The 2013 Smart Growth Summit
Friday, November 22nd
8:00am to 4:00pm - Melville Marriott
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 over 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.
Featured speakers include:
Announcing the 2013 Summit workshops!
7:45-8:15 AM REGISTRATION
BREAKFAST PLENARY SESSION 8:15-9:45 AM
STATE OF THE TOWNS & VILLAGES
Hon. Rich Schaffer, Supervisor, Town of Babylon
Hon. Sean Walter, Supervisor, Town of Riverhead
Hon. Ed Romaine, Supervisor, Town of Brookhaven
Hon. Anna Throne-Holst, Supervisor, Town of Southampton
Hon. Wayne Hall, Mayor, Village of Hempstead
Hon. Peter Cavallaro, Mayor, Village of Westbury
Hon. Ralph Eckstrand, Mayor, Village of Farmingdale
Joye Brown, Newsday, Moderator
Workshops I: 9:55-11:05
REBUILDING & RESILIENCE
Jaime Rubin, Director, Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery
Rob Welltner, Operation Splash
Ron Beattie, Oakdale Chamber of Commerce
David Berg, Cameron Engineering
Andrew Zucaro, Zucaro Construction
Paul Beyer, Director of Smart Growth, NYS DOS
John O’Connell, Herald Publications, Moderator
BROWNFIELDS BOOM OR BUST?
Peter Scully, NYS DEC
Gary Rozmus, GEI Consultants
Hon. DuWayne Gregory, Suffolk County
Mitch Pally, LI Builders Institute
Heather Sporn, NYS Department of Transportation
Will Stoner, AARP
Hon. Connie Kepert, Town of Brookhaven
Marlene Connor, Wendel Companies
David Sabatino, Envision Valley Stream
Ryan Lynch, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Moderator
Bishop Harrison Hale, Harrison Hale Community Action Center
Kamlesh Mehta, South Asian Times
Jorge Martinez, LI Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Lauren Williams, SRW Engineers
Tonya Leuter, New Millenium Development
Lionel Chitty, Hicksville Chamber of Commerce, Moderator
TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT
Bob Paley, MTA
Anthony Bartone, Bartone Properties
Maria Rigopolous, Mill Creek Residential
Sal Coco, BHC
Tom Jost, Parsons Brinkerhoff
Larry Rosenbloom, Zyscovich, Urban Land Institute, Moderator
YOUTH VISION FOR LONG ISLAND'S FUTURE
Tara Bono, LIincs Young Professionals
Jeff Giullett, Millenial Development Institute
Students of LI Youth Summit
Dr. Nathalia Rogers, Dowling College, Moderator
Workshops II: 11:10 AM-12:20 PM
FUTURE OF ENERGY ON LONG ISLAND
John Keating, National Grid
David Scheiren, Empower Solar
Ross Ain, Caithness Energy
Neal Lewis, Sustainability Institute at Molloy, Moderator
TOURISM & DOWNTOWNS
Dr. Gail Lamberta, St. Josephs College
Lois Howes, Freeport Chamber of Commerce
Artie Burke, Northport Village Merchants Association
Karen Harding, THEM Media
Jim Kelly, The Long Islander
Jaci Clement, Fair Media Council, Moderator
SMART GROWTH / NEW URBANISM 101
Bill Tuyn, Greenman Pedersen
Paddy Steinschneider, Gotham Design
Marc Wouters, CNU, New York
Alex Latham, ADLIII Architecture, Moderator
NEW TOWN CENTERS
David Wolkoff, Heartland Town Square, Brentwood
Tom Graham, RXR/Glen Isle
Bob Eschbacher, VHB/Ronkonkoma HUB
Don Monti, Renaissance Downtowns, Hempstead
David Winselberg, LI Business News, Moderator
Elisa Picca, MTA/LIRR
Pat Bowden, Transit Workers Union
Michael Schoolman, Seven Bus
John Durso, LI Federation of Labor
Denise Carter, Greenman Pedersen, Moderator
WATER & WASTEWATER
Michael Posillico, Posillico
Frank Russo, H2M
Rick Cisterna, Natural Systems Utilities
Hon. William Spencer, Suffolk County
Tim Burns, NYS Environmental Facilities Corp.
Adrienne Esposito, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Moderator
BRINGING TECH COMPANIES DOWNTOWN
Rich Foster, Launchpad LI
Andrew Hazen, Launchpad LI
Jon Rudes, CRESA
Julie Marchesella, Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce
Peter Goldsmith, LISTNET, Moderator
LUNCH: 12:30-2:00 PM
Hon. Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Executive
Hon. Steve Israel, US House of Representatives
Keynote Speaker -
Scott Rechler, RXR
Workshops III: 2:00-4:00 PM
FINANCING SMART GROWTH
Anthony Mannetta, Suffolk County IDA
Bill Mannix, Town of Islip IDA
Larry Jones, Bethpage Federal Credit Union
Steve Krieger, Engel Burman
John Kominicki, Digital Motion, Moderator
ARTS, MUSIC & DESTINATIONS
Michelle Stark, Suffolk County Office of Film & Cultural Affairs
Bruce Michael, The Space at Westbury
Phil Ebel, Great South Bay Brewery
Pat Snyder, East End Arts Council, Moderator
Sol Marie Jones, LI Community Foundation
Anthony Atkinson, LI Board of Realtors
Peter Florey, D&F Development
Ralph Fasano, Concern for Independent Living
Richard Koubek, Huntington Township Housing Coalition
Pam Robinson, Patch, Moderator* Invited
SUSTAINABILITY PLANNING & IMPLEMENTATION
Lindsay Robbins, NYSERDA
Fran Reid, Town of North Hempstead
Gerry Bogacz, NYMTC
Elissa Ward Kyle, Vision Long Island, Moderator
DISASTER PLANNING & RECOVERY
Theresa Regnante, United Way of Long Island
Rich Cantwell, Friends of Freeport
Amy Castiglia, Lindy Manpower
Kim Skillen, Neighbor Supporting Neighbors Babylon
John McNally, Long Beach resident
Ron Benenati, FEMA
Jon Seibert, Friends of Long Island
Feds Allocate $5 Billion For Sandy A Year Later
A year ago this week, Superstorm Sandy assaulted Long Island. Winds gusting over 80 MPH knocked out power for 1.1 million LIPA customers and waves of salt water inundated homes across the South Shore.
When the first anniversary arrived on Monday and Tuesday, countless Long Island residents and business owners are still fighting to return to normal. Monday also marked the second massive batch of federal aid to these victims.
The Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocated $5 billion to tackle housing, economic development and infrastructure needs in New York, four other state and New York City.
“One year later, it’s clear these communities continue to be challenged by the sheer scale of this devastating storm, requiring further investment to make certain these needs are met,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, who also chaired the president’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. “These resources are making a difference helping individuals, families, and businesses to get back on their feet and come back stronger and more resilient than ever.”
HUD released $5.4 million in Community Block Development Group (CBDG) funds in February after President Barack Obama signed the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013. CBDG funds are designed for recovery efforts involving housing, economic development, infrastructure and prevention of further damage to affected areas, especially in low-income housing. Monday’s funds were the second round of this money.
New York State received $1.7 million in February and $2.1 million this week.
In the second allocation, grantees will be required to identify unmet needs for housing, economic development and infrastructure. They must also update the impacts and needs assessment, and conduct a comprehensive risk assessment on infrastructure. That assessment includes climate change, changes in populations, and standards for future building.
Major infrastructure projects benefitting multiple counties or having a total cost of at least $50 million including a CDBG-DR investment of at least $10 million, will carry additional requirements including:
Identifying projects in their action plan, demonstrating that the project was selected through regional collaboration; and evaluating covered infrastructure projects using a collaborative risk analysis.
The funding will be released once HUD officials are satisfied with the project and work with the grantee to enable the money.
HUD, Office of Management and Budget, and the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board will provide oversight to prevent and identify waste, fraud and abuse. In addition, the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, established by President Obama to coordinate the federal government’s efforts to support local rebuilding, has gone further by establishing a project management office to monitor spending and progress to ensure the money is used as intended.
Artists Capture Sandy’s Wrath, Hope From Rescuers
Nearly 200 artistic creations were submitted to a contest reflecting Long Island’s resistance against Superstorm Sandy.
Ron Hendrickson, of North Massapequa, won the Superstorm Sandy Survival Art Competition on Monday with a painting depicting firefighters and Nassau County police examining boats washed into houses under an ominous sky. The piece “We are Strong Island! – A Salute to Nassau County Residents' Endurance and Courage” earned a $10,000 check for the top honor.
"I wanted to depict the destruction following Sandy," Hendrickson told Newsday. "And definitely wanted to show the response by the residents, and show our first responders -- the police, the volunteer firemen in center."
Oceanside resident Howard Busch won the $5,000 second prize for “Responders Conquer Chaos.” The oil paint and wood carving piece featured the arms of a victim and rescuer, a field of woodcut flames and names of towns affected by Sandy. Third place and $2,500 went to Seaford resident Audrey Troyka for "You're Safe Now," her mosaic portrait of a fireman carrying a cat to safety.
A pair of honorable mentions, "Untitled" from Massapequa’s Deirdre Whiston and "The Wave of Recovery" by Long Beach’s Laura O'Shaughnessy-Swan, each received a $1,000 prize
The contest was created by real estate investor Lawrence Kadish and wife Susan, of Old Westbury.
The competition, announced in April, was open to all Nassau residents who wanted a chance to "create a permanent tribute to the spirit of all county residents who have endured the wrath of Superstorm Sandy."
Submissions included paintings, mosaics, photography and mixed media. Shards of the Long Beach boardwalk, destroyed during Sandy and recently reopened, were made available for artistic use.
CDCLI Providing Mold Remediation With $2 Mil Grant
Beginning in Lindenhurst and Freeport, a Long Island nonprofit is expanding their mold remediation program across the island.
Centereach-based Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI) announced the spread during a shared press conference Monday. They will receive $2 million of $2.35 million from the American Red Cross.
The Community Development Corporation of Long Island, LLC, a nonprofit subsidiary of CDCLI, will accept the funds to support mold remediation for homes flooded by Sandy. These funds should provide services to 325 households beginning this month and continuing for the next 12 months.
“We are grateful to the American Red Cross for their generous commitment, which will enable CDCLI to expand its mold remediation services to assist residents across Long Island who were impacted by Superstorm Sandy,” CDCLI President Marianne Garvin said. “Since the storm hit one year ago, many homeowners have experienced the impact of mold due to flooding. Many people do not have the resources to remedy the mold problems on their own. This grant from the Red Cross, supplementing the funding received from the Robin Hood Foundation, will allow us to extend our services to all Sandy-impacted communities on Long Island, and help homeowners obtain professional evaluation and remediation of visible mold from their home. We are proud to be a partner with the Red Cross in this effort to help Long Islanders rebuild their homes and lives post-Sandy.”
Financed by a Robin Hood Foundation grant, CDCLI has already funded mold remediation for 75 homeowners in Freeport and Lindenhurst.
Homes flooded during Sandy that have visible mold preventing reconstruction may be eligible for free remediation. The program does have a cutoff of $148,000 annual household income, although hardships exemptions are possible. Work is conducted by a professional company, supervised by an environmental engineer.
For more information about the program or to apply, contact CDCLI at 631-471-1215 x123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The remaining $350,000 from the Red Cross is allocated for the United Way of Long Island. They are expected to award sub-grants to community organizations for individual casework, housing assistance, interagency coordination and social service provider support.
News of the $2.35 million came four days after the Red Cross agreed to donate another $6 million following discussions with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. His Charity Bureau investigated nearly 90 organizations raising and spending money.
"In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, people throughout New York, across the country and around the world opened their hearts and made more than half a billion dollars in charitable contributions to help those in need,” Schneiderman said.
Red Cross officials confirmed they spent or committed $280 million of $308 million in donated funds.
Empty Wallets Keeping Teens Out Of Cars
Fewer teenagers are on the road since the recession.
Both the Highway Loss Data Institute (HDLI) and AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently released studies into teen driving, confirming fewer younger drivers. Money was a primary factor in both.
"It looks like teens just can't afford to drive," HLDI Vice President Matt Moore said. "Paying for their own cars, gas and insurance is hard if they can't find a job. At the same time, kids who count on Mom and Dad to help them also may be out of luck if their parents have been affected by the recession."
According to 1,039 young Americans ages 18-20 in the AAA study, large social and economic disparities were found in licensing rates. Of young adults in households with an annual income of at least $60,000, 60 percent were licensed within a year of their state’s minimum age for licensure and 72 percent had their license before age 18. In households with annual incomes under $20,000, just 16 percent were licensed a year early and only 25 percent were licensed before 18. Participants who identified themselves as black or Hispanic were significantly less likely to be licensed than those identifying themselves as white.
The AAA study also confirmed younger drivers are less likely to bear the financial burden of driving. Participants listed the price of gas and the price of driving among the top reasons why they delayed getting their permits.
Meanwhile, the HLDI study examined the number of rated drivers ages 14-19 and 35-54 listed on insurance policies from 2006-2012; a rated driver represents the greatest potential for loss on the insured vehicle. The number of rated teens on policies dropped by 12 percent, according to the study, while that population only dropped by 3 percent. The number of older rated drivers fell, but not as sharply.
HLDI also looked at unemployment rates between teens and the prime-age workers. Rates increased for both groups 2006-2010, but the 11 percent jump for teens eclipsed the 5 percent for the 35-54 crowd. Unemployment increased at the height of the recession and then leveled off after 2010. As overall unemployment rose, the ratio of teenaged drivers to older drivers dropped.
Despite serious issues with local mass transit and high costs of vehicle ownership, Long Island is also seeing fewer younger drivers, said AAA NY spokesman Robert Sinclair.
“There are not too many viable mass transit alternatives. That’s the situation through much of the country,” he said, noting fewer teen drivers in other car-friendly American communities.
But Sinclair is concerned with their safety once younger drivers finally do get on the road. Delaying receiving their license means they bypass learner’s permits and restrictions designed to provide necessary experience. He said that makes them “more dangerous” when they get out on the road.
HLDI also suggested more accidents among younger drivers are likely.
"As the economy picks up again, it's possible that more teenagers will get behind the wheel," Moore said. "Unfortunately, that may also mean a rise in teen crash fatalities, which have been trending downward."
Visit HLDI’s website for the full report and the AAA Foundation’s website for their study.
State Could Cut 40 Percent From Transportation Spending
Despite support for Complete Streets reform across Long Island and New York State, a transportation nonprofit is criticizing a lack of future spending on roads.
Tri-State Transportation Campaign said the Department of Transportation’s 2013 Draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) – the blueprint for transportation funding in New York – cuts overall transportation spending by 40 percent in four years. That will affect projects like sidewalks, new crosswalks, bike lanes and pedestrian islands to make streets more accommodating for all users.
“Pass a Complete Streets Law and then spend fewer dollars on improving the safety of our roads? This is a bait and switch that shouldn’t be tolerated. Governor Cuomo must dedicate a fair share of state transportation dollars to Complete Streets to help make our communities safer,” Associate Director Ryan Lynch said.
Tri-State analysis also found state officials plans to spend just 0.98 percent of the 2014-2017 plan on projects that make it safer to walk and bicycle, despite pedestrian and bicycle fatalities making up 27 percent of all traffic deaths in New York State in 2012. This is more than $100 million less across the state from the 2011-2014 STIP.
On Long Island, the state is spending less. The draft STIP spends just 0.57% on pedestrian and bicycle projects alone, and 1.31% on larger road and bridge projects that include some pedestrian and bicycling component.
“New York State has the highest percentage of traffic fatalities for pedestrians and bicyclists in the nation, and Long Island has some of the most dangerous roads in our region,” Executive Director Veronica Vanterpool said. “New York should be topping the charts on investments to make its streets safe to walk and bike, not working to zero it out.”
Many of these safety measures are low-cost, such as restriping vehicle lanes to accommodate bicycles or repainting crosswalks so they are more visible, so the reduction in funding amounts to significantly fewer projects that make roadways safer for all users of the road.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a Complete Streets bill into law in 2012, offering his support for safer road infrastructure for everyone that uses New York’s roads – including drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users of all ages and abilities.
Sandi Vega, the mother of a 14-year-old girl killed walking to school along Sunrise Highway three years ago, was disheartened to hear the news.
“No family should ever have to go through what my family went through. I fought hard for the Complete Streets Law, because I wanted to make the roads safer for ALL of our children,” said Vega. “Unfortunately, without adequate funding from the state, the law is nothing but a worthless piece of paper sitting on a shelf collecting dust. The safety of our children is again being compromised. Funding is the backbone of this law.”
Babylon To Superstorm Volunteers: Thank You
Superstorm Sandy socked the South Shore, but it couldn’t break the community’s spirit.
Elected officials invited firefighters, police and volunteer organizations to a ceremony at Tanner Park in their honor on Saturday afternoon, nearly a year since the historic storm. Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer emceed the event, culminating with a memorial’s unveiling.
"Literally the day after, people starting coming out of their homes and springing up – those people who didn't live in the affected area and setting up tables with food and supplies," Schaffer said.
Calling volunteer groups like Neighbors Supporting Neighbors, Babylon Helps, Lindy Manpower, Adopt A House and Camp Bulldog a “lifeline” to residents left with damaged houses, property damage and disrupted lives, Schaffer also reflected on fires and emergencies that firefighters responded to.
"These men and women were charging in as everyone else was charging out," the supervisor said.
More than 30 different fire departments, volunteer organizations and police departments were on-hand for the ceremony. Jim Harrington, president of the Town of Babylon Fire Chiefs’ Association introduced a representative of each fire department, while Kim Skillen, founder of Neighbors Supporting Neighbors and representative of the local volunteers, said Sandy proved Babylon is a strong community.
“There's a lot of work still to be done and we are dedicated to doing that work... and we hope when people see this monument that it stands for community... We always band together and make sure we are there for each other," Skillen said.
Schafer added the elected officials would not stop until everyone was home, as they were before Oct. 29, 2012. With that, he and other officials pulled the white cloth off the stone monument, exposing a long list of honorees. The bottom line thanks “The People of the Town of Babylon,” just in case any volunteers were forgotten.
The crowd later migrated to a free barbecue along the water, the food donated by Gemelli Fine Foods of Babylon.
For more coverage of the event, check out Patch.
Friends Of Long Island Commemorate Sandy Anniversary
It was one year ago this week, especially on Oct. 29, 2012, that Long Islanders rode out one of the single worst storms in history. Superstorm Sandy claimed some lives, but the amount of damage to homes, small businesses, infrastructure and neighborhoods was excessive. Many along the South Shore are still rebuilding and recovering, some not ready to move back home and others without a home to return to.
Over in East Rockaway and Bay Park, The11518 held a candlelight reflection ceremony along North Boulevard on Tuesday. For more information about the group, visit them on Facebook.
The City of Long Beach reinstated Halloween as a holiday in 2013 and declared all residents citizen superheroes for overcoming Sandy. For more, visit them on Facebook.
Long Beach also commemorated the anniversary with more than 2,000 Long Beach residents holding electric candles to “make peace” with the ocean. For more coverage of the event, check out the LI Herald and this YouTube video.
Neighbors Supporting Neighbors represented other volunteer groups within the Town of Babylon at a ceremony of appreciation at Tanner Park last weekend. For coverage of the event, check out Patch and the story in this week’s newsletter.
More than 300 packed into Lindenhurst Village Square on Tuesday to view a slideshow by Adopt-A-House. For additional coverage of the event, check out Patch.
A year later, Friends of Freeport hosted a run/cakewalk around the Nautical Mile on Oct. 27 to support their rebuilding efforts. For photos and videos from the event, visit their Facebook page.
The Friends of Freeport also helped build a new playground at the Recreation Center last weekend. For more coverage on that, check out the LI Herald.
Private Construction Funds First Mineola Park In Years
Opening a few weeks ago, Mineola’s first new park in 40 years was financed without public dollars.
Emory Road Park was officially unveiled Oct. 5 by Mayor Scott Strauss and the Village Board. Designed for kids aged 5-12, Strauss said it’s the first ever park in the northwest section of Mineola.
“We are committed to providing our residents with the best family-oriented public amenities village resources allow,” he said. “Our families deserve nothing less.”
Once undeveloped land, a basketball court and water department pump, the Emory Road property underwent a $75,000 facelift. It now features a playground, paved walkways, lighting and chain link fencing.
“It’s great that people in this section of Mineola now have a place they can walk to with children without having to cross Jericho Turnpike or Herricks Road,” Trustee Paul Cusato, a grandfather of young children, said.
The site gained Strauss’ attention when he was elected in 2011, although he told media outlets how he could never find a park with more than just a basketball court growing up in the neighborhood. Now he hopes the park will help bring neighbors together as a community gathering place.
But what makes this project even more unusual is that it required no public funds.
The property was already owned by Village and the $75,000 price tag was covered through the village’s Development Incentive Bonus Overlay District. Created by former Mayor and now-state Senator Jack Martins in 2007, the system requires developers for the Winston Project apartment complex and other downtown developments to contribute to capital improvement projects.
Mineola approved several residential apartment complexes in recent years, which contributed to the village’s coffers.
“We took an underutilized property and turned it into a valuable neighborhood asset, and we did it at no cost to village taxpayers,” Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira said. “This is a win-win for all Mineola residents.”
For more coverage of the Emory Road Park, check out Patch and Newsday (subscription required).
Welcome To Ronkonkoma, Hamlet Of Islip
The first project distinguishing the Islip-commercial side of Ronkonkoma is complete.
Town and civic officials kicked off the Ronkonkoma, Hamlet of Islip campaign last week with a ribbon cutting for a new sign. Placed at the corner of Johnson and Ocean Avenues, the new red and black sign is part of the Ronkonkoma Streetscape Plan.
Councilwoman Trish Bergen Weichbrodt joined Ronkonkoma Civic Association board member Larry Farrell and others in promoting the commercial region in the Islip part of Ronkonkoma.
“Ronkonkoma is not your typical hamlet with a downtown corridor, and yet, there are various commercial areas like the Johnson and Ocean Avenue intersection that attract a lot of traffic and many visitors,” Weichbrodt said. “This intersection hadn’t seen beautification in years, but by working with members of Ronkonkoma Civic Association, we were able to create a vision that provides the intersection a more charming and attractive identity, of which Ronkonkoma residents can take pride in.”
Farrell presented a proposal to Islip Supervisor Tom Croci about improving the hamlet’s identity in January 2013. The town board responded by allocating $200,000 for the streetscape improvement plan.
Farrell said residents and non-residents mix up the hamlets in Ronkonkoma, which also straddles Brookhaven. This campaign, he added, will fix that confusion.
The project examined seven streetscape elements to beautify the neighborhood: curb and sidewalks improvements, brick pavers, decorative lampposts, landscaping, signs, crosswalks and enforcement of existing codes.
It also identifies 20 different projects along half a mile of Johnson Avenue and Ocean Avenue north to the LIRR station. The entire project calls for more than 350 feet of curbs, 200 feet of sidewalks and 1,300 feet of brick pavers, and at least eight decorative lampposts. Close to a dozen trees will also be planted.
A number of nearby private property owners have also joined the cause. Landscaping, curb work, repaving and construction of new buildings has been completed at eleven properties.
Principal Planner and former Planning Commissioner Gene Murphy said the Johnson and Ocean Avenue sites see a lot of traffic and the streetscape plan will make a difference.
“The Ronkonkoma Civic Association was involved with this all the way. We walked the sites with them,” Murphy said, crediting Civic President Ted Imbasciani.
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
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
Route 25a, East of Route 110
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
June 2 - Nov. 15
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
Broadway & Main Street
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
85 Mill Rd., next to historical Society
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov. 16