April 23rd - 29th, 2017
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"I'm listening to people who don't live in my community tell me what is good for us. This is an opportunity to bring opportunity, jobs, housing on the grounds where there has been such loss. This is a good thing for Brentwood, the Town of Islip, Long Island and the community.” - Brentwood Resident Carla Patrick Alexander speaking about the Heartland Project
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Islip Hearing Highlights Community Support for Heartland Project
This past Wednesday the Town of Islip held a public meeting inviting residents and stakeholders to give public comment on the Heartland Town Square Project.
The project has been a long time coming, with the community and Town working back and forth to ensure that the project produces a sustainable and walkable community center for residents. There were a little less than 100 speakers of the 300 in attendance The Brentwood community, where the project would have the most impact, spoke mostly in favor, with speakers numbering 27 for and 5 against. Regional voices also weighed in, with 16 for and 32 against. About a dozen people had further questions.
Community support was strong, with a number of residents citing jobs, economic impact, housing opportunities, and the repurposing of the old Pilgrim State Psychiatric Hospital property as benefits. “This is what we need this is what our community needs,” said long-time Brentwood resident Elton George. “I've been living in the community for over 30 years and I think this is something that's going to be awesome for our community.
"I'm listening to people who don't live in my community tell me what is good for us,” said Brentwood resident Carla Patrick Alexander. “This is an opportunity to bring opportunity, jobs, housing on the grounds where there has been such loss. This is a good thing for Brentwood, the Town of Islip, Long Island and the community.”
However, there were some from outside the community who had issues with the project. A main source of consternation were Suffolk resident’s concern over traffic impacts for the area as well as urbanization. There were comments on the lack of commitment to union jobs, prevailing wages, and local jobs.
One of the more questionable statements of the evening came when a study from Cerini Associates was presented that said the 9,000 units at full build out would produce 7,000 kids. If there are 1,000 kids out of the 13,000 units of TOD housing already approved across LI we would be shocked.
Changes have been made in the past to the project to bring it more in line with concerns that the Town had. Changes include a more walkable design, more open space, better infrastructure planning, limit of heights in the first phase, job apprenticeship programs, increased affordable housing, set asides for community facilities, and a phased project with controls. The project has also been through the SEQRA process from 2003-2014 with multiple hearings, State and County agency analysis and comment, Suffolk County Planning Commission approval.
"The multi-volume extensive studies have been underway for the last decade and a half," said Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander. "Probably one of the most planned projects in the history of LI."
The project is heading towards a final vote by the Town Board after reviewing public commentary. Vision Long Island urges the Town of Islip to pass this project without delay.
State’s 2nd Largest Solar Farm Breaks Ground in Shoreham
Vision joined Invenergy, elected officials, environmental advocates, and union members for the groundbreaking of the Shoreham Solar Commons project at the former Tallgrass Golf Course last week. The solar farm will be the second largest in New York State, with the plant producing 24.9 megawatts of electricity annually, enough to power 3,500 homes. Project construction has begun, with spring of 2018 as the projected date that the “switch will be turned on”.
“Invenergy is very excited to break ground on the second largest solar installation in the State of New York. We’re looking forward to continue being a member of the Shoreham community and deliver a project that will bring both environmental and economic benefits to the community.”
When Chicago based Invenergy searched for the best places for commercial solar power, it thought it found a kindred spirit in the Town of Brookhaven. The town’s plan specifically called for commercial solar or clustered housing along Route 25A. The proposed area that has been zoned for such a project is adjacent to the smaller solar project at the DeLalio sod farm that supplies power to about 1,000 homes.
“Invenergy is very excited to break ground on the second largest solar installation in the State of New York,” said Brad Pnazek, Senior Manager of Renewable Development at Invenergy. “We’re looking forward to continue being a member of the Shoreham community and deliver a project that will bring both environmental and economic benefits to the community.”
The plan will not remove trees from the property to install the panels and would comply with code, allowing for less than 47 percent the land to be used for open space- this plan uses less than that under zoning, at 38.1 percent of lot usage. It would also reduce groundwater usage for irrigation, with no pesticides, herbicides or fertilizer being used on the facility, further reducing the land’s environmental impact to the groundwater. The area could have housed up to 120 single-family homes, which would further strain the water supply, as well as add congestion to roads, in increase in needs to emergency and municipal services, and an increase services needed at the school. The plan will increase tax revenue approximately 10 times over the amount that was being paid by the golf course.
Brookhaven Town Councilwoman Jane Bonner, who was instrumental in getting the project off the ground, said, “The environmental benefits alone make Shoreham Solar Commons the ideal repurpose of the golf course. No clear cutting trees, harmful greenhouse emissions will be reduced by 29,000 tons a year, no irrigation allows the local aquifer to recharge faster and the site will be completely pesticide, herbicide and fertilizer free. That’s a win-win for Shoreham residents”.
The project will create about 175 construction jobs, as well as a few permanent jobs once construction is complete, and aligns with New York State’s plan to have 50% of New York’s energy generated from renewable sources by the year 2030. You can learn about the Shoreham Solar Commons project here.
Nassau County Receives Approval for Partial Funding of NICE Bus
The Nassau Interim Finance Authority has unanimously approved a finalized financial plan by Nassau County to restore $2.8 million in funding to NICE bus.
The plan was approved thanks to a $1.3 million increase from NICE bus as well as $1.5 million in recently identified county labor savings. The County had previously slashed $3.8 million in subsidies to help close a $36 million shortfall in the 2017 budget. This had led to NICE bus being forced to reduce service on several key commuter lines because of its own budget shortfall.
The new funding will be enough to allow 4 of the 15 lines that were being cut or reduced to continue operating. The four rescued routes include the n1, n19, n57 and n78/79 bus lines and serve approximately 2,340 passengers per day in areas that include Freeport, Hicksville, and Elmont. Unfortunately, the remaining routes slated for cuts or reductions will affect roughly 3,500 residents daily.
“NICE regrets that any riders are being impacted by these service changes,” according to a statement released by spokesman Andy Kraus.
Aaron Watkins-Lopez, who organizes for the Long Island Bus Riders Union, supported the restorations, but noted that long-term funding is a larger problem. He pointed out that this is part of an ongoing pattern of cutting bus subsidies to plug budget holes and then scrambling for restoration of funds when NICE threatens service reductions.
Vision Long Island would like to thank the many government, community, business and human service leaders who stepped forward and lent their voice to a coalition that was the first of its kind to support bus service in both counties. Special thanks to the members of the NYS Legislature and other government officials that met with the LI Lobby Coalition in Albany in a bipartisan fashion on this issue. The coalition's work is nowhere near done as we need to see recurring revenue from the MTA Payroll tax that siphons funding from LI and away from local transportation services. Stay tuned for next steps.
You can read more on this here.
Long Island Rail Road Releases Final Environmental Statement for Third Track Project
The LIRR has released its final statement on the environmental impact of the proposed third track project for it main line.
The statement, currently under review by local officials and residents, provides details on the $2 billion project’s impacts on noise, traffic, air quality, and other such factors. This statement comes as a response to the more than 700 comments on the draft environmental impact statement, which had previously been released in November. The report also adds elevators and fixes to the Floral Park station to the project, a long requested addition by locals.
The statement is being touted as evidence of the community outreach efforts that were promised by Governor Cuomo when he initially pledged in January of 2016 to see the third track implemented.
“This completely new effort to fix the two-track bottleneck on the LIRR’s Main Line between Floral Park and Hicksville is like none that ever came before it — with exhaustive community participation, no residential relocations and significant reductions in noise and improvements in safety for local residents,” said LIRR President Patrick Nowakowski.
However, not all affected Villages on the Main line are ready to accept the project wholly. New Hyde Park, Floral Park, and Garden City have all hired law and engineering firms to review the statement thoroughly in order to ensure compliance with state law. They have also made it clear that legal action is still an option if they are not satisfied with the statement.
New Hyde Park Mayor Lawrence Montreuil, where three crossings are being located, acknowledged that there has been input allowed but noted that it had been more limited then would have preferred. He also stated that he would have preferred a larger role in developing designs for the street-level crossing.
You can read more on this story here.
MTA Releases Report Calling Climate Change ‘Urgent Reality’; Calls for Action
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has released a report that cites the ‘urgent reality’ of climate change as well as the benefits of public transportation for sustainability.
“For the MTA, climate change is not only an urgent reality, it is a reality to which all six MTA agencies are already devoting extensive financial, planning, and engineering resources,” according to the MTA’s first annual Climate Adaptation Task Force Resiliency Report. “There is no responsible alternative. The science of climate change is well established.”
The resiliency report issued this year is the first of what will become ongoing annual reports from the MTA’s Climate Adaptation Task Force. This task force was formed after Superstorm Sandy the study the ongoing effects of climate change and how they can effect mass transportation in our region. The report focused on climate related disasters for coastal regions that include sea level rise and storm surges among other things.
The report cites sources such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the NYS Energy Research and Development Authority, and the NYC Panel on Climate Change when it projects a sea level rise between 8 and 30 inches in the New York City region by the 2050’s. It also notes that the average temperature is expected to rise between 3.1 and 6.6 degrees Fahrenheit in that same time period. These changes will put MTA facilities at or below grade at greater risk of flooding while also increasing strain on rails, switches, and air conditioning while increasing risk of brown- and blackouts.
The MTA’s transportation area covers approximately 5,000 square miles with 2,069 miles of track, which will all be impacted in some fashion by climate change. This is compounded by aging infrastructure and the risk of coastal inundation.
All this has led to all of the MTA’s agencies identifying 46 major capital projects that would grow climate resiliency and have been recently completed or are underway. Those projects are valued at $3 billion in total. Long Island projects include: Flood protection on the Long Beach Branch; Hardened West Side and Long Island City yards; Deployable flood barriers at the Queens portal; the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Mitigation Project.
You can read the full report here.
Governor Cuomo Announces $112.2 Million for Pedestrian Safety Projects Statewide, $2.23 Million for Long Island
Governor Cuomo has announced $112.2 million in funding for 81 projects across New York that support bicycle and pedestrian enhancements and improve air quality. Projects that were selected include multi-use bicycle and pedestrian facilities, new accessible sidewalks that conform to the Americans with Disabilities Act, improve public transportation access, an enhance roadway safety.
The funding will provide up to 80% of the cost of the projects, and is made available through the Federal Highway Administration. Selections were made through a competitive process in which awardees presented plans aimed at increasing options for non-vehicular transportation, reducing vehicle emissions or traffic congestion or both. Along with additional public and private funding these projects will leverage nearly $233 million in construction and operational enhancements with a goal of improving air quality, mass transportation, tourism, and walkability.
Long Island projects include: $1.58 million to the Town of Brookhaven for 2.1 miles of new sidewalk and 1.2 miles of curbs; $362,208 to the City of Glen Cove for Downtown Business District pedestrian improvements; $288,000 to the Village of Amityville for the construction of 500 feet of pedestrian / bicycle path.
You can read more on this and see the full list of projects from across the state here.
Public Input Wanted for Proposed SEQRA Amendments
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) proposes to amend the regulations that implement the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). The principal purpose of the amendments is to streamline the SEQRA process without sacrificing meaningful environmental review.
Although the DEC has not identified any potentially significant adverse environmental impacts that will result from the proposed amendments, the DEC has chosen to use a generic environmental impact statement (GEIS) to discuss the objectives and the rationale for the proposed amendments and provide opportunity for public participation. The DEC has also combined the GEIS with the impact statements required by the State Administrative Procedure Act to reduce duplication.
There will be 4 public hearings, with the one being held on Long Island being held on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 6:00 PM at the Suffolk County Water Authority, 260 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, with a public information session from 3:30PM-5PM before the public hearing. The purpose of the public information sessions will be for DEC staff to answer questions regarding the amendments.
For more information, including proposed amendments and additional public meetings locations and dates, click here.
2nd Annual Bike-to-Work Parade and Festival at Hofstra on April 29th
Car-less Long Island invites you to join them for their 2nd Annual Bike-to-Work Parade and Festival on April 29, 2017 at 9 AM to show your support for a more walkable and bikeable Long Island!
Prizes will be given for the most impressively decorated bikes and best costumes. So have fun and be creative! Free tee-shirts for the first 50 registered attendees.
The parade is a 6.5 mile loop, beginning and ending at Hofstra's North Campus around Eisenhower Park. There will be a police escort for safe riding. There is a shorter walking route for those who want to see a more walk-able and bike-able Long Island, but do not want to bike themselves or are not ready to bike a 6.5 mile loop.
Those attending can stick around afterwards for the bike to work festival with music, speakers and prizes. It will be fun for the whole family!
For a map of the parade route, to register or to donate, and for a printable flyer to help get the word out, please go here. If you are interested in volunteering to help or in sponsoring the parade (with money or donated prizes and registration gifts), please contact Sylvia.
Scott Martella Scholarship Fund to hold Benefit Concert on April 30th
The Scott Martella Scholarship Fund, in conjunction with Long Island Cares, will be holding "The Concert That Has It All" on April 30th, a benefit concert aimed at raising funds for the Scott Martella Scholarship Fund as well as Long Island Cares. The Concert will have 3 hours of cover music featuring Joplin's Pearl with Amber Ferrari, Street Fighter, and Dear Prudence. The event will take place at the Emporium, located at 9 Railroad Avenue in Patchogue.
Tickets for this concert will be $50 in advance or $65 at the door and will include a free buffet as well as 2 free drinks. You can register at www.licares.org/scottmartellaconcert or call 631-582-3663 x 104.
APA Long Island to hold Annual Arthur Kunz Memorial Scholarship Breakfast on May 19th
On May 19th, 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. This year’s program includes two panel discussions to provide additional depth and double the AICP CM credits! Both Vision Long Island's Director and Planning Director will be speaking on the panels at this year's event.
This year’s panels will focus on the revitalization of downtown Hicksville and the opportunity for smaller-scale multiple-family housing development on Long Island. Speakers will provide an update on the collaborative planning effort is underway by the Town of Oyster Bay and the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce. The LI Section is also happy to host a panel of distinguished professionals who will discuss the gaps and opportunities that exist for small scale multi-family housing options.
Panel #1 [1.25 CM Credits Requested]
Panel #2 [1.25 CM Requested]
To REGISTER for this event and pay online, please visit http://www.nyplanning.org/events/arthur-kunz-memorial-scholarship-breakfast/ Or, send a check payable to “LI Section” to: Kathryn Eiseman, APA LI Section Treasurer, c/o Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, 572 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11747. (If paying by check, please also send an email confirmation to Kathy Eiseman at email@example.com). A REGISTRATION link can also be found on www.apalongisland.org.
Apply for Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Grant by May 26th
The Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning has released the new set of guidelines for Round 15 of their Downtown Revitalization Grant Program. The grant will be made available for downtown and downtown-adjacent capital improvement projects.
You can review the guidelines in full as well as the scoring system here. A sample resolution and the full Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Citizens Panel for 2017 is also available at the link. Questions concerning applications and eligibility can be forwarded to Heidi Kowalchyk at 631-853-5925 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications must be received by 4:30 pm on Friday, May 26, 2017 by the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning.
Technical Assistance Grants for Affordable Solar Projects Available
NY-Sun is now accepting applications for the Affordable Solar Predevelopment and Technical Assistance program. This new funding opportunity supports the development of solar projects for multifamily affordable housing and community solar projects serving low-to-moderate income (LMI) households, with up to $200,000 for each approved proposal.
Many LMI households are unable to access benefits from conventional residential solar installations. To help expand access to solar benefits for LMI households, NYSERDA is seeking proposals for projects leading to:
Projects related to on-site solar installations for owner-occupied houses are not eligible for funding through this solicitation. However, NY-Sun provides support to LMI homeowners through the Affordable Solar Program.
Applications may be submitted by local governments, affordable housing, community organizations and service providers working to make solar accessible to LMI communities in New York. NY-Sun will accept and review applications on a rolling basis until all funds are exhausted. Visit the program webpage for more details and the application.
If you have questions about the solicitation, please email email@example.com.
Full-Time Case Manager Wanted in Amityville
The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless (LICH) is seeking applicants for a Full-Time Case Manager (CES) for their main office in Amityville.
This position requires an ability to understand policies and regulations; work with clients and the LICH Coordinated Entry Team to gather required documentation; manage record keeping and reporting duties; utilize Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). Bilingual (English/Spanish) strongly preferred. A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in a Social Work or a related human services field plus two years’ experience or a minimum of five years’ related experience in human services arena is required.
Local travel will be also required for this position. Benefits after probationary period will be available. These include paid time off (vacation, holiday, sick, personal), medical insurance for the employee (premium paid by LICH), and Simple IRA plan (with employer match). LICH must conduct criminal background checks on candidates prior to offering employment for this position.
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.
Earth Day Celebration in Wyandanch Supported by National Grid and Local Officials
Vision was out last weekend celebrating Earth Day with National Grid at the Wyandanch Senior Nutrition Center. Over 50 National Grid employees were planting and sprucing the grounds up in support of Earth Day this year.
Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer was on hand along with NYS Senator Phil Boyle, Suffolk County Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory and many others.
Kudos to National Grid's team led by Ken Daly, Special thanks to National Grid's and Vision Board member Kathy Curtin Wisnewski who invited us down to see the good work.
Great be a part of this type of corporate involvement in local communities that we don't see enough of on Long Island.
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