June 25th - 30th, 2017
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“Year after year, county budget cuts have led to service reductions for Nassau County's bus system. With 100,000 daily riders who rely on NICE Bus to commute to work, get to the doctor or buy groceries, we need a long-term solution that preserves comprehensive service and protects taxpayers.” - Jack Martins speaking on a proposal to provide funding for NICE bus
“It’s gratifying from a number of standpoints. Most importantly, were able to get a consensus and get all the stakeholders involved, moving in the same direction, which is the best possible outcome.” - Peter Florey from D&F Development speaking at the ribbon cutting of the Highland Green Residences
Long Island Lobby Coalition Sees Steady Progress in Albany
The 90 member Long Island Lobby Coalition has made progress on priority items in our agenda in Albany this year. However, there is still much work left to be done in order to address key issues for our region.
Here is a preliminary summary of actions taken on our joint agenda this legislative session:
Governor Cuomo Declares State of Emergency for MTA, Orders Review of the Authority
At a press conference on Thursday, Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency for the MTA as riders were hit with service disruptions yet again. The Governor also committed an additional $1 billion in capital spending to expedite improvements for the LIRR.
The declaration comes at a time of repeated delays and cancellations as well as looking forward to what is being dubbed “the summer of hell” when LIRR expects a number of track closures to facilitate long needed repairs at Penn Station. The state of emergency will also help to expedite the contracting process for the MTA and speed up repair work and system upgrades.
Along with this came the announcement of other orders and improvements, including a 60-day review of the MTA’s capital plan by newly appointed MTA chairman Joseph Lhota. The review will focus on needed upgrade priorities. Cuomo will also task the Public Service Commission, MTA and Con Edison with a joint investigation into power outages that have led to delays. If Con Edison is found to be at fault, they will be fined according to the Governor.
Vision Long Island is happy to see Governor Cuomo's leadership in shaking up the MTA. The new Chairman now has authority to move forward with an emergency action plan to speed up capital improvements along with associated agencies.
Long Island has been told for months that the 3rd track will solve all of LIRR's ills, and which may be eligible for capital improvement funds. That project should be supported, funded and built with local input and mitigation. There is obviously a much deeper problem with the existing system that needs to be radically updated and maintained which clearly needs to be the first priority.
We applaud the LIRR Commuters Council for being a fierce advocate on this issue. For those of us advancing Transit Oriented Development it doesn't make much sense when the transit is not reliable or in a state of constant chaos.
You can read more on this story here.
Nassau County Completes Feasibility Study for Improved Waste Water Treatment
Nassau County has completed a feasibility study to determine the possibility of repurposing a non-utilized water main from Valley Stream into a treated wastewater effluent outflow pipe. The County has now issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to provide detailed design services for what is being billed as the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant Ocean Outfall – Effluent Diversion Project.
“The study into the viability of the aqueduct pipe that runs under Sunrise Highway is complete and engineers have stated the existing pipeline appears to be readily lineable for a force main and observed conditions were virtually unchanged from a 1977 inspection,” said Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. “The RFP for design services is the next step into implementing the utilization of this existing pipeline as a connection to the Cedar Creek ocean outfall pipe.”
Technical and cost proposals regarding this project are due on or before 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 21, 2017. A copy of the RFP (PW-S3B116-03C) may be obtained on the Nassau County website (https://eproc.nassaucountyny.gov/MainBidBoard). The firm selected for this work will be required to provide proof of general and professional liability insurance in the minimum amounts of $2,000,000 and $4,000,000 per occurrence, respectively.
“This is truly exciting news. Using the existing aqueduct will save time and money and allow the bay to be restored much quicker. This critical infrastructure project for the south shore will breathe new life into our bays and renews our hope for the future,” said Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment.
“We are happy to see Nassau County advancing a creative solution for the South Shore's water infrastructure. These problems have been talked about over the last 15 years but this administration should be commended for taking action by securing funding and moving the project forward," added Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander.
You can read the full text of the Press Release and the RFP here.
Former NYS Senator Jack Martins Announces Plan for Bus Service Funding
Former NYS Senator Jack Martins has announced a plan to provide bus service funding for NICE Bus.
Calling for a long-term solution, Martins laid out the a plan that would create a $0.50 per ride assessment for ride-sharing services. This funding stream is estimated to provide $5 million per year in dedicated funding to NICE. This funding would go a long way to protecting service against what has become an annual funding crisis and perpetual cuts to the system.
“Year after year, county budget cuts have led to service reductions for Nassau County's bus system,” said Mr. Martins. “With 100,000 daily riders who rely on NICE Bus to commute to work, get to the doctor or buy groceries, we need a long-term solution that preserves comprehensive service and protects taxpayers.”
Martins has been working with State Senator Kemp Hannon to introduce a bill into the senate to codify the proposal. You can view that legislation, Senate Bill 6680, here.
D&F Development and Town of Huntington Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Highland Green Residences
Vision Long Island Board Members and Staff recently attended the ribbon cutting for the Highland Green Residences, a project that has been a 15 year process with the support of the Huntington Town Board and local community.
“It’s gratifying from a number of standpoints,” said Peter Florey, principal of D&F Development. “Most importantly, were able to get a consensus and get all the stakeholders involved, moving in the same direction, which is the best possible outcome.”
The 117 unit project will include 72 one-, 39 two-, and 6 three-bedroom units. The overall project will include 93 units rented at 60% of the area median income. Vision testified at the original hearings in 2002 but more recently worked with the developer to finally get their approvals in public hearings in 2015.
Vision Long Island commends Developer and Vision Board Member Peter Florey from D&F for shepherding the project through its multi-year process. Other Vision Board Members who provided assistance include Richard Koubek from the Huntington Housing Coalition and Bob Fonti. We would also like to thank Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, and Councilwoman Tracey Edwards who supported the project and joined in the ribbon cutting.
The Huntington Branch of the NAACP was on hand to support the project and work to preserve affordability in the units along with the good work of the LI Housing Partnership.
The City of Glen Cove Announces Temporary Ferry Service at Garvies Point to Help Alleviate LIRR Congestion
In a move aimed at providing relief to what local transportation officials are calling the “summer of hell,” Glen Cove Mayo Ralph Spinello has announced that a temporary ferry service for LIRR ticket holders will begin on July10th. The service will take riders from Glen Cove to 34th Street in Manhattan.
People with monthly and weekly passes will be able to use those to ride on three ferries that will run from to 10 am and three return trips from 3 to 7 pm. Mayor Spinello is currently working with Governor Cuomo’s office to decide between a 149- or 225- passenger craft to accommodate the predicted 500 to 600 passengers for each shift. The Mayor also noted that the Governor’s office had reached out about implementing the temporary service recently and even brought several operators to view the area.
“We’re trying to help the governor to mitigate the problems that are going to happen for our local commuters,” Spinello said. ”This is just something temporary that the city is trying to do to help.”
RXR, the developer of Garvies Point, is also currently working to expand parking, but a plan will not be finished in time for the temporary service. “It’s true that more parking needs to be built, and that’s part of our project as well,” said Frank Haftel, RXR Realty Garvies Point project manager. Mr. Haftel also noted that RXR is working with city to potentially build a parking garage for the ferry.
The Glen Cove Ferry has been a past recipient of a Long Island Smart Growth Award.
The $4.5 million terminal held its ribbon cutting in 2016 and was completed using grants from the Federal Highway Administration.
Northwell Health and Community Ambulance Company Team up for ‘Community Safety Surge’
Saturday, July 8th, will mark the second “Community Safety Surge,” an event being held jointly by Northwell Health’s Southside Hospital and the Community Ambulance Company to promote safe practices for youths in the area.
The event will feature ambulances and police cars patrolling the Bayport, Bohemia, Sayville, West Saville, and Oakdale neighborhoods as they keep an eye out for young people on bikes, skateboards, and rollerblades. Those they find wearing helmets will receive vouchers for free ice cream cones at Carvel and those without will receive a certificate for a free bike helmet. They will also give vouchers to any children they find doing good deeds, but the program is mostly aimed as teaching bike, skateboard, and roller blade safety while also giving children a positive view of police and emergency services personnel.
It’s to make kids safe and give them a positive interaction with police and EMT workers,” said Jamie Atkinson, president of the Sayville-based Community Ambulance Company’s board of directors. “We want them to know that they can come up to the police and the ambulance company workers to ask questions.”
The program will include members of the Suffolk County and MTA police departments, Islip’s Youth Enrichment Services program, and the office of Suffolk County Legislator William Lindsay III.
You can read more on this story here.
Weekly Summer Street Fairs in Patchogue, Riverhead, and Bay Shore
The downtowns of Patchogue and Riverhead will once again host evening street fairs on Thursdays during the summer, alternating week that the events are hosted. Bay Shore will also be holding bi-weekly street fairs on Wednesdays.
Patchogue will host their 15th annual summer street fair, Alive After Five, which was a Smart Growth Award recipient. There will be six stages of live music and entertainment, more than 90 craft & retail vendors, 11 food trucks, children's activities and amusements, a Chinese auction and much more! The events will be held on July 6th, July 20th, August 3rd, and August 17th, with a rain date of August 24th.
Riverhead’s Alive on 25, modeled after the success of Patchogue’s annual event, includes a classic car show by the Peconic River, local wine and craft beer, free music, kids activates, street vendors, local restaurants and food trucks, and more. The events will be held on July 13th, July 27th, August 10th and August 24th, with a rain date of August 31st.
Bay Shore will be hosting Alive by the Bay is on Wednesday nights this summer on Main Street. There will be live music, indoor & outdoor dining, local art, vendors, food trucks, beer, activities, fun for the kids and much more. The events will be held on Wednesday nights from 5:30PM-9PM on July 12th, July 26th, August 9th, and August 23rd.
You can learn more about the events and see some pictures and video from the past on Patchogue and Riverhead’s websites, and Alive by the Bay’s Facebook page. Riverhead's BID is also currently developing an app to help festival goers stay up to date, which you can read about here.
AARP Community Challenge Grant Due July 15th
AARP has announced great opportunities for Long Island communities to get funding from the AARP Foundation on Age Friendly and Sustainable Communities, with the AARP Community Challenge funding projects to help build momentum. If your idea is big, no project is too small. Projects can range from short-term activities costing a few hundred dollars to sizable efforts that might need thousands.
Projects need to deliver on one or all of the following drivers for change: Improving a community's built environment to benefit people of all ages and ability levels and connect to the social environment; expanding opportunities for all residents, such as through jobs, volunteerism, educational opportunities and training; driving community engagement and interaction across diverse community residents via, for instance, efforts in the domains of culture and art, local communications, public spaces and placemaking, sports, education, well-being, healthy living, etc.
Projects will be assessed on impact (60 points), invocation (10 points), and execution (30 points). Grantees will receive a Letter of Agreement, with the completion of the project due by November 1st.
The deadline to apply for the AARP Community Challenge grant is July 15th. For more details and to apply, click here
Suffolk County to Provide Septic Imrovement Grants
Starting July 1st, you may begin the process and submit your application for the Septic Improvement Program.
The Septic Improvement Program is available to qualified owners of residential property located within Suffolk County.
Grant funding, of up to $10,000, will be provided toward the purchase and installation of Suffolk County Department of Health Services approved Innovative and Alternative nitrogen removal onsite wastewater treatment system (I/A OWTS) and leaching structure, as well as toward attendant engineering and design services. An additional $1,000 may be available toward installation of Pressurized Shallow Drainfields for a maximum grant of up to $11,000. All other costs, including, but not limited to, costs above the authorized grant amount, irrigation repairs, electrical improvements unrelated to system installation or other improvements necessary for the installation are the responsibility of the property owner/applicant. Post-installation landscaping restoration is also the responsibility of the property owner/applicant.
Preferential consideration will be given to properties in environmentally sensitive areas.
Submission of an application does not guarantee an award of a grant. The County reserves the right to change the terms and conditions of the Septic Improvement Program at any time. This program is highly competitive and applications will be prioritized by area and other eligibility requirements and will also be based upon the availability of funding.
If you would like to speak to someone directly about the program and/or Grant Application, please call the Department of Health Services at 631-852-5811. Staff will be available to answer your questions Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm. You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding Available for Bicycle Projects, due July 21st
The PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program supports bicycle infrastructure projects and targeted advocacy initiatives that make it easier and safer for people of all ages and abilities to ride.
PeopleForBikes focuses most grant funds on bicycle infrastructure projects such as bike paths, lanes, trails, and bridges; mountain bike facilities; bike parks and pump tracks; BMX facilities; and end-of-trip facilities such as bike racks, bike parking, and bike repair stations/storage. Funded also are advocacy projects, such as programs that transform city streets, such as Ciclovías or Open Streets Days; and initiatives designed to increase ridership or the investment in bicycle infrastructure.
PeopleForBikes will fund engineering and design work, construction costs including materials, labor, and equipment rental, and reasonable volunteer support costs. For advocacy projects, they will fund staffing that is directly related to accomplishing the goals of the initiative. PeopleForBikes accepts requests for funding of up to $10,000. They do not require a specific percentage match, but do look at leverage and funding partnerships very carefully, and will not consider grant requests in which funding would amount to 50% or more of the project budget.
The Fall 2017 grant cycle is now open, with an online letter of interest is due July 21st, and full applications due on October 13th.
Governor Cuomo Launches Seventh Round of Regional Economic Development Council Competition, due July 28th
We wanted to share the announcement from the Governor’s office regarding the seventh round of the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs). Some important details to note:
The application process will start on Monday, May 1. As with prior REDC funding rounds, the application process is through the NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA). Information related to the CFA can be found here. All 10 economic regionscan compete for designation as a “Top Performer,” there will be five winners that will receive awards of up to $20 million in grant funds, while the remaining five regions,identified as "Regional Awardees", will receive up to $10 million in grant funds.
The application deadline is Friday, July 28 at 4:00 p.m.This years priorities include:Identify projects for the State Life Sciences Cluster; Support Downtown revitalization plans; Identify workforce development strategies and shrink the skills gap; Implementing strategies through the project pipeline; andMeasuring the performance and progress of the strategic plan and CFA projects.
Social Justice Grant Opportunity Now Open
The Pop Culture Collaborative is now accepting applications for their 'Pop-Up' grants program. These rapid response grants are available on a rolling basis throughout the year for any individual, organization or company working to harness the power of pop culture to create just, authentic narratives of people of color, Muslims, immigrants and refugees through TV, movies, sports, music and all forms of entertainment and mass media.
The Collaborative is a new, multi-million dollar philanthropic resource created by Unbound Philanthropy, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Ford Foundation, The JPB Foundation, and General Service Foundation—all organizations committed to growing and experimenting with pop culture narrative strategies as powerful tools for change in the real world.
They have designed these grants to help leaders in justice movements, the arts, entertainment, advertising, academia, and technology respond nimbly to increasingly common assaults on pluralism and inclusion in our society.
You can find full 'Pop Up' Grant Guidelines and Application Information here, and can submit your idea here. Every idea will be considered, and applicants will be notified if the program wishes receive a formal proposal.
NYS Climate Smart Communities Grant Program Funding Available
Funding will be available for inventory, assessment, planning and implementation projects that advance the work of municipalities in addressing climate change. Priorities for the 2017 round include specific adaptation actions that reduce flood risk and increase preparedness for future extreme weather conditions, specific mitigation activities related to transportation and reduction of food waste, and specific Climate Smart Communities certification actions that advance municipal ability in the future to implement adaptation and mitigation projects in the identified implementation categories.
A municipal resolution from the lead applicant authorizing application submission and documenting the availability of local match in the event of grant award must be submitted at the time of application.
For general information and questions on the Climate Smart Communities Program, please contact the Office of Climate Change, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of Climate Change, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, 518-402-8448, email@example.com.
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.
Vision Long Island Wishes You a Happy 4th of July!
We wish you a Safe and Happy 4th of July next week and encourage you to get out into your local parks and downtowns to celebrate the holiday! Here's a list of local fireworks shows happening across the island:
What: Annual July 4th Parade, Festival and Fireworks Display
What: Freestyle Concert and Fireworks
What: TD Bank Celebrates America Fireworks by Grucci Show
What: John A. Ward Independence Day Fireworks by Grucci Show
What: The Southampton Firecracker 8K Run & 3-Mile Walk
What: BBQ, Baseball and Grucci Fireworks
What: Orient Independence Celebration Fireworks by Grucci Show
What: Fireworks on the River Independence Day Celebration
What: Annual Fireworks Display
What: Fireworks at West Beach
What: Fabulous 4th of July Race in Memory of Sean Ryan 4K
What: Bellmore Striders Independence Day Run
What: Port Jefferson Fire Department 4th of July Parade
What: 1862 Independence Day
What: July 4th Celebration and Fireworks by Grucci
What: Independence Day Celebration at Sagamore Hill
What: Montauk’s Fireworks Dinner Cruise
What: Fireworks Over the Bay Boat Cruise
What: Annual Fireworks Show
What: July 4th Fireworks by Grucci Show
What: Star Spangled Blast at Bald Hill: Fireworks by Grucci Show
What: July 4th Fireworks at Jones Beach
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