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September 28th - October 11th, 2019




COMMUNITY Updates

Restoration Kitchen & Cocktails

Billy and Nicole Miller had a dream to open a restaurant. Having also worked for a nonprofit in the past, they decided to combine a passion for helping people with their knowledge of the service industry.  To do that, they decided to open up a restaurant that donated its net profits to charities and local families in need.

The goal for this restaurant is similar to the goal of the Odd Fellows who constructed the building it is located in back in 1908; to restore faith in humanity, one person at a time.  The Millers truly believe they were meant to find this piece of Lindenhurst history and continue on its original pursuit.  Therefore, it is with open arms that they invite you to come into their home and help to “Be the Good You Want to See in the World”.  They promise to do the same.

Visit their restaurant at 49 E Hoffman Ave in Lindenhurst or online here.

“It’s taken a few years and many miles to get to this point. This process has proven that when government, business and community work together, any project can be achieved. Kings Park is an amazing community with so much to offer. This sewering project not only benefits the environment but will allow our downtown to prosper. This step isn’t the end, it’s just the end of the beginning. There’s so much more to come.” - Linda Henninger, President of the Kings Park Civic Association
"The connection to sewers in downtown Kings Parks puts us on the right path to bring vibrancy back to Main Street. While there is still work to be done, the signing of this legislation and partnership between the county, town and community, brings us one step closer to our vision of new storefronts and a prosperous downtown.” - Tony Tanzi, President of the Kings Park Chamber of Commerce
“The effort to bring sewers to Kings Park has been a collaboration from the start, involving not only the County and town, but the Kings Park Civic Association and the Kings Park Chamber of Commerce. The legislation signed by the Governor last week was a critical piece of the puzzle to move this project forward and allow us to continue to promote new investment and economic growth in the Kings Park Business District.” - Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone
This is an exciting moment for the people of Kings Park. For two years, the community has worked alongside government, deeply invested in public awareness, gathering public input and advocating the passage of this bill in Albany. I want to thank the County for arranging this very important presentation today. As we enjoy a victory lap, we’re eager to get a shovel in the ground in Kings Park.” - Smithtown Supervisor Edward Wehrheim

“One of the top priorities in our NYS Senate delegation was water and sewer projects and we made sure that the Kings Park and Smithtown sewer projects were funded.” - NYS Senator John Flanagan speaking to the Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers of Commerce

“Securing sewers for the Kings Park downtown will allow the area to reach its true potential as envisioned by the local community to fill vacancies, have additional restaurants, stores and housing with safe, walkable streets. The project was a true collaborative effort with community input led by the civic association, chamber of commerce, Suffolk County and the Town of Smithtown.  Special thanks to Governor Cuomo for signing the legislation, Senator John Flanagan, Assemblyman Fitzpatrick for leadership in its passage and all the NYS officials who voted in favor.” - Eric Alexander, Director, Vision Long Island / Main Street Alliance

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NYS Approves Sewers for Kings Park

In what came as welcome news late last week, and after a long and arduous but collaborative community driven process, Kings Park is finally getting sewers for their downtowns.

Vision Long Island was honored to be a part of the meeting and press event in downtown Kings Park earlier this week, launching the project that will create the new sewer infrastructure.  It cannot be overstated how much of a massive accomplishment for the Kings Park community, the Town of Smithtown, Suffolk County and NYS this is.

We were honored to be standing with Town of Smithtown Supervisor Ed Wehrheim, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, NYS Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick, Office of NYS Senator John Flanagan, Kings Park Civic Association President Linda Henninger, Kings Park Chamber of Commerce President Tony Tanzi, Suffolk County Deputy County Executive Peter Scully, Kings Park School’s Tim Egan, Town of Smithtown Councilmembers Tom McCarthy, Lisa Inzerillo, Tom Lohmann, Smithtown Planning Dept. and dozens of Kings Park residents and business owners for this important milestone.

This process is one that many doubted would ever come to fruition for this determined local community.  In a climate of polarization and conflict, this accomplishment is a great reminder that when folks come together, particularly on the local level, great things can happen.

The resources for sewering were secured in years past in the State budget and, luckily, the allocation is still there without being moved on to another project.  The sticking point the last couple of years was the need to move a very small land alienation bill to ensure the sewers could be built. That bill finally passed this year’s session thanks to heavy lobbying by our local officials, civic and chamber leaders, and the LI Lobby Coalition.  Finally, the Governor signed the bill last week that will now lead way for sewers to get laid in Kings Park.

“It’s taken a few years and many miles to get to this point," said Ms. Henninger. "This process has proven that when government, business and community work together, any project can be achieved. Kings Park is an amazing community with so much to offer. This sewering project not only benefits the environment but will allow our downtown to prosper. This step isn’t the end, it’s just the end of the beginning. There’s so much more to come.”

Mr. Tanzi noted that “the connection to sewers in downtown Kings Parks puts us on the right path to bring vibrancy back to Main Street. While there is still work to be done, the signing of this legislation and partnership between the county, town and community, brings us one step closer to our vision of new storefronts and a prosperous downtown.”

Thank you to the Governor Andrew Cuomo for signing the bill as well as NYS Senator John Flanagan and NYS Assemblymen Michael Fitzpatrick, Steve Englebright, and Phil Ramos. Locally, credit should go to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Town of Smithtown Supervisor Ed Werheim, Kings Park Chamber of Commerce Tony Tanzi, Kings Park Civic Association Linda Henninger, and the scores of local residents and business owners who weighed in.

“Securing sewers for the Kings Park downtown will allow the area to reach its true potential as envisioned by the local community to fill vacancies, have additional restaurants, stores and housing with safe, walkable streets," said Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander. "The project was a true collaborative effort with community input led by the civic association, chamber of commerce, Suffolk County and the Town of Smithtown.  Special thanks to Governor Cuomo for signing the legislation, Senator John Flanagan, Assemblyman Fitzpatrick for leadership in its passage and all the NYS officials who voted in favor.”

“The effort to bring sewers to Kings Park has been a collaboration from the start, involving not only the County and town, but the Kings Park Civic Association and the Kings Park Chamber of Commerce,” said County Executive Bellone. “The legislation signed by the Governor last week was a critical piece of the puzzle to move this project forward and allow us to continue to promote new investment and economic growth in the Kings Park Business District.”

This is an exciting moment for the people of Kings Park," said Smithtown Supervisor Wehrheim. "For two years, the community has worked alongside government, deeply invested in public awareness, gathering public input and advocating the passage of this bill in Albany. I want to thank the County for arranging this very important presentation today. As we enjoy a victory lap, we’re eager to get a shovel in the ground in Kings Park.”

This comes as the downtown is receiving a rush of good news.  In addition to approval for new sewers, Local officials and business owners all gathered at the Kings Park Bake Shop this past Thursday to announce that Smithtown will receive $500,000 in funding to support economic development in the Kings Park downtown district.

This was a key recommendation from the community from the Kings Park Downtown Revitalization Action Plan and visioning process the Chamber, Civic and Vision embarked on.  We are pleased to see this additional parking moving forward.

You can read more on new sewers for the downtown in Newsday, Long Island Business News, and CBS NY.

Vision Board Visits Local Businesses and Officials in Downtown Lindenhurst

Vision Board and staff were out in recent weeks and over the course of this year with our friends in the Village of Lindenhurst, who have been embarking on a successful downtown revitalization program.

Our Board met in the business district for their Sept. meeting at Restoration Kitchen - a fantastic restaurant that, aside from having great food, gives proceeds from its operation to local charities.  Thank you to Billy Miller for hosting us and sharing his approach the restaurant business as well as hyper local philanthropy.

Village Trustee RJ Renna was on hand to give a full update on the Village’s multi-pronged approach and the results of their walkability study. GPI conducted that walkability study, which outlined physical improvements based on walking audits and sound engineering.

In addition, a large TOD project named “The Wel” project had a groundbreaking ceremony this week. Vision and our friends in the community have been in support of that project at multiple hearings.  The Lindenhurst Chamber of Commerce also invited Vision’s Director to be a guest speaker at their dinner meeting earlier in the year and to plan strategies for future success.

Combining new restaurants to replace vacancies, improving walkability along with new housing options, and planning with the community is the right set of ingredients for a downtown revitalization program when managed by a focused local government.

Vision Joins Valley Stream for 8th Annual Valley Stream Community Fest

Vision Board and staff were out last weekend at the 8th Annual Valley Stream Community Fest hearing from local residents and business owners on the future of their downtown area.

Great crowd for the day!  We were happy to speak with, and listen to, over 250 Valley Stream residents and business owners who really love their community.

Stay tuned for updates on revitalization activities!

Baldwin Chamber Hosts Meeting on Grand Avenue Revitalization

Vision was out in Baldwin this week as a guest speaker for the Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, covering the background on the soon-to-be completed overlay zone for Grand Ave and the NYS Downtown Revitalization Grant Award.

To a person, the community expressed a desire that the State should not create a new repetitive planning effort but simply engage in a process on how to best spend the money. Discussion ensued on ensuring that local priorities stay the focus of the grant process.

NYS Assemblywoman Judy Griffen, who helped secure the grant with Senator Todd Kaminsky and Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, also spoke at the event. Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen, who helped submit the grant along with former Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, talked how the Town would implement the grant.  Finally, Nassau Legislator Debra Mulé spoke about how they would coordinate the road improvements with any new development.

Going forward, Baldwin residents and business owners will have a chance for more input and information at the first public meeting of the NYS DRI and the final vote for the Baldwin Grand Ave Overlay District.

A big thank you to Erik Mohler from the Chamber for the invitation and for the thoughtful dialogue.  It was also great to see Karen Montalbano from the Civic as well.

Westbury Village Board Accepts Final Environmental Impact Statement for Rezoning

The Westbury Village board has accepted the Final Environmental Impact Studay (FGEIS) for proposed rezoning of the area surrounding their LIRR station.

The FGEIS is the product of an extensive review undertaken by Westbury in an effort to assess the impact of proposed zoning changes.  The process is required under NYS SEQRA law and addresses the concerns raised throughout the process.  It also provides a proposed mitigation plan for potential impacts and answers to public comments during the comment period.

Costs for the proposed zoning change are part of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Grant that was awarded to Westbury back in July of 2016.  Since then the Village has been working to create a more complete downtown along with affordable housing and transportation options.  This is just another step in that process.

The Village Board will hold a meeting on December 5th to consider adoption of the proposed zoning changes.  The FGEIS will be available for review by interested residents either at Village Hall or the Westbury Public Library until October 15th.  It can also be viewed online here.

Hicksville Community Council Honors Local Leaders

Vision joined with our community partners in Hicksville this week at the Hicksville Community Council Awards dinner, which honored Beth Dalton and Nick Brigandi for their service to the community.  Community Council President, and volunteer leader of so many efforts through the years, Harry Single was also honored at the event.

A large turnout of elected officials for the Hicksville community included NYS Assemblyman Michael Montesano​​, Office of Senator Kevin Thomas, Nassau Legislators Rose Walker​​, Laura Schaefer​​, Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino​​ and Councilman Steve Labriola​​.

It was also great to see the LI Medium Theresa Caputo, who grew up in Hicksville, in attendance as well. We were also happy to see our friends at the Hicksville Chamber, Northwest Civic, South Asian Chamber, Boys and Girls Club, Historical Society, and Midlands Civic also at the event.

The event offered a refreshing chance to spend an evening with real people from local community organizations who have worked to affect real change for themselves and their neighbors.

Riverhead to Receive $400,000 for Downtown Bike & Pedestrian Amenities

Suffolk County has announced a $400,000 “Jumpstart” grant for Riverhead that will go towards the design and creation of bicycle and pedestrians paths to connect train and bus riders to the downtown.

The grant is part of a countywide initiative that was created in 2013.  Since then, Suffolk has distributed $11.3 million in Jumpstart funds to various projects in the region.  The moet recent round of funding included $5 million approved by the legislature on October 2nd.  Riverhead is one of eight communities to receive money for a project.

“The Jumpstart program is part of a comprehensive economic development plan designed to encourage, foster and enhance the planning and development of regionally significant developments in and around Suffolk’s downtown,” County Executive Steve Bellone said during the announcement of the funds.

Mr. Bellone cited Riverhead as an exciting downtown on Long Island that has been working towards revitalization for years.  He talked about recent efforts to clean up the train station, a newly awarded 10-year contract for a coffee shop at the station, and new housing developments along with affordable apartments in the downtown.

These funds will help to connect the downtown with the rest of Long Island in a new way.  The town and county is also planning to partner with Bethpage Ride and Zagster to create a bikeshare program at Calverton and in the downtown.  The bikes will be installed in the coming months.

“To revitalize a downtown, we need to connect our transportation with our downtown, and this is the step toward doing that,” said Riverhead Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith .

You can read more at Riverhead News Review.

Southold Adopts Priority Affordable Housing for First Responders

The Southold Town Board has approved a resolution that will give priority status to volunteer first responders on the town’s affordable housing registry.

The measure was unanimously approved and makes it clear that eligible volunteers must be in three years of good standing with their department before qualifying.  That stipulation came at the request of the fire chief’s council, who see this development as a way to help retention rates for their department.  If they lose good standing with their department or their income changes, they will no longer qualify for affordable housing.

“The largest hurdle to membership in the volunteer firefighter service and the volunteer ambulance service in this town and this state and across the country is recruitment and retention,” said Greenport Fire Department Assist Chief James Kalin.

The proposal was first made at a worksession in May by Supervisor Scott Russell.  He noted that there had been an uptick on the Town’s affordable housing registry after announcing that a new development was being built in Greenport.

You can read more at the Suffolk Times Review.

Examination of School Districts' Role in Long Island Development

Long Island Business News recently covered the role school districts play in supporting or opposing developments in LI communities for a covered story.

The article does an excellent job of looking into the ongoing issue of local school districts lobbying or seeking litigation to stop major developments across the island.  The idea of children over running local districts due to new developments has become such an issue that more and more districts are stepping in to try and put a stop to them.

However, there are times when the school district impacts are radically overstated, such as in the study done for the Heartland Development.  Vision’s analysis shows that roughly three school kids are produced per 100 units of downtown or transit oriented development housing which is close to the national average. These projects, even with an IDA pilot, are highly tax positive for the local community. 

On top of that, according to a Vision Long Island review of eight transit oriented developments in Glen Cove, Patchogue, Farmingdale, Mineola, and Rockville Centre, over 1,887 new units yielded just 2.65 students for every 100 units.

“What that works out to is the potential for one single-family home to have more school children than your average downtown apartment building,” says Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander. “Folks that are claiming a large influx of school children from downtown and TOD projects aren’t reviewing the data or visiting these new developments.”

Unfortunately, due to this opposition, some of those quoted in the article want to silence the voices of school district officials and keep boards from weighing in on land use and revitalization.  School district interests like any other stakeholder in a community have a right to be heard and share their concerns or their support for that matter.  It is unhelpful though when the information that is shared during the land use process is inaccurate or based on fears and social media hysteria.

Thankfully, NY is a home rule state and local municipalities are the ultimate and duly elected arbiter in the land use process.  No one wants that to change anytime soon.

You can read more in Long Island Business News.

LIA Hosts Meeting on Importance of LIRR

Vision Board and staff were out with 150 regional planning folks to hear a presentation at the LIA on the importance of the LIRR to Long Island’s economic present and future.

Janno Lieber from the MTA spoke about the projects design and construction status.  Local organizing with local Mayors and NYS Senators negotiated $800 million in concessions including major at grade crossings through the 10 mile corridor.  When complete the 3rd track combined with East Side Access will increase 45% peak hour capacity and 60% reverse peak increase.  The design build project is ahead of schedule and under budget with less change orders.  The project is on schedule to be complete by 2022.

Kudos to Lisa Black and John Mcarthy representing the NYS DOT and Governor’s office at the time who did round the clock community outreach, the Village Mayors along the line including Peter Cavallaro and Scott Strauss who negotiated the needed public benefits and the NYS Senate delegation that signed off on the project. Local community leaders who spoke at the hearings also were the strongest and most persuasive voices.

Kudos also to Kevin Law from the LIA for his regional leadership who brought others together on this important infrastructure project.

Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro spoke about the importance for the Village Mayors to see the project as an opportunity to provide other resources for their community. He also reminded the crowd that opposition to the project was leadership as well because it made the project better negotiating more public benefits.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran spoke to her support on transit oriented development in her neighborhood of Baldwin and throughout Nassau County. She also spoke of the benefits of large project like the Nassau HUB.

Elizabeth Moore the former Newsday reporter, who investigated local Fire Districts, provided a power point on the history of the project and her take on the final decision making. She predictably called local citizen opposition “NIMBY’s” that had to be overcome as opposed to partnered with.

Rita Ciolli the Editorial Board editor moderated the panel of speakers discussing the 3rd Track and is very excited to determine what major regional project they can work on next.

She was also pitching folks on how to make housing issues and have the power to make land use regional.
She also introduced the group to their Next LI outreach staff that are mobilizing like minded folks to local community meetings.

A Q & A followed and issues Newsday and the folks in the room wanted to tackle included tax relief, job creation, electrification of LIRR tracks, alternative energy, education, regional pre-K, mixed-income housing.
John Cameron the President of the LI Regional Planning Council spoke to the challenges and opportunities in the local level for infrastructure and zoning flexibility.

Laura Curran praised many local mayors who have taken the steps to redevelop their downtowns.  She cautioned the crowd not to have an elitist demeanor when dealing with local project opponents.

Former Floral Park Mayor Tom Tweedy reminded the group of the importance of the Village Mayors in the final sign off of the project.

A union leader spoke to the importance of working with Newsday to overcome community opposition to projects.

The meeting closed with Bob Yaro from the Manhattan based Regional Plan Association joking that there is a competition between CT and LI as to who will become the largest cul de sac. He would like to see train service from Boston all the way through LI and not surprisingly has been met with some resistance.

In Vision’s experience the strongest most effective voices for development or infrastructure projects are the ones that live or work in the community and are the most impacted by any change. When folks without skin in the game seek to weigh in from the outside they typically create more opposition.

Vision LI was part of the original Third Track Coalition and spoke in favor of the project repeatedly with local residents and business at hearings/meetings in 2007 and then again in 2016/17. The LIRR’s Phil Eng received a Smart Growth Award this year for carrying out the 3rd Track project.

Nice also for Vision to get a few shout outs for our work from the speakers as well.

Stay tuned for info on what regional planning folks want to do next in local communities across Long Island.

State Senator Anna Kaplan to Visit Long Island for Small Business Roundtable on October 15th

NYS Senator Anna Kaplan is currently on a listening tour across the state to hear from small business on what can be done in her capacity as Chair of the New York State Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business to promote resources available to small businesses and hear from small business owners and entrepreneurs around the state.

The statewide roundtable tour has already included stops in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Saranac Lake, Troy, and the New York City Region Entrepreneurship Assistance Center.

The tour will feature a stop on Long Island on October 15th at the Long Island Region Entrepreneurship Assistance Center in Nassau.

All stops on the tour are in partnership with local Entrepreneurship Assistance Centers (EACs) to highlight the services available to small business owners and entrepreneurs through the Entrepreneurship Assistance Program and Empire State Development. Business owners who have utilized the services of the EACs will join with Senator Kaplan and local Senators and Assemblymembers to have roundtable discussions about their experiences as small business owners in New York State.

Alumni Association of SUNY Old Westbury to Hold Awards on October 15th

The Alumni Association of SUNY Old Westbury will be hosting its 27th Annual Awards Dinner on Tuesday, October 15th at the Fox Hollow Restaurant in Woodbury.  The dinner will celebrate distinguished alumni, faculty and administrators who serve as leaders in their careers and communities along with the Outstanding Alumna of the Year.

Vision Long Island board member Ron Stein will also be honored this year as the recipient of the Civic Engagement Award.

There will be a raffle and you can help support the event by sponsoring a ticket for a student who has exhibited merit and leadership skills in the college community.  Funds raised for the event will be used to provide student scholarships, faculty grants, enrichment programs, and operating expenses for the Association.

You can register for the event by downloading this form and returning it to the Alumni association.  You can also contact the Alumni Association at 929-335-4168 or at info@alumniassociationofsunyow.org.

10th Annual Design, Construction and Real Estate Dinner to be Held on October 17th

The Boy Scouts of America Theodore Roosevelt Council will be holding its 10th Annual Design, Construction and Real Estate Dinner on October 17th.  This year the organization will be honoring Anthony Bartone, Vision Long Island board member and managing partner at Terwilliger & Bartone.  Former New York Giant Sean Landeta will also be a special guest at the event.

This event will be held at the Carltun at Eisenhower Park.  Those interested in attending can download the form here.  All proceeds for the event go to benefit Scouting programs to prepare young people to make ethical moral choices over their lifetimes.

Speakers to Discuss Shellfish and the Revitalization of the Great South Bay on October 18th

It’s our bay, our heritage — and our legacy. You are invited to join Save the Great South Bay as they talk with distinguished panelists about the important role of shellfish in the revitalization of the Great South Bay.   The event will take place on Friday, October 18th from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM.  A Q&A session will follow the talk. 

Speakers include Peter Malinowski of the Billion Oyster Project, Chuck Westfall from the LI Oyster Growers Association, Martin Byrnes from the Town of Islip, and Thomas Schultz from Friends of Bellport Bay.

You can RSVP for the event here

Save The Great South Bay, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to protecting and preserving the Great South Bay. Our Speaker Series is a quarterly talk that connects advocates, resources and expertise to achieve real solutions, help restore the Great South Bay, and with that strengthen our South Shore communities.

Babylon Village to Hold Annual Fall Harvest Festival on October 19th

Please join The Babylon Village Chamber of Commerce for their 27th Annual Fall Harvest Festival, Street Fair and Sidewalk Sale!

Friday & Sunday will feature a sidewalk sale!  All of your favorite businesses will be offering amazing deals and promotions, not to mention beautiful new Fall Merchandise!  Saturday will be the Harvest Festival & Street Fair itself with 2 Performing Stages with continuous live entertainment all day long.

Food & Fun for the entire family, delicious BBQ, curbside brick-oven pizza, taco trucks, and specialty foods served by your favorite Babylon restaurants, cafes & bakeries.  Outdoor dining will be available at restaurants as well as rides, games, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting and so much more!

There will also be an Apples and Art Festival at The Conklin House and dance performances.

Location is the heart of Babylon Village:  Deer Park Avenue, Cross Streets, RR Avenue and Main Street.

Huntington Historical Society to Hold Annual Apple Festival on October 20th

​The Huntington Historical Society is set to hold its Annual Apple Festival on Sunday, October 20th.  It will take place at the Kissam Property, located at 434 Park Avenue in downtown Huntington.  The yearly event features a number of family fun celebrating the arrival of autumn.  Entry to this fun family festival is free, though some activities have fees.  

Enjoy traditional games, seasonal crafts, live music, fall foods, and historical demonstrations by costumed interpreters.

You can check out more information here.

AARP LI Offering Level-Up Entrepreneur Workshops Starting October 26th

AARP Long Island and SpringBoard Incubators Inc is offering Level-Up Entrepreneur Workshops this fall and winter.  There is no charge for AARP members and guests to join and attend these workshops.

The number of entrepreneurs over age 50 is surging in the United States, having increased by 50 percent since 2007, according to a new research report.  Today, 3 in 10 entrepreneurs are 50-plus today, compared to 2 in 10 in 2007.  Seventy-eight percent of business owners 50 and older said the top reason they’d recommend starting a business was the satisfaction of working for themselves.

The Level-up Entrepreneurs Workshops for AARP Long Island will offer interested entrepreneurs the ability to formulate their business ideas and establish a foundation on which to build a successful business. Some of the key takeaways from this workshop includes access to information, organizations, and resources required to start-up, establish and/or grow their business. 

The workshop will consist of 6 Saturday events beginning October 26th.  They will take place through December 14th from 10am to 2pm.  Space is limited.  Please officially RSVP and Register ASAP.  You must register at https://aarp.cvent.com/Entrepreneurs OR call to register at 1-877-926-8300 as soon as possible. 

Remember, you must register and be able to attend ALL 6 Saturday sessions.  Also, be sure to come by the AARP resource info table before and after each sessions.  Learn more about what AARP is doing in your local community!

3rd Annual PinkTie Halloween Party to be held on Wednesday, October 30th

Join PinkTie.org, if you dare, for their 3rd Annual Halloween Party! Be sure to dress in your best costumes as prizes will be awarded to the best male and female costumes!  General Admission Tickets include food, beer, and wine.  VIPink Tickets* include Premium Liquor Bar in addition to food, beer, and wine.

This year’s event will take place at the Carltun at Eisenhower Park and is benefiting Long Island Fight for Charity.  Performers include "PINK PUNCHERS" presented by FBA National, Tabetha "The Pit Bull" Pradel, Karen "Angel Gloves" Scutellaro, Vincent "Vinbones" Melillo, Joseph "Deal Maker" Vozza, and Adam "The Hard Drive" Schwam

You can purchase tickets for this important charitable event here.

*Active PinkTie 1000 Members will receive VIPink upgrade at check-in.  PinkTie 1000, the event organizer, is an initiative of PinkTie.org with the goal to compel 1,000 individuals from the real estate industry, and beyond, to commit to contributing $100 each quarter ($400/year) to various local charitable causes, four times per year.  All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Cuomo Announces $3 Million for Zero-Emission Vehicles and Infrastructure

Governor Cuomo has announced #3 million in funding for municipalities to purchase zero-emission vehicles and infrastructure.

The funds will come in the form of rebates and grants administered by the State Department of Environmental Conversation (DEC) and supported by the state’s Environmental Protection Fund.  This comes as part of the governor’s plan to create nation-leading climate goals as well as clean transportation initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

This round of funding will be administered by DEC through the New York State Grants Gateway and includes the following:

Clean Vehicle Rebates: $500,000
Rebates are available to municipalities that purchase (or lease for a minimum of 36 months) an eligible, clean vehicle placed into municipal service at a dealership in New York State on or after July 1, 2019. Plug-in hybrid, all-electric, or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles with a 10- to 50-mile electric range are eligible for rebates of $2,500. Vehicles with an electric range of 51 miles or greater are eligible for rebates of $5,000. DEC will accept applications until July 24, 2020, or until funding is exhausted, whichever occurs first.

ZEV Infrastructure Grants: $2,500,000
Grants are available to municipalities to install hydrogen filling station components or electric vehicle supply equipment that is Level 2 or direct current fast charge (DCFC).  A 20 percent local match based on total project cost is required. Maximum grant amounts are $250,000 for any facility and $500,000 to any one municipality. There is no minimum award amount. DEC will accept applications until May 29, 2020, or until funding is exhausted, whichever occurs first.

 Full details regarding both programs are available in the Requests for Applications on the DEC website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/109181.html.

FTA Makes $19.9 Million Available for TOD Planning

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced the availability of approximately $19.19 million in Pilot Program for TOD Planning funding to support comprehensive planning associated with new fixed guideway and core capacity improvement projects. The FTA will award grants ranging from $250,000 to $2 million for proposals that meet the key objectives of the TOD Pilot Program.

The Pilot Program for TOD Planning provides funding to local communities to integrate land use and transportation planning in new fixed guideway and core capacity transit project corridors. As required by statute, any comprehensive planning funded through the pilot program must examine ways to improve economic development and ridership, foster multimodal connectivity and accessibility, improve transit access for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, engage the private sector, identify infrastructure needs, and enable mixed-use development near transit stations. The statute also requires that the planning work be associated with a new fixed guideway or core capacity transit project as defined in Federal transit statute (49 USC 5309(a); also see the NOFO for the definitions).

Synopses and full announcement are posted on Grants.gov site as opportunity FTA-2019-010-TPE. Proposals must be submitted electronically through the Grants.gov website by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on November 18, 2019.

Huntington Celebrates 40 Years of Annual Pickle Festival

The Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association hosted its 40th annual Pickle Festival at the John Gardiner Farm in Huntington last Saturday. Hundreds of visitors enjoyed the last weekend of summer eating pickles on a stick, riding the Lollipop Train, navigating a corn maze and enjoying a tractor ride. The event also featured many vendors, live music, fried pickles, roasted corn and, of course, pickles for sale!

Check out this great gallery of pictures from the event at TBR News Media.

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