Smart Talk April 27th – May 3rd, 2019

Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we applaud Elmont on its new school speed zone, look in on new Long Island transportation funding, attend the signing of the Governor’s offshore drilling ban, and more…

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April 27th – May 3rd, 2019


Greenview Properties

Over the past two decades, Greenview Properties has been masterfully instilling stunning architecture, lifestyle amenities and unsurpassed quality and value into thousands of area residence.

Greenview Properties reputation is beyond compare. A premier builder, urban renewal developer and property management firm, Greenview has left a mark of quality and design excellence all over Long Island. Recognized with countless awards for architecture, construction and design, Greenview Properties continues to strive for excellence, focusing on smart growth revitalization in downtown urban areas, spectacular rental neighborhoods, luxury condominiums and beautiful mixed-use and senior housing communities.

Through vision and Dedication to excellence Greenview endeavors to continue their tradition of fine craftsmanship, impeccable design, and unsurpassed service.

“New York State is making historic, nation-leading investments in cleaner and more sustainable transportation infrastructure which is crucial to the growth of local economies. These investments in bike and pedestrian enhancements across the state will help revitalize communities, reduce our carbon footprint and demonstrate once again that New York is building for the future.” – NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo on new funding for LI Transportation Projects

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Elmont Makes School Speed Zone Official

After more than a decade of attempts to address the auto accidents that occur along Dutch Broadway, officials have created a School Speed Zone to try and slow down speeding cars.

The latest push came in response to a Halloween crash that left 4 students injured, two critically, after a car come onto the sidewalk as a result a crash.  Another unfortunate incident would come in December when another student was struck.  Those were hardly the first of such crashes, however, and that fact helped to spur numerous local officials into finally addressing the area. 

Meanwhile, Nassau County Legislator Carrié Solages had been working for years to get the Nassau County administration to address speeding on the road.  When Laura Curran took over as County Executive, her administration would provide the support he had been seeking and created a study of the road.  A meeting also took place in November with Town Supervisor Laura Gillen, who would go on to launch an initiative to lower the speed limit of the road. 

The process included the Town of Hempstead passing a resolution to request the State Department of Transportation approve a school zone and lower the speed to a more appropriate 20 mph.  State Legislator Michaelle Solages helped to expedite the request, which was approved and implemented.

The next step in the process will be to create a public education effort around the new signs so ensure the drivers will drive appropriately in the newly created zone.  Officers will work to do that and enforce the new speed in the coming months as new signage is put up along the road.

You can read more here.

Glen Cove Mayor Tenke meets with Potential Ferry Operators

Glen Cove continued the run up to the opening of its anticipated commuter ferry by meeting with officials from two potential operators.

The ferry will connect with the City at the currently-under-construction Garvies Point, where it will ferry commuters to Manhattan on the weekdays.  So far two ferry operators, Hornblower from Manhattan and Harbor Harvest from Norwalk, CT, have responded to the request for proposals issued by Glen Cove.  The two companies met to discuss the potential partnership with the mayor, who is hoped a few more operators will still bid in order to have further options.  The deadline for response is May 15th.

The approved operator will be responsible for creating a plan of operations for the commuter service and be ready to go in time to meet a May 22, 2020 deadline.  That deadline is due to an agreement between Glen Cove and the Federal Highway Administration, who issued a $16.6 million grant on the condition that the deadline is met.

In theory, that date will mark the beginning of a 2-year pilot program where the operator and City will iron out any issues and create a streamlined service to help benefit local commuters.  It is hoped that this new source of transportation will cut back lengthy commutes for local residents, who can take up to and over an hour to get into NYC by current means. 

The City Council will make a final decision on the ferry operator in June.  A final ticket price has not been negotiated as that may depend on the operator and any subsidies that can be secured.  It is expected that regular customers and residents will receive rebates.

You can read more here.

North Hempstead to Receive $4 Million to Help Offset 3rd Track Construction

The Town of Hempstead will receive $4 million in funding to help offset the inconvenience of construction associated with the third track project.

The money will come as part of a contract with the MTA that the Town negotiated over several months before approval was given on April 9th of this year.  The funding is part of a $20 million Community Benefit Fund that the MTA created in 2017.  Other portions of the $20 million will go to New Hyde Park and Floral Park as well, who have negotiated contracts of their own with the MTA.

Town officials are in the process of forming a committee that will determine how the $4million for North Hempstead will be spent.  Officials have already indicated that a portion of the money will go towards stepping up parking enforcement as the current construction is already causing an uptick in illegal parking.  Other possible targets for funding include the restoration of plantings removed during construction, new commuter information signs for traffic redirection, or new municipal lots.

North Hempstead’s contract will also include the ability to review plans for traffic management, pollution prevention, and design on work being done along town-owned roads.  Third Track Constructors (3TC) is the company previously hired by the MTA to create the plans and perform the work.  They will also be responsible for clearing any dust from the roadways.

Supervisor Bosworth, who referred to the negotiation process as arduous, also noted that the contract will help to keep 3TC transparent.  The Town did not sign as quickly as some of the villages affected by the construction, but stated that that was due to wanting to ensure that warranties and protection for residents were in place before signing.

You can read more here.

Hempstead holds Town Hall Meeting in Baldwin

Vision was out this week assisting with a Town hall hearing in Baldwin.  The meeting was attended by over 10 departments and 20 staff for the Town of Hempstead and hosted by Councilwoman Erin King-Sweeney.

The purpose of the meeting was for communicating with the local community and to answer any questions they had.  Issues discussed included road improvements on Grand Ave, downtown revitalization, Town services from the building dept., timing of utility work on roadways and many others.

Having an otherwise large Town that also focuses on broader service focus on a local community or hamlet almost like a Village, even if just for one meeting, was very productive.  Vision hopes to see more of such meetings in the future.

Governor Cuomo Signs Offshore Drilling Ban

Vision Board and staff were out with 300 Long Islanders, including Billy Joel, earlier this week in support of the Governor signing a bill to ban offshore drilling.

Governor Cuomo, NYS Senator Todd Kaminsky, NYS elected officials, both County Executive’s and a calvacade of environmental groups were on hand including our friends from CCE, Sustainability Institute at Molloy, Friends of the Bay and others.

The new bill will now prohibit state agencies from processing new applications for pipelines or transportation and distribution services necessary for offshore drilling.  It was sponsored by NYS Senator Todd Kaminsky and NYS Assemblyman Steven Englebright, both from Long Island.

“This bill says no way are you going to drill off the coast of Long Island and New York, because we must lead the way as an alternative to what this federal government is doing,” Governor Cuomo said. “Today is about making sure Jones Beach and all of the coastal communities are here for our children and for the next generation. We must make sure we leave this world a better place for them because our job as parents, as citizens, as human beings is to pass it on better than you found it.”

The move is a response to the Trump administration’s expressed desire to open up the Eastern Seaboard for oil and gas exploration.  To that effect the administration had previously announced that it would hold 46 lease sales for underwater fossil fuel exploration, including 9 on the Eastern Seaboard.  That plan is currently on hold, however, as a court ruling is currently upholding a ban put in place by the Obama administration in recent years.

In spite of the recent reversal of the policy due to the court ruling, the bill is considered a statement that New York’s waters are not open for fossil fuel exploration.  “This is about protecting our homes, our way of life and protecting what it is we love about Long Island and that is our marine waters,” said Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

While the legislation only applies to New York State waters, which end three miles off shore, the new law will create a way for the state to slow or possibly block drilling near its waters.  This is due to the increased difficulty now in place for energy companies to procure permits for transmission or other operations.

You can read more here.

Governor’s Office Announces $5.6M in Transportation Funding for Long Island

Governor Cuomo has announced that $5.6 million in funding has been awarded to three projects on long island that will work to create bicycle and pedestrian enhancements, or that improve air quality.

The three Long Island projects awarded funding include:

  • $3 million for Nassau County to construct the eastern-most segment of the Motor Parkway Trail.
  • $756,000 for the Town of Southampton to construct the new Hampton Bays bicycle and multi-use trail
  • $1.8 million for the Town of Brookhaven to construct new pedestrian accessibility enhancements along North Country Road near Miller Avenue School.

The infrastructure investment is part of a $144.6 million statewide initiative aimed at creating new multi-use bicycle and pedestrian facilities, new ADA accessible sidewalks, improved public transportation access, and enhanced roadway safety.  Projects are selected through a competitive solicitation process with awardees presenting plans to increase non-vehicular transportation and reduce emissions and/or traffic congestion.

“New York State is making historic, nation-leading investments in cleaner and more sustainable transportation infrastructure which is crucial to the growth of local economies,” Governor Cuomo said. “These investments in bike and pedestrian enhancements across the state will help revitalize communities, reduce our carbon footprint and demonstrate once again that New York is building for the future.”

You can read more here.

Nassau IDA hosts Breakfast

Vision Board and staff were out this week, along with around 200 folks, at the Nassau IDA breakfast.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran spoke at the event, proclaiming herself as “a huge proponent of transit oriented, downtown, mixed use and affordable housing projects”.  She would go on to vow not to support projects such as storage facilities, and instead bring IDA investments in jobs for our communities.

The County Executive outlined that the IDA incentives in 2018 brought in $78 million in new revenues that would not be in place otherwise.  She also gave an update on the Nassau HUB, Belmont, tax assessment, regulatory relief and other issues.

Nassau IDA Chairman Richie Kessel also spoke, pledging to support transparency and public input into their planning and decision making process.  The Nassau IDA CEO Harry Coghlan was introduced at the event as well, and will work to get to know our local communities.

Most importantly it was great to see the colleagues and small business partners we are working with on downtown and TOD projects jobs across Nassau.

Help out the LI Coalition for the Homeless with the Rely on Relief Charity Drive

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is in the midst of their Rely on Relief charity fund to bring much-needed feminine hygiene products for women who need them most.

Did you hnow that feminine hygiene products are the #1 most requested item in almost every single food pantry around the world?  Or that sanitary pads are the #1 most used feminine hygiene product?  In the year 2018, 330.25 million pounds of feminine hygiene products were sold in the United States.

Please visit LICH’s “Brighter Skies” charity and donations drive here and help them to help the community by donating needed essential items.

Public Input Needed for Hiking and Biking Trails in Suffolk

Suffolk County recently launched a new website,, for the public to provide input on the County’s Hike and Bike Master Plan. The site is an interactive map that allows users to make specific comments or recommend routes or improvements to the network of hiking and biking trails in Suffolk County.

Using this new public input tool, residents can ‘drop a pin’ to comment on a specific location, or ‘draw a path’ to connect two points they would like to see better connected.  Comments and recommendations will be collected through May 19th, 2019.

CNU NYC to Host Jane’s Walk in Greenwich Village on May 5th

Historic Preservation in New York City today is usually more about protecting landmarked buildings than historic districts, because in New York we live in the Real Estate State—and historic districts provide the most valuable settings for new buildings. That makes Jane Jacobs’ role in the creation of the Greenwich Village Historic District all the more interesting. Learn about this and more in CNU NYC’s third annual Jane’s Walk, including why the District could be called the “Death and Life Historic District,” and what lessons we can take away for New York City’s historic districts today.

The walk is part of an annual celebration of Jane Jacobs’ work and life with a weekend of walks organized by the Municipal Art Society of New York. May 4, 2019 is the 103rd anniversary of her birth, and 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the Greenwich Village Historic District. CNU NYC Chair John Massengale will lead the tour, which as in past years will have surprise visitors (come and see who).

The walk will begin at 1 PM and take approximately 1 to 2 hours, finishing at the White Horse Tavern.  It will begin at 555 Hudson Street, in Greenwich Village (Jane’s House). 

You can RSVP for the walk here.

Old Westbury College Foundation to hold Leadership Awards on May 7th

The Old Westbury College Foundation will be holding its annual Leadership Awards Dinner this Tuesday, May 7th.  The event will take place at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury with a 5:30 cocktail reception followed by a 6:30 dinner and awards program. 

The event will honor SUNY Old Westbury Calvin Butts for his 20 years of leadership as well as Dr. Laura Anker, a professor at SUNY Old Westbury, Mr. Ravishankar Bhooplapur, who is the president of Xavier University School of Medicine, and Vision Long Island Board member Lionel Chitty, who is president of the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce and the SUNY Old Westbury Alumni Association.

You can reserve tickets for the event here.

Help Island Harvest Stamp Out Hunger on May 11th

The National ASSOC of Letter Carriers Food Drive is taking place on May 11th and is asking for your help in gathering non-perishable food items for the hungry.  All you need to do to participate is to leave a can of food or more at your mailbox on May 11th, and your postal carrier will pick it up for the drive.

This year they are looking for canned or dry beans, canned tuna, canned chicken, peanut butter (or other nut butters), nuts & seeds, canned fruit (in water or juice), canned vegetable (Low‑Sodium), low‑sodium pasta sauce, rolled oats, low‑sugar cereal, brown rice, quinoa, whole grain pasta, popcorn (light butter or kernels), shelf‑stable milk, olive or canola oil, and low‑sodium soup or stew.

As part of this, Island Harvest is seeking volunteers to help out at their warehouse on May 11th through 15th.  You can register to volunteer at and help to #StampOutHunger.

Please help to get the word out about this important event! You can view a flyer for the event .

LIBN to host Corporate Citizenship Awards on June 5th

Join LIBN on Wednesday, June 5, as they salute professionals and companies that go above and beyond to support the communities they serve.

Long Island thrives on community service. LIBN’s Corporate Citizenship Award honorees consistently prove that true community stewardship evolves through building strong partnerships with nonprofit organizations and others that strive to meet the critical needs of our community.  LIBN’s Corporate Citizenship Awards recognizes companies and individuals who believe that by being a good corporate citizen we contribute to the economic and social well-being of our employees, businesses and the community. 

Honorees include Vision Long Island Board Member Brandon Ray of AT&T for Leadership Excellence, PSEG Long Island for Corporate Citizen of the Year (Large Business), and Jim McCann of 1800 Flowers and George Tsunis of Nassau University Medical Center for the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The event will take place from 8 AM to 10 PM at the Crest Hollow Country Club, located at 8325 Jericho Turnpike in Woodbury, NY. to Hold 7th Annual Event on June 10th

Join PinkTie for its 7th Annual Event on Monday June 10th, 6-11p, at The Carltun at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow NY, benefiting Stony Brook Children’s 501(c)(3). This is the MUST-ATTEND EVENT of the year, hosted by the largest and fastest-growing charitable networking organization on Long Island.

What began as a small business-networking effort with a charitable bent has become the backbone of Long Island’s fastest-growing philanthropy movement – a collaborative “Go-Giving”.  The annual Event, which has grown from an inaugural event with about 350 attendees is now Long Island’s must-attend fundraiser seeing over 2,500 attendees and raising over $500,000.

Event sponsors enjoy unparalleled branding opportunities prior to and throughout the event, including prominent logo placement during the event and coverage by, News 12, Newsday and Innovate Long Island. Sponsors are also mentioned by name in event previews on radio spots, digital, print, social media and other regional media outlets.

You can see more information and purchase tickets and sponsorships here.

Governor Cuomo Announces New Round of Funding for Downtown Revitalization

For the fourth straight year the Governor and the Legislature have approved $100 million towards downtown initiatives across NYS.  This item in the NYS budget was on the agenda for the 100 organization LI Lobby Coalition in Albany.

On Long Island, the three past winners include Village of Westbury, Town of Oyster Bay for Hicksville, and the Town of Islip for Central Islip.  Now a new downtown on Long Island will receive $10 million in funding again this year.  The winner is selected from, on average, about 20 applications have been submitted over the last three years.

The program provides $10 million in funding to a downtown in each of the 10 economic regions in the state.  The goal is to quickly boost local economies and to help foster vibrant neighborhoods with a higher quality of life.  The winning applicant is selected by the local Regional Economic Development Council, who will thoroughly evaluate the potential of each downtown that applies.

This year the proposals are due by 4 p.m. on May 31, 2019. 

Criteria for applicants include:

  • The downtown should be compact, with well-defined boundaries;
  • The downtown is able to capitalize on prior or catalyze future private and public investment in the neighborhood and its surrounding areas;
  • There should be recent or impending job growth within, or in close proximity to the downtown that can attract workers to the downtown, support redevelopment and make growth sustainable;
  • The downtown must be an attractive and livable community for diverse populations of all ages, including existing residents, millennials and skilled workers;
  • The municipality should already embrace or have the ability to create and implement policies that increase livability and quality of life, including the use of local land banks, modern zoning codes and parking standards, complete streets plans, energy efficient projects, green jobs and transit-oriented development;
  • The municipality should have conducted an open and robust community engagement process resulting in a vision for downtown revitalization and a preliminary list of projects and initiatives that may be included in a DRI strategic investment plan; and
  • The municipality has identified transformative projects that will be ready for implementation with an infusion of DRI funds within the first one to two years.

Once selected, a local planning committee is selected that is comprised of local leaders, stakeholders, and key government officials.  This group will overs the development of a strategic plan for the downtown and recommend funding opportunities for the grant money.  It is expected that the funds provided will supplement local investment and build upon itself once the process is concluded.

You can read more about the DRI process and apply here.

Round 17 of Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Now Available

Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone and the Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Citizens Advisory Panel are pleased to announce the availability of the Downtown Revitalization Round 17 Grant Applications. Eligible applicants must partnet with a local municipality (town of village). That application incorporates the Panel’s intent to support projects that will have an important and sustainable impact on downtowns. All applications will be reviewed and scored via a merit based grading system. Applications are due by 4:30pm on Friday, May 24, 2019

You can read the guidelines for the grants here.

You can download the application here.

Round IX open for Regional Economic Development Council Competition

Announcing funding for Round IX of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, officially kicking off the 2019 competition for more than $750 million in state economic development resources. The Consolidated Funding Application is now open, enabling businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits and the public to begin applying for assistance from dozens of state programs, through a single application, for job-creation and community development projects.

The Regional Councils will compete in 2019 for up to $150 million in capital funds and $75 million in Excelsior Tax Credits for projects identified by the Regional Councils as priorities in their regions. All ten regions will be competing this year for designation as a Top Performer. Five top performing regions will be awarded a share of $100 million in ESD Capital grants. The remaining five regions will be awarded a share of $50 million in ESD Capital grants. Each region will also be awarded a share of $75 million in Excelsior Tax Credits to help attract and grow business in the region.

In addition, each region will once again receive $10 million to implement projects identified through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, and projects from all 10 regions submitted through the CFA will be eligible for over $525 million in other state agency funds.

The 2019 REDC Guidebook and list of available resources will be accessible at The CFA will open to applicants on May 1, and the deadline for applications is Friday, July 26 at 4 p.m. For applicants, the CFA is available at

#MadeToMove Grant Program Underway

The #MadeToMove Grant Program from Unilever’s Degree Deodorant and Blue Zones – a competitive funding opportunity to assist communities in advancing active transportation through local project development, implementation and supporting policies – is officially underway!

Communities throughout the United States now realize that growing a program in active transportation is an essential way to help all citizens live fuller, healthier, longer lives. The program is a competitive funding opportunity created to assist communities in advancing active transportation through local project development, implementation and supporting policies. With the ultimate goal of promoting more walkable, bikeable, transit-friendly environments for all ages, incomes and abilities, this funding opportunity will be awarded to five mid-sized communities in the United States. Each community will receive $100,000 plus technical assistance from the Blue Zones, LLC, built environment team.

The link to apply can be found here:

Opportunity Open for Public Transit Technology and Innovation Program

Program Opportunity Notice (PON) 3914, seeks proposals to develop and demonstrate innovative public transportation technologies and strategies that have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and associated energy consumption of the existing bus, rail, and connected intermodal transit systems in New York State (NYS).

Proposals should focus on new or underutilized solutions that can help transit agencies make tangible improvements to their operations while achieving real energy savings, especially in bus efficiency and electrified rail. Proposals should demonstrate a feasible path to economic viability and be replicable and relevant to transit agencies in NYS. The goal of this program is to develop and demonstrate innovative technologies and operational approaches that are required for New York’s public transportation systems, while contributing to the State’s energy and GHG reduction goals. : Concept papers will now be accepted on a rolling basis through November 20, 2019 or until all funds are committed. Additional minor changes are summarized in the Summary of Revisions.

For additional details and associated documents visit: PON 3914 Solicitation Detail Page

Questions and comments can be sent to or call (212) 971-5342 x3476.

Main Street Board Game Café Opens in Huntington

A new café has opened in Huntington Village, but it’s more than just coffee and tea.  Part of a new trend of recreational cafes, the Main Street Board Game Café offers you the chance to sit and play a round or two of your favorite board game as you enjoy your snacks and drinks. 

The café is the brainchild of owner and former sports producer for NY1 News Neil Goldberg.  Goldberg chose Huntington for the location of his business because he wanted a downtown without a lot of foot traffic.

“I’ve always had this board-game hobby. I started playing them again and … looking around, I’ve seen stores like this be very successful,” said Mr. Goldberg.  “I think it’s a great thing for the town. You need things to do around here that’s not just, you know, bars.”

You can read more about the new café and what you can find there here.

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Eric Alexander, Director; Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director; 
Christopher Kyle, Communications Director; Elissa Kyle, Placemaking Director; Jon Siebert, Administrative Director

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