Alexander, Vision Long Island Director. “The Governor's office LI Senate and Assembly delegation listened to many of the concerns of Long Islanders on the NYS budget and made necessary changes. Congratulations on a step forward”.
On March 31st, 2015, the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless held its annual Candlelight Vigil for the Homeless at Farmingdale State College. More than 250 people packed Roosevelt Hall as volunteers and families came together for the event. This event, which began as a simple Vigil in remembrance of Long Island’s homeless, has in recent years expanded to incorporate an information fair and vehicle for the distribution of essential items for Long Islanders in need. Non-profits, local businesses, and banks that assist the homeless offered information on their services, while almost 100 groups from the community participated in local drives to collect the items that were distributed.
Preliminary Design for Former Cerro Wire Site Unveiled
Both Tuesday and Wednesday night, more than 100 area residents packed the room at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury to hear about the preliminary design for the site of the former Cerro Wire factory and adjacent former town land in Syosset. The meetings were held by the development group consisting of Indianapolis-based Simon, Garden City-based Albanese Organization and Castagna Realty.
The 90 acre “Syosset Park” site would create a new mixed-use community featuring a “town center” that includes more than 600 non-age-restricted residences, a mix of townhomes and cottages, and more than 350,000 square feet of retail space. Encompassed in the 30 acre multi-use park to be planned by the community will be 100,000 sf of main street retail including cafe's, movie theatre, 8-10 screen small screen movie theatre, outdoor performance space, restaurants, a market and niche retail. There will also be 175-200,000 sf of office space in two buildings, roughly 350 rooms combined from two different hotels, and four decked parking platforms. The height of the buildings are on average 1-3 stories with a few 4 story buildings.
"The great news is unlike past proposals, that were met with nearly universal opposition and 20 years of litigation, focus of this plan is on walkability with a sense of place.", said Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander. "Kudos to Todd Fabricant, Howard Avrutine and the literally thousands of residents who defeated a mall to make way for a proposal like this.Feedback from the community and most of the folks we know at these preliminary meetings has been very positive.
Wyandanch Village Opens First Building
Wyandanch Rising reaches another milestone with the opening of Wyandanch Village. The Albanese Organization, the Master Developer of Wyandanch Village, recently announced the opening of the first building to be completed. Located at 40 Station Drive, this first phase consists of 91 rental apartments just steps away from the Wyandanch Train Station.
The Wyandanch Rising project was a 2013 Smart Growth Award Recipient. Vision Long Island is happy to see the build out of this project begin.
Long Beach Takes It Slow
The Police Department recently conducted a traffic speed study along Park Avenue with the RBA Group showing 15/100 drivers exceed the speed limit. “Studies have shown, and our traffic study consultants recommend, that lowering the speed limit by five miles per hour can have a serious impact in reducing the number of traffic-related injuries and deaths,” City Manager Jack Schnirman said.
The city has also launched the City of Long Beach Traffic Safety Slogan and Sign Contest to encourage residents to get involved. For more information on this and the new city limit's, visit http://www.longbeachny.gov/, Newsday, or the LI Herald
Heartland Goes Before the Planning Board
After many years of planning it is finally moving forward, as the Heartland Town Square project is scheduled go before the Town of Islip Planning Board.
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.
NYS Senator Jack Martins will provide opening remarks and NYS Regiona Director Joe Brown wil be the featured speaker.
“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!
The Race for The INN
D&F Development Group Prinicpal and VIsion Long Island Board Member Peter Florey is chairing The Race for The INN. It will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Maria Regina RC Church in Seaford (3945 Jerusalem Avenue, Seaford, New York).
The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network) addresses the issues of hunger and homelessness on Long Island by providing food, shelter, long-term housing, and supportive services in a dignified and respectful manner for those who seek our help. We are a not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization with a dedicated staff, a broad base of community support and a commitment to educate the public about these issues. For more information on the group, visit the-inn.
If you are interested in running the event, please sign up on the following active.com link. All proceeds go directly to The INN to feed and shelter the homeless. http://www.active.com/seaford-ny/running/distance-running-races/race-for-the-inn-2015?int
Nautical Mile Resturant Week is Back!
Freeport's bi-annual Nautical Mile Restaurant Week is back! This Spring it is running Sunday, April 12th through Sunday, April 19th. The event will feature the local dishes from land and sea as well as the waterfont views of the award winning restaurants that line the streets of south Freeport. The participating restaurants offer a 3 Course Prix Fixe dinner menu for $27.00. Local businesses also offer sales and discounts during that week.
For more information, visit:
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.
Vision Board Co-Chair Trudy Fitzsimmons Hononed at Strong, Smart and Savory 2015 Awards
Girls Incorporated® of Long Island's mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. We provide school and community based programming that serves the unique needs of girls, ages 5-18, living in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Through community partnerships, they help girls to achieve their full potential making their future brighter.
Girls Incorporated® of Long Island is dedicated to the advocacy of gender equity for all girls in all areas of their lives. Through participation in their programs, girls learn the skills to become leaders in their communities, leading to exponential change.
Join Girls Inc of Long Island for an evening of wine and tastings from a variety of caterers, restaurants and bakeries,while we acknowledge the achievements and contributions of individuals committed to empowering girls and their communities on Long Island
2015 EVENT HONOREES:
Appliance World in Huntington, NY
For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ryan Attard at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 1st.
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.
TIGER Grant Applications Due May 4th
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today that $500 million will be made available for transportation projects across the country under a seventh round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program.
For more information, visit http://www.dot.gov/tiger, which includes links to the Notice of Funding Availability, the 2015 Webinar Series, How to Apply, and more.
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.
As we approach the Easter and Passover seasons, Vision Long Island would like invite you to join our favorite holiday cartoon characters, The Peanuts, in making sure our famiy and friends are safe. Happy Holidays!
Newsletter Editor: Mike Koehler, Communications Director