April 3rd - 9th, 2016
St. Joseph's College
Since 1916, St. Joseph's College, New York, has had a rich history of providing a strong academic and value-oriented education led by faculty members who are leaders in their fields.
“We are glad NYSDOT is concentrating safety infrastructure and amenities for pedestrians in this stretch of the region’s notoriously deadly corridor. Sidewalks and pedestrian medians are indeed prerequisites for safe mobility, but it’s time to consider reducing speed limits and adding curb extensions to calm speeding on these arterials...The drop in pedestrian fatalities in Suffolk is a good sign, but more concentrated safety projects are needed throughout the county.”
“New Yorkers 65 and older are more than three times likelier to be victims of pedestrian fatalities than younger New Yorkers... Once again Tri-State’s report shows we still have traffic safety issues in our state. AARP believes one way to address these pedestrian safety issues is to make our communities more livable by investing in complete streets, which takes into account all users of the roads, not just motor vehicles. In an AARP-commissioned 2014 survey, large numbers of New York Voters age 50 and over cited traffic safety-related issues as problems in their communities. We must stop these trends.”
“What needs to be made clear is that the numerous deaths along our roadways can be addressed through improved design and prioritizing DOT resources to make the streets safer. As Ryan Russo from NYC DOT stated clearly at last week’s Complete Streets Summit- "we can design fatalities out of the system". It is not a surprise that safety has improved in NYC streets while Long Island roadways creep up the list of the most dangerous”.
Long Island Still Among Most Dangerous Roadways
Route 25 in Suffolk and Route 24 in Nassau were tied this year for having the most pedestrian deaths in the Tri-State area according to the annual Most Dangerous Roads for Walking study released by Tri-State Transportation Campaign. The report comes out only days before two pedestrians were struck and killed in Suffolk County, within an hour of each other; one on 5th Avenue in Bay Shore, the other on Nesconset Highway in Nesconset.
If these levels of fatalities occurred through some form of an allergy, food born illness, playground equipment or other social or environmental factor there would be widespread calls for action. The good news is that over the last ten years there have been over 40 traffic calming projects across the Island. Clearly more are needed.
Two MicroTargets Opening This Year
While the trend has been for big box store to come into a community and bring challenges of parking and traffic amongst others, one company is trying something different. Two new Target stores are slated to open up in Freeport and Elmont later this year, but on a smaller scale than their usual sized stores.
Glen Cove Planning Board Approves the Villas Project
The City of Glen Cove’s planning board voted 6-1 this week to approve a modified site plan for a proposed 160-unit condominium development, The Villa. Dan Livingston, owner of Livingston Development Corporation hopes to begin construction this summer, saying that “this has been a long process, but the journey is well worth it considering the destination.”
Long Beach Aims to Build Planned Disaster Center
Almost three and a half years after Superstorm Sandy devastated Long Island, the Long Beach City Council voted to hire a consulting firm based out of Manhattan to help work towards building a $1 million emergency services center at City Hall.
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.
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: email@example.com Website: preservenys.org/preserve-new-york.html
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.
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.
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Port Jefferson Historical Society
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A Message from Vision's Director.....
Really honored to receive the Social Justice Leadership Award from the Ethical Humanist Society of LI this week. The dinner over at the Nassau Bar Association also recognized the contributions of philanthropist Esther Fortunoff-Greene, musicians Patricia Shih & Stephen Fricker and youth activist Matthew Berman.
Special thanks to the group that came out in support including: Vision Board members- Trudy Fitzsimmons, Bob Fonti, Ron Stein, Christine & Jorge Martinez; government, business and activist friends and colleagues - Adrienne Esposito, Gina Cafone Coletti, Jon Kaiman and Brandon Ray; former YES group Advisor Tara Klein and of course my partner in life Elizabeth Alexander and daughter Rayne.
A film outlining the history of the Ethical Humanist Society showed their longstanding work that has served as a catalyst or supporter of activism and education in the public interest.
-Eric Alexander, Vision Long Island
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