May 18th - 24th, 2019
St. Joseph’s College
Since 1916, St. Joseph’s College has provided an affordable liberal arts education to a diverse group of students. Independent and coeducational, St. Joseph’s prepares students for lives of integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service; lives that are worthy of the College’s motto, Esse non videri — “To be, not to seem.”
St. Joseph’s Long Island Campus challenges its approximately 3,300 students to develop their full potential and a joy of learning. With more than 400 faculty members, the College enjoys a student-to-faculty ratio that provides individual attention in an open, supportive atmosphere.
St. Joseph’s remains dedicated to maintaining low costs while upholding a strict standard of excellence. While retention rates at most colleges are slipping, St. Joseph’s remains above the national average. Its academic strength hasn’t gone unnoticed. The College is consistently recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “America’s Best Colleges” issue.
“Currently, our community operates on outdated and environmentally adverse cesspools for the most part. Sewers are essential to the growth of a community as well as providing indispensable environmental benefits in the reduction of nitrogen loading. Our small momand pop business districts require wastewater management infrastructure to survive in this e-commerce driven economy. We simply cannot move forward without this simple legislation.” – Smithtown Supervisor Ed Wehrheim speaking on the need to pass alienation legislation
"The alienation of this land is necessary to complete a project that is of tremendous importance to both residents and business owners in Kings Park. Earlier this year, the Town of Smithtown Town Board and Suffolk County Legislature both unanimously adopted Home Rule Messages in support of this legislation. The municipal support follows years of community led planning and development of concept. For these reasons, Suffolk County requests the NYS Legislature take whatever steps needed to ensure the enactment of this legislation." - Suffolk County Supervisor Steve Bellone
"In 2016, residents and businesses in Kings Park came together to create a plan which would help revitalize our downtown. In 2017, Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature awarded Kings Park with 20 million dollars to fund the necessary sewer project to begin the revitalization. In 2018, with commitment from State, County, and Town government, this project was ready to begin. The first step was the passage of an alienation bill which would allow the placement of a required pump station on town property. A bill was introduced, but for political reasons, never reached the floor. In 2019, the legislation was again submitted (A05716, S02859) and presently awaits passage. The planning is done, stakeholders are at the table and the project is fully funded. Getting this legislation passed is crucial."- Joint Statement from Linda Henninger of the Kings Park Civic, Tony Tanzi of the Kings Park Chamber, and Vision Director Eric Alexander
Please Join us for the 18th Annual
Albany Visit to Advance Sewers in Kings Park
Vision Long Island joined the Kings Park Chamber and Kings Park Civic in Albany this week to get legislation finally approved that will alienate 4,000 sf of NYS property for a pump station.
As part of our efforts we met with Co-sponsors of the legislation Senator John Flanagan and Assemblyman Mike Fitzpatrick. We also met with members of the Ways and Means Committee Phil Ramos and staff of Fred Thiele. There were also sit-downs with Governor Cuomo’s staff and the offices of Senators Todd Kaminsky, Kevin Thomas, Anna Kaplan, Monica Martinez, Jon Brooks and James Gaughran.
We were very happy to pick up a new cosponsor for the bill in Assemblyman Steve Englebright. He had initial questions, but they were quickly resolved once he dug into some of the planning work that has been done. More needs to be done to protect the water quality of the harbors moving forward, but we all agreed that advancing Kings Park sewers is a great first step.
"In 2016, residents and businesses in Kings Park came together to create a plan which would help revitalize our downtown," said Linda Henninger of the KP Civic, Tony Tanzi of the KP Chamber, and Vision Director Eric Alexander in a joint statement. "In 2017, Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature awarded Kings Park with 20 million dollars to fund the necessary sewer project to begin the revitalization. In 2018, with commitment from State, County, and Town government, this project was ready to begin. The first step was the passage of an alienation bill which would allow the placement of a required pump station on town property. A bill was introduced, but for political reasons, never reached the floor. In 2019, the legislation was again submitted (A05716, S02859) and presently awaits passage. The planning is done, stakeholders are at the table and the project is fully funded. Getting this legislation passed is crucial."
Thank you to Smithtown Supervisor Ed Wehrheim as well, who has been working in support of the sewer project for some time now, and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. Both had letters of support we were able to deliver.
“Currently, our community operates on outdated and environmentally adverse cesspools for the most part," said Supervisor Ed Wehrheim. "Sewers are essential to the growth of a community as well as providing indispensable environmental benefits in the reduction of nitrogen loading. Our small momand pop business districts require wastewater management infrastructure to survive in this e-commerce driven economy. We simply cannot move forward without this simple legislation.
"The alienation of this land is necessary to complete a project that is of tremendous importance to both residents and business owners in Kings Park," said Suffolk County Supervisor Steve Bellone. "Earlier this year, the Town of Smithtown Town Board and Suffolk County Legislature both unanimously adopted Home Rule Messages in support of this legislation. The municipal support follows years of community led planning and development of concept. For these reasons, Suffolk County requests the NYS Legislature take whatever steps needed to ensure the enactment of this legislation."
This bill has been part of the 100 member LI Lobby Coalition for the last two sessions, and we are now hopeful for passage.
In 2016, residents and businesses in Kings Park came together to create a plan which would help revitalize their downtown with the help of Vision Long Island. In 2017, Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature awarded Kings Park with $20 million to fund the necessary sewer project to begin the revitalization. Then in 2018, with commitment from State, County, and Town government, this project was ready to begin.
However, the first step is the passage of this alienation bill that will allow the placement of a required pump station on town property. Bills were previously introduced, but sadly never reached the floor for political reasons. Finally, in 2019, the legislation was again submitted (A05716, S02859) and presently awaits passage.
The planning is done, stakeholders are at the table and the project is fully funded. Getting this legislation passed is crucial. Keep an eye on Vision Long Island for updates on the status of this bill.
Lindenhurst Hosts Community Visioning Workshop
Lindenhurst took a step forward in its goal of acquiring a Downtown Revitalization Grant this past week when more than 200 people gathered for a Visioning Workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to gather ideas to help guide a Downtown Master Plan currently being worked on by two engineering and planning firms, Greenman Pedersen, Inc (GPI) and BJH Advisors.
“This will be one of the major research tools we use to apply for the (Downtown Revitalization Initiative) grant application,” explained Lindenhurst Village Trustee RJ Renna. “It’s a $10 million grant we are seeking from the State of New York to invest in our village, to make Lindenhurst the kind of downtown that we want it to be.”
The public meeting was part of that process as the village is seeking community input and feedback as they move forward. After a brief presentation, residents were encouraged to visit four stationed that were present around the room and give their opinions to planners in attendance. There was a station for transportation and parking, land use and economic development, overall vision and desire, and a survey station.
As the developers working on the plan, GPI and BJH were present at the stations to speak with residents. There was a lot of excitement surrounding increased walkability in the downtown and bringing new businesses into the downtown and getting them to last.
That feedback will be incorporated into the plan that is currently seeking to make a number of changes in the downtown. These include improving upon the parking situation, possible relocation of local restaurants to less flood-prone areas, increasing access to the water from the downtown, promoting pedestrian safety, and a few others.
Residents will have until June 1st to fill out a survey and give their input. The survey is available here.
“The villagers have to tell us what they want,” said Lindenhurst Mayor Michael Lavato. “We’re hoping by them offering ideas, we can hear about things that maybe we never even thought about before. And wouldn’t it be great to win that $10 million grant?”
There will be another comment period over the summer as well and a draft Master Plan will be presented to the village and chamber officials next fall. If everything goes smoothly a final plan will be approved and released by December.
Glen Cove Grants License for Ferry Events at Garvies Point
The City of Glen Cove has approved a license for Huntington-based Eastern Star Cruises to run special ferry events out of Garvies Point for the next year.
The agreement will allow the company to charter yachts from the ferry terminal that is currently being prepared as a commuter ferry dock. In the meantime the City had previously put out a Request for Interest to run charters out of the dock, which drew an application from Eastern Star Cruises. The license is on a one-year basis and can be renewed for another year-long period each of the next three years.
Glen Cove Mayor Tim Tenke also indicated that he hoped this move will signal to local residents that progress is being made at the terminal.
The City is currently in the process of meeting with companies to select a commuter ferry that will travel between Garvies Point and Manhattan. The City will need to have an operational commuter ferry by May 22, 2020 in order to meet the stipulations of a grant awarded to them by the Federal Highway administration. However, this cruise service will not contribute towards that goal.
You can read more here.
LIRR Reviewing Potential for Electrification of Port Jefferson and Central Branches
After years of efforts to electrify the diesel-only Port Jefferson and Central branches of the LIRR, steps are being taken to consider the viability of doing so.
The LIRR is currently looking through proposals to award contracts for electrification studies across the two branches. Those studies will determine what it will cost to move forward with each project and lay the ground work to modernize the lines.
This move comes as the MTA has received funding through the MTA Rail Act as part of an overhaul of the system. $1.5 billion will go towards capital projects for the LIRR for a variety of needs, but increased service is a top priority. Electrification would fit that bill as it would allow for “one-seat” rides into Manhattan as opposed to having to switch trains at some point during the commute.
Senator Jim Gaughran, who has been advocating for electrification since the passage of the Rail Act, has also been surveying local commuters to try and find out what improvements they’d like on their morning commutes. The idea of quicker rides and elimination of the need to transfer trains resonated with riders.
“It’s been talked about for decades,” said Senator Gaughran. “It’s time to make it happen.”
The project will require funding for not just electrification but needed improvements such as new substations, train storage yards, a third rail and second track from Huntington to Port Jefferson, platform upgrades, and work on bridges, viaducts, and crossings. While funding for that portion of the project has not been procured, there are plans to ask for funds to electrify the Central branch in the upcoming 2020-24 capital program.
You can read more here.
RXR Provides Information on the Nassau HUB Project
Vision Board and staff were recently out at meetings and presentations tied to the Nassau HUB.
The RXR development team has been working to put workgroups together for small business and transportation / infrastructure. RXR representatives also presented to the Nassau Village Officials Association.
Questions passed to RXR included climate limitations to outdoor events, connections to local downtowns, failure of past planning efforts, viability of housing and the need for transit on the site.
It was great to see a robust dialogue concerning questions on the project. Stay tuned for updates from future outreach meeting.
Take Action: Help Stop Moratorium on New Heating and Gas Services
As a result of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) recent decision to deny “without prejudice” a water permit for Williams’ Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) project, National Grid has stopped processing all applications for new or expanded gas service in Brooklyn, Queens and on Long Island.
National Grid will continue to receive applications for new and expanded firm natural gas service from residential, commercial and industrial customers, but none will be processed until the permits are received and the project is allowed to proceed.
This project is important because it creates needed infrastructure for planned downtown projects and new small businesses in local communities. Without the ability to adequately heat their projects then development would slow to an unacceptable rate and progress will stall in many of our downtowns. Vision Long Island board has written letters and provided testimony in support of this progect.
The opportunity is available to write a letter in support of this project. Head to the Take Action page here to send your message of support.
Empire State Development to Hold Town Hall for CFA Assistance on May 30th
Governor Cuomo launched the ninth round of Regional Economic Development Council Competition, which will award more than $750 million across the 10 REDC regions in New York State. Through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA), which opened to applicants on May 1st, businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits and the public can apply for assistance from dozen of state programs for job-creation and community development projects.
To increase public awareness of the CFA, the Long Island team from Empire State Development will be hosting town hall meetings. These town halls give business owners, not-for-profits, and community development organizations the opportunity to learn more about CFA and ask questions. Interested parties can RSVP to Annmarie Proscia at firstname.lastname@example.org with their location choice.
The final meetings will be held Thursday, May 30th:
9:00 – 10:30am Town of North Hempstead, Town Hall, 220 Plandome Road, Manhasset, NY 11030
Please refer to this link for additional information: http://www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov/.
LIBN to host Corporate Citizenship Awards on June 5th
Join LIBN on Wednesday, June 5, as they salute professionals and companies that go above and beyond to support the communities they serve.
Long Island thrives on community service. LIBN's Corporate Citizenship Award honorees consistently prove that true community stewardship evolves through building strong partnerships with nonprofit organizations and others that strive to meet the critical needs of our community. LIBN's Corporate Citizenship Awards recognizes companies and individuals who believe that by being a good corporate citizen we contribute to the economic and social well-being of our employees, businesses and the community.
Honorees include Vision Long Island Board Member Brandon Ray of AT&T for Leadership Excellence, PSEG Long Island for Corporate Citizen of the Year (Large Business), and Jim McCann of 1800 Flowers and George Tsunis of Nassau University Medical Center for the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The event will take place from 8 AM to 10 PM at the Crest Hollow Country Club, located at 8325 Jericho Turnpike in Woodbury, NY.
PinkTie.org to Hold 7th Annual Event on June 10th
Join PinkTie for its 7th Annual PinkTie.org Event on Monday June 10th, 6-11p, at The Carltun at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow NY, benefiting Stony Brook Children's 501(c)(3). This is the MUST-ATTEND EVENT of the year, hosted by the largest and fastest-growing charitable networking organization on Long Island.
What began as a small business-networking effort with a charitable bent has become the backbone of Long Island’s fastest-growing philanthropy movement – a collaborative "Go-Giving". The annual PinkTie.org Event, which has grown from an inaugural event with about 350 attendees is now Long Island’s must-attend fundraiser seeing over 2,500 attendees and raising over $500,000.
Attendees will enjoy a big party with over 2,000 attendees to help raise money for local charities, unlimited food, drink, networking, & relationship building, no sit-down dinners or speeches, and a chance to hang with athletes and celebrities. Past guests have included Hulk Hogan, Walt Clyde Frazier, John Starks, Ron Duguay, Doc Gooden, Jimmy Leyritz, Bernie Williams, Scott Stapp from Creed, Big Shot, County Executives, Long Island’s Corporate Elite, and many more
Event sponsors enjoy unparalleled branding opportunities prior to and throughout the event, including prominent logo placement during the event and coverage by, News 12, Newsday and Innovate Long Island. Sponsors are also mentioned by name in event previews on radio spots, digital, print, social media and other regional media outlets.
They're also looking for volunteers! On Saturday, June 1st, a group of volunteers will be gathering for lunch, fun, and to put together a ton of gift baskets for our silent auction. You can also donate anything that can be added to a basket. (i.e. gift card, liquor bottles, lottery tickets, event tickets, etc.)
You can see more information and purchase tickets and sponsorships here.
Inaugural Battleground Games to take place at Heckscher State Park on June 8th
The first in what is hoping to be an annual tournament of lawn games is set to take place on June 8th at Heckscher State Park in East Islip. The tournament will feature popular backyard games such as Cornhole and KanJam as well as cash prizes ranging from $75 to $1,000.
The tournament will go all day and feature eight different games as teams seek to qualify for a single-elimination playoff to determine the Champion. There will also be prizes, music, food, and drinks. Games being played will include Bottle Bash, Paddle Zlam, TriCrosse, Cornhole, Kubb, KanJam, Rampshot, and QB54.
There are spots for only 96 teams and anyone interested in competing can register for the event here.
Governor Cuomo Announces New Round of Funding for Downtown Revitalization
For the fourth straight year the Governor and the Legislature have approved $100 million towards downtown initiatives across NYS. This item in the NYS budget was on the agenda for the 100 organization LI Lobby Coalition in Albany.
On Long Island, the three past winners include Village of Westbury, Town of Oyster Bay for Hicksville, and the Town of Islip for Central Islip. Now a new downtown on Long Island will receive $10 million in funding again this year. The winner is selected from, on average, about 20 applications have been submitted over the last three years.
The program provides $10 million in funding to a downtown in each of the 10 economic regions in the state. The goal is to quickly boost local economies and to help foster vibrant neighborhoods with a higher quality of life. The winning applicant is selected by the local Regional Economic Development Council, who will thoroughly evaluate the potential of each downtown that applies.
This year the proposals are due by 4 p.m. on May 31, 2019.
Criteria for applicants include:
Once selected, a local planning committee is selected that is comprised of local leaders, stakeholders, and key government officials. This group will overs the development of a strategic plan for the downtown and recommend funding opportunities for the grant money. It is expected that the funds provided will supplement local investment and build upon itself once the process is concluded.
You can read more about the DRI process and apply here.
NYS DEC Providing Funding for Environmental Justice Grants
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) will provide state assistance funding through the Environmental Justice Community Impact Grant program to community-based organizations for projects that address exposure of communities to multiple environmental harms and risks (“projects”).
Approximately $4,375,929 is available. Applicants may be awarded up to $100,000 each until funding has been exhausted.
All projects must have defined objectives, tasks, and deliverables accounted for in performance measures that can be completed and invoiced within a 36-month contract period/term. Applicants should not begin their projects or incur costs until a Master Contract for Grants (MCG) has been fully approved by DEC, and if applicable approved by the Attorney General and the State Comptroller. Applicants should not submit an application if they do not anticipate their project can be completed within the specified contract term.
Applicants may submit up to three applications, however, only one application per applicant may be funded. Multiple applications may not be for the same project or projection location.
Projects must serve an EJ community, as defined in DEC Commissioner Policy 29, Environmental Justice and Permitting (available on DEC’s website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/36929.html).
To apply for this opportunity and for more information surrounding this grant, please go here.
Round IX open for Regional Economic Development Council Competition
Announcing funding for Round IX of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, officially kicking off the 2019 competition for more than $750 million in state economic development resources. The Consolidated Funding Application is now open, enabling businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits and the public to begin applying for assistance from dozens of state programs, through a single application, for job-creation and community development projects.
The Regional Councils will compete in 2019 for up to $150 million in capital funds and $75 million in Excelsior Tax Credits for projects identified by the Regional Councils as priorities in their regions. All ten regions will be competing this year for designation as a Top Performer. Five top performing regions will be awarded a share of $100 million in ESD Capital grants. The remaining five regions will be awarded a share of $50 million in ESD Capital grants. Each region will also be awarded a share of $75 million in Excelsior Tax Credits to help attract and grow business in the region.
In addition, each region will once again receive $10 million to implement projects identified through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, and projects from all 10 regions submitted through the CFA will be eligible for over $525 million in other state agency funds.
The 2019 REDC Guidebook and list of available resources will be accessible at http://www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov/. The deadline for applications is Friday, July 26 at 4 p.m. For applicants, the CFA is available at https://apps.cio.ny.gov/apps/cfa/.
#MadeToMove Grant Program Underway
The #MadeToMove Grant Program from Unilever’s Degree Deodorant and Blue Zones - a competitive funding opportunity to assist communities in advancing active transportation through local project development, implementation and supporting policies – is officially underway!
Communities throughout the United States now realize that growing a program in active transportation is an essential way to help all citizens live fuller, healthier, longer lives. The program is a competitive funding opportunity created to assist communities in advancing active transportation through local project development, implementation and supporting policies. With the ultimate goal of promoting more walkable, bikeable, transit-friendly environments for all ages, incomes and abilities, this funding opportunity will be awarded to five mid-sized communities in the United States. Each community will receive $100,000 plus technical assistance from the Blue Zones, LLC, built environment team.
The link to apply can be found here: https://www.bluezones.com/made-to-move/.
Happy Memorial Day from Vision Long Island
All of us have been touched by those who serve in some way or another. Whether it’s through personal service to our country or family members who have done so, we all benefit from the freedoms and rights afforded by their service. While you’re enjoying this holiday weekend, take some time to remember those who willingly gave everything so that you could.
You can also take the time to enjoy a parade in your local downtown as Long Island celebrates this important holiday. Here's a list of some of the parades taking place this year:
Hempstead - May 26th at 2 pm
Huntington Memorial Day Wreath Deremony - May 26th at 9 am
Huntington Village Parade- May 27th at 10 am
Plainview-Old Bethpage - May 27th at 9 am
Merrick - May 27th at 9:30 am
Bay Shore - May 27th, 10 am
East Meadow - May 27th at 10 am
Wantagh - May 27th at 10 am
Farmingdale - May 27th at 10 am
New Hyde Park - May 27th at 10 am
Islip - May 27th at 10 am
Garden City - May 27th at 10 am
Long Beach - May 27th at 10 am
Malverne - May 27th at 10 am
Massapequa Park - May 27th at 10 am
Northport - May 27th at 10 am
Levittown - May 27th at 10 am
Smithtown - May 27th at 10 am
Oyster Bay - May 27th at 10:30 am
East Islip - May 27th at 2 pm
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