August 23rd - 28th, 2015
Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP
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“For decades, Americans have been losing their ability, even their right, to walk. There are places in the United States – New York City, for example – where people walk as a matter of habit and lifestyle. But there are vast blankets and folds of the country where the ability to walk – to open a door and step outside and go somewhere or nowhere without getting behind the wheel of a car – is a struggle, a fight. A risk.” - Antonia Malchik of Aeon Magazine talking about walkability in America
LIRR Starts First Section of Double Track
“It’s an incredibly exciting day” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said in regards to the first track laid for the 2nd line for Ronkonkoma LIRR system. The area between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma services 48,000 riders daily. Ridership has doubled since electrification of the line nearly 25 years ago. Senator Charles Schumer and former NYS Senator Chuck Fuschillo helped to secure the funding for this project in prior.
Clearing of the right of way on the 180 year old rail line began last year. The project, which will add close to 17 miles of track, will add additional trains to alleviate congestion as well as make it more reliable. Right now if there are any mechanical issues, all trains will stop in either direction causing severe bottlenecks for commuters. No homes or businesses will be affected in the expansion, which will cost the MTA $138 million for the first phase of the project adding the second rail between Ronkonkoma and Central Islip. Expansion on the second phase between Central Islip and Farmingdale in proximity to Republic Airport is dependent on the MTA’s 2015-2019 Capital Program and would create a new station near Republic Airport.
The expansion on the Ronkonkoma line will double the amount of trains that run on off-peak times and weekends, allowing half-hourly service to and from Ronkonkoma, saving commuters valuable time. The project is slated to create 1,000 jobs and boost the local economy by $100 million. More can be read about the expansion from Newsday or CBS.
New Downtown Project in Port Jefferson Seeks PILOT
The Northwind Group, operating as Overbay LLC, has recently filed an application for a PILOT program on a planned rental apartment development in downtown Port Jefferson.
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New Emergency Management Center in Freeport
On August 25, the Village of Freeport announced that they will be opening an Emergency Management Center in an effort to help locals just in case Long Island is hit with another huge storm in the nearby future.
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Vision Long Island Co-Chair Trudy Fitzsimmons Receives John Klaber Award
Wednesday night, August 25, Trudy Fitzsimmons was awarded with the 2015 John Klaber Memorial Award.
Trudy has been a Huntington community volunteer for over 28 years. She began by volunteering at her church, children’s school, and local theater groups. After that, she worked with Leadership Huntington and later on became a huge supporter of Vision Long Island and Smart Growth. She is now the co-chair of Vision Lon Island's board, and has dedicated much of her time to shaping the Town of Huntington as well as the rest of Long Island. She helped document Vision’s training sessions, presentations, and special events and used these as promotions for Smart Growth Principles.
Trudy received her award on behalf of the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce because of her great efforts to improve the town. Her decades of hard work and community service for countless organizations makes her the perfect fit as the recipient of this award. Vision Long Island’s board members and staff, as well as Trudy’s friends, family, and colleagues were all filled with joy to watch Trudy receive the honor she truly deserves.
New Study Shows Top Areas of Congestion
Last year traffic congestion reached a new peak. However, our region ranks 4th with roughly 74 hours wasted due to traffic congestion. Supporting one of many reasons to live, work and shop in a walkable community.
Overall, American drivers are now stuck in traffic about 5% more than they were back in 2007. And while Job growth and fast growing economies are definitely a factor, traffic is also affected by urban population increases and low fuel prices. In order to keep up with this increase in traffic, cities and states would need to fix more roads, bridges, trains, and other infrastructure at a much faster pace than they are right now. This has been proven difficult, though, since many lawmakers are against raising the federal gas tax in order to fund the projects, and they haven’t found any alternatives yet. Frustrated with the situation, states began to collectively raise money on their own through increased fuel taxes, vehicle fees and bonds, but that still isn’t enough. “Our growing traffic problem is too massive for any one entity to hand – state and local agencies can’t do it alone,” stated Tim Lomax, a co-author of the report.
Walkability in America
The ability to walk is being undermined as Americans continue to develop modern urban planning and a greater obsession of cars.
Farmingdale, N.Y. – Jim Faith, producer of the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue and the Port Jefferson American Music Festival, is again teaming up with the Village of Farmingdale to organize the Farmingdale Downtown Music Festival, to be held on Saturday & Sunday September 19th-20th, 2015.
Farmingdale Village is excited to announce the return of this free, end-of-summer, 2 day Music Festival. Over 25 performers including headliners and emerging artists will be performing on 3 stages throughout the weekend. The festival is free to attend, and show times as well as artists schedule and events will be announced soon.
Headliners include the band that the New York Times calls: “One of the best bands in Americal”, Grammy Nominee and Louisiana legend: Buckwheat Zydeco. Buckwheat & his band will perform on Saturday.
On Sunday, the fest is proud to present one of the most important voices in rock history, and who the Detroit News wrote: “His voice was one of the most powerful sounds to come out of the 60’s.” R&R legend, high octane, super charged: Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels.
The festival will also feature a healthy lineup of emerging artists in rock, folk, blues, country and more. An educational and fun KidZone tent and stage for the younger music lovers, as well as arts and craft vendors, a live art wall, and food & beverages will round out the fun weekend”, said Jim Faith.
Bring the family, friends and a lawn chair and come enjoy this free family music fest. The festival will be held on Main Street, from Front Street to Fulton Street.
For vendor, performance or production information please contact Jim Faith at (631) 331-0808.
“Farmingdale Village looks forward to bringing back this great community event – our second Music Fest,” said Mayor Ralph Ekstrand
2015 East End Planning Conference Thursday, September 24, 2015
Tour of Marine Sciences Center 2pm – 3pm
Stony Brook University
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On September 24th, the APA Long Island Section will hold its annual East End Planning Conference in a new location. This year the conference will be held at the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) Chancellor’s Hall located on Tuckahoe Road in Southampton. The LEED Silver-rated Marine Sciences Center showcases state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor seawater labs, all visible from the central lobby. The program will include:
To register and/or sponsor this event (via PayPal), please see below; or, send a check payable to APA Long Island Section and mail to Kathryn Eiseman, APA LI Section Treasurer, c/o Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, LLC, 572 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11747 (please also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org sending a check by mail after September 18th).
NYSACC to Host 2015 New York State Conference on the Environment
The New York State Association of Conservation Commissions (NYSACC) will be hosting the 2015 New York State Conference on the Environment at the Coltivare event center in Ithaca, NY on October 15th - 17th.
This annual conference’s theme will be Collaboration, featuring examples from local municipalities, colleges and environmental groups, and examine the latest environmental trends, techniques and approaches in New York State. Field trips to Ecovillage, the energy producing wastewater treatment plant and Cornell’s Lake Source Cooling project will come the day after a dinner event at a new farm to bistro restaurant.
Registration and further information for this event will be available in the next few weeks here
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.
Coastal Program Grants now Accepting Applications
The Coastal Program, a grant opportunity from the US Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Services, is accepting applications for grants up to $500,000. This grant is open to all who fit the criteria.
The Coastal Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands in order to identify geographic focus areas and develop habitat conservation priorities within these focus areas.
There is no cost sharing or matching required for this grant. Interested parties can click here for the full program description and apply. The current closing date for this opportunity is September 30th, 2015.
Further information and concerns should be directed to:
EmPower Solar Hiring Solar System Installation Professionals
EmPower Solar is looking to hire top quality construction professionals to install solar systems on residential and commercial buildings. Candidates should be enthusiastic about starting a career in a growing construction field. Candidates should have at least one year of construction or electrical experience and be comfortable working outdoors, working with tools, and working at high elevations. Candidates must own a vehicle with a valid license and clean driving record. See full job description here.
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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