October 17th - 24th, 2015
Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C.
Founded in 1968, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek has since emerged as the preeminent Long Island law firm. For over 47 years, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek has consistently evolved and expanded to meet their clients’ changing needs. As specialized as they are diverse, they have built cornerstone groups that represent all major practice areas of law including: corporate & securities, financial services, commercial litigation, health care, real estate, employment, and trusts & estates. They service a diverse and sophisticated clientele that includes large and mid-sized corporations, privately held businesses, institutions and individuals. With more than 60 attorneys, superior knowledge of the law, polished business acumen and proven credentials, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek has earned a reputation for excellence and success. It is this ongoing achievement that makes them an acknowledged leader among their peers and the preferred choice among business leaders.
“We met some really beautiful people. They weren't looking for a hand out... But just a hand up.They were extremely grateful that we came down to show some love and understanding. It was a short trip but I think we helped get these Forgotten communities on the Map.We were able to serve BBQ to over 1200 victims and handed out about $6500.We have been in constant contact with their community leaders and have been giving daily duidance to help them further move forward.”
-Tommy Asher, Island Park Business & Residential Chamber Trustee
"The collective work being done by several community groups, hundreds of volunteers and private companies helping hundreds affected inSouth Carolina, while continuing to assist Sandy affected residents, was nothing short of remarkable."
- Jon Siebert, Friends of Long Island Program Coordinator
On October 15, 2015, Mildred Little passed away due to complications after a stroke. Ms. Little had been a community activitist for over 50 speaking out on a wide range of issues facing her community.
Little was known as a "go to" person by the neighborhood and was directly involved in many community organizations. She also involved with the NAACP, the League of Women Voters and the Progressive Civic Association, as well as others. Thrughout the mid-1990s and early 2000s, she served on the zoning board of appeals.
Felt as a great loss to the community, Little's efforts will continue in those she has influenced such as North Hempstead Councilwoman Viviana Russell who was encouraged to run by Little.
“Sad to see the passing of Ms. Little who was a leader in her community in fighting environmental contamination, unsafe housing conditions and all forms of neighborhood issues. Even in the last decade she was a strong independent voice in the revitalization efforts on Prospect Ave. Her leadership left a stamp on folks well beyond New Cassel and many lives were improved by her work. She will be sadly missed", said Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander.
For more about the life of Mildred Little, visit Newsday.
Sandy Groups Continue to Help on LI and South Carolina
Community organizations throughout Long Island were as active as ever last week as the three year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy draws near. In an effort to “pay it forward” to residents of South Carolina who have just started to recover from historic flooding, two separate trucks of relief supplies made the journey down with volunteers to Georgetown, Andrews and Lake City, South Carolina, while rehabilitation of a Sandy home was underway in Lindenhurst.
Assessing Benefits of Neighborhood Walkability to Single-Family Property Values
A study by six researchers at the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University, "Assessing Benefits of Neighborhood Walkability to Single-Family Property Values," shows an increase in property values in walkable neighborhoods.
The study of nearly 22,000 single-family home sales in Austin, Texas showed that areas with a Walk Score of over 90 showed "a 1 percent increase in walkability yielded a $1,329 increase in property values; a 1 percent increase in sidewalk density generated a $785 increase in property values.” Those neighborhoods that were “somewhat walkable” showed property value increases as well, although considerably less as the Walk Score decreased.
The study, which can be viewed here, corresponded with similar studies that revealed that each additional point of Walk Score is associated with between $700 and $3,000 increase in home values. This study, like many, do raise concerns over housing affordability in cities, however a decrease in transportation costs in walkable neighborhoods does offset some of the housing cost. (The cost of car ownership is approximately $9,000 annually).
You can view your neighborhood’s Walk Score here.
As Clock Winds Down, House Passes a 6 Year $325 Billion Transportation Bill
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a $325 billion, six year transportation bill on Thursday as the clock ticks towards the looming October 29th deadline to either pass a long-term highway bill or continue to pass temporary stop gates. Supporters of the measure said Thursday's committee vote is the first step toward Congress passing a long-term highway bill for the first time in 10 years.
Suffolk County Transit Could See a $10 Million Cut in Upcoming Budget
Vision Long Island joined LI Bus Riders Union, Jobs with Justice, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, and Suffolk transit riders this week in Hauppauge to oppose proposed funding cuts to the Suffolk Transit system. County Executive Steve Bellone has proposed a $10 million cut to the system in the upcoming proposed budget, with $4 million of that being cut from the SCAT service which transports disabled residents. Equitable funding in for Suffolk has been a priority of the Long Island Lobby Coalition for the past few years.
Pacthogue Village Crosswalk Gets A Personal Touch
Pedestrian safety, art and community pride all came together recently in Patchogue Village courtesy of ArtSpace resident Dave Rogers with the creation of “The Growth of Patchogue”, a compliment to an illuminated crosswalk just west of New Village at the Four Corners.
The lighted crosswalk system has finally been installed across Main Street by the library after sitting in storage for several years. Through a Patchogue Arts Council grant and competition, a Rogers was commissioned to design artwork which is burned into the roadway. The designer will be receiving a small stipend for his work, which marks the first project of this kind on Long Island. “The mayor liked the idea and PAC liked the design. No other village or town has this. And we’ll have it in lights,” he said. “A bunch of artists submitted, and they actually picked my design,” he said. “So I was lucky enough that I had the idea and they picked my design, which was a great plus for me.”
The crosswalk, which links the Patchogue Library to the south and the Patchogue Theater to the north, will hopefully not be the only one on Long Island. “I hope other villages and towns get jealous and call me,” Rogers said. Others are in fact taking a look at the concept to apply to their municipalities, including Mastic Beach Village Mayor Maura Spery, who is intrigued by the ingenuity of the project and will be looking into the feasibility of adding it in the area.
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.
Gateway Nights in Huntington Station
Source the Station, the Town of Huntington, and the HS BID are collaborating on an event to create a downtown destination event at Gateway Plaza (1000 New York Avenue) on Friday, October 30th from 5pm-8pm. Parking for this free event will be at the New York Ave and Church Street parking lot.
Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse Webinar
The Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse will be holding a webinar on Friday, October 30th from 2PM to 3:30PM, focusing on the implementation strategies, the resulting increases in walkability and bike-friendliness, and the economic and fiscal benefits of each project.
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 located 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.
Aid AARP is Urging Governor Cuomo to Sign the CARE Act,
AARP is urging New York organizations to write to Governor Cuomo in support of signing the CARE Act, which was unanimously passed by both the Assembly and the Senate, into law. The Governor’s State of Opportunity Agenda included a call for the basic provisions of the bill. The CARE Act had been a priority of the Long Island Lobby Coalition.
Long Island Coalition for the Homeless Conducts Annual Winter Drive
Long Island Coalition for the Homeless conducts an annual winter drive in order to ensure the safety and needs of those that are homeless on Long Island, living on the streets. Each year, volunteers pack “homeless kits” that include warm clothing, toiletries (travel size), and non-perishable foods. These kits are distributed to individuals that are living on the streets both during our annual homeless count in January and also during ongoing street outreach efforts throughout the winter months.
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.
Cuomo Announced $7 Million for Airport Improvement Projects
Governor Cuomo announced $7 million in funding is available for airport improvement projects across New York State this week. These grants, coming from the Governor’s Aviation Capital Grants Program, will go toward supporting airport infrastructure and economic development projects across the state.
Applications and instructions can be found here.
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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Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
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41 Amazing Public-Space Transformations Captured by Google Street View
Far to often we look to build somewhere "new" instead of looking at the potential in our existing places. Check out these 41 amazing public spaces transformed to be more pedistrian oriented.