August 2-8, 2015
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- Billy Joel
Sec. to the Governor Meets with Long Island Groups about Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant
Vision joined the Bay Park Outfall Pipe Coalition led by Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky this week to meet with Bill Mulrow, Secretary to Governor Cuomo in New York City to stress the importance and vitality of the outfall pipe and to ask for assistance from NYS to fil the funding gap of $175 million.
The broad coalition of environmental, labor and community leaders (including Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Operation Splash, Long Island Federation of Labor, United Water and residents of Long Beach and Island Park) expressed the need for state and federal funding for the much needed project in order to revive the marine ecosystem of Long Island’s back bays and stimulate economic growth in the region. The Bay Park sewage treatment plant was inoperable for a long period of time after Superstorm Sandy in October of 2012.
Although funding was appropriated for extensive repairs out of storm recovery money, including $150 million for a nitrogen removal system, $550 million is still required for an outfall pipe to extend to the Atlantic Ocean to dispose of the 50 million gallons of treated effluent that the plant discharges daily into Reynold’s Channel. Many of the above leaders have been pushing for funding for the outfall pipe from the state; however the most recent budget, which had a $5.4 billion boost from financial settlements, did not include funding for the critical infrastructure.
Although state DEC officials have recognized that the outfall pipe would make wetlands and salt marshes healthier which would promote resilience towards the area, the state has not yet appropriated funding for the project, instead asking the federal government for funding. This request has not yet been approved, partially because the outfall pipe was not in place prior to Superstorm Sandy, precluding it from certain federal funding streams and storm recovery monies. Aware of the importance of the outfall pipe, US Senator Chuck Schumer was able to turn get $230 million to be used by the state. However, state representatives have noted that the funding may be allocated to other projects which will increase the amount of funding needed.
More Roundabouts Planned throughout NYS
First implemented by France, Britain, and other European countries, roundabouts- circular intersections- are gaining traction in the U.S., as planners have noticed they can be significantly more efficient in monitoring traffic flow than are stop signs and traffic lights. Since 2005, New York State has built 94 roundabouts statewide, raising its total of 18 to 112 in a decade. Throughout the United States, 5,000 roundabouts are used today, and according to Richard Retting, a former transportation researcher at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, hundreds to thousands more are in planning stages.
For more information, visit NY Times.
NYS Comptroller Delivers Economic Address
Vision Board and staff are out with nearly 200 folks this morning hearing NYS Comptroller Tom Dinapoli at the Crest Hollow. His thorough economic address covered LI's lower unemployment rate, job growth in the areas of leisure, hospitality, education, health and professional services. Sales tax is slowing down with 1.6% growth this year statewide and 1.2% on LI.(Nassau 1.4 and Suffolk 0.9). Despite the mixed report the average Wall Street bonus's are $172,000.
The Comptroller spotlighted the true numbers of new revenue for potential infrastructure projects on LI: $400 million in the NYS budget and $150 million from the settlement money. This is not new information but there was some confusion as other much larger numbers were quoted in the past. He pointed out the criticism of the $550 million combined is that there is no clarity how the $$ will be allocated and what the decision making process will be.
The Comptroller tackled the "shadow government" of the many state authorities and provided some examples of increased costs and weakened financial controls. His office is monitoring all forms of NYS economic development funding that is distributed on an annual basis.
He also spent some time focused on the external factors of fiscal stress impacting local governments across the board.
Vision Board member and Molloy College Vice President Ed Thompson provided some opening remarks. Kudos to the board and staff of ACIT for putting a great program together.
Farmingdale Apartment Complex Approved For Tax Breaks
Last week, the Cornerstone at Farmingdale project was approved for tax breaks by the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency.
Village of Westbury Road Project Will Receive Funding Boost
Westbury will be receiving a boost of $200,000 in state funding to continue the effort of improving local roads.
Increased Parking Plan for Huntington Village
As part of the effort to keeping Huntington Village alive, the Town of Huntington plans to build up to two new parking lots. The plans have been up in the air for years, but according to Supervisor Frank Petrone the plans will hopefully come together by the end of this summer.
Walkable Communities Need Infrastructure
The infrastructure needs and history of America’s walkable communities were recently highlighted by Better Cities and Towns’ executive director Robert Steuteville, who compared the sprawl of “Big Asphalt” in the mid-20th century to the current market needs and desires for community-based infrastructure and walkable communities.
Over the past decade, code modifications and market demands have transformed developer’s architectural plans for communities favoring more community-based building rather than the conventional suburban development that leads to more driving. In a recent NAOIP study, it was found that 83 percent of office tenants, including the Millennial generation, prefer walkable urban places. However, due to infrastructure framework set forth decades ago, funding restrictions and the dismantling of transit systems, the desire for walkable communities still faces serious challenges.
As developers, planners and architects proved during the 1990’s, changing of the outdates approach of areas will assist in creating a stronger economy, better health and sustainability of communities is a daunting task, but gaining ground. In a June 2015 study presented to the Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers regarding the safety aspects of the infrastructure sprawl of conventional suburban development, it was noted that “given the empirical evidence that favors ‘narrow is safer’. The ‘wider is safer’ approach…should be discarded once and for all”. Cities such as Manhattan, whose infrastructure was built upon the desire for a walkable community, has withstood the test of time and continues to thrive during the real estate market changes.More can be read about the market changes and potential progress towards better walkable communities here.
Solar Sunday Seminars
Vision LI Co-Chair Trudy Fitzsimmons Named 2015 Recipient of Chamber Honor
Support for Downtown Huntington Station
Since the Development Strategy was approved, Renaissance Downtowns and the Town of Huntington have been working on a two prong approach to move revitalization forward in Huntington Station: 1., development and groundbreaking for the immediate opportunity sites and 2., working with the Town of Huntington to collaborate with Suffolk County on ways to bring sewer infrastructure to unsewered commercial corridors in Huntington Station. Currently, they are looking for support for these two initiatives.
FY 2015 HOPE VI Main Street Program NOFA
The purpose of the HOPE VI Main Street Program is to provide grants to small communities to assist in the renovation of an historic or traditional central business district or "Main Street" area by replacing unused commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units. The objectives of the program are to:
HUD is making available through this NOFA $500,000 for HOPE VI Main Street Grant Program.
Funding Opportunity Number: FR-5900-N-03
FY 2015 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants
FEMA has announced the FY 2015 Notice of Funding Opportunities for two of the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs: Flood Mitigation Assistance and Pre-Disaster Mitigation. HMA grant programs provide states, tribes, territories, and local governments funding for eligible mitigation activities to strengthen our nation’s ability to reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages.
Appications for EPA's Clean Air Excellence Awards Now Open
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting applications for the 2016 Clean Air Excellence Awards Program to recognize individuals and organizations whose efforts have helped to make progress in achieving cleaner air. Award recipients are selected for developing innovative, replicable and sustainable programs; serving as pioneers in their fields; and improving air quality either directly or indirectly through reduced emissions of criteria pollutants, hazardous air pollutants and/or greenhouse gases. Applications due September 11.
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.
What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?
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Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
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Bow Tie Port Washington
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Cold Spring Harbor
On Friday, August 7th, the East End Arts Company will be hosting JumpstART 2015, an evening of Public Arts of all kinds, featuring live music, poetry, dance, performances, murals, art installations, and more! Admission is free. Local artists will feature their work at multiple sites along Main Street in Riverhead, and public art projects by East End Arts JumpstART artists, created during six months of professional study, will be exhibited from 5pm to 10pm in downtown Riverhead.
The Public Arts Event in Riverhead located on the grounds of East End Arts, 133 E. Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901 will have free admission. For more information, including a schedule of events, visit:
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