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October 8th - 14, 2017

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Throughout the New York metropolitan area Long Island attorneys of Harras Bloom & Archer LLP handle a wide range of real estate law, real estate litigation, land use and zoning and business litigation matters.

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“More than ever before, the resiliency and sustainability of our transportation system is needed to help with the overall growth and strain we see every day in our planning region. Plan 2045 will allow us to maintain and develop a transportation system for tomorrow” -José M. Rivera, NYMTC

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Lynbrook Mayor William J. Hendrick Passes at Age 64

Lynbrook Mayor William J. Hendrick died Wednesday, October 11th  at South Nassau Communities Hospital following complications from a heart attack, said village spokeswoman Leslie Rothschild. “Our prayers are with the family. This was our beloved mayor and each and every one of us is heartbroken.”

Hendrick, 64, was appointed village mayor in January 2011 and was elected to the position that March. He also served as a village trustee from 1989 to 1993 and 1995 to 2010. Hendrick had worked for the Town of Hempstead as a deputy town attorney since 2008. He was appointed to be a member of the town’s Industrial Development Agency in 2016.

He was a member of the Lynbrook Elks, the Knights of Columbus and the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and was also a past president of the Lynbrook Republican Club. He was also a founding member and chairman of the Lynbrook Expo Committee, associate member of Lynbrook Engine Co. No. 1 for 19 years, honorary member of Lynbrook Emergency Medical Co. No 1, Former Cub Master of Pack 84, and former Assistant Scout Master of Troop 332 Boy Scouts of America.

 “Serving 19 years as a Trustee and the last six years as Mayor, he’s been known as a Maverick and spoke up in defense for what was right,” Deputy Mayor Alan Beach wrote.  “He was a 7 day a week Mayor, suffering a heart attack at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting Tuesday morning after a busy three day Columbus weekend.”

Funeral arrangements are not yet set, and will be posted on the village’s website. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the residents of the Village of Lynbrook.

NYMTC’s Approves Plan 2045- Regional Transportation Plan and Shared Vision for the Future

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC), a regional council of governments that is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for New York City, Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley; recently adopted Plan 2045 – its next Regional Transportation Plan and shared vision for the future.

Vision had testified on varying elements of the plan including population forecasts, transit-oriented development and downtown development trends, needed walkability improvements on state and county roadways, the status of the local bus system, lack of coordination among larger governments and authorities, and more inclusion of local municipalities in regional planning. The plan was produced based on public workshops held last year and is a regional plan with real merit as it is tied to state and federal funding, and had all of the transportation agencies and all of the areas counties at the table.

The focus planning area is projected to grow in population from 12 million to 14.3 million by 2045, which will increase overall usage of the transportation system. The current transportation system already bears the load of millions of daily passenger trips by bus, rail rapid transit, commuter rail, ferries and private vehicles, as well as millions of tons of freight moving by truck, rail and water. As a result, the Regional Transportation Plan contains numerous system preservation and system enhancements such as the Lower Hudson Transit Link, the Moynihan Station in New York City and the Nassau Hub Transit Initiative. “More than ever before, the resiliency and sustainability of our transportation system is needed to help with the overall growth and strain we see every day in our planning region. Plan 2045 will allow us to maintain and develop a transportation system for tomorrow,” said NYMTC Executive Director José M. Rivera. The planning area covers 2,440 square miles and includes a population of 12.4 million, which was approximately 64% of New York State's population, based on the 2010 Census.

Themed “Maintaining the Vision for a Sustainable Region,” Plan 2045 covers overall transportation planning in NYMTC’s planning area over the next quarter century. Plan 2045 encompasses all facets of transportation - including roads, bridges, mass transit facilities, bicycle and pedestrian networks, goods movement and transportation for those with special needs. Adoption of Plan 2045 includes approval of its accompanying planning processes that are required to qualify for federal transportation funding.

For information regarding Plan 2045 please click here.

Millionaire’s Tax Preferred over Congestion Tax to Pay for Repairs

A majority of New Yorkers prefer a millionaire's tax over congestion pricing when it comes to funding repairs to the city’s crumbling transit infrastructure, a new poll by Quinnipiac University found.

Sixty-four percent of registered voters who were surveyed said that they support a proposal to increase taxes on the city’s wealthiest earners, while only 21 percent favored tolling motorists entering Manhattan.

Support for the millionaire's tax was strong in each borough and spanned across every listed party, gender, age and racial group, the poll found. Support was highest in Queens, with 71 percent of those polled favoring the millionaire's tax over congestion pricing.

“Millionaires are more likely riding to work in Escalades or Town Cars than on the No. 6 train, but New York City voters say that’s all the more reason they should pony up funding to make commuting easier for the rest of us,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he is considering a form of congestion pricing as a new revenue stream for funding the troubled transit system. He is expected to unveil details of a plan during his State of the State address in 2018. Mayor DeBlasio, on the other hand, proposed a millionaire’s tax plan, with an individual making about $1 million having to pay about $2,700 more in annual taxes, or about $7 a day, according to the mayor, who has called the tax a “modest increase.”

Voters seem less enthusiastic about Cuomo’s proposal. When presented with a hypothetical congestion pricing plan that would toll motorists entering Manhattan but lower tolls at other crossings that don’t involve the borough, voters opposed the plan 52-40 percent. Unsurprisingly, support for the plan was highest with Manhattan voters at 58 percent. Staten Island was least in favor of the plan, with 69 percent opposed. Out of this group of voters, 72 percent preferred taxing those who earn over $1 million per year. In a poll conducted in May of 2015 by Quinnipac regarding congestion pricing,  when asked where New York City should get funding for roads, bridges and transit, 29 percent of voters said the state gas tax, 24 percent said East River bridge tolls and 13 percent said a city sales tax. There was no millionaire’s tax proposed at the time.

In July, amid a string of major subway service issues during what was coined “The Summer of Hell”, MTA chairman Joe Lhota unveiled a $836 million short-term action plan to fix the trouble transit system. However, Mayor Bill de Blasio has pushed back against the state’s request that the city fund half of the bill, saying that the state has the money to fund the entire project but reallocated it towards other needs.

De Blasio proposed a millionaire's tax to fund the MTA back in August. He has openly opposed congestion pricing, arguing that it creates equity issues for low-income New Yorkers in the outer boroughs who use cars to get into Manhattan.

Only 28 percent of voters citywide said they think the quality of subway service has been “excellent” or “good,” according to the poll, while 64 percent rated service “poor” or “not so good.” The lowest score came from Queens, where less than 1 percent of those polled consider service to be “excellent.”

You can read more about the recent poll results in the Daily News. You can view the poll here.

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Report on State Bridge Repair Costs

NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has released a report outlining the costs to maintain and repair bridges in the state. 

The new report states that local governments need an estimated $27.4 billion in repairs in spite of the decline of “structurally deficient” bridges across the state.  This comes at a time when indecision in Washington is creating a growing sense of uncertainty as to where infrastructure spending will come from.

"Local communities are facing a big price tag for maintaining and repairing bridges,” DiNapoli said. "These structures are aging and the cost for repairs will likely only increase over time. Many local governments understand the importance of long-term planning for their infrastructure needs but they will need help. While the state has taken steps to make funds for repairs available, the assistance of the federal government has also been critical. Difficult decisions lie ahead, but these infrastructure needs must be addressed."

The report found that a majority of structurally deficient bridges are owned by local governments who will struggle to pay the increasing price tags for them.  Such bridges are considered safe to drive on, but will have either load-bearing elements in poor condition or are prone to repeated flooding.  Funding to repair the structures are usually assisted through state or federal loans in addition to local moneys.  Such funds are available through programs such as Marchiselli Aid, CHIPS, and BRIDGE NY as well as Federal Highway Administration grants and programs.

You can read the full report and breakdown of bridges across the state here.

Suffolk County Approves Projects for Round 15 of Downtown Revitalization Grants

The Suffolk County Legislature unanimously approved and appropriated funding for Round 15 of the Downtown Revitalization Grant Program for up to $600,000, with several downtown projects selected for funding.

To be eligible for funding, the proposed project must be located in or adjacent to a downtown (as determined by Suffolk County Panning), be a capital improvement with a funding request of at least $10,000, be submitted by a Chamber of Commerce or Civic in partnership with a municipality, and the project must be located on municipal property.  Projects were scored by the panel, with one representative from each Legislative District, based on the criteria of the project being in or adjacent to a downtown, if there is a reasonable expectation of complement within two years, is part of a downtown improvement plan, provides long-term economic benefits, and the leverage of additional funds.

“In order to make our downtowns more pedestrian-friendly, successful, and attractive to all users, community organizations and municipalities need the funding to do so,” said Jon Siebert, who is the panel’s representative for Legislative District 3.  “This approach brings ideas to reality, and helps make projects that align with their downtown improvement plans come to fruition.”

A total of 16 applications were submitted for this year’s funding opportunities from various downtowns throughout Suffolk. Some of the projects that were awarded include:

  • $48,710 to the Village of Brightwaters (Legislator Barraga’s district) partnering with the Brightwaters Downtown Revitalization Committee to bring streetlighting, pavers, new handicap ramps, sidewalk repairs and trees to continue to improve the Village’s “four corners”. This project has received funding from the grant program in the past.
  • $27,416 to the Town of Riverhead (Legislator Krupski’s district) partnering with the Jamesport Civic Association for LED lighting improvements to accompany recent sidewalk repairs in downtown Jamesport. This is the first award that the hamlet has received.
  • $10,000 to the Town of Huntington (Legislator Spencer’s district) for an illuminated pedestrian safety device known as a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon at the existing crosswalk in Cold Spring Harbor’s downtown. The Cold Spring Harbor Main Street Association and the Cold Spring Harbor Business Improvement Association will be providing matching funds.
  • $100,000 to the Town of Southampton (Legislator Fleming’s district) in partnership with the Hampton Bats Beautification Association for Good Ground Park. The funding, with over $330,000 in matching funds, will allow for a large ADA comfort station with 5 stalls for women and 5 for men for the 800-person amphitheater and center business district. The comfort station will feature an advanced wastewater treatment system, benefitting the local environment.
  • $49,000 to the Village of Port Jefferson (Legislator Hahn’s district) for upgrades to the public restrooms adjacent to the tennis court and children’s park to be ADA compliant, and more than double the size of the facility. All restroom entries will be wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs, with automatic entrance doors and ramp access being added.

You can learn more about the Suffolk Downtown Revitalization Grant Program, and see when new funding opportunities come out here

New Leadership Takes Hicksville in Improved Direction

For years the Town of Oyster Bay had acknowledged that Hicksville needed something to improve an under-performing downtown that seemed tailor made for economic improvement.  However, the Town had also been resistant to making those improvements with rental housing in the downtown, restricting possible transit-oriented developments that were increasingly popular in other downtowns. Recently Councilwoman Rebecca Alesia, Councilman Anthony Macagnone, and new Supervisor Saladino had all been advocates of rezoning in order to make the downtown friendlier for residents and commuters.  In June of 2016, they made an effort to correct that with a proposal for new zoning districts called for by a variety of community and business stakeholders in the downtown, who have worked with Vision Long Island, Hicksville Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Hicksville Revitalization Committee.

“The community is in agreement that something should be done and we need to make some changes,” said Councilwoman Alesia. “It will help bring young people here and become a showcase on how to retain young people and how to design a community that’s thriving and active.”

Efforts to improve the downtown come as the LIRR is investing $121 million worth of improvements in the local train station, a major transportation hub in the region that serves more than 14,000 commuters a day.  The railroad has always been a central fixture of downtown Hicksville which has been present in the hamlet since the 1830’s. 

Now the community is eyeing the acres of lots surrounding the station as possible locations for new businesses, apartments, retail shops, and restaurants.  In response to an expected need for commuter parking, the MTA will issue an RFP for a new structure to house 1,100 new parking spaces.  This new structure is part of the third track project currently underway. 
This all coincides with the Oyster Bay receiving a $10 million grant from the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative specifically for Hicksville.  As part of the grant, they will be able to utilize the services of HKS Inc. in Manhattan as urban planners to help formulate a plan.  Current plans include a scenic elevated walkway / park to link parking garages with the local shopping district, which will be phased in over the next several years.  It is hoped that such a structure will provide a centerpiece for pedestrians to congregate on and allow them to move easily from commuter to shopper within the downtown.

“It will help people safely traverse the streets and more importantly provide green space and community space to create a sense of community,” according to Councilwoman Alesia.

The hope is that the revitalization efforts will attract a younger crowd that tends to gravitate towards the city or other local transit-oriented downtowns, which will give a big boost to local businesses hungry for foot traffic.  “It’s getting tough to keep young people, especially with the high cost of housing and we’re working with the community to get more apartments in the area,” according to Lionel Chitty, President of the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce and Vision Long Island Board member. “The Town of Oyster Bay is finally ready to transform the downtown. They understand that the time is ripe. It’s perfect timing with the third track. We’ve got to keep the momentum going.”

Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander also weighed in on the plans, calling it a product of cooperation between residents and business owners.  “New mixed-use buildings at the three- and four-story scale and street-level walkability improvements will bring back the downtown that was destroyed through road expansion decades ago,” said Mr. Alexander. “And it’s a first step that will rebuild trust to show that changes are more than words but substantive change.”

Public meetings for the upcoming changes are expected to be held in 2018.  According to Oyster Bay Official Jim McCaffrey, “Within three to five years… Hicksville will be totally different in a good way.”

You can read more as LIBN.

Riverhead Proposes 15-minute Parking Areas

The Town Board of Riverhead is considering the creation of two 15-minute parking areas in downtown Riverhead.

The proposal is aimed at stores with customers who are usually in and out quickly such as Ralph’s Italian Ices and Blue Duck Bakery and in front of the building where Goldberg’s Famous Bagels and Riverhead Flower Shop are located.  The spots will be open for free 15-minute parking Monday through Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  There are no current limits on parking for East or West Main Street in downtown Riverhead, though some lots do have limited parking.

The idea has been discussed with the Riverhead Business Improvement District Management Association and the town’s Parking District advisory committee according to Councilman Tim Hubbard.  He also noted that the town may consider meter parking in the future however mentioned that when it comes to modern meters, “the technology changes all the time”. The town had metered parking in the past but eliminated it in 1997.

The Town Board will need to schedule a public hearing to discuss the proposed changes before they can be enacted. 

You can read more here.

North Hempstead Announces Lottery Program for Affordable Homes

The Town of North Hempstead has announced a home ownership lottery for the North Hempstead Housing Workforce Program. The program will offer three affordable, newly-constructed homes in New Cassel as well as one completely renovated single-family home.  It will be open to eligible family households that meet income requirements.  The homes will be located on Urban Avenue and Sheridan Street in New Cassel and offer three bedrooms, 1 ½ bathrooms, and a garage.  They will be sold at an estimated price of $225,000 to $235,000 thanks to the cooperative efforts of the Town of North Hempstead, North Hempstead Community Development Agency, Nassau County,  and the Long Island Housing Partnership Inc. (LIHP).  Funding for subsidies will be provided by United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and New York State Homes and Community Renewal.

“The housing lottery will provide an opportunity for people who otherwise might not have had the ability to own a home, to have that dream of homeownership come true,” said North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “I am pleased that we are able to once again work with the CDA, the Long Island Housing Partnership, Inc., Nassau County and the State and that we are able to produce such a valuable program that benefits our entire community.”

Eligible applicants rage from single occupant house incomes under $62,100 to eight occupant households under $117, 050. They must also have a minimum down payment of 3% of the purchase price plus closing costs, a good credit and employment history to satisfy the mortgage lender’s requirements and be able to secure a mortgage, among attend LIHP pre purchase mortgage counseling, among other requirements.

There are no requirements as to where you currently live or work. Completed applications must be received at LIHP’s office or post-marked by October 31, 2017 to be included in the lottery. Applications received after will be assisted on a “first come first served” basis after lottery applicants are served. Fair housing laws will be followed.

To receive an application from LIHP; go to, call (631) 435-4710 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, or visit their office at 180 Oser Avenue, Suite 800, Hauppauge, NY 11788.

Hicksville Community Council Holds Nassau County Candidates Forum

With November just around the corner, many residents are eager to hear from the Nassau County candidates on the changes they see for the county’s future.  The Hicksville Community Council held a forum this week where Vision Long Island board members and staff joined over 100 residents and business owners to hear from the candidates. Republican County Executive candidate and former NYS Senator Jack M. Martins attended as well as Nassau County Legislative Democratic Candidate Rae Arora.

Jack Martins opened the event with a statement outlining his experience as a NYS Senator, Mayor of Mineola, and experience in the private sector.  He then spent time answering questions from the audience, which covered a range of topics.

Regarding Hicksville downtown revitalization, Mr. Martins spoke of his experience as Mineola’s Mayor planning with local residents and growing the downtown with an intermodal terminal and successful TOD projects surrounding the train station.  He also stated that within the office of the County Executive he supports local determination “It's not up to us to tell your community what to do,” he said.  “It is our job to facilitate what you do want to do. Which we should get done as quickly as possible.”

Concerns were raised about the proposed 600-unit development at the Sears site, which is not part of the current downtown revitalization initiative.  “That's up to the community to decide whether the Sears project makes sense,” said Mr. Martins.

He also spoke on bus service by calling for an expansion on bus routes, a reverse of the recent retractions in service, stating that "It's our responsibility to provide bus service for people who can't provide their own transportation.”  As a Senator he secured the bulk of the funding for this service ($66 million) and proposed a $.50 cent fee on Uber/Lyft rides that is projected to raise $5-6 million annually for the bus system.

Regarding Nassau’s finances, Martins pledged to seek to get the county’s financial house in order.  One example discussed was that Nassau currently has an overtime rate of 12% which can be cut down to 3% and save needed revenue. "We have to govern like we run our businesses or in our homes," said Mr. Martins.

County roads also came up, and there are currently $100 million in capital improvements that are held up due to politics and Hicksville’s roadway improvements are currently frozen. Martins pledged to seek to break that logjam immediately.

Mr. Martins also spoke on subject matters that included public safety, where he pledged to reopen closed precincts and hire new officers; youth programs, where he committed to fighting cuts; and the heroin epidemic, where he pledged to secure a detox center in Nassau’s medical center and require hospitals to hold overdose patients for a mandatory detox period.

County Legislative Candidate Rae Arora spoke next, covering his background in the private sector in the real estate industry while raising his family in the district.  Arora stated that he is fed up with the corruption in both parties and will be transparent and honest in his deliberations at the legislature and in the community.  He praised current Legislator Rose Walker for her work but believes that all incumbents should be voted out to allow for new leadership.

Hicksville School Board President Phil Heckler covered the needed capital improvements to a number of school buildings in Hicksville particularly in the High School that will be up for a bond.

Vision Long Island commends Community Council leaders Harry Single, Stan Kobin and Past President Joel Berse for an informative exchange with the candidates.

Help Save Transit Benefits

As a part of tax reform, Congress is considering eliminating the transportation fringe benefit. This is a benefit that provides commuters with the option of tax-free employer provided parking and transit. Eliminating this benefit would impact almost all commuting Americans and would create an accounting nightmare for businesses of all sizes.

Additionally, eliminating this benefit would impact transit ridership and as a result would create more congestion on our nation’s transportation system. We are joining forces with the Commuter Benefits Works for Us coalition and are asking you to act today by helping spread the word and contacting your Member of Congress.

Click here to make their voice heard to their Members of Congress.

Nassau County Executive Environmental Candidate Forum on Oct. 15th

From clean drinking water to sustainable transportation to coastal resilience, Nassau County faces a number of environmental challenges. Your County Executive plays a key role in addressing these challenges, and knowing where the candidates stand on these critical issues should be at the forefront of the political conversation this November. That’s why the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund has partnered with Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Vision Long Island, and Adelphi University to bring the candidates to you!

The event will be held on Sunday, October 15th from 6p.m.-8p.m. for Nassau County Executive Environmental Candidate Forum, featuring Laura Curran and Jack Martins at Adelphi’s Angello Alumni House at Adelphi University, 154 Cambridge Avenue, Garden City.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required, and can be completed here. If you need more information please contact Joshua Klainberg at (212) 361-6350 ext. 207, email Joshua Klainberg or check out NYLVC’s Facebook page.

Vision Board Members Among Top 50 Women in Business Honorees October 19th

This year’s Long Island Business News’ Top 50 Women in Business honorees include Vision Long Island Board members Judy Simoncic of Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana LLP and Kathy Curtin Wisnewski of National Grid.  Other women leaders from Smart Growth supporting firms/institutions include Rivkin Radler, Hofstra University, Molloy, and H2M Architects & Engineers.

Launched in 2000, the Top 50 Women in Business program has recognized the Island’s top women professionals for business acumen, mentoring, and community involvement. The program’s honorees are selected by a judging committee and receive a unique crystal memento at the elegant dinner attended by more than 600 of the Island’s top business leaders, and represent the most influential women in business, government and the not-for-profit fields.

The event will be held on October 19th at the Crest Hollow Country Club 6pm-9pm. This year’s keynote speaker will be Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran, with News 12’s Elisa DiStefano emceeing the event.

You can click here to register, or contact Danielle Rella at for more information.

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

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

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

Nassau Suffolk Law Services Hosts Fall Commitment to Justice Reception

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

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

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

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

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

Race2Rebuild Returns to Long Beach Oct. 28 to Benefit Disaster Survivors

Race2Rebuild creates tangible change to our communities by bringing families home after a natural disaster and keeping families in their homes.

Founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Race2Rebuild’s national team of volunteer athletes raised critical private funds and provided hands-on home building support to projects across the country. Their finish line has and always will remain the same: a safe and healthy home for every person.

Now in its 5th year, Race2Rebuild will be holding this year’s event in Long Beach to benefit Harvey and Irma impacted communities with their 5k Fun Run on Saturday October 28th at 9am in partnership with the Long Beach COAD and the City of Long Beach.

To race, volunteer and get involved, visit or for more information, please contact Chelsi McDonald at

Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers Hosts "Suffolk Chamber Challenge" on Oct. 29th

Join the Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers on Oct. 29th in the "Suffolk Chamber Challenge" -  The Suffolk County Marathon, half marathon, 5k run/walk and marathon relay to support local veterans. The race begins and ends in Patchogue, accompanied by the Freedom Fest: Taste of Long Island festival featuring local foods, wines and craft beers, as well as activities for children. Net proceeds of the Catholic Health Services third annual race will support services for Suffolk County veterans. More than $300,000  was raised in past years.  

When you register for the event online, enter Team Name "Suffolk Chamber Challenge".

For more information and to register for this great event, visit

Or call GLIRC (the Greater Long Island Running Club) at 516.349.7646. 

Vision Long Island Director Makes LIBN Hall of Fame

Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander will be among those honored in this year’s Long Island Business News Hall of Fame. This event includes the most distinguished leaders in our business community. Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor for those who demonstrate a commitment to excellence; past, present and future.

Inductees are selected by a committee of the top business leaders across Long Island. This year’s honorees also include Mark Beige of Rubie’s Costume Company, Inc., Stanley Bergman of Henrey Schein, Frederick Johs of Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP, Lew Meltzer of Meltzer Lippe, Steve Schlesinger of Jaspan Schlesinger LLP, Anthony Scotto of Scotto Brothers, Michael Dowling of Northwell Health, and Wayne Grossé of Bethpage Federal Credit Union.

Network with these influential leaders and learn about their secrets to success on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 6-9pm at the Crest Hollow Country Club.  The event will be emceed by Elisa DiStefano of News 12. For more information, visit LIBN or contact Danielle Rella at or at 631.913.4258.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Application Period Now Open

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

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

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

You can learn more and apply for funding here.

NYS Climate Smart Communities Grant Program Funding Available

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

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

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

NYS DEC Technical Assistance Grants Available

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

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

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

Full-Time Case Manager Needed for Long Island Coalition for the Homeless

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is seeking applicants for a Full-Time Case Manager for our main office in Amityville.  This position requires an ability to understand policies and regulations; work with homeless individuals and families, conduct assessments, and gather documentation for housing referrals; research resources for homeless and at-risk households.

Qualifications include: Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in a Social Work and two years’ experience (internships or volunteer work acceptable); or a related human services field or a minimum of three years’ related experience in human services arena; ability to comprehend and interpret government regulations; strong organizational skills; possesses effective verbal and written communication skills; working knowledge of computer database applications (Foothold AWARDS - preferred, Access, Client or Customer databases of accounting database software) or ability to learn quickly.  Applicant must have a commitment to organization’s mission and goals.  Must be self-motivated; must be able to work effectively with diverse people and personalities and as a member of a team. Bilingual (Spanish and English) preferred.

Local travel will be also required for this position.  Benefits after probationary period will be available. These include paid time off (vacation, holiday, sick, personal), medical insurance for the employee (premium paid by LICH), and Simple IRA plan (with employer match). Salary range for this position is $35,000 - $40,000.

Interested parties should submit a resume and salary requirements via email to Please do not call the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless regarding this position.  Questions should be submitted via email only.

Application for 2017 Community Change Grants Are ow Open

America Walks, partners of the Every Body Walk! Collaborative, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and other generous sponsors, are excited to announce another round of our popular micro grant funding. This program will award grantees up to $1,500.00 in community stipends for projects related to creating healthy, active, and engaged places to live, work, and play.

Walkable communities lead to improved safety and health for community members of all age, abilities, genders, and backgrounds.  They engage all community members in the work being done to create safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active. These communities see benefits for all community members to individual health and wellness, community interaction, economic vitality, and environmental sustainability.  Advocates must be diligent in making sure that every community member has access to these benefits, and it is our hope that these funds can help with that.

Most importantly, walking and walkabilty can help to bridge community divides and overcome existing disparities. To make and keep walking and walkability a priority in neighborhoods and communities so these benefits are equally available to all, a strong, connected group of local advocates and dedicated organizations are needed. This grant program aims to support and grow this network of advocates and organizations and to strengthen communities' sustainability. 

Funded projects will increase walking and benefits of walkability in communities, work to grow the walking movement by engaging people and organizations new to the efforts, and take steps towards creating a culture of inclusive health.

Please contact Heidi Simon at with questions. Applications are due through submission of this form by November 10th by 5pm. For more info, click here.

Smart Talk

Chris Kyle, Communications Director

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