October 4th - 10th, 2015
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"Climate change is not about making society better. Climate change is an issue of society's sustainability. To deny that climate change is real is to defy reason... In the case of climate change, denial is not a survival strategy."
-NYS Gov. Andrew Cuomo
"The cumulative amount of manmade global warming now traps as much extra heat energy every day as would be released by 400,000 Hiroshima-class atomic bombs exploding every 24 hours,"
-Former Vice President Al Gore
Growing Community Support for King Park Visioning
“We’re the ones who live here. Who knows better?” said Linda Henninger, Kings Park Civic Association’s Vice President, regarding the visioning process underway for her community. Her organization along with Kings Park Chamber of Commerce have initiated the community visioning process to revitalize business district while at the same time providing housing opportunities to retain residents.
The area is in need of over $20 million in sewer expansions in order to handle the redevelopment, which County officials have committed to as long as there are workable plans in place to address needed housing and have parking issues resolved. Community leaders are behind the planning process and what it can lead to for the area. “We’ll lobby all of our elected officials to get sewers for 25A,” Kings Park Civic Association President Sean Lehmann said.
More can be read about Kings Park’s push to move their business district ahead here
Valley Stream Community Fest Draws Thousands
Valley Stream’s recent Community Fest ended up having record turnout on a day with great weather, highlighting Rockaway Avenue’s revitalized downtown.
Sears Building in Riverhead Recieves Historic Designation
Plans to redevelop four vacant parcels of land on Riverhead’s Main Street may be facing a bit of a hurdle, as one of the buildings is now being reviewed by the State Historic Preservation Office. The former Sears building might be eligible to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places which would require involvement by the State Historic Preservation Office since the developer would be seeking out government funding for the project.
Friends of Long Island Aid Victims of Joaquin
“One of the most amazing moving I have ever witnessed is how people can come together when disaster strikes. The most amazing thing is seeing communities helping communities, while still working through their own issues in order to help those who are in need. I commend all who have given the effort to assist our neighbors in South Carolina, as they would for us,” said Jon Siebert, Friends of Long Island’s Program Consultant.
US Lacks Long-term Plan for Infrastructure Improvements
As the US Congress passes the 34th Band-Aid on infrastructure needs since 2009, India’s Prime Minister is pushing almost $30 billion in roadway and rail improvements for their country in order to boost economic development, safety and sustainability. China and Indonesia are following suit with airport improvements and a high-speed railway.
Gore And Cuomo Discuss Climate Change
Governor Cuomo joined government leaders, advocates and policy makers, including former Vice President Al Gore this week in signing an agreement to help combat global warming, which can only help Long Island mitigate against sea level rise and further severe disaster.
The Carnival will be held just south of Conklin Street, behind the Fire Department / Village Hall, adjacent to the Village Green. On Saturday and Sunday, two blocks of Main Street (north and south of Conklin Street) will close during the day for the street fair. There is Free Parking, Free Admission, Rides, Games, Shopping, Dancing, Music, Food and much to explore in the Village of Farmingdale.
Free Community Event: Join the event on Facebook, check for updated info!
The Carnival is located in Municipal Lot 4 ~ The Street Fair & Parade will be held on Main Street
Long Island Business Council to hold workshop Oct. 15th
On Thursday, October 15th, from 8 to 10 AM, The Long Island Business Council will be holding a worksession at the East Farmingdale Fire Department, located at 930 Conklin Street in Farmingdale.
This meeting will feature an update on issues concerning local small business by our special guest speaker, Temporary President and Majority Leader of the New York State Senate, John J. Flanagan.
You can contact the LIBC to RSVP at 877-811-7471, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Long Island Regional Planning Council (LIRPC) are hosting meetings to discuss development of the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan (LINAP). Earlier this year, the New York State Legislature allocated $5 million to be used for a Long Island nitrogen management and mitigation plan. At this meeting, there are plans to discuss ideas for goal and scope of the Nitrogen Plan and the next steps to start plan development, impacts of nitrogen pollution on Long Island, and possible solutions. Stakeholders will be able to provide input.
Suffolk County- October 13, 2015, 1:30PM-4:30PM
Nassau County- October 14th, 2015, 1PM-4PM
National Disaster Resiliency Competition Public Hearing
On June 22, 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that New York State was selected to advance to Phase 2 of the National Disaster Resiliency Competition (NDRC). As part of this second and final phase, the State has identified specific projects and programs for which it seeks funding through the competition. These projects and programs were developed in consultation with eligible counties and state agencies and includes activities in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
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.
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 25+th). Dozens of vendors and local merchants will be on hand alongside animal rescue groups. The event attracts about 10,000 attendees annually.
Arty Party 2015, Stars Over Freeport Honors Vision Long Island Director
Can you imagine living in a community that doesn’t have easy access to the arts, where it costs too much—or you must travel too far—to enjoy and appreciate the creations of the human spirit? For forty-one years, the Long Island Arts Council at Freeport has been committed to the idea that the power of the arts is to touch the mind and enrich the soul of the individual and community through sponsoring, advocacy, and education.
Through a wide variety of programs they support and present arts of every description to their local communities. Programs include High 5 Long Island, which provides students low-priced tickets to cultural events, and the Summer Sunset Concert Series, which offers free concerts for families on the Nautical Mile.
The Long Island Arts Council at Freeport’s Arty Party 2015, Stars Over Freeport, is our annual primary fundraising event where we honor people who make a difference in our communities, and raise funds to support our programs. This year, this gala celebration will be held on Thursday, October 29, at the Coral House in Baldwin.
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.
20th Annual Port Jefferson Charles Dickens Festival
Planning for the spectacular 20th Annual Port Jefferson Charles Dickens Festival has begun planning for the Second Annual Festival of Trees at the Port Jefferson Village Center. A magnificent display of holiday trees decorated by YOU will be on display through the month of December located on the second and third floors of the Port Jefferson Village Center.
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.
Town of North Hempstead Business and Tourism Development Corporation Grants Available
Town of North Hempstead Business and Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) Chairwoman Judi Bosworth and Executive Director Kim Kaiman announced this week that the BTDC will be offering matching fund grant opportunities to not-for-profit organizations (including civics and chamber of commerces) and business improvement districts to beautify downtowns.
“We want to work with our local businesses to make the downtown living and shopping experience the best it can be,” Chairwoman Bosworth said. “It is my hope that, through this program, we can beautify our commercial corridors and attract consumers to allow the businesses in our Town to thrive." The Downtown Beautification Program will assist the Town’s chambers of commerce and civic associations with revitalization of commercial and mixed-use downtown districts, allowing matching fund grants of up to $10,000 per Council District for eligible downtown beautification projects such as tree planters and other landscaping, street furniture, trash receptacles and signage.
Eligible applicants must develop a detailed plan that must be submitted as part of the application process. The deadline is November 30th, 2015. To apply or for more details, please call (516) 869-7739 or click here
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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This week I have had too many conversations with well meaning and very intelligent folks who think it is a good idea to continue publicizing all of the problems facing Long Island with essentially blanket negative marketing of Long Island. Campaigns that describe problems of "brain drain" lack of housing, job opportunities and other maladies facing our region etc. are underway and more than simple complaining - they are becoming a form of a groupthink that in my opinion is becoming unhealthy and possibly counterproductive.
Not sure if a company will want to invest in a Long Island community if the marketing is centered around how bad we are. I don't see the upside of obsessing over the lack of centralized control and power over local governments and how a small business will put their capital on the line to open up a restaurant, retail shop if this place is such a mess. Lastly I don't understand how whining about all of the problems is going to keep young people, aging boomers or GenXrs with or without families happy about our communities and willing to invest their time, talent and resources.
Let me be very clear that it is necessary to present issues to the governments, local communities and/or private institutions that can influence and make change. We and others do that all the time.
It is something completely different to wring our hands and obsess over the pace of change or the perceived lack of change. When this becomes marketing materials that are essentially describing all of our problems for the world to see that can become debilitating.
Making change takes building a base of support, combined with reality based market solutions and some understanding of how change occurs and where.
Some advice for when you want to complain without solutions: Get a good drink, some tasty food, maybe a cigar, nice music, whatever you enjoy and find some friends and talk to them first, get it off your chest. When you are through with that, be creative, envision the Island as you want it to be and have that positive vision in your head. When that has been accomplished, if you have positive solutions that will move the needle on any of the problems facing Long Island communities then bring them forward in the forums where change can occur.
Because changes are occurring on Long Island and if you want to know where, we can let you know and please follow and support the downtowns that are transforming. There are serious people making strides in real places to change our communities and that helps all of Long Island. Either become a part of the solution or at least cease doing things that hurt the progress underway.
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-Eric Alexander, Vision Long Island Director
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