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“It is still unclear what type of impact this storm will have on our region however, at this point it appears heavy rain and some winds throughout the next five days are likely. As we learned with Superstorm Sandy, it is better to be overly cautious and to have a plan in place.” - Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.
“Superstorm Sandy taught us that given our location as an island, we are vulnerable to the Atlantic Ocean and susceptible to the powerful and destructive nature of hurricanes and tropical storms such as Joaquin. It is critical that residents be prepared for it and take all warnings seriously.” - Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano
Long Island Communities Prepare for Upcoming Storm
Long Island is getting to prepare for yet another potential storm on the heels of the third anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. Government agencies, utilities and community organizations have spent a good portion of the week preparing for Major Hurricane Joaquin’s potential impact to Long Island.
“Superstorm Sandy taught us that given our location as an island, we are vulnerable to the Atlantic Ocean and susceptible to the powerful and destructive nature of hurricanes and tropical storms such as Joaquin,” said Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano in a statement. “It is critical that residents be prepared for it and take all warnings seriously.”
Sen. Schumer Works Towards Infrastructure Funding Deal
US Senator Chuck Schumer has been discussing ways to move a major infrastructure bill forward in the Senate with Senator Rob Portman of Ohio and Senator Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, which would be the first time that a major, long-term infrastructure bill would be passed in Congress in several years.
New State Tax Cap May Affect Local Capital Projects
"Under the tax cap, the best we can do is maintain the services we have," said North Hempstead Deputy Supervisor Aline Khatchadourian, who said the town is under a directive from Supervisor Judi Bosworth to have no layoffs and to stay at or under the state imposed property tax cap. Some municipalities across Long Island are facing the same tough decisions; whether to adhere to the state mandated tax cap or to push off important infrastructure and public safety needs for their areas. In Huntington, Supervisor Frank Petrone said a plan to create a downtown parking garage is delayed, as is a plan for improving many of the town's parks. "No new initiatives," said Petrone, who had hoped to hold two referendums this year for the parking garage and improvements to public parks.
The need for flexibilities or further exemptions in order to take care of infrastructure needs was discussed at the recent Smart Growth Working group meeting. In total, local governments spent $1.2 billion on capital needs for transportation, water and sewer systems in 2012, which was down 8 percent from 2010 according to the state comptroller. Unfortunately, according to the comptroller’s office, municipalities should spend just under $4 billion a year on capital investments. Some of the projects that have been shelved due to a lack of revenue are additions of police officers, new parking garages, parks improvements and delays in a replacement of an antiquated animal shelter. In Babylon Town, module trailers at the landfill are “run down and in poor condition,” according to Supervisor Rich Schaffer. A new building for the employees will now be delayed until 2017 due to the cap.
St. Joseph's College Announces Attainable Homes Institute
The Institute for Attainable Homes, a project of the Center for Community Solutions at St. Joseph’s College, received the endorsement of County Executive Steve Bellone at a press conference to announce this new initiative on Monday, September 28th. The institute also received a $40,000 grant from the Long Island Community Foundation.
St. Joseph's College developed the Institute for Attainable Homes in partnership with the Long Island Community Foundation and intends to continue the very important work that was begun several years ago through their Affordable Housing Task force and to build on those accomplishments. Our Institute for Attainable Homes is part of the college's Center for Community Solutions and will be the responsibility of Durovich, former Congressman Tim Bishop and their community partners. Their goal will be to address issues regarding affordable housing, community revitalization and sustainable development throughout Long Island and to be a clearinghouse for distribution of information and data regarding these issues.
During the first year, they expect to devote much of our energy to strategic planning and setting the direction of the Institute. In addition, the institute is planning several community events that they hope will begin to expand the regional conversation about affordable housing.
“Our goal should be to get a significant amount of people in homes or get the banks to agree to give us 50 zombie homes at attainable prices,” said Bishop. “I’m hoping we can convince them that if they sell the home for less, they’re on board for giving a local contractor a job, giving a family a place to live and work, fueling the economy and providing an area driven down by property values a leg up, so everyone wins.”
For more on this story, visit the Long Island Advance.
Without More State Aid, Suffolk Bus Might See Cuts
Suffolk County’s proposed budget includes a $10 million in cuts to the Suffolk transit system, largely due to the lack of funding from New York State, according to Gil Anderson, commissioner of county public works.
More can be read about the proposed bus cuts here.
Smart Growth Saturday Participants Tour Local Dowtowns
Fresh off of last spring’s events, Vision Long Island headed up tours in local 3 downtowns for the fourth Smart Growth Saturday. Participants visited real places with projects underway and well managed Main Streets, showing the progress of downtown renewal across Long Island. There are many other downtowns across Long Island doing great work including this round of tours in the Village of Valley Stream, Village of Amityville, and Sayville.
Vision Long Island was in Sayville as part of the Smart Growth Saturday tours. Participants were able to experience the small town Main Street feel of downtown Sayville. Chamber Past President Bill Etts led the tour highlighting some of the long time businesses, parks, community spaces and connections to the waterfront attractions.
Although there are many up and coming downtowns on Long Island, Sayville is on of Long Island’s oldest main streets. Throughout the tour led by Chamber President Bill Etts, participants were able to get a sample of the old town feel of Sayville. Along mainstreet, they were able to see several historic sites as well as long time businesses. Etts pointed out how the main street businesses host several annual events as an economic driver to attract outside business. Throughout mainstreet, there is a diverse business community that essentially provides the needs of local residents including a general store, restaurants, pharmacies, cleaners, and banking services. He specifically spoke of ways the businesses utilize having ferry access to cater to the needs of those who heading to Fire Island during the summer season.
The tour also visited community spaces including Gillette Park and the Common Ground. After September 11th, residents were inspired to create a reflective garden dedicated to those who were lost. The Common Ground includes walkways of personalized stones, gardens, memorial benches, the Peace Labyrinth and a pavilion. It was designed as a place where people are encouraged to meet as neighbors and connect as a community. Musical and cultural events are held at the pavilion, and workshops at Common Ground.
This historic downtown is not without its challenges. Etts explained that while the community is happy with their 1-2 story downtown, infrastructure challenges like the lack of sewers prohibit attracting more businesses like restaurants and housing density unlike their sewered neighbors to the east in the Village of Patchogue. However, having both a train station and ferry service in close proximity to their downtown helps to make Sayville a destination and the community is working with local officials to ensure recent funding from Sen. Schumer can be applied to potential growth.
Vision Long Island toured downtown Amityville and saw many new businesses as well as new developments. Starting at Village Hall that was recently renovated to LEED Gold standards, Mayor James Wandell welcomed the group to Amityville. Joining us on the tour were Councilwoman Jacqueline A. Gordon of the Town of Babylon, a representative of Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre’s office, Village Clerk and President of the Amityville Chamber of Commerce, Dina Shingleton, members of the Bay Village and other Civic organization in Amityville, among others. Village Attorney Richard Handler led the tour. The group walked up Park Avenue towards Broadway and saw several new businesses that have opened recently including an architectural salvage and design shop called “Anchor & Co.” and a shoe and clothing store called “Flipflopogram” as well as the Amityville Mens Shop which has been in business for a hundred years. Other new businesses on Broadway including “Amity Ales” and the “Kitchen Co-op” show an emerging food scene building upon the numerous breakfast eateries and other ethnic food shops and restaurants.
Next the group headed east on Oak Street and saw the site of a soon to be constructed multi-family apartment development. Three dilapidated houses were demolished and the village worked with the developer to utilize the municipal parking lot next door to reduce the amount of parking provided onsite which helps to reduce the cost of the units as well as encourage residents to reduce car usage. Further down Oak Street and past the historic cemetery, the group headed up Wellington Place to see the Wellington Park Villas. Though a gated community, this development brings housing close to both downtown and the train station helping to support local businesses. The development overlooks Peterkin Park which is part of a series of waterbodies that eventually head south into the canals off of South Oyster Bay.
Finally the group headed back to Broadway and south towards many of the more historic buildings within the downtown. Passing along the way Berger Brothers, one of the two longstanding camera shops in the village and the old Amityville Theater building which has been looked at as a potential site for an ArtSpace development. Some of the programs that the local churches provide for the community were highlighted and the group was able to see the interior of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church which was built in 1888. The tour ended at the Lauder Museum, home of the Amityville Historical Society which has one of the largest memberships on Long Island.
The Smart Growth Saturday tour in downtown Valley Stream included beautiful weather, a chance to see their "Community Fest" on Rockaway Ave. as well as a well maintained downtown business district. Four development projects were toured including the completed Hawthorne Court, Brook Point by the Gibson train station, new office and mixed use buildings including a gym and rooftop tennis courts on Rockaway with new companies siting to be close to the train station and the downtown.
A tremendous amount of planning and day-day management in place to really improve the Village. Kudos to Valley Stream Mayor Ed Fare, Barbara DeGrace and Vincent Ang and D&F's Peter Florey who all did a great job showing us the Village on a busy day.
Infrastructure $$ on the Horizon…….
Long Island’s New York State Senate delegation and the Governor’s office will be making some important decisions on our region’s infrastructure. State Senators secured $400 million in this year’s budget and the Governor provided $150 million of the $5 billion in settlement funds for a total of $550 million in new money. Not quite the “Buffalo Billion” but significant to advance projects in local communities.
US Senator Chuck Schumer has led the way with record breaking Federal investment in sewers with over $1 billion for Bay Park and nearly $400 million in Suffolk County including the Mastic and Shirley communities.
To support job growth Nassau County Exec. Ed Mangano wants investments at the Nassau HUB, Suffolk County Exec. Steve Bellone is targeting the I-Zone transportation project from his Connect Long Island plan.
Clearly the Senators and the Governor have a great deal to consider. Here are some thoughts:
Due to years of public education and outreach folks actually support infrastructure projects. Let's make the most efficient use of these resources to aid our communities and grow our local economy.
This editorial appears in the October 2nd edition of the Long Island Business News.
Westbury’s Business Improvement District’s Annual Street Fair - Postponed to October 24th
Westbury’s Business Improvement District’s Annual Street Fair will be held on Saturday, October 24th from 10AM-5PM on Post Avenue (Rain Date Sunday, October 4th). Dozens of vendors and local merchants will be on hand alongside animal rescue groups. The event attracts about 10,000 attendees annually.
Dowling College Gala - October 7th
2018 is coming! That is the year that Dowling College will celebrate its Golden Jubilee.
Vision's Director Honored at LISTnet's LISA Awards on October 8th
LISA is the biggest Technology Event of the year on Long Island. This year we are honoring Long Island Technology executives, the people that run the companies and organizations that make Long Island one of the leaders in Technology.
As those that have attended LISA before know this is the Long Island Tech Community’s night to shine. You can expect to mingle with business leaders and key decision makers from some of the top technology, healthcare, universities and other companies on Long Island while enjoying the unrivaled food, drink and hospitality of the Garden City Hotel.
This year's event will include a keynote address by past LISA award winner Burton M. Goldfield, President & CEO of TriNet.
This year's winners include David Antar from A+ Technology Solutions, Anil Kapoor from SVAM International, Eugene Sayan from Softheon, Dennis Labriola from Impact, John Pellman from Mednet Technologies, John Perri from Comview, Ed Eisenstein from United Networks Associates, Luis Gonzalez from Interconnecta, Dr. Richard Hayes from Hofstra University, Dr. Hubert Keen from Farmingdale State College (SUNY), Dr. AnnMarie Scheidt from Stony Brook University, David Calone from Jove Equity Partners, Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander, and Risé Jacobs from Astoria Bank
The event will take place on October 8th from 6 to 9 pm at the Garden City Hotel. You can register to attend here.
Port-to-Port Art Exchange
The Greater Port Jefferson-Northern Brookhaven Arts Council and The Art Guild of Port Washington are joining Nassau and Suffolk Counties through Art in joint exchange exhibitions this month. Similar to the first Port-to-Port Art Exchange between Port Jefferson and Bridgeport CT in November of 2013, this event not only opens opportunities for art lovers to see work from different communities, it allows artists from these different regions to connect with each other.
Receptions, which are open to the public, will be hosted at The Art Guild of Port Washington-200 Port Washington Boulevard, Manhasset 11030 on Saturday October 10th from 3PM-5PM and at Port Jefferson Village Center- 101A East Broadway, Port Jefferson from 3PM-5PM on Sunday, October 18th.
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
8th Annual Educational & Energy Efficiency Trade Expo
National Grid, Con Edison and Master Plumbers Council will be holding their 8th Annual Educational & Energy Efficiency Trade Expo on Tuesday October 20th at Russo on the Bay in Howard Beach from 1:30PM to 8:30PM.
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.
27th Annual Keys for the Homeless
The 27th Annual Keys for the Homeless event will take place on Friday, November 13th from 8AM-2:30PM at Touro Law Center in East Islip. This year’s theme will be “Building Community Roots to End Youth & Family Homelessness” and is sponsored by Long Island Coalition for the Homeless and Stony Brook University’s School of Social Welfare.
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.
NYS Releases RFP to Build Affordable Homes
Governor Cuomo announced that $20 million is available for the construction of new affordable housing units damaged by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee this week. The funding will come from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery out of the $4.4 billion allocation from HUD’s CDBG-DR program.
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.
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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Storm Preparation Messages from County Execs
The Nassau County Office of Emergency Management has outlined evacuations routes from Coastal Evacuation Areas. Residents should familiarize themselves with evacuation routes and secure their property in the event of a hurricane. To review Coastal Evacuation Areas, evacuation routes or learn additional hurricane preparedness information, please visit the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management website at http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/OEM.
Residents should develop a Family & Friends Sheltering Plan in the event they are asked to evacuate their home. If you are advised to evacuate, here’s what to do:
-A Family & Friends Sheltering Plan is recommended for anyone who resides in Nassau County south of Sunrise Highway or north of Route 25A. You should contact a friend or family member that lives outside the zone & make arrangements as this provides the most comfortable way to weather a severe storm.
Residents should assemble an Emergency Go-Kit, keep it by their front door in a duffel bag and include enough supplies for everyone in the household for 5 days, including:
-First aid kit. Pack a “how to” guide as well.
It is important to underscore again that the County is preparing for the worst but we are praying for the best. It is entirely possible that the final path of Joaquin will not impact Suffolk County. I will continue to provide updates throughout the day and weekend on this page andwww.SuffolkCountyNY.gov as to what we are doing as changes in the forecast occur.
We suggest – regardless of what happens with Joaquin – that residents are always prepared during hurricane season by doing the following:
- Visit SuffolkCountyNY.gov to sign up for the Code Red emergency notification system, a high-speed notification service that allows theSuffolk County Fire Rescue and Emergency Services to deliver customized messages directly to Suffolk County homes and business.
- Create a Smart911 safety profile on www.Smart911.com to give 9-1-1 operators valuable information about yourself, family members, your home, pets and even vehicles that will automatically display on the 9-1-1 call taker's screen when you make an emergency call to save valuable seconds or even minutes during an emergency.
- Build an emergency kit with one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, non-perishable food, medications, copies of important family documents, a first aid kit, a flashlight and extra batteries.
- Make a family communication plan. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to be the "family contact" in case your family is separated during a flood. Make sure everyone in your family knows the name, address, and phone number of this contact person. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.
- Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. Visit the Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services site on SuffolkCountyNY.gov to find out if your home is in a storm surge zone.
- Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
- Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
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