August 28th- September 3rd, 2016
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“The labor movement is about giving a voice to those who have no voice, it’s about giving strength to the weak, courage to the meek and hope to those who have no hope, it’s about making our communities better, fairer, safer and ensuring that the next generation has a better life with opportunities for all to reach their greatest potential.” - Long Isand Federation of Labor President John Durso honoring Labor Day
National Preparedness Month Begins As Tropica Storm Heads Our Way
September is National Preparedness Month, an effort to better plan, understand risk, and recover in the event of natural or man-made disaster. Long Island has had its fair share of disaster over the past several years; preparing for what to do only makes recovery from future events.
Right now, there is a chance that Hurricane Hermine could have some effects on Long Island this Labor Day weekend. Ensuring that you are properly prepared well before a potential storm is important. There are various resources available to help you, your family, business, and community prepare for disastrous events. Ways to physically prepare prior, understanding and receiving emergency alerts and warnings, and practicing your plan are all important aspects of preparedness.
Recommended Supplies To Include In A Basic Kit:
Senator Boyle Joins Long Island Regional Economic Development Council
New York State Senator Phil Boyle, Chairman of the Senate’s Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee, was appointed to Long Island’s Regional Economic Development Council this month, filling a position held by Senator Jack Martins.
“NYS Senator Phil Boyle has worked closely with local small businesses and downtowns across Long Island and we look forward to his ability to bring that voice to the LI Regional Economic Development Council Board” said Eric Alexander, Director, Vision Long Island
Hundreds Pitch In to Clean Lake Ronkonkoma
Vision was out in Lake Ronkonkoma Saturday with over 200 community volunteers and elected officials cleaning up the lake. Brookhaven Councilmembers Neil Foley and Kevin LaValle sponsored the cleanup with support from Suffolk Legislator Leslie Kennedy and Suffolk Comptroller John Kennedy.
Over 500 Backpacks Donated by South Hicksville Rotary
Vision board and staff were out recently to assist the South Hicksville Rotary Club's backpack project, with over a dozen local organizations receiving over 500 high quality backpacks for their kids to start the school year.
Thousands Attend Annual Blue Claw Crab Festival in Mastic Beach
Vision Long Island joined dozens of volunteers, elected officials, and thousands of local residents and visitors as they lined the streets along Marina 1 in Mastic Beach on a hot summer day this past weekend for the Mastic Beach Property Owners’ 12th Annual Blue Claw Crab Festival. “This festival was created to showcase the community,” says vendor coordinator Terrie Cicerelli. “It brings people together in a family-friendly atmosphere.”
Town, County, and State Move Ahead to Rebuild Blighted Site
After over 15 years of being a blighted, dangerous site, plans are underway for the revitalization of the former Kmart property in Middle Island, with Brookhaven Town, Suffolk County, and New York State expressing interest in making the property more viable.
You can read more about the changes coming to the Middle Island site in Newsday
Direct Bus Routes Increase Ridership and Efficiency
Bus advocates have been working to simplify public bus routes to increase ridership and efficacy with the #StraighterIsGreater campaign, in an attempt to streamline some of the nation’s zig-zagging transit routes, with the hopes of reducing commuting times.
Jane Jacobs Film to Premiere at Toronto Film Festival
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City will be premiering this September 8th through 18th at the Toronto International Film Festival
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, is a film about cities through the lens of Jane Jacobs, author of the 1961 book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Directed and Produced by Matt Tyrnauer, Produced by Robert Hammond, Corey Reeser, and Jessica Van Garsse.
In 1960 Jane Jacobs’s book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in many fights in mid-century New York, to stop “master builder” Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in Jacobs’s prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order. This film sets out to examine the city of today through the lens of one of its greatest champions.
You can learn more about the premiere here.
Long Island’s 4th Annual Car Free Day
You can join the efforts to increase the use of sustainable transportation this Thursday, September 22, 2016 on Long Island’s 4th Annual Car Free Day. Last year, almost 3,000 Long Islanders pledged to go car free, saving 78,000 miles in driving and 39 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Car Free Day was celebrated in over 2000 cities in 40 countries around the world in 2015. To participate in this year’s event, all you have to do is promise to be either car-free or car-lite on Car Free Day by signing an online pledge form. You also receive the chance to win free prizes once you have made the pledge. 511NY, MTA, NICE, Suffolk Transit, HART, Long Beach Municipal Bus, and the Nassau-Suffolk Bicycle Coalition all have information about getting around town without using a car. Vision Long Island is a proud sponsor of this successful event.
For more information on this international event, you can visit Long Island’s Car Free Day website here.
Veterans’ Job and Information Fair- Assistance Needed!
The Amityville Community Resource Center will be hosting a Veteran’s Job & Information Fair on September 27, 2016 from 10 AM - 4pm. The Information Fair will be held from 10-4pm and the Job Fair from 12-4pm. Veterans can get free haircuts and business clothing from their boutique.
Assistance is needed from service providers, schools and vendors to participate in the information fair, and from employers with jobs available. Community members and organizations are encouraged to participate before the event by collecting new or gently used business and casual men’s clothing, business attire for women, and back to school clothing for children.
Tri-State Transportation Campaign to Honor Bold Transportation Projects
Upcoming Public Hearings- Suffolk County Bus Cuts Starting in October
Suffolk County Transit will be moving ahead with bus route cuts, with plans to axe 10 routes effective October 3rd in order to bring a $78 million deficit into order. The cuts would be some of the largest in the 36 year history of Suffolk County Transit.
Comment Period Open for South Shore Coastal Storm Risk Management Project
The Army Corps, with the passage of the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, has been awarded the funding to complete ongoing coastal storm risk management projects. As such, they have prepared a Draft General Re-evaluation Report/Environmental Impact Statement for coastal storm risk management project that is intended to minimize erosion and increase hurricane protection from Fire Island Inlet to Montauk Point (FIMP). The $1.2 billion project, which has already replenished beaches on Fire Island, is expected to take place over the next several years, with 30-50 years of contingency plans.
DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “The release of this Draft General Re-evaluation Report/Environmental Impact Statement is an important milestone, decades in the making, which moves New York State and the Army Corps of Engineers one step closer to the construction of the project. I look forward to continuing to work with our federal and local partners to complete this comprehensive storm damage reduction project so we can better protect citizens, businesses and economy of Long Island.”
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is opening a 60-day review period for the public to submit written comments to assist in the agency’s evaluation of the project changes. Public comments can be submitted by e-mail to either Robert.J.Smith@usace.army.mil or Mark.F.Lulka@usace.army.mil by September 30th. The Army Corp Engineers will also be holding a number of public meetings within the next 60 days to receive feedback on the draft.
Tentative dates and locations for public hearings are :
Further instructions for submitting comments and the report and its associated documents are available on New York District’s website.
Louisiana Needs Your Help
Louisiana suffered a devastating blow once again this month as twenty parishes were drenched with historical flooding, with over 7 trillion gallons of rain overfilling rivers and flooding homes. The unnamed storm is being called the worst US natural disaster since Sandy in 2012, dumping over 20 inches of rain in some areas, with other areas getting closer to three feet of rainfall.
Over 100,000 homes are estimated to be damaged by flooding with over 60,000 being so badly damaged that residents cannot return. 30,000 people were rescued, and thousands are still in shelters. One of the most frightening statistics is that 110,000 have registered for FEMA assistance, with less than a quarter of that amount filing a flood insurance claim- clearly outlining that there will be significant needs and gaps.
As Long Island creeps closer to the 4th Anniversary of Sandy, communities are once again coming together to provide assistance to Louisiana. Several initiatives to assist have started to be planned, with assistance planned in the future as well. Ways you can help:
ER 4 LA Pub Crawl Fund Drive- Sat October 1st 3pm-8pm
Ongoing Drive- Nassau County/Western Suffolk
Fill the Truck Supply Drive- September 3rd from 8am-2pm at Stop & Shop, 575 W. Montauk Hwy, West Babylon
Several organizations are working together to bring rehabilitation supplies and funds down to Louisiana. Drop off locations, items requested, and more information contact Jon Seibert.
State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grants Open Sept 1st
Have you ever wanted to help your community with a problem but didn't know where to start? Maybe it's a run-down park or to help the impoverished in your community. Now, YOU have the power to fix it. State Farm Neighborhood Assist helps identify and address key issues faced by neighbors throughout the United States.
State Farm Neighborhood Assist is a crowd-sourced, philanthropic initiative that lets communities determine where grant funding is awarded. The submission phase is open from Sept. 1-Sept. 15 and you may submit one entry into each of the three program categories: Education, Safety, and Community Development. It's best to submit early - a maximum of 2,000 submissions will be accepted, so there is a possibility of the application window period ending early. All you have to do is submit the cause; you don't have to "run the program."
After the submission stage ends, State Farm Youth Advisory Board (YAB), a group of college and high school students from across the country, will narrow down the submissions to the top 200 finalists. Once the top 200 causes are identified, they are voted on by you and your community. The voting stage is Oct. 26-Nov. 4 and each person gets 10 votes per day, every day, during that period. Winners will be announced November 30.
The top 40 causes with the most votes will each receive a $25,000 grant from State Farm. For more information about the program and to apply, click here
National Endowment for the Arts Grant
The National Endowment for the Arts has an Our Town grant program that aims to support creative placemaking in downtown communities. In order to be eligible for the grant, there must be a partnership between arts organizations and the government, other nonprofit organizations, and private entities. Projects of two types will be considered: Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning and Design Projects which represent the character and quality of a community, and Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking, available for organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work. Matching grants range from 25,000 to 200,000 dollars. The deadline is September 12, 2016.
To learn more about the grant, and apply, visit the National Endowment for the Arts’ website.
Applications Being Accepted for Environmental Excellence Awards
The Federal Highway Administration is now accepting applications for the 2017 Environmental Excellence Awards. These awards are meant to recognize projects that use FWHA funding to not only comply with environmental regulations, but to achieve environmental excellence.
Nominations are accepted for any and all projects that have used FHWA funding to create an environmentally conscious transport solution. Applications will be accepted until September 15, 2016. Any questions may be directed to EEAawrdsNomination@dot.gov.
For more information about the nomination process, you can visit their website.
New York State Homes and Community Renewal Grant
The Housing Trust fund is currently accepting applications for approximately 26.9 million dollars of State and Federal funds for projects relating to housing activities including housing rehabilitation, homeownership, manufactured housing rehabilitation or replacement, well and septic replacement, and lateral connection assistance that primarily benefit low- and moderate-income persons. Eligible applicants include non-entitlement villages, towns, cities or counties throughout New York State. The 2016 Application for CDBG Housing Activities will be available on the NYS Homes and Community Renewal website and is due no later than 4:00pm on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.
You can contact the Office of Community Renewal within NYS Home and Community Renewal at (518)-474-2057 with any questions, or visit their website.
2016 Transportation Alternatives Program Solicitation Announced
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has issued a Notice of Funding Availability for project proposals under the Transportation Alternatives Program, or TAP. (https://www.dot.ny.gov/divisions/operating/opdm/local-programs-bureau/tap-cmaq )
TAP funding supports bicycle, pedestrian, multi-use path and transportation-related projects and programs as well as projects that reduce congestion and will help meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act. Applications for this funding opportunity must be received by October 21, 2016. For additional information on TAP, including eligible project activities, contacts and other program requirements, please refer to the program guidance and application resource materials.
$16 Million in Grant Money for Energy-Efficient Housing Construction
As a part of Governor Cuomo’s goal to reach 50% renewable energy by 2030, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is offering $16 million dollars for the design and construction of energy-efficient housing. It has been projected that buildings that take advantage of this support will see yearly savings of 9 million dollars.
"Ensuring New York's buildings are constructed to the highest standards of energy efficiency is crucial to both our long-term sustainability and prosperity of the state,” said Governor Cuomo. "Smart choices about efficiency can simultaneously save money and protect the environment. This investment promotes that principle in order to build healthy communities and save consumers hundreds of millions of dollars."
Half of the 16 million dollars will be offered to builders of low-rise buildings, including single family homes, and the other half is meant for builders of mid- and high-rise buildings that consist of apartment units. Applications for this grant money will be accepted through December 29, 2017, or until funding runs out.
More information about the grant and the application process can be found on NYSERDA’s website.
Young Volunteers Needed to Help Habitat Suffolk
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
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Port Jefferson Historical Society
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A Message From LI Federation of Labor President John Durso
Labor Day which we all know is a national holiday, signals the end of summer and the beginning of fall, the start of the school year, football season and a big shopping weekend. But Labor Day is so much more than all of that it’s a day to remember the struggles of the past and to celebrate the greatest workforce in history, the American workforce.
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