May 7th - 14th, 2016
Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana LLP
Founded in 1976, Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana LLP is one of Long Island's most acclaimed and distinguished full service law firms. The Firm has always enjoyed a solid reputation for successfully representing clients in real estate, land use and zoning, tax, trusts and estates, tax certiorari, corporate, construction, commercial and litigation matters. Areas of expertise have expanded to include banking, bankruptcy, employment and labor, municipal incentives/IDA, entertainment, and more. Throughout the Firm's growth, one thing has remained constant — its focus on obtaining results for clients. Headquartered in Uniondale, NY, the Firm is conveniently located for clients in Nassau, Suffolk and New York City. Personal attention and quality representation that is both practical and cost-effective are hallmarks of the Firm's policy towards clients.
“If we are going to revitalize Huntington Station, we’re going to have to provide the correct development that will encourage continued revitalization and the community sees that and were very supportive.”
Zoning Approved for Huntington Station Mixed-use Project
After literally decades of government planning, disinvestment and a sometimes divided community mixed use development projects are starting to lift off in Huntington Station with the Zoning Board of Appeals granting all needed variances for Gateway Plaza to move ahead.
Redevelopment for Village of Hempstead Discussed at Recent IDA Meeting
Vision board and staff were out earlier this week at the Town of Hempstead IDA hearing in support of two downtown Hempstead redevelopment projects. The room was packed with mostly supporters of the project that will bring jobs, housing, support for the existing independent retail base and needed investment into the community.
Over the course of four hours the Hempstead IDA hear testimony, occasionally heated, concerning the proposed $2.5 billion downtown redevelopment project in Hempstead Village. The project requests $20 million in tax breaks over the course of the next two decades for Plainview-based Renaissance Downtowns to build a 336-unit apartment building. Supporters point to a need for economic boosts and new jobs in the downtown while opponents raised worries concerning the timeframe for completion and density.
The first building is expected to create approximate $670,000 worth of revenue through property taxes and an additional $182 million in economic activity according to a recent economic study.
“My vision I wanted was to make Hempstead the destination point where people want to come and live,” said Hempstead Mayor Wayne Hall. “This PILOT is different in giving people jobs. It gives us the same opportunity and financial assistance as in Mineola and Rockville Centre.”
The IDA board will make it's final determination at their meeting on the eigthteenth, so keep an eye out for a full write up after that.
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New Performing Arts Theater to Open In Babylon Village Downtown
A new performing arts theatre will be opening in an old moviehouse in Babylon Village, adding to the vitality of the community that is providing customers with local restaurant options and an arts attraction.
$10 Million for a Long Island Downtown Revitalization Discussed at Hofstra
Vision joined NY State’s Economic Development Council at Hofstra University this week for the Long Island Region Economic Development Council’s meeting with about 100 NY state government, municipal, non-profit and educational stakeholders, including Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.
New York Metropolitan Transportation Council Holds Public Workshops on Long Island
Vision was out at the first of many work sessions shaping the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council’s (NYMTC) Regional plan this week.
Urban Planners Are Blind To What Jane Jacobs Really Saw
This op-ed appears in full in the Wall Street Journal, which you can read in full here. Below is a short sample:
Legendary author and urban theorist Jane Jacobs passed away last week at the age of 89. Her classic 1961 book, "The Death and Life of Great American Cities," delivered a damning indictment of postwar city planning and urban renewal efforts, revolutionizing the way we think about and plan our cities.
A working mother with no formal education in urban planning, Jacobs became an icon in the 1960s when she mobilized citizens to fight the redevelopment and highway-construction plans of New York City planning czar Robert Moses, who wielded almost unchecked power over the city's urban development during the mid-20th century. She famously led the effort that defeated Moses' plan to build an expressway through Manhattan's Washington Square Park and West Village, which would have displaced nearly 10,000 residents and workers and destroyed thousands of historic buildings.
Given urban planners' almost universal reverence for Jacobs, it is ironic that many have largely ignored or misinterpreted the central lesson of "Death and Life" -- that cities are vibrant living systems, not the product of grand, utopian schemes concocted by overzealous planners.
Modern planners have contorted Jacobs's beliefs in hopes of imposing their static, end-state vision of a city. They use a set of highly prescriptive policy tools -- like urban growth boundaries, smart growth, and high-density development built around light-rail transit systems -- to design the city they envision. They try to "create" livable cities from the ground up and micromanage urban form through regulation. We've seen these tools at work in Portland, Ore., for more than three decades. But the results have been dismal and dramatic. The city's "smart growth" policies effectively created a land shortage, constricting the housing supply and artificially inflating prices. By 1999, Portland had become one of the 10 least affordable housing markets in the nation, and its homeownership rate lagged behind the national average. It has also seen one of the nation's largest increases in traffic congestion and boasts a costly, heavily subsidized light-rail system that accounts for just 1% of the city's total travel. Not exactly how they planned it.
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Island Harvest and Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger May 14th
Island Harvest and the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) are again joining forces for the 24th-annual Stamp Out Hunger campaign on Saturday, May 14, 2016, as part of the nation’s largest single-day food drive. Postal carriers throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties will collect nonperishable food items left by caring Long Islanders who want to be part of the solution in ending hunger in our communities. All food collected will benefit Island Harvest in providing supplemental food support to the more than 316,000 Long Islanders at risk of going hungry every day.
Participation in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive is simple. Residents are asked to leave nonperishable food items such as canned goods, pasta, rice, boxed juices and shelf-stable milk (please, no glass items) next to their mailboxes before regularly scheduled mail delivery on Saturday, May 14, 2016. The postal carriers will do the rest.
Last year, generous Long Islanders donated 346,000 pounds of food to the Stamp Out Hunger collection event, translating into 288,333 meals to assist food-insecure residents in Nassau and Suffolk. This year’s sponsoring partners of the NALC Stamp Out Hunger collection include Stop & Shop, and the United States Postal Service.
For more information about Stamp Out Hunger, click here.
LI Business Council’s next meeting, Thursday, May 19th Featuring Bill Millett on Economic Benefits of Early Childhood Education
On Thursday, May 19th, 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. 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 Long Island’s downtowns.
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.
American Planning Association Hosts Annual Arthur Kunz Memorial Scholarship Breakfast
The Long Island Section of the American Planning Association is hosting its annual Arthur Kunz Memorial Scholarship Breakfast on May 20th. Details at: https://apalongisland.org/. This year’s event will focus on parking technology and innovation. Panelists will provide insight on the next generation of parking technology that is being implemented throughout the region. Several municipal officials from across Long Island will also share their experience with public/private parking solutions, smart meter technology, site design, regulatory tools and other ways that communities are tackling the issue of parking management. Vision Long Island Sustainability Director Elissa Kyle will be moderating the panel on Sustainable Parking and Management. AICP CM Credits have been requested.
When: May 20th, 2016, 8am – 12pm
Sustainable Living Film Series Presents- Live and Let Live
All are invited to join the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College and Open the Cages Alliance for a screening of the award-winning documentary Live and Let Live, part of the Sustainable Living Film Series.
Live and Let Live is a 2013 feature documentary examining our relationship with animals, the history of veganism and the ethical, environmental and health reasons that move people to go vegan.
Food scandals, climate change, lifestyle diseases and ethical concerns move more and more people to reconsider eating animals and animal products. From butcher to vegan chef, from factory farmer to farm sanctuary owner – Live and Let Live tells the stories of six individuals who decided to stop consuming animal products for different reasons and shows the impact the decision has had on our lives.
Vegan hor d'oeuvres will be served at 6PM, with the program beginning at 7:15PM on Thursday, May 26th at the Madison Theater at Molloy College Center, 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre. Admission is free, with a $5 suggested donation at the door. You can check out the trailer here. For more information, please call (516) 323-4510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fair and Affordable Housing Land Use and Zoning Training
The Long Island Housing Partnership and St. Joseph’s College Institute for Attainable Homes will be presenting professional development training in Fair and Affordable Housing Land Use and Zoning of Friday, June 3rd from 9AM to 2PM. St, Joseph’s College is located at 155 West Roe Blvd. In Patchogue.
The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless Hosts Grand Opening Celebration
Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is pleased to announce their Grand Opening Celebration at their new facility in Amityville. Attendees can tour the newly renovated Community Resource Center and garden while learning about the different programs and services that are offered by organizations in the building. You can visit Long Island Coalition for the Homeless’ website by clicking here.
Support NYS Amendments to the “MTA Payroll Tax” provide needed local transportation funding
A constant struggle for communities on Long Island is the fight to have New York State bring back a portion of the MTA tax that employers are paying without receiving any local benefits.
Attached are two proposed companion amendments to the Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Mobility Tax, also known as the “MTA Payroll Tax,” that have been introduced in Albany this year, Senate Bill #7294 introduced by Senator Martins (2015) and Bill #9725 introduced by Assemblyman Ramos and sponsored by Assembly members Solages and Thiele.
These changes to the existing MTA Payroll Tax structure would provide Long Island with significant new funding for vital transportation investments, helping to alleviate the burden of tight budgets on municipalities. To date, employers in the counties of New York (Manhattan), Bronx, Kings (Brooklyn), Richmond (Staten Island), Queens, Nassau, Orange, Suffolk, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess, and Westchester, have contributed nearly $1.5 billion dollars to the MTA. Communities outside of New York City do not receive a proportionate benefit for the contribution paid by local employers.
The amendments call for using MTA Payroll Tax dollars to bring the downstate counties to a 50% local match of the operating costs of public transportation. This will address some of the existing inequity in Nassau and Suffolk without hurting the other counties. Both County Executives, as well as a large and growing number of local elected officials, employers, local chambers of commerce and residents strongly support this change.Please contact your New York State representative in the Senate and Assembly, urging them to support these amendments.
USDA Announces Conservation Innovation Grants
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications for their Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). The CIG focus for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 is Water Quality and Conservation Finance. The total amount of funding for the program will be up to $20 million.
Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) are competitive grants that stimulate the development and adoption of innovative approaches and technologies for conservation on agricultural lands. CIG uses Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or nongovernmental organizations, American Indian Tribes, or individuals. Producers involved in CIG funded projects must be EQIP eligible. 10 percent of CIG funding will be set aside for projects benefitting historically underserved producers, farmers or ranchers who are military veterans, or organizations comprised of or representing these individuals.
Applications are due May 10th. For more information, click here.
Federal Transit Administration Announces Bus Grant Program
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is now accepting applications for the grant funded Bus and Bus Facilities Program. A total of $211 million will be available for this year’s grant opportunity. Tribal, state, county, city and township governmental entities may apply.
The purpose of the Bus Program is to improve the condition of the nation’s public transportation bus fleets, expand transportation access to employment, educational, and healthcare facilities, and to improve mobility options in rural and urban areas throughout the country. In accordance with the statutory requirement that FTA must “consider the age and condition of buses, bus fleets, related equipment, and bus-related facilities”, FTA will prioritize projects that demonstrate how they will address significant repair and maintenance needs, improve the safety of transit systems, deploy connective projects that include advanced technologies to connect bus systems with other networks, and support the creation of ladders of opportunity.
Applications are due May 13th. For more information, click here
NYS Grant Opportunity for Local Municipalities
Vision Long Island wants to alert local municipalities and supporters of downtown redevelopment to this grant opportunity from NYS that is due in the coming weeks. Long Island has 60 downtown business districts with revitalization plans and over 40 that have been actively redeveloping their downtowns for many years. We want to be sure that all business districts have an opportunity to complete and review this appication in a timely fashion.
As part of the 2016 New York State Budget Governor Andrew M. Cuomo included The Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI). The DRI will invest $10 million in one community in each of the ten regions across New York State that are ripe for development in order to transform them into vibrant communities where tomorrow’s workforce will want to live, work and raise their families. The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council has been asked to nominate one downtown in the Long Island region that is best positioned to take advantage of this DRI funding.
The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council next meeting will be Monday, May 9, 2016 at Hofstra University, David S. Mack Student Center where a representative from the New York Department of State will be presenting on the Downtown Revitalization Initiative and will take questions from the audience. Registration for this meeting can be found at http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/liredc-meeting-may-9-2016 .
Applications must be submitted electronically to LIREDC@esd.ny.gov<mailto:LIREDC@esd.ny.gov> by no later than Friday, May 20, 2016. For more information on the criteria or application, contact the local Empire State Development office at 631-435-0717 or your local assemblyman or senator.
Federal Highway Administration Opens National Trails Training Grant
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has opened up its National Trails Training Grant program, and is now accepting applications. There will be one award given, ranging between $150,000 and $750,000.
There is a minimum of a 20% match required to be eligible for the grant. For more information, check here. Applications must be submitted no later than May 23, 2016.
The Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Awarding $1.5 million
The Aetna Foundation, American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties will be partnering in the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge, which will be administered by CEOs for Cities.
A total of $1.5 million in prizes will be awarded to cities, counties and federally recognized tribes that are most able to show measurable changes in health and wellness over the next several years. Applications are due by May 31st.
The National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies' Award Applications Open
The National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA) will be accepting applications for both the Green Infrastructure Awards Program, as well as the 2016 Excellence in Communication Award.
Sunpower By Empower Solar is Now Hiring for Various Positions
SunPower by EmPower Solar is growing and hiring for several entry- and Associate-level positions.
Current opportunities include:
Candidates that are interested are encouraged to visit SunPower by Empower Solar’s website to learn more about each individual position’s job details and application requirements. For more information, please contact Tara Bono, Marketing Manager by email.
Full-time COC Compliance Manager Position Available in Amityville
The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is seeking applicants for a Full-Time Continuum of Care (COC) Compliance Manager in their main office located in Amityville. This position requires a strong ability to research and understand policies and regulations; strategic planning; compliance monitoring, training and coordination of multiple groups and activities.
Interested parties should submit a resume and salary requirements via email. For more information about this position, please click here. Please do not call Long Island Coalition for the Homeless regarding 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.
What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?
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Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
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Bow Tie Port Washington
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Cold Spring Harbor
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Port Jefferson Historical Society
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Public Relations Professional Honor Two Long Island Leaders
Vision was out at the Public Relations Professionals of Long Island Annual Awards event this week, honoring two longstanding leaders on Long Island.
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