Smart Talk August 17th – 23rd, 2019

Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we hear from residents about the proposed development at the Capri Motel in Lynbrook, head to Glen Cove for a ribbon cutting at Savage Brewery, and more…

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August 17th – 23rd, 2019


Zucaro Construction

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.

Over the last 32 years, specializing in General Contracting and Construction Management, Zucaro Construction has paid great focus in compiling a lineup of seasoned and polished sub-contractors that meet Andrew Zucaro’s very high standards of workmanship and reliability. When combined with Zucaro Construction’s in-house crew, the result is a powerhouse team.

“Just awful to see the ceasing of Verizon’s Fios1 News. The Long Island crews were constantly accessible and were an ongoing source of information for community activities and hyper local news.” – Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander

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Lynbrook Residents Discuss Capri Motel Redevelopment

Vision was out this week in the Village of Lynbrook listening to local residents providing input for redevelopment of the Capri Hotel by developers Terwilliger & Bartone.

We were happy to see over 100 residents drop in and provide their perspectives on the design of the project. The project includes plans to tear down the old hotel on the site, which has long troubled local residents, who have complained about crimes and police activity in the area.  It is hoped that a mutli-family residential project can be built instead.

Questions from residents included school district impact, parking, taxes and look and feel of the building.   There has been a very favorable reaction to date, but stay tuned for further info.

Kudos to developers Anthony Bartone and Fran Terwilliger for reaching out to the residents before a project design is submitted. Their actions will help to create design more in line with the character of the neighborhood.  Great to see folks at the Lynbrook Chamber participate as well.

You can read more at the Tear Down Carpi website, created by Terwilliger & Bartone, here.

Glen Cove cuts Ribbon on New Brewing Company

Vision Board and staff were out last week in downtown Glen Cove celebrating the opening of Noble Savage Brewing Company.

It was great to see PSEG LI provide support through their Main Street Grant program as well as National Grid and the Nassau County CDA.  These programs help hard-working local businesses owners better able to make ends meet when starting up new downtown locations.  The process helps to create more vibrant, attractive downtown centers for both residents and visitors to enjoy.

Credit should also go to City officials including Mayor Tim Tenke, the City Council, including Councilwoman Marsha Silverman, and Nassau Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton.  Their efforts helped to advance the approval process and make for a successful opening!

Not only is this a great use for the downtown but also nice that, aside from their own excellent craft beer selections, they have honey meade on tap from Lindenhurst’s Meadworks.

Take the opportunity to stop in at 27 Glen Street Glen Cove!

Engel Burman to Purchase Superblock in Long Beach

Long Island Developer Engel Burman has agreed to purchase the Superblock property in Long Beach in order to build multi-family housing.

The 6-acre property is currently owned by iStar Financial, who had previously proposed a 655,000 square foot mixed use project on the site.  Unfortunately, the project never came together as iStar and the City of Long Beach could not come to an agreement on support.  The project and the development rights were eventually rejected, which was upheld by the Nassau Supreme Court following a lawsuit.  The Manhattan-based company had also been turned down by the Nassau County IDA when it requested $109 million in tax breaks.

The property was previously home to garden apartments and a bowling alley before both buildings were razed in the 1960’s.  Long Beach later reclaimed the site for unpaid taxes in the 80’s and eventually sold it to a development group.  That group, led by the Haberman family, had originally planned to build high-rise residential towers.  Long Beach would attempt to reacquire the property through eminent domain, but no project materialized for the site.

Now Engel Burman will have a chance to develop the long-vacant property, and they have a very good track record for development in the region.  They already have one residential building in the area in the form of Aqua, an 8-story, 36-unit condo building.

You can read more at Long Island Business News here.

Verizon’s FiOS 1 Announces the End of News Channel

Verizon has announced that will end its long-running FiOS 1 News service, laying off 150 employees.  The move is expected to take place in mid-November and is most likely the result of the company becoming increasingly mired in debt.

This comes as a blow to a much-needed regional focus on Long Island news and stories.  The loss of these voices means that less attention might be paid to vital news stories in our region.  With layoffs from Altice to News 12 and a radically less local and increasingly more regional focus from Newsday this decision really shrinks the ability for local communities to share information to a broader audience.

“Just awful to see the ceasing of Verizon’s Fios1 News,” said Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander.  “The Long Island crews were constantly accessible and were an ongoing source of information for community activities and hyper local news.”

This move also comes at the same time as layoffs from Altice to News 12 and an increasingly more regional focus from Newsday.  This decision really shrinks the ability for local communities to share information to a broader audience.

Kudos to the reporters and staff at Fios 1 Long Island for their ten year commitment to sharing important information to folks – their work has been appreciated and will be greatly missed.

You can read more at New York Business Journal here.

Hybrid Cargo Boat Seeks to Create New Farm Produce Shipping Route

A new hybrid cargo boat, one of the first in the nation, has begun to forge a shipping route that will ferry fresh produce from Long Island to Connecticut.

The new boat, named the Captain Ben Moore, will be run by Nowalk native Robert Kunkel.  He is hoping to be at the forefront of a new era in the delivery of produce in our region.  The 65-foot catamaran will establish a route from Huntington, NY to Norwalk, CT, hoping to transport fresh produce directly from farm to fork.  This new ferry service has been christened Harbor Harvest.

“This is all about removing freight congestion from the highways and moving them to the waterways,” Kunkel says. “We had moved freight on the waterways for centuries in this country.”

The new hybridized boat was developed by Captain Kunkel and Derecktor Shipyards of Mamaroneck in Westchester.  It will run on an electric battery system and has 300 square feet of open cargo space as well as 100 square feet of indoor covered cargo space and 140 square feet of walk-in refrigerated space.

Harbor Harvest has also been awarded a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration to help defray the cost of a second boat currently being planned.  Some of the funds will also go towards building a second docking space in Huntington. 

“We think this is an absolutely wonderful idea,” said Adrienne Esposito, executive director of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment. “The farm-to-table movement is growing across the country, and this service is coming along at just the right time.”

You can read more at Long Island Press here.

Report Indicates Change on the Way for Housing

A new report issued by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), titled Diversifying Housing Options with Smaller Lots and Smaller Homes, that focuses on the changing codes for residential neighborhoods.

The NAHB examined the shifting of codes in local jurisdictions that aims to encourage the construction of smaller houses and units in residential zones.  The report was written by Opticos Design and looks at how zoning reform has moved beyond theoretical concepts and back into reality.  The report is meant to inform builders and planners on the ongoing changes.

This is done through the examination of four different approaches to zoning reform: Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), small-lot ordinances and density adjustments, cottage court ordinances, and form-based codes.

The report found that ADUs are one of the simpler and easy ways to boost housing options in local residential areas.  This allows homeowners or builders to simply attach apartments on the same lot as a primary house.  ADUs have been rising in prominence in some of the larger cities as codes have been changed to allow for an ease of restrictions on them. 

Los Angeles in particular changed their codes in 2017 when a statewide law allowed them to be built.  Since the passage of that law 6,500 applications have been filed with 5,400 of them coming in 2018 alone.  “Los Angeles requires one parking spot for ADUs unless the location meets one of the city’s four criteria, including proximity to public transit, then no space is required,” according to the report.

The report also covers many other building types including duplexes, townhouses, triplex and quadraplex, courtyard units, cottage courts (distinct from the courtyard type), mansion apartments, and others, but ADUs seem the easiest fix.

“Housing market projections suggest that construction in the near future will accelerate only moderately for single-family housing but will greatly increase for multifamily housing or Missing Middle Housing and its wide variety of sizes, housing levels, and accessibility,” the report states.

You can read more here.

Urge Governor Cuomo to Sign Transportation Legislation for E-bikes and E-Scooters

A bill to expand New York’s transportation options passed the State Legislature this June.

A. 7431/S. 5294 by Rozic/Ramos would legalize e-bikes and e-scooters, low-emission forms of transportation that can help combat climate change.

With the recent adoption of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, New York is required to reduce emissions in every sector of the economy. E-bikes and e-scooters would help New York address its #1 contributor to climate change – transportation.

But Governor Cuomo has not yet signed the legislation and may even veto it.

You can help us make sure the legislation is signed into law by sending him a message that you support the bill! >>>

E-bikes and e-scooters are safer than cars, emit no greenhouse gases, and are small and easily storable, making them ideal modes of eco-friendly transportation for urban areas. They can displace car trips, which is not only good for the environment but also makes the road less congested. They can also help New Yorkers who may not live within walking distance from public transportation, bridging divides in underserved neighborhoods by connecting people to the nearest train, bus, or ferry stop.

These micromobility options are already a success in other cities. A study from Portland, Oregon found that 34% of people chose e-scooters over cars, taxis, and rideshares.

E-bikes are already used by thousands of New Yorkers, many of whom are immigrant delivery workers. However, these e-bikes are often confiscated by the police, which disrupts livelihoods, exposes people who have done nothing wrong to the criminal justice system, and takes away an efficient and environmentally-friendly mode of transportation.

It’s clear that legalizing e-bikes and e-scooters would help fight our climate crisis while expanding our transportation options.

Tell Governor Cuomo that you support this legislation and you want him to sign it now! >>>

In the coming weeks Vision will be conducting an e-scooter demo to show the viability of this transportation option. Please contact us at if you’re interested in joining.

Ronkonkoma Street Fair to take place on September 1st

The Annual Ronkonkoma Street Fair will take place on Sunday, September 1st, in Ronkonkoma.  Hosted by the Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce, the Fair will be held from 11 am to 6 pm on Hawkins Avenue.  The event will feature over 200 vendors, live entertainment, food, arts & crafts, merchandise, children’s rides, and more.

Limited Vendor Space is available.  Please contact or 646-230-0489 for more information.

4th Annual LI Bike Parade to be held on September 14th

Join the NY Coalition for Transportation Safety, LI Transportation Alliance, Long Island Streets, the Ethical Humanist Society of LI, and the Village of Hempstead for the 4th Annual LI Bike Parade on Sept 14, 2019.

Participation is completely FREE. Parade follows a 2-mile loop with police escort.  There will be cash prizes for the best “bike floats”.   Those who prefer to walk can join the walking tour, which begins at 260 Clinton Ave at noon.

Visit their webpage at for a registration form and more information about the parade. Show your support for a more walk-able and bike-able Long Island!  You can email CONTACT@LITRANSPORTATIONALLIANCE.ORG for more information.

Huntington Awareness Day set for September 14th

The Huntington Township Awareness Day is set for Sept. 14, with the Unity in the Community parade that will march from Huntington High School to Stimson Middle School.

Stimson will host a fair from 10am – 3pm, which will include games, food, fun and attractions.

The event is chaired by Dee Thompson and South Huntington school superintendent Dr. David Bennardo.

Farmingdale Cultural Arts Day to take Place on September 15th

The fourth annual “Cultural Arts Day” will take place on Sunday, September 15th, and feature Music and Dance performances by local entertainers, in conjunction with the ninth “Art In The Park”!

In addition to music and dance performances at the Gazebo, the Village Green will be filled with about 30 magnificent artists exhibiting and selling their artwork. So many very special, talented artists are set to exhibit, show and sell their original artwork at the event, including the Legendary Long Island artist – Elaine Faith Thompson, Emma’s Journey and more!

Farmingdale student, Emma Brussell of Emma’s Journey, will exhibit and sell her artwork, alongside Rufus, her diabetic alert dog. Emma is dedicated to helping type 1 diabetics purchase diabetic alert dogs. Many artists will be exhibiting, including Live Art with The Tiny Artist Studio, Farmingdale schools, Hardscrabble Seniors, Clothesline Art…

Come meet these special Long Island artists and enjoy their magnificent artwork displayed On the Village Green and support Emma’s Journey on September 15th, rain date September 22nd.  Art in the Park is a juried art show, featuring a wonderful array of original artwork on display – and ribbons and prizes will be awarded. 

You can view the website for updates here, or contact the group at 516-249-0093 or

Scholarship Available for Pedestrian Safety and Education Video

Walk Safe Long Island, a collaborative of health and transportation safety educators from across Nassau and Suffolk Counties, wants your help in educating Long Islanders on how to stay safe.  Walk Safe Long Island will be awarding scholarships to two students who submit an educational video to the Pedestrian Education Video Scholarship Competition.

The first place winner will receive a scholarship for $2,000; Second place will receive $1,000.


Please create a short video that illustrates one or more of the Vehicle and Traffic Laws for Pedestrian Enforcement as detailed by the New York State Department of Transportation  ​Feel free to use as inspiration and/or reference the DoT’s materials on pedestrian education, most importantly, the See! Be Seen! campaign

Answer the question, “Why is it important to educate Long Islanders about pedestrian and traffic safety?” (Please answer the question in the space provided within the submission form.)

Submit your video and answer at The deadline is Saturday, August 31st

For more information on full criteria for the video and how to submit, please head to Walk Safe Long Island’s website here.

New Suffolk County Walking Trail Opens at Old Field

Elected officials have made it easier for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy a county property in East Setauket.

At a press conference Aug. 12, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, county Legislator Kara Hahn, NYS Assemblyman Steve Englebright, employees from the county’s parks department and residents were on hand for a ribbon-cutting at Old Field Farm. The event marked the official opening of a nearly half-mile trail that can be used for walking, running, hiking and biking.

Bellone credited Hahn’s persistence for making the trail happen. The legislator secured $100,000 from the county’s 2018 Capital Budget and Program to fund the path. The trail starts at a pedestrian entrance on West Meadow Road on the eastern side of the farm, runs around the perimeter of the farm and ends on Trustees Road right before visitors enter the Town of Brookhaven’s West Meadow Beach pathway.

You can read more about the new trail at TBR News Media here.

Smart Talk

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

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