October 15th - 21st, 2017
Established in 1966, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. (GPI) is a consulting engineering, planning, survey, mapping, and construction management and inspection firm that specializes in the innovative development, design and construction of infrastructure and building systems. Originally founded by A. Beecher Greenman and Herbert M. Pedersen, GPI has grown from a two-person endeavor to a consulting firm included among ENR’s top 100 national design firms.
GPI provides services to a wide variety of government agencies, municipalities, institutions, industries, architects and developers. They attribute their long-lasting relationships with their clients to the talented, responsive, service-oriented professionals employed throughout the GPI organization.
They take pride in the many projects they have successfully completed and enjoy the challenge of new and difficult engineering issues requiring innovative, yet practical, cost- effective solutions. The firm’s commitment to provide quality engineering services and to work as a team with their clients is the reason those clients continue to turn to GPI for engineering solutions.
“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... This approach brings ideas to reality, and helps make projects that align with their downtown improvement plans come to fruition.” - Gail Lynch-Bailey, Middle Island Civic Association
Renaissance Village Grand Opening in Middle Island
Vision Long Island joined developer Concern for Independent Living this past week for the grand opening celebration of Renaissance Village in Middle Island.
This 123-unit rental project aims to provide affordable housing to the community for veterans and others. Middle Island Civic Association President Gail Bailey spoke at the event on the many new commercial and residential developments coming as part of their plan to connect a town center to the varying uses that exist in the community. Both Concern and the civic association won Smart Growth Awards this year in relation to this project and other revitalization efforts. The design of the buildings and management of the facility were a testament to the staff and consultants at Concern, including contractors Belfor.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone also spoke at the event and was joined by Suffolk Legislators Kate Browning, Rob Calarco and Sarah Anker.
Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine spoke in support of the project and took time to thank the former councilwoman, Connie Kepert, for her work on the site. The Supervisor also spoke in support of two other projects that are tied to the sewer plant from this development, noting that they would be favorable additions to the community. Councilman Michael Loguercio spoke in support as well.
The Middle Island Civic Association and Vision Long Island worked on a visioning and master plan for the community that was approved by the Town of Brookhaven. The site was subject to a multi-year approval process and multiple lawsuits before becoming a reality.
Vision Long Island would like to congratulate Ralph Fasano and his team at Concern for Independent Living for completing this long awaited project. For more on this project, click here.
Hearthstone in Farmingdale Holds Tour of New Townhouses
Hosted by Bartone Properties, Vision Long Island attended a tour of the new Hearthstone development in downtown Farmingdale. The tour was well attended as numerous people stopped by to check out the brand new living spaces.
The Hearthstone project is located within easy walking distance of the train station and the lively restaurant and entertainment scene of Farmingdale Village. The project contains 24 units that are roomy and well designed. Vision Board Member Anthony Bartone from Bartone Properties is the builder of the project.
Town homes such as these, are just one part of the range of housing opportunities needed in a downtown to encourage residents both young and old to stay by providing an ownership option for local residents who otherwise may be forced to move further away. A model unit now open for viewing by appointment. For more information, visit their website.
Huntington Town Supervisor Candidate Forum Speaks to Local Environmental Concerns
A Town of Huntington Supervisor Candidate Forum was held earlier this week co-sponsored by League of Conservation Voters (LVC), Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment (CCE), and Green Inside and Out. The event, held at the Huntington Library, featured candidates NYS Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci and Huntington Councilwoman Tracey A. Edwards
Nearly 100 residents were in attendance as the candidates answered a range of questions that included coastal water, waste water, sewer expansion, housing growth, renewable energy, waste management, recycling, bus service, walkability among others.
Vision would like to thank Josh Klainberg from LCV on doing a great job organizing, fellow panelists Maureen Murphy from CCE and Beth Fiteni from Green Inside and Out, and the thoughtful and persuasive candidates for putting together a productive forum.
Lawsuit Against The Villa at Glen Cove Dismissed
A lawsuit against the City of Glen Cove and The Villa at Glen Cove development has been dismissed by Nassau County Supreme Court Judge George Peck.
The lawsuit was brought by two Glen Cove residents, Roni Epstein and Marsha Silverman, who claimed that the City and developer violated the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) as well as other laws and regulations. The suit sought to annul a December 2015 resolution by the City Council and a January 2016 resolution by the planning board, both of which were related to SEQRA. The plaintiffs have vowed to review their position and appeal the decision. Silverman is also currently running for Glen Cove City Council.
Judge Peck dismissed the case while citing that “the record demonstrates that the City Respondents examined and analyzed the impact of Livingston’s proposed project on the character of the community and neighborhood, stormwater runoff, and potential soil contamination at the premises. Peck also referred to the requests as “untimely.” In addition to the dismissal, Peck also lifted a temporary restraining order in that will allow certain areas of the site to begin preparation work such as removal of certain trees.
The Villa, as currently envisioned, will be developed on a four-acre property that is consider blighted along Glen Cove, Craft, and Ralph Young Avenues. The project will have 176 units in six buildings, with 16 of those units made into affordable housing. Demolition of the site began in May, with several more abandoned buildings waiting to be torn down.
The Livingston Group received a Revitalizing Communities Smart Growth Award from Vision Long Island this past year for this project.
You can read more here.
Nassau County Candidate Forums Focused on Local Communities
Over the past two months, Vision Long Island board and staff have participated in, moderated, or co-sponsored a series of Nassau County candidate forums. These events allowed local businesses, residents, municipalities, and advocates opportunities to hear substantive positions on critical issues.
Long Island Business Council Nassau County Candidates Forum:
Key topics included: reforming the property tax assessment system, balancing the budget, reducing fees, tax issues such as tax sharing and getting a fair share of internet taxes, reforms and checks and balances in the wake of widespread Nassau County government corruption, public transportation funding including NICE Bus, Nassau as a sanctuary city, Bay Park Ocean Outfall Pipe and the surge-barrier gates - a LI resiliency measure, police resources, infrastructure projects – such as the Nassau Hub, audit priorities, Nassau County IDA policies contract system reforms, and more. While opposing candidates in both races certainly have different positions and plans if elected, there was a consensus that we need to look forward and not to the past to ensure Nassau can face some of the daunting challenges that lie ahead.
Nassau County Executive Environmental Candidate Forum:
A variety of environmental issues with direct impacts on Long Island were discussed including the Bay Park sewage treatment plant; wind, solar and other renewables; funding for NICE Bus and complete streets; support for IDA incentives for downtown TOD rental housing; congestion pricing; and open space initiatives.
Nassau County Village Officials Association County Executive Candidates:
Senator Schumer Calls on NY Congressional Delegation to Oppose Repeal of SALT Deduction
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer has called on the entire NY Congressional House Delegation to oppose the repeal of the State & Local Tax Deduction (SALT).
Schumer began a statewide push to stop the GOP from pushing ahead with a tax proposal in the House that would totally eliminate the deduction, which provides an average deduction of $19,886 on Long Island. The proposal would also have an effect on property taxes as well. As part of his efforts, he is calling on local people who would be affected to contact their congressperson and push to have the proposal dismissed.
Calling it a “gut-punch” to local families, Schumer stated that if the entirety of New York’s House members unite, then they could keep the proposal from moving forward.
“This tax plan is a gut shot to the middle class and all of New York’s economy that not only strips away the vital state and local tax deduction and personal exemptions, but also goes so far as to undermine support for Medicare and Medicaid. Businesses and elected officials throughout New York State are sounding the alarm on the Republican tax plan that punishes middle-class families while larding massive rewards to the already-rich and to profitable corporations.”
You can read more here.
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.
Huntington Village Art Walk To Take Place on Sunday, October 22nd
The Huntington Arts Council will be holding its Annual Art Walk this Sunday, October 22nd from 12 to 4 p.m.
The walk will feature a free, self-guided tour filled with Art, Food, and Drink as well as make local artists available to meet. Refreshments will be available and raffles will be ongoing for gift baskets. There will be 7 locations within a mile walk, including:
Clayvista@Conklin Barn (clayvista.com); Fotofoto Gallery and the Moon Rose (fotofotogallery.org); B.J. spoke gallery (bjspokegallery.org); Huntington Arts Center (Huntingtonartcenter.com); Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building (huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org); Huntington Arts Council (huntingtonarts.org); Heckscher Museum of Art (heckscher.org)
You can find more information on the event as well as a map of the walk here.
Nassau Suffolk Law Services Hosts Fall Commitment to Justice Reception on October 25th
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 http://www.nslawservices.org or call Sheila Johnson at 631 232-2400 Ext. 3322.
Central Islip's "Good Neighbor Awards" to be Held on October 26th
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.
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 http://www.suffolkmarathon.com
Or call GLIRC (the Greater Long Island Running Club) at 516.349.7646.
Long Island Business Development Council to Hold Meeting on November 2nd
The LIBDC will be holding a dinner meeting on November 2nd to exemplify organizations and companies that support Town of Huntington’s smart growth. The event will feature a welcome address from Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone as well as Ryan Porter from Source the Station / Renaissance Downtowns and Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander.
The event will take place in the Savoy Room at the Hilton Long Island located at 598 Broadhollow Road in Melville. Tickets are free for Gold members, $75 for Silver members, and $85 for non-members. You can reserve seats here and contact Marlene McDonnell by email at email@example.com or phone at 516-314-8982 for more information. You can also visit LIBDC.org for more information about the organization itself.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at 631.913.4258.
Application for 2017 Community Change Grants Are Now 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.
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.
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
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, email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not call the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless regarding this position. Questions should be submitted via email only.
Vision Joins Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender for Downtown Tour
Last week, Vision Long Island joined a tour of the Village of Great Neck Plaza highlighting their excellent work on traffic calming and pedestrian safety.
Mayor Jean Celender, who has led downtown revitalization efforts through the years, showed real life examples of success. The tour group visited and heard about numerous improvements including roundabouts, road diets, countdown timers, crosswalks, medians, benches, plazas, permeable parking lots, public art, and other creative walkability enhancements. The Village of Sea Cliff officials and the Sea Cliff Traffic Safety Committee joined the tour as well.
We were happy to once again see these Smart Growth Award winning design improvements and sincerely hope that Nassau County will look into employing some of these treatments on appropriate roadways.
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