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"For Hicksville, the railroad was always the centerpiece of the community. This works as the youth of today are not car-oriented people. They live in downtown centered communities. They are more density and more mass transit for their environment. They want to be within walking distance of their downtown and train station." Governor Cuomo said. "You created a bottom up plan with vision and local leadership and you were in the top ten of 104 proposals in NYS. Congratulations on winning the top prize of $10 million." -Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
"It is truly wonderful to see this positive movement with the Hicksville Downtown Revitalization efforts. All the hard work done over the past 7 years by the Downtown Hicksville Revitalization Committee, The Hicksville Chamber of Commerce, the local civic associations, the Town of Oyster Bay and all of the community stakeholders has finally paid off. This award will be a catalyst for future growth in Hicksville. With the MTA / LIRR's multi million dollar renovation of the Hicksville Train Station well underway, this news is further proof that Hicksville is a great opportunity for revitalization and transit oriented development. We look forward to seeing Hicksville become a true destination where people can live, work, shop and play." -Lionel Chitty, Hickville Chamber of Commerce President & Hicksville Downtown Revitalization Committee Chair
"Years of planning, consensus building and creating trust in the community from the Chamber of Commerce, local civic community, the Hicksville Downtown Revitalization Committee, Nassau County, the LIRR and most recently the Town of Oyster Bay has laid the groundwork for this important NYS investment."" -Eric Alexander, Director, Vision Long Island
"Hicksville's downtown is a prime location for revitalization, new jobs and new housing opportunities. These economic development funds will assist the Hicksville community and all of our residents by creating new jobs, new housing opportunities and by transforming downtown Hicksville into attractive, walkable and bicycle-friendly environment. I thank Governor Cuomo for his commitment to our downtown and Councilmembers Rebecca Alesia and Anthony Macagnone for their dedication to advancing plans for downtown Hicksville. This puts the Town of Oyster Bay on the map across New York State!"." -Town of Oyster Bay Supervison Joseph Saladino
Hicksville Awarded $10 Million for Downtown Revitalization
Vision Board and staff had an exciting day this week with the announcement that Governor Cuomo awarded this year's winner of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) award for $10 million to Hicksville.
As in the first round of the DRI, where the Village of Westbury was awarded, one municipality from each of the state's 10 regional economic development regions will be selected as a $10 million winner, with a total of $100 million in funding and investments available to help communities identify catalytic downtown projects to boost the local economy.
"For Hicksville, the railroad was always the centerpiece of the community. This works as the youth of today are not car-oriented people. They live in downtown centered communities. They are more density and more mass transit for their environment. They want to be within walking distance of their downtown and train station." Governor Cuomo said. "You created a bottom up plan with vision and local leadership and you were in the top ten of 104 proposals in NYS. Congratulations on winning the top prize of $10 million."
'"It is truly wonderful to see this positive movement with the Hicksville Downtown Revitalization efforts," said Lionel Chitty, Hickville Chamber of Commerce President, and Hickville Downtown Revitalization Committee Chair. "All the hard work done over the past 7 years by the Downtown Hicksville Revitalization Committee, The Hicksville Chamber of Commerce, the local civic associations, the Town of Oyster Bay and all of the community stakeholders has finally paid off. This award will be a catalyst for future growth in Hicksville. With the MTA / LIRR's multi million dollar renovation of the Hicksville Train Station well underway, this news is further proof that Hicksville is a great opportunity for revitalization and transit oriented development. We look forward to seeing Hicksville become a true destination where people can live, work, shop and play."
"Years of planning, consensus building and creating trust in the community from the Chamber of Commerce, local civic community, the Hicksville Downtown Revitalization Committee, Nassau County, the LIRR and most recently the Town of Oyster Bay has laid the groundwork for this important NYS investment," said Vision's Director Eric Alexander.
The $10 million dollar grant will complement a new $121 million LIRR station in Hicksville, which is in the heart of the downtown. The Hicksville station is where the Ronkonkoma and Port Jefferson branches of the LIRR meet, with Routes 106 and 107 intersecting close by.
Elected officials joining the Governor included New York State Senators Carl Marcellino, Kemp Hannon, and Elaine Phillips; New York State Assemblyman Michael Montesano; Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano; Nassau Legislators Rose Walker, Laura Schaefer, and Laura Curran; Suffolk Legislator Kevin McCaffrey; Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino, Councilmembers Rebecca Alesia, Anthony Macagnone, former Nassau County DeputyComptroller Steve Labriola; Village of Westbury Trustee William Wise and Village of Roslyn Trustee Sarah Oral.
About 60 of the 200 in attendance included local civic and business leaders and many members of the Hicksville Downtown Revitalization Committee including: Paul Molinari, Duffy Park Civic Association; Lionel Chitty, Hicksville Chamber of Commerce; Eric Alexander, Vision Long Island; Phil Heckler, Hicksville School Board; Irene Guarasci; Linda Ruggiero, Hicksville Gardens Civic Association; Diane Hoeberlein, Paul Munoz, Raymond Givargis, and Abner Monigra, Hicksville residents; Stan Kobin, Hicksville Community Council; Joel Berse, Northwest Civic Association; James McCaffrey and Ralph Healey, Town of Oyster Bay; and Scott Howell, LIRR.
Speakers included: Hicksville Chamber of Commerce’s (and Vision Board member) Lionel Chitty, New York State Economic Development Commissioner Howard Zemsky, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino.
Vision Board members and partners that joined the event included Brandon Ray, AT&T; Gina Coletti, Suffolk Alliance of Chambers of Commerce; Francesca Carlow, Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce; and Angel Cepeda, LI Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Years of planning, consensus building and creating trust in the community from the Chamber of Commerce, local civic community, the Hicksville Downtown Revitalization Committee, Nassau County, the LIRR and most recently the Town of Oyster Bay has laid the groundwork for this important NYS investment.
Here is a recent timeline of Downtown Revitalization planning actions in Hicksville that led us to this point from local civic, business and municipal leadership:
Visioning workshops are held and shape the downtown plan through multiple public meetings.
Vision Long Island, Chamber of Commerce& Community Council present plans to each of the local civic and community organizations. The Hicksville Downtown Revitalization Committee meets with MTA/LIRR to push for capital improvements.
The Farmers Market committee sets up the Hicksville Farmers Market by the train station to positive reviews.
LIRR pledges $100 million for station improvements.
The New York State Department of Transportation installs countdown timers at pedestrian crossings.
The Downtown Revitalization Committee partners with New York University Wagner for market study and tax impact analysis.
Plans for LIRR improvements finalized and presented to the Downtown Revitalization Committee for feedback.
Town proposes mixed use zoning changes to Central Business District zone.
LIRR station construction underway.
Town applies for, and receives winning designation from and $10 million award for New York State Downtown Revitalization Initiative.
$1 Billion Garvies Point Mixed-Use Project Contruction Moving Forward
The summer heat can't stop the progress at the Garvies Point site. Construction at Harbor Landing, the first rental property at Garvies Point, is well underway. Pile driving recently began on the site and continues to move forward. Workers have also begun to spread gravel at the site, and excavation work is planned to begin in the coming weeks. Construction at The Beacon, the first waterfront condominium at Garvies Point, is set to begin soon as well.
More than 13 years after the project was first pitched, development partners Uniondale-based RXR Realty and Farmingdale-based Posillico along with City of Glen Cove opened the complex’s welcoming center in May of last year. The Garvies Point redevelopment will eventually bring 555 rental apartments, 555 for-sale condos, about 75,000 square feet of retail and office space and 28 acres of waterfront esplanades and parks to the site formerly occupied by heavy industry and junkyards. The project’s first phase includes six buildings of four, five and six stories on the eastern portion of the property that will contain the rental apartments and about 25,000 square feet of retail.
“Restoring the waterfront to productive use for the community will bring a much needed economic boost to the Glen Cove community in the form of jobs, tax revenue to the city, and hundreds of millions in spending by new residents,” RXR’s CEO Scott Rechler said in a previous statement.
Island to Table Event in Downtown Patchogue a Success
Vision Board and staff were out the past weekend at the Island to Table dinner in downtown Patchogue. A six course meal was offered featuring local chefs, craft breweries and local artists. Cocktail hour was highlighted by passed hors devours, a raw bar, rum punch and a craft beer selection, as well as opportunities to admire or purchase locally made art. All of the food was locally sourced.
Great to see event organizer Eva Rodriguez-Greguski, and event supporters Patchogue Chamber President David Kennedy, St. Joseph's College's (and Vision Board member) Melissa Kuehnle, Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri, Deputy Mayor Lori Beth Devlin, and Suffolk Legislator Rob Calarco for this unbelievable downtown event.
You can learn more about Homegrown Change and find out ways to support their mission here
Nashville Proposes Comprehensive Plan, $6B in Transit and Infrastructure
Nashville is proposing a $6 billion, 25-year comprehensive transit plan that would expand alternatives to driving in one of the fastest growing regions in the country. The local real estate community is already bullish about the potential increases to land values that better transit service can bring.
Some of the recommendations in the plan include building high-capacity/rapid transit network, including bus rapid transit, freeway bus rapid transit, new airport service, commuter railways and light rail. Details for light rail on Gallatin Pike — including a price tag, length of the route and timeline for implementation — aren't finalized. Preliminary design work has already occurred. The next phases are more intensive design and planning, as well as land acquisition.
It’s projected that the investment will yield a 430 percent increase in daily transit ridership in the region, with a 70%- 165% increase in residents within a half mile of transit service. Improvements to existing service is also planned. You can read more about Nashville’s move to create public transit opportunities here
Suffolk County Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory Presents Charting the Course Event August 8th, 2017
Folks should join us at the Civic Tech Suffolk Conference on Aug. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Babylon Student Center at Suffolk County Community College in Selden. The conference is sponsored by Suffolk Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory and will feature an array of business and government leaders. The event is free but registration is required.
The day kicks off with a keynote address from government technology industry expert Sid Burgess, a senior solutions consultant at Granicus, which specializes in digital civic tech. Then, a panel of experts from the technology, government and business discuss partnering government with technology to improve both efficiencies in municipal departments and access to constituent services for residents.
Breakout sessions cover cybersecurity, predictive analytics, business development and procurement, apps and gadgets, hardware and software, and using tech for smart growth and to connect with millennials. Vision's Director Eric Alexander and Board member Dr. Nathalia Rogers and Neal Lewis will be a part of the lineup along with many other LI business representatives like LISTnet’s Peter Goldsmith.
Check out the story in LIBusiness News here.
You can view the flyer for the event here.
You can see the day's schedule here
To RSVP, contact Christina DeLisi at (631) 853-6377 or email Chartingthecourse.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weekly Summer Street Fairs in Downtowns Across Long Island
Baldwin Day – The Baldwin Chamber of Commerce is hosting Baldwin Day 2017, with a free picnic (4 p.m. – 7 p.m.), a concert 7:30 p.m.) and fireworks (9 p.m.). The event will be held at Baldwin Park on Grand Avenue. More information can be found at baldwinchamber.com .The event will be held on August 8th, with a rain date of August 9th for fireworks only.
Music on Main - Along Main Street (between Prospect St to S. Front St.) Celebrate summer with outdoor music, food, vendors & fun along Main Street. The event is just blocks away from the LIRR station. You can click here for more information. 5 p.m. August 10th & August 24th
GARVIES POINT DAY Gravies Point Museum and Preserve, 50 Barry Dr., 516-571-8010, garviespointmuseum.com. Nature crafts, butterfly- and bird-friendly garden tour, live wildlife presentation, bird watching, films and nature walk. Fee $5 ages 5 and older; free younger than 5 with adult. Date 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 5.
City of Long Beach's Summer Concert Series August 6th - Shlock Rock (Jewish rock) - Long Beach Boulevard.
3rd Annual Ales to Rails- Lindenhurst Gazebo- Hosted by the Lindenhurst Chamber of Commerce. Music by Unwind, country line dancing, beer, and more! August 6th 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
2017 Sayville Summerfest- Gillette Park, The Common Ground and Main Street-Presented by the Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce. Live music, food, over 200 vendors, rides, 5k race and more. August 4th 5 PM to 10 PM, August 5th: 11 AM to 10 PM, August 6th: 11 AM to 9 PM. For more info visit http://greatersayvillechamber.com/summerfest-main/
Riverhead to Cardboard Boat Race on August 6th
It’s time to collect that cardboard and duct tape for the ninth annual Riverhead Cardboard Boat Race, set for Sunday, Aug. 6, along the Peconic Riverfront. Registration and inspection begin at 9 a.m., with a Hula Hoop contest at 11:30 and heats starting at noon. There is no registration fee.
Boat builders must use cardboard, duct tape, water-based glue and latex paint (props and decorations are permitted). No other materials may be used. Boaters may use one single-sided paddle per occupant; kayak paddles are not allowed. Each boat must have a name. All participants must wear an approved life jacket at all times.
The event is sponsored by the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce, the Riverhead Business Improvement District and Riverhead Town. Boaters may register online or on race day. For rules and other details, visit riverheadchamber.com or call 631-727-3200, ext. 223.
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!
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: https://yougivegoods.com/drive-5540
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!
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.
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. To find out more, 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.
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 email@example.com.
Social Justice Grant: Pop Culture Collaborative
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
NYS DEC Technical Assistance Grants Available
The New York State DEC continuously accepts applications for Technical Assistance Grants (TAGs). TAGs are a citizen participation tool available to eligible community groups to increase public awareness and understanding of remedial activities taking place in their community. TAGs are available to eligible community groups for the purpose of obtaining independent technical assistance in interpreting existing environmental information about an eligible “significant threat” site being remediated in the State Superfund Program or Brownfield Cleanup Program. Technical assistance is intended to help the grant recipient and the community it represents to understand existing environmental data developed about the site, comment on site remedial activities and proposals and share this information with the public.
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.
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