Smart Talk July 15th-19th, 2013


July 15th – 19th, 2013




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Gonsalves“It is good to compromise but major components of the sewer project plan have not been realized such as the electrical mitigation project at Bay Park. Furthermore, communication must continue so that all aspects of the sewer project plan are materialized. This is a work in progress and we must ensure that the health and safety of our residents are protected. My thanks to all the environmental and labor organizations who gave their input at this very lengthy legislative session.” – Nassau County Legislator and Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves speaking on the compromise legislation that passed to provide funding for partial improvements to the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant

Solages“I voted for the multi-million dollar bond initiative with the hopes that we will be reimbursed by FEMA because Nassau’s sewer’s system must be repaired now. I am glad that the initial bonding will go to fix this important part of our infrastructure that was damaged by Storm Sandy. This vote is one of few but hopefully more to come in which Democratcs and Republicans worked together for the better of America’s first subrurb.  That’s what we are meant to do, to work together.” – Nassau County Legislator Carrie Solages

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NYS launches New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program


On Thursday July 18th 2013, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched the New York Community Reconstruction Program.  Designed by the state over the past two years, this initiative will empower communities that were hit hard by the storms to create and implement locally-created and federally funded strategies for the rebuilding and strengthening of their communities against future extreme weather.  The U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donavan along with two hundred community officials and planners joined the Governor in Albany to kick of the program officially at a conference entitled “Building Back Better: New York State Strom Recovery Conference.

“The NY Rising Community Reconstruction program will empower localities to develop and implement recovery plans after the damage done by the devastating natural disasters to hit our stat over the past two years,” Governor Cuomo said. “This program recognizes that New York’s effort to build back better must be a two pronged approach with the state not only leading critical infrastructure and broad investment strategies but also providing localities the resources they need to invest in their own future. When we are done, we will have risen to the challenge of making our great state not only more resistant to future storms, but stronger, more prosperous and more prepared for years to come.”

The New York Rising Community Reconstruction program plans to assist 102 severely damage New York Rising Communities to develop both comprehensive and innovative rebuilding plans  that will be driven by and structured around addressing the needs of each community individually. Grants will be awarded to each community individually. The total sum of each grant will be based on applications for new infrastructure and other mitigation will as well as FEMA assessed damage levels for each community. Each grant will be awarded upon the completion and submission of each communities plans to the State.

Experts from around the nation on topics such as economic development, urban sustainability, resiliency, environmental impact, and engineering congregated in Albany to discuss innovative strategies, solutions, and lessons learned from past  disaster recovery efforts with citizen and leaders of the New York Rising Communities to launch the rebuilding process.  The “Building Back Better: New York State Storm Recovery Conference,” is the first step in the planning process which should take no longer than eight months for each New York Rising Community. Those communities which are eligible will have access to more than $500 million of funding made available through the federal supplemental appropriation in which Governor Cuomo had worked on with congress to obtain earlier this year.

Governor Cuomo also announced that the state will award at least $250 million of the States FEMA-Funded Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to New York Rising Communities to implement eligible projects contained in their plans. In cases such as Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy when there is a Presidential disaster declaration, FEMA provides HMGP funds to states so that they may administer grant programs that support local hazard mitigation planning and long-term hazard mitigation measures to reduce the loss of life and damage to improved property from natural disasters. These eligible projects may include but are not limited to infrastructure or building improvements to protect communities from future natural disasters.

The Governor announced that he will appoint Jamie Rubin, who is currently the Senior Advisor to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and New York State Director of the President’s Hurricane Sandy Recovery and Rebuilding Task Force, as the Director of the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program. Jamie Rubin said, “Communities throughout New York State have been devastated by major storm after major storm over the past two years. Today’s conference organized by Governor Cuomo will better enable localities to take the rebuilding process into their own hands based on what works best for their communities, and come back stronger, safer, and smarter.” Cuomo also announced that he will be appointing Jon Kaiman, who has been serving as the North Hempstead Town Supervisor since 2004, as Special Advisor for long Island Storm Recovery. As Special Advisor for Long Island Storm Recovery, Kaiman will sever as the liaison for the Governor to those residents, businesses, and communities affected by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The coordination of state support for the New York Rising Communities on Long Island will be a particular focus of the Special Advisor.

The State will facilitate the New York Rising Communities’ panning process by helping each community’s planning committee set up a Facebook Page devoted to the process, holding webinars to support such used of technology to promote public comment and planning collaboration, and creating a portal for planning committee members to interact and comment on documents and issues throughout the planning process. Community participation and efficient use of technology in the planning process are critical element s of the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program.

Vision was in Albany with groups from around the State for the NY Storm Recovery Conference. Community, business and government leaders present from LI include Mastic Beach, Islip, Oakdale, Lindenhurst, Babylon, Freeport, Long Beach, Oceanside and Island Park among others.

NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program Funding Allocation:

Long Island Nassau County Communities

Eligible up to

Long Island  Suffolk County Communities

Eligible up to

Atlantic Beach








Baldwin Harbor




Barnum Island


Fire Island


Bay Park






Mastic Beach




Oak Beach- Captree






East Atlantic Beach


West Babylon


East Massapequa


West Islip


East Rockaway








Harbor Isle








Hewlett Harbor




Hewlett Neck








Island Park








Lido Beach




Long Beach








Massapequa Park
















Point Lookout








South Valley Stream













Nassau County approves partial upgrades and repairs for Bay Park Sewage treatment


The hearing for Ordinance 101-2013, with regards to the capital budget proposal for the Bay Park sewage treatment plant, took place on July 16th in Mineola.  Deputy Executive for Nassau County, Rob Walker, had requested $722 million in bonds for upgrading the plant along with repairs due to Hurricane Sandy.

The ultimate goal is to be able to have the full $722 million, which would help cover expenses for several projects and much needed upgrades such as $540 million for post-Sandy restoration of wastewater treatment plants; $53 million for pump station repairs; $33 million to replace equipment at the Cedar Creek Sewage Treatment Plant and $26 million for better odor control.

Environmental engineers from Hazen and Sawyer, a firm which has been involved in Cedar Creek since the 1980s, have pointed out that a piecemeal approach cannot be used for this type of project.  Each component of the proposal is codependent on another.  “This all needs to be done at once,” Walker had stated on several accounts.

The borrowing received support from the public. Vision Long Island testified along with community, business, and government leaders including Citizens Campaign for the Environment, the League of Conservation Voters, Operation Splash, as well as numerous community residents and laboe leaders, who all gave support of the full amount of $722 million.

The Legislature voted 11-7 on the resolution to bond for much needed and long overdue Wastewater Treatment improvements at Bay Park.  Before folks get too excited they needed 13 to pass so the measure failed. The NO votes came from Kevan Abrahams, Judy Jacobs, Judi Bosworth, Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Carrié Solages, Wayne Wink, and Robert Trioano. The YES votes were from Norma Gonsalves, Vincent Muscarella, Rose Walker, Denise Ford, Dennis Dunne, Joe Belesi, Michael Venditto, Fran Becker, Howard Kopel and Richard Nicollelo.  Legislator David Denenberg  crossed party lines and voting YES. Joe Scannell was absent and did not vote.

The defeat of the full bond set the stage for a vote on partial funding. 

As a first step, $262 million worth of funding was unanimously approved by the Nassau County Legislature.

“It is good to compromise but major components of the sewer project plan have not been realized such as the electrical mitigation project at Bay Park,” said Legislator Norma Gonsalves, who is also the Presiding Officer, “Furthermore, communication must continue so that all aspects of the sewer project plan are materialized. This is a work in progress and we must ensure that the health and safety of our residents are protected. My thanks to all the environmental and labor organizations who gave their input at this very lengthy legislative session.”

“I voted for the multi-million dollar bond initiative with the hopes that we will be reimbursed by FEMA because Nassau’s sewer’s system must be repaired now,” said nassau County Legislator Carrie Solages, “I am glad that the initial bonding will go to fix this important part of our infrastructure that was damaged by Storm Sandy. This vote is one of few but hopefully more to come in which Democratcs and Republicans worked together for the better of America’s first subrurb.  That’s what we are meant to do, to work together.”


Huntington Station Street Fair Paves the Way for Revitalization Project


This past Saturday July 13th over 8,000 people came out in the heat and the rain to the Huntington Station Festival, sponsored by Source the Station and Renaissance Downtowns. The festival featured vendors from local businesses, representatives of community organizations in the area, food, mini golf, and a bounce castle for children.

Renaissance Downtowns is currently working on a crowd sourcing redevelopment project to revitalize Huntington Station and make it a destination that visitors and residents will want to spend time in. Members of the community are hoping to see changes such as economic development, green spaces, youth services, and attainable housing built over local businesses. The festival brought members of the broader Huntington community out to Depot Street to see all of the potential the area offers as well as to raise awareness about how individuals can be involved in providing feedback on what they would like to see changed and what they would like to see preserved.

This project is one of many projects that have been initiated over the past decade and residents of Huntington are hopeful that the revitalization will alleviate the stigma that is often associated with Huntington Station. The current push for progress by the community and convenient location of the railroad station make Huntington Station a prime area for development and now the perfect time for the project to begin.

The high turnout to the festival and general receptiveness to the project provided a positive start to the redevelopment that will hopefully push the project forward and make Huntington Station a thriving community and Long Island visitors destination.

Vision Long Island was present at the fair and is looking forward to being a part of this community event for many years to come.

Wyandanch Rising Ground Breaking Initiates Revitalization Process


Tuesday July 16th marked the official groundbreaking of the Wyandanch Rising Redevelopment Project. The event which took place in the parking lot of the Wyandanch Train Station included members of the community, organizations that have advocated for the development, and Long Island elected officials.

Some of the speakers included Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, who has spear -headed the project from its beginning, Representative Peter King, Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer, and Russell Albanese of Albanese Corporation, who will be developing and financing the project.

The revitalization project, which began 14 years ago, will include a renovation of the Wyandanch train station and the construction of two units of housing built on top of retail space, a plaza with concert space, fountains, and an ice skating rink. 67% of the housing units in the first building will be affordable for three income levels and in addition to the two housing retail developments, another retail building is being designed.

Representative Peter King who has been a long- time supporter of the Wyandanch project said that Wyandanch “will become a premium community on Long Island and throughout New York State. This project will give the Wyandanch and greater town of Babylon community “the opportunity to come forward and to live up to all of its potential.”

It is the hope that within the next 18 months about half of the first building will be finished and construction of the plaza will begin.

You can read more on this at Newsday.


Complete Streets Legislation approved in Long Beach


On Tuesday, July 16th, a city council meeting was held in Long Beach with regards to the Complete Streets legislation proposal. 

Citizens of Long Beach had addressed their concerns at the council meeting, many worried about Park Avenue, the main road where most of the city’s businesses are located.  A significant challenge is preventing drivers from surpassing the speed limit, and as Park Avenue boasts three lanes in each direction, drivers feel permitted to drive fast and weave in between traffic.

“Complete streets are important in all communities,” stated Vision Long Island’s Assistant Director, Tawaun Weber.  “We always use Long Beach as an example because they have such a pedestrian and bicycle oriented community.  Adapting street design regulations to reflect this activity makes sense.”

Ryan Lynch, who spoke on behalf of Tri State Transportation campaign, has pointed out that Long beach has taken advantage of walkability to improve the city’s commerce, as a high number of pedestrians will help local businesses to profit.  Unfortunately, Lynch points out, Long Beach’s streets remain perilous to people on foot.  Tri-State reported that between 2009 and 2011, seven pedestrian fatalities occurred in the City of Long Beach.  “These fatalities represent 8.3 percent of all pedestrian fatalities in Nassau County, despite Long Beach making up only 2.5 percent of the County’s population,” he added.

Despite the danger caused by reckless driving, Long Beach has effectively incorporated multimodal transportation into the streetscape, surpassing the walkability of many other municipalities in Nassau County.  Both Tri-State and Vision Long Island are convinced that the introduction of a Complete Streets policy will help Long Beach advance as a safer and more attractive community for pedestrian movement, in addition to its current success. 

To see the recording of Long Beach’s City Council Meeting, please visit their website.


Sign the petition to the US Department of Transportation Petition to Make Smart Growth Projects Easier


A petition to the US Department of Transportation is in circulation which could change the current road standards, determined by the US functional classification system, to meet the efforts and standards of complete streets.  With enough political support, the US DOT will seek changes to thoroughfares classifications.

The petition was launched at The Congress for the New Urbanism in Salt Lake City, on May 30 and since then, various organizations and local leaders met with US DOT officials. Having received positive response, the US DOT wants to promote livability, complete streets, and multimodal transportation. The petition will show the support need to move forward and make changes to a system which has not seen changes in over 50 years.  

Arterial, collector, and local designations, which are divided into rural or urban locations, will not change but rather the petition seeks to add a third suburban location and allow enough specificity to introduce different standards.

Currently, if a thoroughfare is in an “urbanized area,” and is designated “arterial,” then a certain standard applies. The standard  for metro areas, since they are largely suburban, is geared towards to creating suburban, auto-oriented environments. Under the proposed functional classification system, suburban arterials and collectors have the potential to be designated as future walkable thoroughfares where official plans support such a transformation and, over time,  suburban streets could get funding to convert to complete streets.

The changes would make smart growth projects easier and boost walking and bicycling, complete streets, and active living to the benefit of pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users.

For further reading please visit, Better! Cities & Towns. To view the petition, please visit the following link.

Volunteers needed for Clean Up this Weekend!


Dear potential volunteers who have not yet signed up for a community for this weekend.

Thanks for your past help of Sandy  impacted residents but much work still needs to be done. I know that with the holiday season, it may be hard for you to come out but any time you could donate would be greatly appreciated.

This weekend we will be continuing our cleanup efforts in the following communities:

Meetup on Irving Ave
Freeport, NY 11520
Saturday at 8am
For more information, please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128

Saturday at 9am
For location, please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128

St. Andrew’s Church
250 Neighborhood Road
Mastic Beach, NY 11951
Saturday and Sunday at 10 am
Skilled labor preferred for rebuilding.
For more information please contact Victoria Lissy at 631-617-7273

With a goal to get at least 50-100 more Long Islanders back in their homes, the Friends of Long Island group has embarked on a fundraising campaign to initially raise $500,000 for building materials and labor. All donations will go directly to these communities to aide in recovery efforts. If you would like to support the relief efforts, you can send your donations to:

Vision Long Island Sandy Relief
24 Woodbine Ave
Suite 2
Northport, NY 11768



The 11th Annual Hicksville Summer Fair to take Place on July 21st


On Sunday, July 21st, Hicksville’s 11th Annual Summer Street Fair will be taking place from 11:00am to 6:00pm.  It will be located at Kennedy Park at the intersection of Route 107 and Jerusalem Avenue.  The festival will feature live musical and entertainment performances, food, rides, and plenty more.

For more information, visit the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce.

Cinema Arts Center to host Electronic Dance Showcase on July 26th


On Friday July 26th the Huntington Cinema Arts Center, located at 423 Park Avenue Huntington New York will be hosting the first ever Electronic Dance Showcase, presented by the Electronic Musicians collective. The show will be featuring two of its founding members, M.E.M.E. and Orbiter. They will be playing original electronic music. Combining their unique production styles with live instrumentation and improvisation, this is an electronic show unlike any other. Rather than just push buttons, they will improvise and work in the live setting to create something above the original compositions. Be ready to dance.

Tickets cost $10; $5 with a student ID and Doors open at 9:30pm.

“The Business of Art” seminar on August 8th and new exhibit at The Amsterdam in Port Washington


An exhibition of fine art by celebrated artist, Ruth Poniarski, will be on view from August 6th to the 11th. There will be an opening reception on August 6th beginning at 7:30pm where viewers will get a chance to meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments.

On Thursday, August 8th, 2013 at 8:30am the Town of North Hempstead Business & Tourism Development Corporation, The Amsterdam at Harborside, and LIDC/GNYDC will host a free small business breakfast seminar, “The Business of Art.” Angela Susan Anton, CEO of Anton publications, will be the Mistress of Ceremonies. Panels include: “Art as a Marketing Tool for Business” moderated by Charlee Miller Executive Director of Art League Long Island, “Art as a Community Revitalization Tool” moderated by Regina Gil Executive Director of Great Neck Arts Center, “Business of Museums – their impact on communities economic development and quality of life” hosted by Dr. Michael Schantz – ED/CEO of the Hecksher Museum of Art.

Both events will be taking place at The Amsterdam at Harborside, 300 East Overlook (off Fairway Drive) Port Washington, NY 11050. Registration is required for the both events. To register for the opening reception on August 6th, please click here. To register for the seminar, please click here. For more information please call (516) 433-5000.

LIDC/GNYDC is a 501(C)3 family of nonprofit economic development organizations providing low cost loans and free technical assistance and education/seminars for small businesses, nonprofits and others in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, Long Island, NY. Please visit  for more information.

Farmingdale Village to host “Live Downtown” on August 11th


Farmingdale Village Downtown Master Plan Implementation Committee (FV DMP IC) hosts the first ever “live downtown” walkable event on Sunday, August 11th, featuring local music and talent, dining, and family entertainment.

The event will take place on Main Street, which will be closed down for the event, in Farmingdale, from Croxley’s to Corner Cafe and then again at the Library Cafe to Cara Cara. Front Street, Conklin, and Prospect Streets remain open.

On both dates, a bandstand will be set up from 4:00 to 7:00pm where live, local performances will take place. Also in attendance will be The Shark 94.3 to join in on the music during the event.

The village hosts various events throughout the summer, such as the Village Pops music Wednesday nights, which are ongoing, and the “Movies On The Village Green” taking place every Thursday night, beginning July 11th.

The Farmingdale Village Downtown Master Plan Implementation Committee will continue to plan, host, and sponsor various downtown events to promote local shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Currently, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is accepting applications for the Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP).

TEP is a federal reimbursement program under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The TEP will fund projects not generally eligible for funding through traditional transportation programs. The program will fund transportation projects which show cultural, aesthetic, historic, and/or environmental significance, recognizing that factors which influence and affect transportation systems go beyond the condition of traditional infrastructure.

Projects must fall into one or more of the following categories: facilities for bicycles and pedestrians; scenic or historic highway programs; landscaping and other scenic beautification; preservation of abandoned railway corridors (including the conversion and use thereof for pedestrian or bicycle trails); or environmental mitigation to address water pollution due to highway runoff or to reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality while maintaining habitat connectivity. All improvements funded through this program must be available for public access and use.

Municipalities (county, city, town or village); state agencies other than the New York State Department of Transportation; and state or local authorities are eligible to apply for funding of up to $30,000,000. Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organizations but must be sponsored by one of the three groups mentioned above.

The deadline for the applications is August 16th, 2013. To submit an application or for more information, please contact:

Doug Burgey, Main Office
50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12232

You can also call (518) 485-9959 or email For more information, please visit the website. A workshop schedule and a list of NYSDOT Regional TEP Coordinators (Local contacts) can be found on the TEP website above.

National Endowment for the Humanities announces Bridging Cultures grants program

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced their Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges grants to encourage exploration of the ways in which cultures from around the globe, as well as the myriad subcultures within America’s borders, have influenced American society. With the aim of revitalizing intellectual and civic life through the humanities, NEH welcomes proposals that enhance understanding of diverse countries, peoples, and cultural and intellectual traditions worldwide. Applicants might also investigate how Americans have approached and attempted to surmount seemingly unbridgeable cultural divides, or examine the ideals of civility and civic discourse that have informed this quest.

Projects which are eligible for funding must: create opportunities for community college faculty members to study together while improving their capacity to teach the humanities; enhance or develop areas of need in an institution’s humanities programs; and give community college faculty access to humanities resources through partnerships with other institutions with appropriate resources.

Grants may be used to enhance the humanities content of existing programs, develop new programs, or lay the foundation for more extensive endeavors in the future.

About seven to nine applicants will be awarded funding of up to $120,000 each. Applicants can be any non-profit with a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS; state and local governmental agencies; and Federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Individuals are not eligible to apply. The planning and implementation of a project must involve a partnership between a community college or community college system and another institution with appropriate resources, such as a college or university, museum, research library, or professional association. The applicant of record may be either the participating community college or community college system or the collaborating institution.

The deadline is August 27, 2013, for projects beginning no later than September 2014. To apply, please contact:

Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges
Division of Education Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
Room 302, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue
NW Washington, DC 20506

You can call (202) 606-8380 or email, or visit the website for more information.

For more information on available state, federal, and private grants please visit the NYS Assembly website.

NYSERDA releases Program Opportunity Notice 2722

The New York State Energy Research and Development Association (NYSERDA) has just released this past week a new Program Opportunity Notice, PON 2722.

NYSERDA hopes that with PON 2722 the State of New York can begin to move towards the development and implementation of zero-net Energy Wastewater Treatment systems through the improvement of the performance, sustainability, and the resilience of municipal water and waste water treatment infrastructure.

Through PON 2722, NYSERDA hopes to achieve three goals: to support Zero-Net Energy waste water treatment plants (WWTPs) – plants where energy demand is balanced with energy generated from on-site renewable sources; evaluate WWTP energy efficiency opportunities, evaluate energy efficient process improvement alternatives, and demonstrate use of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) or similar tools.

Demonstration Projects (up to $250,000 per project)
• Demonstrations of innovative technologies including, but not limited to, alternatives to conventional activated sludge secondary processes; technologies to improve/facilitate anaerobic digestion gas production/use; energy-efficient nutrient removal; side stream treatment technologies to address high nutrient and organic loads generated from biosolids processing liquids; innovative low energy sludge processing technologies; and wastewater and/or biosolids energy recovery technologies.
Feasibility Studies (up to $25,000 per project)

  1. Energy Efficiency Technical Evaluation Feasibility Studies* – Studies including, but not limited to, developing baseline energy consumption data, and/or identifying opportunities for energy efficiency, demand reduction, and/or process optimization projects.
  2. Feasibility Studies to Evaluate Energy Efficient Process Improvement Alternatives* – Studies including, but not limited to, evaluations of alternative energy efficient nutrient removal, sludge processing, or disinfection alternatives.
  3. Feasibility Studies to Evaluate/Demonstrate Use of US EPA’s Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) or Similar Tools – Studies designed to understand potential climate change impacts, assess related risks, and evaluate adaptive options for municipal drinking water and wastewater systems in New York. Information on the CREAT tool can be found on the Climate Ready Water Utilities website at Information about projected climate impacts to NYS may be found at:

All proposals must provide a minimum of 50% cost- sharing.

Proposal Due: September 17, 2013 by 5:00 PM Eastern Time*

Proposal Submission –Proposers must submit two (2) paper copies of the proposal and one (1) digital copy of the proposal on CD. A completed and signed Proposal Checklist must be attached to the front of each copy. One (1) of the paper copies must have a Proposal Checklist that contains an original signature. Proposals must be clearly labeled and submitted to:
Roseanne Viscusi, PON 2722 NYS Energy Research and Development Authority 17 Columbia Circle Albany, NY 12203-6399

If you have technical questions concerning this PON, contact Kathleen O’Connor at (518) 862-1090, ext. 3422 or If you have contractual questions concerning this PON, contact Nancy Marucci at (518) 8621090, ext. 3335

No communication intended to influence this procurement is permitted except by contacting Kathleen O’Connor at
(518) 862-1090, ext. 3422 or Contacting anyone other than this Designated Contact (either directly by the proposer or indirectly through a lobbyist or other person acting on the proposer’s behalf) in an attempt to influence the procurement: (1) may result in a proposer being deemed a non-responsible offerer, and (2) may result in the proposer not being awarded a contract.

*Late proposals will be returned. Incomplete proposals may be subject to disqualification. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that all pages have been included in the proposal. Faxed or e-mailed proposals will not be accepted. Proposals will not be accepted at any other NYSERDA location other than the address above. If changes are made to this PON, notification will be posted on NYSERDA’s web site at

Funding of up to $30 million is available through the CGC Program for capital projects and local planning and zoning

The second phase of the Cleaner, Greener Communities (CGC) Program is offering grant funding of up to $30 million for regional projects which support the goals outlined in Phase I of the program.

The CGC Program was announced back in 2011 in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, for the purpose of encouraging communities to create a public-private partnerships and develop regional sustainable growth strategies that reduce carbon emissions.  

This round of funding is the first in a series of three funding rounds, which are expected in 2014 and again 2015. A total of $90 million in potential funding will be available through Phase II, through proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the purpose of which is to lower GHG emissions in the Northeast.

A large portion of the Phase II funding is set aside for large scale, high-impact, and exemplary capital projects, or Category 3 projects. A portion is also set aside funding for local planning and zoning (Categories 1 and 2), recognizing a need for funding in these areas.  Applicants that do not pay into the System Benefits Charge (SBC) are eligible to participate in this solicitation.
The funding categories include:

Category 1 (Open-Enrollment): Up to $1 million available for communities to adopt streamlined permitting and other ordinances for photovoltaic systems and electric vehicle charging stations, with awards of up to $10,000 per project.  Applications for Category 1 will be accepted starting August 1, 2013 and until 4:00 PM Eastern Time on September 30, 2014, until funds are exhausted, or until the solicitation is revised by NYSERDA, whichever comes first.

Category 2 (Competitive): Up to $4 million available for communities to create or revise comprehensive plans, including updating zoning ordinances and addressing sustainability and resiliency, with awards of up to $400,000 per project.  Proposals for Category 2 are due by 4:00pm Eastern Time on August 12, 2013.

Category 3 (Competitive): Up to $25 million for large-scale, capital, sustainability projects contributing to community resiliency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with awards ranging from $1 million to $5 million per project. Proposals for Category 3 are due by 4:00pm Eastern Time on August 12, 2013.

For more information on the Cleaner Greener Communities Program, please visit the website. For technical questions concerning this program, please contact All CGC program resources and guidelines can be found at the following location:

Help Wanted

Intern with Vision Long Island!

Vision Long Island is looking for interns! Our staff likes to say we “wear many hats,” and interns will have to do the same. Interns will assist with planning, design, outreach, event planning, writing, research, attending meetings, reporting, photography, video and more. Bring your unique skill set to the table! We are looking for energetic and conscientious individuals with an interest in urban/suburban planning from a bottom-up perspective. This is a valuable opportunity to work with great people and learn about the issues impacting Long Island. Strong writing skills a plus.

To learn more or apply, send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Put “Vision Long Island Internship” in the subject heading. For more information, call our office at 631-261-0242.

What’s happening in your downtown this weekend?



Clearview Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Freeport Historical Museum

350 S Main Street, Freeport
Housed in a Civil War cottage, the museum chronicles Freeport’s history through the 20th century. On display are a spinning wheel from the town’s oldest house, vaudeville-era items, waterfront memorabilia, a 1930s television and a 1777 13-star flag. The museum holds a collection of historic postcards and high school yearbooks from the early 1900s to present day.

For information, visit their website or call 979-233-3526

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

109 Eleventh Street, Garden City
Founded in 1975, The Garden City Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the historic character and ambiance of the Village of Garden City, and educating its members and the public in preservation and history related matters. The Society owns and operates The Garden City Historical Society Museum at 109 Eleventh Street, an original 1872 A.T. Stewart-era “Apostle House” listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which was deeded to the Society by the Episcopal Diocese. The Society maintains an Archive of over 1,200 artifacts and a Historic Structure Survey of pre-1935 residential and non-residential structures in the Village of Garden City. It offers periodic lectures and presentations, and publishes a newsletter. The Society’s A. T. Stewart Exchange (consignment shop) on the lower level of the Museum offers unique items for sale. The shop (516-746-8900) is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays (Tuesday is senior citizen discount day) and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove
The museum is a center for research on Long Island geology, Native American archeology and natural history. Current exhibits feature, “The Seasonal Round”, an exploration through Long Island Native American life throughout the seasons. Exhibits on Long Island’s glacial formation, landform change and cultural evolution are on display. Prehistoric artifacts and audio descriptions add to the story of Long Island migrants, their lifestyles and interactions with newcomers such as Europeans. The museum has special educational programs to accommodate field trips and science research on the history of Long Island.

To arrange a visit, call 516-571-8011 and for information and brochures, visit their website

Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

117 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck
The museum features highly distinctive collections of antiques, artworks and fine furnishings from around the world. It is a premier art dealer dating back to 1971 and features expertise in 17th to 19th century works. The gallery experience offers the opportunity to not only view fine art but to purchase a piece which stands out.

For information, visit their website or call 516-439-5218

Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

Intersection of Heitz Place and Bay Avenue, Hicksville
The museum includes a history of the Heitz Place Courthouse and a collection of earth science materials to describe the natural history of the area. It features one of the few remaining Long Island lock-ups and is one of the few remaining courthouses standing from before Nassau County split from Queens. The earth science exhibit in the museum has recent additions of a Mosasaur skull, prehistoric amber and the horn of a Triceratops horridus. The educational program at the museum offers experiences in paleontology, dynamic earth processes and investigating butterflies and moths.

For information, visit their website or call 516-822-7505

Long Beach

Long Beach
Long Beach Historical Museum

226 W. Penn Street, Long Beach
The museum, operated by the Long Beach Historical and Preservation Society, is a classic Craftsman-style summer villa. The house built in 1909, features large stain glass windows which are a hallmark of classic Long Beach estates. The house and backyard are furnished with local artifacts, including an original broadwalk bench, photographs and archaeological findings. The garden features original stock rose bushes.

For information, visit their website.

Long Beach Cinema

179 East Park Avenue, Long Beach


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay
The Earle-Wightman House built in 1720, gives a picture of life in Oyster Bay during the colonial period and its transition through the mid-20th Century. It features an 18th century garden, maintained by the North Country Garden Club, holds ornamental plantings as well as herbs used for cooking, medical purposes and fragrances. Exhibited are postcard, photograph, map and newspaper collections. Current exhibition, “Women Wearing History: The Force Behind Fashion”, details women’s influence on the textile and fashion industry in the 19th and 20th centuries.

For information, visit their website or call 516-922-5032

Port Washington

Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater

232 Main Street, Port Washington:
Grease- Saturday, July 20th at 8:00pm
Grease- Sunday, July 21st at 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

28 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre
The museum is a restored 19th century Victorian home which displays life in Rockville Centre in the 19th and 20th centuries. It features furnishings, antique kitchen tools, carpentry tools and clothing of the time period. The museum is considered one of the finest small museums in the state and there is never an entrance fee for special events or exhibits.

For information, visit their website or call 516-766-0300


Clearview Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

95 Tenth Avenue, Sea Cliff
The museum presents changing exhibits on the history and culture of Sea Cliff. It strives to raise community awareness by preserving artifacts, photographs and costumes relating to the unique historical background of the village. It contains 287 photos taken by Long Island postcard photographer, Henry Otto Korten. Currently exhibited, “Then and Now…” displays a range of artifacts and costumes over a 125 year span. Exhibits include the Connor Cottage, Victorian Kitchen, and a historical town diorama.

For information, visit their website or call 516-671-0090


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford



Clearview’s Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center

37 West Main Street, Bay Shore:
No Shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor
The museum explores the relationship between Long Islanders and the sea through. It details the history of the regional whaling industry, whale conservation and the history of Cold Spring Harbor as a maritime port. A new exhibit, “Right Whales”, highlights the biology, history and decline of the Right Whale. Exhibits featuring New York’s only fully-equipped 19th century whaleboat, ship logs and correspondence as well as whaling and maritime artifacts. Art programs are available for all ages.

For information, visit their website or call 631-367-3418

East Hampton

158 Main Street, East Hampton:
No shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

East Hampton Historical Society

101 Main Street, East Hampton
The headquarters for the East Hampton Historical Society, the house is an example of life in the post-colonial era in the East End. It features historic furnishings and crafts built by local craftsmen of the time. The Historical Society also has four other museums and town houses including one of New York’s first educational academies and a colonial town government meeting house.

For information, visit their website or call 631-324-6850

East Islip

Islip Art Museum
Islip Art Museum

50 Irish Lane, East Islip
The museum is the leading exhibition space for contemporary art on Long Island, featuring work from international, national and emerging local artists. It is said to be the best facility of its kind outside of Manhattan. Current exhibits feature “Jam Session”, a holiday exhibit featuring paintings and sculptures influenced by music. The museum’s store features one of a kind jewelry, crafts and art work. Educational opportunists are also offered at the museum through its Cultural School of Arts.

For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402

Huntington Village

The Paramount

370 New York Ave, Huntington:
Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing Presents “Rockin’ Fights 9”- Saturday, July 20th at 7:30pm
Tickets and more information available here

Heckscher Museum

2 Prime Avenue, Huntington
Located in Hecksher Park, the museum features collections of European and American paintings which spans over 500 years of Western art. Photography has become a growing part of the collection as well. Current exhibits include “A Way with Words: Text in Art”, which displays the incorporation of text in visual art and “Coming of Age in America : The Photography of Joseph Szabo”, which portraits adolescence of Long Island through time with a look at summers spent at the beach. The museum also features educational experiences for students and adults and will exhibit Long Island’s best young artists in April.

For information, visit their website or call 631-351-3250

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip


The John W. Engeman Theater

250 Main Street, Northport:
No shows this weekend
Tickets and more information available here


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts

71 East Main Street, Patchogue:
No shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

The Emporium

9 Railroad Ave, Patchogue:
Zumba in the Club – Saturday, July 20th at 6:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street Suite #121, Patchogue, NY 11772

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three

Tribute to The Doors/Janis Joplin – Friday, July 19th at 8:00pm
Friday Night Face Off– Friday, July 19th at 10:30pm
Rumpelstiltskin – Saturday, July 20th at 11:00am
Who Loves You – Saturday, July 20th at 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

Port Jefferson Historical Society
115 Prospect Avenue, Port Jefferson
PJeffThe Mather House Museum, the headquarters of The Historical Society of Greater Port Jefferson, and features several exhibitions of local artifacts. The museum complex features the 19th century home, a country store, a marine barn, a tool shed, the Spinney Clock Museum and the Thomas Jefferson Perennial Garden. Exhibitions feature ship models, period furniture and paintings, vintage tools and clothing, antique dolls, taped oral histories, 250 antique clocks and other examples of life in the 19th century.

For information, visit their website or call 631-473-2665

Clearview Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington


The Suffolk Theater
118 E. Main Street, Riverhead:
A Celevration of Motown with Sugar & Spice Soul Band – Friday, July 19th at 8:00pm
“Shut Up! Sit Down & Eat!”- A Plomedy-Comedy Theater Dinner Show– Saturday, July 20th Dinner seatings available at both 6:30 & 7:00 & 7:30. Show at 8pm
“Shut Up! Sit Down & Eat!”- A Plomedy-Comedy Theater Show Brunch- Sunday, July 21st brunch begins at 12pm and Show at 2pm.
Tickets and more information available here

Vail-Leavitt Music Hall

18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead:
No shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater

The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor:
The Mystery of Irma Vep – Friday, July 19th at 8:00pm, Saturday, July 13th at 4:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday, July 14th at 7:00pm
Rock the Dock Summer Gala Benefit Bash hosted by Susan Lucci- Saturday July 20th, 6:30pm
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

Main and Garden Streets, Sag Harbor
The museum details Sag Harbor’s whaling industry through the 19th century and its impact on the culture and development of the area. It details how the whaling industry brought migrants from all over the globe and turned the port into an international destination. Artifacts left by whalers, antique tools, harpoons, captains’ portraits, antique furnishings and children’s toys are all on display at the museum.

For information, visit their website or call 631-725-0770


Sayville Historical Society

Edwards Street, Sayville
The museum is the headquarters to the Sayville Historical Society. The museum aims to foster historical spirit, encourage historical research and to preserve historical materials. The museum features products of both Sayville and other Suffolk localities. The Society holds 4 historic buildings, 1,500 items of clothing, 1,000 photographs, a map collection and numerous classic furnishings. Its collection is constantly growing and tours of the Edward Homestead offer a view at the area through its history.

For information, visit their website or call 631-563-0186

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

660 Route 25A, St. James
The Council aims to enrich the township and surrounding area’s quality of life through celebrating and supporting the arts in everyday life. It is a goal to make art accessible to people of all backgrounds. It Mills Pond House is a valuable place in its preserved traditions as well as its evolving and unique influences. Current exhibit, “Winners Showcase” displays the artistic development and achievements of the region and nation. Classes in jewelry making, poster design, scrapbooking, pottery, drawing and several other skills and topics are available. The Council has also partnered with local downtown businesses to display local artists’ work.

For information, visit their website or call 631-862-6575


Southampton Historical Museum

17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
The Southampton Historical Society was created to preserve the town’s history as well as history from the surrounding area. Its Rogers Mansion Museum features year round exhibits, a research center and education programs for children and adults. Current exhibits include “Shopkeepers of Southampton: Photographs by Davis Gaffga”, which gives a detailed look into historic businesses which helped shape downtown and community. Its research center allows for visitors to conduct research with a professional research assistant. Collections feature antique furnishings, a classic parlor room and dining hall and photographs of the 1938 historic hurricane.

For information, visit their website or call 631-268-2494

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

88 West Avenue, West Sayville
Featuring 14 acres with 9 historic buildings on the West Sayville waterfront, the museum preserves Long Island’s maritime history and heritage. It is committed to research, preservation and interpretation of the region’s nautical history and the relationship to Long Island’s natural history. The Elward Smith Library houses racing trophies and records of over 500 wrecks and groundings in the Long Island waters. The other buildings feature rotating exhibits of maps, photos, newspapers and personal accounts of maritime history. Also highlighted are boats and materials left behind by the US Life Saving Service.

For information, visit their website.


Farmers Markets in or adjacent to Long Island’s downtowns:


American Legion Hall, 2754 Grand Ave.
Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm
Through Oct. 26th

Belmont Park, 2150 Hempstead Tpke.
Saturdays, 11 am – 5 pm

Glen Cove
18 Village Square
Fridays, 9 am – Noon
June 14th – Nov. 22nd

Grant Park
Fridays, 8 am – 1 pm
Through Nov. 15th

Locust Valley
115 Forest Ave.
Saturdays, 8 am – 1 pm
Through Nov. 16th

Long Beach
Kennedy Plaza, Park Avenue
Wednesdays, 10 am – 4 pm & Saturdays, 9 am – 2 pm
Through Nov. 16th

New Hyde Park
1441 Jericho Tpke.
Saturdays, 8 am – 1 pm
Opens on June 17th

Oyster Bay
54 Audrey Ave.
Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm
Through Nov 16th

Port Washington
Town Dock
Saturdays, 8 am – Noon
Through October

Rockville Centre
Sunrise Highway & Long Beach Road.
Sundays, 7 am – Noon
June 2nd – Nov. 24th

Railroad Street, LIRR Lot @ Washington Avenue
Saturdays, 7 am – Noon
Through Nov. 23rd


9/11 Memorial Park, Route 110
Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm
Opens July 6th

East Hampton
American Legion Hall, 2754 Grand Ave.
Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm
Through Oct. 26th

1st St Lot of United Methodist Church
Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm
Through Oct. 12th

Route 25a, East of Route 110
Saturdays, 7 am – Noon
June 2nd – Nov. 15th

Huntington Jack Abrams School, 155 Lowndes Ave.
Sundays, 10 am – 2 pm
Through Oct. 27th

Town Hall Lot, Montauk Highway
Saturdays, 7 am – Noon
Through Nov. 23rd

Kings Park
Main Street, across from fire department
Sundays, 9 am – 2 pm
Through November

Cow Harbor parking lot,
Northport Village
Saturdays 8 am to 1 pm
June 8th – Nov 23rd

7-11 Lot, 255 East Main St.
Fridays, 8 am – 1 pm
July 5th – Nov. 15th

Port Jefferson
Corner of Route 25A & Route 112, Steam Room Parking Lot
Thursdays, 10 am – 4:30 pm
July 4th – Oct. 17th

Town lot next to Aquarium at Peconic River
Thursdays, 11 am – 4 pm
July 11th – Oct. 24th

Sag Harbor
Breakwater Yacht Club lot, Bay & Burke streets
Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm
Through Oct. 26th

Broadway & Main Street
Saturdays, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Stony Brook
Ward Melville Heritage Org., Main Street
Wednesdays – Saturdays, 10 am – 5:30 pm
Through Oct. 31th

25 Jobs Lane
Sundays, 9 am – 2 pm
May 26th – Oct. 13th

Westhampton Beach
85 Mill Rd., next to historical Society
Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm
Through Nov. 16th


Patchogue Great South Bay Music Festival. Held on July 19th between 4:30pm-11pm, July 20th between 12pm-11pm, and July 21st between 12pm-9pm.  The festival is located on Smith Street, Shorefront Park in Patchogue, Long Island, New York.

HicksvilleHicksville’s 11th Annual Summer Fair. The event will take place on July, 21st 2013 from 11:00am to 6:00pm. The fair will be held at Kennedy Park (Route 107 and Jerusalam Avenue).

Sayville – Sayville Summerfest. The event will be held on Friday August 2nd starting at 3pm, Saturday and Sunday August 3rd and August 4th at 9:30am. On August 3rd Summerfest will be featuring the last race in the Sayville Summer Series, the Sayville Library 4 Mile Run which will be taking place between 9:15am-10:15am. The festival will be located on Main Street, Sayville, NY.

Massapequa Park – Massapequa Park Street Fair. The street fair will take place between Saturday and Sunday August 3rd and 4th 11am-6pm, rain or shine. Located on Park Blvd. & Front Street, Massapequa Park, NY.

Riverhead – The 39th Annual Polish Town Street Fair & Polka Festival. Held on August 17th and 18th. The Street fair will be located on Pulaski Street, Riverhead, NY.

Ronkonkoma Ronkonkoma Chamber 8th Annual Labor Day Street Fair. The fair will be held on Sunday September 1st between 11am-6pm. The event will take place on Hawkins Ave. from Portion Road south to Wittridge Road, Ronkonkoma, NY.

Nesconset – Nesconset Day Street Fair. The event will take place on Sunday, September 8th between the hours of 10am-5pm. The street fair will be held at the Nesconset Plaza Shopping Center on Smithtown Boulevard, Nesconset, NY.

Bellmore 27th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival. Held between September 19th-22nd at the Bellmore LIRR, Bellmore, NY.

Garden City South – Garden City South Street Fair. The event will be held on Sunday September 22nd, between 10am and 5pm (rain or shine). The street fair will be located on Nassau Blvd, approximately 1 mile north of Hempstead Tpke. (Route24).

Cutchogue, Wine Makers Walk Vineyard Tour & Wine Tasting Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery 17150 County Road 48, Dates: July 14th, 18th, 21s, 25th, and 28th

Copiage, Babylon Summer Concerts SeriesKerrigan Road & Tanner Park, All concerts begin at 7:30

Friday, July 19 – Starship starring Mickey Thomas
Wednesday, July 24 – The Bronx Wanderers, Mixed Oldies and Rock & Roll Favorites
Friday, July 26 – Jay Siegel’s Tokens
Friday, August 2 – Dr. K’s Motown Revue
Wednesday, August 2 – Jodee Messina
Friday, August 9 – The Cowsills

Sag Harbor, The Mystery of Irma Vep Bay Street and Main Street, Runs through July 28th
Bay Street Theatre presents The Mystery of Irma Vep by Charles Ludlam Directed by Kenneth Elliott. This high-camp, quick-change masterpiece satirizes all that is ridiculous in Gothic horror, Victorian melodrama and Hitchcocks Rebecca.

Huntington, Summer Arts Festival Chapin Rainbow Stage in Hecksher Park 164 W. Main St, Dates: July 17th – 21st, 24th – 28th, & 31st


Governor Cuomo’s speech on rebuilding yesterday was very inspiring….. He has put the opportunity for State assistance out there to rebuild… we should all take them up on it.


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