August 12th - August 16th, 2013
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“Today, I announce the proposer who provided the best opportunity for Nassau County residents; one that will create jobs and opportunities, one that generates the greatest revenue for the county and completely relieves the county of costly capital expenditures." - Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano speaking on the proposed development for the Nassau Coliseum.
“It’s got to look beautiful, iconic. Because there are 3 million people that live on the Island, and they’ve gotta have a place – whether it’s entertainment, whether its sports – they’ve gotta have a great place." - Bruce Ratner from Forest City Ratner speaking on his winning proposal for the Nassau Coliseum
Mangano announces Forest City Ratner as developer for the new Nassau Coliseum
This past Thursday, August 15th, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced Forest City Ratner as the developer for the Nassau Coliseum. The project will be a part of the overall redevelopment of the Nassau Hub in Hempstead and will be incorporated into the vision of Master Developer Renaissance Downtowns.
“Today, I announce the proposer who provided the best opportunity for Nassau County residents; one that will create jobs and opportunities, one that generates the greatest revenue for the county and completely relieves the county of costly capital expenditures,” Mangano said in a statement.
The finalists were Madison Square Garden and Forest City Ratner, after having submitted their bids to renovate the Coliseum and the area surrounding it. Both companies had the idea for creating a smaller, more compact stadium with less seating than what the Coliseum currently has. MSG proposed an entertainment complex with restaurants and shops. Ratner, the winner of the bid and the company behind the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, has plans for a skating rink and ampitheater.
The proposal includes a 13,000 seat arena that could be changed to 4,000 for smaller shows. Next to the arena would be a 2,000 seat concert venue and club, a 2,5000 seat outdoor amphitheater, up to six restaurants, a movie theater and generous retail space. The proposal would also place a monument to Long Island veterans on the southeaster section of the property.
Mr. Ratner has also pledged to work with Charles Wang, the owner of the adjacent Long Island Marriott, to transform the exhibition hall below the arena into a convention space. The project will also include 309 events per year including six regular-seasion Islanders games, a Brooklyn Nets preseasion game and 83 outdoor events. Ratner also expressed confidence that a minor league hocker team would relocate to the arena.
The project is estimated to generate almost $11 billion in economic activity for up to 30 years and will generate over 1,300 construction jobs and more than 2,500 permanent and seasonal positions. The plan will also include 5,000 parking spots as opposed to the 6,800 currently in place and will leave 10 acres available for development by Renaissance Downtowns.
Mr. Ratner introduced his team at the presentation along with many other luminaries, including Jason Kidd of the Nets, Matt Martin of the Islanders, NCAA Coach John Calipari, Light Heavyweight Champion Bernard Hopkins.
Elected officials in attendance included Nassau Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves, and Legislators Denise Ford, Michael Venditto, Rob Walker, David Denenberg Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, and Councilperson's Dorothy Goosby, Gary Hudes and Ed Ambrosino. County Executive Mangano also expressed thanks for the Nassau Business Advisory Committee, local Labor Unions, Renaissance Downtowns, Vision Long Island, and LI Association among others.
The County retains the rights to the development on the surrounding 77 acres for future development. The County will work with the Master developer Renaissance Downtowns on the surrounding property.
“It’s got to look beautiful, iconic. Because there are 3 million people that live on the Island, and they’ve gotta have a place – whether it’s entertainment, whether its sports – they’ve gotta have a great place,” Ratner stated.
Town of Hempstead officials have already rezoned the land as part of the project. The selection is expected to accelerate the long-stalled process to renovate the aging arena. Renovations will begin June 2015 with construction to take roughly eighteen months.
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Bellone signs off on Rails to Trails contract with LIPA
Suffolk County Executive, Steve Bellone, signed a contract with LIPA enabling the county to construct a series of pathways through undeveloped land this Wednesday, August 14th.
According To Suffolk County Legislator, Sarah Ankler, the proposed corridor known as the Rails to Trails path, “Will provide a safe outlet for people to run, walk and bike.”
The Rails to Trails pathway is expected to run for 10 miles between Mount Sinai and Wading River, the initial phase covering 2.5 miles starting at Wading River and ending in Shoreham. Part of this pathway will run through a property in Wardenclyffe, currently owned by the Tesla Science Center, where the insitute has plans for a new museum to be developed. President of the Tesla Science Center, Jane Alcorn, believes that the pathway and museum will work together and fulfill the sense of community.
The Suffolk County Legislature expects to appoint RBA Engineering of Melville to design the Rails and Trails path, while a grant for 6.5 million has been awarded for the project to take place.
The 2nd Annual Westbury Short Film Concert under the stars!
Op-ed: Long Island, Pros and Cons
Donald Schug is entering his junior year at the University of Albany. He interned with Vision Long Island this summer and we asked him to give us an opinion on what potential a young Long Islander sees when they look at their future in the region.
Long island has its pros and cons. For a kid coming out of college it may be a little impractical to attempt to stay. A first major concern I would have would be affordability. Finding a “cheap” apartment on Long Island is not an easy find. Another concern I would have would be job accessibility.
Most people who have a career on long Island are more self-employed or have already put their foot in the door and established themselves in their field. Although these people may commute, they have the patience to do so because they got their life in order. Also, I would like to be with people my age after college. Long Island is not really a young people’s place, like say the city.
This is not to say there are no incentives to stay, there are many. The Downtowns on Long Island are very nice. However they can get very boring very fast. There is only so much you can do with one park and three bars before you get bored. The advantage of living in a place like the city is the versatility. You can never get bored, and it’s very accessible. Also it gives you a chance to succeed in your field with your peers.
A huge advantage Long Island has is its beaches, the Hamptons is easily on of the best places to go to in the county. If you’re looking to relax and have an easy lifestyle, Long Island is the place for you. However that in itself is the problem, young people after college want to work and play, not just work in a calm environment.
Long Island is truly a great place, it has wonderful downtowns and people, but in order to attract younger people it’s going to have to make some changes. It’s going to have to have more affordable housing, and a lot more versatility. That being said, Long Island has made some huge strides to accommodating these types of things.
So maybe, just maybe, in the near future Long Island will be a destination for younger people. But as of now this is how I see it.
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
Bourbon, Beer, and BBQ Festival on August 24th
On Saturday, August 24th, T.J. Finley’s will be hosting their first Bourbon, Beer, and BBQ Festival The festival will consist of samplings with a variety of at least 30 different whiskies, craft beer releases, and a tutorial on making whisky cocktails. Food will be provided at the event for purchase. For admission, tickets may be purchased online for $50 and the first hundred buyers will receive free t-shirts.
The festival will occur from 3:00pm to 7:00 at T.J. Finley’s on 42 East Main Street in Bay Shore. Please be aware that participants must be 21 years or older and will be checked for ID.
For more information, please read this posting at MetroUs.com.
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 email@example.com. If you have contractual questions concerning this PON, contact Nancy Marucci at (518) 8621090, ext. 3335 firstname.lastname@example.org.
No communication intended to influence this procurement is permitted except by contacting Kathleen O’Connor at (518) 862-1090, ext. 3422 or email@example.com. 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 second phase of the Cleaner, Greener Communities (CGC) Program is offering grant funding of up to $30 million for regional projects which support the goals outlined in Phase I of the program.
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.
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Farmers Markets in or adjacent to Long Island's downtowns:
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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
"I am pleased that the Nassau County Legislature has passed unanimously the “Complete Streets” policy. This will ensure that as we continue to upgrade our County roadways we take into account the needs and safety concerns of all users. It is important that modern design practices are used and that pedestrians, bikers and drivers understand how to share the road safely. I look forward to continuing to work with Vision Long Island to promote this initiative which takes into account the increasing use of alternative modes of transportation." - Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth speaking on the recent passing of Complete Streets legislation in Nassau County
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