November 1st - 7th, 2015
Founded in 1978, Zucaro Construction has grown to become one of the most respected and competitive General Contractors in the Long Island and the Metropolitan Area. Its founder, Andrew Zucaro, formed his company with the traditional values and attention to details that have guided him throughout his professional career.
With field experience and an extensive background in commercial, industrial and high-end residential construction management,coupled with “old school” business ethics as his foundation, it is not surprising to find Andrew Zucaro on site, managing each project in detail from beginning to end, ensuring satisfaction every step of the way.
“A high-income state like New York generates more in federal taxes than other states, but we also have significant costs, and the continuing imbalance raises questions about equity for New Yorkers. Our Congressional delegation has pushed hard over the years to increase New York’s slice of the pie and these continued efforts should be encouraged.”
- NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
Comptroller Report Shows NY Pays More to the Feds than It Gets Back
In a report released by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, New York ranked 46th in the nation in its balance of payments between the amount it generated in federal taxes and the amount of federal government spending it received. For every dollar sent to Washington, New York receives about 91 cents back or 25% less in federal spending, compared to a national average of nearly $1.22.
Groundbreaking of the Nassau Coliseum Renovation
Vision Long Island joined elected officials and developers at the groundbreaking of the Nassau Coliseum renovation this week. The $260 million project managed by Bruce Ratner and Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is 100% privately funded, provide up to 2,700 jobs and will bring life back to the site while allowing future development, with the end of 2016 being looked at for the reopening date.
Suffolk Creates Land Bank
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Legislators Majority Leader DuWayne Gregory and Tom Cilmi recently announced that the Suffolk County Land Bank received its first influx of funding in the amount of $1.9 million to repurpose zombie homes. Long Island is one of the hardest hit regions to be impacted by the foreclosure crisis. Subsequently, loss of tax revenue by vacant, underutilized properties has added additional challenges to neighborhood stabilization, further straining resources of local government across the region.
275 Unit Apartment Community Opens in Mineola
Mill Creek Residential hosted a reception last week to celebrate the grand opening of Modera Mineola, the much-anticipated 275-apartment luxury rental community, situated within two blocks of the Mineola Long Island Rail Road LIRR station and multimodal transit center. Mineola residents, village and county officials, and local economic development leaders gathered with executives from Mill Creek and new residents of Modera Mineola, which has Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification through the U. S. Green Building Council.
There was deep community involvement in the project’s undertaking, which played a key part in the approval of the project. “We had a hearing back in 2006 and a bunch of people came in and not a single resident of Mineola complained,” said NY State Senator and former Mineola Mayor Jack Martins. “They understood this is the way to address taxes in the future, redevelopment in the future and revitalizing our downtown. The village gets it and the residents get it.” Mill Creek Vice President for Development Jamie Stover added, “From the beginning of this process, we found true partners in the Village of Mineola, Nassau County, many local business leaders and community organizations. These stakeholders all shared our vision for the redevelopment of the property. Modera Mineola would not have been possible without Mineola’s forward-looking zoning policies permitting for smart growth, and close collaboration with all our partners throughout the process.”
Vision was happy to speak at event and support the project through many public hearings during the approval process.
Amityville Is Open for Business
"Amityville is open for business. Now we're going to find out is anyone interested in us?" said Tom Howard, co-chairman of Amityville Village's Downtown Revitalization Committee. The Village’s DRC is currently sending out requests to Long Island developers to gauge interest in redeveloping unused and underused parcels on Route 110 north of Sunrise Highway heading south to the historic district.
Vision Long Island, along with several local officials and stakeholders, recently toured downtown Amityville as part of our Smart Growth Saturday initiative.
Vision Long Island Director Honored at 2015 Arty Party
The Long Island Art Council at Freeport recently held the 2015 Arty (Arts Recognition Tribute) Party at Coral House in Baldwin, honoring artists, citizens and the business community. The well attended event also acted as a fundraiser for the organization, which provides professional, youth, information services, as well as visual arts and performing arts programming for the area.
Honorees at the annual event included Herbert Deutsch (ARTY Award), Alexandra Marinaccio (Artist of the Year Award), Vision Long Island’s Director Eric Alexander (Citizen of the Year Award), Paul Eberst (Business Person of the Year Award), and Dylan Skolnick & Charlotte Sky, both receiving the Alexander Schanzer Memorial Smart with Art Award for professional artists who share the arts through performance and education. The organization has been assisting the area since 1974.
You can check out all of the programs and events that Long Island Arts Council at Freeport sponsors on their website.
Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees!
From There to Here with the Nassau Coliseum
Newsday's Randi Marshall who reported on the Nassau HUB for many years and is now on the editorial board wrote this piece on how she wanted to see a different result at the Coliseum that would include a real downtown place. Let me start by saying I respect her tremendously and have had many conversations with her through the years and joked about when we would have a cup of coffee or lunch at the Lighthouse or something like it.
I agree with her and for many years Vision worked with the former developer to support the Lighthouse project, participated in and, in some cases, ran numerous community meetings across central Nassau. She references in the article significant community opposition - there was little community opposition against the Lighthouse with 9 out of 10 folks at two 1000 person public hearings in support of the project and two Hofstra News 12 polls showing 2-1 support for what at the time was the largest development planned in Nassau's history.
What killed the project that wasn't mentioned was the harsh reality that the Town had to face in approving a land use application that was not accompanied with any infrastructure dollars. Past County administrations did not even apply for funds to upgrade the Cedar Creek Sewage Treatment Plant, widen the Meadowbrook or provide express bus service to Mineola...etc. There were at least five rounds of federal funding and at least as many cycles of NYS funding that - from our understanding - were not sought after. As Randi correctly points out there were press conferences with Governors and Senators in attendance but when it came time to apply for funds the County at the time dropped the ball.
Despite that failure the Town for its part should have been more flexible in its zoning to allow for more housing and additional incentives to make a true main street destination at the HUB. Sadly very few folks came out - post Lighthouse - to the public hearing to make that case - Vision was there but we did not see the folks who typically speak at conferences about the need to address brain drain etc. The hearing for the current plan had no regional support for true placemaking elements with the exception of Vision's testimony as well.
So is this plan the result many of us wanted - no. Is it better than having a decaying structure with no activity - yes. Can this plan still have placemaking aspects and with the right future phases and coordination with surrounding uses be a destination - maybe. Was the failure of the Lighthouse a result of community opposition - hell no. Will we learn the right lessons from all of this - not if we keep fighting old battles without fully understanding what actually happened.
You can read Randi Marshall's original article on the subject here.
St. John's Episcopal Church Annual Holiday Fair
St. John's Episcopal Church will be hosting thier Annual Holiday Fair on Saturday, November 7th, from 10 AM to 4 PM located at 12 Prospect Street, Huntington, NY. Funds raised will go to support the church ministry outreach and local charities.
For more information, contact them at 631-427-1752 or www.stjohnshuntington.org.
2015 Celebration of Diversity
The 2015 Celebration of Diversity will be taking place on Wednesday, November 11th at 5:30PM at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Dedicated to funding diversity-related scholarships and research at the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, the annual Celebration of Suburban Diversity banquet brings together Long Islanders from across the multicultural spectrum, as well as individuals with disabilities and gay and lesbian communities. The evening is dedicated to the idea – and ideal – that we can be stronger for our differences if we come together to appreciate them.
Sustainable Living Film Series Hosts Deep Green Screening
All are invited to the Sustainable Living Film Series screening of the award-winning documentary Deep Green hosted by the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College and Long Island Green Homes on Thursday, November 12th from 6PM-9:30PM. A vegan buffet will be served from until 7PM, followed by the screening at 7:15PM.
27th Annual Keys for the Homeless
The 27th Annual Keys for the Homeless event will take place on Friday, November 13th from 8AM-2:30PM at Touro Law Center in East Islip. This year’s theme will be “Building Community Roots to End Youth & Family Homelessness” and is sponsored by Long Island Coalition for the Homeless and Stony Brook University’s School of Social Welfare.
2015 Annual Smart Growth Summit-Nov. 20th
As a community, business or government leader on Long Island, we would like to invite you once again to join us at the 14th Annual Smart Growth Summit, being held on Friday, November 20th from 8am-4pm at the Melville Marriott.
Last year’s event drew nearly 1,200 civic, chambers, developers, environmentalists, design professionals, business leaders, young people and over 70 federal, state, county, town and village elected officials from Long Island and the region.
The Smart Growth movement is busy approving 10,300 units of transit oriented development, revitalization programs in over 50 Long Island downtowns, 40 traffic calming projects, new Main Street office space, lively restaurants/bars nightlife, and countless events featuring the arts, culture and live music. Recent increased Federal, State and County infrastructure investment in our sewers, rails, buses and roadways has also been critical to the success of the redevelopment projects.
The 14th Annual Smart Growth Summit will feature networking, a trade show, nearly 20 workshops, a youth summit and plenary sessions on regional and local issues facing mixed-use development. Some sessions may include: downtown revitalization, wastewater infrastructure, financing Smart Growth, transit-oriented development, clean energy, youth leadership, regional projects, fair housing/segregation, off Island case examples, solid waste and many others to be announced in the coming weeks based on input from the broader movement.
Our goal is to once again have over 1,200 leaders working together. So here is where we need your help: please plan to join us and consider sponsoring the event.
For sponsorship and registration information click here (limited scholarships are available for community & youth leadership). If you have any questions, please call us at 631-261-0242.
You coun check out our recently announced panels here.
Blue Ribbon Friday in Huntington
To many the Friday after Thanksgiving, or Black Friday, is the official kickoff to the holiday season. But in Huntington, the day has been dubbed “Blue Friday,” thanks to the Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society and its Huntington Harbor Parade of Lights, an annual boat parade that draws thousands of landlubbers to the shores of Huntington Harbor.
Small Business Saturday on November 28, 2015
North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board, along with the North Hempstead Business & Tourism Corporation (BTDC), are urging residents to support Small Business Saturday on November 28, 2015, as part of a national effort to drive consumers to shop at local independently owned businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. For the second straight year, the Town is a proud sponsor of Small Business Saturday, a joint partnership between Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and the Small Business Saturday Coalition.
20th Annual Port Jefferson Charles Dickens Festival
Planning for the spectacular 20th Annual Port Jefferson Charles Dickens Festival has begun planning for the Second Annual Festival of Trees at the Port Jefferson Village Center. A magnificent display of holiday trees decorated by YOU will be on display through the month of December located on the second and third floors of the Port Jefferson Village Center.
Long Island Coalition for the Homeless Conducts Annual Winter Drive
Long Island Coalition for the Homeless conducts an annual winter drive in order to ensure the safety and needs of those that are homeless on Long Island, living on the streets. Each year, volunteers pack “homeless kits” that include warm clothing, toiletries (travel size), and non-perishable foods. These kits are distributed to individuals that are living on the streets both during our annual homeless count in January and also during ongoing street outreach efforts throughout the winter months.
Feed the Need Donation Drive
Winter is right around the corner, and thousands of homeless families, low-income residents, seniors and Veterans that have food insecurities in Suffolk County will continue to need a helping hand. Feed the Need has successfully assisted many in this situation last year and hope to continue to assist more this coming year with your assistance.
Town of North Hempstead Business and Tourism Development Corporation Grants Available
Town of North Hempstead Business and Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) Chairwoman Judi Bosworth and Executive Director Kim Kaiman announced this week that the BTDC will be offering matching fund grant opportunities to not-for-profit organizations (including civics and chamber of commerces) and business improvement districts to beautify downtowns.
“We want to work with our local businesses to make the downtown living and shopping experience the best it can be,” Chairwoman Bosworth said. “It is my hope that, through this program, we can beautify our commercial corridors and attract consumers to allow the businesses in our Town to thrive." The Downtown Beautification Program will assist the Town’s chambers of commerce and civic associations with revitalization of commercial and mixed-use downtown districts, allowing matching fund grants of up to $10,000 per Council District for eligible downtown beautification projects such as tree planters and other landscaping, street furniture, trash receptacles and signage.
Eligible applicants must develop a detailed plan that must be submitted as part of the application process. The deadline is November 30th, 2015. To apply or for more details, please call (516) 869-7739 or click here
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As Veterans' Day Approaches, Lets Remember Our Troops!
Neighbors Supporting Neighbors Babylon will be supporting Adopt a Battalion this year by collecting excess Halloween candy to ship oversees for troops that are away from home but not forgotten.