September 13th - 19th, 2015
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"There will always be more projects than there is funding and trillions of dollars are needed nationally just to get our infrastructure into a state of good repair. We need to get creative locally to find funding to get the projects built that have local community support." - Denise Carter, Senior Vice President from Greenman-Pedersen, Inc, speaking at the most recent meeting of the Smart Growth Working Group
Federal and State Government to Bring $388 Million to Suffolk County for Sewage Expansions
This past week it was announced that FEMA will provide $388 Million worth of state and federal funding to Suffolk County in order to improve sanitary services to local residents.
In a move that's being hailed as a response to Superstorm Sandy, FEMA has announced that it will provide the funds for expansion in order to better prepare Long Island residents for future storms that may tax already overworked sewage systems. The initiative, which was approved under FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, is a major step forward in expanding Suffolk county's sewer capacity. Beyond that, however, the plan will provide new life for long overdue revitlaization that efforts that have stalled due to a lack of sewer infrastructure.
“The fact that a significant chunk of this is going toward the Mastic and Shirley community is very significant,” said Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander. “For the state and federal governments to step forward – with Chuck Schumer, primarily, getting this done – is a very big deal for these communities. People have been working to redevelop the Montauk Highway region for years, and sewers have always been the missing piece to that equation. This is key to that revitalization effort.”
Though many look forward to the revitalization efforts, the true purpose of these funds will be to help shore up local systems in the event of a direct hit from a another Super Storm. US Senator Chuck Schumer, who has acknowledged that Sandy revealed the vulnerability of our sewage system, lauded the funds as the beginning of a more modern system for Suffolk residents.
“We asked FEMA and HUD to provide over $300 million to help with the Suffolk sewers,” Senator Schumer said. “These federal funds will improve water quality, preserve vital wetlands and make Suffolk more resistant if, God forbid, another Sandy occurs.”
A majority of Suffolk residents rely on on-site septic systems, many of which failed and contaminated local waterways while releasing nitrogen pollution during the 2012 superstorm. The proposed mitigation project will address that by starting with a $24.2 million design and environmental review phase. This phase is aimed at creating a master plan that will include cost estimates, timetables, technical specifications, and a cost-benefit analysis. In the end, the plan will try to connect approximately 3,500 residential customers, more than 70 commercial ones, and around 180 "non-vacant parcels" to existing water conveyances and treatment systems. The plan will also include an all new water-collection and conveyance system for the Forge River watershed. This phase will followed by a $364.3 million construction phase.
You read more on this at Innovate LI.
Federal and Local Officials Call for Bay Park Sewage Plant Funding
Federal, State and Local policymakers, residents, environmental groups and other stakeholders are still waiting to see if $210 million of FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant money that has been awarded to New York State will be allocated towards a much needed ocean outfall pipe for the Bay Park Sewage treatment plant, which was heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy in October of 2012. The funding has been available since June; however there is still no word from Albany whether all or some of that funding will be appropriated towards the proposed project.
HUD and FEMA Cease Clawbacks from Sandy Victims
Residents and businesses recovering from Sandy received some more positive news this week the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that they will not look to “clawback” some of the NY Rising funding from some who receive increased payouts from their insurance carriers. Before the announcement, much of what could have been recouped may have been repayable to NY Rising as a duplication of benefits.
BOOST and StartUp NY to Bring New Businesses to Suffolk County
Vision Long Island joined the Suffolk IDA this week in Huntington for their 3rd Annual Start-Up Connect event which focused on connecting entrepreneurs and start-up business owners with investors, government resources and the larger business community.
Suffolk Marathon for Veterans Draws Huge Support
About 3500 including 173 active military and veteran runners converged on Heckscher State Park in East Islip this past Sunday for the inaugural Suffolk County Marathon and half-marathon, raising over $100,000 for local veterans services. The route went mainly up Montauk Highway, going through Oakdale, Sayville, Bayport, Blue Point and Patchogue’s downtowns. The half-marathon looped back toward Heckscher in Oakdale by St. John’s University.
NYS EDC and the LI REDC Recmmend 27 Projects for Economic Development Funding
Governor Cuomo announced $16.7 million in funding for 25 projects statewide this week, including over $1.1 million for Long Island for two projects, amounting to 6.6% of the awarded amount for this round. The same day, the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council released their recommendations for 28 projects for the region out of 254 submitted, with some having the support of Vision Long Island for their Smart Growth principles and local community support. LI REDC will be competing with 9 other regional councils for funding.
Among some of the proposed projects that were recommended for funding that Vision supports are:
Announced the same day as the recommendations were two projects awarded round four of funding. Those receiving funding on Long Island will be Peconic Land Trust ($1 million) to assist farmers who wish to make capital investments in their operations, giving up to 100 grants of up to $25,000 for assistance. Additionally, $112,290 will be given to MPI Consulting to subsidize cost for equipment purchases to increase productivity in their aerospace and defense industry which will help MPI retain 21 and creating two additional jobs.
NY and NJ Governors to Share in Cost of Gateway Tunnel
A month after saying that “it’s not my tunnel” and asking the federal government to pay a “lion’s share” to cover the expense of the Gateway Tunnel which will be owned by Amtrak and New Jersey transit, Governor Cuomo set a joint letter to President Obama with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, offering to pay half of the cost of the new rail tunnel under the Hudson River.
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.
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,email@example.com, 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
New York State Homes & Community Renewal
New York State Homes & Community Renewal (HCR) will be hosting an important meeting in order to provide feedback towards fair housing choice obstacles on Thursday, October 1st from 6 to 7:30 PM at the Nassau County Legislative Chambers, 1550 Franklin Avenue, Mineola.
This meeting will give you an opportunity to: learn about the obstacles to fair housing choice identified through this public engagement process; learn about preliminary recommendations to further promote fair housing; and provide your feedback on both the findings and recommendations.
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.
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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Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
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