September 6th - 12th, 2015
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“Improving walkability means that communities are created or enhanced to make it safe and easy to walk and that pedestrian activity is encouraged for all people.6 The purpose of the Call to Action is to increase walking across the United States by calling for improved access to safe and convenient places to walk and wheelchair roll and by creating a culture that supports these activities for people of all ages and abilities."
- Vivek Murthy, US Surgeon General
Closer to home Vision would like to acknowledge the work of local municipalities who have been helping advance walkable streets. The Town's of North Hempstead, Brookhaven, Huntington, Islip, Babylon, Southampton, Riverhead, Hempstead, the City of Glen Cove and Long Beach, Nassau and Suffolk County and the Villages of Great Neck Plaza, Valley Stream, Farmingdale, Westbury, Manorhaven, Lynbrook, Freeport, Port Jefferson, Patchogue, Northport, Babylon, Garden City, Rockville Centre, Huntington Bay and others have all advanced at least one project with pedestrian or bike amenities and/or have adopted Complete Streets policies.
Surgeon General Calls for More Walkability
“Improving walkability means that communities are created or enhanced to make it safe and easy to walk and that pedestrian activity is encouraged for all people.6 The purpose of the Call to Action is to increase walking across the United States by calling for improved access to safe and convenient places to walk and wheelchair roll and by creating a culture that supports these activities for people of all ages and abilities," said US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy launched Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities this week, in partnership with various non-profit organizations. With thirty percent of people living in communities without adequate sidewalks and two thirds of Americans being overweight or obese, the Call to Action aims to promote the building of walkable communities as both a health and safety benefit. The goal for the Call to Action is to not only promote walking as an important part of promoting healthy living with a simple action, but also to empower citizens in making their voice heard in decisions that affect how their city or town is planned by supporting efforts to build more sidewalks and hiking trails, as well as partnering with organizations that are already embracing that vision.
Vision Long Island’s Director Eric Alexander was pleased with the Call to Action launch. “I’m glad to see the Surgeon General step forward with his recommendations. Of course we are even happier that there are over 40 traffic calming projects completed in recent years on Long Island with more in the works.” Town's of North Hempstead, Brookhaven, Huntington, Islip, Babylon, Southampton, Riverhead, Hempstead, the City of Glen Cove and Long Beach, Nassau and Suffolk County and the Villages of Great Neck Plaza, Valley Stream, Farmingdale, Westbury, Manorhaven, Lynbrook, Freeport, Port Jefferson, Patchogue, Northport, Babylon, Garden City, Rockville Centre, Huntington Bay and others who have all advanced at least one project with pedestrian or bike amenities and/or have adopted Complete Streets policies.
The CornerStone Breaks Grond in the Village of Farmingdale
Bartone Properties broke ground on their newest project this week, a 42 unit apartment apartment buildingwith a fitting name; it is the third phase and cornerstone of a transit-oriented development in downtown Farmingdale in close proximity to the Farmingdale LIRR station. Vision Long Island worked on a community-based study in 2006 which helped fuel the village's master plan that was adopted in 2011. Mayor Ralph Ekstrand credits his village's master plan asthe the blueprint for the area's revival. "Main Street is getting busier and busier," Ekstrand said. "People from the new transit-oriented developments are walking to the downtownand shopping there. That's what every village would die for."
The first phase of the development which was completed by the end of 2014 has its 39 units fully occupied. Phase two wil be ready to open in October and will have about three times as many apartments, with some of them already leased. Close to 20,000 feet of retail space is on the ground level of the development, all in close proximity to the Farmingdale LIRR. "Residents can wait for the train in their own lobby," says Anthony Bartone of Bartone Properties. Foot traffic on Main Street has increased dramatically since the first phase of the development opened, much to the delight of some of the new businesses that have opened up. "Before we broke ground on the first project, there were 23 vacant stores. Now there are maybe two or three."
With two more transit-oriented rental projects coming up from Staller Associates in the near future, the future for Farmingdale looks even brighter. "The redevelopment of downtown Farmingdale has brought customers to local businesses, enhanced tax revenues, new parks, housing options, improoved walkability annd distinctive events into the village," said Vision's Director Eric Alexander. "While there been many examples of revitalization around the region, Mai n Street in Farmingdale stands out as a destination for young people and families."
Farmingdale Village's second annual music festival will be held next weekend, bringing national acts right on Main Street- just one of the reasons that Farmingdale was voted Long Island’s best downtown village by the Long Island Press, topping multi-year awardee Huntington.
More can be read about the various ways that downtown Farmingdale is growing from LIBN (subscription requitred).
New Restaurant Comes to Village of Rockville Centre
Rockville Centre welcomed another new restaurant to its downtown earlier this month, much to the delight of residents and local business owners. Mesita, which serves Mexican food, replaces a sushi restaurant at 212 Merrick Road.
"SuperBlock" Development Denied by Nassau IDA
“I’m glad the IDA listened to the people and made the right decision,” said Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford, regarding Nassau County IDA’s denial of a $128.6 million dollar tax break request by iStar Financial. AvalonBay Communities and iStar are looking to develop a six acre vacant SuperBlock between Riverside Blvd, and Long Beach Blvd. in Long Beach, and requested the PILOT in order to make the project cost-effective. iStar had offered $5 million in concessions over eight years to cover increased costs to the city, such as sewage treatment.
More can be read about the IDA’s decision here
Plans for Grand Ave. in Baldwin Moving Forward
The Town of Hempstead will be sending out a request for qualifications for a property on the corner of Grand Avenue and Merrick Road in Baldwin in a few weeks, rather than a request for proposals as it had in the past. There are hopes that the modification of the procedure will help find a developer for the property which has been designated as blighted for almost ten years.
With the change in procedure, there are hopes that potential developers, landowners, lawmakers and other stakeholders in the same room to discuss the potential for redevelopment of the property. Chamber of Commerce President Erik Mahler’s suggestion of creating a mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly development seems to be a popular idea, although those involved are open to a range of options for the site’s new use.
MTA Asks for More Funding to Upgrade Failing Systems
Tens of thousands of LIRR commuters faced long delays earlier this month after aged infrastructure paralyzed the morning commute. The bad news is it will most likely be the last time that this occurs. Even worse, it’s not clear if or when the busiest commuter rail system in North America’s infrastructure will be fully upgraded to the 21st century. Delays rose 35% between 2013 and 2014, partially due to the infrastructure concerns.
Suffolk County to Turn Properties Over for Veterans
The Suffolk County Legislature unanimously passed a bill Wednesday to donate eight parcels of land to nonprofit groups to house homeless veterans. The move aligns with the Housing our Homeless Heroes Act which transfers properties that were seized by the county in order to house homeless veterans.
FEMA Deadline Approaches
The deadline for residents who feel that they were underpaid by their flood insurance claim after Hurricane Sandy is Tuesday, September 15th. So far, more than 12,500 policyholders have entered the review process.
Dowling Petwalk Fundraiser- Saturday Sept. 12th
The Alumni Association of Dowling College will be holding their pet walk fundraiser on Saturday September 12th. There will be three walks around the historic Idle Hour section of Oakdale. Your $10 donation per pet, per walk includes a pet treat, doody bag, water for pets and humans and a map. Proceeds will benefit the Dowling College Gala.
Farmingdale Downtown Festival
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.
Smart Growth Saturday Downtown Tours!
Fresh off of last spring’s events, Vision Long Island invites you to join us in local downtowns for the fourth Smart Growth Saturday! Visit real places with projects underway and well managed Main Streets, showing the progress of downtown renewal across Long Island. We have chosen these communities for this event and we recognize that there are many other downtowns across Long Island doing great work and we look forward to future tours.
Tours will gather at 11 am for an initial presentation and will leave before 11:30. Tours are free, but RSVPs are required as space is limited. RSVP to 631-261-0242,firstname.lastname@example.org, or online here.
Valley Stream- Meet at the Chase Bank (235 Rockaway Avenue) at 11 am. Tour will be led by Mayor Ed Fare. Tour a revitalized Rockaway Avenue, new development projects, Village Green Park, access to train station and other amenities.
Lynbrook- Meet at Lynbrook Movie Theater (321 Merrick Road) at 11 am. Tour will be led by Village Clerk John Giordano and will include: downtown including the renovated movie theater, and shops along Atlantic Avenue.
Sayville- Meet at Marc Williams Furniture Store (66 North Main Street) at 11 am. Tour will be led by the Chamber of Commerce past President Bill Etts & Town of Islip officials and will include historic Main Street, Gillette Park, the Sayville Movie Theater and Maritime Museum
Amityville- Meet at Village Hall (21 Ireland Place) at 11 am. Tour will be led by Village of Amityville officials and will include: Broadway and Park Av. shops, historic buildings, Village Triangle and Gazebo, Delano Nature Trail, LEED Certified Village Hall and the Lauder Museum
Vision will share & invites those on tours to post photos on Twitter & Instagram #SmartGrowthSaturday
Dowling College Gala - October 7th
2018 is coming! That is the year that Dowling College will celebrate its Golden Jubilee.
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
2015 Celebration of Diversity
The 2015 Celebration of Diversity will be taking place on Wednesday, November 11th at 5:30PM at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Dedicated to funding diversity-related scholarships and research at the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, the annual Celebration of Suburban Diversity banquet brings together Long Islanders from across the multicultural spectrum, as well as individuals with disabilities and gay and lesbian communities. The evening is dedicated to the idea – and ideal – that we can be stronger for our differences if we come together to appreciate them.
2015 Annual Smart Growth Summit-Nov. 20th
As a community, business or government leader on Long Island, we would like to invite you once again to join us at the 14th Annual Smart Growth Summit, being held on Friday, November 20th from 8am-4pm at the Melville Marriott.
Last year’s event drew nearly 1,200 civic, chambers, developers, environmentalists, design professionals, business leaders, young people and over 70 federal, state, county, town and village elected officials from Long Island and the region.
The Smart Growth movement is busy approving 10,300 units of transit oriented development, revitalization programs in over 50 Long Island downtowns, 40 traffic calming projects, new Main Street office space, lively restaurants/bars nightlife, and countless events featuring the arts, culture and live music. Recent increased Federal, State and County infrastructure investment in our sewers, rails, buses and roadways has also been critical to the success of the redevelopment projects.
The 14th Annual Smart Growth Summit will feature networking, a trade show, nearly 20 workshops, a youth summit and plenary sessions on regional and local issues facing mixed-use development. Some sessions may include: downtown revitalization, wastewater infrastructure, financing Smart Growth, transit-oriented development, clean energy, youth leadership, regional projects, fair housing/segregation, off Island case examples, solid waste and many others to be announced in the coming weeks based on input from the broader movement.
Our goal is to once again have over 1,200 leaders working together. So here is where we need your help: please plan to join us and consider sponsoring the event.
For sponsorship and registration information click here (limited scholarships are available for community & youth leadership). If you have any questions, please call us at 631-261-0242.
If you are one of the thousands of Long Island leaders who have joined us in the past, please do so again. If you are new to the event and the Smart Growth movement, please consider partnering with us this year. Either way, we need your leadership, presence and voice to make great places a reality on Long Island.
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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