August 19 - August 24, 2013
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"This rebuilding strategy will protect families, small businesses and communities across the region, and the taxpayers' investment in them, from the risks posed by sea level rise and more extreme weather events - risks that are made worse by the reality of a changing climate," Shaun Donovan, Housing and Urban Development Secretary, speaking on a rebuilding strategy for infrastructure
Obama's Sandy Task Force Releases Recommendations
New York was just one of 12 states to declare an emergency after Superstorm Sandy blew across the eastern seaboard last October. By the time the storm finally departed, it left a $65 billion bill for damage and economic loss.
On Monday, President Obama's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force Group released a rebuilding strategy intended to help the Sandy-affected region rebuild and to serve as a model for communities across the nation facing greater risks from extreme weather.
The 200-page report incorporates 69 policy recommendations, many of which have already been adopted, to help homeowners stay in their homes, strengthen small businesses, revitalize local economies and ensure entire communities are better able to handle future storms.
"This rebuilding strategy will protect families, small businesses and communities across the region, and the taxpayers' investment in them, from the risks posed by sea level rise and more extreme weather events - risks that are made worse by the reality of a changing climate," Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said.
Within the entire report lie four primary goals. The Task Force wants to align federal funding with local rebuilding efforts; cut red tape and get assistance to the public efficiently with maximum accountability; coordinate the efforts of every level of government to create a region-wide rebuilding approach; and ensuring the region is rebuilt to better withstand future storms and risks.
Large-scale infrastructure projects are a major component of the plan. After Sandy, mass transit in the Tri-State area was not fully restored for weeks, wastewater treatment plants failed and 25 percent of cell phone cites were knocked out of commission. The Task Force examined the connections and interdependencies between them.
They also examined hardening energy infrastructure in the event of power outages and fuel shortages in future storms. Approximately 8.5 million Americans were affected by power outages. Coastal New York and New Jersey also suffered from fuel shortages caused by damages to terminals and docks.
The study also incorporates policy recommendations about how the region rebuilds and recognition of the increased risk both the region and country face from extreme weather events. Task Force members anticipate recommendations for the latter could help withstand and recover from future flood-related disasters.
Each recommendation will be carried out by a federal agency or department. Those federal funds will also be tracked by a team from the Task Force Program Management Office.
Vision Long Island sponsors Friends of Long Island, an umbrella group of volunteers and business organizations focused on rebuilding South Shore neighborhoods. These 14 building groups are reviewing recommendations and their application on Long Island in various communities.
A Main Street For The People, Not Cars
The Village of Hamburg is proof that smart growth can flourish.
The upstate municipality was recently featured in “The New York Times” for their success with a pedestrian-friendly downtown along a state highway.
Route 62 serves as the Buffalo suburb’s mile-long main street, classified as an “urban principal arterial.” Twelve years ago, the state Department of Transportation wanted to add another lane of traffic and narrow sidewalks. When lifelong resident Susan Burns questioned the option, she was told getting traffic through was a priority.
Burns refused to give up. She rallied the village, arguing that it may be the final nail in the coffin for a community already devastated by the steel industry collapse. The Route 62 Committee was created and the Walkable and Liveable Communities Institute joined the fight. The end result was an alternative traffic calming proposal that left the expanded highway proposal in the dust.
Instead of three 12-foot travel lanes – the size of a full interstate highway, Hamburg now features two 10-foot lanes with safety lanes used for opening car doors and bicycling. Instead of traffic lights, traffic circles were added to control speed.
Progress came almost immediately after the project was completed in 2009. Car accidents on the new road dropped by 66 percent injuries by 60 percent just two years later. In the past four years, business owners were inspired to spend $7 million on 33 projects. The number of building permits spiked from 15 in 2005 to 96 in 2010 as property values along Route 62 doubled.
At the same time, village officials focused on small business over corporate chains and encouraged increased civic activity. Both have risen since the road work was completed.
Advocates for walkable communities now reference Hamburg in arguments to eschew road-widening projects and car-oriented development for pedestrian-friendly downtowns. Mixed-use growth and development publication “Better! Cities & Towns” blogged about the upstate project on Monday, urging more connected communities and intelligent decisions on street design.
Examining four municipalities from Virginia to Washington State, the publication examined how the suburban municipalities favored mixed-use development, improved the streetscape and challenged the historic support of high-speed roadways in favor of pedestrian-friendly downtowns.
Calling For A Local Voice In Sunrise Highway Changes
Vision Long Island and other community advocates looking to play a role in improving Sunrise Highway were featured on the front page of Monday's issue of "Newsday." The article emphasized a need for both enhanced safety and communication. Vision Director Eric Alexander called on transportation officials and local governments to work together.
"The five communities doing redevelopment plans along Sunrise Highway should be in sync with any roadway recommendations," Alexander said.
Sunrise Highway is now recognized as one of the most dangerous roads on Long Island - for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists alike. The 16-mile corridor funnels vehicles traveling legally at 55 mph and illegally far in excess through densely-populated downtowns and communities. According to the Federal Highway Administration's Fatal Analysis Reporting System, Sunrise was the site of 17 fatalities between 2005-2011.
A Valley Stream resident told "Newsday" that she drives the few blocks from home to church because the house of worship is on the other side of Sunrise and crossing the street on foot with her children is "too hairy."
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has begun a project to address pedestrian safety and other improvements.
DOT spokesman Beau Duffy confirmed in Monday's article that the project is underway, but said it was premature to involve community groups in such early stages. No cost estimates were available, he added.
The state is conducting a safety study, which will include accident data and locations of traffic signals. That study is expected to be completed this fall, at which point improvements like raising medians, relocating bus stops and deterring jaywalkers with more fences could move forward.
"Let's wait to see what the recommendations are and then people can weigh in," Duffy said.
However, an assortment of civics, local businesses and elected officials have called on the state to heed downtown voices in these improvements. Vision Long Island, AARP, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign and the Nassau Council Chamber of Commerce were among nine sending a letter to transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald requesting a meeting to provide community input and obtain a project update.
Many communities have been pursuing downtown revitalization projects for years, in hopes of generating foot traffic, supporting local business, reducing congestion and enhancing the quality of life.
For the full story, read it on Newsday.
Oyster Bay Residents OK $32.5 Million DPW Sale to stop Proposed Mall
Oyster Bay taxpayers gave their representative the green light to sell a 53-acre parcel of town land for future mixed-use development.
Residents overwhelmingly supported the $32.5 million vote by a 2:1 margin Tuesday, unofficially ending 18-year-old plans for a megamall next door.
Lobbying voters to deny the town their support, Taubman Centers previously purchased the neighboring Cerro Wire property. Once home to 600 employees, the 39-acre property was abandoned in 1986 and never rebuilt.
“We are incredibly pleased with how the community turned out on a vote of 2:1 to send a message to Taubman that they are interested in smart-growth, mixed used smart planning and are in opposition to any malls whatsoever on Robbins Lane,” said Todd Fabricant, chairman of the Cerro Wire Coalition representing much of the community.
Taubman has also sought approval to build The Mall at Oyster Bay – a large upscale mall on the property. Proposed plans have included an 860,000 square foot mall housing 150 retailers.
The town announced intentions to sell their Department of Public Works home last fall. Spurring Taubman, they reached a tentative deal with Simon Property Group-funded Oyster Bay Realty for $32.5 million. Taubman, however, filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court, alleging negotiations were handled inappropriately.
The court delayed the sale while the developer collected enough signature to force Tuesday’s referendum, giving the public a voice in the case.
With the vote over, both parties are expected to return to court. Without the additional 53 acres and the egresses it provides, Simon’s case over Taubman is expected to strengthen.
Going forward, Simon will pay the town $30 million up front and has agreed not to build a mall on the site. The developers of the Walt Whitman Mall and Roosevelt Field Mall have pledged to create mixed-use development that includes public input.
As per the deal, Oyster Bay will not have to vacate the property for five years, with an option for additional three.
The Cerro Wire Coalition – a group of 26 civic, business, educational and community groups – have battled Taubman’s efforts to build a mall on the Cerro Wire property for years. When the developer forced the referendum, the coalition continued to challenge Taubman on the 53-acre parcel.
Fabricant said the coalition supports mixed-use development for the public works land as well as the former Cerro Wire property.
“We have a brain drain going on. The next gen will keep our young people here on Long Island. We need senior housing for a wonderful place for our seniors to continue living a vibrant lifestyle. We need still some open space and Smart Growth really creates what I would consider a walkable neighborhood. Taubman sees no reason for any of those things,” the chairman said.
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 flier 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.
Sewage Loophole Permits Discharge Into Water
New York State passed a law last year giving the public the right to know when raw or partially-treated sewage was discharged into public water. Now it’s time to help enforce that law.
Backed by the Citizens Campaign for the Environment and the Long Island Lobby Coalition, the Sewage Pollution Right-to-Know Act was signed into law in August 2012 and the first phase went into effect in May 2013.
Unfortunately, not every body of water is being protected and not all sewage discharges are being reported. Summer sewage overflows caused water contamination and beach closures from the Long Island Sound to the Great Lakes.
And yet, New York State will not implement notifications when sewage spills out of combined sewers. These systems can safely transport sewage to a treatment plant in dry weather, but mix it with storm runoff in rainy weather that escapes into nearby waters.
The state is also considering excluding these combined sewer overflows from right-to-know regulations. Citizens Campaign officials say these overflows account for 33 billion gallons of sewage and stormwater runoff entering New York waters every year, the majority of sewage contamination in the state.
The state is currently drafting regulations for the Sewage Pollution Right-to-Know law. Write Governor Andrew Cuomo and tell him you support the law and demand to be notified about combined sewer overflows. Make sure to include your address and ask for a response in writing. Letters can be addressed to Hon. Andrew Cuomo, New York State Governor, Executive Chamber, NYS Capitol, Albany, NY 12224.
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 24
On Saturday, Aug. 24, 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 3-7 p.m. 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.
Taste The 'Delicious' Flavors Of Peru This Weekend
Sumaq means “delicious” in a language spoken in the Andes Mountains. It’s also the name of a food festival this weekend celebrating the Peruvian cuisine.
The Sumaq Peruvian food festival will kick off their third annual celebration outside the Marriott Hotel in Uniondale with a cocktail reception on Friday before the main event on Saturday and Sunday. More than 6,000 are expected to attend, sampling the flavors and enjoying the culture of Peru. That includes live music, raffles and folk dancing.
The kickoff reception is slated for 6-10 p.m. on Friday, while the food festival is held 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Admission to the cocktail reception runs $150 and entrance to the festival for one day costs $10 in advance or $20 at the door. Children 12 and under are free.
For ticket and more information, visit the event website.
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 p.m. 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:
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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.
Intern with Vision Long Island!
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To learn more or apply, send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put "Vision Long Island Internship" in the subject heading. For more information, call our office at 631-261-0242.
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Farmers Markets in or adjacent to Long Island's downtowns:
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Ronkonkoma - Ronkonkoma Chamber 8th Annual Labor Day Street Fair. The fair will be held on Sunday Sept. 1 between 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 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, Sept. 8 between the hours of 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 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 Sept. 19-22 at the Bellmore LIRR, Bellmore, NY.
Garden City South - Garden City South Street Fair. The event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (rain or shine). The street fair will be located on Nassau Blvd, approximately 1 mile north of Hempstead Tpke. (Route 24).
Copiage, Babylon Summer Concerts Series Kerrigan Road & Tanner Park, All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.
“We are incredibly pleased with how the community turned out on a vote of 2:1 to send a message to Taubman that they are interested in smart-growth, mixed used smart planning and are in opposition to any malls whatsoever on Robbins Lane.” - Todd Fabricant, chairman of the Cerro Wire Coalition, speaking on the recent vote to stop the proposed Taubman Mall.
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