September 11th - 17th, 2016
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"Hempstead Town will build more affordable homes and is expanding the stock of train station friendly rental housing. We’ve done a great deal, working together, to create an idyllic place in which to live, work and raise a family. We offer top-notch governmental services at the lowest possible cost. Our leaders are accountable, and our township’s workers are dedicated and care. Focused on progressive growth, committed to preserving our area’s suburban character and unwavering in our mission to provide the best quality of life anywhere, our future is bright and filled with promise.” - Hempstead Town Supervisor Santino during the recent State of the Town address
Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs
11-term Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs passed unexpectedly this week from a fall in her home. “Judy often referred to good things in our county as jewels, so today may I say Nassau lost one of its precious jewels — Judy Jacobs,” said Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano regarding her untimely death. “She truly was an example of all that is good in a public servant”.
Jacobs had served on the Legislature since its formation in 1996, was presiding officer for several years, was a former school teacher from Elmont, as well as a member of many organizations including the Lions Club, the Rotary, the Sierra Club, the League of Women Voters, and the North Shore Synagogue. She was a founding member of the Joint Civic Council of the Town of Oyster Bay, founder and past president of the Woodset Chapter of Women’s American Ort, and a long-term member of Hadassah. She helped lead the way with legislation to ban smoking in all restaurants, bars and workplaces in Nassau County and worked on island-wide issues concerning Medicaid reform, economic development, planning, and public health and safety concerns.
Having been ill but reluctant to make a fuss, Jacobs had kept her illness private and continued to serve the public. “She kept it very secret because she wanted to continue being the crazy working lady that she is,” her daughter said about her illness. “She was a tireless public servant who always led with ‘is this the right thing to do?’ and she made a tremendous and positive impact on everyone on whose behalf she worked,” said Chris Write of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority. More can be read about her accomplishments here.
Amy Hagedorn, a philanthropist with a wide reach across Long Island and beyond, passed away late last week at home after a long illness, days before her 80th birthday.
A granddaughter of immigrants who came from humble beginnings knew the struggles of those with modest means, struggling as a single mother after her first marriage ended. After her marriage to Horace Hagedorn, founder of Miracle-Gro, they established the Horace and Amy Hagedorn Fund at the New York Community Trust. Upon her husband’s passing in 2005, the Hagedorn Foundation, under Amy’s direction, formed to support and promote social equity on Long Island. Since 1995, the fund that Horace and Amy Hagedorn started at the Long Island Community Foundation has given $65,403,917 in nearly 2,985 grants to more than 500 nonprofit organizations.
The foundation, which is scheduled to close next year after its assets are spent, has given $49,438,800 in 689 grants to more than 175 nonprofits whose work directly benefits Long Island.
In her mission to “find a need and fill it”, Hagedorn had written: “These words embody the business and philanthropic philosophy that my husband, Horace Hagedorn, and I have lived by. After years of working to solidify the success of his Miracle-Gro plant food, Horace believed his responsibility was to help others grow as well. He was fond of saying ‘You can’t keep taking from the earth without giving back’”. You can read more about the many accomplishments through philanthropy of the Hagedorn Foundation here.
New Actions to Protect Long Island Water Quality
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced actions taken to safeguard water quality on Long Island this week, including the designation of a Superfund Site at Gabreski Air National Guard Base, and $5 million in funding to support the development of emerging contaminant treatment systems at SUNY Stony Brook's Center for Clean Water Technology. The efforts are part of the Governor's Water Quality Rapid Response Team. Additionally, County Executive Steve Bellone announced plans to start designing sewer expansions along the Great South Bay in Sayville and Oakdale and create a new sewer district surrounding Long Island MacArthur Airport
"Ensuring that all New Yorkers have access to clean drinking water is a top priority and the Water Quality Rapid Response Team continues to take action across the state to stay ahead of this emerging challenge," said Governor Cuomo. "Working together with environmental experts, elected officials, and community stakeholders, we are holding polluters accountable, investing in water treatment technologies to keep our natural resources safe, and laying the ground work for a cleaner, brighter future for the state of New York."
The New York State DEC declared the Air National Guard Base a Class 2 Superfund Site. With this designation, DEC has identified the U.S. Department of Defense, which oversees the site’s operations, as the potentially responsible party for perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) contamination detected in nearby groundwater supplies. DEC will use its full legal authority under the State Superfund law to ensure a thorough site clean-up. Ground samples concluded that the site, as well as the fire training area and other areas in Westhampton Beach, were significantly contaminated.
The State’s investment of $5 million to support the development of new contaminant filtration technologies will assist water suppliers with the removal of emerging contaminants in drinking water on Long Island. Funding, administered by the new SUNY Stony Brook Center for Clean Water Technology, will support grants for water suppliers to develop and conduct pilot projects to test cutting-edge contaminant filtration and treatment technologies; research needed for the development, evaluation and advancement of these technologies; and commercialization of viable technologies to create economic development opportunities for the region and state. A new treatment technology, the Advanced Oxidative Process, will be approved by the New York State Department of Health, in consultation with the Suffolk County Department of Health. This is the first time the technology will be used in New York as the state continues to leverage new technologies to stay ahead of emerging water quality issues including 1,4 Dioxane, which is an important issue to Long Island.
Next month, Suffolk Legislators will look at funding $4.5 million for engineering and design of the South Shore sewer expansion and $1 million for the MacArthur expansion. Both projects would connect to the existing Southwest Sewer District and Bergen Point Treatment Plant. “These are two important issues — economic development and water quality,” said Bellone. “This forms the foundation for tackling those problems.” Money for construction has not yet been found, however hopes are that the design and engineering plans will make the projects “shovel ready” and eligible for state and federal funding in the future. Bellone also pressed further for a one dollar per 1000 gallon of water usage fee to bring around $70 million a year towards clean water projects in Suffolk.You can read more about the initiatives in Longisland.com and Newsday.
800 Attend Long Island Job Development Conference
Vision joined a crowd of over 800 people at New Millennium Development Services’ Long Island Community & Economic Development Conference in Woodbury this week.
The largest procurement conference on Long Island featured over 100 exhibitors. Small and medium businesses, large corporations, government entities and educational institutions came together along with MWBE and veterans organizations gained important information and opportunities to grow their businesses. “We actually feel that we got some direction now as towards how to streamline the process in doing business with the county, and getting through some of the red tape that we thought was just bureaucratic before,” said Sazeeda Itwaru of Avant-Garde Consulting about the conference.
Discussed also were ways to do business with the government, leveraging capital for business growth, and sharing of best practices from multi-million dollar companies. You can learn more about the conference and review highlights of last year’s event here
Hempstead Supervisor Santino Delivers State of the Town Report
Hempstead Supervisor Anthony Santino issued the Town’s first ever State of the Town report this week at the Nathan L. H. Bennett Pavilion at Town Hall, giving an outline of his vision for the future of Hempstead, as well as discussing some of the accomplishments over his first 8 months in office.
Among the accomplishments discussed was a decrease of $9 million from the Town’s budget by cutting costs while keeping the level of services the same. “The best services at the lowest possible cost is my commitment to residents and my challenge to department managers,” said the Supervisor in his report. “By carefully managing costs… we can keep the tax burden borne by homeowners and businesses to a minimum.” The Town, which has the largest population in the country, saved $2 million this year by converting 50,000 conventional street lamps to LED, $500,000 by publishing municipal public notices on the Town’s websites instead of in various weekly papers, and cutting 20 percent of departmental discretionary spending across the board. The Town’s workforce was decreased by nearly 10 percent by cutting employees and hours of part-time employees, offering early retirement, and by decreasing overtime. The early retirement incentive will result in $6.5 million in savings in 2017, and controlling the hours worked by employees and right sizing the workforce is anticipated to save $8 million in 2016.Outsourcing a portion of the water testing by the town’s Water Department will result in $850,000 in annual savings, with the Conservation and Waterways Department also reducing their budget by $415,000.
Santino noted that a majority of tax revenue by residents go towards public education and police protection, with only 9 cents per tax dollar going towards municipal services, with those in Incorporated Villages giving just 2 cents per tax dollar towards shared services. Town services and programs provided for those tax dollars include a highway department that maintains 1,200 miles of roadway, parks’ staff charged with operating 200 parks, pools, beaches, golf courses and marinas, the delivery of water to 121,000 customers and caring professionals who serve 190,000 senior citizens through the municipality’s Senior Enrichment Department.
Some of the township’s other facilities and services feature three nature preserves, a state-of-the-art renewable energy park, a heralded camp and program for young people with special needs, a full service building department, a Town Clerk’s Office that handles an array of licensing and record retention services, street lighting services and a myriad of other operational resources that comprise the best quality-of-life programs offered by any local government.
Recently, the township secured the donation of 50 A.E.D.s (Automatic Electronic Defibrillators) for use at town parks, pools and senior citizen centers at no cost to taxpayers through Mercy Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital. Other quality of life enhancements have included a beachside recycling program was kicked off, with the processed benefitting kids with special needs, a large increase in parking spaces at local train stations that are reserved for only Town residents, and a strong and innovative zombie home/business legislation that puts banks on the hook for cost of upkeep on properties which are foreclosed upon.
Looking toward the future, the Supervisor outlined a progressive agenda to better serve town residents, control costs and enhance the local quality of life. A permanent 9/11 Monument in being planned for Town Park Point Lookout, opening the Town’s first dog park at Newbridge Park as part of a pet-friendly initiative, and continuing LED conversion by embarking on an interior lighting conversion effort. In addition, additional affordable homes are to be built, with 7 already built in Roosevelt and Freeport, availability of no-interest senior home improvement loans, train-commuter friendly rental housing in Island Park, and a “dynamic mixed-use construction” for Baldwin. The Supervisor has pledged an increase in public-private partnerships by working with business and community partners to control costs and enhance pride on the part of stakeholders. An example of this effort is the creation of Pride Park on Grand Avenue in Baldwin, which partners the Town, businesses and the Baldwin Chamber of Commerce to move the project ahead.
You can read some of the other highlights of the Town’s first State of the Town report in its 372-year history in Newsday
Extra Parking in Bay Shore Downtown Available
A parking shortage in Bay Shore, the effect of revitalization and successes of the surrounding downtown area, has prompted Islip Township officials to lease a 175-unit parking lot in the Bay Shore to help fulfill the need of additional parking in the downtown district.
The area on Gibson Street east of Maple area, has been used by the public recently as free public parking. The resolution passed by the Town Board will now allow for a monthly payment of $1033.75 to lease the property on a month-to-month lease. “The Town approached the owners and suggested allowing the public to continue to use the lot in exchange for indemnifying the owner against liability, and paying a proportionate share of the taxes,” Islip Town spokeswoman Caroline Smith said in a statement.
Residents and visitors often struggle with a lack of parking in the area, with seasonal users claiming many of the free parking spots as they catch the Fire Island ferries about a half-mile south. The lease will bring the total amount of public parking spaces available to just under 1,500 in 44-town-owned lots in the downtown area. The town had started a parking meter program at the Long Island Railroad station earlier this year, and at the Maple Avenue docks, just south of the downtown district last summer. Eventually, meters will be installed to the spaces along Main Street and to some of the public lots, with about 60 percent of existing parking spaces-not including those along Main Street- continuing to allow for free parking.
You can read more about the effort to alleviate parking congestion in Bay Shore here
Island Park LIRR Station Gets Additional Parking
Commuters utilizing the Island Park Long Island Railroad Station embraced 33 new parking spaces adjacent to the westbound platform this week, with hopes that it will alleviate some of the congestion at the busy destination.
The additional lots bring the total number of parking spaces available at the station to 554. Throughout Long Island, efforts have been made to work on the lack of available parking for commuters, with some municipalities placing residency restrictions on parking, and others adding additional parking, such as Roslyn’s addition of 25 additional spaces last month. Parking lots at 15 of the LIRR's 107 stations with dedicated parking areas were full when the railroad checked them, and more than a third of the lots were at 90 percent capacity, according to the railroad.
The lack of available parking for commuters is a challenge, especially because the LIRR doesn’t have plans to expand parking at many of the stations, in part due to the fact that the lots are generally owned by local municipalities or private operators. "There's not a lot we can do about it. You can't tell a private-property owner what to do with his land,” LIRR president Patrick Nowakowski said. "We want to attract ridership. We want to do things that will help us get more riders, so parking is certainly part of that."
While micro-parking projects such as the one in Island Park help, other plans, such as the Ronkonkoma Hub and revitalization efforts in Hicksville and Westbury, as well as proposed changes with the LIRR Third Track project.
You can read more about the congestion of LIRR parking lots and view individual train station’s capacity levels in data provided by Newsday.
Senate Passes Water Resources Development Act
As lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill this week, with less than two weeks of government funding remaining, the United States Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act 2016 which included the Water Supply Cost Savings Act by a vote of 95 to 3.
"The Water Supply Cost Savings Act will help rural and small communities across America significantly lower the total cost of providing clean drinking water to residents as well as provide new jobs," said Steve Anderson, Water Systems Council president.
The bill, as written, would authorize $4.9 billion for drinking and clean water infrastructure over five years, with $220 million in direct emergency assistance to address drinking water crises in communities such as Flint. Hopes are that the House, who is proposing a more modest $5 billion bill, will be able to agree with the Senate version of the bill, bringing relief and improvements where needed. Chairman Shuster of the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee indicated at a Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Hearing this week that he was hopeful that the House would consider and pass HR 5303 in the coming days. You can read more about the bill and the progress here.
Change in Signage Wording Can Increase Safety for Bicyclists
Columbus, Ohio has followed the lead of Delaware and Oregon’s Departments of Transportation, changing vague road signage that could have different meaning to different people. Signage will now transition to say that bicycles “may use full lane” rather than they “share the road”.
Catherine Girves, executive director of a Columbus bike advocacy group called Yay Bikes!, said the new notices could make streets safer for cyclists. While many cyclists usually see “share the road” as a message that they have the same rights as drivers, some drivers saw the same signs as a message to cyclists to stay close to the curb and out of drivers’ way.
In a study published by GH MNP, of the three bicycle-related traffic control devices tested, “Bicycles May Use Full Lane” signage delivered the message about the rights and responsibilities of bicyclists and motorists with respect to travel lane occupancy most consistently: bicyclists are permitted in the travel lane and need not move to allow motorists to pass them within the lane. Although Shared Lane Markings did increase comprehension in some cases, they did not deliver the message as consistently as “Bicycles May Use Full Lane” signage. “Share the Road” signage failed to provide any additional comprehension in this regard when compared to the unsigned roadways in any of the tests. “Bicycles May Use Full Lane” showed particularly strong increases in comprehension for novice bicyclists and private motor vehicle commuters, critical target audiences for these traffic control devices and for efforts to promote bicycling in the US. “It’s not that ‘Share the Road’ is bad, it’s just completely useless,” says James Wilson, executive director of Bike Delaware.
"While separated bike lanes offer more protection for cyclists,"said Elissa Kyle of Vision Long Island, "they aren't feasible in all locations. Reminding drivers that cyclists have the same right to use the road as they do helps to make the road safer for them and allows more areas to be accessible by bike."
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
Tri State Transportation Campaign will be holding its 2016 benefit on Tuesday, September 27th. This has been a year of big and bold transportation projects. Transportation has headlined budget addresses, daily news articles, legislative hearings, press conferences, and our water cooler conversations. Let’s celebrate our region’s progress and vision this year amidst festivities and good company!
Annual East End Planning Conference to be Held in Riverhead
On September 29th, the APA Long Island Section will hold its annual East End Planning Conference at Hotel Indigo East End in Riverhead.
This year’s conference will start with and optional walking tour of Downtown Riverhead, followed by networking and opening remarks from Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter. Two workshops, Riverside Revitalization Acton Plan and Advancing Alternative Wastewater Treatment on the East End will sandwich a buffet dinner, with 1.5 CM credits each possibly available for the workshops.
Registration rates vary, and can be done online or by mail. For more information on the conference and to register, click here
Connection Day 2016 Brings Together Long Island’s Leaders
The Fair Media Council has announced the Connection Day 2016 event on October 21st from 7:30AM-4:30PM, designed to make Long Island’s leaders stronger, and to represent Long Island to the media while bringing the next leaders out to attend.
Conveniently located at Briarcliffe College in Bethpage, the event brings together a breakfast panel discussion on the media coverage of the upcoming Presidential Election moderated by WCBS News & Programming Director Tim Scheld, more than 15 breakout sessions to choose through throughout the day, and luncheon speaker Bill Keller, former Executive Editor of The New York Times and now Editor in Chief of The Marshall Project, which is leading the national conversation on the state of criminal justice in America.
With too many highlights of the upcoming event to mention, you’re urged to visit here and take a look at the lineup and order tickets while they are available.
Hercules on the Harbor Run Benefits Stony Brook Hospital Cancer Research
The Hercules on the Harbor 10k is a challenging course with many ups and downs that covers both on and off-road terrain which highlights many of Stony Brook's landmarks, including the beautiful village green, the scenic marina and harbor, the spectacular Avalon Park & Preserve, Harmony Vineyards, the Stony Brook Duck Pond, the Grist Mill, and the charming residential community. The course offers both novice and seasoned runners memorable moments that will keep them returning year after year.
The Hercules on the Harbor 10K is a timed event as well as a USA Track and Field Sanctioned course that will have live music along the course route to encourage runners to conquer some of the more challenging inclines. It is a rain or shine race.
Proceeds from this event will support the Stony Brook Hospital Cancer Research Center. Registration will be available between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on October 23rd, the morning of the 10K race, for $45 per participant. Awards go to the top 3 Male and Female Overall runners. There will also be awards for the Top 3 Male and Female runners in each 5 year age groups (Under 14 through 85+)
28th Annual Keys for the Homeless Conference
Long Island Coalition for the Homeless’ 28th Annual Keys for the Homeless Conference, In the Trenches of Homelessness: Many Faces Hopeful Solutions, will be taking place on October 28th at Touro Law Center in Central Islip. The Keys Conference is a unique opportunity to meet and network with corporate and non-profit housing developers, funding sources, service providers, government officials, representatives from government agencies, and vendors in various fields.
This year’s Keynote Speaker will be New York Times Best Selling author Regina Calcaterra. Over a dozen of workshops covering several of the most pressing issues facing Long Island will be taking place, with some of the workshops offering CEU credits. Several awards and scholarships will be given.
Early bird registration ends September 26th, and there are various discounts for students and sponsorships available. You can click here for a full list of workshops and awardees, and to purchase tickets.
Bus Advocates Rally to Halt Suffolk Cuts
On Tuesday, September 20th at 10AM, bus riders will rally and call for a moratorium on bus cuts in Suffolk County in order to avert the detrimental impacts they will have on Long Island’s disabled, elderly, and poor.
The rally will take place at the starting bus stop for the S71, at the Stony Brook Long Island Rail Road bus stop, the biggest and most utilized route proposed to be cut. On August 4th, 2016, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced the termination of 10 bus routes by October 3rd, 2016. The bus cuts would disproportionately reduce service to Long Island universities, hospitals, downtowns, and government buildings.
For more information, please contact Aaron Watkins-Lopez at (516) 724-6145, or by email
The rally will be a portion of the Long Island Bus Riders’ Union’s 3rd Annual Rate-the-Ride, a two-day bus trip that addresses the impacts of transportation cuts on bus riders and their communities. In Nassau County, bus riders will speak to other riders on the impact of 11 route cuts and the newly deployed NICE Bus “Flexi-Ride” service.
“Long Island Taste” Event is Looking for Vendors
Nassau Events Center is unveiling its “Long Island Taste” program for the new Coliseum on Tuesday, September 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Long Island Marriott. The program, which is modeled after the extremely successful Barclays Center culinary platform Brooklyn Taste, will bring familiar local flavor, ranging from recently launched operations that have built buzz to tradition-rich institutions to Nassau Coliseum.
In addition to putting their products in front of thousands of fans at each event, Long Island Taste vendors will receive full marketing support from Nassau Coliseum, something that they will no doubt find to be an extremely valuable resource. To see the vendor requirements and to sign up, click here
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 October 19th. 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
5 bars in East Rockaway will be participating, with 100% of proceeds (minus transaction fees) benefitting local efforts in Louisiana. Your $40 ticket includes five (5) up to $6 drink vouchers, one (1) for each of the participating locations, food specials, and an event T-shirt. Each voucher is also an entry to raffles for each location and one large prize. There will also be raffles and additional prizes. For more details and for early-bird registration, click here. For those who cannot attend and would like to donate to this fund, there is an option for that on the event page.
State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grants Opened 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
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.
Down Payment Assistance Program Extended for Suffolk County
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone was joined by Legislator Kara Hahn and Community Development officials to announce the extension of the Suffolk County Down Payment Assistance Program this week. The financial program assists first time homebuyers with down payment funds in order to obtain homeownership.
“Having access to homeownership can be critical to the long-term stability of families and helps strengthen communities,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. “Yet, for many first time homebuyers, coming up with down payment funds is an insurmountable obstacle that can deny them the chance to own a home. This program helps to address that issue.”
Assistance will provide up to $10,000 in grant funding to eligible first time home buyers – helping an additional 35 Suffolk County families. A first-time homebuyer is defined by HUD as a person or persons who have not owned a home in the past three years. Since the program’s inception, Suffolk County has helped more than 1,700 families with down payments on their first homes. The area, known as the consortium area, includes all of Suffolk County, with the exception of Babylon and Islip Townships.
“It is important that we have young people stay here in Suffolk County, to work here, to live and recreate,” said Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn. ” I’d like to thank the folks from Community Development to make this a reality for individuals to stay. And it’s great to see that our residents are utilizing of this program.”
Some of the eligibility requirements outside of the “first-time homebuyer” provision include having an income of 80% or less than the area median income, having at least $3000 cash at the time of their application, a documented minimum income of at least $30,000 a year, and being able to qualify for a mortgage. The maximum purchase price for a single-family home, co-op or condominium for the program is $356,000.
Applications for the program are being accepted through November 30, 2016. Residents inside of the consortium area can download the application and view eligibility criteria and other information about the program through the Community Development tab on the County’s website, www.suffolkcountyny.gov. Applications will be accepted by mail only and can also be requested from the Community Development Office at (631) 853–5705. You can also check out News 12 for media coverage regarding the announcement
$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
Habitat Suffolk’s BUILD IT BRIGHTER is a program for students ages 11-15 who would like to get involved with Habitat Suffolk but who aren’t quite old enough to build on site yet. This workshop is intended to host 10 lucky volunteers ages 11-15 and parents or guardians who would like to stick around for the fun!
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.
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