October 21 - October 27, 2013
Mill Creek Residential
Mill Creek Residential develops and acquires premier multifamily apartment communities. They combine an unprecedented track record of leadership and industry expertise with innovative, forward-thinking strategies to tackle the challenges of today’s marketplace. They believe in creating apartment homes that complement and enhance the local communities in which we live and work, and which create a long-lasting legacy for future generations. They are the developers behind the apartments at West 130, the former site of the Courtesy Hotel.
On the Bay Park funds...
"This aid is critical and there will be more on the way," Senator Chuck Schumer
"One of the points of the program is to make things better than they were," Governor Andrew Cuomo
"It's a wonderful opportunity to clean up our environment," Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano
On the Sandy tax relief...
“Passing this bill has brought us another step closer to helping those who were devastated by the Superstorm. Property owners will be spared from paying full taxes on homes that are no longer there or no longer habitable after the storm,” State Assemblyman Robert Sweeney
“This is a simple matter of fairness,” State Senator Phil Boyle
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Please Join Us For The 2013 Smart Growth Summit!
This 12th year of gathering Long Island's leaders will address our most challenging regional and local issues. In 2013, our region is recovering from difficult times: small businesses are hurting, community leaders are facing increased quality of life concerns, environmentalists, transportation and infrastructure leaders are seeing limited revenues, developers are struggling to secure financing for important projects, governments on all levels are straining to balance their budgets, and our young people are still leaving. The Smart Growth movement and its related family of New Urbanism, Sustainability, and green principles continue to provide policies that assist Long Island when calibrated to address our specific local needs.
The 12th Annual Smart Growth Summit will feature networking, a trade show, workshops, technical worksessions, a youth summit and plenary sessions on regional and local issues facing mixed-use development. Some sessions will include: downtown revitalization, priority infrastructure, financing Smart Growth, downtown management, transit-oriented development, Smart Growth, energy, youth leadership, regional projects, post-Sandy resiliancem, and many others to be announced in the coming weeks based on input from the broader movement.
Our goal is to once again have more than 1,000 leaders working together. So here is where we need your help: please plan to join us and consider sponsoring the event. Attached is sponsorship and registration information (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.
More Relief Coming A Year After Superstorm Sandy
Long Island homeowners battered and bruised by Superstorm Sandy are in line for tax relief as part of a quartet of laws signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday.
The Superstorm Sandy Assessment Relief Act was the primary piece of legislation, opening the door for municipalities to drop property tax assessments on damaged homes. Sponsors State Assemblyman Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) and State Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) said the bill will help hundreds of families shoulder the financial burden of repairs.
“Passing this bill has brought us another step closer to helping those who were devastated by the Superstorm. Property owners will be spared from paying full taxes on homes that are no longer there or no longer habitable after the storm,” Sweeney said. “This is a simple matter of fairness.”
The new law allows local municipalities to retroactively adjust taxes; local assessors were already permitted to adjust the value of a property for tax purposes. While many tax bills will simply be lowered, any resident with their 2012 taxes changed after paying will receive a refund.
If approved, local municipalities will be responsible for evaluating damage. Based on the extent of the damage immediately after Sandy, homeowners would see financial relief. No repairs are to be included into the decision.
Complete destruction warrants property taxes being dropped to 0, while 50-59 percent property loss warrants a 55 percent tax reduction. Municipalities can also opt to include relief for homeowners with 10-19 percent through 40-49 percent damage.
According to the legislation, local governments have 45 days from the date Governor Cuomo signed it. The bill also applies to both counties of Long Island and several upstate communities, but not New York City.
“This legislation demonstrates what government can and should accomplish. Working across party lines to assist New Yorkers in their greatest time of need," Boyle said.
Cuomo also signed three other pieces of legislation. One bill gives local governments an extra year to repay municipal inter-fund advances, while another opens school and government reserve funds for Sandy recovery expenses without a public referendum. The governor also approved legislation expanding the amount of shoreline covered by community preservation funds within the Peconic Bay region.
“As we approach the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, it is fitting that we take this step to conserve our beautiful and pristine beaches that not only act as a buffer to protect our coastal communities but also represent an emblematic symbol of Long Island’s east end,” State Senator Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) said.
This legislation marks the sixth bill signed with the help of the Long Island Lobby Coalition. Friends of Freeport, Lindy Manpower and Mastic Beach Coad were among the nearly 50 groups who made the trip to Albany in February.
Long Island To Cuomo: 'We're Not Leaving'
Governor Andrew Cuomo listened to neighborhood leaders from Babylon, West Babylon, Oakdale, West Sayville and other parts of Long Island Wednesday about how they plan to rebuild from Superstorm Sandy.
A week before the one-year anniversary of the historic storm, state officials hosted a New York Rising Community Reconstruction conference in Albany to discuss state approval for federal funds to rebuild after Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The one-day affair called on 10 of the 45 committees developing strategies through the state’s Community Reconstruction Program (CRP) – formerly known as Community Reconstruction Zones (CRZ) – to discuss their process.
Of the eight Suffolk County CRP committees, Babylon-West Babylon and Oakdale-West Sayville attended. Freeport and Long Beach also participated as the Nassau County delegation.
Long Islanders told Cuomo and his panel they had no interest in selling their homes to the government. Instead, they’ve been looking into ways to better prevent damage and recover more quickly from the next disaster, like raising roads and guarding emergency resources.
“It’s about: How do you manage water?” Babylon-West Babylon co-Chairman Dominic Bencivenga said.
With $750 million in federal community development block grants already set aside, each community must finalize their proposals by the end of the winter to receive funding for their projects. Another $3 million is also available for plans judged to be the best.
Oakdale-West Sayville leaders discussed shoring up areas around a sewage treatment plant to avoid flooding, improving drainage and raising roads along key waterways.
The Freeport committee said protecting a power plant and industrial park were paramount.
Committees have met several times amongst themselves in the past few months, and held at least one public meeting in that time. During those meetings, residents are invited to mark up maps, write down suggestions and otherwise offer their input to rebuild their communities.
A contingent of nearly 300 Friends of Long Island supporters and Vision Long Island staff made the trip. The Mastic Beach representatives included: Jon Siebert, Maura Spery, Mike Kobasiuk, Kerri Rosalia, Jim Wisdom, Mayor Bill Biondi, Assemblyman Ed Hennessy, Tom Gross, Frank and Gale Cappiello and Senator Lee Zeldin representative Bill Doyle. Ron Beattie, Richard Remmer, Islip Planning Commissioner Dave Geneway and Islip Chief of Staff Lynda Distler came from the Oakdale and West Sayville community. Theresa DePietto-Roesler, Kim Skillen, Clare McKeon and Dominic Bencivenga joined from Babylon and West Babylon, while Jackie Milton, Dan Horn and Gloria Sheahan came from Lindenhurst, and Dorian Dale represented Gilgo and Captree. Executive Director Eric Alexander and Assistant Director Tawaun Weber represented Vision.
State Directs Federal Funds Into Bay Park Plant:
Largest Investment Into Sewers In Long Island History
Nassau County politicians spent much of 2013 battling over the funding for repairs to the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant, which spilled raw sewage spilled into Nassau County communities after Superstorm Sandy.
But on Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo released federal money for several Long Island projects, including the Bay Park plant.
Cuomo allocated $815 million to harden vulnerable structures and power systems. Of that, $455 million will go towards various repairs and improvements at the sewage plant.
The Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant serves half a million Nassau County residents and processes about 50 million gallons of sewage daily. Sandy crippled the plant last fall with nine feet of saltwater flooding.
The plant is up and running again, albeit temporarily. Noisy emergency generators currently power the plant to the tune of $1 million every month. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano proposed a $722-million plan this summer to repair, rebuild and harden both Bay Park and the Cedar Creek Sewage Treatment Plants. The Nassau County Legislature, however, voted only to authorize spending $262 million. That does not include replacing the corroded electrical system at Bay Park.
Getting the plant off temporary power is a goal of these new funds. According to the governor, the existing generators will be repaired, and the electrical system will be elevated. The plant itself will also be hardened with a system of dikes, levees and moveable flood walls. A larger sewage line to handle increased flow during storm surges and replacing damaged sludge dewatering equipment is also slated to be completed with this $455 million.
The $815 million also includes $242 million for improvements at the Bergen Point Wastewater Treatment Facility in Suffolk County, $51 million to create a power outage management system, $47 million to harden eight South Shore bridges and $20 million for a microgrid – a local system of generating and storing electricity that connects to the main system – in each Long Island county.
"It is our understanding that the $455 million in federal and New York State investment in the Bay Park Sewage Treatment plant is the largest one time grant for sewer upgrades in Long Island's history," Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander said, adding that Mangano, Cuomo and federal officials were all involved in securing the funding for this long-neglected facility.
Recognizing Nassau’s Best Small Business Owners
Hundreds paid homage to some of the most successful Nassau County merchants last week.
Thirty-nine local businessmen and women were honored during the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce’s (NCCC) 29th Annual Small Businessperson of the Year and Legislative Breakfast at Crest Hollow Country Club on Oct. 18.
President Julie Marchesella, other NCCC officials and politicians spoke with the crowd over ham and eggs about the state of small businesses in Nassau County. Their addresses touched on topics like Superstorm Sandy, buying locally, the Hub project, government accountability, downtown redevelopment and veterans’ discount plans.
NCCC First Vice President Francesca Carlow praised community shops for spending money locally and chastised corporate stores for siphoning profits out of the region.
“These tax dollars provide greater support for our fire departments and police departments,” Carlow said of payments by downtown stores.
Thirty-seven chambers of commerce sent honorees to Friday’s breakfast. These individuals included traditional business owners like jewelers, bankers and a barber, but also includes a coffee and ice bar owner and an acupuncturist. The list even consists of nonprofits and a pastor.
All of the nominees are local business owners and entrepreneurs selected for their community and chamber of commerce involvement, as well as for making a significant contribution to their local economy.
Several elected officials were present for the event, some addressing the crowd. State Senate Minority Leaders Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) pledged to get politics out of their way, citing taxes and regulations as the bane of small business. The legislature, he added, can empower small businesses to create jobs throughout New York.
Before he introduced developer Bruce Ratner to discuss the future Nassau Coliseum, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano offered a glowing image of the county’s commercial activity. Unemployment is the lowest in the region, Mangano said, and sales tax has grown 9 percent, or about $100 million, this year.
“For the first time in a long time, companies are coming back,” the county executive said.
The Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce is an umbrella organization acting as a spokesperson for more than 40 chambers in Nassau County. Long Island was home to more than 90,000 businesses grossing over $100 billion annually, and the vast majority of these employed 50 people or less.
NICE Bus Improvements On The Horizon
Nassau County is divided by political party as November elections draw nearer, but the county’s mass transit system is in line to win from both.
Democrats have proposed an additional $4 million for the Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) bus system, while Republican Supervisor Ed Mangano announced new vans to transport disabled riders at no cost to taxpayers.
The NICE busses, operated by Veolia Transportation, are tentatively funded for $2.6 million out of a $2.79 billion proposed budget for Nassau County in 2014. At the same time, the service is seeing fewer riders and more dissatisfaction from remaining riders.
Veolia cut service by $7.3 million in April 2012 after winning the first private contract for the system. Mass transit advocates have since said restoring that funding would bring back 84,000 hours of service and add just a fraction of a percent to the county’s budget.
Democrats, however, are kicking around the idea of restoring $4 million. The funding was added as part of the back-and-forth between Democrat and Republican legislators hashing out the county’s 2014 budget; a budget must be in place by the end of the month.
“That could help restore a lot of the service cuts that were made in April,” Tri-State Associate Director Ryan Lynch said, confirming it would not completely restore those cuts.
The transportation reform nonprofit said that $4 million would return 46,000 hours of service. They also identified 10 routes in Republican districts significantly hurt by the cuts. That includes the N73/74 from Hicksville to Wantagh, N15/33 in Long Beach, N27 in Garden City and N70/71/72 in Massapequa. Lynch said he hopes the severity of the topic transcends politicking and is part of the final budget.
“This is a non-partisan issue,” he added.
Last week, Mangano and Veolia announced 28 vehicles in NICE’s Able-Ride service are being replaced at no cost to taxpayes. All of the outgoing vehicles are seven years old.
“We are pleased to update the Able-Ride fleet and we’re doing it in a way that will improve the experience for NICE’s paratransit customers,” Mangano said.
The acquisition carries a $1.2 million-price tag, although none of that will come from the county’s coffers. Veolia will pay $780,000 for 18 of the vans, while the remaining 10 will be funded through a $435,000 Federal Transportation Administration grant.
Unlike the mini-busses dominating the 95-vehicle Able-Ride fleet, the new vehicles are Dodge vans modified to accommodate wheelchairs. Able to hold two customers in wheelchairs and two seated passengers, these new vans are smaller than their predecessors. Mangano and Veolia claim they will save on fuel, can ride on parkways and offer a more comfortable ride.
The first of these vans are expected to be delivered by the end of the month.
“It’s good news,” Lynch added.
Meanwhile, the Long Island Bus Riders’ Union will be releasing their second annual report card on NICE busses. The public transportation advocates are expected to meet at the Rosa Parks Hempstead Transit Center on Oct. 29 at noon to judge Veolia for providing bus service to people with disabilities.
What's The Status On Smart Growth?
In an issue last week, Newsday reviewed the status of several ongoing “Smart Growth” projects. Four have been supported by Vision Long Island.
Developer Tritec Real Estate won a Smart Growth Award in 2009 for their The New Village at Patchogue, as well as a Top Mixed Use Project award from Long Island Business News that year. This project entails creating 291 units of housing and 30,000 square feet of retail through five bedrooms on the 5-acre site of the former Swezey’s department store. It also includes a fitness center, clock tower and wi-fi throughout.
Construction is coming to a close and leases for studio, 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units should be available by early winter, with residents moving in six months later. Rent is expected to range from $1,300 for studios to more than $2,900 for the largest units.
Over in Nassau County, the Hempstead Village is expected to break ground on the first apartments early next year. Renaissance Downtowns included 3,500 units of housing across more than 100 acres as part of their $2.5 billion redevelopment of Hempstead. The new community will lie within half a mile from a LIRR station and will permit light industrial tied to retail.
The project is also expected to create 3,500 permanent jobs and 10,000 construction jobs. According to the developer’s deal with the village, the first 25 percent of construction and permanent jobs must go to Hempstead residents and 25 percent must go to local or minority contractors.
Engel Burman’s future Doubleday Court in Garden City is projected to break ground before the end of the year. That plan includes 54 condominiums in a stone- and brick-faced three-story complex. Featuring stainless-steel appliances, stone countertops and European-inspired cabinetry, the two-bedroom and two-bathroom condos will carry a price tag of about $670,000. Of the 54, 28 are reportedly already in contract. The complex will also be within walking distance of neighborhood restaurants.
The Plaza at Farmingdale has a 2015 tentative completion date. Developer Bartone Properties has plans to erect 154 apartments and almost 20,000 square feet of retail space in two buildings next to the Farmingdale LIRR station. While all of the apartments will carry a minimum $2,000 monthly rent, 10 percent of the units have been reserved for workforce housing. The development is also expected to include a theater room, courtyards with barbecues and even the ability to conduct conference calls. Bartone received a Smart Growth Award in 2011.
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Strong Showing For Riverhead Community Center
A long-awaited multi-use center on the East End gained the backing of public officials earlier this week.
Congressman Tim Bishop, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and members of the Riverhead Town Board praised the Riverhead First Baptist Church for their proposed Family Community Life Center on Monday morning. Even Town Councilman John Dunleavy, who remains undecided on the project, admitted a need exists.
“We used to do a lot for senior citizens, but because of budget cuts we had to cut them out,” Dunleavy said.
Pastor Charles Coverdale and wife Shirley have advocated for the center for decades. If the Town of Riverhead approves the necessary special zoning, the Coverdales said construction on the 86,830 square-foot facility could begin next year.
It would sit on 12 undeveloped acres along Northville Turnpike. Inside, the center would house
132 one- and two-bedroom apartments, day care, classrooms, offices, a 250-seat auditorium and an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
“This project fits within the county’s economic development plans,” Bellone said.
Construction of the Family Community Life Center is estimated about $3 million. Church officials said they’ve already raised about $1 million.
But in order for the Coverdales’ dream to become a reality, transfer of development right credits are needed from Suffolk County. The country would also require every apartment be dedicated to workforce housing.
The Town of Riverhead has considered placing the property within a Community Benefit District (CBD) – zoning that would permit construction of clustered multi-family rental housing. A public hearing has been scheduled for 2 p.m. on Nov. 6 at Riverhead Town Hall.
The community center was heavily involved in master plan discussions last decade. While community meetings were held to shape the plan, this project was prioritized in those meetings. After the master plan was approved, Vision Long Island bestowed the proposed community center a Smart Growth Award in 2005.
“This was clearly a project that was important to people. Our organization cared about it. To have affordable housing in a community center to service the needs of the residents and parishioners, that is certainly good community development,” Vision Executive Director Eric Alexander said.
For more coverage, peruse this Patch article and this RiverheadLOCAL story.
Teaching Huntington’s Next Stewards, Leaders
Faced with the realization that new, younger members just didn’t exist, the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce created Leadership Huntington program.
Almost two decades later, Leadership is now a standalone organization that does more than just feed the Chamber. Acting Director Katheryn Laible and Program Director Trudy Fitzsimmons said it allows students to develop themselves as much as learn about the Town of Huntington.
“We give people an opportunity to stop and reflect. We don’t impose any way of looking at it on them. We encourage them to question it and look at it,” Laible said.
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.
Reflected in the organization’s name, the training also emphasizes leadership and teamwork skills.
“We stuff as much into it as we can,” Fitzsimmons said.
The class of 2013 – the 14th group to graduate – recently finished their training, celebrating with a gala at Huntington Country Club on Oct. 16. The 13 graduates came from all ages, cultures and professions, ranging from media to healthcare professionals.
With almost 300 graduates through the program, Fitzsimmons said this last group was on the smaller side. Laible said their youth was unusual, although she identified them by their positive energy and strong teamwork.
But when they finish the program, not everybody signs up to join the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce. In fact, Laible said many never have anything to do with the chamber.
The program organizers also said that many continue with their careers, if only “more enlightened.”
“Some people have changed what they do for a living because of going through the program. Many people have changed their attitude because of what they do because of going through the program,” Fitzsimmons said.
A few graduates even ended up with a job out of the class. Michael DeCristofaro had been a financial adviser but was looking for work. Going through the program in 2012, he met Kevin O’Neill, owner of the Engeman Theater in Northport. DeCristofaro was his new director of operations before the gala.
The late Chamber Chairman Lawrence Kushnick graduated with the class of 1997. He had been working for a law firm, but Fitzsimmons said Leadership Huntington gave him the push to start his own firm.
“It’s these little stories that keep me going because people get so much out of it,” she said.
Eric Alexander, executive director of Vision Long Island, graduated Leadership Huntington in 1999. He was in attendance at the gala earlier this month to a packed house of community, business and government leaders.
"I really enjoyed speaking at the Gala tonight," Alexander said, adding that Laible and Fitzsimmons keep the organization going for the hundreds of volunteers that keep the fabric of Huntington strong.
Leadership also celebrated a former graduate and several community members at last week’s gala. Dianne Parker, of Executive on the Run, received the Founder’s Award. That award, Laible said, is an opportunity to thank those who created the nonprofit. Developer Les Bluestone received Outstanding Community Trustee, an award for a non-graduate who exemplifies their mission. 1998 grad Sara Bluestone was named Graduate of Distinction; she served as president for two years when Leadership Huntington was run by volunteers.
Neighborhood Volunteers Plant Love For Community
What started out as a gripe shared by neighbors at a backyard barbecue has flowered into a successful community service project.
Port Jefferson Station resident Craig den Hartog said they were unhappy with the amount of litter and debris along Old Town Road – a 7.3-mile road that also cuts through towns like Setauket, Coram and Selden.
“You can’t complain, you have to do something. When you help out, good things happen,” den Hartog said.
Old Town Blooms was created five years ago with the idea of planting daffodil bulbs to make the community more appealing. Den Hartog, a horticulturist, was joined by neighbors Bob and Karen Laidlaw and Jon Juarez, starting with just a few hundred bulbs in a small area.
When they get to work, the group plants daffodils along Old Town Road on Saturdays and Sundays. They’ve added perennials into their mix as well, the horticulturist said, since they provide color longer. Identified as the first sign of spring, daffodils typically die off in May. The perennials are also a little hardier, which is important since there is no irrigation along the road.
“We try to maintain the area, keep it weed-free, litter-free… now that we’re doing this the overall litter, debris and dumping, I can’t say it’s ceased but it has been reduced dramatically,” den Hartog said.
They planted 500 bulbs that first year, and another 500 the second year. The number doubled to 1,000 in the third year and again to 2,000 the year after. Despite Superstorm Sandy’s wrath, den Hartog said they planted 4,000 bulbs in 2012.
For 2013, they bought 5,000 bulbs. Many of them will be planted along Old Town Road; the ideal planting season for Long Island is now through mid-December.
Several hundred were gifted to residents along Old Town Road. As part of the group’s Blooming Mailboxes program, a baggie of three daffodil bulbs was left at all 241 mailboxes this past weekend. Den Hartog said the goal is to get even more flowers along the thoroughfare.
The weekend also marked a bulb sale at Buttercup’s Dairy Store in Port Jefferson Station. Between sales and donations, the event raised more than $600.
Den Hartog said money has been their largest obstacle. He declined offers for additional volunteers, citing a limited quantity of bulbs. Every 100 daffodil bulbs costs them $60.
“The cost of bulbs is pretty significant. I usually run out of bulbs before I run out of time or helping hands. I could plant a lot more bulbs if I had them,” he said.
And yet, he expects to easily cross the 10,000 threshold this fall.
“We’re going to have to come up with a new goal,” den Hartog said.
One goal he won’t set is to leave his community for others. The Old Town Blooms program has intrigued others enough to ask the Port Jefferson Station resident to work in their communities, which he politely declines.
“I don’t mind sharing the idea, but even Old Town Road is a pretty big project,” den Hartog said. “I do think it can be duplicated.”
Donations for Old Town Blooms can be mailed to 12 Woods Drive, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776. Online donations will likely be accepted in the future.
Evolution From Eyesore To Affordable Housing Begins
A long-time Bay Shore eyesore will be demolished to make way for a pristine, three-unit affordable housing complex located at 42 Lakeview Avenue, thanks to the cooperative efforts of the Town of Islip Housing Development Corporation (TOIHDC) and the Islip Housing Authority (IHA). A special ceremony was held at the site today, where Town Board Members and housing officials broke ground on the much-needed improvement project, which also includes significant enhancements to the road, such as new curbing and sidewalks.
“As an avid supporter of this project and as a nearby resident, I commend the Housing Authority and its affiliated entity for the innovative design of this property,” said Islip Town Councilman Steve Flotteron. “I have been a strong proponent of affordable housing and have had many conversations with the housing authority about ways to create additional affordable housing opportunities, even though there are scarce resources. The final design will enhance a formerly blighted corner, while improvements will be made to the entire street. This is exactly the type of rental housing that I envisioned for the location.”
The affordable housing project was made possible from funds provided to the TOIHDC by the IHA from surplus administrative fees earned over a period of 30 years that can be used for other housing purposes. Obtained only a year ago by the Housing Authority, the blighted property will soon be transformed into a wood frame with shingle roofs and vinyl siding rental structure that will feature two, two-bedrooms units and one three-bedroom handicapped accessible unit.
All three will come fully equipped with appliances, central air conditioning, carpeting, as well as tiled kitchen and bathroom floors. Each residential unit will also have designated off street parking, enclosed garbage receptacles and separate yard space for each tenant. The landscape design provides for an earthen berm, fencing and significant plantings surrounding the perimeter to enhance the community appearance. Irwin Contracting, Inc., Hauppauge, is the builder, while Architect Gary J. Bruno of Bohemia served as project designer.
“It is extremely rewarding to watch the seed of an idea grow into a fruitful venture that creates additional affordable housing opportunities,” said Town Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt, adding that “the two entities involved in creating this opportunity, in one short year, are to be congratulated for their dedication and the creation of this development.”
“This particular area has been problematic for years,” said Bay Shore Chamber of Commerce President Donna Periconi. “We are extremely grateful to the Islip Town Board for championing the revitalization of the area, and to the Housing Authority for making the project a reality.”
The Housing Authority will manage the property under an agreement with the TOIHDC. The rental units will be subsidized through the Section 8 program for qualified elderly and/or disabled applicants already on a Section 8 waiting list, with preferences for veterans and families living or working in the Town of Islip.
“The level of acceptance, input and cooperation from the Town of Islip and its review Boards in order to obtain the required approvals for the development of this project certainly reflects their commitment to support viable affordable housing opportunities,” noted Ronald F. Devine Jr., IHA Chairman.
Richard E. Wankel, Esq. TOIHDC Chairman, concurred. “The Town of Islip continues to lead the way in affordable housing initiatives, and we commend the Town Board for their dedicated efforts to the cause.”
The Lakeview project is situated on a single parcel as a result of the recently granted change of zone from Industrial 1 to Downtown Development District. Formerly three single lots, two of them with dilapidated boarded up homes, they were acquired by the TOIHDC in August of 2012. The lots are located on the west side of Lakeview Ave., north of Union Blvd., in Bay Shore across from the IHA’s Penataquit Village elderly rental development.
Volunteers needed for Clean Up this Weekend!
Dear potential volunteers who have not yet signed up for a community for this weekend.
Thanks for your past help of Sandy-impacted residents, but much work still needs to be done. We know that with your busy schedules, it may be hard for you to come out. But any time you could donate would be greatly appreciated, especially by your neighbors in need.
This weekend we will be continuing our cleanup efforts in the following communities:
Meetup on South Brookside Avenue
Freeport, NY 11510
Saturday at 9 a.m.
Look for the Red Shirts!
For more information, please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128
Saturday at 9 a.m.
For location, please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128
St. Andrew's Church
250 Neighborhood Road
Mastic Beach, NY 11951
Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m.
Skilled labor preferred for rebuilding.
For more information please contact Victoria Lissy at 631-617-7273
With a goal to get at least 50-100 more Long Islanders back in their homes, the Friends of Long Island group has embarked on a fundraising campaign to initially raise $500,000 for building materials and labor. All donations will go directly to these communities to aide in recovery efforts. If you would like to support the relief efforts, you can send your donations to:
Vision Long Island Sandy Relief
24 Woodbine Ave
Northport, NY 11768
SIMPLY CONTACT INFO@VISIONLONGISLAND.ORG OR CALL 631-804-9128 SO WE KNOW WHO IS SIGNING UP
Challenge Cast To Build Better Homes
A green gauntlet has been thrown down to builders.
The Department of Energy is inviting contractors to join their Challenge Home program. In exchange for building with high energy-efficiency, better indoor air quality, minimized water use and disaster resistance in mind, the federal agency recognizes those builders for their leadership.
The ultimate goal is to create homes that are so efficient, they can be completely or mostly powered by just a small renewable energy system. These structures are labeled Zero-Net Energy Homes.
LIPA has invited Long Island contractors to Challenge Home Training at their Uniondale office on Nov. 7. Registration is available online; space is limited.
Verified by a third party, Challenge Homes are typically half-again as energy-efficient as new homes. They’re also designed to be more durable and comfortable. They also easily exceed the current ENERGY STAR standard for efficiency.
For more information about the Challenge Home program, visit the Department of Energy’s website.
Celebrate The Heroes Of Sandy On Saturday Afternoon
As many Babylon residents fled the rising flood waters and howling winds last year, others answered the call of duty.
And on Saturday, the Town of Babylon will honor these heroes.
Members of the public are invited to an appreciation barbecue and awards ceremony at Tanner Park at noon to recognize the efforts of first responders and volunteer organizations in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
More than 100 local and out-of-state police officers, firefighters, public utility providers, emergency medical responders and non-profit representatives will be on hand for the ceremony.
Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer will also be on hand to unveil a ceremonial plaque dedicated to their hard work and tireless efforts.
Run To Support The Rebuilding Of Freeport
Nearly a year has passed since Superstorm Sandy’s unwelcome visit, and the people of Freeport are ready to celebrate their rebuilt community and continue bringing families home.
Join the Friends of Freeport for run/cake walk around the picturesque Nautical Mile on Oct. 27.
Runners are invited to give it their all around the 5k track, although everyone can enjoy a leisurely stroll around the waterfront.
Registration before the race costs $20, bumping up to $25 that day. Other contributions are also welcome, $250 race sponsorships are available and all donations will be used by the Friends of Freeport to continue their demolition, construction and gardening work.
The first 200 applicants will receive T-shirts.
Registration must be conducted in person at the Esplanade - between River House Grille and JC Cove restaurants - on the afternoon of Oct. 26. Information will also be available at the Freeport Recreation Center this Saturday.
For registration and more information, visit the Friends of Freeport on Facebook.
Twenty Years Of The Tri-State Transportation Campaign
It’s been 20 years since the Tri-State Transportation Campaign began their mission to reduce car-dependency in the Tri-State area.
They advocate for connecting transportation with land use, focus on improving mass transit, encourage adding infrastructure for pedestrians and bicyclists, and rallying public participation in the planning process. Tri-State even presented the LIRR “Laggy” awards for three stations that cost riders the most in late and canceled trains.
But on Nov. 7, the non-profit is celebrating their 20th anniversary with an evening of wine and hors d’oeurves. Tri-State is holding a benefit at the Top of the Garden in New York City from 6-9:30 p.m.
Four lifetime Tri-State Board members will also be honored for their service to the non-profit during the event. Richard Kassel, Charles Komanoff, James J.B. Tripp and Jeffrey Zupan have all been on-board since 1993. Three New Jersey Complete Streets champions will also be celebrated.
Individual tickets to the benefit cost $150. Sponsorships are also available, the top billing runs $10,000 and includes 10 tickets to the event. To buy tickets or for more information, visit Tri-State’s website.
Come Celebrate 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 fifth annual Celebration of Suburban Diversity is to be held on Nov. 26 at Hofstra.
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.
John Durso, president of Long Island Federation of Labor and Local 338, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. Durso will also be honored, as will humanitarian David Huang, Jewish Community Relations Council members Arthur Katz and David Newman, cardiology expert Jennifer Mieres from the North Shore-LIJ Health System, retired physician Darrell Wayne Pone and author Gloria Nixon Pone.
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.
Advocacy Group Awarding Grants To Park Stewards
Parks & Trails New York is issuing $3,000 grants to improve parks throughout New York State.
The not-for-profit advocacy group has announced a new round of Growing the Grassroots Capacity Building Grants. This funding can be used to increase community support for park and trail planning, long-term sustainability of parks and trails, and improve their reach.
Any local or regional organizations classified as a 501(c)(3) with their primary mission of maintaining a specific New York park or trail is eligible to apply.
An informal webinar was held on Oct. 16 and applications are due no later than Nov. 12.
For more information on these grants, contact Parks & Trails New York Director of Programs and Policy Fran Gotcsik at 518-434-1583 or online.
State Announces $1 Million Grants For Historic Properties
The New York State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is offering $13.6 million in grants to historic properties damaged by Superstorm Sandy, up to $1 million for each project.
Federal law allocated $50 million for the Historic Preservation Fund, with New York as one of 11 states receiving funding. The SHPO is offering non-matching grants for technical assistance and emergency repairs to properties listed on or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, or a contributing resource within a listed or eligible historic district.
Only hurricane-related damage is eligible for grant assistance. In addition, work may complement, but not supersede, work eligible for reimbursement by FEMA. Work must also meet the secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties and be approved by the SHPO. Under certain circumstances, eligible activities that are underway or complete may be eligible for reimbursement.
The list of eligible applicants includes: not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and state agencies, as well as and properties owned by religious institutions eligible for pre-development costs only.
In addition, the property must be located in one of the following counties: Suffolk, Nassau, Kings, Queens, Bronx, New York, Richmond, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster.
Permitted projects include: pre-development activities, including historic structure reports, condition assessments, plans and specifications and other related surveys and studies; archeological stabilization; building restoration, rehabilitation and stabilization; and restoration, rehabilitation, preservation and stabilization of a documented historic landscape.
No match is required to apply for the grant, although it is encouraged. Each project may receive no less than $10,000 for predevelopment costs and $25,000 for capital costs. The project must be completed within 18 months of being awarded a grant, which will be used to reimburse expenses.
Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 25. For program guidelines and application forms, please visit the SHPO online or call Stacey Matson-Zuvic at (845) 786-2701, ext 220.
State Offering $50,000 Grants To Small Businesses
Own a business that was impacted by Superstorm Sandy?
The state’s Small Business Storm Recovery Program is doling out funds to merchants who need assistance getting up and running again.
Grants in excess of $50,000 are available, with the first wave having already been approved.
These funds are designed to replace physical items like machinery, moveable equipment, inventory, furniture and fixtures, as well as help with the day-to-day expenses entrepreneurs need to run their businesses. In addition, business owners who already purchased these physical items can be reimbursed via these funds. In both cases, the grants would cover “uncompensated costs” above and beyond those covered by insurance proceeds, grant programs and other government resources.
Merchants should contact their local Small Business Development Center office to begin the process. The regional centers for Nassau and Suffolk Counties are located at Farmingdale State College and Stony Brook University, respectively, although there are seven offices on Long Island.
State officials have already been reaching out to business owners with applications for other grants and low-interest loans. More information about these offerings is available on the state’s website.
Funds are expected to be available in the near future for real property repair and rehabilitation. Applying for and/or receiving financial assistance from any of these grants or loans will exclude businesses from applying for this funding down the road.
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What's happening in your downtown this weekend?
The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Nine Days CD release party - Friday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m.
Andy Del CD release party - Saturday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m.
Richard Marx solo acoustic - Sunday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here
Cold Spring Harbor
The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
Twelve Angry Men - Friday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m.
Bunnicula - Saturday, Oct. 26 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, Oct. 27 at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets and more information available here
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
The Del Satins: Up Close & Personal - Sunday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here
Farmers Markets in or adjacent to Long Island's downtowns:
American Legion Hall, 2754 Grand Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Oct. 26
Belmont Park, 2150 Hempstead Tpke.
Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
18 Village Square
Fridays, 9 a.m.-Noon
June 14-Nov. 22
Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov. 15
115 Forest Ave.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov. 16
Kennedy Plaza, Park Avenue
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Through Nov. 16
New Hyde Park
1441 Jericho Tpke.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Opens on June 17
54 Audrey Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov 16
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-Noon
Sunrise Highway & Long Beach Road.
Sundays, 7 a.m.-Noon
June 2-Nov. 24
Railroad Street, LIRR Lot @ Washington Avenue
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
Through Nov. 23
9/11 Memorial Park, Route 110
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Opens July 6
American Legion Hall, 2754 Grand Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Oct. 26
Route 25a, East of Route 110
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
June 2 - Nov. 15
Huntington Jack Abrams School, 155 Lowndes Ave.
Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Through Oct. 27
Town Hall Lot, Montauk Highway
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
Through Nov. 23
Main Street, across from fire department
Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cow Harbor parking lot,
Saturdays 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 8-Nov 23
7-11 Lot, 255 East Main St.
Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
July 5-Nov. 15
Breakwater Yacht Club lot, Bay & Burke streets
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Oct. 26
Broadway & Main Street
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Ward Melville Heritage Org., Main Street
Wednesdays - Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Through Oct. 31
85 Mill Rd., next to historical Society
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov. 16
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