Apr. 12-18, 2015
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“NYS is in the best fiscal shape it has been in in a few years... Over $6 billion that came from the federal government should be used in investing in our infrastructure because there is a great need.”
Hon. Tom DiNapoli, NYS Comptroller
“ Chambers are the heart and soul of what we do as government... Groups like this (LIBC) make sure we focus on the small businesses on our main streets.”
Hon. John M. Kennedy, Jr., Suffolk County Comptroller
“Long Island needs an economic vision that will revitalize our region, create high paying job opportunities and affordable housing in order to retain our youth. Collaborations by all elected officials and community leaders are essential to get this done. ”
Hon. George Maragos, Nassau County Comptroller
The task of making Long Island’s roads safer for everyone is underway. That was the message at the third annual Complete Streets Summit. More than 100 were at the Sustainability Institute at Molly College in Farmingdale Friday morning to hear status updates and remember why the mission is so important.
Vision's Director opened the summit with a review of complete streets policies and projects across Long Island. Over 40 complete streets projects are in the planning or construction stage or are recently completed.
Speaking to the crowd of elected officials, business leaders and community organizers, Suffolk County Legislative Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory said renewing the island’s transportation is a current issue. He revealed it takes his wife 40 minutes to drive seven miles on Route 110 to work at nearby Farmingdale State College.
State Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola), one of the Summit’s featured speakers, recalled how a highway proved to be a thorny issue in the former Village mayor’s side. Martins wanted to implement Complete Streets practices on parts of Jericho Turnpike, only to be denied by the state Department of Transportation (DOT) in favor of moving more cars. “That wasn’t long ago,” Martins said.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Complete Streets legislation in 2011, requiring state, county and local transportation agencies to consider these alternative practices. But, Martins said, New Hyde Park streetscaping efforts took 10 years before the law was signed. He also highlighted Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender – in attendance last week – for making progress both before and after the state law.
“When it comes to redesigning the infrastructure that’s been here 100 years, we have to be smarter,” the state senator said.
The other featured speaker, DOT Long Island Regional Director Joseph Brown, said Complete Streets planning at higher levels involves several agencies and organizations including the NYS Department of State and Metropolitan Planning Organizations like NYMTC. It also includes a focus on systems instead of projects, he said, adding the DOT is expected to release a Complete Streets checklist later this year.
Touching on bikeshare programs in other parts of the state, Brown also briefly examined the ongoing Route 347 project and the replacement of three traffic lights with two traffic circles in Halesite.
“It’s a safer system,” he said, adding that more roundabouts are being considered for the East End.
The Summit’s first panel touched on the challenges faced and policies employed for Complete Streets on Long Island. Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran (D-Baldwin) has been an active supporter, joining walkability expert Dan Burden tour her community last year. These days, Baldwin is one of three communities were part of the Nassau County Infill Redevelopment Study. Backed by federal funds, Baldwin was chosen as a model how to revolutionize downtown communities. Still waiting on the study’s results, Curran said she anticipated speaking at next year’s Summit with the response.
Out east, Suffolk County Legislator Rob Calarco (D-Patchogue) shared both a success story and a disappointing story. County Road 99 – Woodside Avenue – was originally built to feed a future IRS center in Holtsville. But when the employment surge never happened, the road never saw the expected volume and instead now has a major speeding problem. County officials were eventually able to redesign the road with Complete Streets in mind, although residents unexpectedly caused a delay during which another driver was killed.
“We have a safer road and a calmer road,” Calarco said. “It works.”
Unfortunately, part of County Road 80 has not benefited from the same safety track record. Also known as East Main Street just outside of Patchogue, Suffolk County was considering a Complete Streets plan under former County Executive Steve Levy’s administration. Officials, however, opted to trim plans in favor of saving money. The road has become dangerous with a number of deaths and motorists using on-street parking opening their doors into oncoming traffic.
“It wasn’t done thinking how can we accommodate everyone,” the legislator said.
Citing the 2010 Census, GPI Transportation Safety Director Frank Pearson said Complete Streets planning must focus on the elderly and disabled. Fifteen percent of Nassau County residents and 13.5 percent of Suffolk County are elderly, while 9 percent of Long Islanders have some type of disability. These people, Pearson said, may have hearing and/or vision loss, slower reaction times and longer times to cross streets.
Redesigning streets to accommodate all users can employ options like road diets, installing pedestrian refugee islands, modifying traffic signal times, narrowing lane widths, refurbishing pavement markings and adding traffic signs.
John Canning, managing director of engineering firm VHB, looked at Complete Streets off the island. In the upstate city of Kingston, a $3 million renovation of a road known as the spine of the city will include a variety of uses. Driven by a very active community, the project is expected to improve traffic flow and better serve pedestrians and mass transit patrons.
And wrapping up the first panel, BikeLid President Kimberly Pettit called on Summit speakers and guests to contact their respective elected officials to challenge proposed transportation cuts. Multimodal funding was part of the federal government’s proposed Grow America Act, but Congress cannot agree how to fund the six-year plan. “If we lose our funding because we didn’t have our voices heard…” Pettit said.
Meanwhile, BikeLid, a company that sells bike shelters for installation in public spaces, is in talks to install their product in the Town of Babylon and other parts of the island. Municipalities who purchase their lids, the president said, should take steps to promote bicycling in their community. “'Please carefully consider the type of bicycle parking you choose, simply installing a bike rack at a bus stop is not usually the right solution, people generally do not like to leave their bikes exposed all day so if we just keep installing rack after rack and the racks do not get used, it could be seen as a waste of money. Offering covered, secure bicycle parking like a BikeLid, gives riders peace of mind and also encourages helmet use, which is extremely important because we really want to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities sustained by cyclists. A main reason many riders choose not wear a helmet is because of the inconvenience of what to do with the helmet once they park their bike. Riders do want to leave the helmet on the bike, exposed nor do they want to take and carry the helmet around with them,” Pettit said.
Moderated by Wendel Companies Sustainable Design Coordinator and Vision Long Island board member Aliesa Adelman, the second panel focused more on design and regulation surrounding Complete Streets in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
The Town of North Hempstead implemented a Complete Streets law back in 2011, Planning Commissioner Michael Levine said on Friday. Moving on from his conversation about renovating local streets at last year’s Summit, this time he touched on the need to improve industrial neighborhoods. Scattered throughout the town via piecemeal development over the decades, roads in industrial areas are often not designed for non-car users. Shoulders and sidewalks are intermittent and employees of nearby plants will walk on a road “that clearly doesn’t accommodate them” for lunch.
The Brookhaven Highway Department is required to consider Complete Streets ever since the Town Board passed their own law in 2010. On Friday, Councilwoman Connie Kepert said the change is “working very well.” Sidewalk and curb improvements have been made along Wilson Avenue and a traffic-calming project took place on Granny Road.
However, Kepert said the town hasn’t been able to advance their River Road project. Connecting Southaven County Park and residential neighborhoods, River Road is frequently used as a cut-through for the William Floyd Parkway by speeding cars. Plans have called for traffic-calming measures, a 2.7-mile multi-use path. Town officials accepted federal funding for the project, Kepert said, and yet it remains on hold courtesy of the state DOT. While a DOT spokeswoman recently promised to look into it. The Councilwoman was concerned waiting would push the project beyond the building season and into 2016. “This should not take this long,” Kepert said.
The situation was brighter in the Village of Farmingdale, and not just because of decorative lighting used for TOD projects. More than $100 million in private funds have poured into Farmingdale, with another TOD project near the LIRR station approved last week.
Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand ran on Smart Growth campaign when he was elected three years ago. On Friday he said he was on track to fulfill his campaign promises.
Main Street vacancies have dropped and construction on housing walkable both to downtown and trains is nonstop. Once the latest project is complete, pedestrian paths will connect the LIRR station and Main Street on both sides of the track. They’ll include brick pavers, landscaping and decorative lighting.
Unlike Farmingdale and most other Long Island municipalities, the city of Long Beach is home to many surfers, skateboarders and bicyclists. Greg del Rio, director of Traffic Engineering for The RBA Group, said city officials must consider these as well as traffic since a Complete Streets law was signed in 2013.
Earlier this month, city officials also passed the Long Beach Safety Initiative – with engineering support from RBA. Analyzing data, they reduced traffic speeds to 25 MPH in residential neighborhoods. Traffic on Broadway and Long Beach Boulevard will remain 30 MPH. Traffic lights through the heart of the city will be synchronized to keep traffic under 30 MPH after finding they were on three different cycles.
A computer simulation displayed at the Summit revealed how adjusting speed limits and traffic signals can move traffic more efficiently and safer than the current pattern.
Across the county border, Babylon was the first Long Island town to pass Complete Streets legislation back in 2010. Complete Streets practices are a part of the multi-million Wyandanch Rising project, said Babylon’s Director of Downtown Revitalization Jonathan Keyes. Construction of mixed-use buildings is underway, medians were added to roads after sewers were installed underneath and narrow travel lanes are being implemented. Keyes said the project offered them an “opportunity to go back and put the street together properly.”
Vision's Director ended the conference for a call of design review for projects that don't incorporate complete streets standards. The attendees were encouraged to bring projects forward that may need design assistance to meet the needs of non-auto users as well as incorporate safety solutions.
On Thursday, the LI Business Council filled the room at the East Farmingdale Firehouse with over 100 local business leaders on hand hearing a fiscal update from NYS Comptroller Tom Dinapoli, Nassau Comptroller George Maragos and Suffolk Comptroller John Kennedy. Suffolk County Presiding Officer Duwayne Gregory, Nassau Legislators Richard Nicollelo, Laura Curran, Oyster Bay Councilman Tony Macagnone, the Nassau Village Officials Association, LI Federation of Labor, Gov. Cuomo's staff and a host of local chambers were also in attendance.
NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli addressed the crowd of business owners and chambers delivering a message that the state is fiscally stronger and Long Island continues to recover from the recession. However, there are still some major challenges like declining sales tax revenue, a slowdown following Sandy rebuilding and a shortage of “affordable” housing. While things are making a turn for the better, there is still a lot of work to be done.
Nearly half of Long Islanders are spending more than a third of their income on housing causing them to spend less in other purchases. “We’re certainly in much better shape today than we were a few years ago,” he said. However, we are seeing a return in the housing market and affordable housing continues to be an issue. 53 percent of renters in Nassau and 54 percent pay more than what would be considered affordable, based on their income. 43 percent of homeowners in Nassau and 44 percent in Suffolk pay more than that standard defines as affordable. “People are paying it, figuring out how to do it,” DiNapoli said. “But it means you’re not spending money on goods and other services.” While high housing prices are affecting Long Island, DiNapoli said “Long Islanders are finding a way”. He said Internet sales drive down sales tax, but that “so much of household income is going to the housing costs,” leaving less to spend on purchases.
Sales tax collections have continued to grow despite the harsh winter but still fall short of the 5.2 percent we had the year before and slightly down from last year which may be a continued fall out from Sandy however revenue is up by 7 percent.
“Even the construction industry is beginning to make a very clear comeback in many parts of the Island,” he said. “Some of that has to do with the rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy. Some of that has to do with the fact that the housing market is coming back.”
“NYS is in the best fiscal shape it has been in in a few years... Over $6 billion that came from the federal government should be used in investing in our infrastructure because there is a great need," said Hon. Tom DiNapoli, NYS Comptroller.
Suffolk County Comptroller John M. Kennedy, Jr. said “Chambers are the heart and soul of what we do as government... Groups like this (LIBC) make sure we focus on the small businesses on our main streets.” He explained to the group that his goal was to update the technology the county is using. He wants to bring more of their processes online to help expedite payments and contracts to vendors, making them more competitive and enticing to other businesses.
Kennedy also wants to work more in protecting local businesses from the effects of online sales which is also affecting the county's sales tax collection. He noted his understanding of the effects of shoppers heading to online vendors will have on our small businesses and main streets.
“Long Island needs an economic vision that will revitalize our region, create high paying job opportunities and affordable housing in order to retain our youth. Collaborations by all elected officials and community leaders, such the LI Business Council, are essential to get this done” said Nassau Comptroller George Maragos.
Maragos spoke about his plans to help turn Nassau County in a bio tech powerhouse in the region. His hopes is that, in the process of attracting a new, more modern industry, he will also attract younger, more educated professionals to Long Island.
All three comptrollers agreed to review the projects proposed for the $550 million slated for infrastructure investment on Long Island. The process for project selection is unclear to date and local chambers and municipalities were encouraged to bring their projects forward to ensure that state investment meets the needs of local communities.
Suffolk County Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory gave a brief update on the 110 corridor and its future contributions to the county’s economy before introducing Suffolk County Comptroller Kennedy.
In process of formation, the Suffolk Alliance of Chamber's was also a part of the morning session. The group met briefly after the meeting to solidify formation of the group and discuss future goals to support Suffolk County's small businesses and main streets.
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.
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Vision was out among a large crowd of over 200, many testifying in general support of the Heartland Town Square application at the Town of Islip Planning Board. Notable speakers in general support as well include local civic leaders, chambers of commerce and folks wanting jobs and housing options. Some folks from outside Islip and representing regional groups have weighed in in opposition. Local residents who were opposed to the project voiced their concern over the size, traffic impacts of the project, and overburdening community resources.
Nassau Coliseum Master Plan Submitted to Town of Hempstead
After over a decade of trying to figure out the best way to redevelop Nassau Coliseum, another hurdle was jumped this week. Forest City Ratner Cos. and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano submitted a master plan to the Town of Hempstead with hopes to begin construction by August of this year.
The Babylon Town Board unanimously signed off last week on rezoning that could transform Downtown Copiague into a commercial and residential hub.
“The zoning creates the basic conditions that private investors will be looking for,” Babylon Downtown Revitalization Director Jonathan Keyes said.
Thirty-one acres around the Copiague LIRR station and Great Neck Road could see major changes under new town rules promoting denser mixed-use development. Currently home primarily to low-rise commercial and industrial buildings, that space could be turned into 420 residential units, 245,064 square feet of retail space and expanded parks.
With town officials envisioning residential and office units atop downtown retail within walking distance of mass transit, plans with workforce housing or green building could be eligible for taller and denser construction.
The changes also specify details for future development. Sidewalks must be at least 15 feet wide and exteriors should use brick, stucco or stone.
Concerns about traffic, town officials said, can be alleviated by widening Great Neck Road, adding new turning lanes and recalibrating traffic lights.
Developer Conifer Realty is already in contract to purchase an industrial warehouse and convert it into a 90-unit apartment building. Rents would start at $1,200 for single-bedroom apartments and $1,420 for two-bedroom units.
“The market and the need for these types of apartments is very deep,” Conifer principal Andrew Crossed said.
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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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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.
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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.
The 2015 Long Island Food Conference
The 2015 Long Island Food Conference on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Hofstra University will bring together hundreds of key stakeholders and members of our communities from across Long Island and the tri-state area to learn, discuss, and network about the importance of growing and promoting a sustainable local food system.
Our 2015 conference will focus on strengthening and increasing our local food system by:
The Long Island Food Coalition is the conference organizer and includes representatives from the following organizations: Hofstra University; North Shore Land Alliance; iEat Green, and; Long Island Group of the Sierra Club. The Long Island Food Coalition (formerly known as the Long Island Small Farm Initiative) sponsored the 2011 and 2012 Farm Summits at SUNY Old Westbury College and Hofstra University, respectively. These two conferences drew nearly 1,400 attendees and were very successful in bringing together a diversity of people dedicated to growing, promoting and consuming local food.
We expect nearly 1,000 participants to attend the 2015 conference, including but not limited to educators, farmers, advocates, policy regulators, parents, students, concerned citizens and non-profit organizations.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Justice Leadership Awards Dinner
The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island is 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 email@example.com or the Ethical Society office at 516-741-7304 for more information or to purchase tickets.
Third Smart Growth Saturday Downtown Tours on May 9th
Fresh off of last year’s events, Vision Long Island invites you to join us in local downtowns for the third Smart Growth Saturday! Visit real places with projects underway and well managed Main Streets, showing the progress of downtown renewal across Long Island. We have chosen these communities for this event and we recognize that there are many other downtowns across Long Island doing great work and we look forward to future tours.
FREEPORT: Meet at Jeremy’s Ale House (239 Woodcleft Ave) at 11 am. Tour will be led by Freeport Chamber of Commerce and Friends of Freeport and will include: Nautical Mile restaurants, businesses, and a review of storm hardening and recovery post-Sandy.
NORTHPORT: Meet at Northport Historical Society (215 Main Street) at 11 am. Tour will be led by the Northport Historical Society and will include successful retail business district, restaurants, historic properties, art destinations, and waterfront park
RIVERHEAD: Meet at Summerwind Square (40 Peconic Ave) at 11 am. Tour will be led by Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter and will include: Restored Suffolk Theater, new mixed use development, Summerwind Square, Woolworth Apartments, new restaurants, farmers market, community garden, riverfront park and boardwalk
Tours will gather at 11 am for an initial presentation and will leave before 11:30. Tours are free, but RSVPs are required as space is limited. RSVP to 631-261-0242 or firstname.lastname@example.org Vision will share & invites those on tours to post photos on Twitter & Instagram #SmartGrowthSaturday
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, 20
Unsung Heroes Nominations Due June 5th
The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless awards the Leonard I Saltzman Unsung Hero Award at its annual Keys for the Homeless Conference each year. Each year, two individuals are awarded this honor: One selected directly by the Keys Conference Planning Committee, and one from nominations made by the community at large. The purpose of the award is to recognize volunteers, direct care workers and/or other “boots on the ground” persons who go above and beyond to help homeless and at risk Long Islanders. Eligible applicants must be involved in volunteering or working with homeless and/or at risk persons in Nassau or Suffolk Counties.
For more information, please see the attached nomination form.
2015 Smart Growth Awards June 12th
For over a decade, Vision Long Island has been honoring the individuals and organizations that display true Smart Growth leadership in advancing projects, policies, regulations and initiatives. Specific focus areas include mixed-use development, affordable housing, environmental health and safety, open space and historic preservation, traffic calming and pedestrian safety, transportation enhancements, clean energy, downtown revitalization and/or community-based planning.
To RSVP or for more information, contact us at 631-261-0242 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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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Film: National Audubon Society's Hawks Up CloseFri April 17th- 1PM, 2PM
To arrange a visit, call 516-571-8011 and for information and brochures, visit their website
For information, visit their website or call 516-439-5218
Gregory Museum Annual
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New exhibits include “Ancient Art Form: Contemporary Adaptations in Glass”
For information, visit their website or call 516-922-5032
For information, visit their website or call 516-766-0300
Current exhibit: Growing Up in Sea Cliff
For information, visit their website or call 516-671-0090
Over 200 Students Participate in Dowling Youth Summit
Vision staff and many board members were out today to help organize the LI Youth Summit at Dowling College with over 400 youth from 25 high schools across Long Island tackling the regions thorniest issues. Bullying, social medical issues, water quality, transportation, energy, race/class, economic development/ housing and leadership were all covered.
This year's theme "Leadership in a Divided Society" was ably tackled by many students. The luncheon keynote - Newsday's Joye Brown provided examples of community leadership and encouraged youth to stand up, run for school board seats and get engaged in their neighborhood. Best quote - "things don't change when people sit down"
Panelists who assisted the youth with their topics included: Suffolk County Presiding Officer Duwayne Gregory, Islip Councilman Steve Flotteron, CCE's Adrienne Esposito, Vision's Tawaun Dezaray Weber, and Elissa Kyle, Former Newsday business editor Ronald E. Roel, and many others.
Inspiring and exciting day as always .... Stay tuned next week for full coverage.