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September 23rd - 29th, 2017

Regional Updates

Zucaro Construction

Founded in 1978, Zucaro Construction has grown to become one of the most respected and competitive General Contractors in the Long Island and the Metropolitan Area. Its founder, Andrew Zucaro, formed his company with the traditional values and attention to details that have guided him throughout his professional career.

With field experience and an extensive background in commercial, industrial and high-end residential construction management,coupled with “old school” business ethics as his foundation, it is not surprising to find Andrew Zucaro on site, managing each project in detail from beginning to end, ensuring satisfaction every step of the way.

Over the last 32 years, specializing in General Contracting and Construction Management, Zucaro Construction has paid great focus in compiling a lineup of seasoned and polished sub-contractors that meet Andrew Zucaro’s very high standards of workmanship and reliability. When combined with Zucaro Construction’s in-house crew, the result is a powerhouse team.

“We are thrilled to be working with LGBT network on this fantastic project.  We anticipate getting a shovel in the ground late spring. We are excited to get our seniors moving in and the opening of the center as well.” -Peter Florey, D&F Development


“Ten years in the making, this project is very important - obviously it’s the basis for the revitalization of the downtown...This is another great step for Glen Cove.” -Hon. Reggie Spinello, City of Glen Cove


“By trying alternatives, we not only become aware of other available transportation options, but also the mobility obstacles on Long Island.   This grassroots awareness can be the catalyst for the investments needed for sustainable growth.” -Rosemary Mascali, Co-Chair of Car Free Day Long Island

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Bay Shore Affordable Senior Housing and LGBT Center Approved

Vision was out last night to testify in support of a new LGBT community center and senior affordable housing at the Islip Town Board last night. The project received a Smart Growth Award this past June. Beyond civics, non-profits, and other experts and stakeholders testifying in support of the project, seven entities, including Vision, gave support, with no one in opposition of moving the project forward.

A total of 3 parcels sitting on 1.2 acres are now set to be combined and redeveloped just north of Main Street in Bay Shore, with a new 8,000-square foot LGBT community center being built, and 75 units of affordable housing above in a 4-story development. The collaboration of D&F Development and the LGBT network will transition 2 blighted properties back on the tax rolls and provide 75 units of TOD affordable senior housing while doubling the community center space. Additional community benefits will include beautification of the Suffolk Transit Center at Mechanicsville, which is a stone’s throw away from the upcoming development.

Some Town Board members did express concerns regarding parking for the site. The Town typically used 1.75 parking spaces per residential unit as a guide for parking needs with development. Seeing as the project will be geared only towards seniors, who typically own fewer vehicles, and with the proximity to mass-transit options, the board allowed 85 parking spaces for the 75 units of housing with the community center. Considering that data shows that the standard parking generation rate is 0.59 parked vehicles per unit with senior housing, not including allowances for proximity to mass-transit, the allowance was rightfully given. Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter did give recognition to the Board’s diligence in monitoring the parking needs of the area, and did feel that her concerns about the issue were remedied. The project will yield 1.13 spaces per housing unit, almost double the amount that is typically generated with senior housing.

The adjacent municipal lot on Mechanicsville, which is under capacity often, can also accommodate any need for parking, if needed. The LGBT Network’s community center will be refocusing their operations to more of a “9-5” operation, alleviating overflow parking worries for the municipal lot during peak times for the neighboring downtown. The proposed community center is anticipated to draw from the residents within the building, offsetting an increase in attendance due to the increase in size. Staff from the center is expected to decrease from 14 members to 3 or 4 due to operational streamlining and reassignment, also reducing parking worries.

The 100% affordable housing project will have 4-stories, below the 5-stories that could be approved, and will have rents from $939-$1700 a month, and will create 175 construction jobs over 2 years, with additional full-time jobs upon completion. The project will comply with all Fair Housing regulations, where all are welcome. LGBT Network’s David Kilmnick did mention that 40% of visitors to the community center identify as non-LGBT, and both he and the developer insist that the project will be open to all.  Great collaborative effort between the LGBT Network, D&F Development, and BHC Architecture to have this project come to fruition.

Glen Cove Revitalization Advances as RXR Purchases Final Parcel

Glen Cove downtown revitalization reaches a pinnacle moment as RXR obtains last parcel necessary to begin construction.  This comes just shortly after demolition to the rest of the site began earlier this month.  The Village Square project in downtown Glen Cove is finally moving forward thankfully without the need for eminent domain. The project formerly known as the Piazza was planned and approved by the Jobco Organization and then sold to RXR.

RXR had acquired all but one parcel necessary to gain full control of the 2.5-acre site.  The rest of the four-building office and retail complex that is part of the project, has sat mostly vacant and fenced off for years. The missing parcel belonged to All Island Real Estate Holdings LLC which is owned by Dr. Joseph Onorato. Dr Onorato was reluctant to turn over the property because it is also home to his own dermatology and plastic-surgery practice that had been on the parcel for nearly a decade. He expressed his concerns for his business as being in the heart of the downtown added convenience for his patient base. 

RXR was able to negotiate an arrangement with All Island where they would cover the costs of his temporary relocation to a nearby space and return to the site once the project was complete.  This was a much more enticing offer for Dr. Onorato, unlike eminent domain which was considered as a solution to move forward for a similar project at that site by the previous developer.  Dr. Onorato called his agreement with RXR a “fair solution”.

Also, on the same day as demolition begin, the Glen Cove planning board unanimously approved an amended site plan for Village Square. The amended plan includes 146 apartments in a single four- to five-story building, with about 15,600 square feet of retail space at ground level and a 16,000-square-foot public plaza to be deeded to the city and used for concerts, holiday celebrations and other events.

Mayor Reggie Spinello spoke to the project’s recent advancements saying , “Ten years in the making, this project is very important — obviously it’s the basis for the revitalization of the downtown...This is another great step for Glen Cove”.

Vision supported the project at numerous public hearings and it also received a Smart Growth Award. This pending mixed use development and plaza space will truly revitalize Glen Cove's business district and we are happy to see it moving forward.

For more on this story, visit Newsday or the LI Herald.

Smart Growth Award-Winning Copaigue Commons Grand Opening

Yesterday Vision Long Island supported the ribbon cutting for the Smart Growth Award-winning Copiague Commons. The 90-unit affordable rental complex in located just across for the LIRR Copiague station. The $33.5 million transit-oriented development project was built on a former industrial site on Railroad Avenue.

The development from Conifer Realty produced the two-building complex with a mix of 56 one- and 34 two-bedroom apartments for families with a variety of incomes ranging from 60 percent to a maximum of 100 percent of the area median income. Rents at the newly completed complex will range from $1,193 to $1,450 for the one-bedroom apartments and from $1,431 to $1,850 for the two-bedroom apartments. Hundreds of eligible prospective renters vying for the affordable units in a lottery held by the Town of Babylon in April.  Tenants have already begun to move in. "This project epitomizes the collective vision of Vision Long Island, CDCLI, Conifer Reality, and the community," said Allen Handelman, Conifer Reality.

For more on this story, visit LIBN.

Study for Sewer Expansion Moves Forward for Huntington Station

The Huntington Town Board in a 5-0 vote, recently approved the next step in allowing Suffolk County to fund and conduct a feasibility and design study of extending the Southwest Sewer District into Huntington Station.  “This approves and accepts that we are a part of the study,” said Town Supervisor Frank Petrone also noting, “It will be conducted by the county. This is their area of study”.

Last December, the legislature approved $1.25 million from the Start Up New York/Suffolk County program to do the study.  It would look at installing sewers from the Huntington LIRR station about 2 miles south to the Walt Whitman Shops. The study will identify the location of the sewer extension, the infrastructure involved and the cost. In the 2017 Suffolk County capital budget, $20 million was set aside for the construction of the sewers over the next few years. It is the supervisor’s hope that by moving ahead with a study, the money set aside last year will be appropriated in the 2018 county budget.

Suffolk Legislator William Spencer, who has been the lead on these efforts, said he also hopes to see the project started as soon as possible. While the town and county were working together on the necessary paperwork and specific language for the study, the county issued a request for proposals for a consultant to conduct the study resulting in five responses late August with a winner to possibly be selected by the end of October.

Various officials have acknowledged the lack of sewer availability as an impediment to economic growth in the area and are hoping this expansion could boost revitalization projects. It is the belief of Supervisor Petrone that adding sewers will help lift the local economy, provide housing opportunities and revitalize the Huntington Station area. “Sewers are essential to the continued redevelopment of a Huntington Station; you cannot continue commercial development without it,” Petrone said. “It’s a strip that is a downtown basically.” Similarly, Leg. Spencer said, “This project is something that I view as a priority because it goes to infrastructure, revitalization, helping to build for our young people… It’s going to take a really strong collaborative effort to move it though the necessary processes.”

Supporters of the sewering plan include Renaissance Downtowns who is the master developer leading a multimillion-dollar revitalization in Huntington Station north of the train station. Ryan Porter, Vice President of planning and development, said efforts to develop unsewered areas “speaks volumes to the need for this critical infrastructure to allow for the implementation of a truly comprehensive revitalization”.

65% Increase of Pledges for Annual Car Free LI Day

The 5th Annual Car Free LI Day kicked off on Friday, September 22nd. Over 6,800 Long Islanders pledged to be Car-Free or Car-Light this year- a 65% increase over last year, resulting in the avoidance of 134,000 miles of driving and 67 tons of CO2 emissions. 

This international event celebrated every September, encourages people to get around without cars. Instead folks use alternate means like a train, bus, bicycle, carpool or walk. The day gives businesses, schools, commuters and others the opportunity to consider the negative impact of single occupancy vehicles. Using cars less by using alternative modes helps reduce traffic, conserve energy, reduce harmful emissions, reduce parking problems and save money.

“Pledging for Car Free Day is the first step to considering the impact we have on our environment, health and economy by choosing to drive alone,” said Rosemary Mascali, Co-Chair of Car Free Day Long Island.  “By trying alternatives, we not only become aware of other available transportation options, but also the mobility obstacles on Long Island.   This grassroots awareness can be the catalyst for the investments needed for sustainable growth.”

Northwell Health was the winner of this year’s "Bragging Rights" contest for the company with the most pledges, and our overall leader, with an amazing 1,228 pledges to go car free or car-lite. The Town of Huntington also defended their title as the Municipality with the most employee pledges with 61 pledges to be car free or car-lite.  Adelphi University prevailed in their goal to retain Bragging Rights as the College/University with the most pledges with 1,144 pledges, just 29 more than 2nd place Stony Brook University with 1,115 pledges.  SCCC and Farmingdale State College finished a strong 3rd and 4th with 916 and 548 pledges, respectively.  Collectively, there were over 4,000 pledges from our colleges.  The strong support by the colleges is hope that as graduates entering the work force on Long Island, they will maintain a sense of the importance of sustainable transportation.

As part of the day, Suffolk County and Stony Brook University teamed up to hold the Suffolk County Bike Share Rally at Stony Brook’s campus during which, County Executive Steve Bellone announced the long-awaited Suffolk County Transit App. The app gives riders scheduling information, real-time estimates for bus arrivals, and more information to make the rider’s experience more user-friendly. It is free for Android and iPhone users, and uses proven technology that has been used across the country for years.

This year’s Car Free Day LI events included free coffee at 7-11, as well as music and giveaways at The Plaza at Wyandanch. The Plaza is a transit-oriented community, steps from the Wyandanch LIRR station, Suffolk Transit bus stop, and parking facility. Raffles and prizes for those who pledged are being drawn this week.

Vision Long Island was proud to sponsor the 5th Annual Car Free LI Day You can check out Car Free Day LI’s website to see updates on this year’s event and stay connected for next year’s on their website, as well as their Facebook page. You can check out the web-based version of the app here.

LI Clean Energy Leadership Task Force Tackles Solar and Lighting

Vision Board and staff were out last week supporting the Long Island Clean Energy Leadership Task Force. Hosted by the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College in Farmingdale, active members include local governments, utilities, energy businesses, and not-for-profits.

The first presentation was led by Houtan Moaveni, Deputy Director, NY-Sun and New York State Distributed Generation Interconnection Ombudsman; and Candace Rossi, Project Manager at NY-Sun.  Mr. Moaveni spoke about the NY-Sun Solar Guidebook for local governments in New York State. This resource provides tools and factsheets to guide municipalities in making decisions on issues of permitting, taxation and zoning surrounding the implementation of both rooftop and ground mounted solar. This is of particular value to municipalities considering adopting the Unified Solar Permit, or those who are interested in the potential for a solarize campaign in their community.

The second presentation, LED Technology Best Practices for Street Lights, was presented by George Woodbury, President of LightSmart Energy Consulting. Mr. Woodbury’s remarks were geared towards municipal officials considering saving money and electricity by converting to LED street lights. The potential for savings is significant. This is one of the high impact actions promoted by the NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities program.

Vision Long Island Board member Sarah Oral of Cameron Engineering provided updates on Clean Energy Communities across the island. Vision’s Director Eric Alexander gave an update on Smart Growth as local public support continues to grow for mixed-use developments, downtown revitalizations, Complete Streets, and community-directed visioning.

Thank you to Neal Lewis from the Sustainability Institute at Molloy for the impressive cross section of clean leadership from across Long Island.You can learn more about the Clean Energy Leadership Taskforce here. Those who have questions or would like to request free technical assistance regarding NY Sun can email For more information on converting to LED streetlights, contact George Woodbury at

EmPower Solar and Other Long Island Businesses Build Back After Sandy with Resilience

With the 5 year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaching, Long Islanders are reminded of the incident that left thousands without electric, damages and destruction of their homes, and loss of critical infrastructure to the region. What is sometimes forgotten is the impact that the event had on businesses on Long Island.

New claims for unemployment insurance, reported weekly, averaged 35,000 in New York and New Jersey combined prior to Sandy. In the first full week of November, they increased above 100,000 and remained elevated for another two to three weeks. After four weeks, unemployment claims dropped back to pre-storm levels.  In New York, damages to the recreational fishing sector totaled $58 million while damages to the commercial fishing sector totaled $19 million, according to NOAA’s estimates. Loss to business’ physical structures were astounding, with $259.6 million in business loans being appropriated by the SBA.

One good thing that came from Sandy is that some businesses were determined to build back, and more resilient. “The biggest takeaway from Sandy is that disaster response planning is really critical,” says David Schieren, Vision Board member and CEO of EmPower Solar, who says he never fully realized the impact the storm would have on his workforce, clientele and business. “It’s been a long process, he says.” It’s taken the company a few years to recover its momentum, but last year, he says, it finally eclipsed the financial performance it achieved in 2012 pre-Sandy.

In 2014 EmPower opened a Solar Design Center about a half-mile from its existing headquarters. The center, used as a sales and marketing office to showcase the firm’s solar technologies, can also serve as a post-storm recovery center, says Schieren. It’s located above flood-plain height, and the building is 100 percent solar-powered. It has eight electric vehicles also solar-powered, with charging stations, which will come in handy in case of gasoline shortages.

“I think we’re much better positioned now to weather another storm system,” Schieren says, noting they also now have a dedicated resiliency officer.

Unfortunately, only 64% of business owners say it is important to create a disaster preparedness plan, with just 23% saying that they have one, according to a survey conducted by Nationwide Insurance.

Businesses can learn more about making their companies more resilient here, and see other best practices from businesses on Long Island in Newsday

Harvey and Irma Victims Need Your Help

With the devastation that Hurricane Harvey unleashed in Texas and Irma to Florida, Long Islanders are reminded well of the gravity that disaster brings to entire communities in both the short and long terms. Several drives for monetary donations, as well as for physical donations, are underway and in the planning stages in order to bring relief directly to communities in need. Friends of Long Island groups understand first-hand how it is a bottom-up approach that best serves communities in the relief and recovery process, and will be partnering with organizations that helped us in the past on Long Island so they can help others, as well as targeting grassroots organizations to provide assistance.

When disaster occurs, the most important thing is to get cash to the affected region first-and also to know where donations are going. While well-intended, shipments of material goods in the immediate wake of disaster can clog up infrastructure, manpower, and storage that are critically needed- it is best to wait to send physical items until there is a collaborative effort with those on the ground to assess actual needs. There will be initiatives upcoming that we will communicate and will need your support for.

Here are some links where you can donate financially, with the funds going to good use in the relief process. These organizations had a positive presence in recovery and were well received on Long Island post-Sandy:

Friends of Long Island
You can find other vetted ways to donate here. Once there is an assessment of needs and capacity, Friends of Long Island will support recovery efforts in Texas, as we have done in other regions, while assisting our residents here on Long Island. We will also accept financial donations, which will go directly to communities and organizations on the ground, with 0 admin fee. To donate, please email

Since the aftermath and needs of Hurricane Harvey are not yet fully known, Friends of Long Island groups are currently assessing the situation, connecting with community organizations on the ground, and planning to assist as appropriate in the near future. In the meantime, national groups below are also gearing up to assist.

Other Regional Efforts

All Hands Volunteers
All Hands Volunteers is a US-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters by engaging and leveraging volunteers, partner organizations and local communities. Their vision is to demonstrate the power and value of volunteer service through the tangible work done, the hope it brings to suffering communities and the transformative experiences it provides for volunteers.

Amateur Radio Emergency Service organizes and trains volunteers to serve their communities by providing public service and emergency communications. They were a great organization on Long Island post-Sandy.

Church World Services (CWS)
CWS's work began in 1946, in the aftermath of the Second World War, with a mission to feed the hungry and help those in need. They were very helpful providing cleanup materials and other assistance post-Sandy.

Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity partners with people in your community, and all over the world, to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Habitat Suffolk assisted greatly post-Sandy on Long Island.

Island Harvest
Island Harvest was created in 1992 by one woman with a cooler, a station wagon, and a strong desire to help people in need. Linda Breitstone, our founder, was infuriated that food from a local convenience store was being thrown away at the end of the day – with a safe house for women and children down the street. In response, she established Island Harvest and our mission, “to end hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island.”

Islamic Relief USA
When disaster strikes, Islamic Relief USA responds immediately to get vital resources to survivors as quickly and efficiently as possible—like what they are doing now for Hurricane Harvey survivors. Islamic relief helped our communities post-Sandy.

The Jewish Federations of North America
They provide a lifeline for Jews and non-Jews in distress, at home, in Israel and across the globe. Whether it’s missiles raining down on Israel’s south, a violent conflict in Ukraine, Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast or an earthquake in Nepal,  Federation is there to help — and to rebuild. This organization directly funded recovery on Long Island post-Sandy.

LDS Philanthropies
Through generous donations from people like you, Humanitarian Services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who operates LDS Charities, provides aid to people around the world without regard to cultural or religious affiliation. Known locally as the “Mucking Mormons”, LDS helped thousands of residents throughout Long Island.

Lions Club of Long Island
The Lions Clubs of Long Island are conducting a Huricane Harvey emergency relief supply drive. Non-perishable foods are most needed. Please pack in secure, marked boxes. Second most needed are new mini refrigerators. Third most needed are water pumps and hoses. Bank Gift Cards and Cash Donations welcome! Check Link for locations to drop off donations to.

Long Island Council of Churches
During tragic events like Hurricane Harvey, many of us look for ways to reach out and help. The most immediate and effective way to support is to: Donate Money, Donate Blood and Pray. The devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey continues to cause damage to the Gulf Coast and surrounding communities of Houston. As of August 29th, Houston Mayor, Sylvester Turner stated that there are about 12,000 shelters open, with another 13,000 shelters to open August 30th . Instead of requesting tangeable goods like clothing and can goods, I am asking that we support the efforts of Mayor Turner with monetary donations, at least until the waters recede.

Long Island Volunteer Center
The Long Island Volunteer Center works to provide support to, and promote and advocate for, volunteer service on Long Island. LIVC was designated a New York State Regional Volunteer Center in September 2011 to raise the profile of volunteerism on Long Island and increase volunteer engagement. LIVC was and continues to be an asset to our area. You can see volunteer opportunities in Texas, as well as on Long Island, by visiting their website.

NECHAMA is a voluntary organization that provides natural disaster preparedness, response, and recovery services nationwide. Through the years they have brought comfort to disaster survivors by training and mobilizing thousands of volunteers to help communities after floods, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. NECHAMA helped immensely on Long Island, Friends of Long Island will be partnering with the organization for recovery efforts in Texas.

NYS Senator Phil Boyle Donation Drive
Our thoughts and prayers go out to our fellow Americans in Texas now coping with the devestation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Please consider donating non-perishable food items, clothing, and pet-related items during our week-long drive to help people and their pets who have been displaced by this devestating storm.

Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies
Portlight Strategies, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1997 to facilitate a variety of projects involving people with disabilities, including post-disaster relief work. Portlight's longest running disaster recovery effort followed the devastation of Superstorm Sandy in the shore communities of New Jersey and parts of New York City, and lasted for 18 months. During that time, they replaced lost durable medical equipment and ramping, and assisted residents in purchasing and installing accessibility equipment that was made necessary after their homes were elevated to meet federal flood insurance requirements.

Team Rubicon
Team Rubicon's primary mission is providing disaster relief to those affected by natural disasters, be they domestic or international. By pairing the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders, medical professionals, and technology solutions, Team Rubicon aims to provide the greatest service and impact possible. Team Rubicon helped greatly post-Sandy.  A Long Island native and FoLI affiliate, Maj. Keith Grant, was a former board member for Team Rubicon.

29th Annual Keys for the Homeless Conference to be held on Oct. 20th

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless in co-sponsorship with Stony Brook University of Social Welfare, will be holding its Annual Keys for the Homeless Conference on October 20th.  The event will feature a keynote address from Richard Hooks Wayman, the Executive Director for the Children’s Defense Fund.  The theme of the Conference will be Breaking Down Barriers: Serving our Most Vulnerable.

The Conference is currently accepting sponsors, which will be available through October 2nd.  Sponsorships start at $1,000 for our Corporate Partners and $500 for Non-profit Partners.  Journal ad opportunities are still available as well.  If you have any questions you can go here to find more information and can contact Ksusha Cascio by email here or phone at 631-464-4314 x 123.

Nassau Suffolk Law Services Hosts Fall Commitment to Justice Reception

Doing What’s Legally Possible to Create a Just World will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Larkfield in East Northport NY, 6:00-10:00pm. Please join us as we salute The Barbara J. Merhman Commitment to Justice Honoree to A. Thomas Levin, Esq. of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein. The keynote speaker will be Hon. Fern Fisher, Special Assistant to the Dean for Social Justice and Public Interest Initiatives at Hofstra Law.

With your support, we will continue to provide free, quality civil legal representation to Long Island’s neediest residents.  Ticket price is $125. To purchase tickets, sponsorships, and virtual journal ads please visit our website at or call Sheila Johnson at 631 232-2400 Ext. 3322.

Central Islip's "Good Neighbor Awards" to be Held on October 26

The Central Islip Civic Council will be honoring four individuals for Outstanding Community Service on Thursday, October 26th.  Debra Cavanagh from the Central Islip Coalition of Good Neighbors, Islip Councilman Steve Flotteron, Rob Goldman Suffolk Community College, and Barbara LaMonica from Central Islip School District.

The event will take place at Watermill Caterers at 711 Smithtown Bypass in Smithtown.  You can find more information for the event and civic council here.

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $500 Million Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced the opportunity for state and local stakeholders to apply for $500 million in discretionary grant funding through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.

Since the TIGER grant program was first created, $5.1 billion has been awarded for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure over eight rounds of competitive grants.  “The TIGER grant program is a highly competitive program whose winners will be awarded with the funding they need to rebuild the infrastructure of their communities,” said Secretary Elaine L. Chao. “TIGER grants will continue to fund innovative projects that will improve the safety of America’s passengers and goods.”  

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 appropriated $500 million, available through September 30, 2020, for National Infrastructure Investments otherwise known as TIGER grants. As with previous rounds of TIGER, funds for the fiscal year (FY) 2017 TIGER grants program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. TIGER Discretionary Grants may not be less than $5 million and not greater than $25 million, except for in rural areas. There are some criteria changes compared to last rounds of TIGER funding, including special consideration being given for projects in rural areas.

Webinars have been conducted to give guidance, with additional webinars being scheduled and more information posted online.
The deadline to submit an application for the FY 2017 TIGER grant program is Monday, October 16. For more information, click here.

AARP Foundation Providing Grants for Scaling Evidence-Based Solutions for Vulnerable Older Adults

The AARP is providing grants for educational and non-profit organizations to create and advance effective solutions to increase economic opportunity and social connectedness among the vulnerable, older adult population.  The AARP Foundation works to ensure that low-income and vulnerable older adults have nutritious food, safe, secure, and affordable housing, a steady income and economic opportunities to grow and protect financial assets, and strong and sustaining social bonds. To address those needs, this grant competition seeks evidence-based solutions that are guided by a deep level of engagement with AARP Foundation and that can be brought to scale.

This funding opportunity is available to organizations that include institutions of higher education, public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as well as other types of nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.  This funding opportunity is intended for national or regional organizations, with a built-in distribution channel, such as affiliates, members, chapters or collaborative partnerships. AARP Foundation is seeking organizations that serve thousands of individuals in a cost-effective manner.

You can read the full details and grant application process here. All applications must be completed online. The deadline for application is October 24, 2017, 11:59pm ET

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Application Period Now Open

The open application period began on August 14 for two competitive Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs.
Eligible applicants including territories, federally recognized tribes, states and local governments may apply for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grants through 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on November 14, 2017.

FMA grants are available to implement measures to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to structures insured by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). For FY 2017, $160 million is available, including $70 million for community flood mitigation activities that address flooding on a neighborhood level, such as floodwater diversion and localized flood-control measures as well as advance assistance for mitigation design and development of community flood mitigation projects. The remainder of funds will be used for mitigation planning, technical assistance and mitigating Severe Repetitive Loss and Repetitive Loss structures, which include elevation, acquisition, and relocation projects.

PDM grants are awarded for all-hazard mitigation planning and projects, such as the construction of community and residential safe rooms for tornados, and wind retrofits, which are enhancements made to strengthen the roof, walls and doors of structures to minimize damage caused by high winds. This year, $90 million is available, including $10 million for federally-recognized tribes. States, tribes, territories and the District of Columbia may apply for the statutory allocation of up to $575,000 federal share. The remainder of funds will be awarded on a competitive basis with an emphasis on mitigation activities that complement the post-disaster funding available under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and the flood mitigation funding from the FMA program.

You can learn more and apply for funding here.

NYS Climate Smart Communities Grant Program Funding Available

Funding will be available for inventory, assessment, planning and implementation projects that advance the work of municipalities in addressing climate change. Priorities for the 2017 round include specific adaptation actions that reduce flood risk and increase preparedness for future extreme weather conditions, specific mitigation activities related to transportation and reduction of food waste, and specific Climate Smart Communities certification actions that advance municipal ability in the future to implement adaptation and mitigation projects in the identified implementation categories.

A municipal resolution from the lead applicant authorizing application submission and documenting the availability of local match in the event of grant award must be submitted at the time of application.

For general information and questions on the Climate Smart Communities Program, please contact the Office of Climate Change, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of Climate Change, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, 518-402-8448,

NYS DEC Technical Assistance Grants Available

The New York State DEC continuously accepts applications for Technical Assistance Grants (TAGs). TAGs are a citizen participation tool available to eligible community groups to increase public awareness and understanding of remedial activities taking place in their community. TAGs are available to eligible community groups for the purpose of obtaining independent technical assistance in interpreting existing environmental information about an eligible “significant threat” site being remediated in the State Superfund Program or Brownfield Cleanup Program. Technical assistance is intended to help the grant recipient and the community it represents to understand existing environmental data developed about the site, comment on site remedial activities and proposals and share this information with the public.

Funding is limited to $50,000 per site, with no matching requirement. A community group must be a nonresponsible party community group or one that is in partnership with another nonresponsible party community group. The group must be a 501(c)(3), and a group whose members’ health, economic well-being or enjoyment of the environment may be affected by a release or threatened release of contamination at the eligible site. The group must be one whose membership represents the interest of the community affected by the eligible site. Eligible sites must be Class 2 sites on the New York State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites or sites being remediated under the State’s Brownfield Cleanup Program that the DEC has determined pose a significant threat to public health and/or the environment.

For more information, you can visit the DEC’s site here.

Long Island Housing Services Seeking New Executive Director

Long Island Housing Services is seeking a new Executive Director.  The organization was founded in 1969, in the wake of the tragic assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the subsequent passage of the Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. The organization was formed by a grassroots group of volunteers and civic and religious leaders. Its mission is to eliminate unlawful housing discrimination and promote decent and affordable housing through advocacy and education.

The Executive Director must be an experienced and seasoned leader and manager who will provide oversight of the organization, engage in the broader fair housing community, and develop and maintain strong relationships with funding sources, including local, state and federal government. The Executive Director must also have a strong and honed ability to motivate, develop, and manage staff. S/he must communicate openly and honestly, promoting inclusiveness, cooperation, and teamwork.

Applicants must apply by October 6th, 2017.  You can view the description of responsibilities, qualifications, and how to apply here.

Creative Traffic Circles in High Demand

Last week, Seattle Chief Transportation Engineer Dongho Chang posted a series of photos on Twitter of the city’s traffic circles catching the eye of groups like the Streets Blogs USA and Smart Growth Online.

Since they began installing traffic circles in the early 1970s there are now more than 1,200 throughout the city.  The high demand from neighborhoods have caused the city to prioritize by need.  They typically add them to typically adds them to intersections in residential areas with no traffic lights or stop signs focusing on those, particularly those with two collisions or more within the past three years. The circles cost an average of $20,000 and are often done through community partnerships.  A 1997 study by the city found that the traffic circles reduced collisions causing injury 97 percent and all collisions 90 percent.

For more on this story, visit Streetsblog USA.

Smart Talk

Chris Kyle, Communications Director

Newsletter Contributors:
Eric Alexander, Director; Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director;
Elissa Kyle, Planning Director; Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator

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