July 10th - 16th, 2016
Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP
Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP was founded on the concept that the success of a law firm is tied to the success of its clients. Today, that means more than working for their clients. It means working with them. Their attorneys apply the firm’s collective knowledge to their clients’ issues in order to ensure the best possible outcome.
While a national client base has enhanced their expertise in matters across the country and around the world, their major focus has been on Long Island businesses and their legal needs. Since 1965, with their guidance, their clients have planted the seeds of Long Island’s fledgling communities and businesses. Together they have worked to grow and mature this region into one of our country’s wealthiest and most desirable places to live, work and play. They have acquired the knowledge and experience that uniquely qualifies them to guide today’s business leaders in their day-to-day pursuits, as they plan for tomorrow.
Certilman Balin has become one of the region’s leading law firms, as attested to by the success of our clients. Dynamic and experienced, they are proven attorneys and powerful advocates.
"Great ideas don't happen in a vacuum. Across the State, I have visited numerous collaborative workspaces and I can say from first-hand experience that this is the new way we get things done in our State because the benefits are exponential. Entrepreneurs share resources and expertise, problem-solve and have creative collisions to spark their next big idea. The future is already happening and we need more bright minds to jump in."- NYS Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul speaking at Launchpad Long Island's Great Neck Plaza location
"We are all just so happy to see so many community members and visitors enjoying themselves and we look forward to the rest of the summer. It's a great event to boost our local economy and bring life to downtown Riverhead." - Diane Tucci, Riverhead BID, speaking at the Advent of Alive on 25 in Downtown Riverhead
Great South Bay Music Festival Kicks Off Four Day Long Event
Last night marked the beginning of the 2016 Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue, and the rain did nothing to dampen the spirit of the opening night. The event, which will have its first ever country night featuring Joe Nichols, Jamey Johnson, Lonestar, and JT Hodges tonight, is celebrating its tenth anniversary, making it the longest-running music festival on Long Island. In order to celebrate, producer Jim Faith has collected the “biggest and broadest” lineup the festival has ever seen.
Music styles at this year’s event range from rock, contemporary rock, folk, jazz, blues, country, and funk as played by featured artists Third Eye Blind, Manchester Orchestra, and Umphrey McGee, amongst others. The festival’s headliner, two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Graham Nash, will close out the festival on Sunday, along with Railroad Earth, Colin Hay, John Sebastian, NRBQ, and Aztec Two Step. Saturday and Sunday will also feature a number of acts for children including noted kids’ performer Laurie Berkner. “Our artists are chosen in part because of the effect they’ve had on our culture, creatively, emotionally, or politically,” said the festival’s organizers. “From Odetta’s civil rights messages to Richie Havens and Graham Nash’s positive appeals for peace, to Umphrey McGee’s brilliant musicianship, to the ability Third Eye Blind, Traveler or 311 has to connect with 10,000 people in such a positive tribal or communal way.”
Officials say that an estimated 4,000 people attended last night’s indie rock-themed show. The entire four-day long event has a special focus on charity this year. Long Island Cares, an organization that provides food and other resources to those in need throughout our community, is manning this year’s beer tents. All tips are being donated to the group’s fight against hunger on Long Island.
Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri is proud of the ongoing success of the music festival. “A lot of festivals go down the toilet because they get too big and don’t take care of their neighbors,” he says, adding that this music festival showcases the village at its best. The family-oriented event draws out all ages to enjoy the varied music styles. “What I really liked about it was that it was a family-oriented thing, It’s not just young kids coming out and partying. It’s a community-type thing,” said Todd Sheaffer, lead singer of Railroad Earth.
The festival will continue tonight at 4 PM and Saturday and Sunday at 1 PM at Shorefront Park in Patchogue with music, a craft village, a food court, and family friendly activities at the Kids Zone. You can find more information about schedules, parking, and ticket prices on the festival’s website.
NYMTC's Regional Plan 2040 Provides Funding for Long Island Transportation Projects
Vision attended a New York Metropolitan Transportation Council public meeting this week in order to testify on their Regional Plan 2040, which includes all of the federal and state funded transportation projects slated for Long Island in the upcoming years. The improvements cover a wide range of transportation modes and facilities, including roadways and bridges, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, transit equipment and services, safety improvements and demand management programs. $8 billion of the total $35 billion in the plan will be used solely for projects on Long Island.
Business and Tourism Development Corporation’s Business Breakfast
North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town’s Business and Tourism Development Corporation Executive Director Kim Kaiman hosted a breakfast seminar on Tuesday, July 12 at Launchpad Long Island in Great Neck Plaza. The seminar, titled “Busine$$ Incubation – Cash to Exit & Everything In-Between”, helped to inform residents and prospective business owners about the benefits of collaborative work environments and how to help young millennials and entrepreneurs with start-up businesses.
The panel was moderated by Executive Director Kaiman and featured special guest speaker Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who said, "Great ideas don't happen in a vacuum. Across the State, I have visited numerous collaborative workspaces and I can say from first-hand experience that this is the new way we get things done in our State because the benefits are exponential. Entrepreneurs share resources and expertise, problem-solve and have creative collisions to spark their next big idea. The future is already happening and we need more bright minds to jump in." The Lieutenant Governor, along with Governor Cuomo, has visited four different Long Island downtowns in the last week.
Supervisor Bosworth, who made open remarks at the event, recently attended the grand opening of Launchpad Great Neck and was excited about the seminar. “It is so critical that we have a vision for the future and equip our millennials with the knowledge they need to start up and operate successful businesses,” he said. “This seminar gave entrepreneurs in our community the ability to understand the benefit of collaborative workspaces and how to finance their fledgling businesses.” Kim Kaiman said “A collaborative workspace like Launchpad offers start-ups a safe place to grow and prosper within our town while generating job opportunities for our area. That’s the exact type of energy we need to bring to our local downtown communities and I’m very much looking forward to the opening of Launchpad’s 3rd North Hempstead location at the end of this summer.”
The seminar featured three of the most prominent people within the business incubation industry on Long Island: Andrew Hazen of Launchpad Long Island, Peter Goldsmith from Long Island Software and Technology Network, and Michael Faltischek, Esq. of the firm Ruskin, Moscou, Faltischek, Attorneys at Law. Topics ranged from collaborative workspaces and how to start companies to seed funding.
LIRR President Patrick Nowakowski Provides Expansion Projects Update
In a message from the Long Island Railroad President Patrick Nowakowski he noted that they remained committed to addressing the concerns of community members about their Expansion Projects. To date, six public meetings and a public comment period have been held to identify current issues surrounding the addition of a third track to the Main Line. These meetings were held as part of an unprecedented outreach effort by Governor Cuomo and MTA officials to ensure an active dialogue with the public as the project proceeds.
Governor Cuomo announced in January an expansion project to increase the number of tracks running between Hicksville and Floral Park in order to increase service, and reduce congestion and train delays. The expansion is also an important component in the future success of the LIRR’s East Side Access Project, which plans to take Long Island commuters to Grand Central Station and the East Side of Manhattan for the first time. In March after listening to significant concerns from the community about residential property acquisitions, Governor Cuomo announced that the preliminary plan for the Main Line expansion project has been revised to ensure that the addition of a third track occurs entirely within the existing right of way, meaning that no residential properties will be acquired.
Upon the completion of both the LIRR Expansion Project and the East Side Access Project, travel time in both directions is expected to be cut by 20 minutes.
You can find more information about the expansion project, including project updates, on A Modern LI.
Indirect Correlation Between Walkable Neighborhoods and Cognitive Decline
A 2014 study from the University of Kansas has found that a person’s heart function, blood pressure, memory and cognitive functions declined at a slower rate when they walked regularly. The study, completed by Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology Amber Watts, was based on her work on health behaviors, prevention strategies, and bio-behavioral processes associated with mental decline as well as dementia. Watts concluded from her data that walkable communities can slow cognitive decline. Specifically, she reported that the 39 adults without cognitive impairments and the 25 adults with cognitive impairments that were tracked all showed improvements in both physical health and cognition as a direct result of walkable neighborhoods, since walking synchronizes the two spheres of the brain and increases circulation.
It seems almost counterintuitive to think that a complicated maze of walkways would help senior citizens, as opposed to causing them an unnecessary amount of confusion. However, Watts said “There seems to be a component of a person’s mental representation of the spatial environment, for example, the ability to picture streets like a mental map. Complex environments may require more complex mental processes to navigate. Our findings suggest that people with neighborhoods that require more mental complexity actually experience less decline in their mental functioning over time.”
In order to further analyze her findings, Watts used geographic information systems (GIS). “GIS data can tell us about roads, sidewalks, elevation, terrain, distances between locations and a variety of other pieces of information,” Watts said about the GIS technology. “We then use a process called Space Syntax to measure these features, including the number of intersections, distances between places or connections between a person’s home and other possible destinations they might go.” The program is also capable of determining how complicated a route is to get from one place to another, by taking into account the number of turns a person must take to get from point A to point B.
All of this information can be readily used by city planners in order to help residents make healthy choices. Improved sidewalk conditions, benches for seniors who require an occasional break, and mixed use neighborhoods are all features that have been found to encourage walking amongst residents. Community members are looking for these features as well. A recent survey conducted by the National Association of realtors found that 77 percent of respondents placed sidewalks as one of the top characteristics they look for when choosing where to live.
You can read more about the results of walking on mental health here.
Free Huntington Station Bicycle Safety Fair
The Huntington Station Bicycle Safety Fair is an event meant to recognize and acknowledge locals who use bicycles to commute around their communities. The fair will take place at St. Hugh’s Church , 21 E 9th Street in Huntington Station from 12PM-4PM on Saturday, July 16th.
“Although not a cyclist myself, I care deeply for those who have the integrity to travel via bicycle in almost any weather condition, day or night, to make it to their places of employment,” said Angela Satcher, an organizer of the event. “Everyone deserves to be safe on the road. Until Long Island recognizes the need for safer cycling conditions, this the least I can do to make it safer in Huntington. “
14th Annual Hicksville Street Fair This Sunday!
Hosted by the Hicksdvile Chamber of Commerce, the Hicksville Summer Street Fair continues to grow in attendance, sponsorship, vendor and local business participation. Approximately 14,000 residents from Hicksville, and the six communities Hicksville borders, enjoy a day shopping and great food from vendors with FREE family style entertainment, FREE rides and FREE giveaways thanks to our generous sponsors. There is no admission to the fair for families. The fair runs up Jerusalem Ave from Herzog Place (1/4 mile North of Old Country Rd) into the East and West lots of the Long Island Railroad Hicksville Station, and continues up Jerusalem Ave where it ends at the intersection of West John Street and Broadway (Route 107).
Vision Long Island and the Downtown Hicksville Revitalization Committee will have a table on revitalization updates. Please join us!
The event will be held this Sunday, July 17th 11am-6pm. For more details click here.
The Village of Great Neck Plaza Summer Concert Series
The Village of Great Neck Plaza kicked off their 2016 Summer Concert Series on Tuesday, July 12th with the Seven Bridges Road Band and music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Additional concerts will be held on Tuesday, July 19th and Tuesday, July 26th, featuring artists Phil Costa and the Something Special Big Band and Liverpool Shuffle. All of the Village’s summer concerts will be held in the gazebo in Firefighter’s park, located on Grace Avenue, from 8 pm to 9:30 pm. In the case of inclement weather, the concerts will be held in the Great Neck Social Center at 80 Grace Avenue. More information about the 2016 Village of Great Neck Plaza Summer Concert Series can be found here.
Music By The Bay Concert in Mastic Beach
A free summer concert will be hosted by the Mastic Beach Property Owners Association in order to give community members an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the local waterfront. The event will take place on July 23 from 6 PM to 10 PM at Marina One at 96 Riviera Drive in Mastic Beach. 20 Highview, known across the island for their dance classics, will be the featured band. Refreshments will be available for sale during the concert and attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, but leave their coolers at home.
Farmingdale Live at Five on Main Events this Summer
Farmingdale Live at Five On Main is a free summer program offering a number of music nights to people in downtown Farmingdale Village. The event will take place four times throughout the summer, with dates set for July 28th, August 11th, and August 25th from 5pm to 9pm. Three bands will perform each night along Main Street between Prospect Street and North Front Street. The event will focus on more than just music; many merchants, restaurants, and clubs will be participating to provide the public with a number of options for dining and shopping. Three of the four nights will also feature a movie night on the Village Green, weather permitting.
No traffic will be allowed on Main Street on either side of Conklin Street from 4pm to 10pm, allowing for a two block pedestrian area for the events. Free parking will be available in Village parking lots, which are located along Conklin, on Main Street, north and south of the street closure, in the former Waldbaum’s parking lot, along neighboring streets, or in the Train Stations Lots after 4 pm. Similar events are also being held in Patchogue (Alive After Five), on July 21st, August 4th, and August 18th, and in Riverhead (Alive on 25) on July 28th, August 11th, and August 25th. Farmingdale and Riverhead's events are modeled after Patchogue's Alive After Five event (now in its 15th year), which was recently awarded a Smart Growth Award.
More information about participating merchants and supporters and rain dates is available on Farmingdale's Live at Five’s website.
Westbury Concert Series on the Piazza
The Village of Westbury will be hosting its free evening concert series at the Piazza Ernesto Strada in the Village of Westbury Square on the corner of Post Avenue and Maple Avenue. Free parking for attendees will be available in the Village Madison Avenue parking lot behind Rite Aid. All of this year’s concerts will be held on Fridays from 7pm to 9pm. Featured performers include Dance Visions NY, North Shore Pops, and Sonido Clasico. The series will also include an art event to complement the music. Handmade cards and Paint Night are just a couple of the activities to be held in conjunction with the concerts.
For more information, you can visit the Greater Westbury Council for the Arts’ website.
2nd Annual Coltrane Day Music Festival in Huntington
The Coltrane Home in Dix Hills in partnership with the Town of Huntington Summer Arts Festival and the Huntington Arts Council is hosting the Second Annual Coltrane Day Music Festival at Heckscher Park in Huntington Village on Saturday, July 23 from 12pm to 10:30pm.
The event will feature live music all day, 15 plus workshops and community jams, local artists, food, and exhibits. This great festival will bring together music lovers and musicians of all ages to listen to and play a variety of music ranging from jazz to funk, blues, electronic, and even hip-hop. To find out more, to sponsor the event, or to register for workshops, please visit Coltrane Home's website.
Long Island’s 4th Annual Car Free Day
You can join the efforts to increase the use of sustainable transportation this Thursday, September 22, 2016 on Long Island’s 4th Annual Car Free Day. Last year, almost 3,000 Long Islanders pledged to go car free, saving 78,000 miles in driving and 39 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Car Free Day was celebrated in over 2000 cities in 40 countries around the world in 2015. To participate in this year’s event, all you have to do is promise to be either car-free or car-lite on Car Free Day by signing an online pledge form. You also receive the chance to win free prizes once you have made the pledge. 511NY, MTA, NICE, Suffolk Transit, HART, Long Beach Municipal Bus, and the Nassau-Suffolk Bicycle Coalition all have information about getting around town without using a car. Vision Long Island is a proud sponsor of this successful event.
For more information on this international event, you can visit Long Island’s Car Free Day website here.
Petition to Improve USDOT Classification of Successful Streets
In an effort to create new metrics for how states and cities measure traffic congestion, the U.S. Department of Transportation has put forward a number of new requirements. The goal of the new requirements is to help people understand what federal transportation dollars accomplish. While this objective is worthy, the current proposal is flawed; it prioritizes high speed roads over other important aspects of transportation including safety, equity, opportunity, and economic growth. Additionally, the rule classifies highways and main streets as the same, creating the potential for harm in the nation’s most economically successful areas.
In order to help show the DOT that they also need to take into consideration people who bike, walk, carpool, or use public transportation, sign this petition.
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.
Senior Community Planner Wanted for NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program
The Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery is hiring a Senior Community Planner to develop and implement projects and programs that are driven by the community. This position requires close work with other staff in the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, as well as local officials and community members.
A Bachelor’s degree and 8 years of full time experience, or a Master’s degree and 6 years of full time experience are required for this position. To view the full job position click here, or you may email Jeanmarie Buffett, the Long Island Director, here with any questions.
Habitat Suffolk Seeks AmeriCorps Members
Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk has several AmeriCorps crew leader positions available. The members serving in this role will be part of the AmeriCorps team that will give the necessary boost to significantly increase the number of families that the Habitat Suffolk affiliate is able to serve through their affordable housing rehab and new construction projects. These are 10 ½ month terms of service.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, be a US citizen or lawful permanent resident, and have a high school diploma/GED, or agree to work towards one while serving. As well as gaining new skills on the job, Americorps members will receive health insurance, are eligible to receive a $5,730 award to pay for college, sick pay, and childcare assistance, as well as other benefits.
Information about this program and the positions available can be seen here. For more details, please contact Lindsey Gordon at 631-HABITAT x114.
Over $200 Million in Funding Available for Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects
New York State has more than $200 million in expired earmarks and grants available that can now be spent due to provisions in the current federal transportation funding bill, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST). This money includes over $18 million for projects involving bicycles and pedestrians, as well as other roadway improvements. Parks & Trails New York has assembled a website that explains both eligibility requirements and a map illustrating where each earmark may be used.
Long Island has several million dollars that were earmarked for projects over 10 years ago, with the projects either not coming to fruition, being partially complete, or being funded by other sources. Instead of losing out on those earmarks, funding will be able to be repourposed for other projects within a 50 mile radius of the original project location., that are eligible for Surface Transportation Block Grant funding, and that will be complete on or before September of 2019. The maximum Federal share of funding for the new project must be the same as the share of the original project.New York State has to notify the Federal Highway Authority of its decision to repurpose the money by August 29, 2016, so the deadline is quickly approaching. You can contact your bicycle and pedestrian coordinator if you have an eligible local project for which you would like to receive funding. For more information or if you have any questions, please call Parks & Trails New York at 518-434-1583, or email Ron Epstein of NYSDOT at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Riverhead Launches Alive On 25 on Main Street
The possibility of a torrential downpour did not stop Riverhead’s inaugural Alive on 25 event Thursday, with close to 5000 residents and visitors packing Main Street for the first of four free summer events in the downtown.
Three parking areas are available with two shuttles running from the parking off of Main Street, allowing access for those driving in from out of town as well as those taking the LIRR in to attend the events. The Thursday night pop-up festivals run every other Thursday, alternating with Patchogue’s Alive After Five in order to cross-promote and not compete with each other.
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