October 16th - 22nd, 2016
Founded in 1978, Zucaro Construction has grown to become one of the most respected and competitive General Contractors in the Long Island and the Metropolitan Area. Its founder, Andrew Zucaro, formed his company with the traditional values and attention to details that have guided him throughout his professional career.
With field experience and an extensive background in commercial, industrial and high-end residential construction management,coupled with “old school” business ethics as his foundation, it is not surprising to find Andrew Zucaro on site, managing each project in detail from beginning to end, ensuring satisfaction every step of the way.
Over the last 32 years, specializing in General Contracting and Construction Management, Zucaro Construction has paid great focus in compiling a lineup of seasoned and polished sub-contractors that meet Andrew Zucaro’s very high standards of workmanship and reliability. When combined with Zucaro Construction’s in-house crew, the result is a powerhouse team.
“The surge in foreclosures and vacant, abandoned ‘zombie properties’ across our state demands action,” DiNapoli said. “The creation of land banks, as well as legislation passed earlier this year, gives local officials new tools to promote economic recovery in the areas most heavily impacted by the foreclosure crisis. Over time, with adequate funding, these entities may help stop the erosion of local tax bases and return economic vitality in disadvantaged communities.” -NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli
Island Park Remediation and Housing Development Allowed to Move Ahead
An attempt to keep rental apartments out of a planned development in Island Park has been quashed by a State Appellate Court ruling. The court’s ruling is the highest form of appeal in the State on New York, affirming a previous Supreme Court ruling.
Mixed-use Building Gets Approval for Baldwin After Years of Vacancy
The Town of Hempstead Board of Appeals has given the go ahead to develop two retail stores with four apartments above at a long-vacant property on Merrick Road by the Grand Avenue intersection in Baldwin. The property is right across the street from 6 acres of blighted property that will be undergoing a massive redevelopment.
"It's no secret that Baldwin's downtown is up and coming, and developers and property owners are realizing the potential,” said Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran, who has been one of the people leading the way towards the revalorization of the Grand Avenue Area. “This project will nicely complement the county's Complete Streets project to make a Grand Avenue more walkable, safe, and attractive."
The property served as a service station up to about 60 years ago when it was paved over to serve as a parking lot in 1962. A few businesses operated in the parking lot’s adjacent 2-story building over the years, the last being a print shop that closed in 2003, leaving both the parking lot and building empty on the heavily traveled intersection. Thereafter, the property at 800 Merrick Road was purchased by Dr. Dennis Rossi who is the principle of Baldwin Medical Realty, who has tried to sell it for 13 years after it was purchased for $735,000 with no one interested in purchasing it. After plans to open a medical practice never came to fruition, Rossi’s attorney helped apply to the Town’s Board of Appeals, who approved the proposed mixed-use project earlier this month, as well as obtain parking variances for five parking spaces on the property. The building’s second story offices will be renovated into apartments, with the exterior undergoing major renovations.
“This area of Baldwin has been the site of a promising renaissance and renewal, and our client is a pioneer in that revitalization,” Rossi’s attorney said in a statement. “This will be the first new building of this type to be located in the heart of downtown Baldwin. We are taking a vacant structure and restoring it to good use.”
You can read more about the project that will help start the revitalization of Grand Avenue and Merrick Road in Long Island Business News
Westbury Arts Council's Black & White Masquerade Ball Gives Honors
State Funded Land Banks Promote Economic Recovery
State Comptroller DiNapoli recently released a report on the progress regional land banks are making in helping communities fight blight and address zombie properties. New York currently has 15 active land banks throughout the state, including one in Nassau and one in Suffolk, that acquire properties in an effort to return them to productive use though redevelopment or demolition.
“The surge in foreclosures and vacant, abandoned ‘zombie properties’ across our state demands action,” DiNapoli said. “The creation of land banks, as well as legislation passed earlier this year, gives local officials new tools to promote economic recovery in the areas most heavily impacted by the foreclosure crisis. Over time, with adequate funding, these entities may help stop the erosion of local tax bases and return economic vitality in disadvantaged communities.”
DiNapoli’s report noted as of July 2016, 10 of the state’s 15 land banks listed a total of 1,093 properties in their inventories, one-third of which are vacant lots or land, or properties slated for demolition.
To accomplish these goals, New York’s land banks rely heavily on subsidies to fund operations, the most significant of which is through the Land Banks Community Revitalization Initiative. This grant program is administered by the Office of the Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and is funded, in part, by financial settlements with large banks involved in the mortgage crisis. To date, a total of approximately $33 million has been allocated.
The Suffolk County Landbank Corporation (SCLBC) initially intended to focus on tax-delinquent “brownfield” properties in Suffolk County, where prior industrial or other use had left the sites contaminated with toxic substances. According to land bank officials, previously, if a property was tax-delinquent for three years, a tax deed was issued directly to Suffolk County so it could foreclose and take possession of the property. However, in the case of brownfield properties, the County did not pursue a tax deed, since it would have become responsible for remediating the environmental damage. Consequently, over 100 vacant brownfield sites in the County remained tax-delinquent with no clear path to return to productive use.
The SCLBC gave the County a way to remediate brownfield properties while avoiding liabilities related to ownership of such properties. The SCLBC, not the County, would be responsible for coordinating the remediation of these sites and for selling the properties to a third party. Believing it had a viable alternative to taking ownership of the brownfield sites, the County sent letters to tax-delinquent property owners stating that they would be foreclosed on if the County did not receive the outstanding property tax payments. Through that effort, the County received almost $2.7 million in back property taxes. The grant money provided allowed for the acquisition of five residential properties that year, according to SCLBC’s 2015 Annual Report. Recently, SCLBC issued a request for proposals to redevelop eight tax-delinquent brownfield sites. In June 2016, County officials announced approval to develop four of the properties. One of the properties, a former landfill, is slated to become a solar power generation site.
Unfortunately, out-year budget projections paint a pessimistic picture of land banks’ long-term financial sustainability. Budget reports filed with the Authorities Budget Office show subsidies and grants account for the vast majority of land bank revenues. The report estimates that subsidies and grants accounted for between 77 percent and 96 percent of land banks’ revenues. Most land banks estimate receiving little or no total revenue when their current grants run out, rather than projecting increased operating revenue such as tax collections or profits from sales to make up the difference.
Development of Electric Buses is Promising for Municipalities
Kings Park Final Public Visioning Workshop This Weekend
Hercules on the Harbor Run Benefits Stony Brook Hospital Cancer Research
The Hercules on the Harbor 10k is a challenging course with many ups and downs that covers both on and off-road terrain which highlights many of Stony Brook's landmarks, including the beautiful village green, the scenic marina and harbor, the spectacular Avalon Park & Preserve, Harmony Vineyards, the Stony Brook Duck Pond, the Grist Mill, and the charming residential community. The course offers both novice and seasoned runners memorable moments that will keep them returning year after year.
The Hercules on the Harbor 10K is a timed event as well as a USA Track and Field Sanctioned course that will have live music along the course route to encourage runners to conquer some of the more challenging inclines. It is a rain or shine race.
Proceeds from this event will support the Stony Brook Hospital Cancer Research Center. Registration will be available between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on October 23rd, the morning of the 10K race, for $45 per participant. Awards go to the top 3 Male and Female Overall runners. There will also be awards for the Top 3 Male and Female runners in each 5 year age groups (Under 14 through 85+)
Westbury Downtown Revitalization Initiative Public Meeting
28th Annual Keys for the Homeless Conference
Long Island Coalition for the Homeless’ 28th Annual Keys for the Homeless Conference, In the Trenches of Homelessness: Many Faces Hopeful Solutions, will be taking place on October 28th at Touro Law Center in Central Islip. The Keys Conference is a unique opportunity to meet and network with corporate and non-profit housing developers, funding sources, service providers, government officials, representatives from government agencies, and vendors in various fields.
This year’s Keynote Speaker will be New York Times Best Selling author Regina Calcaterra. Over a dozen of workshops covering several of the most pressing issues facing Long Island will be taking place, with some of the workshops offering CEU credits. Several awards and scholarships will be given.
There are various discounts for students and sponsorships available. You can click here for a full list of workshops and awardees, and to purchase tickets.
St. John's of Huntington to hold Annual Harvest Fair
Saturday October 29th from 10am until 4pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church will be holding their annual Harvest Fair in downtown Huntington. The festival will include live music, Holiday Boutiques, Silent Auction, Luscious Baked Goods, Top Quality Raffle Baskets, Vermont Cheese, White Elephant, Antiques & Fabulous Finds, Casual & Professional Thrift Shop, Hand Crafted Items, and the Canterbury Gift Shop. St. Johns is located in a historic church at the corner of Main Street and Prospect Street across from the library. For more info: http://www.stjohnshuntington.org/st__john_s_harvest_fair
Race2Rebuild 5k for Sandy Residents in Long Beach
Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander Speaks at Charting the Course Seminar
All business owners and professionals in the Huntington are invited to attend a seminar, hosted by Suffolk County Legislator William “Doc” Spencer and Town Supervisor Frank Petrone, to help local businesses gain access to the wide array of services available on the town, county and state levels.
Donations and Volunteers Needed for Babylon Ends Hunger
Upcoming Huntington Community Summit on Rental Housing
Down Payment Assistance Program Extended for Suffolk County
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone was joined by Legislator Kara Hahn and Community Development officials to announce the extension of the Suffolk County Down Payment Assistance Program this week. The financial program assists first time homebuyers with down payment funds in order to obtain homeownership.
“Having access to homeownership can be critical to the long-term stability of families and helps strengthen communities,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. “Yet, for many first time homebuyers, coming up with down payment funds is an insurmountable obstacle that can deny them the chance to own a home. This program helps to address that issue.”
Assistance will provide up to $10,000 in grant funding to eligible first time home buyers – helping an additional 35 Suffolk County families. A first-time homebuyer is defined by HUD as a person or persons who have not owned a home in the past three years. Since the program’s inception, Suffolk County has helped more than 1,700 families with down payments on their first homes. The area, known as the consortium area, includes all of Suffolk County, with the exception of Babylon and Islip Townships.
“It is important that we have young people stay here in Suffolk County, to work here, to live and recreate,” said Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn. ” I’d like to thank the folks from Community Development to make this a reality for individuals to stay. And it’s great to see that our residents are utilizing of this program.”
Some of the eligibility requirements outside of the “first-time homebuyer” provision include having an income of 80% or less than the area median income, having at least $3000 cash at the time of their application, a documented minimum income of at least $30,000 a year, and being able to qualify for a mortgage. The maximum purchase price for a single-family home, co-op or condominium for the program is $356,000.
Applications for the program are being accepted through November 30, 2016. Residents inside of the consortium area can download the application and view eligibility criteria and other information about the program through the Community Development tab on the County’s website, www.suffolkcountyny.gov. Applications will be accepted by mail only and can also be requested from the Community Development Office at (631) 853–5705. You can also check out News 12 for media coverage regarding the announcement.
Park & Trail Partnership Program
Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), with support from Governor Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, are pleased to announce the second round of competitive grants through the NYS Park and Trail Partnership Program. This program is open to Friends organizations that support New York State parks, trails and state historic sites and is administered by PTNY, in partnership with OPRHP.
$16 Million in Grant Money for Energy-Efficient Housing Construction
As a part of Governor Cuomo’s goal to reach 50% renewable energy by 2030, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is offering $16 million dollars for the design and construction of energy-efficient housing. It has been projected that buildings that take advantage of this support will see yearly savings of 9 million dollars.
"Ensuring New York's buildings are constructed to the highest standards of energy efficiency is crucial to both our long-term sustainability and prosperity of the state,” said Governor Cuomo. "Smart choices about efficiency can simultaneously save money and protect the environment. This investment promotes that principle in order to build healthy communities and save consumers hundreds of millions of dollars."
Half of the 16 million dollars will be offered to builders of low-rise buildings, including single family homes, and the other half is meant for builders of mid- and high-rise buildings that consist of apartment units. Applications for this grant money will be accepted through December 29, 2017, or until funding runs out.
More information about the grant and the application process can be found on NYSERDA’s website.
Intern with Vision Long Island!
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