Apr. 11-17, 2015
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“Main Street has been totally reactivated…Vacancy went from 23 stores to almost zero stores...
Anthony Bartone, Bartone Properties
At a time when plans to reduce truck traffic on Long Island, a regional planning wants to incorporate passenger service in possible freight rail improvements.
The Port Authority is considering 10 options to improve freight service between downstate New York and New Jersey.
Plans range from a $100 million proposal to transfer rail cars between Brooklyn and Jersey City by barge to $11 billion to dig and equip a new tunnel under New York Harbor.
The Port Authority held seven public hearings in the past two months and is expected to decide this summer which, if any, proposals should be recommended.
But before that deadline, the Regional Planning Association is urging the Port Authority to add passenger service using the freight rail system. They recommend adding service from Brooklyn into Queens and the East Bronx. Connections in Queens could be made with the Long Island Rail Road.
Freight currently moving onto Long Island uses one of three options: driven over a New York City bridge by truck, taking trains upstate and coming back down on the east side of the Hudson or loading rail cars onto barges between Brooklyn and Queens before using LIRR tracks to continue east.
Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander said this idea, and a possible New York Metropolitan Transportation Council recommendationt to ferry trucks from Connecticut onto the North Fork, lack substantive input from the public.
Mr. Alexander is not alone in his remarks. Congressman Lee Zeldin has expressed his concerns with the Cross Sound Enhancement project, He was particularly concerned with trucks driving along Route 25, which is a two lane rural route with a designated bicycle route and the safety hazards for the pedestrians riding in the Towns of Southold and Riverhead, especially during the summer months. “The North Fork is not designated to support the diversion of I-95 corridor traffic and I will work hard to prevent this scheme from unfolding to the detriment of my constituents,” the Congressman stated in his letter.
Legislator Al Krupski and the Suffolk County Legislature have also submitted their response opposing Connecticut Plan which will divert heavy truck traffic to Long Island. The letter stated the “proposal offers no substantive benefits to the residents of Long Island, but only adds to the congestion of our roads and the pollution of our air.” The Cross Sound Enhancement Plan calls for the improvement of ferry service from New London, CT to Orient, NY to accommodate an additional 3,000 large freight vehicles per year which would be diverted from I-95 in Connecticut to Long Island roadways.
County Executive Steve Bellone, who is Co-Chair of NYMTC, stated in a letter to the Orient Association that the Cross Sound Enhancement Plan “may have been used as the basis for poor planning and poor public policy” and that he will not vote for the updated Regional Freight Plan unless the Cross Sound Enhancement Project is removed.
For more on this story, check out Newsday (subscription required) or Patch.
Negotiations are ongoing to settle lawsuits filed by Long Island’s victims of Superstorm Sandy, but those homeowners are almost guaranteed to remain in the red.
Talks are underway after fraud and corruption was exposed in connection to FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program. About 2,000 lawsuits were filed by New York and New Jersey homeowners.
But even with a settlement likely to promise funds, Sandy victims are unlikely to ever fully recoup their losses. The flood insurance will not pay damages for pain and suffering, lost income, rent and other expenses many homeowners are incurring.
And whatever settlements do get hashed out are expected to be limited. Payouts expected to be capped at homeowner insurance policy level. That means it’s unlikely anyone will see more than $250,000 for damage to their house and $100,000 for ruined furniture.
Homeowners may also find themselves paying back other financial assistance. The U.S. Small Business Administration issued loans, which now carry principal debt and interest. New York Rising grants, funded by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, must be returned if those expenses are now covered by insurance – which would happen when a settlement is agreed upon.
Discussions only happened after discrepancies were discovered with engineering reports. Engineers from three insurance companies filed their reports, only to have them allegedly altered by others within the company. Homeowners with obvious flood damage were being denied for ludicrous reasons.
This finally led to a criminal investigation by state officials and prompted FEMA to begins talks to resolve about 600 of the pending lawsuits.
Details of the proposed settlement are in short supply, although legal funds are still being considered. Federal HUD officials said they are reviewing exactly what New York Rising funds must be repaid as part of the agreement.
One part of the settlement that has been revealed is an attempt to keep homeowners from joining class action lawsuits. At least eight homeowners have filed class action lawsuits against the flood insurance program and the insurance companies that processed claims
Check out Newsday (subscription required) for more on this story.
Village OKs Studios At Farmingdale LIRR Station
Transit-oriented development is a major component of the Smart Growth-themed rebirth of Farmingdale Village, and one developer said a new project will “complete” the TOD connecting the LIRR station and downtown.
Bartone Properties received permission from the Village Board Monday to move ahead with their $10 million Cornerstone project. Managing Partner Anthony Bartone said it “provides an economical option for our youthful audience.”
Despite also going by the moniker Part III, the Cornerstone project is unrelated to neighboring Jefferson Plaza. Located on the south side of the railroad tracks, Phase I replaced a parking lot with 39 apartments and 6,000 square feet of retail that opened in December. Construction is underway across the street on a vacant warehouse for Phase II that will create115 apartments and 13,000 square feet of retail by this summer.
The Cornerstone would be built on the north side of the tracks just to the west. Both projects can connect internally to the train station.
“It’s going to be a totally separate, distinct building,” Bartone said. The developer said plans for the Cornerstone call primarily for cheaper studios in the 42-unit project. “This is going to provide an option we were not able to in Phase I and II,” Bartone said.
Plans call for the Cornerstone to house amenities typical of luxury housing, including stainless steel appliances, high ceilings, granite countertops and a fitness center. However, Bartone confirmed the project also has a rooftop patio carefully designed to take in sunsets.
He also said plans call for Bartone Properties to improve a village-owned right-of-way at the company’s expense. The 10-foot-wide strip will be converted into lighted pedestrian path onto Main Street.
All of the TOD and Smart Growth taking hold in Farmingdale, Bartone said, has “reactivated” the village. Village Hall has publicly commented on the lack of downtown vacancies since the shift in culture.
Construction could begin this fall with occupancy beginning next summer. But in order to get there, the developer said he needs similar financial incentives from the Nassau Industrial Development Agency as the Jefferson Plaza project.
“Our hope with the IDA is that they will view this project the same way as Phase I and II and will offer the same PILOTs,” he said.
The project has a series of other steps, including an ongoing environmental review. Assuming everything moves ahead, Bartone Properties has an agreement to purchase a taxi business, diesel truck garage and a single-family house.
New Report Defines Green Dry Cleaning; Lists 26 LI Business Using Alternatives
Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition Inc. (HBCAC, Inc.) founded in1992, is not-for-profit grass roots organization dedicated to the ultimate eradication of breast cancer through education and public awareness of environmental links to disease. Their Prevention Is The Cure (PITC) campaign focuses mainly on prevention methods by identifying the causes of cancer but through their Lend A Helping Hand Program, they help those who have been diagnosed.
Driving Downtown Crazy: What’s The Goal?
The conversation about transportation infrastructure tends to elicit strong reactions across America, especially when change is involved.
Commuters just trying to get to work, kids going to school or people running errands may, and frequently do, interpret changes towards traffic calming as a threat.
But what exactly is the goal of traffic calming? Why even bother?
The problem for many possible projects comes from a lack of identification. Streets can never be everything at once; it’s a matter of link vs. place.
Link designs features roads as a movement conduit with the objective of saving time. They feature more lanes of traffic and limited public space between the street and buildings. Place designs are the opposite, with cars limited in favor of public places and wide sidewalks.
Only once the community selects on an option should transportation projects and enhancements begin. Trying to shoehorn both is not a possibility – one Florida city installed and subsequently removed bike lanes.
Similarly, many traffic engineers have a links mindset. When they examine a road for safety, they only see ways to minimize accidents without reducing the amount or speed of cars.
Streets designed as places should feature a very different design, especially when it comes to pedestrian safety. It’s well known people are more likely to survive collisions with cars at slower speeds. Only one of every 10 pedestrians are killed when the car is going 20 MPH, compared to five at 30 MPH.
Places need human interaction to be successful and human beings tend not to congregate where they don’t feel safe. Having motor vehicles cruising through the area at fast speeds reduces that confidence – why links and places cannot exist at the same time.
Check out Better Cities & Towns for more on this.
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.
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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.
A Special #artntech event!
FREE EVENT / $5 SUGGESTED DONATION
On Saturday Night, April 18th, join us at LaunchPad Huntington from 6-10 PM for our special #artntech event – “ART BYTES”. Featuring: Visual Art, Animation, Illustration, Videography, live painting, and musical performances. Plus, enjoy delicious food courtesy of Massa's Coal Fired Brick Oven Pizzeria, Tasty American Coo Coo, and Neraki Greek Mediterranean Grill Drinks courtesy of Greenport Harbor Brewing co. and Hint Water.
Live Music by: Alexa Dexa, Archibelle, mike longo, Say "No!" to Architecture.
Featured Gallery Artists: Anu Annam, Monica Chulewicz, Margaret DeLima, Suzanne Desiderio, AJ Estrada, Nicholas Frizalone, Miss Futurist, Beth Giacummo, Carrie Anne Gonzalez, Scott Grimando, Jan Guarino, Taylor Hirsch, Michael Krasowitz, Cynthia Lau, Juan C. Lopez, Kasmira Mohanty, Meishan Pan, Victoria Pendzick, Lucienne Pereira, Jack Pierce, John Prudente, RATGRRRL, and Caitlyn Shea.
LIVP Featured Artists: Michael Clark, Paul Lipsky, Andy Randazzo, David Sanders, and Bob Stuhmer. Live Painters: Heather Buggee, Sarah Baecher, Diana Fogarty, Jeff Lipsky.
This event is a collaboration between SPARKBOOM, Launchpad Huntington, and Long Island Visual Professionals.
CLICK HERE to attenf on FACEBOOK!
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
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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.
First Annual Suffolk County Multi-Cultural and Business Expo
New York State Assembly Member Phil Ramos and the Turkish Cultural Center of Long Island cordially invite you to participate in their Multicultural Business Expo which is designed to promote entrepreneurship, economic development, diversity, networking, sharing of business practices and innovation across all businesses and professional fields. This event founded by Dr. Suiv Lee and Prafulba Vaghela, should be of particular interest to businesses that have an interest in reaching Long Islands diverse ethnic markets. You have been selected to receive this special invitation because of your expertise and the important work your organization/Business has been engaged in.
The Multicultural Business Expo will be held on Friday, May 15, 2015 from 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm at Upsky Long Island Hotel, 110 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, Brentwood/Hauppauge, New York 11717.Representatives from the Business interest sections of Embassies of several countries will be present to provide information as to how they can facilitate the acquisition and importation of Ethnic products. Representatives of Suffolk Counties Foreign Trade zone, USAID and several other Government agencies will be at hand to create awareness of the services they offer to local and foreign businesses.
There will be a cultural component to the Expo which will include ethnic performances and exposition of the work of local artist.
We hope your organization/Business will consider joining us for the Multicultural Business Expo. We invite you to reserve a booth at the Multicultural Business Expo to highlight your organization’s outstanding contributions to the Long Island business community. We expect to have businesses and consumers from a variety of fields participate in the fair.
For more information or to RSVP and reserve a booth, please contact Suiv Lee, at email@example.com, 516.301.8476, Sadri Altinok, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 631.891.7511 and Prafulba Vaghela, at email@example.com, 516.708.3928. Thank you very much for your consideration of this request.
Art Mart: Call for Artists
The Greater Westbury Council for the Arts is pleased to announce an open call for artists and artisan vendors for “Westbury Art Mart.” This first annual arts market will be held Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Piazza Ernesto Strada (at Post Avenue and Maple Avenue) in beautiful downtown Westbury from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. This is an annual event which includes an arts market of local artists and artisans, live music and entertainment, gourmet food trucks, and more. This is an open call to all artists and artisans to exhibit and sell their work.
The Greater Westbury Council for the Arts invites professional artists to submit a registration form and photos of their work for consideration for Art Mart. All artwork must be original in concept, design and execution. Arts council members may reserve a 10′ x 10′ space for $20 ($30 for non-members.) Display setup, which begins at 8:00 AM the day of the event, and removal of artwork (no earlier than 4:00 PM), will be the responsibility of the artists. Pop-up tents, tables and chairs, electricity will not be provided. All sales transactions are between the artist and purchaser and the artists are responsible for sales-tax collection and reporting. There are no commissions taken by the GWCA on sales of arts and crafts. Rain date is Sunday, May 17, 2015
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.
$76M in YouthBuild Grants Available to Help Disadvantaged Youth
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.
What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?
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New exhibits include “Ancient Art Form: Contemporary Adaptations in Glass”
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Current exhibit: Growing Up in Sea Cliff
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Leaning to the Experts
Over 100 local municipalities, small businesses, civics, engineers and safety advocates focusing at the third annual Complete Streets Summit. NYS Senator Jack Martins and Suffolk Presiding Officer Duwayne Gregory helped kick off the event. The feature presentation from NYS DOT Regional Director Joe Brown was very well received. Great presentations from Legislators Laura Curran, Rob Calarco, GPI's Frank Pearson, VHB's John Canning and Kimberly Pettit from Bikelid. Municipal project updates covered North Hempstead's Michael Levine, Babylon's Jonathan Keyes, Brookhaven Councilwoman Connie Kepert, Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Eckstrand and RBA's Greg Del Rio.
Special thanks to our supporters and sponsors including Wendel's Ali Adelman, GPI, VHB, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, RBA, H2M, AARP and Sustainability Institute at Molloy.
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