October 11th - 16th, 2015
Posillico is dedicated to setting the standard for excellence in the construction industry relative to: infrastructure, quality of life and making a difference through innovation and solid relationships at all levels.
“It’s very easy to talk about the uber-sized projects and lose sight of the small, municipal things that actually make a qualitative difference in people’s lives.”
- NYS Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan speaking to the Long Island Business Council members this week
LIBC Hears Update from NYS Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan
On Wednesday, over 100 business leaders gather in attended of the Long Island Business Council meeting where NYS Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan was the guest speaker. The Senator covered support for small businesses, the need to protect local municipal control, prioritize smaller scale infrastructure projects supported by local communities, partnerships with local governments and meet the quality of life needs of the public.
"Critical to those efforts is the Senate’s leadership in reducing the tax burden our business community faces and reducing the overwhelming regulations that inhibit growth", said Senator Flanagan.
Vision Long Island Director Eric Island spoke on behalf of the LI Lobby Coalition which presented the Senator as well as other officials with a list of 90 projects in 52 communities from 27 municipalities that could be considered for the upcoming $550 million of NYS investment. The LI Senate delegation and the Governor's office will be making decisions on this funding soon.
Number of Construction Jobs for local projects on the Rise
As the nation’s oldest suburb continues to grow and change, the construction industry (one of the highest paying on Long Island) is now at the highest employment level in the last 25 years. There were 80,500 construction jobs in August according to the NYS Department of Labor database, which is double the total in 1992.
Vision Board member, Mill Creek's Jaime Stover, is quoted on his developments in Mineola, and projects we planned and/or supported in downtown Farmingdale, Coram, Seaford, Ronkonkoma and Wyandanch are also included.
You can read more about some of the downtown projects that have brought construction jobs to Long Island here
NYC Agrees to Contribute $2.5 Billion towards MTA 5 Year Plan
Much needed funding for capital improvement projects has finally come as NY City agreed this past weekend to chip in $2.5 billion to the MTA’s $26.8 billion, 5 year plan. There was a lot of debate over the past few months as to whether or not NYC was paying its fair share towards improvements, including the East Side Access project, a second set of tracks between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma and station upgrades on Long Island. Funding of the plan was a priority of the Long Island Lobby Coalition this year.
Garvies Poing Project Slated to Start Next Year
After five years of hearings, detailed plans and agreements, the $1 billion Garvies point project is slated to get started next year. The project includes 1100 housing units split between condos and rentals, retail space, waterfront esplanade, parks and access to a constructed ferry terminal. Vision has supported varying versions of this plan at City Council and Planning Board meetings.
The Glen Cove planning board recently gave approval with a 6-1 vote on the 56-acre project, which will include 11 story residential towers and three acres of parkland along the once-toxic Glen Cove creek. Originally a 12 story, 250 room hotel was part of the proposed project being developed by RXR Realty and Posillico, but that has since been removed. The first phase of the project will contain six buildings of 555 rental apartments and 25,000 square feet of retail space. Ten percent of the apartments will be offered as workforce housing per state law. The second phase will include 555 condos for purchase and 50,000 square feet of retail and office space. So far the second phase’s site plans have not been submitted to the planning board. Some residents of Sea Cliff opposed the plan due to the height of the buildings. The towers were chopped down to 11 stories from the previous 12 stories after residents of Sea Cliff were afraid that their views of the waterfront and sunsets would be blocked.
NYC Residents Create Their Own Bike Lanes
Four people decided that NYC DOT’s turnaround time to come back with a plan for bike lanes on Chrystie Street was taking too long and decided to make their own bike lanes with traffic cones and flowers last week.
National Survey Finds Millennials Prefer Walking as Mode of Transportation
The 2015 National Community and Transportation Preference Survey found that millennials, those aged 18-34, prefer walking as a mode of transportation by 12 percentage points over driving. Millennials are also shown to prefer living in attached housing, living within walking distance of shops and restaurants, and having a short commute, and are the most likely age group to make use of public transportation according to the report.
The annual survey of 3,000 people found that Americans prefer walkable communities more so than they have in the past. Forty-eight percent of respondents reported that they prefer to live in communities containing houses with small yards but within easy walking distance of the community’s amenities, as opposed to living in communities where they need to drive to stores and services. Also, 60 percent of adults surveyed live in detached, single-family homes, 25 percent of those respondents said they would rather live in an attached home and have greater walkability, highlighting the desire for mixed-use developments and affordable living conditions that are in high demand on Long Island.
The poll also found that millennials show a stronger preference than other generations for expanding public transportation and providing transportation alternatives to driving, such as biking and walking, and increasing access to public transportation.
You can check out the study here
National Disaster Resiliency Competition Public Hearing
On June 22, 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that New York State was selected to advance to Phase 2 of the National Disaster Resiliency Competition (NDRC). As part of this second and final phase, the State has identified specific projects and programs for which it seeks funding through the competition. These projects and programs were developed in consultation with eligible counties and state agencies and includes activities in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
NYSACC to Host 2015 New York State Conference on the Environment
The New York State Association of Conservation Commissions (NYSACC) will be hosting the 2015 New York State Conference on the Environment at the Coltivare event center in Ithaca, NY on October 15th - 17th.
This annual conference’s theme will be Collaboration, featuring examples from local municipalities, colleges and environmental groups, and examine the latest environmental trends, techniques and approaches in New York State. Field trips to Ecovillage, the energy producing wastewater treatment plant and Cornell’s Lake Source Cooling project will come the day after a dinner event at a new farm to bistro restaurant.
Registration and further information for this event will be available in the next few weeks here
8th Annual Educational & Energy Efficiency Trade Expo
National Grid, Con Edison and Master Plumbers Council will be holding their 8th Annual Educational & Energy Efficiency Trade Expo on Tuesday October 20th at Russo on the Bay in Howard Beach from 1:30PM to 8:30PM.
Westbury’s Business Improvement District’s Annual Street Fair - Postponed to October 24th
Westbury’s Business Improvement District’s Annual Street Fair will be held on Saturday, October 24th from 10AM-5PM on Post Avenue (Rain Date Sunday, October 25+th). Dozens of vendors and local merchants will be on hand alongside animal rescue groups. The event attracts about 10,000 attendees annually.
Arty Party 2015, Stars Over Freeport Honors Vision Long Island Director
Can you imagine living in a community that doesn’t have easy access to the arts, where it costs too much—or you must travel too far—to enjoy and appreciate the creations of the human spirit? For forty-one years, the Long Island Arts Council at Freeport has been committed to the idea that the power of the arts is to touch the mind and enrich the soul of the individual and community through sponsoring, advocacy, and education.
Through a wide variety of programs they support and present arts of every description to their local communities. Programs include High 5 Long Island, which provides students low-priced tickets to cultural events, and the Summer Sunset Concert Series, which offers free concerts for families on the Nautical Mile.
The Long Island Arts Council at Freeport’s Arty Party 2015, Stars Over Freeport, is our annual primary fundraising event where we honor people who make a difference in our communities, and raise funds to support our programs. This year, this gala celebration will be held on Thursday, October 29, at the Coral House in Baldwin.
2015 Celebration of Diversity
The 2015 Celebration of Diversity will be taking place on Wednesday, November 11th at 5:30PM at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Dedicated to funding diversity-related scholarships and research at the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, the annual Celebration of Suburban Diversity banquet brings together Long Islanders from across the multicultural spectrum, as well as individuals with disabilities and gay and lesbian communities. The evening is dedicated to the idea – and ideal – that we can be stronger for our differences if we come together to appreciate them.
St. John's Episcopal Church Annual Holiday Fair
St. John's Episcopal Church will be hosting thier Annual Holiday Fair on Saturday, November 7th, from 10 AM to 4 PM loated at 12 Prospect Street, Huntington, NY. Funds raised will go to support the church ministry outreach and local charities.
For more information, contact them at 631-427-1752 or www.stjohnshuntington.org.
27th Annual Keys for the Homeless
The 27th Annual Keys for the Homeless event will take place on Friday, November 13th from 8AM-2:30PM at Touro Law Center in East Islip. This year’s theme will be “Building Community Roots to End Youth & Family Homelessness” and is sponsored by Long Island Coalition for the Homeless and Stony Brook University’s School of Social Welfare.
2015 Annual Smart Growth Summit-Nov. 20th
As a community, business or government leader on Long Island, we would like to invite you once again to join us at the 14th Annual Smart Growth Summit, being held on Friday, November 20th from 8am-4pm at the Melville Marriott.
Last year’s event drew nearly 1,200 civic, chambers, developers, environmentalists, design professionals, business leaders, young people and over 70 federal, state, county, town and village elected officials from Long Island and the region.
The Smart Growth movement is busy approving 10,300 units of transit oriented development, revitalization programs in over 50 Long Island downtowns, 40 traffic calming projects, new Main Street office space, lively restaurants/bars nightlife, and countless events featuring the arts, culture and live music. Recent increased Federal, State and County infrastructure investment in our sewers, rails, buses and roadways has also been critical to the success of the redevelopment projects.
The 14th Annual Smart Growth Summit will feature networking, a trade show, nearly 20 workshops, a youth summit and plenary sessions on regional and local issues facing mixed-use development. Some sessions may include: downtown revitalization, wastewater infrastructure, financing Smart Growth, transit-oriented development, clean energy, youth leadership, regional projects, fair housing/segregation, off Island case examples, solid waste and many others to be announced in the coming weeks based on input from the broader movement.
Our goal is to once again have over 1,200 leaders working together. So here is where we need your help: please plan to join us and consider sponsoring the event.
For sponsorship and registration information click here (limited scholarships are available for community & youth leadership). If you have any questions, please call us at 631-261-0242.
If you are one of the thousands of Long Island leaders who have joined us in the past, please do so again. If you are new to the event and the Smart Growth movement, please consider partnering with us this year. Either way, we need your leadership, presence and voice to make great places a reality on Long Island.
20th Annual Port Jefferson Charles Dickens Festival
Planning for the spectacular 20th Annual Port Jefferson Charles Dickens Festival has begun planning for the Second Annual Festival of Trees at the Port Jefferson Village Center. A magnificent display of holiday trees decorated by YOU will be on display through the month of December located on the second and third floors of the Port Jefferson Village Center.
NYS Releases RFP to Build Affordable Homes
Governor Cuomo announced that $20 million is available for the construction of new affordable housing units damaged by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee this week. The funding will come from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery out of the $4.4 billion allocation from HUD’s CDBG-DR program.
2015 NYS HOME Local Program
The Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC) Office of Community Renewal (OCR) announces the availability and requests proposals for approximately $16.5 million of Federal Fiscal Year 2014 and 2015 NYS HOME Local Program funds, set aside for use by Local Program Administrators (LPAs).
The NYS Home Local Program is a federally funded program administered by the HTFC OCR. The program is designed to fund a variety of residential housing activities to expand the supply of decent, safe, and affordable housing throughout the State of New York. Applications will be accepted for residential housing activities in the following categories: Homeowner Rehab, Homebuyer, Homeowner/Homebuyer Rental Rehab and Tenant based Rental Assistance.
Applications are due by 4:00pm, Friday, October 16, 2015. The Request for Proposals (RFP) and all related documents are available on the HCR website at: http://www.nyshcr.org/Funding/NYSHOME. Please check the website for updates and/or corrections regarding this RFP. We welcome your applications to assist low and moderate income New Yorkers to have an affordable and sustainable housing option.
Town of North Hempstead Business and Tourism Development Corporation Grants Available
Town of North Hempstead Business and Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) Chairwoman Judi Bosworth and Executive Director Kim Kaiman announced this week that the BTDC will be offering matching fund grant opportunities to not-for-profit organizations (including civics and chamber of commerces) and business improvement districts to beautify downtowns.
“We want to work with our local businesses to make the downtown living and shopping experience the best it can be,” Chairwoman Bosworth said. “It is my hope that, through this program, we can beautify our commercial corridors and attract consumers to allow the businesses in our Town to thrive." The Downtown Beautification Program will assist the Town’s chambers of commerce and civic associations with revitalization of commercial and mixed-use downtown districts, allowing matching fund grants of up to $10,000 per Council District for eligible downtown beautification projects such as tree planters and other landscaping, street furniture, trash receptacles and signage.
Eligible applicants must develop a detailed plan that must be submitted as part of the application process. The deadline is November 30th, 2015. To apply or for more details, please call (516) 869-7739 or click here
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As Suffolk County Considers Bus Cuts, Riders and Advocates Call on County and State to Boost Support for Public Transportation
Business, faith and transit advocates invite you to join bus and paratransit riders on Tuesday, October 20th to urge Suffolk Legislators to maintain county funding for Suffolk County’s buses. Two weeks prior, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced a budget proposal that would cut $10 million from the buses, an amount that has been requested of the State and has not been delivered. Suffolk County contributes over 50 percent to its transit-operating budget annually.
The proposed budget plan would cut $6 million from fixed route buses and $4 million from SCAT (Suffolk County Accessible Transportation) – this equates to an elimination of nearly 10 bus routes. After witnessing the positive impact of expanded Sunday bus service, implemented in 2014, riders and advocates will make their case about why the preservation of bus funding is fundamental for the economic development of Suffolk County. They will also call on the State to do their part by increasing their financial commitment to suburban transportation, which has remained stagnant.
Who: Long Island Jobs with Justice, Long Island Bus Riders’ Union, Vision Long Island, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
Where: Riverhead Legislative Auditorium, Evans K. Griffing Building (300 Center Drive, Riverhead)
When: Tuesday, October 20th, 1pm