Apr. 19-25, 2015
Long Island Federation of Laboor
The 250,000 member Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, represents a wide range of union workers from teachers to technicians, public employees to painters, bus drivers to bricklayers, retail, auto, janitorial, utility, health care and construction workers. The Federation is the voice for the Long Island labor movement. It speaks on behalf of Long Island’s working families and its affiliated local unions to political leaders and legislative bodies at every level of government. The Long Island Federation of Labor supports the legislative and political programs of the National AFL-CIO and the New York State AFL-CIO.
“Neighbors Supporting Neighbors is thrilled to partner with community groups in West Babylon as we work together to revitalize the Van Bourgondien Park. It was great to see so many community members come out to lend their support and participate in the visioning for this park. I'm excited to see how we're able to incorporate many of this wonderful ideas into a new design that will ensure that this park is one that all members of West Babylon seek out as a destination.”
Kim Skillen, Neighbors Supporting Neighbors
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.
Vision is proud to announce this year's Honorees:
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Vision Long Island was in West Babylon this past weekend running a visioning process for the future of Van Bourgondien Park located on Albin Avenue. This community driven process is spearheaded by the efforts of Neighbors Supporting Neighbors Babylon, Inc., a Sandy recovery organization that is a part of Friends of Long Island.
Dozens of residents who attended on a day where the area had many other events running concurrently viewed presentations displaying examples of other park’s amenities that could be incorporated into the property, including playground options, trails, fountains, spray parks, concession stands, parking and fitness stations. Those in attendance, as well as the steering committee in previous meetings, were asked to “think big” when they were submitting ideas for the future use. Attendees then had an open session where they could discuss what their wants are for the area, as well as aspects that they would not like to see in the design proposal. Voting on the amenities followed which will allow the design teams to see what aspects of the revitalized park are most important to the residents, and what things should not be undertaken.
New parking meters in downtown Bay Shore will benefit the local economy.That’s the message from Islip Town Hall. Town officials are moving forward with plans to install 48 meters governing 1,450 parking spaces.
"There were a lot of hard decisions with this. It wasn't a knee-jerk reaction," Councilman Tom Cochrane said. "This is going on four years of planning. We're trying to organize our assets and we have to manage them. We're trying to take this town to the next quarter century." Cochrane said the meters will improve customer turnover on Main Street and create revenue to repair the town-owned lots, add cameras around the LIRR station and improve lighting. Islip is facing an $11.3 million budget deficit, and that’s not including the anticipated multi-million price tag for cleaning up Roberto Clemente Park.
The meters, approved in February 2014 with a $750,000 contract to Florida-based Cale America, are slated to be installed in stages. Meters for 500 parking spaces near the trains and 250 spaces on Maple Avenue will be first before meters for 700 spaces on Main Street and in the municipal lots north and south of Main.
About 60 percent of the hamlet’s parking will remain free, town officials said.
Parking meters have become a reality in other Long Island downtowns, like Port Jefferson, Huntington and Patchogue. And like many of those communities, Bay Shore motorists will be able to connect to the new meters wirelessly. Islip officials confirmed the new system will send text messages when time is almost up and can accept payments via smartphone.
With paper receipts on dashboards a thing of the past, town employees would monitor patrons with their own hand-held devices. No decisions have been made about fines or fees for possible parking passes.
And just like other Long Island downtowns where parking meters have taken hold, some opposition has emerged for the Bay Shore system. Attorney Andrew Siben collected more than 1,000 signatures on a petition submitted to Town Hall. Siben argued potential customers will opt for other communities or the South Shore Mall if they have to worry about paying the meter and tickets.
Cochrane, however, dismissed the petition. Many of the signatures, he said, come from outside of the Bay Shore area.
The project also has support from some on Main Street. Charles Beitch, owner of Suffolk Printing, had hopes parking meters would chase away merchants and employees from the prime on-street spaces.
“The local customers that come in either for restaurants or my customers, they can’t find parking,” he said.
"Kudos to the Islip Town Board for making the tough decision to back municipal parking meters in downtown Bay Shore. While initially unpopular the meters provide revenue for parking improvements, create circulation for retail to thrive and are structured to be updated with connections to your cell phone so you can add time without travelling back to your initial spot. Meters are an important tool in the toolbox for downtown parking and have been successful in the downtowns of Huntington, Port Jefferson and Patchogue," said Vision Director Eric Alexander.
How livable is your neighborhood?
Several parts of Long Island were highlighted by AARP with their new Livability Index tool, unveiled Monday. The index scores communities on a scale from 0-100 based on factors like Smart Growth and walkability.
“During a lifetime, people develop deep connections to their homes and communities. Our definition of livability considers the likelihood that everyone can continue to enjoy the vibrant communities they know and love as they age,” AARP said.
The index evaluates cities, counties and states based on seven core categories: housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement and opportunity. Fed by sources like the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these results are compared against national averages.
For example, the Village of Northport earns an overall score of 52. High housing prices make the neighborhood less livable, but a strong opportunity score and solid marks in neighborhood, environment, health and engagement make the village appealing.
All scoring begins at the neighborhood level – identifying more than 200,000 neighborhoods as defined by the Census, with larger municipalities receiving a cumulative score using the averages of the neighborhoods within.
In general, New York City scored the strongest. Nassau County and western Suffolk County earned moderate scores, with weaker marks for the rest of Suffolk. However, Suffolk is one of AARP’s featured communities, as are the Towns of Brookhaven and North Hempstead and Village of Great Neck Plaza. The Village scored a robust 70, powered by strong neighborhood, transportation, environment and health marks. Both Brookhaven and North Hempstead scored identical marks of 58 with average and above average scores across the board.
AARP officials said the project is useful for residents of all ages, although it’s designed to help Americans aged 50 and older be able to stay in their homes.
“The index will help communities and people within those communities work to make their neighborhoods better,” Harrell said. “But what’s most important is, we need to make those changes now. We cannot wait to make the changes communities need,” Rodney Harrell, a housing expert at AARP’s Public Policy Institute, said.
Nassau County to hold Public Hearing on Five Year Plan for Community Development Programs
On Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at theTheodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building located at 1550 Franklin Avenue, Mineola, NY, the county will be holding a hearing to identify fair and affordable housing and community development needs in the County.
The Nassau County OHCD is in the process of preparing its Five-Year Consolidated Plan describing the County's housing and community development needs along with a Strategic Plan for addressing those needs during the upcoming five-year period (FFY2015-2019). As part of this process NC OHCD is collecting data and input from its participating municipal consortium members, local organizations, and the general public. As an identified representative of a local civic organization you are cordially invited to attend this meeting.
A list of the current members of the Nassau Urban County Consortium is attached for your information. Should you wish to learn more about HUD’s Consolidated Programs please visit our website at: http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/1524/Office-of-Housing-and-Community-Developm
Join the Huntington Station Spring Clean-Up Round 2
Last weekend Huntington Station Happy Helpers, Friends of the HS Latin Quarter and Huntington Matters teamed up with over a hundred volunteers to clean up Huntington Stations streets and sidewalks. This Sunday at 10:00 Vision's Sustainability Director and Huntington Station resident Elissa Kyle is getting together more volunteers to clean the station sidewalks north of the train station.
Volunteers can meet at the plaza at Olive Street at 10:00 to help spruce up New York Avenue from the train station to the community garden. Help us spruce up the Station!
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 Co-Chair Trudy Fitzsimmons Honored 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
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.
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.
2015 Arthur Kunz Memorial Scholarship Breakfast
On Friday, May 15, 2015, 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM , the APA Long Island Section will hold its annual Arthur Kunz Memorial Scholarship Breakfast at Molloy College’s Suffolk Center at Republic Airport in Farmingdale (see www.molloy.edu/about-molloy/suffolk-center). A healthy breakfast buffet will be provided.
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.
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: The Way of the Trout
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Tea at the Museum
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New exhibits include “Ancient Art Form: Contemporary Adaptations in Glass”
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Pasek and Paul &
Bow Tie Port Washington
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Kickoff Event Announces 2015 Smart Growth Award Honorees
Joined by board members, sponsors and friends, Vision announced the 2015 Smart Growth Award honorees at our annual Kickoff Event. Special thanks to National Grid for sponsoring the kickoff party.
This year's honorees include:
For Regional Leadership Randi Shubin Dresner from Island Harvest for all she does to help local communities and Will Stoner from AARP - a leader in walkable communities, livability and complete streets are honored.
For Government Leadership Hempstead Mayor Wayne Hall Sr., for implementing a full scale revitalization plan for the Village.
Community Leadership is represented by Jorge Martinez, Freeport Deputy Mayor, Past President of the LI Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and business owner working to rebuild his Village.
Housing Choices is honored to Brooke Point a 39 unit affordable housing project in Valley Stream and the award goes to D&F Development and the Village of Valley Stream and Mayor Ed Fare. In this category we are also honoring Liberty Village - housing for homeless Veterans and associated services in North Amityville. Concern for Independent Living and the LI Coalition for the Homeless are the winners.
The honor for Mixed Use goes to "The Loft" on Main a well designed mix of retail and apartments in Farmingdale. Honored are Staller Associates and the Village of Farmingdale with Mayor Ralph Eckstrand.
Transportation Leadership is awarded to Jobs with Justice and the LI Bus Riders Union for bringing advocacy and victories for LI bus service.
Walkability is ably represented by the Village of Great Neck's Incentive Zoning plan and Mayor Ralph Krietzman for promoting safe streets, apartments, town homes and a focused Main Street commercial district.
The Planning award goes to the Port Jefferson 2030 Comprehensive Plan and Mayor Margot J Garant for a very thorough review and set of recommendations that navigate future growth.
Lastly the Environment honor is for the upgrade of the Northport Sewage Treatment Plant given to Suffolk County specifically County Executive Steve Belllone and Legislator William R. Spencer and the Village of Northport servicing the downtown business district and cleanup of the Harbor.
Kudos to all of the honorees and all of the many supporters and partners who assisted them moving these initiatives forward. The link below provides information on sponsorships, journal ads, tickets and how to register for the event on June 12th at the Crest Hollow Country Club from 11am-2:00pm. Hope to see you there......
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