Oct. 25-31, 2014
St. Joseph's College
Since 1916, St. Joseph's College has provided an affordable liberal arts education to a diverse group of students. Independent and coeducational, St. Joseph's prepares students for lives of integrity, social responsibility and service - lives that are worthy of the College's motto, Esse non videri - "To be, not to seem."
St. Joseph's challenges its approximately 5,000 students to develop their full potential and a joy of learning. With more than 400 faculty members, the College enjoys a student-faculty ratio that provides individual attention in an open, supportive atmosphere. Its academic strength hasn't gone unnoticed. The College is consistently recognized in U.S. News & World Report's annual "America's Best Colleges" issue.
“Suffolk County saw firsthand how devastating extreme weather can be in Superstorm Sandy. With that in mind, we are continuing to build back from that damage and make our infrastructure more resilient for the future, and I am very pleased that we are kicking off a series of actions that will bolster coastal resiliency against future storms. By strengthening our wastewater treatment facilities and reducing harmful nitrogen pollution, we can improve water quality on Long Island and ultimately create safer communities for our residents.” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone on the announcement of $196 million for new sewers in Mastic/Shirley
“I think we are effective right where we are. We were able to take common kindness and push it forward." Lindy Manpower founder Amy Castiglia on staying out of politics
“The good news is the economic value Boomers bring to Long Island is $31.8 billion. The bad news, if they are able to retire, they are going to leave New York state, they are going to take that economic engine with them." AARP NY Associate Director Will Stoner
“We cannot ignore what is going on around the world." former Deputy Secretary for Public Safety and state legislator Michael Balboni
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RSVP Now For The Smart Growth Summit
The Smart Growth Summit has brought together thousands of local business and community leaders, and municipal officials for more than a decade to advance downtown redevelopment and bring infrastructre dollars to our region. This year's event features 24 workshop panels, a youth summit, trade show, and both breakfast and lunch sessions. We anticipate over 1,100 in attendence. Lunch will sell out, so sponsor early!
Announcing this year's Event Schedule:
8:15-9:45 MORNING PLENARY:
“STATE OF THE TOWNS & VILLAGES”
Hon. Antonio Martinez
Hon. Ed Ambrosino
Hon. Jim Wooten
Hon. Peter Cavallaro
NC Village Officials Association
Fair Housing/Segregation on LI
Sol Marie Jones, LI Community Foundation
Dr. Richard Koubek, Huntington Township Housing Coalition
Peter Florey, D&F Development
Hon. Siela Bynoe, Nassau County
Michelle Santantonio, Long Island Housing Services
Larry Levy, Hofstra University, Moderator
Will Stoner, AARP
Ali Adelman Wendel Companies
Frank Pearson, Greenman Pedersen
Kimberly Pettit, BikeLid
John Massengale, Author, Complete Streets
Veronica Vanderpool, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Moderator
Youth Vision for LI’s Future
Jeff Giullot, Millennial Development Institute
David Viana, Baldwin Civic Association
Elisabeth Muehleman, Friends of LI
Dr. Nathalia Rogers, Dowling College, Moderator
Bob Paley, MTA
Andrew Saluk, NEFCU
Matt Frank, The Richman Group
Bill Purschke, Zodiac Title Services
Gerry Bogacz, NYMTC
Anthony Mannetta, Standard Advisors Group
Clint Plummer, Deepwater Wind
David Scheiren, Empower Solar
Beth Fiteni, NYSERDA
Hon. Connie Kepert, Town of Brookhaven, Moderator
Melissa Wawrzonek, Clipper Ship Tea Company
Julie Marchesella, Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce
Gina Colletti, Nesconset Chamber of Commerce
Molly McKay, Willdan Financial Services
Bob Feldman, Basser-Kaufman, Moderator
Robert Dubrow, I-Tech Security
Sergio Argueta, STRONG
Lionel Chitty, Hicksville Chamber of Commerce
Elizabeth Isakson MD, Docs for Tots
Robert Moore, SC Police Retired, Moderator
Downtown Showcase Nassau
Hon. Jean Celender, Village of Great Neck Plaza
Hon. Peter Cavallaro, Village of Westbury
Hon. Jorge Martinez, Village of Freeport
Hon. Joseph Scalero, Village of Mineola
Sal Coco, BHC
John O’Connell, Herald Publications, Moderator
Economic Development & Infrastructure Suffolk
Hon. DuWayne Gregory, Presiding Officer, Suffolk County
Tom Kelly, Suffolk County Dept. of Economic Development & Planning
Suffolk County IDA
David Calone, Suffolk Planning Commission
Bob Fonti, LI Business Council
Workshops II: 11:10-12:20
Future of Energy on Long Island:
Michael Voltz, PSEG
Kathy Wisnewski, National Grid
Ross Ain, Caithness Energy
Neal Lewis, Sustainability Institute at Molloy, Moderator
Tourism & Downtowns
Kim Kaiman, Town of North Hempstead
Dr. Janice Scarinci, St. Josephs College
Karen Harding, THEM Media
Greg Zeller, LI Business News, Moderator
Mitch Pally, MTA
Alex Matheissen, Move NY
Anita Halasz, LI Jobs with Justice
Rosemary Mascali, Transit Solutions
John McNally, Energeia Partnership
Jill Simonson, Southwest Airlines
Denise Carter, Greenman Pedersen, Moderator
Dennis Kellerer, H2M
Gary Rozmus, GEI
Peter Scully, NYS DEC
Dr. Chris Gobler, SUNY Stonybrook
Adrienne Esposito, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Moderator
Jobs, Taxes, Small Business
William Wahlig, LIFT
Tyler Roye, Launchpad Huntington
Kamlesh Mehta, South Asian Times
Tonya Lewter, New Millenium Development
Hon. George Maragos, Comptroller, Nassau County
Roger Clayman, LI Federation of Labor, Moderator
Hon. Laura Curran, Nassau County
Hon. Dr. William Spencer, Suffolk County
Kathy Munsch, American Heart Association
Jen O’Connor, Council for Strong Communities
Rev. Thomas Goodhue, LI Council of Churches
Bernadette Martin, Friends & Farmers, Moderator
Hon. Paul Pontieri, Village of Patchogue
Larry Gargano, Greenview Properties, Bayshore
Erma Gluck, Coram Civic Association
Dan Schrafel, The Long Islander, Moderator
Economic Development & Infrastructure Nassau
Hon. Norma Gonsalves, Presiding Officer, Nassau County
Joe Carney, Nassau County IDA
Jeff Greenfeld, Nassau Planning Commission
Mike Denicola, Hazen & Sawyer
Hon. Ed Ambrosino, Town of Hempstead
Rich Bivone, LI Business Council, Moderator
Vision Long Island
Hon. Steve Bellone
Suffolk County Executive
Hon. Ed Mangano
Nassau County Executive
Jon Kaiman, Governor’s Advisor, NYS Office of Storm Recovery
Vanessa Pino Lockel, NY Rising
Matt Milea, NYS DOS
Paul Beyer, NYS Director of Smart Growth
Deborah Kirnon, St. Anne’s Parish Outreach
Jon Seibert, Friends of Long Island, Moderator
New Town Centers:
David Wolkoff, Heartland Town Square
Robert Coughlan, TRITEC Real Estate, Ronkonkoma
Tom Graham, RXR - Garvies Point
Stephen Holley, AKRF - Wyandanch Rising
David Winzelberg, LI Business News, Moderator
Smart Growth Around the Region
Matt Carmody, VHB – Roosevelt Island
Frrest City Ratner Companies
SOM : Architecture
Jaime Stover, Mill Creek – Jersey City
Ron Stein, Vision Long Island
Charles Lane, NPR, Moderator
Arts & Destinations
Terry Statz Smith, Arts Alive
Phil Ebel, Great South Bay Brewery
David Saul, The Electric Dudes
Frank Paruolo, LI Board of Realtors
Heather Johnson, Northport Historical Society
Parking, Design and Codes
Mark Gander, AECOM/Green Parking Council
Robert Bontempi, Huntington Chamber of Commerce
Victor Dadras, New York Main Street Alliance
Kathleen Deegan Dickson, Forchelli Curto Deegan
Sean Sallie, Nassau County Dept. of Public Works.
Elissa Ward Kyle, Vision Long Island, Moderator
Don Monti, Renaissance Downtowns
Anthony Macagnone, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters
Keith Archer, Harras Bloom & Archer
Bill Tuyn, Forbes Homes, Moderator
NYS Announces Millions For Suffolk Sewers, Bay Park
An appearance by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Long Island days before Election Day included promise of $480 million for infrastructure projects in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
Joined by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Representative Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) and Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst in Oakdale on Tuesday, Cuomo announced plans to fund $383 million for sewer connections in Mastic/Shirley and other parts of Suffolk, and advance $97 million for Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant renovations.
“Superstorm Sandy showed us how important coastal resiliency is to helping Long Island communities withstand the impact of extreme weather. Today we’re acting on that lesson and strengthening our natural defenses against future storms,” the governor said.
The incumbent governor’s announcement identified $300 in federal Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR) funds and $83 million in low-interest loans from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund for a quartet of sewage projects advanced by Bellone. Homes near Carlls River in North Babylon and Deer Park, as well as Connetquot River in Great River, would be connected to the Bergen Point sewer system. Parcels in the Patchogue River Watershed would prevent pollution of the river and Great South Bay by connecting to the Patchogue Sewer District. Properties near the Forge River in Mastic, Mastic Beach and Shirley would connect to a new wastewater treatment plant near the Brookhaven Town Airport.
“Suffolk County saw firsthand how devastating extreme weather can be in Superstorm Sandy. With that in mind, we are continuing to build back from that damage and make our infrastructure more resilient for the future, and I am very pleased that we are kicking off a series of actions that will bolster coastal resiliency against future storms. By strengthening our wastewater treatment facilities and reducing harmful nitrogen pollution, we can improve water quality on Long Island and ultimately create safer communities for our residents,” Bellone said.
Meanwhile, the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant serves 550,000 Nassau County residents and processes about 50 million gallons of sewage daily. Superstorm Sandy crippled the plant last year with nine feet of saltwater flooding, knocking it completely out of service for two days. Millions of untreated and partially-treated sewage flowed through the plant and into local waters before emergency repairs were made. Emergency generators powered the plant for almost two years, generating noise and odor complaints from neighbors and costing about $24 million.
This past winter, FEMA and New York State agreed $830,383,784 in federal funds would go towards post-Sandy repairs and infrastructures. That includes a new electrical system and 18-foot concrete wall around the plant. And on Tuesday, Cuomo confirmed will receive the advance to get work going. Both he and Mangano also said they would continue to push FEMA for funds – about $700 million – to create an ocean outfall pipe instead of releasing treated sewage into Reynolds Channel.
“In addition to devastating homes and businesses across Nassau County, Superstorm Sandy caused tremendous damage to some of our most vital infrastructure – which as we learned, can make a bad situation even worse very quickly,” Mangano said. “Today, we are taking another crucial step forward to not only repair the damage that was done, but make the Bay Park plant stronger and more resilient than ever before.”
Cuomo also announced that Suffolk County and Stony Brook University will allocate $2 million to fund research for new technology to remove nitrogen from cesspools and septic systems. The university’s New York State Center for Clean Water Technology will use the money to seed a larger-term initiative.
“Healthy natural wetland habitats are crucial barriers against the coastal erosion and infrastructure devastation of major storms - keeping them healthy is essential. Reducing harmful nitrogen pollution is one of the best ways to do that, and by establishing the Center for Clean Water Technology at Stony Brook University, we can develop better technology to remove this pollution more effectively and efficiently,” Throne-Holst said.
For more on this story, check out this clip from the Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Long Island Business News and Newsday (subscriptions required).
Local Sandy Leaders Review Progress Two Years Later
Wednesday marked the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy crushing parts of the northeast. But some who continue to rebuild from the historic storm expect additional years of recovery.
Friends of Long Island (FOLI), an umbrella organization for grassroots community Sandy recovery organizations, issued an update on the recovery process and identified concerns in the recovery process.
Rich Schaffer, supervisor of the Town of Babylon, offered his thanks to the volunteers gathered at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College on Monday. He also reflected on a conversation with Lindy Manpower founder Amy Castiglia at Camp Bulldog – a temporary source for donations, aid and information in Lindenhurst immediately after the storm – how the South Shore would need up to five years to fully recover.
“We’ll continue to work as partners with each and every one of you,” Schaffer said on Monday.
Long Beach COAD’s John McNally speculated a 10-year-plan is more likely.
As of the second anniversary, FOLI has helped more than 600 families demolish flooded homes and rebuild. The volunteers have also raised almost $500,000, not counting another half a million in donated materials and labor, to distribute as aid via grants and fundraisers. Friends of Freeport President Rich Cantwell said his organization has helped almost 300 Freeport families come home.
“It’s the people in the community who know our community,” Cantwell said about grassroots efforts. “We can get the job done.”
The president also praised local municipalities supporting each other, the state’s Community Reconstruction Program tapping locals to create plans and larger infrastructure investments. But while the local angle is making a difference, Castiglia said several challenges remain. Not only was there poor communication during the storm, but there’s been an overall lack of clarity on the FEMA process and dealing with insurance companies. She also said the state needs to hire more disaster case managers and make the process more clear and succinct.
Looking forward, FOLI Consultant Jon Siebert touched on solutions. Both Nassau and Suffolk Counties’ emergency preparedness plans need improvements for collaboration with local governments; more disaster case managers should be hired; federal policies need to change amounts of certain funding; add transparency to the state’s NY Rising project and provide dedicated funding for events not covered by FEMA. Siebert also called for infrastructure improvements across the island, arguing that it’s more cost-effective now and avoids “floating cesspools” in the future.
Monday’s event also offered FOLI members an opportunity to provide updates. Many echoed the 11518 President Dan Caracciolo in reporting their communities were at various stages. Some residents still have not returned home, some have but are contemplating selling to New York State and others tapped all of their retirement savings to get home.
“Friends of Long Island has been an incredible resource for all towns included,” Terry Reichel, of Island Park Battered Not Shattered, said.
Before the press conference came to an end, NY Rising boss Jon Kaiman went before the volunteers. The state has awarded $750 million, although he admitted the process hasn’t been perfectly clear. His office, he added, is responsible for giving money away and ensuring all federal requirements surrounding the funds are met.
“I know most of the people here are confronting me. I’m glad to take more because it’s not an I or you, but an us,” Kaiman said.
For more on Monday’s event, check out News 12, this column in Newsday (subscriptions required) and the full agenda here.
Ebola, Hackers Hot Topics For Balboni With LIBC
Small businesses can take precautionary measures against natural disasters, hackers and global threats.
Once deputy secretary of New York’s Office of Public Safety, private security consultant Michael Balboni spoke at the Long Island Business Council Wednesday. About 50 people attended the meeting in the East Farmingdale Fire Department.
Balboni, now a managing partner with Redland Strategies, told Long Island business leaders they have a responsibility to be proactive and take ownership of the issue. He’s also served as a New York State Assemblyman for seven years and a State Senator for nine years.
Cyber security, he added, is one of the most serious concerns. The former deputy secretary urged the group not to download questionable emails on company servers, bring home a laptop containing sensitive data or send restricted data without verifying the target. Additional tips are available on the Department of Homeland Security’s and Small Business Administration’s websites.
“Those are the type of steps that can destroy your business,” he said.
Balboni also said business owners and management are responsible for ordinary emergency preparedness. That includes keeping employees clued into emerging threats around the world, identifying a shelter within the office and putting together a go-bag.
“Everyone who takes these steps makes us as a country more resilient,” he said.
The security expert also touched on the Ebola outbreak, saying America and the rest of the world must stop it at its source in Western Africa before it spreads, and terrorism, which is defined as an act that terrorizes a people. When it comes to modern terrorism, Balboni said there are three major types: lone wolves, hackers and people going overseas to be trained and returning. All of them tend to be newcomers with no history, but no tradecraft.
The Long Island Business Council also received short updates on small business savings legislation they helped create. While Congressman Steve Israel is moving forward on the federal level, State Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) and State Assemblyman Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) expect the New York version to be approved in 2015. Language in the proposed state bill was tweaked earlier this year, prompting the Assembly to vote against it.
“I’d be shocked if it wasn’t passed by the governor,” Lavine said.
For more information about the Long Island Business Council, visit them on Facebook.
AARP Report: Baby Boomers Poised To Leave Long Island
If nothing changes, hundreds of thousands of Long Islanders could flee the region.
According to an AARP New York report released Monday, Baby Boomers are concerned about the situation on the island and may not retire in Nassau or Suffolk if no changes are made. The “State of the 50+ in Long Island, New York” report was unveiled during a meeting with Long Island Smart Growth Working Group at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College.
“This economic powerhouse is worried,” said Will Stoner, AARP New York’s state associate director for livable communities.
New York State is home to 6.8 million Baby Boomers, 1.1 million coming from Long Island. When AARP New York interviewed 401 from the island, only 70 percent felt some level of confidence they would be able to retire, with just one-third of that group planning to retire to Long Island. Twenty percent were not at all confident they could afford to retire and 67 percent found it likely they’d have to retire elsewhere.
And if they do leave, Baby Boomers would take a lot of power with them, said AARP New York officials. Stoner said the 70 percent departure rate would cost Long Island $22 billion annually in economic activity. His boss, Director Beth Finkel said 106 million Baby Boomers across the country are responsible for $7.1 trillion in economic activity – almost half of the gross national product.
“Pay attention to the Boomers,” Finkel said.
Expenses are the paramount for cause for alarm. The monthly rent or mortgage bill concerned 36 percent of the 401, the cost of utilities worried 46 percent and, among homeowners, 60 percent were concerned about property taxes.
Ongoing rises in basic housing costs combined with uncertainty in retirement income make for a tricky situation. According to the study, 37 percent of surveyed Baby Boomers do not have any option for retirement savings through their employer. Those that do find just 20 percent of employers contribute and only 10 percent are offered pensions for plans with definite benefits. AARP has supported the concept of optional work and save plans, with several variations floating around Albany.
Stoner also recommended the state create an independent consumer advocacy office. New York is one of the few states – against 40 states and Washington, D.C. – not to have an advocate fighting against utility rate hikes. The Connecticut Office of Consumer Council saved residents $730 million since 2012. According to the AARP New York report, 83 percent of responding Baby Boomers support having their own independent advocate.
For more information, follow this story in CBS and, News 12 and Newsday (subscription required).
The survey also found Baby Boomers are concerned about caregivers. Family members tending to aging Boomers save New York State $32 billion a year, but that comes at personal expense. Sixty-six percent of working family members caring for the 401 survey respondents said they take time off during the day to provide care. Another 20 percent reported moving to part-time and 18 percent took a leave of absence from their job.
According to AARP, there are more than four million family caregivers throughout the state. They help family, friends and neighbors with transportation, finances, eating, dressing and managing medication. But many are overlooked when medical providers enter the picture, as an expensive cycle takes place. Elderly patients are admitted to hospitals, treated and released without support, causing them to return to the hospital. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimate $17 billion annually in Medicare funds is spent on unnecessary readmissions. AARP officials are backing a piece of New York State legislation – the Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable (CARE) Act. If passed, it would require a designated caregiver to be alerted when the patient is admitted, informed of all treatment in the hospital and trained to aid the patient upon discharge.
State Funding Six LI Alternative Transportation Projects
New York State is giving nearly $8 million to Long Island communities for six transportation projects.
A cut of $70 million distributed throughout the state for 68 projects, these plans are expected to promote bicycling and walking, as well as boost tourism and economic development in these communities.
"These projects will help communities become more walkable and bicycle friendly, as well as show off the natural beauty that exists in every corner of this state,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday. “I thank the Federal Highway Administration and our representatives for helping the state secure this funding so that residents and visitors alike can enjoy New York like never before."
The largest piece of the Long Island funds is $2.5 million for Jones Beach State Park. Suffolk County was awarded $1.4 million for pedestrian and bicycle improvements along the Nicolls Road Bus Rapid Transit Corridor, while Nassau County will receive $1.8 million for the Long Island Motor Parkway Multi-Use Trail. Another million is earmarked for the City of Long Beach for their boardwalk, along with $750,800 for the Town of Brookhaven’s North Country Road Complete Streets project and $382,520 for school safety zone improvement in the Village of Island Park.
Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy said, "I am thrilled to hear that more than $7 million in federal and State funds will be coming to Nassau County to make much-needed improvements to our transportation infrastructure. These investments will help provide more transportation options, make our roads safer, and allow for greater recreational opportunities at our parks. We must continue moving forward on these critical investments so Long Island will remain the best place to live, work and play."
Congressman Tim Bishop said, "There is a great need on Long Island to ensure the safety of our pedestrians and cyclists as our population continues to expand. The Federal Highway Administration funding will help to make projects that improve accessibility and reclaim old railroad corridors a reality. This will help not only to increase safety along shared roadways, but also lessen the burden on our environment by aiding in the effort to decrease automobile traffic."
Coming from the Federal Highway Administration, the funds will be administered by the New York State Department of Transportation. This program covers up to 80 percent of the project cost, with the difference coming from the project sponsor.
The projects announced Monday were chosen through a competitive solicitation process. All 135 applications were rated on established criteria that included public benefit and community support for the project; connectivity to an existing transportation system; how well the proposed improvements benefit walking and bicycling; impact on local or regional economies; availability of matching funds; and ability to deliver the project within federally required timeframes.
For more on this story, check out Newsday (subscription required).
DiNapoli To MTA: Borrowing $15 Billion Will Raise Fares
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has a $15 billion budget gap coming down the pipe, but fares will rise significantly if they borrow more to pay it off.
According to an Oct. 21 report from Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, MTA officials should be wary of borrowing to pay off $15.2 billion in capital expenses through 2019. Every $1 billion they accept is expected to raise fares by 1 percent.
“Over the coming months, the MTA will have to work closely with its funding partners to close the $15 billion gap in its capital program. Additional borrowing could increase pressure on fares and tolls, and while the MTA should look for opportunities for savings, deep cuts could affect the future reliability of the transit system and jeopardize expansion projects,” DiNapoli said.
The gap comes from the agency’s 2015-2019 capital program. A $32.1 billion plan was recently rejected by state officials because of a $15.2 billion gap in revenue. Lengthy collective bargaining and negotiating left the MTA an additional $1.5 billion in the red. Agency officials tapped resources to pay down long-term liabilities and capital projects.
And even without taking on more debt, the comptroller’s report estimates the MTA’s outstanding debt will reach $39 billion by 2018 – more than double the 2003 amount.
Riders are already facing a 4 percent fare and toll hike come March, independent of the capital budget gap.
Meanwhile, DiNapoli also finds the MTA is taking some steps in the right direction. LIRR ridership isn’t quite back to the record-setting 2008 numbers, but it has been growing after a 6.3 million drop through 2011. Tax revenues are also rebounding from weak recession numbers.
The comptroller also said the agency is making progress toward its goal of finding $1.5 billion in recurring annual savings by 2017. These improvements have helped the MTA close projected gaps in its operating budget for calendar years 2015 through 2017, leaving a manageable shortfall of $262 million for 2018 stemming from health insurance, overtime, debt service and liability claims growing faster than revenues.
For more coverage of this story, check out CBS, StreetsBlog and the Daily News.
LIPA Rally Powers Cause For Offshore Wind Turbines
New York Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D-Setauket) joined dozens of community leaders outside LIPA headquarters Thursday for a rally in support of offshore wind power.
Yesterday marked the final LIPA Board of Trustees meeting before they are expected to decide on the renewable energy RFP as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s pledge to provide Long Islanders with 400MW of new renewable energy. Both LIPA and PSEG-LI have committed to follow through with his promise.
Englebright offered LIPA with a letter from the rally participants emphasizing the economic opportunity for building on the coast of Long Island, as well as a petition with more than 20,000 signatures. They urged LIPA to follow through on their commitment to invest in 280 megawatts of new renewable energy this year by choosing an offshore wind project 30 miles off the coast of Montauk.
Deepwater Wind’s Deepwater ONE project calls for turbines on platforms in 100-120 feet of water 30 miles off Long Island. The 6-megawatt turbines would generate more than 200 megawatts of power by 2018 and hook up to the LIPA electrical system on the East End. According to published reports, LIPA officials over the past week suggested Deepwater ONE may be too expensive.
“Offshore of our Long Island coast, the wind is strong and constant. Our region is blessed with this high wind resource that we would be wise to harness as we transform our energy economy. Committing to power Long Island with offshore wind will put us on a path to meet New York State’s renewable and energy efficiency goals, including reaching the 50 percent carbon emission reduction by 2030 and the 80 percent reduction by 2050,” the assemblyman said.
Advocates also said the project would create jobs, grow the economy and produce enough clean, reliable electricity to power 150,000 homes. It could also help meet the island’s peak power demand without building additional, dirty fossil fuel plants.
“There are clearly many questions concerning Long Island’s energy future and a focus on renewables and energy efficiency is needed. We do know that this offshore wind project provides alternative energy, is economically viable and has broad community support. We encourage LIPA to move forward with approvals without delay,” Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander said.
“The time is now. No more waiting, no more delays. We are calling on Governor Cuomo and the LIPA Board to seize this historic opportunity to finally make offshore wind a reality for Long Island,” Citizens Campaign for the Environment Executive Programs Manager Maureen Dolan Murphy said.
“New York State should be making every effort to transition to cost-effective renewable energy sources, and moving away from installations that rely on fossil fuels,” Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said.
Positive Steps For Proposed Amityville Apartments
Amityville Village officials and residents were receptive towards a potential apartment development during a public hearing Monday evening.
Developer Robert Curcio Jr. has proposed a new 12-unit apartment building on Oak Street. If approved, the one-bedroom apartments would rent for $2,000-$2,200.
Trustee Nick LaLota said feedback from both the board and residents in attendance was very positive. They believe the new housing development will bring more customers for existing and new downtown business.
“The community and the board is looking for ways to find opportunities that will support our shops and restaurants downtown,” LaLota said.
Curcio needs zoning for the half-acre property changed from retail business and B residence to C residence, which allows for multiple units of housing. The developer would also require approvals from the Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board, with attorney Bruce Kennedy confirmed Curcio’s purchase of the property is contingent upon.
LaLota said the Village Board tabled the vote until Nov. 10 to consider existing residents on the site. The property is currently home to four families living in three houses owned by the estate of a family deeply-rooted in Amityville.
“We have to take some time to find an accommodation for those families,” he said.
The delay, LaLota added, also stems from Artspace’s impending visit. Artspace is a nonprofit real estate developer that helps create spaces for artists to live and work. Village officials spent $15,000 for the nonprofit to conduct a feasibility study for mixed-use development downtown; Artspace only works with 20 percent of applicants. Nonprofit officials will be in town Nov. 4-6 and LaLota said the board wants their feedback on the Oak Street apartments.
Meanwhile, the trustee is supportive of Curcio’s proposal.
“We’re analyzing the impact on traffic, parking. But in general we like the idea of bringing high-end residential to our downtown. The more walkable it is, the better chance Amityville’s revitalization will be,” he said.
For more coverage of this story, check out Newsday (subscription required).
Have Fun And Do Good This Halloween Weekend
Just because they work hard doesn’t mean these charitable Long Island residents can’t enjoy a ghoulishly fun time.
Swing by Mastic tonight between 5-11 p.m. and steel yourself for the Haunted Food Drive Spook Walk. Nearly two dozen monsters and zombies are waiting to terrify even the most stoic of hearts. The $10 admission, or $5 with a can of food, goes to the Friends of Shirley & the Mastics Food Pantry. More information about the Haunted Food Drive is available on Facebook.
Have kids going trick or treating in Babylon Village today? Don’t forget to stop by 36 Livingston Avenue for the best house of the night! Children can enjoy a 22-foot animated black cat, pirate ship playground, bone-rattling bounce house, cotton candy, popcorn and treats. Witches brew will be available for parents. In addition, there’s no shortage of baked goods and other goodies that will be sold tonight. While much of the experience is free, all proceeds collected will help cover the cost of a Lindenhurst baby’s surgery and medical treatments. For more information, check this house out on Facebook.
Halloween is a blast, but what happens the day after? Join the Friends of Freeport for a family mini-golf outing and night on the town Saturday after two years of tirelessly helping neighbors clean up after Superstorm Sandy. The day begins with mini-golf at Crow’s Nest from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and ends with a trip to Otto’s Sea Grill from 7-11 p.m. The $10 admission to the night event includes raffles, a door prize and half-priced appetizers. A few volunteers will even serve as guest bartenders for the evening. Check out their Facebook pages here and here for important details.
Dowling Alum Drawing Support With 'Night Of The Arts'
Spend a weekend enjoying arts and culture, and support a Long Island educational institution along the way.
The Alumni Association of Dowling College is hosting a Night of the Arts Nov. 1. This one-night show at the Dowling College Performing Arts Center includes painting, poetry, singing, comedy, improve, photography, acting and more.
Tickets can be purchased with a $10 donation via email or calling 631-244-3166. Don’t wait as the event is expected to sell out. Select pieces from the art gallery will also be available for purchase, with some or all of the sale benefitting the Alumni Association.
Spotlight On Honorees At Landmark’s Annual Gala
Catch a live performance from a Tony Award-winning performer and help downtown Long Island at the same time.
Two-time award winner Christine Ebersole will sing at Landmark on Main Street’s Spotlight Gala ’14 on Nov. 8.
Ebersole has performed in prestigious venues like the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. She’s also acted in a number of television shows and movies, and been a part of several musical albums.
The event will also honor Bruce Migatz of Albanese and Albanese and Steven Katz and Jeffrey Schor of PM Pediatrics.
For tickets, email or call the venue at 516-767-1384.
Join Hofstra In Celebrating Long Island’s Diversity
A non-partisan research group is inviting Long Islanders to celebrate their diversity.
National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University announced their 2014 Celebration of Suburban Diversity is to be held on Nov. 11 at Crest Hollow Country Club.
The institution strives to promote the study of suburbia's problems, as well as its promise. Local, national and international issues are all examined, as the suburbs have emerged at the nexus of dynamic demographic, social, economic and environmental change in New York and throughout the world. The National Center for Suburban Studies seeks to identify, analyze and solve the problems of suburbia, especially in areas of sustainability, social equity and economic development.
George Tsunis, CEO of Chartwell Hotels, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. Great Neck Rotarian Sammy Hsiao, Long Island Hispanic Bar Association member Richard Montes, Suffolk County Asian American Advisory Board member Belinda Pagdanganan, disability rights activist Susan Gordon Ryan, and Hofstra University’s Gina Granger and June Scarlett will be honored.
Cocktails and hors d’oeurves from around the world begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. The evening’s festivities include multicultural performances and the presentation of Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s High School Diversity Essay Scholarship Award.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Ina Katz at 516-463-9939 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are being sold for $250 a piece, and sponsorships begin at $1,000. Registration must be received by Nov. 4.
Community Benefit For Neighbors Supporting Neighbors
Meet a New York Times best seller and support your community.
Regina Calcaterra, author of “Etched in Sand,” will join grassroots organization Neighbors Supporting Neighbors at Captain Bill’s in Bay Shore on Nov. 13.
Calcaterra’s memoir is an inspiring coming-of-age story of tenacity and hope. She’s also a successful lawyer, New York State official and activist.
A $50 ticket includes dinner, coffee/tea and dessert. Proceeds benefit Neighbors Supporting Neighbors and homeless prevention charity You Gotta Believe.
Tickets can be purchased at either the Babylon or West Babylon Libraries, or by calling 631-422-6037.
North Hempstead Holding Business Seminar For Entrepreneurs
Join North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board help entrepreneurs turn a business idea into a reality.
The North Hempstead Business and Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) is holding the seminar “From Idea to Exit: How to get a Business Up and Running, Funded and Sold” Nov. 14 at the Harbor Links Club House in Port Washington.
The event, which will feature a free continental breakfast, includes speakers Michael Breitman, owner of ActionCoach of Metro New York; Rich Foster, Co-Founder of LaunchPad Long Island and Founder of Foster Management & Holding, LLC; and Stella Lellos, Esq., Partner of Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo, Terra, LLP. They will touch on topics like business planning, capital management and law, as well as answering important questions like “Do you know how to access early stage capital?”
This seminar is the latest in the BTDC’s ongoing Business Development Seminar series and is sponsored by Albrecht, Viggiano, Zureck & Co., P.C., National Grid, Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo, & Terrana LLP, Santander Bank, and the Long Island Development Corporation/LISBAC.
Registration is available online. For more information, call 516-869-6311.
Join LI Hispanic Chamber At A Red Carpet Gala
The Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will honor five Long Islanders during a black tie, red carpet ceremony next month.
Their 26th annual awards gala is slated for Nov. 22 at the Long Island Marriot in Uniondale.
Dr. Jorge Gardyn will receive the Chairmans Award for CEO of the Year; Claire Scanlon will be awarded the Minority Business Advocate of the Year; State Senator Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) will receive the Visionary Award: Senator of the Year; Mohinder Singh Taneja will be awarded the Ambassador of Diversity award; and Jose Nido will be honored with the Global Corporate Man of the Year. A sixth, surprise award is also on the agenda.
Register for the gala through the chamber’s website. Ticket prices range from $250 for chamber members to $350 for non-members.
Get Building With Gingerbread For 2nd Annual LI Contest
Check the calendar, Christmas is 54 days away. That’s less than two months.
Now is the time to sign up for Chocolate Duck’s 2nd annual Long Island Gingerbread House Competition. The Farmingdale-based cake-supply store is hosting the contest on Dec. 13 in the store.
Any gingerbread structure is eligible, not just houses, but it should be inspired by the Gold Coast Era.
Private judging will take place in the morning, with the show opened to the public at noon. Winners can compete for cash prizes, a 32-inch flat screen television and gift certificates.
Registration is open from now until Nov. 25. Adults will be charged a $25 fee and youths 17 and under will be charged a $5 fee. Registration forms can be found on the store’s website or the Village of Farmingdale’s website. For more information, contact Christine Bisbee via email.
Volunteers Wanted For Clothing Drive, Thanksgiving Dinner
The start of the holiday season is just a few weeks away, time for community members to start helping those in need.
The "Brentwood, Bay Shore and Central Islip Feed the Need" cause is up and running. These volunteers are collecting hats, gloves, socks, coats, blankets and wash-up kits for the homeless and neighbors in need. Donations can be left at St. Anne's Parish Outreach.
These volunteers will also be preparing and serving a Thanksgiving dinner again this year. Restaurants looking to donate trays of food and individuals looking to help with the meal are asked to contact Deborah Kirnon at 631 336-6427.
EPA Opens $3.75 Mil Grants To Protect Freshwater
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now accepting proposals to fund freshwater protection projects.
The Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant is used to accelerate and expand the strategic protection of healthy freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds across the country. The EPA expects to issue a cooperative agreement to fund a single grantee to manage the Healthy Watersheds Consortium grant program and issue subawards on a competitive basis.
Applicants can be nonprofit organizations, non-governmental organizations, interstate agencies and inter-tribal consortia which are capable of undertaking activities that advance healthy watershed programs on a national basis.
Eligible entities for the subawards include public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, states, local governments, U.S. territories or possessions, and interstate agencies. Anticipated federal funding under the competition is approximately $3.75 million over six years.
Proposals are due Jan. 5. For more information about the RFP and this grant, visit the EPA online.
Save Even More On Solar Photovoltaic Installations
Homeowners having solar panels placed on their roof can trim a few bucks off the bill, as well as their carbon footprint.
Public benefit corporation NYSERDA is offering incentives for solar photovoltaic systems at residential and small commercial across the state through their NY-Sun Incentive program.
Kicking in Aug. 13, the program provides rebates for up to 24 kilowatts at homes and 200 kilowatts on small commercial sites. Incentives are distributed via a Megawatt (MW) Block incentive structure that allocates MWs to specific regions of the State.
Systems may also qualify for tax credits: up to 30 percent of the system cost for federal and 25 percent of the system cost (up to $5,000 for a primary residence) for New York State.
Check out NY-Sun Incentive for more on this assistance.
NYSERDA also offers financing through Green Jobs – Green New York.
Residential customers can acquire loans up to $13,000, or $25,000 with higher cost-effectiveness standards, over 5, 10 or 15 years. The current interest rate is 3.49 percent.
Small businesses with 100 employees or less and not-for-profit organizations, can borrow up to $100,000 at half the market interest rate and On-Bill Recovery loans of up to $50,000 at 3 percent interest over 10 years.
Find a contractor on NYSERDA’s website to get started.
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What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?
The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Tickets and more information available here
Cold Spring Harbor
The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
Evita - Friday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m.
Wizard of Oz - Saturday, Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, Nov. 2 at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets and more information available here
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Halloween Party - Friday, Oct. 31
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, Nov. 1 at 10 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here
Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here
Farmers Markets in or adjacent to Long Island's downtowns:
700 Hempstead Tpke.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
July through November
Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
June 1-Nov. 23
18 Village Square
Tuesdays, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 3-Nov. 25
125 Community Drive
Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
July 13-Oct. 26
115 Forest Ave.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 7-Nov. 22
1 West Chester Street
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
May 3-Nov. 26
54 Audrey Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
June through November
LIRR parking lot no. 12, Sunrise Highway
Sundays, 7 a.m.-Noon
June 1-Nov. 23
Railroad Street, LIRR Lot @ Washington Avenue
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
May 31-Nov. 22
Elm Street lot
Sundays, 7 a.m.-Noon
June 1- Nov. 23
Town Hall Lot, Montauk Highway
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
May 31-Nov. 22
Main Street, across from fire department
Sundays, 9 am - 2 pm
May 18- Nov. 23
Cow Harbor parking lot
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 7 – Nov. 22
127 Smithtown Blvd.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 7-Nov. 22
7-11 Lot, 255 East Main St.
Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
July 4-Nov. 21
Behind 117 Main Street
Thursdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
June 5-Nov. 6
of Prince and Broadway
Sundays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
May through November
Islip Grange, Broadway Avenue
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
mid-May through November
85 Mill Rd., next to historical Society
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
May 10-Nov. 22
Fall festivals in or adjacent to Long Island's downtowns:
Massapequa Fall Festival
Massapequa LIRR station
Nov. 8-9 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
St. John's Annual Harvest Fair
12 Prospect Street, Huntington village
Nov. 8 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Complete Streets? Try Complete Town
Long Island municipalities are embracing and implementing Smart Growth changes to win back the Millenials and Baby Boomers looking to leave. There are narrower, safer roads as part of Complete Streets. There are apartments built on top of mom and pop stores within walking distance of an LIRR station. Developers are more frequently proposing multi-family housing.
But what if you could buy a whole town with Smart Growth in mind? An entire Connecticut village was up for auction earlier this week. Bidders were asked to offer at least $800,000 - less than many houses on Long Island - for eight contiguous parcels on 62 acres in the Village of Johnsonville in Moodus, Conn. According to the auction website, the historic village offers a unique redevelopment opportunity to combine the historic value of the 19th century village with 21st century living as permitted uses include: single family, multifamily housing to include market rate and affordable, senior housing, arts/entertainment center, B&B’s, inn, restaurant/banquet facility, retail shops and schools.
The town was a thriving mill community in the 19th century, a Victorian era tourist attraction in the 1960s and abandoned three times. A hotel developer filed plans in 2008 for a mixed-use development
that included 133 upscale, single-family houses and townhouses, all built in Victorian style and with an age restriction for owners. The proposal fell apart and the developer continues to pay the taxes.
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