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July 8th - 14th, 2017

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“All along, we have listened to our constituents and endeavored to do the right thing. On behalf of the Senate Majority, Sen. Marty Golden, our representative on the MTA’s Capital Program Review Board and a staunch advocate for the needs of his own community, will vote to allow the proposed ‘third track’ project to move forward.” - NYS Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan

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Town of Islip Sets Date for Heartland Zoning Vote

The Town of Islip has scheduled a vote for approval of zoning changes for the proposed $4 billion Heartland Project which will take place next Tuesday, July 18th at 6 p.m. at Islip’s Town Hall.

The vote follows months of public hearings concerning the proposed changes and is the culmination of years of planning on the project itself.  April’s public hearings attracted overwhelming support from the Brentwood community.   Many regional voices raised questions on environmental impacts and the need for local jobs at fair wages.  The town has also received more than 1,600 electronically submitted comments.   Vision Long Island continued to support the project as an economic generator for the Brentwood community. 

The project is projected to take at least 30 years and will create more than 1,000 construction jobs and 25,000 permanent jobs upon completion.  Islip previously voted to recommend the first phase back in August of 2016.  Part of that approval lowered buildings to five stories in height.  In six months the Suffolk County Planning Commission would vote unanimously to also recommend the first phase for approval.

You can read more on this story and the first phase of the project here.

Baldwin Announces Downtown and Commercial Corridor Resiliency Study

BBaldwin has announced its Baldwin Downtown and Commercial Corridor Resiliency (DCCR) Study, which uses existing initiatives to create a vision for economic growth and resiliency in the Hamlet of Baldwin.

The study evaluates opportunities for growth and work to foster economic investment while providing housing options, reducing automobile dependency, enhancing public space, and creating a more resilient community.  It is hoped that this will create more transit-oriented development and protect against flooding for future developments.

Two well attended public meetings were held along with robust input from local organizations, residents, small businesses and elected officials at festivals, meetings and focus groups

The study was a recommendation of The Baldwin NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan and is funded by a grant from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery.  VHB was the lead consultant and Vision Long Island participated on the study team. 

You can check out the final plan for the Baldwin Downtown and Commercial Corridor Resiliency Study here.

Redevelopment Forum Held to Address Future of Belmont Park

Vision Long Island recently attended the Belmont Redevelopment Forum, which focused on listening to voices from the Elmont and Floral Park.

300 residents attended the event, which featured around 50 speakers.  There were 38 community residents who spoke on a range of issues from the need for community interaction, the creation of jobs, improving the tax base, programming for youth, a community center, activation of the train station, and a desire for mixed use housing.  Of those who spoke, 13 were against an arena for the Islanders and 6 were in favor of one.

Parkhurst Civic Association's Tammie Williams represented the community perspective by saying "People who don't live here are here because they want something.... People from the community are here because they need something"

The idea of an Islanders arena drew quite a bit of attention, with the forum hearing from 12 outside regional voices, largely Islander fans from East Meadow, Island Park, Franklin Square, Bayside, Bellerose, Roslyn, Hicksville, Northport and three undisclosed address.  There were 9 in favor of an arena and 3 against, as well as questions about the process of the upcoming NYS RFP.

Julie Marchesella from the Elmont Chamber of Commerce testified for a Convention Center on the site.  “In the Elmont Vision Plan dated 2007, a 5, 10 and 20 year plan was established.  It is just as relevant today.  In this plan, there are areas in Elmont where housing can exist, however, it was suggested that on the South Lot of Belmont Park (over 30 acres), bordering the Cross Island and Southern State Parkways, a convention center with a five star hotel be built with entertainment.”

Vision testified in favor of having the Elmont and Floral Park communities drive the process.  Our experience has consistently shown that community input is the best approach that reaches consensus on large scale projects.

We commend NYS Senators Elaine Philips, Todd Kaminsky and Assemblywoman Michaele Solages for hosting the meeting along with the robust participation of local civic associations and chambers of commerce.

Huntington Town Board Approves Second Phase of Parking Deck Study

This past Tuesday, July 11th, saw the Huntington Town Board approve the second phase of a feasibility study to determine the physical and financial aspect of constructing a parking structure in the Village.

The study completed the first phase in May of this year and determined that it would be in the town’s interest to construct a 528-space parking deck over part of the municipal lot located between New and Green Street.  The next phase will finalize models, estimates, and projections used to draw preliminary conclusions.  Phase 2 will also include a plan of the deck itself along with financing models and revenue projections.  The final report will be submitted to financial institutions and other stakeholders responsible for funding an financing the project.

“This is an exciting next step in bringing the Town closer to a long-term solution for the parking issues in Huntington Village,” Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone said. “The question of whether to build a parking structure has been discussed for many years, and the fact that we are moving into a detailed study of how to make it happen represents significant progress.”

This study is the most recent initiative taken by the Town to address the ongoing shortage of parking in the Village during peak hours.  The Town has been working in conjunction with the EDC, the local Chamber of Commerce, the local BID, and Paramount Theater to increase capacity.  Other measures explored previously include tiered pricing for parking meters, improved signage to direct motorists to municipal parking lots, and a pilot valet program before settling on the study determine feasibility of the parking structure.

Vision Long Island supported a parking structure in downtown Huntington through the Gerard Street community vision plan back in 2000.   Numerous plans driven by local business interests have come and gone over the last two decades.  These recent steps bring this concept closer to reality. 

Third Track Project Headed for Approval with Community and NYS Senate support

Last week saw a delay for approval of the LIRR’s third track project as state lawmakers searched for clarification on the timetable for repairs in conjunction with the $2 billion project.  Those questions have been answered as Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan has announced that his representative on the council will vote for approval, lifting the final hurdle for the project.

“All along, we have listened to our constituents and endeavored to do the right thing,” Flanagan said. “On behalf of the Senate Majority, Sen. Marty Golden, our representative on the MTA’s Capital Program Review Board and a staunch advocate for the needs of his own community, will vote to allow the proposed ‘third track’ project to move forward.”

Approval had previously been withheld as Senator Flanagan sought a solution to the ongoing crisis involving the entire MTA system.  In order to resolve this Mr. Flanagan had “direct and frank conversations” with Governor Cuomo and the new MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota in order to sort out priorities.  The move has drawn praise from proponents of the third track for bringing together both sides of the issue in order to come to a resolution.

One of the biggest stumbling blocks was the current condition of the LIRR through the” Summer of Hell”   NYS Senator Elaine Phillips said “I strongly believe the MTA must strike an appropriate balance between fixing the problems responsible for the derailments, disruptions and delays that LIRR commuters have experienced and making the strategic investments necessary to facilitate the region’s continued growth.  Given the urgency of returning the system to a state of good repair, I believe that should be the immediate priority.”   Senator Phillips and other community representatives vowed to stay on top of the MTA to make sure the agency delivers on its promises to minimize the impact of construction. “It’s not perfect, but what’s most important is that the MTA and the Governor and the Long Island Rail Road understand that the communities have to have a voice in this process.”

The questions and prioritization on immediate needs for the LIRR were not lost on  MTA Chairman Joe Lhota who referenced in a memo to the entire MTA staff which “acknowledges that the agency faces a crisis and does not currently deserve the public’s trust.”

Pending the expected final approval, the initiative will create a third track from New Hyde Park to Hicksville in order to speed up travel times.  It will also provide for key safety features, new parking and stations, sound barriers, and the elimination of several at-grade crossings.

Vision Long Island joined the Third Track Coalition in 2006 and testified in support of the project in numerous public hearings through that first ill-fated planning process.   Lessons learned were addressed in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s current plan which provides numerous public benefits and a more comprehensive outreach process that resulted in support from the local officials in the impacted communities.   Vision Board and staff supported the Third Track plan at public meetings earlier this year.   

You can read more on this story here.

Suffolk County Seeks Proposals for Bus Rapid Transit Design Standards Study

The Suffolk County Purchasing Division has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking proposals for a Bus Rapid Transit Design Standards Study.

Submissions will be due by August 21st, 2017, and must be submitted in writing to the Suffolk County Purchasing Office.  The studies will involve the development of a Project Management Team (PMT) and Project Schedule including milestones, deliverables, and identification of potential opportunities to engage stakeholders.  It will also consist of a review and analysis of the data collected including, but not limited to, examination of existing roadway characteristics, existing and future BRT ridership, land use studies, and current and planned roadway improvements, including BRT configuration alternatives proposed in both the Route 110 and Nicolls Road Alternatives Analyses.

Those submitting will also be required to address the following: BRT Station Form Standards governing basic station form, placement, and fundamental urban elements to ensure that all stations complement neighboring amenities and the street;  Written Materials Standards including transit maps, points of interest or wayfinding maps, and information display; Street Standards defining design attributes and geometries that balance the needs of motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders while promoting a vital public realm; Landscape Standards defining plantings, materials and other elements to be employed to create high-quality environments, provide shade, and create safe, aesthetically pleasing buffers between pedestrian and vehicular spaces.
The BRT zones that will addressed by this study will include the following:

Route 110: LIRR Amityville Station; Ritter Avenue; Allen Boulevard; Grumman Lane; LIRR Republic; Station/East-Farmingdale TOD; Smith Street/Farmingdale State College; Walt Whitman Road; Huntington Quadrangle; Pinelawn Road; Melville Mall; Walt Whitman Shops.

Nicolls Road: LIRR Patchogue Station; Downtown Patchogue; St. Joseph’s College; Gateway Plaza; Springmeadow Drive; Downtown Holbrook; Ronkonkoma Hub; LIRR Ronkonkoma Station/MacArthur Airport; Suffolk County Community College; Hammond Road; Pond Path; Oxhead Road/Sycamore Drive; Stony Brook University Cancer Center; Stony Brook University Hospital; Stony Brook University; LIRR Stony Brook Station.

Required forms may be obtained at  The Full text of the RFP can be reviewed here.

Weekly Summer Street Fairs in Downtowns Across Long Island

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.

ALIVE AFTER FIVE - Patchogue will host their 15th annual summer street fair, 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 20th, August 3rd, and August 17th, with a rain date of August 24th.

ALIVE ON 25 - Riverhead’s festival, 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 27th, August 10th and August 24th, with a rain date of August 31st.

ALIVE BY THE BAY - Bay Shore will be hosting this event 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 26th, August 9th, and August 23rd. Facebook page.

SOUTHAMPTON ANTIQUES FAIR - Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, 631-283-2494, An-tiques, furniture, jewelry, vintage clothing, glass, ceramics, artwork and collectibles. Mansion tours from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. ($4). Fee Free. Dates 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 22.

LONG ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM EXPO - The Show-place at the Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore, 516-783-3199, More than 100 short and feature-length films screened; panel discussions, dinner and awards ceremony closing night. Check website for schedule. Dates July 13-21. Fee $10, $8 per film; $25 day pass; $65 gold pass; $110 platinum pass; discounts for seniors with ID.

GREAT SOUTH BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL - Shorefront Park, Rider Avenue and Smith Street, Patchogue, 631-331-0808, More than 55 artists on four stages performing contemporary and classic rock, jazz, jam-band, country, folk, funk and more; children's enter-tainment, artisan market with arts and crafts. Fee $37-$39 and $65 (VIP). Dates 4:30-10 p.m. July 14, 1-11 p.m. July 15, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. July 16.

FINE ART AND CRAFT FAIR AND HANG-UPS SHOW - Old Town Arts and Crafts Guild, 28265 Main Rd. (Route 25), Cutchogue,, 631-734-6382. Fine art and crafts. Fee Free. Date 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 15; rain date: July 16.

CRAFT AND GIFT SHOW - Knights of Columbus, 186 Jericho Tpke., Mineola,, 516-209-7386. Forty craft and gift vendors. Fee Free. Date 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 16.

HUNTINGTON INDEPENDENCE DAY - Colonial Arsenal Museum, 425 Park Ave., Huntington, 516-448-3097, Re-enactment of the 1776 events in the Town of Huntington. Musket and cannon drills, practice musket drills for children, period craft and cooking demon-strations. Tours of the restored Arsenal. Fee Free. Date Noon-5 p.m. July 16, Rain date: July 23.

MUSIC BY THE BAY - Marina One, 97 E. Riviera Dr., Mastic Beach, 631-399-6lll, Concert is open to the public; live band, bring lawn chairs, refresh-ments for sale, no coolers permitted. Fee Free, donations accepted. Date 6-10 p.m. July 22.

OUTDOOR ARTS AND CRAFT SHOW - Good Ground Park, 30 W. Montauk Hwy., Hampton Bays, 631-728-2211, Art-work and handcrafted items for sale. Fee Free. Dates 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 22-23.

Hicksville Street Fair To Be Held This Sunday, July 16th

The Hicksville Street Fair will be taking place this upcoming Sunday, July 16th from 11 AM to 6 PM, at the intersection of Jerusalem Ave, West John Street, and Broadway (just North of the Long Island Railroad Train Trestle), in downtown Hicksville.  The event is free and will include food, rides, music, giveaways, and more!

Come on down to the event and visit with Vision Long Island at the Chamber of Commerce booth along with local community leaders to get an update on the ongoing revitalization efforts in downtown Hicksville.

You can get more information on this event here.

Huntington Township Chamber to Hold Annual Seaside Soiree next Tuesday, July 18th

The 2017 Seaside Soiree will be taking place next Tuesday, July 18th, from 6 to 10 pm, at the Sunken Meadow Boardwalk in Kings Park.  The Event will include food, beverages, and a raffle.  You can register for this event online here.

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless to Host Supply Our Students and Back Pack Pirates Festival

The Supply Our Students Drive is hosted by the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless (LICH). Each year, they pack thousands of back packs with the school supplies collected through this drive. The back packs are distributed through a network of homeless shelters in late August.

In collaboration with Holiday Magic, LICH also hosts “Back Pack Pirates Summer Festival”,  a one-day summer camp experience for up to 450 children from homeless shelters.  In addition to an incredible camp experience and brand new back packs, they provide the children with new school clothing and shoes. They also collect bathing suits and towels so the kids attending the event can participate in water activities.

Every child deserves to start their school year with the tools they need to succeed. Please help LICH collect NEW school supplies to fill backpacks for children in need, or host a drive in your community, business, school, or office!  They provide you with collection boxes, informational flyers about the event, and will pick up the boxes. Drives are being conducted now through the week of August 1st.  Please let them know if you’re interested in conducting a drive!  

Host sites are listed on their website! or you can visit any of the TFCU Branches to make a donation!

You can also conduct a DRIVE for new (or very gently used) clothing and shoes/sneakers for school-aged children, bathing suits and towels – or gift cards to help them purchase those items. Donate online:

The Back Pack Pirates Festival is 100% to the families of the children who attend but it costs approximately $100 per child!  They cannot provide this once in a lifetime experience to the children without your help!

 You can make a donation online!

About LICH: The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is a 501c3 non-profit organization based in Amityville, NY. Our mission is to eliminate homelessness on Long Island and improve the lives of Long Islanders who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  
Please direct all questions to Ksusha Cascio at (631) 464-4314 x 123 or

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 Improvement 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.

Please note:

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.

In addition:

  1. Grant Awardees will be required to execute a grant agreement with the County of Suffolk.
  2. Grant Awardees must permit Suffolk County Septic Improvement Program representatives the right to enter onto the property to perform any site assessments related to the processing of applications.
  3. Information and documentation that is submitted with the application may be subject to independent verification by the County.

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

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.
To learn more about the grant opportunity, click here

National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant, due September 11th

The National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with arts at their core. This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place. Applications due September 11.

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. 

Grants range from $5,000 to $30,000, and projects must have an imminent time-hook or a project timeline that can be completed within a four-month time frame. Individuals with fiscal sponsorship, non-profit and for-profits are all eligible to apply. Projects should aim to advance social change and authentic narratives in popular culture for people of color, immigrants, refugees and Muslims.

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,

Help Wanted

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.

Select Downtown Apartments Featured in Newsday

Newsday has released a selected list of downtowns who are trying to meet the “pent up demand” for rental housing on Long Island.  This list includes many up and coming downtowns as well as some more established ones that are trying to provide local housing for its residents.  Nine of the ten projects featured are past Long Island Smart Growth Awards winners. You can check out their list along with available units and average cost here.

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