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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

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State Budget: A win for Long Island?

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.

A huge portion of this was from the petitioning by Senator Dean Skelos.  The Senate majority leader was able to acquire a special $400 million fund for a “Transformative Investment Program” for Nassau and Suffolk counties.  This fund would allow for additional aid to offset the small amount the designated to the area from the $5.4 billion New York will receive from federal. Gov. Cuomo’s administration, who is directly overseeing the settlement fund earmarked just $150 million for Long Island while delegating much larger sums for upstate development and the Tappan Zee Bridge that spans the Hudson River.

Originally a smaller amount designated for two parking garages, the settlement amount for Long Island was amended Monday to give the Island $150 million but for no specific projects. The state capital projects bill states that the special fund would be “appropriated for the payment, over a multi-year period, of capital costs of regionally significant economic development initiatives that create or retain private sector jobs.”

"As I've been saying, this budget is going to be regionally balanced and we've been able to secure this critical funding for Long Island," said Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.

Some of the victories for Long Island include investments in economic development, parks, solar programs, and infrastructure improvement like waste water management.

Wastewater management scored a victory gaining some much needed funding. New York communities can tap $200 million in state matching grants for clean water infrastructure over a three-year period with $50 million in the current budget and $75 million to follow in each of the next two.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) estimates that communities are facing $36 billion in unmet clean water infrastructure needs over the next two decades. Long Island communities face a more than $4 billion hole for their immediate wastewater needs.  This funding will help to close the gap for communities facing millions and billions in backlogged water infrastructure projects, critical for protecting public health and clean water and essential for attracting and retaining private business investment

“Establishing a long term funding mechanism to help municipalities overcome the significant financial hurdles of upgrading sewer infrastructure and providing clean water is a terrific win for all New Yorkers. $200 million will allow more projects to advance and alleviates some of the financial burden from the local taxpayers. This new budget program holds the promise of a renewed commitment to provide long term funding for essential water infrastructure upgrades,” said Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

New York State Senator Michael Venditto recently announced that the state budget includes $5 million for Long Island projects that target and reduce harmful nitrogen pollution.

Senator Venditto said, “The $5 million included in the budget was one of my top priorities because it is critical to addressing Long Island’s most damaging nitrogen sources and protecting our waters. Nitrogen is a serious threat to the health and livelihood of our region and this funding will help prevent the continued deterioration of our coastal environment and make necessary improvements to water quality.”

The budget to be adopted this week includes a total of $5 million to support a new Long Island Nitrogen Management and Mitigation Plan. The plan will assess nitrogen pollution in Long Island's waters, identify the sources of nitrogen pollution and where it is going, establish reduction goals for Long Island’s watersheds, and develop a plan to accomplish these reduction goals. There is $2 million specifically targeted to implement the plan’s recommendations.

One victory particularly for low-moderate income families and small businesses is the extension of the NYSERDA solar loan program. The program that provides state-backed loans for residential solar panels and other green energy fixes with the loans repaid on monthly utility bills has been given a one-year reprieve and is now set to expire March 31, 2016. 

With this loan program, administered through Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's Green Jobs-Green New York initiative, participants are provided loans of up to $25,000 at annual interest rates as low as 3.49 percent to pay the cost of solar installations, as well as for other energy efficiency improvements and related work. Customers pay the loans back on their monthly energy bills, which cannot increase more than they had been before the installation. Solar panels can reduce an energy bill to near zero, so most of the monthly payment pays off the long-term loan. The NYSERDA loans are paid back over five, 10 or 15 years. Those eligible for the program include solar and energy efficiency projects for homeowners, small businesses, not-for-profit organizations and multifamily building owners.

“While there are great challenges with this program and it requires a lot of time and effort from contractors like ourselves, it truly is great news for Long Island homeowners looking for an affordable means to go solar and keep more money in their pockets and in our economy”,  says Tara Bono of Empower Solar.

State parks also received a big win.  A $110 million capital investment in restoring New York's vast state park system will go towards state parks infrastructure, environmental programs, and grassroots Friends organizations. The funds will specifically be used to address the backlog of infrastructure and critical health and safety needs at New York State Parks and Historic Sites across the state, from repairing bridges, roads and dams, to rehabilitating restrooms and swimming pools. The goal is to help grow the economy, promote tourism, and enhance the quality of life for all New Yorkers. A park on Long Island identified for state aid to help clean up toxic debris that was dumped at the park last year.  The Robert Clemente Park in Brentwood recieved $1 million by the efforts of Sen. Tom Crocci.

The appropriation of $177 million for the Environmental Protection Fund (a $15 million increase), is an  investment in programs that protect our clean air and water, support parks, trails and farms, and create jobs. There is also the $500,000 EPF appropriation for a new capacity-building grants program for organizations that promote and support the state's parks, trails and historic sites.

Also expected to be approved is $5 million allocation to combat nitrogen pollution on Long Island. $500,000 EPF appropriation for a new capacity-building grants program for organizations that promote and support the state's parks, trails and historic sites. g Island, establish a tax-free development zone around Republic Airport in Farmingdale, and moving forward repowering studies for power plants in Hempstead and Port Jefferson.

Despite some victories to claim, the state budget still has some significant deficiencies.  Just in transit operating assistance  an additional $10 million in operating assistance for upstate transit systems which represents a 5.6 percent increase over Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget, but substantially less than the $25 million in need identified. The budget does fails to include a long-term structural fix to the ongoing dilemma of decreasing revenues in the upstate operating accounts. Locally, there was no additional operating funds for downstate, non-MTA systems and $20 million in MTA operating funds were once again diverted.

Capital assistance was also lacking. Nearly $121.5 million taken from downstate Mass Transit Operating Assistance, and put into a new capital account despite pushback from downstate legislators and transit operators. Meanwhile, the MTA’s capital program received $750 million, plus $250 million for four new Metro North stations in the Bronx.

“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”.

For more on this story, visit News12. For more on coverage on Albany lobbying efforts for the budget, visit News12 or Newsday.

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless Helps Families in Need

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. 

Each year, Long Island Coalition for the Homeless holds their "Have a Heart for the Homeless" Candlelight Vigil to aide families in need and raise awareness about homelessness and the great need for affordable housing in our region.  They collect and distribute new winter coats, new/unused baby items, non-perishable food, cleaning supplies and toiletries to Long Island's homeless and at-risk families. Last year, over 2,000 Long Islanders participated in this event.

The Vigil brought together community members, folks who wish to raise awareness, and homeless/at risk Long Islanders and agencies who serve them.  Throughout the events, families had access resource information for persons in need and free financial literacy sessions. Folks lined up around the room for free haircuts, face painting, books for children, story time enjoyed the music provided by a guest dj.  In addition, local restaurants and businesses, as well as community groups, donated refreshments for those attending the event.

During the ceremony, guest speakers spoke about the challenges facing the homeless on Long Island including our homeless veteran population. A moment of silence was held for a Vietnam Veteran who recently passed away after 37 years of being homeless.   The audience was moved by Fanchon Stylezz’s description of her personal journey through and out of homelessness, and uplifted by Yolanda Aponte’s reminder that all of those gathered had a voice, which they could raise together, to help the homeless.  Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory was also in attendance and addressed the crowd urging their continued support to help eradicate homelessness on Long Island and praised the efforts of the Coalition and other groups in the community who help the homeless.

Executive Director Greta Guarton said, “This event is a tremendous success due to all of the volunteers, groups in the community who take the time to collect donations and attend the event, spread the word and raise awareness.  We are already planning for next year’s event, and look forward to its continued growth.”

“Each year, we remember those Long Islanders who have suffered through homelessness and those who have lost their lives.  Each year, we increase awareness about the needs of our homeless neighbors, as evidenced by the growing number of volunteers and participants.  We’re going to need a bigger boat,” said Charlie Russo, the Coalition’s Board Chair.

For more on this organization and their event, visit LICH.

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.
Charles Davis, senior vice president of development for Simon, said that the goal of the project is to build "something that really strengthens the economy around here" and "is going to be economically sustainable." He noted that a complete timeline of the project is hard to determine they do anticipate completing some office, hotel and park space over the next 5 years. "We're not building the same house 600 times," Davis said. "The challenge with a project like this is that you just can't pick and choose the timing."

Andres Duany from new urbanist planning firm Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co., which designed the plan, was on hand to answer questions. With over 300 town centers planned and built, their expertise was appreciated by folks who want to see a distinctive place designed on this site.

As a follow up to this week’s meetings, the development group says they plan to continue communicating with residents over the next few months before submitting their project application to the Town of Oyster Bay.

"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.

To read more on this story, visit LIBN (subscription required)

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. 
Upon completion, Wyandanch will offer affordable & contemporary style apartments above with shops, restaurants, entertainment, green spaces all with convenient LIRR access. This new community offers quick access to New York City, which is less than an hour away by train.

The classically styled buildings, including the second building which will be completed later this year, offer a choice of studios, I-, 2- and 3-bedroom residences.   Every apartment includes granite countertops, wood cabinetry and EnergyStar stainless steel appliances. Wyandanch Village apartments offer spacious layouts with open plan kitchens, dishwashers, generous closet space. It also offers high-speed, fiber optic internet and cable available, an onsite laundry center, and a resident lounge.

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.

To tour the building and our beautifully furnished model home please contact Douglas Elliman brokers Jeannine Principe Puleo: 516.840.5767 and Orlando Frade: 516.455.9230 OFrade@elliman

Long Beach Takes It Slow

The City of Long Beach, known for its efforts in creating pedestrian and bicyclist friendly roadways, has taken it another step forward. Last week the City Council passed a resolution to reduce the city’s speed limit from 30 mph, passed nearly two years ago, to 25 mph on side streets as part of a traffic safety initiative. All city streets running north and south of Park Avenue will be at the lowest speed permissible without state legislation. Park, Broadway and Long Beach Boulevard will remain at 30 and 15 mph restrictions in the President streets, the Canals and the West End. Additionally, school zones have either 15 or 25 mph limits.

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.

Another part of their traffic safety initiative includes working with Nassau County to develop a “signal timing optimization plan” to re-time the traffic lights along Park Ave. to help the traffic flow more smoothly. “It’s also a disincentive to speeding because if you do go in excess of 30 miles per hour, you’ll just be hitting a red light. It’s a slow progression through town, but again, it will be much faster, and with fewer stops” said Long Beach Police Commissioner Mike Tangney. The study recommended synchronizing the timing to accommodate the new speed limit, allowing motorists to move through the city up to a minute faster. That project is expected to be fully implemented by 2018.

“We believe that this, along with education, enforcement and other changes being implemented by our Police Department traffic division, will make our streets safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists,” Council Vice President Fran Adelson said after the meeting.

This resolution adds to the number of Complete Streets components which includes designated bike lanes, more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly street refurbishments and new technology that has enhanced enforcement to increase pedestrian safety while decreasing traffic congestion.  It is also aimed at helping Long Beach recover from Hurricane Sandy by upgrading the city’s transportation infrastructure. Vision ong Island was present at the the hearing in 2013 when the City of Long Beach passed thier Complete Streets legislation. These resolution as well as the safety iniaitive are hopeful steps in implementing the legislation.

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, 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.

Developer Gerald Wolkoff bought the land for $20 million from the state in 2002, with plans to build a new community, including 9,000 apartments and an entertainment district. Since, the project has hit some major delays over use of union workers, tax assessments and traffic mitigation, including on the nearby Sagtikos Parkway. Almost a year ago, the board voted unanimously to accept the final generic environmental impact statement on the 450-acre Brentwood parcel, reviving the plan and helping it to get on track. 

The project calls for the creation of a new zoning designation called the Pilgrim State Planned Redevelopment District, which would be mixed-use residential and commercial zoning. Details of this, will be discussed at the hearing.

Supporters of the project are eager to it “shovel ready” in anticipation of the volume job creation and affordable housing the project will bring.  Wolkoff say, "Sooner is better so we can create jobs."

The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 655 Main Street in Islip.

For the meeting agenda and directions, visit the Town of Islip website.

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.

Participating Orgaizarions:

Fee for registration is $45.  Scholarships are available!
Please send the completed form to Vision Long Island, 24 Woodbine Ave, Suite 2, Northport NY
Contact us at 631-261-0242 or  Sponsorships 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 link. All proceeds go directly to The INN to feed and shelter the homeless.

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.

Hon. Tom DiNapoli
New York State Comptroller

Hon. George Maragos
Nassau County Comptroller

Hon. John Kennedy
Suffolk County Comptroller

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 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
6:00pm - 9:30pm
6:00 - 7:00  dinner
7:15 - program begins
Molloy College Suffolk Center, Farmingdale NY.
Click here for directions.


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:


Friday, April 24, 2015 • 8-10 a.m.
McGann Conference Center, O’Connor Hall
Long Island Campus
155 West Roe Boulevard
Patchogue, NY 11772


Ken Walles
East Coast Management Ltd.
Oceanside Beach Resort, Montauk

Don Monti
Renaissance Downtowns

Rob Salvatico
Jaral Properties

Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci
Member of the NYS Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development

Mike Johnston
Principal, Concorde Hotel Group
President, Long Island Hospitality and Leisure Association

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.
For more information or to RSVP, contact 631.687.1285 or

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
provide an overview of Fair Housing law and great information/resources will be made available geared toward government service providers, advocates, housing developers, architects, attorneys, contractors, grantees and sub-grantees.

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

Karen Tenenbaum, Trudy Fitzsimmons and Ellen Labita

Appliance World in Huntington, NY
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 7-9pm
Get your tickets HERE!

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ryan Attard at

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 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.

TIGER 2015 discretionary grants will fund capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and will be awarded on a competitive basis to projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a region, or metropolitan area. The grant program will focus on capital projects that generate economic development and improve access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation for disconnected both urban and rural, while emphasizing improved connection to employment, education, services and other opportunities, workforce development, or community revitalization.

The Pre-Application deadline is 11:59 E.D.T. on May 4, 2015.

The Final application deadline is 11:59 E.D.T. on June 5, 2015

Eligible applicants are invited to participate in the following webinars:

    • April 8: How to Compete for TIGER Discretionary Grants
    • April 14: How to Compete for TIGER Discretionary Grants
    • April 23: Preparing a Benefit Cost Analysis
    • April 28: How to Compete for TIGER Discretionary Grants

For more information, visit, which includes links to the Notice of Funding Availability, the 2015 Webinar Series, How to Apply, and more.

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Help Wanted

Long Island Board of REALTORS Looking for a Legislative Liaison.

To learn more or apply, send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to 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:

  • Experience in an elected official’s office
  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science/Communications or related areas
  • Knowledge of the legislative process at various levels
  • Understanding of the internal political system and the reality of how deals get done.
  • Must be perceived as non partisan and able to deal with both sides of the aisle
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills
  • The ability to work in a not for profit association environment
  • Administration skills
  • Experience in political fund raising is helpful
  • Travel throughout Nassau, Suffolk and Queens
  • Attend any related out of area meetings

Candidates should send their resume and salary requirements to:

Happy Holidays

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!

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