July 29th - August 2nd, 2013
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As an energy provider, they are committed to safeguarding our global environment for future generations and providing their customers with the highest standards of service through investment in their networks and through a talented, diverse workforce.
“This is a major step closer to a significant rollout of needed Sunday bus service throughout Suffolk County. The fact that we are seeing major ridership increases demonstrates that Sunday bus service is meeting a major unmet need." - Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman speaking on the recently expanded bus service in Suffolk County
Governor Cuomo Signs Bill to Replace Long Island Power Authority with Public Service Electric and Gas Company as utility service provider on Long Island
On Sunday, July 29th, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill to transfer control of the Long Island Power Authority to the Public Service Electric and Gas Company, a New Jersey-based corporation also known as PSEG.
According to Cuomo, LIPA had been "wasteful, expensive, and incompetent," especially in responding Hurricane Sandy.
"LIPA was failing communities in Nassau County long before Superstorm Sandy hit, but the events of last fall made the need for sweeping changes undeniable," Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano added.
LIPA has been a major expense for Long Island taxpayers since the 1990s, the utility rates continuously increasing. Governor Cuomo is confident that with his new legislation in order, utility rates should remain flat for now and the following two years.
"This new law brings immediate reforms to LIPA, stabilizes rates and creates the framework for better electric service in the years to come," said Assemblyman Rob Sweeney. "Rate stability, accountability, and better storm preparedness are the key parts of the new law. Working with the Governor, my colleagues and I in the legislature were able to pass legislation that fundamentally restructured LIPA with a new penchant for customer service and emergency preparedness."
PSEG, which is to take over for LIPA on January 1st of next year, is expected to reduce debt placed on taxpayers and provide more efficient customer services. The Public Service Electric and Gas Company had operated in New Jersey since 1903 and became strictly focused on utility provision mid-20th Century.
As of now, the company provides power service to nearly three-quarters of New Jersey and will be extending these services throughout Long Island. Although it seems like a daunting task to surpass LIPA's utility services in every aspect with a smaller tax intake, Cuomo is certain that PSEG will be able to "figure it out." LIPA is to remain a holding company during PSEG's regime.
Vision Long Island is happy to see that the clean energy programs that were honored at this year's Smart Growth Awards will survive the transition intact.
For more information on the Bill and PSEG, please read Governor Andrew Cuomo's press release.
NICE Bus expands service in Nassau County
Nassau is potentially going to receive a huge service improvement, including new express buses on one of the biggest routes. Nassau Community College will turn into a “transit hub”, NICE officials said Friday.
The proposed plans are yet to be finalized; there are plans to receive feedback from riders at community meetings scheduled next week. Among the changes to be introduced the n4 Express is one of them. This will provide service for riders on the south shore route—the second busiest in the NICE system, only behind the N6.
This elaborate plan includes six different routes, and inspired from the N6 Express , the N4 will only make key stops between Freeport and Jamaica, relieving crowding on buses and offering faster rides. Part of NICEs plan is to increase service for the college students to promote the use of buses for life.
NICE is paying for improvements with about $5 million in new state and $3 million from MetroCard customers. Charlene Obernauer, founder of the nonprofit Long Island Bus Riders Union, called the changes "a really positive thing" for NICE, which carried fewer riders last year than in 2011. She went on to say, "The more we look to the future of our transit system, the better it is for the future of Nassau County."
Suffolk County will expand Sunday Bus Service Countywide thanks to NYMTC funds
The New York Metropolitan Transit Council has recently approved the distribution of $3.96 million in federal funding in order to aid Suffolk County in expanding their Sunday bus service. The funding that will be matched with even more money from the state and will allow for the County to expand their Sunday bus services beyond the East End.
NYMTC’s funds will be used to expand bus services for three years. “Expanded Sunday bus service will provide opportunity and access for thousands of Suffolk County residents,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.
A compromise was met by Bellone and Legis. Jay Schneiderman of Montauk in May to expand the Sunday service countywide for a one-year trial period. With this new funding busses will now be allowed to run a convenient seven days a week through 2016.
“This is a major step closer to a significant rollout of needed Sunday bus service throughout Suffolk County,” Legislator Schneiderman said. He also went on to say, “The fact that we are seeing major ridership increases demonstrates that Sunday bus service is meeting a major unmet need.”
The expanded Sunday service is expected to go into effect Countywide in January, 2014.
Nassau County moves Complete Streets bill out of committee
After Sandi Vega's fourteen year old daughter Brittany was killed in a hit and run accident on Sunrise Highway almost three years ago, Nassau County has decided to begin to implement tough new safety standards for its roadways.
On Monday July 29th, Complete Streets legislation was unanimously passed by Nassau County Legislature through the public works committee. This program has already been adopted in over 500 different communities across the country. Complete Streets will help facilitate the installation of pedestrian crossings and bike lanes throughout Nassau County. The Nassau county legislature is expected to vote on the Complete Streets legislation in August.
Sandi Vega, a local resident of Wantagh, has been working to improve street safety on one of the most dangerous roads in the state. It is because of her work and dedication that brought Complete Streets to fruition. Complete Streets laws and policies require traffic engineers and transportation planners to design new or retrofitted roads to accommodate the needs of all users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, transit riders, and people of all ages and abilities.
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First Annual Car Free Day of Long Island to take place on September 20th
On September 20th will be Long Island's first annual Car Free Day as a step towards energy conservation and cleaner living. Long Islanders are suggested to either not use cars at all during this day or carpool to reduce the number of vehicles on the road.
People are also advised to rely on mass transit, bicycling, or walking if feasible; otherwise see if it is possible to work by telecommuting.
This event will be occurring internationally in over 1,500 cities this year, and Car Free Day Long Island is one of our own opportunities to cut down on toxic energy emissions and set a precedent for every day commuting.
To register for this event, you can fill out a pledge form on the Car Free Day website with an additional opportunity to win prizes. Vision Long Island is working with Car Free Day Long Island in efforts to promote multimodal transportation and reduce the traffic congestion that every Long Islander dreads.
Town of Brookhaven Meets to Discuss New Carmans River Conservation Plan
On Tuesday, July 30th the Town of Brookhaven met for a town hall and community meeting to discuss the new Carmans River Conservation and Management Plan. The Carmans River runs 10 miles through the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge into the Great South Bay. It holds significant ecological and recreational importance, so approving an appropriate protection plan is necessary for both the river and the residents who use it.
Key highlights of the plan include the creation 135 new Pine Barrens Credits and compatible growth area expansions that will include the acquisition of private lands to be preserved by the town. There will also be rezoning in order to preserve open space, create cluster development projects, and protect the watershed. No development will be allowed along the river corridor and there will be limits to the amount of pesticide and fertilizer use allowed. Community outreach about the importance of preserving the watershed is also included in the plan along with improvements to storm water infrastructure. All recommendations will preserve open space and protect the biological diversity of the river.
There was both concern and support seen from members of the community. Those who supported the document were happy to see the creation of a comprehensive science based plan that resolves the problems found in previous plans and takes action to ensure the river and watershed are preserved. Supporters understand that implementation of this plan is a necessary step to prevent overdevelopment and protect the river.
Some criticism stemmed from concern that the plan does not propose clear action steps and is simply a wish list that the authors would like to see happen. There is also concern that the creation of new Pine Barrens Credits will cause overdevelopment to occur. To alleviate this worry it was suggested that all development be done in line with a community based planning process so that members of the community will remain involved and there will be transparency.
If adopted, the Carmans River Conservation and Management Plan will protect the river and watershed from nitrate and pesticide pollution, preserve land, and hopefully pave the way for clustered, mixed use downtowns that will improve the spaces surrounding Carmans River.
Op-ed: Paul Krugman, Stranded by Sprawl
This opinion piece was originally featured in the New York Times. Paul Krugman is an American economist and an op-ed columnist for The New York Times, among other publications. He is known in academia for his work on international economics.
"Detroit is a symbol of the old economy’s decline. It’s not just the derelict center; the metropolitan area as a whole lost population between 2000 and 2010, the worst performance among major cities. Atlanta, by contrast, epitomizes the rise of the Sun Belt; it gained more than a million people over the same period, roughly matching the performance of Dallas and Houston without the extra boost from oil.
Yet in one important respect booming Atlanta looks just like Detroit gone bust: both are places where the American dream seems to be dying, where the children of the poor have great difficulty climbing the economic ladder. In fact, upward social mobility — the extent to which children manage to achieve a higher socioeconomic status than their parents — is even lower in Atlanta than it is in Detroit. And it’s far lower in both cities than it is in, say, Boston or San Francisco, even though these cities have much slower growth than Atlanta.
So what’s the matter with Atlanta? A new study suggests that the city may just be too spread out, so that job opportunities are literally out of reach for people stranded in the wrong neighborhoods. Sprawl may be killing Horatio Alger."
To view the full editorial, please visit the New York Times.
California Pizza Kitchen and Friends of Long Island hosting fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy victims
On August 30th, Friends of Long Island will also be hosting a fundraiser at all California Pizza Kitchen locations across the island. To participate, simply bring this flyer with you and 20% of your bill will be donated to Friends of Long Island. All funds collected will go directly to affected communities helping families to get back in their homes.
Friends of Long Island: Communities Helping Communities post-Sandy is a diverse coalition of local community and business organizations focused on post-Sandy rebuilding. Approximately 18 different community groups make up Friends of Long Island representing Sandy affected communities from East Rockaway to the Hamptons. Although it has been almost 9 months since the storm, many south shore neighborhoods, residents and businesses still need all forms of assistance. The goal of these groups is to ensure public and private resources make it directly to local communities, and has pledged to raise $500,000 to this end.You can also send a donation to Friends of Long Island: Communities Helping Communities post-Sandy by clicking here.
Volunteers needed for Clean Up this Weekend!
Dear potential volunteers who have not yet signed up for a community 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:
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
EmPower Solar and the Town of Hempstead host Family Solar Night on August 8th
Family Solar Night, hosted by EmPower Solar and the Town of Hempstead, will take place on Thursday, August 8th, 2013 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. The winners of the 2013 EmPower Solar Student Competition will be announced at this event, students from Long Island and NYC high schools will learn which team will go home with $1,000 scholarships and tickets to the U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon in California, following a tour of the energy park and a solar seminar by EmPower.
The evening will also have food, entertainment, and education. The event will take place at the Town of Hempstead Energy Park in Point Lookout, NY. The event is open, but they ask that all participants pre-register via the provided online form, where you can also find further information including the schedule.
“The Business of Art” seminar on August 8th and new exhibit at The Amsterdam in Port Washington
An exhibition of fine art by celebrated artist, Ruth Poniarski, will be on view from August 6th to the 11th. There will be an opening reception on August 6th beginning at 7:30pm where viewers will get a chance to meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments.
On Thursday, August 8th, 2013 at 8:30am the Town of North Hempstead Business & Tourism Development Corporation, The Amsterdam at Harborside, and LIDC/GNYDC will host a free small business breakfast seminar, “The Business of Art.” Angela Susan Anton, CEO of Anton publications, will be the Mistress of Ceremonies. Panels include: “Art as a Marketing Tool for Business” moderated by Charlee Miller Executive Director of Art League Long Island, “Art as a Community Revitalization Tool” moderated by Regina Gil Executive Director of Great Neck Arts Center, “Business of Museums - their impact on communities economic development and quality of life” hosted by Dr. Michael Schantz - ED/CEO of the Hecksher Museum of Art.
Both events will be taking place at The Amsterdam at Harborside, 300 East Overlook (off Fairway Drive) Port Washington, NY 11050. Registration is required for the both events. To register for the opening reception on August 6th, please click here. To register for the seminar, please click here. For more information please call (516) 433-5000.
LIDC/GNYDC is a 501(C)3 family of nonprofit economic development organizations providing low cost loans and free technical assistance and education/seminars for small businesses, nonprofits and others in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, Long Island, NY. Please visit www.lidc.org for more information.
Farmingdale Village to host “Live Downtown” on August 11th
Farmingdale Village Downtown Master Plan Implementation Committee (FV DMP IC) hosts the first ever “live downtown” walkable event on Sunday, August 11th, featuring local music and talent, dining, and family entertainment.
The event will take place on Main Street, which will be closed down for the event, in Farmingdale, from Croxley’s to Corner Cafe and then again at the Library Cafe to Cara Cara. Front Street, Conklin, and Prospect Streets remain open.
On both dates, a bandstand will be set up from 4:00 to 7:00pm where live, local performances will take place. Also in attendance will be The Shark 94.3 to join in on the music during the event.
The village hosts various events throughout the summer, such as the Village Pops music Wednesday nights, which are ongoing, and the “Movies On The Village Green” taking place every Thursday night, beginning July 11th.
The Farmingdale Village Downtown Master Plan Implementation Committee will continue to plan, host, and sponsor various downtown events to promote local shopping, dining, and entertainment.
NYS DOT accepting applications for the Transportation Enhancement Program
Currently, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is accepting applications for the Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP).
TEP is a federal reimbursement program under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The TEP will fund projects not generally eligible for funding through traditional transportation programs. The program will fund transportation projects which show cultural, aesthetic, historic, and/or environmental significance, recognizing that factors which influence and affect transportation systems go beyond the condition of traditional infrastructure.
Projects must fall into one or more of the following categories: facilities for bicycles and pedestrians; scenic or historic highway programs; landscaping and other scenic beautification; preservation of abandoned railway corridors (including the conversion and use thereof for pedestrian or bicycle trails); or environmental mitigation to address water pollution due to highway runoff or to reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality while maintaining habitat connectivity. All improvements funded through this program must be available for public access and use.
Municipalities (county, city, town or village); state agencies other than the New York State Department of Transportation; and state or local authorities are eligible to apply for funding of up to $30,000,000. Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organizations but must be sponsored by one of the three groups mentioned above.
The deadline for the applications is August 16th, 2013. To submit an application or for more information, please contact:
Doug Burgey, Main Office
You can also call (518) 485-9959 or email email@example.com. For more information, please visit the website. A workshop schedule and a list of NYSDOT Regional TEP Coordinators (Local contacts) can be found on the TEP website above.
National Endowment for the Humanities announces Bridging Cultures grants program
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced their Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges grants to encourage exploration of the ways in which cultures from around the globe, as well as the myriad subcultures within America’s borders, have influenced American society. With the aim of revitalizing intellectual and civic life through the humanities, NEH welcomes proposals that enhance understanding of diverse countries, peoples, and cultural and intellectual traditions worldwide. Applicants might also investigate how Americans have approached and attempted to surmount seemingly unbridgeable cultural divides, or examine the ideals of civility and civic discourse that have informed this quest.
Projects which are eligible for funding must: create opportunities for community college faculty members to study together while improving their capacity to teach the humanities; enhance or develop areas of need in an institution’s humanities programs; and give community college faculty access to humanities resources through partnerships with other institutions with appropriate resources.
Grants may be used to enhance the humanities content of existing programs, develop new programs, or lay the foundation for more extensive endeavors in the future.
About seven to nine applicants will be awarded funding of up to $120,000 each. Applicants can be any non-profit with a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS; state and local governmental agencies; and Federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Individuals are not eligible to apply. The planning and implementation of a project must involve a partnership between a community college or community college system and another institution with appropriate resources, such as a college or university, museum, research library, or professional association. The applicant of record may be either the participating community college or community college system or the collaborating institution.
The deadline is August 27, 2013, for projects beginning no later than September 2014. To apply, please contact:
Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges
For more information on available state, federal, and private grants please visit the NYS Assembly website.
NYSERDA releases Program Opportunity Notice 2722
The New York State Energy Research and Development Association (NYSERDA) has just released this past week a new Program Opportunity Notice, PON 2722.
NYSERDA hopes that with PON 2722 the State of New York can begin to move towards the development and implementation of zero-net Energy Wastewater Treatment systems through the improvement of the performance, sustainability, and the resilience of municipal water and waste water treatment infrastructure.
Through PON 2722, NYSERDA hopes to achieve three goals: to support Zero-Net Energy waste water treatment plants (WWTPs) - plants where energy demand is balanced with energy generated from on-site renewable sources; evaluate WWTP energy efficiency opportunities, evaluate energy efficient process improvement alternatives, and demonstrate use of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) or similar tools.
Demonstration Projects (up to $250,000 per project)
All proposals must provide a minimum of 50% cost- sharing.
Proposal Due: September 17, 2013 by 5:00 PM Eastern Time*
Proposal Submission -Proposers must submit two (2) paper copies of the proposal and one (1) digital copy of the proposal on CD. A completed and signed Proposal Checklist must be attached to the front of each copy. One (1) of the paper copies must have a Proposal Checklist that contains an original signature. Proposals must be clearly labeled and submitted to:
If you have technical questions concerning this PON, contact Kathleen O’Connor at (518) 862-1090, ext. 3422 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have contractual questions concerning this PON, contact Nancy Marucci at (518) 8621090, ext. 3335 email@example.com.
No communication intended to influence this procurement is permitted except by contacting Kathleen O’Connor at (518) 862-1090, ext. 3422 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Contacting anyone other than this Designated Contact (either directly by the proposer or indirectly through a lobbyist or other person acting on the proposer’s behalf) in an attempt to influence the procurement: (1) may result in a proposer being deemed a non-responsible offerer, and (2) may result in the proposer not being awarded a contract.
*Late proposals will be returned. Incomplete proposals may be subject to disqualification. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that all pages have been included in the proposal. Faxed or e-mailed proposals will not be accepted. Proposals will not be accepted at any other NYSERDA location other than the address above. If changes are made to this PON, notification will be posted on NYSERDA’s web site at www.nyserda.ny.gov.
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 email@example.com. 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:
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Huntington Jack Abrams School, 155 Lowndes Ave.
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).
Copiage, Babylon Summer Concerts Series Kerrigan Road & Tanner Park, All concerts begin at 7:30
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