August 29th - September 4th, 2015
Happy Labor Day!
Willdan Financial Services
Willdan has a reputation for delivering high-quality projects on time and within budget. Rooted in Willdan’s corporate culture is its focus on quality customer service. The company has more than 600 employees, including licensed engineers, program and construction managers, financial analysts, planners, and other skilled professionals.
Willdan benefits from well-established relationships with local and state government agencies, investor-owned and municipal utilities, and private sector commercial and industrial firms throughout the United States. The company served more than 800 distinct clients in 2013. Headquartered in Anaheim, the company operates from offices in more than a dozen states across the US.
“Energy and infrastructure are crucial to our economic future and survival on Long Island. Yet nearly 50% of Long Island’s electricity comes in on cables from off-island sources, which jeopardizes Long Island’s independent energy supply... Long Islanders deserve a resilient and reliable power supply that won’t be compromised when threats arise. Modern technology has made it possible to locate power plants in-land so we don’t put residents’ power in jeopardy during events like Superstorm Sandy"
- NYS Senator Tom Croci
“The ongoing threat to our environment by continuing to rely on old power plants, previously owned by the now-defunct Long Island Lighting Company, cannot continue... We must replace these aging plants with the type of clean, modern power generation that Caithness II will produce.”
- Neal Lewis, Executive Director of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College
“Caithness II will put Long Islanders to work to provide the region with affordable and reliable energy"
- Dick O’Kane, President of the Building & Construction Trades Council of Nassau and Suffolk Counties
NYS Looks to Implement Clean Energy Initiative for Long Island
In a partnership between NYSERDA, ScottsMiracle-Gro, General Electric and American Organic Energy, $40 million anaerobic digester plant will be breaking ground in Yaphank at the 62 acre Long Island Compost facility with an expected completion by next August. The plant will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on Long Island, which is consistent with Governor Cuomo’s reforming the Energy Vision and Cleaner, Greener Communities.
The plant will be able to accept and separate 180,000 tons of food waste from Long Island and New York City’s supermarkets, restaurants, hospitals and schools. Charles Vigliotti, president and CEO of American Organic Energy, says that the plant will be able to separate the waste from an estimate 60,000 tons of non-organic waste like bags and cans, which has been a major challenge in processing organic waste. "We'll separate the tuna from the can and recycle the tuna and recycle the can."
The natural gas produced by the facility will make operations self-sufficient; natural gas produced will power the three 1-megawatt power generators on site, then power the trucks used to transport the waste into the facility. The remaining gas generated would be sold to National Grid to be sold to a third party buyer. AOE had negotiated with PSEG and LIPA to sell back power to the grid from the generators, but could not agree on acceptable price.
The State says that the facility will cut 40,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually, which is the equivalent of removing 8,125 cars from the road. In addition, the plant will reduce the amount of methane gas produced by landfills, which is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Sludge left over from the gas production will be converted into fertilizer.
The construction is given a boost through a $1.45 million grant from the NY State Energy Research and Development Authority. VIsion Long Island in partnership with Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, Town of North Hempstead, and others helped develop the NYSERDA Cleaner Greener Communities Sustainability Plan. We are glad to see projects emerge from this planning process.
Locals Come Out to Support Caithness II
Vision Board and staff were out with over 300 community members, unions, small businesses, school officials and energy experts in support of the proposed Caithness II project in Yaphank Wednesday. The project, which was given the green light by LIPA in July of 2013, aims to build a 750 megawatt natural gas-fired next to the 350 megawatt Caithness I plant. The project was shelved last year by PSEG.
Coalition for a Brighter Long Island, New York State Senate Energy Chairman Joseph Griffo, and a wide range of local government officials attended the event, as well as Vision's Director Eric Alexander and Vision Board member and Sustainability Institute at Molloy College’s Neal Lewis, who addressed the crowd in a show of support for the project.
State Senator Tom Croci attended and supported the project, which PSEG is hesitant on moving forward with until a resource assessment is completed next year. The Senator showed concerns pertaining to resiliency in the event of disaster, stating that about half of Long Island’s power generation comes from sources off of Long Island. "I was a former town supervisor down here on the South Shore of Long Island during Superstorm Sandy," Croci said in an interview, following a rally near the site of the proposed plant in Yaphank. "I just don't think we can depend, when things get bad, on things coming from off the island."
PSEG says that the island won’t need new power generation for another ten years, and that electrical rates would jump 6% in the first year of operation. Caithness Long Island President Ross Ain does not agree with that assessment, saying that rates would drop 3.4% while integrating renewable energies, provide economic development and tax revenues while providing clean energy to the island. According to Caithness, the new plant would reduce air pollution emissions by 95% and save $80 million in fuel compared to energy produced by Long Island’s aging steam plants.
NYS Transfer of Development Rights Program Draws Questions
New York’s Department of State is working on creating a Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program that would allow higher density development of properties in certain areas in exchange for not building on certain parcels. According to DOS, the original motivation for the program was the devastation brought on by Hurricane Sandy- properties in vulnerable areas would be allowed to have their development rights transferred to less vulnerable areas, retreating from the shoreline. However, DOS does acknowledge that TDR would encompass all of Nassau and Suffolk, and is a tool to help local towns and villages revitalize their downtowns.
Babylon IDA Supports Craft Beer Business Incubator in Copaigue
A proposed $12 million project where a vacant eyesore sits could become New York’s first incubator dedicated to craft beer. Babylon Town’s IDA is proposing the project to transform a former missile-component test facility into a production and tasting space for nano and micro brewers.
Surgeon General Calls for More Walkability
US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy will be launching a “Call to Action on Promoting Walking and Walkable Communities” next week in a webcast, highlighting the health burden due to physical inactivity and actions that can be taken to improve community walkability and increase walking.
With two in three Americans being diagnosed as clinically obese or overweight and 36% of U.S. adults not engaging in any sort of exercise, walkable communities are a tool in decreasing the 10% of preventable deaths due to physical activity. The webcast should be of interest to urbanists as well as the Congress for New Urbanism, as many CNU priorities will be addressed, including health and safety concerns for those in suburban and urban areas, the positive economic impact of walkable communities, and the health benefits of living in compact, walkable neighborhoods when walking is incorporated into a daily routine of commuting.Details about how to watch the Webcast will be available on the Surgeon General’s website (http://www.surgeongeneral.gov) on the morning of September 9, just before the scheduled webcast at 10am that day. You can see more of a preview on some of the topics that will be discussed on Better Cities.
Labor Day Message from John Durso
As we prepare to celebrate another Labor Day, I’m struck by all that has gone on since last year. We had a great run in the stock market until this past August but it now appears to be going through a correction, or decline in stock prices. That’s a funny term, “correction,” when it’s your life savings on the line. More and more employers are shying away from defined benefit plans and pensions, instead shifting workers more and more into annuities or 401K plans and as a result, a “correction” can have a devastating effect upon your retirement savings. Since 2008 when workers’ 401K plans were devastated, there has been a bottleneck with retirement age workers having to continue to work to make up for their lost savings. This limits opportunities for younger workers looking to move ahead with their careers and their lives. We need to bring back the defined benefit pension plans, as it’s these plans that have provided the safety net for millions of workers in our country.
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
Car Free Day September 22, 2015
Car Free Day is an international event celebrated every September in which people are encouraged to get around without cars and instead ride a train, bus, bicycle, carpool, subway or walk. This year, Long Island will once again join in by celebrating its 3rd Annual Car Free Day on Tuesday, September 22, 2015.
Car Free Day gives us the opportunity to consider the negative impact of single occupancy vehicles. Using cars less by using alternative modes such as transit, carpooling, bicycles, walking and telecommuting helps reduce traffic, conserve energy, reduce harmful emissions, reduce parking problems and save money!
To participate in this event, all you have to do is pledge to be car free or car-lite on September 22, 2015 by filling out the pledge form. It’s that simple! Once you pledge you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win great prizes! Already car free? That’s great and since you’re doing the right thing, you will also get the same chance to win prizes when you fill out the pledge form.
Car Fee Day is an event celebrated in over 1500 cities in 40 countries around the world. It’s celebrated in different ways but with the common goal of taking cars off the road. The benefit to society is a day with less traffic congestion, a greener environment and reduced energy use. Vision Long Island is again a cosponsor of the event. We encourage Long Islanders to participate.
Help us make the 3rd annual Car Free Day LI a great success – pledge today!
Long Island Economic Development Conference
On Thursday, September 24th, Grow your business with the largest economic development conference on Long Island.
In One Day, Take Advantage of Networking With Some of New York State's Largest Buyers from Government Agencies and Major Corporations... Including SUNY Campuses & Hospitals, Nassau and Suffolk County's Buying Departments and Their Prime Vendors Looking To Provide Supplier Diversity Opportunities.
We expect approximately 1,000 in attendance and 150 exhibitors. Don't miss this incredible opportunity. Click below to get started.
We proudly welcome both County Executives as a major part of this phenomenal event.
They will join our list of speakers, discussing business growth opportunities throughout New York State and Long Island Region. Don't Miss this opportunity!
September 24, 2015 8am-5pm at the Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury, NY.
To register to attend or exhibit at the event, visit here.
2015 East End Planning Conference Thursday, September 24, 2015
Tour of Marine Sciences Center 2pm – 3pm
Stony Brook University
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. CLICK to download Conference flier.
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:
2015 NYS HOME Local Program
The Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC) Office of Community Renewal (OCR) announces the availability and requests proposals for approximately $16.5 million of Federal Fiscal Year 2014 and 2015 NYS HOME Local Program funds, set aside for use by Local Program Administrators (LPAs).
The NYS Home Local Program is a federally funded program administered by the HTFC OCR. The program is designed to fund a variety of residential housing activities to expand the supply of decent, safe, and affordable housing throughout the State of New York. Applications will be accepted for residential housing activities in the following categories: Homeowner Rehab, Homebuyer, Homeowner/Homebuyer Rental Rehab and Tenant based Rental Assistance.Applications are due by 4:00pm, Friday, October 16, 2015. The Request for Proposals (RFP) and all related documents are available on the HCR website at: http://www.nyshcr.org/Funding/NYSHOME. Please check the website for updates and/or corrections regarding this RFP. We welcome your applications to assist low and moderate income New Yorkers to have an affordable and sustainable housing option.
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