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“You’ve seen a lot more communities where these principals have really made their downtowns as a whole more sustainable." Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro on Smart Growth presentation to Nassau County Village Officials Association
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An Update On Farmingdale Revitalization Initiatives
Thursday's meeting of the Concerned Citizens Association of Farmingdale (CCAF) at Allen Park featured guest speakers Mayor Ralph Ekstrand and Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander answered questions and offered project updates.
“I love what’s happened to Farmingdale,” CCAF Vice President Tina Diamond said.
At 231 Main Street, Ekstrand said the Lofts are moving along. The Staller Associates project is expected to house 26 apartments and 3,100 square feet of retail space. The mayor said steel girders will be installed in the next few weeks and the development should be open around August.
A few blocks east, the Jefferson Plaza project should be opening soon. The Farmingdale mayor said the smaller piece of the two-part development – 39 apartments and 6,200 square feet of retail – should be available by November. A vacant warehouse across the street should become 115 apartments and 13,000 square feet of retail by this spring.
Ekstrand also touched on the contaminated Waldbaums shopping center on Main Street. The site remains a New York State Superfund site after a drycleaner contaminated the soil and groundwater with PCE. The soil has since been remediated, but the groundwater isn’t finished yet. The mayor said investors bought the commercial loans during the recession, and were stuck with the bill after the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company was permitted to close 300 stores by a federal bankruptcy court. Left with an $11.4 million bill for a property worth $3 million, Ekstrand said they walked away. However, he also said a new investor, who remains anonymous at this date, is looking to purchase the property and pay for the remediation as soon as the foreclosure process is finalized.
Smart Growth in Farmingdale, Alexander said, began early in the new millennium. Two years after a civic-based Smart Growth committee was formed in the village, Vision was hired to begin the master plan update process. Community members actively participated, eventually coming up with a plan to create nearly 200-800 units of housing. In 2012, the same year Ekstrand won his election on a Smart Growth platform, the village approved a revised master plan that called for 400 units of housing. Farmingdale, Alexander said last night, currently has approved 200 units downtown.
He also said the concept is spreading across the island. Aging Baby Boomers are the strongest residential clientele, looking for smaller, more affordable housing in walkable communities. Those savings can be translated into more dinners on the town, visiting family or going on vacation. But young professionals, Alexander added, are also looking for alternative forms of housing. Those not leaving Long Island are looking for jobs, entertainment and affordability.
While the Farmingdale Music Fest may have been more geared towards Baby Boomers than Generation X or Y, Alexander said the event, which attracted 10,000 people over two days last month, was a great example of the role arts, music and culture play in the community.
“I think that’s the type of spirit we heard community members desired from the visioning process,” he said.
Before Smart Growth was even a concept in Farmingdale, Diamond said the village was in bad shape. At one point, 23 storefronts were vacant. But during the ensuing decade, she said the change in strategy and active community helped create the downtown that is now one of the most popular on Long Island. Only one storefront is currently empty and/or not in contract.
“We want to see what will happen when the apartments get occupied,” Diamond said anxiously. “We’ll see what happens.”
For more updates on these projects, check out the village website.
Former Buffalo Congresswoman Meets Local Business Leaders
Former Buffalo Congresswoman Kathy Hochul came to Long Island to meet local business owners, developers and community leaders last week.
Hochul is a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in the upcoming election. On Oct. 6 she stopped by the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce. It was her second stop in the town on her campaign trail; she spoke at a Melville union hall in August.
This time she met with chamber brass, Long Island Business Council co-Chair Bob Fonti, Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander and Ryan Porter, vice president with Huntington Station master developer Renaissance Downtowns.
They greeted her with a crumb cake from a local bakery and a gift bag for the upcoming Long Island Fall Festival – the largest in the northeast. They toured the Heckscher Museum of Art. And along the way, Hochul shared her experiences as a councilwoman for the upstate Town of Hamburg and pledged to be an advocate for downtowns.
“A big employer was threatening to leave town,” she said about Ford challenging a reassessment. “We needed to make a tough decision. That’s the kind of issue where we don’t want to blindside [school districts, chambers and other levels of government] – that was the sort of communication we had ongoing.”
Hochul is partnered with incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo. She is replacing incumbent Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, who backed out for medical reasons. If the ticket wins, she would assume control of the Regional Economic Development Council.
For more on this story, check out the Oct. 9 issue of The Long-Islander.
Waiting On FEMA To Commit To Long Beach Hospital Sale
More hurdles have delayed a possible emergency room for Long Beach.
South Nassau Communities Hospital (SNCH) is waiting on FEMA for as much as $175 million to demolish the parts of the Long Beach Medical Center (LBMC) and build a new free-standing emergency department.
The Long Beach hospital was closed nearly two years ago after Superstorm Sandy inundated the 162-bed hospital and caused $56 million in damage. A U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved a deal in May to sell the hospital to SNCH for $11.7 million, a transaction expected to be completed before 2015 according to a Fitch Ratings upgrade for SNCH last month.
But while New Orleans-based Blitch Knevel Architects start working on plans to demolish and replace damaged parts of the hospital, South Nassau officials are waiting for assurance that FEMA will help cover the bill.
A FEMA spokesman said there is no time table yet for the facility.
Meanwhile, Blitch Knevel is examining plans to demolish three older parts of LBMC. They’re also studying whether newer sections of the hospital can be saved. LBMC officials initially spent $20 million on repairs and construction finished in summer 2013, although South Nassau officials said much of the hospital remains irreparably damaged.
The situation has been a mess ever since Sandy hit the area in October 2012. State health Commissioner Nirav Shah refused to authorize reauthorize opening the hospital, which was losing $2 million annually since 2007, until they could develop a more sustainable business plan. This past February, Senator Chuck Schumer (D) called on FEMA to transfer $100 million in Sandy aid from LBMC to SNCH; that was finally approved this spring. The project was also delayed last month when the New York attorney general’s office was tardy signing off on the bankruptcy sale.
Meanwhile, SNCH opened an urgent care facility next door in Long Beach back in July. Emergency care doctors work in the facility, but cannot accept trauma patients or ambulances. That requires designation as an off-site emergency room, which entails state health department approval. SNCH officials have reportedly been told to wait on applying until the state creates regulations on how off-site emergency rooms should operate. They could opt to allow South Nassau to use the site as a temporary emergency department if construction on LBMC is underway.
For now, island residents in need of emergency medical care face a trip to SNCH in Oceanside or Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. Lido Beach-Point Lookout Fire Commissioner Chas Thompson said last month that the length of an average ambulance ride has tripled from seven minutes to more than 22 minutes.
For more on this story, check out Newsday (subscription required).
Vision Talks Smart Growth At Nassau Village Officials Meeting
“I’m a believer. I think there are more and more people getting on the train.”
Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro is a supporter of Smart Growth. He’s also the president of the Nassau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA), an organization representing 450,000 people in 64 villages. And on Tuesday evening, Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander spoke with representatives of nearly 30 villages about Smart Growth.
“I was honored to have the opportunity to address the Nassau County Village Officials Associations dinner meeting last night,” Alexander said.
Alexander was the guest speaker at La Marmite restaurant in Williston Park, giving an overview of Smart Growth. He touched on opportunities for downtown revitalization, infrastructure investment, transportation, fighting for federal and state tax money, and best practices in managing main streets.
Cavallaro, whose own community has seen new life with the advent of Smart Growth, said the conversation was helpful in spreading the message.
“A lot of people in the room are people that Vision already knows. But there are other officials who haven’t thought out about or gotten to that stage yet,” the president said.
With other success stories like Farmingdale, Great Neck Plaza and Patchogue, the Westbury mayor said Smart Growth can be a powerful tool against the Brain Drain afflicting Long Island.
“You’ve seen a lot more communities where these principals have really made their downtowns as a whole more sustainable,” he said.
The NCVOA was created in 1925 to encourage and stimulate cooperation among municipalities. These days it provides village officials with a forum to exchange ideas and experiences; develop programs to help village officials with their duties; studying opportunities to benefit residents and investigate the most efficient means of village government.
For more about the association, check them out online.
Walkable, Well-Planned Suburbs Don’t Have To Be Dense Cities
Joel Kotkin is something of a polarizing figure.
The author of “The New Class Conflict,” Kotkin is a fellow in urban studies at a California university. His book, released last month, argues the middle class is dying while an oligarchy of the wealthy, media, bureaucrats and academia vie for more power.
That includes, according to Kotkin, a war against suburban life in favor of cities.
The New York Post published a story supporting Kotkin in their Sept. 28 issue. Titled “The Plot Against the Middle Class,” the Post piece claims middle class suburbia is being punished while driving up the cost of existing housing owned by the elite. It claims this trend is disguised as a green movement despite greenhouse gasses declining since 2005 to 1994 levels. And not only are taxes rising and higher education costs prohibitively expensive, the Post article claims students who join the government or a nonprofit can have their loans completely forgiven.
But conservative-leaning New Urbanism blog The American Conservative published a post just days later questioning Kotkin’s doom and gloom message. Author Jonathan Coppage said there are ways conservative principals can support denser networks of communities without turning into Manhattan, just as there are options between suburban sprawl and concrete jungles of New York City.
Many New Urbanist developments, Coppage said, are technically suburbs because they still require commuting to the office. They are not suburbs, however, since sprawl is replaced with town centers and walkable neighborhoods. The author references several suburbs near Washington, D.C. that have replaced or are replacing sprawl with downtown cores.
Coppage also argued that if walkable, mixed-use communities were really as unpopular as Kotkin suggests, they wouldn’t fetch such high prices on the market.
However, Coppage didn’t disagree when Kotkin said a pattern of freely-chosen suburban reform is more promising than forcing communities into ever-denser housing and heat-generating concrete jungles.
“I couldn’t agree more,” the New Urbanist said.
‘Health’ Concerns For Bethpage FCU CEO’s Resignation
Kirk Kordeleski earned a reputation as a philanthropic Long Island business executive and a visionary regional leader.
But last week, Kordeleski stepped down as CEO of Bethpage Federal Credit Union. He cited health issues as the reason for his resignation.
The 57-year-old Sea Cliff resident first joined Bethpage FCU as executive vice president of operations in 1992; he was named CEO eight years later. Since 2000, the company’s assets skyrocketed from $950 million to almost $5.7 billion. Their 232,000 members are a close second to Teachers Federal Credit Union among all credit unions in the state.
He has temporarily been succeeded by Chief Operation Officer Wayne Grosse.
“I love Bethpage and while some things may be slightly different under the great Wayne Grosse the general approach to supporting LI financial needs and to be fair to everyone, and commitment to a successful future for all LI[er]s will never change,” Kordeleski said in a Facebook statement. “That is what is different between credit unions and banks. Wayne is a great man, leading a world class team. Support him and the company. To all my friends thank you for [your] generosity and support. I will see [you] in the near future.”
Kordeleski is also stepping down as chairman of the Long Island Association, a role he’s been in since 2012. However, he joined the Winthrop-University Hospital Board of Directors in late September. He’s also the chairman of the board of Project GRAD Long Island – a nonprofit helping teens graduate and pursue a college degree; board member with the United Way; and part of Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s Business/Economic Development Group.
Along the way, he’s been honored by various organizations for his leadership. That includes the YMCA of Long Island; United Way; Adelphi University; Education and Assistance Corporation; the Mentoring Partnership of Long Island and Promote Long Island. Kordeleski received the Long Island MacArthur Airport and the Long Island Press “Take Flight” Award in 201 for representing the future of business on the island. Kordeleski was also named four years running as one of Long Island Business News’ Top 100 Most Influential Long Islanders.
Vision Long Island
had the opportunity to receive guidance and philanthropic support from Kordeleski. An ongoing dialogue between the Bethpage president and the nonprofit helped develop a strategy that strengthened Vision's local work while reflecting many regional priorities.
"Kirk Kordeleski has been one of the most thoughtful, caring and visionary leaders who cares deeply about Long Island communities. His intelligence combined with his strategic investments across Long Island have made our region a better place. We wish him well in addressing his health and will miss his presence around the island," Vision Director Eric Alexander said.
For more on this story, check out Long Island Press and Newsday (subscription required).
Favor The Narrow Road To Save A Pedestrian’s Life
Narrow roads have been part of the Complete Streets mantra since day one, but the concept is picking up steam across America.
Reducing 12-foot lanes for higher-volume thoroughfares in cities by two feet radically improves safety for both pedestrians and motorists.
Most states and counties stick with the 12-foot lane as a default. They believe wider lanes make for safer roads. Unfortunately, a number of studies have disproven the concept, with lives being lost in the meantime.
Vehicles traveling at high speeds on highways works well because there are no interruptions in travel. Drivers in cities and downtowns base their speed on surrounding traffic, road conditions and, most importantly, how wide is the lane. Lanes 10-feet wide and narrower are proven to subconsciously convince drivers to slow down.
According to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials “Police on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets, “narrower lane widths are normally quite adequate and have some advantages” when used on signalized roads traveling less than 36 MPH.
Meanwhile, the Transportation Research Board and the Midwest Research Center both conducted studies into lane width and accidents. The first study found lane widths of 10 feet had reduced or unchanged accident rates compared to their 12-foot counterparts. The second study found no indication that narrower lanes cause more accidents and may actually be associated with lower crash frequencies.
But for this change to happen, states and counties have to buy in. The FDOT is responsible for transportation in a state with four of the five deadliest American cities for pedestrians. They’ve since responded with a 44-page plan to protect cyclists and pedestrians, although just two pages deal with traffic engineering. Unfortunately, no part of that plan covers lane widths.
In downtown West Palm Beach, nine lanes of 12-foot, high-speed traffic divide the Palm Beach County Convention Center from everything else. If FDOT reduced those lanes to 10-feet, not only would it prompt drivers to hit the gas less, create safe bike paths on the shoulders and better protect people on sidewalks.
For more on this idea, check out Citylab.
Accounts Small Businesses Can Count On
This opinion piece was written by Dowling College's Dr. Edward Gullason about the federal SAVE for Small Businesses Act introduced by Congressman Steve Israel and originated with Dowling College's Dr. Nathalia Rogers and the Long Island Business Council. This piece was originally published in Newsday on Oct. 8.
Congress is considering allowing small businesses to save up to 10 percent of their gross profits each year, on a pretax basis, in small business savings accounts as a way to help them weather bad economic times.
Small businesses, which provide a significant share of U.S. jobs, have an especially difficult time obtaining financing when credit markets freeze during recessions, resulting in a large number of those businesses disappearing. This was demonstrated in dramatic fashion in the wake of the 2008 financial meltdown. Under the proposed program, eligible small businesses would be able to withdraw these savings tax-free, subject to certain limitations, during significant economic downturns and calamities, such as hurricanes.
These arrangements would enable small businesses to be more self-sufficient for funding during difficult periods, enhancing their prospects for survival. In its present form, the Savings Accounts for a Variable Economy for Small Businesses Act would allow small businesses to retain and create jobs that would otherwise vanish during especially challenging times.
The idea for this proposed federal legislation, introduced last month by Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) and co-sponsored by Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton), emanated from the 2012 study, "Small Businesses in a Struggling Economy: Socioeconomic Issues and Measures to Help the Small Business Climate," funded by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration, and prepared at Dowling College's American Communities Institute.
Here are some of the benefits:
As a consequence of the increased self-sufficiency made possible through these accounts, small businesses would realize lower borrowing costs and higher profits during difficult times.
Small businesses would achieve a greater degree of financial stability over the business cycle, given the rainy-day-fund nature of these accounts. This increased stability would reduce the frequency of small business bankruptcies and job losses during severe economic downturns and weather calamities.
The federal tax base would be larger, and the federal budget deficit would be smaller, than they would be otherwise during austere times.
Brokerage firms and banks would realize greatly increased business as a consequence of providing this new and innovative investment product for small businesses. This would translate into increased profitability and job creation in the financial services industry, which would greatly benefit the Long Island and New York City economies.
If the proposal becomes law, America will owe Dowling College a debt of gratitude for facilitating the creation of the most significant financial innovation since the Individual Retirement Account (IRA) and the 529 College Savings Plan.
Talking Health Care, Immigration At Upcoming Conference
Join leaders of communities of color from both Nassau and Suffolk Counties to discuss important issues in our communities like education, immigration and health care.
Nation-wide advocates the Hispanic Federation are hosting Somos El Futuro/We Are The Future Black-Brown Alliance Conference at the Islandia Marriott on Oct. 17-18.
The event begins with a welcome reception on Friday evening before jumping into legislative sessions and a women’s empowerment luncheon on Saturday.
For more information about the conference, contact the Hispanic Federation via email or phone at 212-233-8955.
Turning On The Lights About Energy Efficiency
Replacing incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs doesn’t cut it any more.
Learn how to save money with energy-efficient lighting with the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College as part of New York State’s Climate Smart Communities on Oct. 22.
The workshop runs from 1-4 p.m., but get there early for lunch and networking.
RSVP with the Sustainability Institute via email.
Learn About The ‘Cowspiracy’ With Sustainable Film Series
The Sustainable Living Film Series is back, and this time they’re showing a film even environmental organizations don’t want you to see.
“Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret” will be shown at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College in Farmingdale on Oct. 23.
The feature-length film examines how the animal agriculture industry impacts the environment. Vegan advocates, including Sustainability’s Communications Director Demosthenes Maratos, are interviewed and quoted in the documentary.
Admission is free, although prior registration is requested via email, Facebook or calling 516-323-4510.
Celebrating Huntington’s Next Stewards, Leaders
They’ve spent a year learning about the Town of Huntington and themselves as leaders. Now it’s time to celebrate.
Join the Leadership Huntington Class of 2014 finish their training at the gala and graduation on Oct. 22 at the Crest Hollow Country Club.
These 14 graduates are the 15th group to graduate from the program and hail from all walks of life.
Each session begins with Leadership Huntington accepting nominations from community members to join the class. They spend nine months learning to be community stewards, meeting different people and learning how life works within the town. That includes visiting utility facilities, examining historical documents and learning how nonprofits operate.
Vision Long Island Founder and Leadership alum Ron Stein will serve as keynote speaker for the 2014 gala.
Tickets, sponsorships and memberships are available on Leadership Huntington’s website.
AARP, SGWG Tackle Long Island’s Boomer Population
Why Boomers are Fleeing and What it’s Costing Us?
That’s what AARP wants to know at this year’s BoomTown. Being held at Molloy College in East Farmingdale from 8-11 a.m. on Oct. 27, the seminar will touch on economic possibilities for New York, results of an AARP survey and discussion of possibilities for Long Island.
Vision Long Island is supporting the event and Vision Director Eric Alexander will provide welcoming remarks.
This is a joint meeting with AARP and the Long Island Smart Growth Working Group.
For more information or to RSVP, visit the AARP online.
Oct. 31 Date Set For LI Homeless Coalition Conference
The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless has announced a date for their next major event.
The 26th annual Keys for the Homeless Conference is slated to occur Oct. 31 at Touro Law School in Central Islip.
This year’s conference will focus on housing first, rapid rehousing and addressing the needs of Long Island’s most vulnerable populations.
Specific workshops have not yet been announced as proposals were accepted through today. The nonprofit, however, is still accepting nominations for the Unsung Hero Award and Helen Martin scholarship – awarded to those who have experienced homelessness and require financial assistance to pursue higher education.
Tickets at the door will go for $75, although early registration is priced at $70.
Visit them online to register or for more information.
Spotlight On Honorees At Landmark’s Annual Gala
Catch a live performance from a Tony Award-winning performer and help downtown Long Island at the same time.
Two-time award winner Christine Ebersole will sing at Landmark on Main Street’s Spotlight Gala ’14 on Nov. 8.
Ebersole has performed in prestigious venues like the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. She’s also acted in a number of television shows and movies, and been a part of several musical albums.
The event will also honor Bruce Migatz of Albanese and Albanese and Steven Katz and Jeffrey Schor of PM Pediatrics.
For tickets, email or call the venue at 516-767-1384.
Join Hofstra In Celebrating Long Island’s Diversity
A non-partisan research group is inviting Long Islanders to celebrate their diversity.
National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University announced their 2014 Celebration of Suburban Diversity is to be held on Nov. 11 at Crest Hollow Country Club.
The institution strives to promote the study of suburbia's problems, as well as its promise. Local, national and international issues are all examined, as the suburbs have emerged at the nexus of dynamic demographic, social, economic and environmental change in New York and throughout the world. The National Center for Suburban Studies seeks to identify, analyze and solve the problems of suburbia, especially in areas of sustainability, social equity and economic development.
George Tsunis, CEO of Chartwell Hotels, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. Great Neck Rotarian Sammy Hsiao, Long Island Hispanic Bar Association member Richard Montes, Suffolk County Asian American Advisory Board member Belinda Pagdanganan, disability rights activist Susan Gordon Ryan, and Hofstra University’s Gina Granger and June Scarlett will be honored.
Cocktails and hors d’oeurves from around the world begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. The evening’s festivities include multicultural performances and the presentation of Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s High School Diversity Essay Scholarship Award.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Ina Katz at 516-463-9939 or email@example.com. Tickets are being sold for $250 a piece, and sponsorships begin at $1,000. Registration must be received by Nov. 4.
Community Benefit For Neighbors Supporting Neighbors
Meet a New York Times best seller and support your community.
Regina Calcaterra, author of “Etched in Sand,” will join grassroots organization Neighbors Supporting Neighbors at Captain Bill’s in Bay Shore on Nov. 13.
Calcaterra’s memoir is an inspiring coming-of-age story of tenacity and hope. She’s also a successful lawyer, New York State official and activist.
A $50 ticket includes dinner, coffee/tea and dessert. Proceeds benefit Neighbors Supporting Neighbors and homeless prevention charity You Gotta Believe.
Tickets can be purchased at either the Babylon or West Babylon Libraries, or by calling 631-422-6037.
Get Building With Gingerbread For 2nd Annual LI Contest
Check the calendar, Christmas is 89 days away. That’s less than three months.
Now is the time to sign up for Chocolate Duck’s 2nd annual Long Island Gingerbread House Competition. The Farmingdale-based cake-supply store is hosting the contest on Dec. 13 in the store.
Any gingerbread structure is eligible, not just houses, but it should be inspired by the Gold Coast Era.
Private judging will take place in the morning, with the show opened to the public at noon. Winners can compete for cash prizes, a 32-inch flat screen television and gift certificates.
Registration is open from now until Nov. 25. Adults will be charged a $25 fee and youths 17 and under will be charged a $5 fee. Registration forms can be found on the store’s website or the Village of Farmingdale’s website. For more information, contact Christine Bisbee via email.
Apply Now For $5,000 In LI Arts Grants
Have a creative project ready to go on Long Island but no money to fund it?
The New York State Council of the Arts is accepting applications for $500-$5,000 in Decentralization Grants for next year.
Projects must take place during the 2015 calendar year and applicants must submit an application no later than Dec. 5. Participants are also required to attend at least one informational workshop this month. The first is scheduled for Oct. 6 at Huntington Arts Council.
Check out the full schedule and find applications on the Huntington Arts Council’s website.
Suffolk Giving Away $14K To First-Time Homebuyers
Moving up from an apartment to a house? Bucking the brain drain trend and staying on Long Island as a young professional?
Suffolk County wants to help first-time homebuyers with a $14,000 grant towards a down payment.
Applicants are required to have at least $3,000 of their own funds and complete a First Time Home Buyer Education Class. In Suffolk County, Greenlawn-based Housing Help conducts the class.
Would-be homeowners must also fall within income guidelines. All households must collect at least $30,000 annually, although the maximum cap begins at $58,850 for one person and rises to $111,000 for eight people.
Call Housing Help at 631-754-0373 to schedule an appointment. All applications must be submitted by Oct. 31.
Save Even More On Solar Photovoltaic Installations
Homeowners having solar panels placed on their roof can trim a few bucks off the bill, as well as their carbon footprint.
Public benefit corporation NYSERDA is offering incentives for solar photovoltaic systems at residential and small commercial across the state through their NY-Sun Incentive program.
Kicking in Aug. 13, the program provides rebates for up to 24 kilowatts at homes and 200 kilowatts on small commercial sites. Incentives are distributed via a Megawatt (MW) Block incentive structure that allocates MWs to specific regions of the State.
Systems may also qualify for tax credits: up to 30 percent of the system cost for federal and 25 percent of the system cost (up to $5,000 for a primary residence) for New York State.
Check out NY-Sun Incentive for more on this assistance.
NYSERDA also offers financing through Green Jobs – Green New York.
Residential customers can acquire loans up to $13,000, or $25,000 with higher cost-effectiveness standards, over 5, 10 or 15 years. The current interest rate is 3.49 percent.
Small businesses with 100 employees or less and not-for-profit organizations, can borrow up to $100,000 at half the market interest rate and On-Bill Recovery loans of up to $50,000 at 3 percent interest over 10 years.
Find a contractor on NYSERDA’s website to get started.
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What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?
The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Tickets and more information available here
Cold Spring Harbor
The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
Evita - Friday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Wizard of Oz - Saturday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, Oct. 19 at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets and more information available here
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Weird Science - Friday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m.
De La Ghetto - Friday, Oct. 17 at 11 p.m.
Boobstock - Saturday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, Oct. 18 at 10 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here
Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Masters of the Telecaster GE Smith, Larry Campbell, Jim Weider and Taylor Barton - Saturday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m.
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Farmers Markets in or adjacent to Long Island's downtowns:
700 Hempstead Tpke.
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18 Village Square
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June 3-Nov. 25
125 Community Drive
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115 Forest Ave.
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1 West Chester Street
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New Hyde Park
1441 Jericho Tpke.
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54 Audrey Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
June through November
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-Noon
June through October
LIRR parking lot no. 12, Sunrise Highway
Sundays, 7 a.m.-Noon
June 1-Nov. 23
Railroad Street, LIRR Lot @ Washington Avenue
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
May 31-Nov. 22
471 Atlantic Avenue
Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
July 12-Oct. 18
Elm Street lot
Sundays, 7 a.m.-Noon
June 1- Nov. 23
Town Hall Lot, Montauk Highway
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
May 31-Nov. 22
Main Street, across from fire department
Sundays, 9 am - 2 pm
May 18- Nov. 23
Mattituck Florist, Love Lane
Fridays, 3-6 p.m.
May 9-Oct. 31
Cow Harbor parking lot
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 7 – Nov. 22
127 Smithtown Blvd.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 7-Nov. 22
7-11 Lot, 255 East Main St.
Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
July 4-Nov. 21
Behind 117 Main Street
Thursdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
June 5-Nov. 6
of Prince and Broadway
Sundays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
May through November
Breakwater Yacht Club lot, Bay & Burke Streets
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
May 17 through Oct. 25
Islip Grange, Broadway Avenue
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
mid-May through November
85 Mill Rd., next to historical Society
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
May 10-Nov. 22
Fall festivals in or adjacent to Long Island's downtowns:
Massapequa Fall Festival
Massapequa LIRR station
Nov. 8-9 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Theodore Roosevelt Park in Oyster Bay
Oct. 18-19 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Rockville Centre Fall Festival
Rockville Centre LIRR station
Oct. 25-26 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Seaford Fall Festival
Seaford LIRR station
Oct. 18-19 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Port Jefferson Harvest Fest
from noon-6 p.m.
St. John's Annual Harvest Fair
12 Prospect Street, Huntington village
Nov. 8 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Middle Aged Men In Lycra
It's not quite as filthy, perverted and immoral as the original game, but Cards Against Urbanity promises to offer players a good time while teaching a few lessons about urban planning. This Kickstarter project is looking for $7,500 to create "the card game for horrible places." And with 616 backers offering $20,533 as of Wednesday afternoon, this game is getting made. Like Apples to Apples and Cards Against Humanity, this game is all about playing noun cards in your hand to match the adjective or sentence card played each turn. A black card reading "My city's latest economic plan includes" could elicit cards like "hot hipsters," "all nude rooftop deck" or "Brad Pitt pretending to be an architect." Kickstarter will end the window for backing on Monday, Oct. 20 in case you want a deck for the office or home.
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