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Progress For Garvies Point Project At Public Hearing
Garvies Point developer RXR Realty went before the Glen Cove Planning Board Tuesday night for the public hearing on subdivision and site plan approval to convert a former Brownfield waterfront into mixed-use development. The developer didn’t get ok, but the city did authorize their consultants to prepare a draft resolution of approval. The project is expected to be discussed at a Planning Board meeting in the near future, where minor changes and details will be cleaned up before the vote. They also approved giving a positive reference to the Zoning Board for a minor variance.
Garvies Point was once the contaminated home of industrial factories and a marina. RXR Realty and the City of Glen Cove partnered in 2007 to create a mixed-use future for the Superfund site.
Plans for the 56 acres north of Glen Cove Creek call for a luxury hotel, 860 residential units – a 50-50 mix of condos and apartments, 50,000 square feet of office space, 25,000 square feet of retail space, 85 new boat slips and 20.8 acres of open space in the form of an esplanade, bike path and 2.9 miles of pathways.
The project also connects to the neighboring Glen Cove Ferry Terminal and Boat Basin Garvies Point Road.
Tuesday’s hearing focused on Phase I of the project. That includes 387 multi-family apartments in two buildings on 27.5 acres, 3,055 square feet of retail, the esplanade and relocation of the Glen Cove Anglers Club.
RXR Vice President Tom Graham said they wanted to build apartments first since they can be rented quicker than condos can be sold, giving the development more life.
One member of the public offered his approval to the project, saying the waterfront needs to be developed in some capacity and the Garvies Point project has been the fruit of years of work. He also said the Chamber of Commerce would like to see the project move forward. Real estate broker Gabor Karsai told the board the business community is excited about the project.
Vision Long Island honored the Glen Cove Waterfront Redevelopment project with a Smart Growth Award in 2010. Vision was at the hearing and previously testified in support on multiple occasions.
For more coverage of this story, check out Newsday (subscription required).
Upstairs Apartments Get Zoning OK In Huntington Village
Less than a month after plans became public to add more mixed-use development in one downtown Huntington property, town officials signed off to add housing atop the building next door.
The Huntington Zoning Board approved a parking variance to build a second floor above the New York Avenue restaurant Red at their Sept. 16 meeting. The addition would house a single-bedroom and two-bedroom apartment.
The neighboring commercial building was destroyed by fire in March. But the conflagration also led to severe smoke and water damage to Red and another neighboring business.
Owner Nino Antuzzi began repairing his restaurant shortly after the blaze next door. His plans allowed the building to structurally support a second floor in case he received permission, the process Antuzzi is going through now.
The only condition of the Zoning Board’s unanimous approval was two parking spaces be allocated for the apartments from the lot Red uses.
Meanwhile, Huntington-based architects Hoffman Grayson Architects have unveiled plans during a Planning Board meeting in August to add a third floor onto the neighboring two-story brick building where the fire originated. If approved, retail would remain on the ground level, but apartments would replace offices on the second floor and occupy the new third floor.
A company spokeswoman confirmed last month they had two pre-application meetings with the town’s Planning Department, soliciting recommendations. Now formally filed, Hoffman Grayson will need Zoning Board variances for parking, expanding the building and adding new uses.
Much of the three-story building would be new construction, although the spokeswoman confirmed some existing structure and walls would be used if possible.
Huntington village has recently become a hub for mixed-use projects. A number of projects have been constructed, approved or in the process including: 7,000 square feet of retail and 12 apartments on Gerard Street; a three-story development at the former Huntington Ice & Cube building, on Stewart Avenue and further north on New York Avenue. The Gerard Street development won a Smart Growth Award from Vision Long Island in 2005.
For more on this, check out the Sept. 25 Business Section by Long Islander News.
Long Beach Residents Ask State To Extend NY Rising Deadline
The deadline for Long Islanders to file for financial assistance in the wake of Superstorm Sandy hit six months ago, but one lawmaker is asking Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office to consider accepting new applications.
State Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) said residents keep coming to see him with desperate hopes of filing for aid from NY Rising, despite the April 11 cutoff. In a letter he penned to Cuomo last month, Weisenberg asked the governor to reopen enrollment until Dec. 31.
“We have a whole population of people in trouble trying to get a resource that they’re entitled to. I just feel that too many people that are deserving are not going to do what they need to do to be able to have some kind of stability in their life and recover,” he said.
Many residents, the assemblyman said, failed to file for a slate of reasons. They may not have had access to technology at the time, were overly confused by constantly changing criteria and/or did not understand the significance of the deadline due to illness, age or disability. A lot of people were not properly given information, he added.
"Two years later as residents are still recovering from Sandy, many are still falling short when it comes to financial assistance to rebuild their homes and lives. With so many changes in the program, community groups scrambled to let residents know about the April 11 deadline and program changes, however not all people were reached. Reopening the NY Rising application process would help those who are the most vulnerable receive the assistance necessary to recover," Friends of Long Island consultant Jon Siebert said.
Other local, independent Sandy recovery organizations have observed that a limited amount of resources for outreach were expended.
However, officials in the governor’s Office of Storm Recovery – overseeing NY Rising program – say they did enough in the year applications were being accepted and don’t see the need for any extensions. More than 3,000 Long Beach applications have been filed, with about 2,000 homeowners receiving $140 million. State officials also said Long Beach homeowners received $84.7 million for repairs and $23.5 million to purchase 47 damaged homes. NY Rising has also helped cover hiring municipal workers to meet the demand for building inspectors and permits.
For more on this story, check out Herald Community Newspapers.
Glen Cove Accepting Proposals For Vacant School Property
What will happen with the former Coles School?
Glen Cove officials are formally inviting developers to submit proposals for the vacant school building and grounds on Cedar Swamp Road. City mayor Reginald Spinello released a public statement Monday inviting potential proposers to submit Expressions of Interest for the redevelopment/adaptive re-use of the property.
The city built the school in 1929 on land purchased from Coles Family, conveying ownership to Glen Cove School District. In 1948, Glen Cove officials negotiated with area residents for rest of current school property. But just two years later, New York State designated the school district as a separate entity from the city.
Solomon Schechter middle/high school rented the property from 1998 until 2011, even after the school district sold it back to the city for $2.5 million in 2002. The conservative Jewish school left the $400,000 annual rent bill behind for a cheaper site in Williston Park.
The former school building is a short walk from the Glen Street LIRR station and on the border of commercial development along Cedar Swamp Road and residential neighborhoods behind.
Spinello said proposal that involve the sale of the property are preferred, although the right leasing offers will be considered. He also said they want to “promote synergy of activities along the Cedar Swamp Road corridor, including Sea Cliff Avenue.”
Proposers must attend a visit of the property on Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. Building Department records and photographs of the interior will be distributed at that time.
The request for expression of interest document can be obtained either via the NY State Contract Reporter, the City of Glen Cove website or online by using this FTP site link with username: Coles and the password: Coles2014. All inquiries must be submitted in writing only to Ann S. Fangmann via email by email or fax at 516-759-8389.
Study: Rockville Centre Among Best Cities For Retirement
Looking for a Long Island community to call home in the silver years? Take a look at Rockville Centre.
The Village of Rockville Centre was named the second best city in New York and best on Long Island to grow old in by financial education website CreditDonkey. According to their study, published on Oct. 2, Rockville Centre had one of the best all-around ratings.
“We have hit the trifecta,” Mayor Francis X. Murray said. “We have always known that Rockville Centre is a great place to grow up in and raise a family. But it’s now confirmed to be one of the top places to spend your golden years. With everything we have to offer through our Sandel Senior Center, this is no big surprise.”
The study considered cities with a population at least 20,000. Each city received a score based on five categories: senior population, housing, income, recreation and health care/social assistance. Rockville Centre finished top in health care and social assistance.
The Sandel Senior Center provides Rockville Centre’s older adults with a multipurpose facility that promotes vital aging and life satisfaction through programs and activities, volunteer and civic participation and meaningful social engagement. A full schedule of classes, programs and activities are available, along with daily transportation and meals. The Sandel Center was recently reaccredited by the National Council on Aging and National Institute of Senior Centers and remains the only senior center on Long Island to achieve this designation.
The City of Glen Cove finished third, City of Long Beach finished fourth and Village of Garden City finished seventh.
Check out CreditDonkey for the full study. For information about the Rockville Centre Department of Senior Services or the center, contact the Sandel Senior Center at 516-678-9245.
Expert: Slow Sunrise Highway Down For Pedestrians
Walkability expert Dan Burden toured Valley Stream, Baldwin and Freeport back in June after state plans to spend $3.8 million on Sunrise Highway improvements alarmed the community. Last week, his recommendations to make the highway safer for pedestrians and bicyclists were publicly disclosed.
Attendees to the meeting, including a pair of state Department of Transportation (DOT) representatives, were at the Freeport Library last Thursday to examine Burden’s suggestions. The meeting was organized by AARP, Tri-State Transportation Campaign and Vision Long Island. Burden himself was unable to attend.
“You release a plan without community input, people are not going to be happy,” AARP Associate State Director Will Stoner.
The trio of advocates championed the cause after residents, elected officials and community stakeholders in southern Nassau County learned the state was planning a multi-million overhaul of Sunrise Highway without their feedback. At one point the project was listed as finalized on Transportation Improvement Program [five-year plan for federally-funded regional transportation projects].
AARP, Tri-State and Vision asked Burden to fly into town and meander along Sunrise Highway through all three downtowns. Along the way, the walkability expert called attention to a number of specific flaws in road design and construction. Traffic lanes larger than 10 feet – 11- and 12-foot lanes were found in Valley Stream and Baldwin – encourage drivers to speed, while traffic lights strung diagonally across an intersection – found in Freeport – are too high for drivers to see pedestrians in the road. Unpainted crosswalks and debris along sidewalks also limited walkability, while pedestrian buttons are largely ignored.
In the meantime, Sunrise Highway is routinely ranked as one of the most dangerous roadways in the region for walking. According to a Tri-State Transportation Campaign analysis of pedestrian fatality data, from 2010-2012 eight pedestrians were killed along Sunrise Highway in Nassau County. Over the same time period, there were 94 crashes between motorists and pedestrians and 32 crashes involving motorists and cyclists along Sunrise Highway alone.
The problem lies in the fact that Sunrise takes on two personalities across the island. It’s a high-speed highway with service roads in nearly all of Suffolk County, but it becomes Main Street for a number of Nassau County communities. Small businesses and sidewalks border the highway, with pedestrians expected to cross on foot.
Sunrise Highway, Tri-State Transportation Associate Director Ryan Lynch said, is broken up into super blocks. These lengthy stretches between crosswalks make jaywalking more of a necessity, rather than expecting pedestrians to walk half a mile just to reach an intersection and then another half a mile after crossing it. These designs “really don’t work for pedestrians,” Ryan said, referencing the number of fatalities.
Instead, Burden wants to renovate the roads with pedestrians, bicyclists and other users in mind. And if a car-pedestrian accident still occurred, his plan calls for slower speeds that make deaths far less likely.
In the short-term, he recommended setting the speed limit at 30 MPH within the downtowns. A person struck by a vehicle traveling at that speed has a 60 percent chance of living, according to a London study, compared to just a 20 percent survival rate at 40 MPH. Redesigning roads to encourage slower driving and pedestrian safety, the expert added, would also play a role. That includes narrowing travel lanes to 10 feet as the default width, moving guardrails from the grass to the curb, making crosswalks more visible. Burden also advocated for adding lighted, sheltered bike racks at transit stations to promote bicycling.
Given a little more time, he believes Sunrise Highway could use mid-block crossings and curb extensions at intersections to reduce crosswalk lengths. His mid-range plans also call for ADA-compliant sidewalks designed with buffers from the street and space for building frontage and driveways narrowed to 14-feet in each direction.
In the long-term, Burden suggested building roundabouts, pedestrian islands and medians with median noses to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety. Those roundabouts, he added, could serve as village gateways.
A DOT representative at the meeting implied that the DOT would not likely build any roundabouts; she said they require a significant number of right of ways.
However, she did confirm their plans for Sunrise include more than just repaving. The representative did not discuss specifics about the project, other than the initial early fall timeline has been thrown out the window with no new deadline in place.
A DOT spokeswoman said “the NYSDOT’s NY Route 27/Sunrise Highway Safety Study, this study is currently being finalized.”
For updated information on the status of this project, contact AARP, Tri-State or Vision Long Island.
Study: $400 Mil Streetcar System Could Fix Nassau Traffic
Nassau County has a traffic problem. Nobody denies there are too many cars on the road and not enough mass transit options.
But a joint study by Nassau County and the Federal Transit Administration into the 77 acres that make up the Nassau HUB identifies modern streetcars as the answer to these concerns. The best solution calls for a streetcar from Mineola to Hempstead via South Street in Garden City, an almost $400 million project.
The Nassau Hub Study Alternatives Analysis/Environmental Impact Statement (AA/EIS) was completed in August and recently distributed. Coming on the coattails of a 2006 study identifying transportation issues, AA/EIS investigated transportation improvements eligible for federal funding.
The study examined the Nassau Hub, more than 11 square miles and home to the Nassau Coliseum, Hofstra University, Nassau Community College, Roosevelt Field, Eisenhower Park and Museum Row, along with countless residents and small businesses.
Nassau County selected Forest City Ratner for a $229-million lease of the Coliseum property. Their proposal not only included a major renovation of the arena, which they will assume control of Aug. 1, 2015, but a 13,000-seat arena, 2,500-seat venue with two floors similar to the House of Blues and Fillmore concepts, a 60,000-square foot destination movie theater, a 25,000-square foot recreational anchor that include bowling, a 35,000-square foot lawn for uses like outdoor concerts and seasonal skating rink, and 60,000-square feet of restaurants. But in December, developer Bruce Ratner said the area surrounding his complex isn’t appropriate for office space, housing, stores or technology centers.
The AA/EIS study confirmed a series of transportation breakdowns in the Hub. Many of the roads are already at maximum congestion and increased traffic is projected through 2035; transit service does not adequately serve the region; disjointed land use patterns limit mass transit options; and the lack of transportation choices limits sustainability and decreases livability. Much of Hempstead Turnpike has “unacceptable” amounts of traffic, along with significant portions of Old Country Road and Stewart Avenue.
With the study in hand, FTA and Nassau officials want to develop transit improvements to mitigate congestion and offer practical transportation options; enhance mobility to and from area; encourage development of transit-friendly land use patterns; enhance quality of life and minimize damaging the environment; and support transit-friendly and economically-sustainable parking
They examined a number of possible routes through the Hub and 13 different forms of transportation ranging from private passengers buses to aerial trams. After weighing the options with their goals in mind, the study’s authors focused on four options: combinations of modern streetcars and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) going from Mineola to Hempstead either via the Source Mall or South Street. These options carried capital costs between $120 million and $425 million with operating and maintenance costs between $5 million and $10.6 million.
But in the end, the study revealed a modern streetcar traveling from Mineola to Hempstead via South Street was the most prudent choice. It would take less than 15 minutes to travel from Mineola to the Nassau Coliseum, more than five minutes faster than the BRT option and six minutes faster than the Source Mall streetcar option. Nassau and FTA officials also cited its ability to support affordable housing and use alternate sources of fuel – electricity.
Such a project could carry a $376 million price tag in capital expenses alone, plus $8.9 million every year in operating and maintenance costs. The AA/EIS study found federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants, New York State Regional Economic Development Council and the Nassau County General Fund and Capital Program could cover about 20 percent each. The New York State Department of Transportation could also kick in about 10 percent.
Coming up with specific sources and amounts of funding is part of the next step post-study.
Check out the full study for more details.
LIRR Mishaps Cost Region $68.5 Mil In Lost Productivity
Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) delays cost Long Island another $8 million this year.
Tri-State Transportation Campaign (TSTC) unveiled their second annual Laggy analysis this week. The project examines just how much cancelled and delayed trains affect riders and assign a dollar amount. LIRR mishaps between July 2013-June 2014 cost $68.5 million in lost economic productivity; that’s up from $60.7 million last year.
“While $68.5 million is a significant sum to lose in annual economic productivity, it pales in comparison to the nearly $11 billion in lost economic productivity due to roadway congestion in the region. Taking the LIRR is still a much better value for the economy and for commuters, but more investment is needed to reduce delays and recapture this economic productivity,” TSTC Executive Director Veronica Vanterpool said.
The Long Island Rail Road adds $18 billion in economic productivity every year to the region. More than 300,000 commuters and visitors were in jeopardy when a strike loomed this summer.
However, Tri-State’s analysis found late, cancelled and terminated trains on the LIRR cost 1,540,347 rider hours. The average LIRR rider lost 17.3 hours every year to these delays. For the second year running, Babylon was cited as the worst offender, costing almost 400,000 hours in production. In addition, the Port Jefferson saw the most delays-per-rider at just over 22 hours every year.
“When you waste folks' time it really is death by a thousand cuts," said Eric Alexander, director of Vision Long Island. "In order to provide efficient transportation options for people the current LIRR rail system and operations needs strategic investment and upgrades.”
Tri-State released their Laggy analysis shortly after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s draft 2015-2019 Capital Program was made public; that budget faces a $15.2 billion funding shortfall. Without any modifications, it would threaten capital projects that can reduce delays and improve resiliency.
“The LIRR supports both the local and regional economy. This funding shortfall means key projects that add track capacity and modernize outdated signals might end up on the chopping block,” TSTC Associate Director Ryan Lynch said. “Long Island’s state elected officials must support new funding sources to close this gaping hole in the Capital Program and protect the livelihoods of commuters and businesses that depend on those commuters spending their incomes in local communities.”
Tri-State called on state officials to specifically fund the Second Track project, Babylon Interlocking, Third Track project, signal modernization and new technology like Wi-Fi and Positive Train Control – a GPS-based system designed to compensate for human error. They also recommended LIRR improve communication about delays and cancellations, provide more accurate reporting of causes behind these delays, work with Amtrak to resolve operating and maintenance issues, and support Transit-Oriented Development.
“Capital investment in LIRR infrastructure directly impacts the quality and reliability of the rail road’s service. Delays caused by inadequate infrastructure investments have real economic costs, in addition to the stress and frustration that they produce in riders,” said Bill Henderson, executive director of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA. “We cannot afford not to maintain, rehabilitate and improve LIRR infrastructure to meet the needs of its riders and the regional economy.”
Tri-State used MTA ridership, on-time performance, lateness, termination, and cancellation data along with 2010 Census-derived income assumptions regarding the value of lost time, to develop the Laggy methodology.
For more press coverage of this story, check out Newsday (subscription required).
Students Set Out On Foot For Annual 'Walk To School Day'
Leave the bus and car behind. That was the message on Wednesday when communities across America participated in national Walk to School Day.
Beginning in 1997, more than 4,600 schools across the country signed up to participate in 2014. That includes Tremont Elementary School in Patchogue-Medford School District; Norwood Avenue Elementary School in Northport-East Northport School District; Manorhaven Elementary School in Port Washington School District; Roosevelt Middle School in Roosevelt School District; and South Bay Elementary School in West Babylon School District.
Students are invited to walk or bicycle. When safe, they’re asked to make the entire trip. In other cases, families gather at a set location and make their way to school from there. School officials can also have children walk or bike at school to celebrate the day.
In 2013, 4,447 schools in all 50 states, Washington, D.C and Puerto Rico registered for Walk to School Day that October, while 1,705 registered for Bicycle to School Day that May.
Both programs are supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation and National Center for Safe Routes to School.
For more about Wednesday’s events, visit Walk to School Day’s website.
Now Is The Time For Your Lawn’s Fall Overhaul
The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College unveiled new educational series: “12 Steps to an Organically Green Lawn” this summer.
With the fall officially here, they’ve released an addendum. The fall is one of the best time for Long Island grass to grow, and the Sustainability Institute has a six-step list to make lawns even heartier before the winter.
Information on the fall overhaul is available on their website.
Enjoy Long Island’s Largest Fall Festival This Weekend
The largest of its kind in the area, the Long Island Fall Festival is back this weekend.
Hosted by the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce in Heckscher Park, this annual festival is an amalgamation of carnival rides, live rock bands, food, games, vendors, and arts and crafts. Tens of thousands of families from the Tri-State area make their way to Huntington village.
Admission to the fairgrounds itself is free, although parking is typically very tight in town and using the $1 shuttle from the Huntington LIRR station is highly recommended.
The fair begins today from 5-10 p.m. and continues Saturday between 11 a.m.-10 pm., Sunday between 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Monday between 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
For more information about the Long Island Fall Festival, visit them online.
Indie Film Festival Encore At The Space At Westbury
Did you miss the third annual Westbury Short Film Concert this summer? Don’t worry, the Greater Westbury Council for the Arts is organizing an encore for next week.
Hosted by the Village of Westbury and Greater Westbury Council for the Arts, the free event has become something of a local tradition. Live musicians play as the sun starts to set, before some of the best independent short films from around the world start rolling.
This second showing will take place at the Space at Westbury on Oct. 14.
Tickets are on sale for $25 cash at the door or online.
Golf Benefit Driving Towards Acceptance Of Down Syndrome
Spend a day away from the office and on the greens while supporting Long Islanders with special needs.
The Down Syndrome Advocacy Foundation (DSAF) announced their fourth annual golf outing is on for Oct. 16 at the Pine Ridge Golf Course.
Registration is $200 per golfer or $50 for cocktails and dinner, while sponsorships are available from $100-$2,000. Proceeds will go to support inclusion of people with Down syndrome in schools and communities.
For more information about the golf outing or the cause, visit them online.
Talking Health Care, Immigration At Upcoming Conference
Join leaders of communities of color from both Nassau and Suffolk Counties to discuss important issues in our communities like education, immigration and health care.
Nation-wide advocates the Hispanic Federation are hosting Somos El Futuro/We Are The Future Black-Brown Alliance Conference at the Islandia Marriott on Oct. 17-18.
The event begins with a welcome reception on Friday evening before jumping into legislative sessions and a women’s empowerment luncheon on Saturday.
For more information about the conference, contact the Hispanic Federation via email or phone at 212-233-8955.
Turning On The Lights About Energy Efficiency
Replacing incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs doesn’t cut it any more.
Learn how to save money with energy-efficient lighting with the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College as part of New York State’s Climate Smart Communities on Oct. 22.
The workshop runs from 1-4 p.m., but get there early for lunch and networking.
RSVP with the Sustainability Institute via email.
Celebrating Huntington’s Next Stewards, Leaders
They’ve spent a year learning about the Town of Huntington and themselves as leaders. Now it’s time to celebrate.
Join the Leadership Huntington Class of 2014 finish their training at the gala and graduation on Oct. 22 at the Crest Hollow Country Club.
These 14 graduates are the 15th group to graduate from the program and hail from all walks of life.
Each session begins with Leadership Huntington accepting nominations from community members to join the class. They spend nine months learning to be community stewards, meeting different people and learning how life works within the town. That includes visiting utility facilities, examining historical documents and learning how nonprofits operate.
Vision Long Island Founder and Leadership alum Ron Stein will serve as keynote speaker for the 2014 gala.
Tickets, sponsorships and memberships are available on Leadership Huntington’s website.
AARP Discussing Long Island’s Boomer Population
Why Boomers are Fleeing and What it’s Costing Us?
That’s what AARP wants to know at this year’s BoomTown. Being held at Molloy College in East Farmingdale from 8-11 a.m. on Oct. 27, the seminar will touch on economic possibilities for New York, results of an AARP survey and discussion of possibilities for Long Island.
Vision Long Island is supporting the event and Vision Director Eric Alexander will provide welcoming remarks.
This is a joint meeting with AARP and the Long Island Smart Growth Working Group.
For more information or to RSVP, visit the AARP online.
Oct. 31 Date Set For LI Homeless Coalition Conference
The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless has announced a date for their next major event.
The 26th annual Keys for the Homeless Conference is slated to occur Oct. 31 at Touro Law School in Central Islip.
This year’s conference will focus on housing first, rapid rehousing and addressing the needs of Long Island’s most vulnerable populations.
Specific workshops have not yet been announced as proposals were accepted through today. The nonprofit, however, is still accepting nominations for the Unsung Hero Award and Helen Martin scholarship – awarded to those who have experienced homelessness and require financial assistance to pursue higher education.
Tickets at the door will go for $75, although early registration is priced at $70.
Visit them online to register or for more information.
Spotlight On Honorees At Landmark’s Annual Gala
Catch a live performance from a Tony Award-winning performer and help downtown Long Island at the same time.
Two-time award winner Christine Ebersole will sing at Landmark on Main Street’s Spotlight Gala ’14 on Nov. 8.
Ebersole has performed in prestigious venues like the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. She’s also acted in a number of television shows and movies, and been a part of several musical albums.
The event will also honor Bruce Migatz of Albanese and Albanese, a member of the Vision Long Island board, and Steven Katz and Jeffrey Schor of PM Pediatrics.
For tickets, email or call the venue at 516-767-1384.
Join Hofstra In Celebrating Long Island’s Diversity
A non-partisan research group is inviting Long Islanders to celebrate their diversity.
National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University announced their 2014 Celebration of Suburban Diversity is to be held on Nov. 11 at Crest Hollow Country Club.
The institution strives to promote the study of suburbia's problems, as well as its promise. Local, national and international issues are all examined, as the suburbs have emerged at the nexus of dynamic demographic, social, economic and environmental change in New York and throughout the world. The National Center for Suburban Studies seeks to identify, analyze and solve the problems of suburbia, especially in areas of sustainability, social equity and economic development.
George Tsunis, CEO of Chartwell Hotels, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. Great Neck Rotarian Sammy Hsiao, Long Island Hispanic Bar Association member Richard Montes, Suffolk County Asian American Advisory Board member Belinda Pagdanganan, disability rights activist Susan Gordon Ryan, and Hofstra University’s Gina Granger and June Scarlett will be honored.
Cocktails and hors d’oeurves from around the world begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. The evening’s festivities include multicultural performances and the presentation of Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s High School Diversity Essay Scholarship Award.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Ina Katz at 516-463-9939 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are being sold for $250 a piece, and sponsorships begin at $1,000. Registration must be received by Nov. 4.
Get Building With Gingerbread For 2nd Annual LI Contest
Check the calendar, Christmas is 89 days away. That’s less than three months.
Now is the time to sign up for Chocolate Duck’s 2nd annual Long Island Gingerbread House Competition. The Farmingdale-based cake-supply store is hosting the contest on Dec. 13 in the store.
Any gingerbread structure is eligible, not just houses, but it should be inspired by the Gold Coast Era.
Private judging will take place in the morning, with the show opened to the public at noon. Winners can compete for cash prizes, a 32-inch flat screen television and gift certificates.
Registration is open from now until Nov. 25. Adults will be charged a $25 fee and youths 17 and under will be charged a $5 fee. Registration forms can be found on the store’s website or the Village of Farmingdale’s website. For more information, contact Christine Bisbee via email.
Prepare Now For The Next Disaster Before It’s Too Late
Superstorm Sandy devastated the South Shore two years ago, something many residents are still struggling with. Blizzards have ravaged Long Island the past two winters, a 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook buildings in Nassau and Suffolk, and there’s always the lingering threat of a terrorist attack in New York City.
What’s a Long Islander to do? Get informed. Several emergency preparedness meetings have been scheduled across Long Island and even online.
Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer (D-Centerport) is hosting a Citizen Preparedness Training Session at the Centerport Fire Department on Oct. 16. Experts will provide pertinent information about preparing, responding and recovering from an emergency. After the session, participants will receive a certificate of completion and information on how to set up their own emergency preparedness kit. The event is free, although reservations are required. Contact Spencer’s office at 631-854-4500 to RSVP.
New York State is also holding more Citizen Preparedness Corps training sessions. Created by Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier this year to give residents the tools and resources to prepare, respond and recover to any disaster, training sessions are scheduled for Oct. 20 at the Bethpage Public Library and Oct. 28 in East Rockaway Village Hall. Participants learn from state and National Guard experts about dangers during an emergency, creating a family emergency plan and staying connected with the community. This course is also available online. For more information on the Citizen Preparedness Corps, check out New York State’s website.
Apply Now For $5,000 In LI Arts Grants
Have a creative project ready to go on Long Island but no money to fund it?
The New York State Council of the Arts is accepting applications for $500-$5,000 in Decentralization Grants for next year.
Projects must take place during the 2015 calendar year and applicants must submit an application no later than Dec. 5. Participants are also required to attend at least one informational workshop this month. The first is scheduled for Oct. 6 at Huntington Arts Council.
Check out the full schedule and find applications on the Huntington Arts Council’s website.
Suffolk Giving Away $14K To First-Time Homebuyers
Moving up from an apartment to a house? Bucking the brain drain trend and staying on Long Island as a young professional?
Suffolk County wants to help first-time homebuyers with a $14,000 grant towards a down payment.
Applicants are required to have at least $3,000 of their own funds and complete a First Time Home Buyer Education Class. In Suffolk County, Greenlawn-based Housing Help conducts the class.
Would-be homeowners must also fall within income guidelines. All households must collect at least $30,000 annually, although the maximum cap begins at $58,850 for one person and rises to $111,000 for eight people.
Call Housing Help at 631-754-0373 to schedule an appointment. All applications must be submitted by Oct. 31.
Save Even More On Solar Photovoltaic Installations
Homeowners having solar panels placed on their roof can trim a few bucks off the bill, as well as their carbon footprint.
Public benefit corporation NYSERDA is offering incentives for solar photovoltaic systems at residential and small commercial across the state through their NY-Sun Incentive program.
Kicking in Aug. 13, the program provides rebates for up to 24 kilowatts at homes and 200 kilowatts on small commercial sites. Incentives are distributed via a Megawatt (MW) Block incentive structure that allocates MWs to specific regions of the State.
Systems may also qualify for tax credits: up to 30 percent of the system cost for federal and 25 percent of the system cost (up to $5,000 for a primary residence) for New York State.
Check out NY-Sun Incentive for more on this assistance.
NYSERDA also offers financing through Green Jobs – Green New York.
Residential customers can acquire loans up to $13,000, or $25,000 with higher cost-effectiveness standards, over 5, 10 or 15 years. The current interest rate is 3.49 percent.
Small businesses with 100 employees or less and not-for-profit organizations, can borrow up to $100,000 at half the market interest rate and On-Bill Recovery loans of up to $50,000 at 3 percent interest over 10 years.
Find a contractor on NYSERDA’s website to get started.
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What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?
The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Tickets and more information available here
Cold Spring Harbor
The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
Evita - Friday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m.
Wizard of Oz - Saturday, Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, Oct. 12 at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets and more information available here
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
That 70s Band and Decadia - Friday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, Oct. 11 at 10 p.m.
Black Out - Sunday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here
Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Judy Carmichael: I Love Being Here with You - Friday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m.
Judy Gold: 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother - Saturday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m.
Betty Buckley - Sunday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here
Farmers Markets in or adjacent to Long Island's downtowns:
700 Hempstead Tpke.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
July through November
Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
June 1-Nov. 23
18 Village Square
Tuesdays, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 3-Nov. 25
125 Community Drive
Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
July 13-Oct. 26
115 Forest Ave.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 7-Nov. 22
1 West Chester Street
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
May 3-Nov. 26
New Hyde Park
1441 Jericho Tpke.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
June 7- Oct. 25
54 Audrey Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
June through November
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-Noon
June through October
LIRR parking lot no. 12, Sunrise Highway
Sundays, 7 a.m.-Noon
June 1-Nov. 23
Railroad Street, LIRR Lot @ Washington Avenue
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
May 31-Nov. 22
471 Atlantic Avenue
Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
July 12-Oct. 18
United Methodist Church Lot, 622 1st Street
Saturdays, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
May 24-Oct. 11
Elm Street lot
Sundays, 7 a.m.-Noon
June 1- Nov. 23
Town Hall Lot, Montauk Highway
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
May 31-Nov. 22
Main Street, across from fire department
Sundays, 9 am - 2 pm
May 18- Nov. 23
Mattituck Florist, Love Lane
Fridays, 3-6 p.m.
May 9-Oct. 31
Thursdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
June 12-Oct. 9
Cow Harbor parking lot
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 7 – Nov. 22
127 Smithtown Blvd.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 7-Nov. 22
7-11 Lot, 255 East Main St.
Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
July 4-Nov. 21
Behind 117 Main Street
Thursdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
June 5-Nov. 6
of Prince and Broadway
Sundays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
May through November
Breakwater Yacht Club lot, Bay & Burke Streets
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
May 17 through Oct. 25
Islip Grange, Broadway Avenue
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
mid-May through November
25 Jobs Lane
Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
May 25 - Oct. 12
85 Mill Rd., next to historical Society
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
May 10-Nov. 22
Fall festivals in or adjacent to Long Island's downtowns:
Massapequa Fall Festival
Massapequa LIRR station
Nov. 8-9 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Theodore Roosevelt Park in Oyster Bay
Oct. 18-19 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Rockville Centre Fall Festival
Rockville Centre LIRR station
Oct. 25-26 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Seaford Fall Festival
Seaford LIRR station
Oct. 18-19 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Huntington Long Island Fall Festival
Heckscher Park in Huntington village
Oct. 10 from 5-10 p.m., Oct. 11-12 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Oct. 13 from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
164 Main St.,
Port Jefferson Harvest Fest
from noon-6 p.m.
St. John's Annual Harvest Fair
12 Prospect Street, Huntington village
Nov. 8 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Why Not On Long Island?
Long Island is an auto-centric region struggling to develop mass transit solutions. In New York City, the subways and buses are just as busy as the overcrowded roads, with plenty of sidewalks to travel by foot. Which region offered a tax break for transportation?
New York City Council recently approved expanding a program that allows commuters to use pre-tax dollars for transportation. Up to $130 a month can be used towards buses and subways, so long as the employer participates – legally-required for all businesses with at least 20 employees.
This is estimated to save commuters $443 a year.
Nassau and Suffolk don’t yet have the infrastructure in place to supplant cars, but Long Island does have a stigma attached to its mass transit offerings. It doesn’t go north-south, only certain people ride buses, it takes too long, it’s too expensive, etc. Creating financial incentive to eschew cars in favor of the LIRR, NICE bus and Suffolk County Transit needs to be a part of a shift in transportation priorities. Plans like Connect LI and the recently-released Nassau Hub Study offer steps in that direction.
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