Cheeck out this week’s Smart Talk with an update on the Long Long Island Lobby Coalition’s trip to Albany and more…
Vision Long Island
March 19th – 25th, 2017
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“While the Governor’s Executive Budget provided no additional aid for non-MTA transit, the Assembly and the Senate have included additional funding in their one house budget proposals which would include LI bus services. I feel confident that we will be successful in securing that aid which would help to prevent serious reductions in bus service, in both Nassau and Suffolk, which is essential for those citizens and students that would have no other means of transportation. I was pleased to join with representatives of Vision Long Island in Albany recently regarding this matter.” -NYS Assemblyman Dave McDonough
“I would like to thank you for making this trip every year, it’s a very important job. One of the things that I know that people in this group and others have started is the concept of Transit Oriented Development on Long Island, and to see the results of it this many years later is so exciting. It’s truly amazing.” – NYS Senator Phil Boyle
Long Island Lobby Coalition Heads to Albany…
Vision was with the Long Island Lobby Coalition for the annual Long Island Lobby Day in Albany on Wednesday for meetings with the Governor’s office, LI Senate and Assembly members to advocate for the Coalition’s legislative and budget priorities for 2017. Nearly 50 advocates urged state representatives to secure funding for important transportation, sewage and infrastructure projects, housing, human services, championed environmental programs, and supported legislation to benefit small business and encourage economic development.
The Long Island Lobby Coalition was founded in 2009 as a diverse alliance of organizations working together to advance meaningful improvements to Long Island’s quality of life and our economy. Since its founding, the Coalition’s agenda has seen ten bills have been enacted, a slew of budgetary and regulatory proposals approved, and key Long Island infrastructure projects funded.
This year was the coalition’s 9th year with over 90 organizations in support and 40 groups represented for the Lobby Day. This year’s agenda included: Bus Funding for NICE and Suffolk County Transit, Small Business Savings Accounts, Small Business Promotion, Septic Replacement Fund and Water Infrastructure Fund, Affordable Housing and Homeless Housing programs, Child Care funding, and a number of infrastructure projects for sewers, traffic calming, coastal resiliency and parking, among other important issues. After a press conference to present the summary of the platform, the Long Island Lobby Coalition proceeded on with the day which covered the following meetings;
One of the key takeaways from the meetings included interest by the Assembly delegation to look at moving ahead with the Tax-Deferred IRA accounts for small businesses, where businesses may deposit part of their profits and be able to withdraw from such an account tax-free during officially defined recession and other instances which are allowed by the state. This bill (S4376) has been passed by the state Senate, with the Assembly’s version (A6031) in committee.
Assemblyman McDonough mentioned support for Long Island buses, saying that $10 million has been proposed to help out in non-MTA areas. Funding from the state for buses primarily comes State Transportation Operating Assistance (STOA), with Nassau and Suffolk counties not adequately funded in comparison to New York City. Assistance would allow NICE bus to continue operation of some of the 19 routes that are scheduled to be eliminated or reduced on April 9th, as well as assist Suffolk transit in curtailing future cuts, and possibly restore some of the 10 routes that were cut last year.
Support for increased funding for alternative septic systems was discussed, with Senator Hannon calling the proposed funding “anemic”. Long Island has nearly 500,000 homes that are not sewered, with a majority of those homes in Suffolk County. Increased funding would allow for more homes to be connected to alternative septic by subsidizing the cost of conversion to homeowners that otherwise would not be able to afford it.
Special thanks to all of the Legislators and government staff who took the time from intense budget negotiations to strongly factor in the Coalition’s agenda. Very special thanks to Vanessa Lockel, and Lisa Black from the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo for their assistance as well.
Participants and supporters from the Coalition included:
Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers, Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce, Long Island Business Council, Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Long Island Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Long Island Bus Riders’ Union, Long Island Jobs with Justice, Long Island Coalition for the Homeless, Child Care Council of Suffolk, Car-Less Long Island, Transit Solutions, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Nassau Suffolk Law Services, AARP, Island Harvest, Renaissance Downtowns, SunPower by EmPower Solar, Friends of Long Island, 100 Black Men, The Elmont Chamber of Commerce, Freeport Chamber of Commerce, Hempstead Chamber of Commerce, Hicksville Chamber Of Commerce, Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce, Merrick Chamber of Commerce, Nesconset Chamber of Commerce, Oakdale Chamber of Commerce, Plainview-Old Bethage Chamber of Commerce, Nassau Civic Association, Baldwin Civic Association, Friends of Freeport, Kings Park Civic Association, Oakdale Civic Association, Oceanside Civic Association, Source the Station, Source the Station Millennials, Nassau Legislator Steve Rhoads, and Suffolk Legislators Kate Maguire Browning and Bridget Fleming.
Suffolk County Population Dips but Downtown Development Underway
In the most recent Census reports, Suffolk County has shown a slight down tick in population in comparison to Nassau, which went up slightly.
In the past year more than 11,000 Long Islanders have cited a growing disillusionment with living conditions on the island. Most cited high taxes and expensive housing as a reason for leaving the region for warmer climates. Nassau has seen a slight rise in population however, which was attributable to lower commuting time and costs.
“It raises some important questions,” said Lawrence Levy, Dean of Hofstra’s National Center for Suburban Studies, ”and the biggest is whether this represents a peaking of Long Island and other older suburbs, or whether it’s a pause brought on by the Great Recession.”
Local Villages and Towns have been trying to create more affordable and accessible downtown areas, with nearly 40 communities approving projects. Businesses have been moving into such areas, with more and more villages trying to copy the success of such areas.
“You want to have housing options, you want to have transportation options, and really a thriving downtown,” said Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander.
You can read more on this story here.
Riverhead to Break Ground on Peconic Crossing Rental Project
The Peconic Crossing rental project, and $18 million apartment complex in downtown Riverhead, is scheduled for a groundbreaking next week.
Developed by Rochester based Conifer Realty, the project will create 45 income-restricted apartments on West Main Street. The building will be four stories and will have both one- and two-bedroom apartments. It is being built on the former site of the Long Island Science Center, which was recently demolished. Amenities will include a fitness room, a community room, and a laundry room. The building will also include a ground level artist gallery.
The project is aimed at working families that earn less than 90% of Suffolk County’s area median, currently sitting at $76,160. Artists and people who were displaced by Superstorm Sandy will have preference when sorting residency applications.
Vision Long Island will be present at the groundbreaking along with a number of officials from the town, Conifer Realty, and other organizations.
“The town has done careful planning to redevelop Riverhead one project at a time,” said Vision Director Eric Alexander. “This development fits perfectly with that planning strategy to continue to revitalize Main Street.”
You can read more on this story here.
Lindenhurst Mulling Zoning Changes for Rental Complex
The Village of Lindenhurst is currently considering a proposal to their zoning laws that would clear the wat for a 260-residence rental complex in the downtown area.
The proposed project, first pitched in 2014, would redevelop a 7-acre site on Hoffman Ave into a four-story apartment complex. The project would be developed by Tritec Real Estate and will include 11 studios, 162 one-bedroom units, 75 two-bedroom units, and 12 three-bedroom units. Should all approvals and changes proceed as scheduled, the project is expected to be take around 22 months to complete.
The complex would be located across the street from the Lindenhurst LIRR station, and would be transit-oriented with a focus on bringing new businesses and customers into the downtown.
Tritec has been busy across the island, with development such as the mixed-use New Village in Patchogue, and a rental complex in Port Jefferson that will be called the Shipyard. The company is also looking to break ground on the first phase of the Ronkonkoma Hub later this year.
A meeting had been hastily called concerning these changes, with supporters of the project unaware of the hearing. As of now the proposal has yet to receive approval.
You can read more on this story here.
Sign the Petition to Make Route 25a Safer for Pedestrians
New York State Senator Ken LaValle has set up an online petition calling on the New York State Department of Transportation to immediately commence a complete pedestrian/bicycle safety study of the Route 25A corridor.
Last week, the Miller Place community was devastated by the death of Nicolo Signore due to an accident at the intersection of Route 25A and Miller Place Road. Nicolo, a teenage student in Miller Place Schools, was the second death at the intersection during the past last year and a half at that intersection. In addition, there have been numerous automobile accidents and close calls at that location.
The petition requests that a Route 25A corridor study be started and expedited, and that a current DOT study of that intersection that is underway is completed as soon as possible, and that corrective actions identified commence.
You can view the petition and sign it by clicking here
The 2017 Complete Streets Summit
Please join us for the 2017 Complete Streets Summit on Thursday, March 30th, from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM at The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, located at 7180 Republic Airport in Farmingdale.
This coalition is a contingent of chambers of commerce, civic associations, local governments, engineering and professional trade groups, transit advocates and members of the public who want safe streets for all modes of traffic. The group looks to coordinate Complete Streets planning efforts, communicate on finding opportunities for local projects, act as a clearinghouse for information and lobby with a united voice for safe roadways.
Past Complete Streets Summits have been gatherings of government leaders, planners, engineers, nonprofits and other community stakeholders who support policy changes to design roadways for all uses – not just automobiles.
Speakers this year will include Hon. Jean Celender, Mayor, Great Neck Plaza; Michael Vitti, C.L.I.M.B.; Sylvia Silberger, Car-less Long Island; Frank Wefering, Greenman Pedersen, Inc.; Pete Kremer, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff; Margaret Kubilins, VHB; Hon. Laura Curran, Nassau County; Hon. Erin King-Sweeney, Town of Hempstead; Sean Sallie, Nassau County; Greg Del Rio, NV5.
Online registration is available here. You can also register by contacting Vision Long Island at 631-261-0242 or email@example.com.
Attention Brentwood & Islip Residents: Heartland Informational Meeting To Take Place Next Thursday, March 30th
There will be an informational meeting about the Heartland project on March 30th, 2017. This is an informational meeting only and there will be no opportunity for public comment. However, you will have an opportunity to speak at the Public Meeting which is anticipated to take place in late Spring.
The Town of Islip will be holding a public hearing on the Heartland project in the near future, and has requested comments and input about the project in the meantime. You are invited to fill out the comment form located here. If your comments exceed the limits of the form, you can mail your comments to the address below. Correspondence regarding this proposal will be accepted until 5:00pm on April 25, 2017.
Town of Islip
Your comments and all the information provided on the form will become part of the public record and are subject to the Freedom of Information Law.
Long Island Coalition for the Homeless to Hold “Have a Heart for the Homeless” Candlelight Vigil
Please join the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless at their “Have a Heart for the Homeless” Candlelight Vigil on April 4th, 2017 from 6:30PM – 8:30PM, in the Multi-Purpose Room in Roosevelt Hall at Farmingdale State College. The participation of every person who cares will make a difference. Let us show that Long Islanders want to eradicate homelessness and hunger that exist in our affluent society. Please wear RED!
There will be free hair cuts, face painting, story time for children, balloon animals, a candlelighting ceremony, and more. Your group can also help by conducting drives to collect NEW baby items, toiletries, cleaning supplies and non-perishable foods. You can check out the 2017 Vigil KIT that includes everything you need to conduct a successful drive here. You can also join as a sponsor of this important event. Sponsorships include opportunities for Information Tables at the event, as well as company logo on all Vigil T-Shirts! A sponsorship brochure is available here.
Suffolk EDC Loan Fund to Support Retail Businesses in New Transit-Oriented Developments
The Suffolk County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) is pleased to introduce a First Generation Transit Oriented Development Retail Revolving Loan Fund (TOD Retail RLF) intended to provide small business loans for retailers seeking to locate their businesses in commercial spaces in designated transit oriented developments throughout Suffolk County.
SCEDC will partner with the National Development Council (NDC) to administer the fund. The loans range from $20,000 up to $75,000, priced at a fixed rate of 3%, and are available to fund leasehold improvements, machinery and equipment, and working capital. The loans may be senior debt instruments or be subordinated to certain bank loans. The loans are awarded on a competitive basis, at the SCEDC discretion and are subject to applicant qualifications. The loans are subject to the TOD Retail RLF policies and procedures and subject to availability of funding.
For more information, call (631) 853-4800 or send email to SuffolkEDC@suffolkcountyny.gov
Suffolk County Releases Guidelines for Downtown Revitalization Grant
The Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning has released the new set of guidelines for Round 15 of their Downtown Revitalization Grant Program. The grant will be made available for downtown and downtown-adjacent capital improvement projects.
You can review the guidelines in full as well as the scoring system here. A sample resolution and the full Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Citizens Panel for 2017 is also available at the link. Questions concerning applications and eligibility can be forwarded to Heidi Kowalchyk at 631-853-5925 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications must be received by 4:30 pm on Friday, May 26, 2017 by the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning.
Technical Assistance Grants for Affordable Solar Projects Available
NY-Sun is now accepting applications for the Affordable Solar Predevelopment and Technical Assistance program. This new funding opportunity supports the development of solar projects for multifamily affordable housing and community solar projects serving low-to-moderate income (LMI) households, with up to $200,000 for each approved proposal.
Many LMI households are unable to access benefits from conventional residential solar installations. To help expand access to solar benefits for LMI households, NYSERDA is seeking proposals for projects leading to:
Projects related to on-site solar installations for owner-occupied houses are not eligible for funding through this solicitation. However, NY-Sun provides support to LMI homeowners through the Affordable Solar Program.
Applications may be submitted by local governments, affordable housing, community organizations and service providers working to make solar accessible to LMI communities in New York. NY-Sun will accept and review applications on a rolling basis until all funds are exhausted. Visit the program webpage for more details and the application.
If you have questions about the solicitation, please email email@example.com.
Long Island Coalition for the Homeless Seeking Part-Time Housing Coordinator
The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is seeking applicants for a Part-Time Housing Coordinator for our main office in Amityville. This position requires a strong ability to understand policies and regulations; work with clients and systems to gather required documentation; manage record keeping and reporting duties; utilize Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and Excel.
Local travel will be also required for this position. Benefits include paid holidays.
The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless must conduct criminal background checks on candidates prior to offering employment for this position.
Interested parties should submit a resume and salary requirements via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not call the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless regarding this position. Questions should be submitted via email only.
You can download the full job description here.
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.
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Vision Long Island Joins Richard Rose to Talk About Transit Oriented Development
Vision was in NYC last week and was interviewed for Richard Rose’s show on CBS tackling transportation capital projects, pending bus cuts and many new transit oriented redevelopment projects.
You can view the youtube Video here or check out the embedded video below.
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