June 24th -28th, 2013
Concern for Independent Living
Concern for Independent Living, Inc.'s mission is: to provide safe, affordable housing within the community to persons recovering from psychiatric and other disabilities and to low-income individuals and families; to offer supportive services and vocational opportunities; to foster independence, empowerment, and recovery; to assist individuals and families to develop and achieve their goals; and to advocate on both an individual and societal level to reduce the stigma of mental illness to allow persons with psychiatric and other disabilities to live with independence, support, and dignity.
Supreme court ruling in Florida land use case may impact local communities and sustainable development
Among the various high-profile Supreme Court decisions ruled on this week, one of the cases was Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, a ruling which will impact local communities and municipalities.
The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, June 25th, that will give property owners the right to challenge local land use regulations and possibly compensate those who are denied permits to develop their land.
The 5-4 decision, with Justice Samuel Alito Jr. writing for the majority, ruled in favor of Coy Koontz, a Florida land owner who had attempted to develop some land on wetlands. Koontz sought permits to develop a section of his property from St. Johns River Water Management District which requires permit applicants wishing to build on wetlands to help in the mitigation of any environmental damage, consistent with Florida law. St. Johns asked that Koontz develop on less land, deeding over the rest of the land for conservation to them. Koontz would not pay to help protect a portion of surrounding wetlands in the area nor would he relinquish any land, so his request for permits was denied.
In response, Koontz filed suit under a state law that provides financial compensation for actions on behalf of any agency that is an "unreasonable exercise of the state's police power constituting a taking without just compensation." He said that the by denying his request, St. Johns has imposed a limit which is then subject to compensation due to the fact that it was a "taking" under the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, even though the permits were never given, thus never taken.
St. Johns actions were deemed unlawful because they failed the requirements of Nollan v. California Coastal Comm'n, 483 U. S. 825, and Dolan v. City of Tigard, 512 U. S. 374, cases which held that the governme
nt may not give approval or denial of a land use permit on the condition that the property owner give up a portion of his land, unless there is a "nexus and rough proportionality" between the government's demand and the effects of the proposed land use.
The ruling may have detrimental effects on local communities everywhere. Not only will it be more difficult for communities to get property owners to pay to mitigate any environmental damage they may occur in result of the land development, but it may also create an incentive for governments to reject applications from developers, than attempting to negotiate project designs that might advance both public and private goals. It may also interrupt the balance between protection and conserving the environment and promoting development for state and local officials.
Governor Cuomo Launches Grant Program for Projects to Support Cleaner, Greener Communities Sustainability Plans in Long Island
A portion of the $30 million in the first round funding provided by the Cleaner Greener Communities (CGC) program, an initiative to invest in smart growth planning and sustainability, will go to implementing the regional sustainability plans outlined by local organizations, municipal leaders, and experts in the region, including the Long Island Cleaner, Greener Communities Sustainability Plan recently endorsed by the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council.
The Long Island regional consortium is a partnership of local municipalities and non-governmental organizations coordinating the development of a regional sustainability plan. The sustainability team includes NYSERDA, the Town of North Hempstead as lead municipality, Vision Long Island, Community Development Corporation of Long Island, Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, AECOM, and Regional Plan Association. It also included the towns of Babylon, Brookhaven, East Hampton, Hempstead, Huntington, Islip, North Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Riverhead, Smithtown, and Southampton; Nassau and Suffolk Counties; the Villages of Great Neck Plaza and Port Jefferson and the City of Glen Cove; and other organizations. It is made up of about 300 community, business, labor and local government leaders, who also met in working groups with about 500 residents.
The plan addresses the following subject areas, as outlined under the CGC program: energy, transportation, land use and livable communities, waste management, water management, economic development and agriculture/forestry.
The Long Island Cleaner, Greener Communities Sustainability Plan outlines sustainable goals for the future of our region, identifies major assets in the region, and then provides building recommendations based on the information collected. Additionally, a GHG emissions study was conducted during each regional consortium which calculated current GHG emissions and projected GHG reductions that would result from the implementation of the plan.
Some of the assets identified on Long Island were: a number of premier research and educational facilities, an educated workforce, various natural resources, and a high quality of life. Key drivers of local economy on the island include agriculture and fishery-related businesses, with Suffolk ranking first statewide in the value of crops sold, the largest solar photovoltaic farm in the eastern United States, and residential energy use as the largest contributor to the region's carbon footprint.
Recommendations included improving transportation options by expanding rail and bus services and improving safety of streets for pedestrians and cyclists, ensuring energy efficiency for existing buildings, and doubling local clean and renewable power generation, and in light of Hurricane Sandy, developing plans and undertaking projects that address energy, land use, transportation and other regional systems in an integrated manner to protect the region from future storm damage.
North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman said, "I am honored that the Town of North Hempstead was able to play a leadership role in the development of the comprehensive Regional Sustainability Plan for Long Island. By looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint here in North Hempstead and throughout Long island, we will all be better prepared to face the environmental challenges of the future."
Neal Lewis, Executive Director of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, said, "The Cleaner, Greener Sustainability Plan, provides Long Island with a set of energy strategies that communities can consider adopting to improve the efficiency of homes and buildings, advance adoption of renewable energy, increase market penetration of electric and alternative fuel vehicles, and encourage transition to a 21st century electric grid. These sustainable energy strategies have been analyzed, quantified and vetted as effective ways to reduce Long Island's carbon footprint while also providing long-term, sustainable job growth and economic development."
Eric Alexander, Executive Director, Vision Long Island, said, "The Cleaner Greener planning process incorporated recommendations from hundreds of local community, business, environment and municipal leaders to craft a framework for economic growth and environmental preservation. Putting this plan together connected the local work being done community by community to our State officials with the goal to make Long Island a more livable place."
Posillico unveils intermodal rail facility at ribbon cutting in East Farmingdale
On Wednesday, June 19th, in partnership with the Town of Babylon Industrial Development Association, Posillico unveiled and celebrated their new rail citing and materials facility in East Farmingdale.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez, IDA Chair Bob Stricoff and Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson were all in attendance, as well as Vision Long Island's Executive Director, Eric Alexander.
The completion of the project will enable for various asphalt production materials to be shipped by rail instead of trucks. The new rail system and improved plant layout will reduce fugitive dust and remove roughly 5,000 truck trips from local streets and highways, which in turn will reduce the net consumption of fuel and CO2 emissions.
The facility has also been converted to run on a grid power supply instead of diesel, reducing fuel consumption, carbon emissions, and noise for surrounding areas. The upgraded plant will create new jobs and retain almost 100 current jobs.
For further reading, please view the full press release.
Babylon to Eye Mixed-Use Development for Republic Station Project
Officials from the Town of Babylon are currently wrapping up their pitch for a transit-oriented, mixed-use project to developers.
The reopening of the Republic Station, the Long Island Rail Road stop in Farmingdale, will the centerpiece for the project. The 20 acres development will be located on the land formerly used by the aviation company, Fairchild Republic, and would adjoin roughly 75 acres of existing retail near Republic Airport at Route 110 and Conklin Street. It will also tie in with the current efforts on behalf of the town to create a bus system that would connect workers along the Route 110 corridor once the rail station reopens.
Republic Station, originally opened in 1940, was a stop along the Ronkonkoma Branch located near Republic Airport in Farmingdale and utilized by the employees of a local aircraft and aerospace manufacturing company. Once the factory was gone in 1986, the Long Island Rail Road station was closed down due to an exponential decline in ridership. While it had served the company for many years, with the factory shut down the station was deemed unnecessary.
Talks of plans to redevelop the area have been in the works for years and now with a recent boost from the LIRR's plan to open a second track between the busy Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma stations, the plans may receive a much needed boost.
Back in 2007, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, then the Babylon supervisor, proposed a similar plan for the property, stating that a reopening of the Republic Station would be an important anchor for a transit-oriented development, potentially adding up to 1 million square feet for various businesses such as retail, office, entertainment and hotel space, even residential units.
State Senator Charles Fuschillo Jr. deemed the redevelopment of Republic Station "a game changing investment" for Long Island's economy. This project was a 2013 Smart Growth Award winner.
Senior living facility in Patchogue receives Village trustee approval
A rezoning for the proposed $25 million senior assisted-living complex on East Main Street in Patchogue was unanimously approved by the Village trustees on Monday night, June 24th.
The board voted in favor of a change to the vacant lot, currently retail-commercial, located at 130 Main Street to health-care residential, which help would move the proposed 87,000-square-foot plans, outlined by D&F Development, forward.
The development would be a five-story building comprised of 128 units. Residents would be on average 85 years old, with needs ranging anywhere from assistance with getting dressed to medication management to using the restroom.
Before works begins on construction, D&F Development must receive site plan approval from the planning board, as well as parking and other variances from the zoning board.
"It's really fulfilling all of the needs of the village," said Mayor Paul Pontieri during a break at the village meeting.
The plan received plenty of community support, with only a few concerns about employee work shifts and increased traffic at the proposed site, especially with emergency vehicles entering and exiting.
The site is located in the heart of the downtown and would help with ongoing revitalization efforts in the Village, creating a more vibrant and attractive district for businesses and young families.
For further reading, please visit Newsday.
Developers make finals pitches for the Nassau Coliseum
This week, the four developers seeking to rebuild or refurbish the Nassau Coliseum delivered their final pitches to the Long Island Real Estate Group on how they would make over the property and surrounding areas.
Four new proposals from developers submitted plans to Nassau County to create a new arena on the site of the current Nassau Coliseum back in April.
Forest City Ratner, the developer of the Barclays Center and one of the competing developers, changed its initial proposal to include an ice skating rink and amphitheater located near the Coliseum.
In 2011, the property was rezoned by the Town of Hempstead in order to outline what could be built on the land by the developers. Among those structures listed are a new coliseum, hotels and a conference center. Town Supervisor Kate Murray ensured that none of the four proposals are raising any red flags at the moment.
The final decision will be made by July 15th. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will decide after an advisory commission makes its recommendation.
For further reading, please visit News 12.
Vision Long Island's Executive Director Eric Alexander: Eternal vigilance needed
My favorite guitar player is Tony Iommi, the Iron Man of Black Sabbath.
Although it took him 33 years to produce the band's latest album, his music is incredibly powerful and clearly withstands the test of time. Much like many community, business and municipal leaders on Long Island.
Sandy rebuilding puts the quality of eternal vigilance front and center. Seven months after the storm, folks are struggling to get back into their homes and businesses with the bulk of assistance coming from themselves, businesses, churches and community members.
Thankfully, a cottage industry of hyper-local rebuilding groups has emerged across the South Shore to guide people through the maze of government and not-for-profit assistance.
Take Congressman Peter King, who exuded vigilance and fought members of his own party to bring aid to Long Island that otherwise would have been drastically cut or not appropriated.
Take the case of Lavena Sipes – a mom turned community leader who, after the loss of her daughter, fought the state's Department of Transportation for pedestrian safety changes in Smithtown.
Joy Squires led the charge, for 39 years, to preserve open space and manage environmentally sensitive lands and parks. Community leaders in Central Islip fought off years of poor planning and government inattention and are shaping development patterns not by saying no to growth, but by creating community benefits and a park.
The age-old quest for north-south and alternative transportation solutions are tackled with Suffolk's Connect LI plan – and who thought you could reopen a train station? – but the Town of Babylon is facing that head on.
An example of transportation leadership is a local entrepreneur who gambles on a bus company to give Long Islanders choices beyond driving and fixed rail.
To navigate our housing needs, a developer didn't just want to build market-rate residential but decided to dive into the complex world of affordable building in a difficult market. An often maligned public authority sets in place a 10-year, $1 billion commitment to clean energy for Long Island's businesses, residents and schools.
The LISTnet organization led the way in advancing high-tech projects for the last two decades, including the recent Launchpad LI incubator in downtown Mineola.
Long Island communities are rich with hundreds if not thousands of stories of this type of powerful and influential local leadership. We have challenges ahead of us that are going to need even more vigilant folks, including production of middle-market housing options, new technologies for wastewater treatment, leaner bureaucracies with less red tape and securing our fair share of state and federal funds while ensuring that those resources make it to communities.
The problems facing our neighborhoods often seem intractable, and jaded folks will say that nothing can ever be done. But while some on Long Island are constantly complaining, whining and moaning, local leaders are working not just for themselves, but for their community, which benefits our entire region. They have passion, skin in the game and an inspiration beyond their personal bottom line.
I just came back from a national conference on downtown rebuilding, where there were great examples of progress in other regions. The point is, I don't want to live and work in any of those places. I want to live here on Long Island, as do all of our vigilant friends.
So look toward local leaders that are accomplishing every day. If you can, take on their cause, bring them resources, cut the red tape and take their lead.
Let's continue to fight for the right things with the eternally vigilant people. We owe it to our communities, our neighbors and ourselves.
You can also view the article on Long Island Business News.
Sign the petition to the US Department of Transportation Petition to Make Smart Growth Projects Easier
A petition to the US Department of Transportation is in circulation which could change the current road standards, determined by the US functional classification system, to meet the efforts and standards of complete streets. With enough political support, the US DOT will seek changes to thoroughfares classifications.
The petition was launched at The Congress for the New Urbanism in Salt Lake City, on May 30 and since then, various organizations and local leaders met with US DOT officials. Having received positive response, the US DOT wants to promote livability, complete streets, and multimodal transportation. The petition will show the support need to move forward and make changes to a system which has not seen changes in over 50 years.
Arterial, collector, and local designations, which are divided into rural or urban locations, will not change but rather the petition seeks to add a third suburban location and allow enough specificity to introduce different standards.
Currently, if a thoroughfare is in an "urbanized area," and is designated "arterial," then a certain standard applies. The standard for metro areas, since they are largely suburban, is geared towards to creating suburban, auto-oriented environments. Under the proposed functional classification system, suburban arterials and collectors have the potential to be designated as future walkable thoroughfares where official plans support such a transformation and, over time, suburban streets could get funding to convert to complete streets.
The changes would make smart growth projects easier and boost walking and bicycling, complete streets, and active living to the benefit of pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users.
Volunteers needed for Clean Up this Weekend!
Dear potential volunteers who have not yet signed up for a community for this weekend.
Vision Long Island is organizing physical clean-up and rebuilding crews to assist local communities damaged by heavy flooding for this weekend.
Thanks for your past help of Sandy impacted residents but much work still needs to be done. I know that with the holiday season, it may be hard for you to come out but any time you could donate would be greatly appreciated.
This weekend we will be continuing our cleanup efforts in the following communities:
Please provide your own supplies needed for clean-up: Industrial bags, rakes, hammers, shovels, gloves, masks, heavy boots. We may have many of these items available but it is safer to have them ready to go just in case.
With a goal to get at least 50-100 more Long Islanders back in their homes, the Friends of Long Island group has embarked on a fundraising campaign to initially raise $500,000 for building materials and labor. All donations will go directly to these communities to aide in recovery efforts. If you would like to support the relief efforts, you can send your donations to:
Vision Long Island Sandy Relief
SIMPLY CONTACT INFO@VISIONLONGISLAND.ORG OR CALL 631-804-9128 SO WE KNOW WHO IS SIGNING UP
Sandy Support Massapequa Style hosts “call to action” rally at the Massapequa Station on June 29th at Noon
Sandy Support Massapequa Style will be hosting a “call to action” rally at the Massapequa Station on Saturday, June 29th at noon. The Station is located at the corner of Sunrise Highway and Washington Ave in Massapequa.
Guest speakers will include homeowners, community leaders, and local politicians to discuss the current state of rebuilding efforts, FEMA relief and insurance.
Iced tea cocktail event hosted by the Clipper Ship Tea Company
This Friday, Jun 28th the Clipper Ship Tea Company, located on Main Street in Northport, will host an iced tea cocktail event.
Learn how to make tea infused cocktails with wine, rum, vodka & gin for your upcoming summer parties or sample iced tea and tea cocktails made from selected favorites Clipper Ship Tea Company teas.
During this event, the Clipper Ship Tea Company will be giving a 10% discount on iced tea dispenser and various iced tea specialty blends.
Due to the alcohol, all guests must be 21 years or older. The event will take place from 5pm to 9pm.
The Sustainable Living Film Series to screen “Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle” on July 18th
The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College will be showing Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle, the 11th installment in their Sustainable Living Film Series, on Thursday July 18th at 7:30 p.m. The Sustainable Living Film Series features documentaries about sustainability and the environment and partners with a different organization at each screening. This month the partnering group will be the Sierra Club.
Cape Wind! is a multi-award winning documentary about the Cape Wind clean energy project on the Nantucket Sound. If implemented this wind farm will be the first offshore wind farm located in the United States. There is a great amount of controversy surrounding the development of this farm and this film gives a look into both sides of this issue outlining the tactics of each side and unlikely political alliances that have formed with a comic twist, making the film both entertaining and informative.
The Sustainability Institute will be working with the Long Island Sierra Club, a local organization that is part of the nationally recognized non- profit Sierra Club that works to preserve open land and protect our natural resources. Locally the Long Island Sierra Club organizes hiking and kayaking outings and raises awareness about the environmental issues that are specifically affecting the Long Island region.
Admission is $5 and space is limited so if you are interested in attending you must RSVP to 516-678-5000 ext. 7562 or email email@example.com. The Molly College Sustainability Institute is located in Farmingdale at 7180 Republic Airport. In addition, there will be a vegan buffet, popcorn, and socializing beginning at 6 p.m. followed by the movie at 7:30.
For more information, please visit the event Facebook page.
Funding of up to $30 million is available through the CGC Program for capital projects and local planning and zoning
The CGC Program was announced back in 2011 in Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address, for the purpose of encouraging communities to create a public-private partnerships and develop regional sustainable growth strategies that reduce carbon emissions.
This round of funding is the first in a series of three funding rounds, which are expected in 2014 and again 2015. A total of $90 million in potential funding will be available through Phase II, through proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the purpose of which is to lower GHG emissions in the Northeast.
A large portion of the Phase II funding is set aside for large scale, high-impact, and exemplary capital projects, or Category 3 projects. A portion is also set aside funding for local planning and zoning (Categories 1 and 2), recognizing a need for funding in these areas. Applicants that do not pay into the System Benefits Charge (SBC) are eligible to participate in this solicitation.
Category 1 (Open-Enrollment): Up to $1 million available for communities to adopt streamlined permitting and other ordinances for photovoltaic systems and electric vehicle charging stations, with awards of up to $10,000 per project. Applications for Category 1 will be accepted starting August 1, 2013 and until 4:00 PM Eastern Time on September 30, 2014, until funds are exhausted, or until the solicitation is revised by NYSERDA, whichever comes first.
Category 2 (Competitive): Up to $4 million available for communities to create or revise comprehensive plans, including updating zoning ordinances and addressing sustainability and resiliency, with awards of up to $400,000 per project. Proposals for Category 2 are due by 4:00pm Eastern Time on August 12, 2013.
For more information on the Cleaner Greener Communities Program, please visit the website. For technical questions concerning this program, please contact CGC@nyserda.ny.gov. All CGC program resources and guidelines can be found at the following location: http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/guidance.
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.
To learn more or apply, send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put "Vision Long Island Internship" in the subject heading. For more information, call our office at 631-261-0242.
What's happening in your downtown this weekend?
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Farmers Markets in or adjacent to Long Island's downtowns:
New Hyde Park
Huntington Jack Abrams School, 155 Lowndes Ave.
Lynbrook - Lynbrook Street Fair. Held on Sunday June 30th between 10am-5pm. The fair will be located on Atlantic Avenue, Lynbrook, NY.
Patchogue - Great South Bay Music Festival. Held on July 19th between 4:30pm-11pm, July 20th between 12pm-11pm, and July 21st between 12pm-9pm. The festival is located on Smith Street, Shorefront Park in Patchogue, Long Island, New York.
Sayville - Sayville Summerfest. The event will be held on Friday August 2nd starting at 3pm, Saturday and Sunday August 3rd and August 4th at 9:30am. On August 3rd Summerfest will be featuring the last race in the Sayville Summer Series, the Sayville Library 4 Mile Run which will be taking place between 9:15am-10:15am. The festival will be located on Main Street, Sayville, NY.
Massapequa Park - Massapequa Park Street Fair. The street fair will take place between Saturday and Sunday August 3rd and 4th 11am-6pm, rain or shine. Located on Park Blvd. & Front Street, Massapequa Park, NY.
Riverhead - The 39th Annual Polish Town Street Fair & Polka Festival. Held on August 17th and 18th. The Street fair will be located on Pulaski Street, Riverhead, NY.
Ronkonkoma - Ronkonkoma Chamber 8th Annual Labor Day Street Fair. The fair will be held on Sunday September 1st between 11am-6pm. The event will take place on Hawkins Ave. from Portion Road south to Wittridge Road, Ronkonkoma, NY.
Nesconset - Nesconset Day Street Fair. The event will take place on Sunday, September 8th between the hours of 10am-5pm. The street fair will be held at the Nesconset Plaza Shopping Center on Smithtown Boulevard, Nesconset, NY.
Bellmore - 27th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival. Held between September 19th-22nd at the Bellmore LIRR, Bellmore, NY.
Garden City South - Garden City South Street Fair. The event will be held on Sunday September 22nd, between 10am and 5pm (rain or shine). The street fair will be located on Nassau Blvd, approximately 1 mile north of Hempstead Tpke. (Route24).
Check out Ryan Lynch of the Tri State Transportation Campaign with New York City's new CitiBike program.
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