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November 4th – 17th, 2017

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“Maintaining, modernizing and expanding the largest mass transit agency in the nation is critically important to the future of the New York metropolitan region. In the absence of adequate funding, the system could fall into further disrepair and riders could face unplanned fare hikes. The state and city need to find solutions to prevent these possibilities from becoming reality, and the MTA must make the best use of its resources.” – NYS Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli speaking on the need properly to fund the MTA

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Comptroller DiNapoli Calls for New MTA Funding to Avoid Fare and Toll Hikes

NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has released a report stating that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will need to find new sources of funding or raise fares and tolls.

DiNapoli noted in his report that Long Island Rail Road and NYS subway system have seen a drop in performance.  Trains are operating late on a more consistent basis with delays reaching a 17 year high, a result of an increase in delays rlated to Amtrak owned tracks, signals, and switches as well as the LIRR itself.  Subway trains are also breaking down at an increasing rate while the fleet of cars continues to age and ridership rises sharply.

“Maintaining, modernizing and expanding the largest mass transit agency in the nation is critically important to the future of the New York metropolitan region,” DiNapoli said. “In the absence of adequate funding, the system could fall into further disrepair and riders could face unplanned fare hikes. The state and city need to find solutions to prevent these possibilities from becoming reality, and the MTA must make the best use of its resources.”

The MTA has invested over $120 billion in improvements since 1982, but the pace has not kept up with need during that time frame.  The Authority has also recently begun implementing a Subway Action Plan aimed at fixing some of the ongoing issues with a price tag of almost $9 billion for the two phases to be completed in the mid-2020’s.  It is still unclear where some of the funding for those projects will come from and the recurring costs associated with the plan have not been addressed as of yet.

If financial assistance cannot be provided through federal and state funding the MTA may be forced to raise fares and tolls in order to fund the projects and ongoing operating costs.  Budget gaps are already projected starting in 2019 and growing through 2021.  The state will continue to identify possible revenue sources in order to avoid hikes that are not already planned.

You can read more on this here and the full report here.

LIRR to Provide New North Fork Service Enhancements

Beginning this week the LIRR will provide a significant boost to train service on the North Fork with new timetables and a new westbound morning train.

The new train will provide for a 12:33 arrival in NYC and will make all local stops to Ronkonoma after leaving Greenport at 9:43 a.m.  The new train service was born out of a desire by the local community members and elected officials who worked with LIRR to enhance East End service.  The group included Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., County Executive Steve Bellone, NYS Senator Ken LaValle, Assemblyman Anthony H. Palumbo, and others.  The group met with LIRR officials to discuss the improvements before they were implemented.

“We have had a productive working relationship with the East End delegation and we are pleased to be able to respond to their requests with service enhancements that will make our train service more useful to more people,” said Patrick Nowakowski, President of the LIRR. “After months of dialog, we are now able to respond with real results to long-sought goals.”

Another new service is a westbound train that will depart from Yaphank at 6:00 p.m. and will serve Medford and Ronkonkoma while offering the possibility of a future connection at Ronkonoma once the Double Track and Line Expansion projects are completed.  These changes will be accompanied by a slight reshuffle of existing timetables for existing trains.  

“This is an important first step in providing increased public transit to the East End,” said Assemblyman Thiele.  “I thank the LIRR for the cooperative effort with East End officials to achieve these service enhancements.  I look forward to the planned improvements for South Fork commuters in the near future that will establish increased commuter service between Speonk and Montauk.”

“I want to thank both the MTA/Long Island Rail Road and the members of the East End Task Force for the tremendous work that they have done as they meet the challenges of improving transportation,” said Senator LaVAlle.  “The groups have met numerous times to work to resolve the tremendous logistical issues to improve service across both the North and South Forks. These new schedules being implemented, together with those planned for the future, will result in easier, more convenient trips for the public.”

You can read more on the North Fork changes as well as general current updates from the MTA here.

Congratulations to all Inductees into the LIBN Hall of Fame

Vision Long Island Board Members and staff were out at the LI Business News Hall of Fame gala to celebrate the induction of Director Eric Alexander and others.

The event is held annually in order to honor distinguished leaders from the local business community.  Honorees have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and a drive to improve the future of Long Island.  All inductees are selected by a committee of top business leaders on Long Island.

Honorees this year included Michael Dowling, Northwell Health, Wayne Grosse, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Esther Fortunoff Greene, Fortunoff Fine Jewlery, Dr. Calvin Butts, SUNY Old Westbury, Marc Beige, Rubie’s Costume, Joy Fernandez, Ernst & Young, Stanley Bergman, Henry Schein, Frederick Johs, Lewis Johs Avallone, Steven Scleshinger, Jaspin Scleshinger, Anthony Scotto, Scotto Brothers, Lew Meltzer, Meltzer Lippe, and Eric Alexander, Vision Long Island.

Vision Long Island congratulates all the honorees this year and wish them luck on their journey to improve the region.

Vision Board Members present at the event included Lionel Chitty, Judy Simoncic, Keith Archer, Neal Lewis, Don Monti, Jorge Martinez, Maribeth Pietropaoli, Michael Puntillo, supporters Elizabeth Custodio, and staff Tawaun Dezaray Weber, Elissa Kyle and Jon Siebert.

NYS Labor Commissioner Reardon Discusses Paid Family Leave Starting January 1st

Vision Board and staff were out this week along with representatives from the Nassau & Suffolk Chambers, Long Island Business Council and the Long Island Association to hear from New York State about the new Paid Family Leave policies for small businesses.

New York State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon’s presentation covered eligibility, benefits and processing of the law, saying that New York’s program will be the best in the country. Currently, California, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Washington D.C. have  Paid Family Leave. Beginning January 1st, New York’s Paid Family Leave program provides wage replacement to employees to help them bond with a child, care for a close relative with a serious health condition, or help relieve family pressures when someone is called to active military service. Employees are also guaranteed to be able to return to their job and continue their health insurance while receiving benefits. If an employee contributes to the cost of their health insurance, they must continue to pay their portion of the premium cost while on Paid Family Leave.

Employees may take the maximum benefit length in any given 52-week period. The maximum benefit is eight weeks during the first year, 10 weeks during the second and third years, and 12 weeks the fourth and subsequent years. The 52-week clock starts on the first day the employee takes Paid Family Leave. Paid Family Leave coverage will be included under the disability policy all employers must carry. The premium will be fully funded by employees through payroll deductions, with some of the deductions already beginning. What was noteworthy was the modest cost of the program with the maximum of $85 annually, or roughly $1.50 a week contrasting with the important benefit. The maximum employee contribution in 2018 is 0.126% of an employee’s weekly wage capped at 0.126% of the annualized New York State Average Weekly Wage, which is currently $1305 per week.

Most private employers with one or more employees are required to obtain Paid Family Leave insurance, which will be obtainable through their disability insurance carrier. Employees with a regular work schedule of 20 or more hours per week are eligible after 26 weeks of employment. Employees with a regular work schedule of less than 20 hours per week are eligible after 175 days worked. In limited circumstances, employees whose regular work schedules are temporary or seasonal may opt out of Paid Family Leave. Citizenship and immigration status do not impact a worker’s eligibility for Paid Family Leave.

Both employees and employers can have questions about the program answered by calling  844-337-6303 or by visiting www.ny.gov/paidfamilyleave

Brentwood School District Files Suit to Stop Heartland Project

The Brentwood School District has teamed up with the 4 Towns Civic Association to file a lawsuit seeking to halt the Heartland Town Square project in Islip.

The suit was filed in State Supreme Court against the Islip Town Board and Heartland developers.  The plaintiffs are seeking to overturn the approval of the first phase of the project based on the allegation that the environmental impact studies underestimated the burden the project will have on local schools. 

The district rejects the reported estimate of 1,800 new school children in the development, maintaining that 9,100 new apartments will have a number closer to 7,300, which would crowd local schools.  The suit also maintains that the expected $29 million in tax income for the district will be insufficient to pay for the additional students.  The Town has yet to be served with the lawsuit and, as such, had no comment.  However, developer Gerald Wolkoff responded to the suit by calling it “baseless.” 

“We’ve been studying this for 15 years,” said Mr. Wolkoff. “The lawsuit makes no sense. There are jobs and tax benefits that they’re not figuring in.”

Wolkoff went on to note that in the past 16 years he has paid out approximately $11 million in property taxes without adding a single student to the system and openly wandered what the district has done with the money.  The first phase was approved back in July by the Town Board.  Supervisor Angie Carpenter noted at the time that this proposal has gone through more scrutiny than any other project in town history.

“This project has been investigated from every possible vantage point, and the board believes that the Heartland development represents an opportunity for our town and for Long Island,” said Supervisor Carpenter. “No other project in the town’s history has faced the scrutiny that has been imposed upon Heartland, and part of that has been providing opportunities for public comment throughout the past few years at critical junctures.”

“The projections of thousands of schoolchildren associated with the Heartland Town Square phase 1 approval fly in the face of factual evidence from mixed use projects not just on Long Island but from around the nation,” said Vison Director Eric Alexander. “In reviewing mixed use projects on Long Island in varying markets and school districts show school impacts to be minimal at best and nowhere near the numbers projected. We need to understand the methodology tied to the school districts assumptions as they are astounding.”

The project is currently slated to be built in stage with 1,000 to 1,200 apartments, 250,000 square feet of retail, and 200,000 square feet of office space in the first stage.  The first portion of phase one will cost about $500 million and take up to two and a half years to complete, with an overall estimate of 10 years for the entirety of the first phase.

You can read more here.

Village of Freeport Opens Emergency Management Center

The Village of Freeport has finished and officially opened a new Emergency Management Center in order to be better prepared for the next big storm to hit Long Island.

Located at 8 North Long Beach Ave, outside the 100-year flood zone, the center was planned and built in response to Superstorm Sandy.  The center will house the Village’s emergency vehicles and tools, which were previously housed near Freeport Bay at the Department of Public Works, which was destroyed during Sandy.  The new center will provide a safe space for emergency workers to respond to disasters without possibly losing their own equipment.

“All of the equipment that you see now,” said Richard Holdener, Freeport’s emergency management director, “are new trucks, because older trucks had to stay out and were destroyed during Sandy. Now that they have housing and [they are] out of the elements, these are going to last longer and perform better. This is going to be used to save a lot of lives and properties, and that’s what it’s all about.”

In addition to the new management center, Freeport has been working to improve storm resiliency in other ways.  The village recently installed backflow valves along with dewatering pumps aimed at preventing street flooding in southern neighborhoods.  It is hoped that this move will help to prevent flooding during the next big storm.  Mayor Robert Kennedy has also been an advocate for surge-barrioer gates at Jones Inlet and East Rockaway Inlet.  During major storms the gates can be closed to prevent storm surge from impacting the shore severely and protect against flooding.

You can read more here.

Valley Stream Schedules Public Hearing for Apartment Complex

The Village Board of Valley Stream has scheduled a public hearing on November 27th to review a proposal for a 28-unit apartment complex just off of W Merrick Road in the local downtown.

The Board of Trustees previously voted to change the zoning at the location back in April in order to allow for commercial parking.  Now the board is looking for a second possible change in order to allow parcels with multiple-family townhouses, condominiums, cooperatives and apartments.  Should the zoning change go through it will most likely lead to approval for the apartment complex, currently being called Parkside.

Some residents are skeptical of the project, worried that it will increase density beyond what is normally allowed by local zoning.  Valley Stream Mayor Ed Fare rejected the idea of this “spot zoning” to appease the developer or that the plan was adverse to the Village’s Master Plan.  He pointed out that the parcel was right up against commercial zoning and located near two other apartment complexes.  “Spot zoning is like if we decided to bulldoze four houses and put up an apartment building,” Fare said. “Not the case.”

Mayor Fare would go on to note that while the Village Board is unapologetically pro-development, it was not trying to overdevelop and build hundreds of units at once the way that Mineola had.  He also held up the Promenade, another apartment project currently in development, as a project that is showing steady progress.  This is in conjunction with appraisal of Parking Fields in the heart of downtown for prospective buyers and an RFP for a section of land just south of Sun Valley Towers.  This is all being done in response to an increased interest in building in the downtown.

You can read more here.

Help Save Transit Benefits

As a part of tax reform, Congress is considering eliminating the transportation fringe benefit. This is a benefit that provides commuters with the option of tax-free employer provided parking and transit. Eliminating this benefit would impact almost all commuting Americans and would create an accounting nightmare for businesses of all sizes.

Additionally, eliminating this benefit would impact transit ridership and as a result would create more congestion on our nation’s transportation system. We are joining forces with the Commuter Benefits Works for Us coalition and are asking you to act today by helping spread the word and contacting your Member of Congress.

Click here to make your voice heard to your Members of Congress.

LaunchPad Huntington to Host Startup Weekend November 17th – 19th

On November 17th through 19th LaunchPad Huntington will be helping out local entrepreneurs to take their business from concept to creation with their Startup Weekend Long Island event.

The event will cover basics for individuals looking to start up their own business and offers the chance to tap new resources, meet seasoned entrepreneurs, and network with people who work in and out of the tech field.  The weekend is part of a global event though LaunchPad Huntington is the only local site participating.

The event will start with dinner and networking before moving on to a weekend project built with a team, a 60-second pitch to an expert panel, and more.  The weekend-long event will be geared around professionals looking to develop skills for a career change.

You can get more information as well as a list of event judges, mentors, and coaches here.

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Application Period Now Open

The open application period began on August 14 for two competitive Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs.

Eligible applicants including territories, federally recognized tribes, states and local governments may apply for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grants through 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on November 14, 2017.

FMA grants are available to implement measures to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to structures insured by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). For FY 2017, $160 million is available, including $70 million for community flood mitigation activities that address flooding on a neighborhood level, such as floodwater diversion and localized flood-control measures as well as advance assistance for mitigation design and development of community flood mitigation projects. The remainder of funds will be used for mitigation planning, technical assistance and mitigating Severe Repetitive Loss and Repetitive Loss structures, which include elevation, acquisition, and relocation projects.

PDM grants are awarded for all-hazard mitigation planning and projects, such as the construction of community and residential safe rooms for tornados, and wind retrofits, which are enhancements made to strengthen the roof, walls and doors of structures to minimize damage caused by high winds. This year, $90 million is available, including $10 million for federally-recognized tribes. States, tribes, territories and the District of Columbia may apply for the statutory allocation of up to $575,000 federal share. The remainder of funds will be awarded on a competitive basis with an emphasis on mitigation activities that complement the post-disaster funding available under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and the flood mitigation funding from the FMA program.

You can learn more and apply for funding here.

NYS Climate Smart Communities Grant Program Funding Available

Funding will be available for inventory, assessment, planning and implementation projects that advance the work of municipalities in addressing climate change. Priorities for the 2017 round include specific adaptation actions that reduce flood risk and increase preparedness for future extreme weather conditions, specific mitigation activities related to transportation and reduction of food waste, and specific Climate Smart Communities certification actions that advance municipal ability in the future to implement adaptation and mitigation projects in the identified implementation categories.

A municipal resolution from the lead applicant authorizing application submission and documenting the availability of local match in the event of grant award must be submitted at the time of application.

For general information and questions on the Climate Smart Communities Program, please contact the Office of Climate Change, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of Climate Change, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, 518-402-8448, climatechange@dec.ny.gov.

NYS DEC Technical Assistance Grants Available

The New York State DEC continuously accepts applications for Technical Assistance Grants (TAGs). TAGs are a citizen participation tool available to eligible community groups to increase public awareness and understanding of remedial activities taking place in their community. TAGs are available to eligible community groups for the purpose of obtaining independent technical assistance in interpreting existing environmental information about an eligible “significant threat” site being remediated in the State Superfund Program or Brownfield Cleanup Program. Technical assistance is intended to help the grant recipient and the community it represents to understand existing environmental data developed about the site, comment on site remedial activities and proposals and share this information with the public.

Funding is limited to $50,000 per site, with no matching requirement. A community group must be a nonresponsible party community group or one that is in partnership with another nonresponsible party community group. The group must be a 501(c)(3), and a group whose members’ health, economic well-being or enjoyment of the environment may be affected by a release or threatened release of contamination at the eligible site. The group must be one whose membership represents the interest of the community affected by the eligible site. Eligible sites must be Class 2 sites on the New York State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites or sites being remediated under the State’s Brownfield Cleanup Program that the DEC has determined pose a significant threat to public health and/or the environment.

For more information, you can visit the DEC’s site here.

Full-Time Case Manager Needed for Long Island Coalition for the Homeless

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is seeking applicants for a Full-Time Case Manager for our main office in Amityville.  This position requires an ability to understand policies and regulations; work with homeless individuals and families, conduct assessments, and gather documentation for housing referrals; research resources for homeless and at-risk households.

Qualifications include: Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in a Social Work and two years’ experience (internships or volunteer work acceptable); or a related human services field or a minimum of three years’ related experience in human services arena; ability to comprehend and interpret government regulations; strong organizational skills; possesses effective verbal and written communication skills; working knowledge of computer database applications (Foothold AWARDS – preferred, Access, Client or Customer databases of accounting database software) or ability to learn quickly.  Applicant must have a commitment to organization’s mission and goals.  Must be self-motivated; must be able to work effectively with diverse people and personalities and as a member of a team. Bilingual (Spanish and English) preferred.

Local travel will be also required for this position.  Benefits after probationary period will be available. These include paid time off (vacation, holiday, sick, personal), medical insurance for the employee (premium paid by LICH), and Simple IRA plan (with employer match). Salary range for this position is $35,000 – $40,000.

Interested parties should submit a resume and salary requirements via email to gguarton@addressthehomeless.org. Please do not call the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless regarding this position.  Questions should be submitted via email only.

Small Business Saturday is Next Saturday, November 25th

Next Saturday American Express encourages you to get out into your local downtowns and Shop Small in order to do your holiday shopping. Sine 2010,American Express has partneres with local Mom & Pop stores in order to promote the idea of shopping in your local neighborhood the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, Vision Long Island encourages you to join in and help grow our local downtowns with your business!

You can read more on Smart Growth Saturday and look up participating businesses here.

Smart Talk

Editor:
Chris Kyle, Communications Director

Newsletter Contributors:
Eric Alexander, Director; Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director;
Elissa Kyle, Planning Director; Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator

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2017:

November 4th – 17th, 2017: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we read the latest report from Comptroller DiNapoli on the MTA, check out the latest move by LIRR to improve transportation on the North Fork, congratulate the latest inductees into the LIBN Hall of Fame, and more…

October 28th – November 3rd, 2017: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we attend an announcement for the Bay Park Sewage Outflow Pipe, as well as an update to the Hicksville Downtown Revitalization Plan, hear from Comptroller DiNapoli on the state’s finances, and more…

October 21st – 27th, 2017: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we look in on Friends of Long Island for its fifth year anniversary, attend the Nassau Council of Chamber’s Legislative Breakfast, head to D.C. for the Regional Smart Growth Conference, and more…

October 15th – 21st, 2017: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we hear from candidates for Huntington Supervisor and Nassau County Executive, tour grand openings for a new development in Middle Island and Farmingdale, and more…

October 8th – 14th, 2017: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we remember Lynbrook Mayor William Hendrick, review the approval of NYMTC’s Plan 2045, look in on Hicksville’s downtown revitalization efforts, and more…

September 30th – October 7th, 2017: Check out this week’s Smart Talk with coverage of the Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers’ Constitutional Debate, Mastic Beach Village adopts master plan, Comptroller DiNapoli releases a report outlining the federal tax deficit for NYS, and more…

September 23rd – 29th, 2017: Check out this week’s Smart Talk for more the advancement of Village Square in Glen Cove, Clean Energy Task Force conference, ribbon cutting for Copiague Commons, and more…

September 16th – 22nd, 2017: Check out this week’s Smart Talk with coverage of the Long Island Business Council Nassau Candidate Forum, Mastic Beach Ambulance Co. breaks ground on new building, and more…

September 9th – 15th, 2017: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we review the Riverview Loft’s PILOT program, report on the most recent Hicksville Community Council meeting, prepare for an upcoming meeting on Heartland, and more…

September 2nd – 8th, 2017: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we discuss Tri-State Transportation Campaign’s newest dangerous roads report, look in on Long Island groups providing aid for hurricane victims, check out the latest step for redevelopment in downtown Riverhead, and more…

August 26th – September 1st, 2017: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we look in on ways to help with Harvey’s aftermath, check in on the National Flood Insurance Program, check out apartments proposed for downtown Lynbrook, and more…

August 19 – 25, 2017: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we attend a hearing on a much needed at-grade crossing in Brookhaven, check in on progress for Village Square in Glen Cove, see approval for the Riverview Lofts in River head, and more….

August 12 – 18: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we applaud the progress of LBGT Housing in Bay Shore, attend a press conference for more funding for Suffolk Buses, check out the work on the new Moynihan Station in NYC, and more…

August 5 – 11: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we look in on the Belmont Park RFP, check out the proposed Riverview Lofts in Riverhead, look in on New Hyde Park’s plans for a retail sector, and more…

July 29 – August 4: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we look at Hicksville’s $10 million grant award and the wok that was done to get there, give updates on Garvies Point construction, and more…

July 22 – 28: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we look at updates on the Heartland and Ronkonkoma Hub projects, see growth of the millennial population on Long Island, look at a new NYC subway action plan, and more…

July 15 – 21: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where Town of Islip approves Heartland’s first phase, we attend the Hicksville Summerfest, visit Lynbrook, look in on the launch of the Glen Cove Summer ferry service, and more…

July 8 – 14: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we look ahead to the Heartland zoning vote, check in on the third track project, attend a redevelopment forum in Belmont Park, get an update on the Huntington Village parking deck study, and more…

July 1 – 7: In this week’s Smart Talk we hold a press conference for Safety Improvements in Farmingdale, check out the most recent developments for the Third Track Project, attend NYMTC’s recent meeting accepting the Regional Transportation Plan 2045, and more…

June 25 – 30: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we get an update on progress for the Long Island Lobby Coalition, read up on the MTA’s state of emergency, attend a ribbon cutting for Highland Green Residences, and more…

May 28 – June 24: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we attend the beam signing for the Northridge Project, look in on Lindenhurst zoning proposals, testify about ride sharing programs on Long Island, and more…

Smart Growth Awards: We can’t say enough how thankful we all are for the overwhelming support of the 16th Annual LI Smart Growth Awards this year.  Over 900 downtown supporters, sponsors came out with nearly 60 elected officials, 40 chambers, 30 resident groups representing close to 60 main streets on LI.  Follow the link for the full write up.

May 21 – 27:  Check out this week’s Smart Talk with updates on downtown Hickville meeting, the governor’s plan for LIRR delays, Valley Stream ribbon cutting, and more…

May 14 – 20:  Check out this week’s Smart Talk with Lt. Gov. Hochul visiting Westbury, highlights of Suffolk County’s State of the County address, notice of an important public meeting next week in Hicksville, and more…

May 7 – 13:  Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we attend the Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers meeting, hear from Comptroller DiNapoli on the Financial Conditions of Long Island Municipalities, look in on the latest activity in Northport and Huntington Village, and more!

Apr. 30 – May 6:  Check out this week’s Smart Talk where Vision joins the Annual CNU Summit in Seattle, we check out the 30 new hybrid buses for Suffolk County, cover the Clean Energy Task Force meeting, and more…

Apr. 23-29: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we attend the Islip Town meeting for Heartland, check out the groundbreaking for NY’s 2nd largest solar farm, look at the funding restoration for NICE bus, review the MTA’s final environmental statement for 3rd track, and more…

Apr. 16 – 22: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we check out the Copiague Commons lottery for applicants, help out Bisnow to put together a list of on the rise walkable communities on Long Island, check out Babylon’s public forum on East Farmingdale, and more!

Apr. 2 – 15: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we attend the Long Island Youth Summit, report from the 2017 Complete Streets Summit, look in on the new NYS State Budget, help support Long Island’s Homeless, attend the Nassau State of the County, and more…

Mar. 26 – Apr 1: Check out this week’s Smart Talk including the Conifer Groundbreaking in Riverhead, Brookhaven State of the Town Address and more…

Mar. 19 – 25: Check out this week’s Smart Talk with an update on the Long Long Island Lobby Coalition’s trip to Albany and more…

Mar. 12 – 18: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we attend a Bus Rally to save proposed NICE bus route cuts, look in on redevelopment in Freeport, check out the update to affordable housing code in Huntington, and more…

Mar. 5 – 11: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we attend the most recent LIBC meeting, hear from the community on the proposed Northport rooftop dining ban, hear State of the Town addresses from Islip and Southold, and more…

Feb. 26 – Mar. 4: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we reflect on another pedestrian fatality in Miller Place, highlight Smart Growth principles helping Patchogue’s revitalization, report on Sandy repairs and studies underway, and more…

Feb. 19 – 25:  Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we pay tribute to Delano Stewart, hear about the State of Hempstead Village, check out Babylon’s new Better Main Streets Committee, attend a Bus Rider’s press conference, and more…

Feb. 12 – 18:   Check out this week’s Smart Talk with highlights from Riverhead’s State of the Town address, upcoming Nassau bus service cuts, plans to make government more efficient through consolidation, and more..

Feb. 5 – 11: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we look in on NICE bus’ new free ridership program for needy families, read about grants for Long Island Arts programs, check out Huntington’s latest efforts to alleviate parking concerns, and more…

Jan. 29 – Feb. 4: Check out this week’s Smart Talk with updates on the Bi-county press conference for bus funding, new details on Third Track hearings, the approval of the Heartland project, and more…

Jan. 22-28: Check out this week’s Smart Talk highlighting Long Island’s first off shore wind farm being approved, a call for increased infrastructure funding on Long Island, an urgent Action Alert for bus funding and more…

Jan. 15-21: Check out this week’s Smart Talk with updates on Kings Park sewers, Third Track hearings, and more….

Jan. 8-14: Check out this week’s Smart Talk with updates from the governor on funding for Long Island projects, Hunting Stations sewer plan moves forward, Senator Flanagan talks about this year’s agenda, and more…

Jan. 1-7: Check out this week’s Smart Talk for details on downtown funding for Amityvile, delays to the Heartland project and more….

2016:

Year in review
Dec. 11-17
Dec. 4-10
Thanksgiving
Nov. 13-19
Nov. 6-12
Oct. 30- Nov. 5
Oct. 23-29
 Oct. 16-22
 Oct. 9-15
 Oct. 2-8
 Sept. 25 – Oct. 1
Sept. 18-24
Sept. 11-17
Sept. 4-10
Aug. 28 – Sept. 3
Aug. 21-27
Aug. 14-20
Aug. 7-13
Jul 31- Aug. 6
Jul. 23-30
 Jul. 17-22
 Jul. 10-16
 Jul. 3-9
 Jun. 26 – Jul. 2
 Jun. 19-25
Smart Growth Awards
May 29 – Jun. 4
May 22-28
May 15-21
May 7-14
May 1-6
Apr. 24-30
Apr. 17-23
Apr. 10-16
Apr. 3-9
Mar. 27- Apr. 2
Mar. 20-26
Mar. 13-19
Mar. 6 – 12
Feb. 21 – 27
Feb. 14 – 20
Feb. 7 – 13
Jan. 31 – Feb. 6
Jan. 24 – 30
Jan. 17- 23 
Jan. 10 – 16
Jan. 3 – 9
 
2015:
Dec. 13 – 19
Dec. 6 – 12
Nov. 29 – Dec. 5
Nov. 1 – 7
Oct. 25 – 31
Oct. 17 – 24
Oct. 11-16
Oct. 4-10
Sep. 27 – Oct. 3
Sep. 20-26
Sep. 13-19
Sep. 6-12
Aug. 29- Sep. 5: Before you leave out for the holiday weekend, check out this week’s Smart Talk highlighting successful downtowns, support for Caithness II, a Labor Day message from John Durso, and more….
 Aug. 23- Aug. 28: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we look in on LIRR’s progress with the Double track project, check out Port Jefferson’s downtown projects, congratulate Vision Co-Chair Vision Long Island on a lifetime of good works, and more…

Aug. 16- Aug. 22: This week, take a look at how Suffolk County bus riders advocates call on the state for more aid, updates on current smart growth projects across LI, and more…

Aug. 9- Aug. 15: In this week’s Smart Talk, Sen. Schumer calls for more transportation dollars to fix aging infrastructure, Suffolk County adopts 2035 Master Plan, and more…

Aug. 2- Aug. 8: This week hear about a Village of Farmingdale project approved for tax breaks, a Village of Westbury project that receives a funding boost, and more….

Jul. 26- Aug. 1: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we look in on progress for the federal transportation bill, see the latest news for the Nassau Coliseum, check out Smart Growth redevelopment in Copiague, and more…
 
Apr. 19- Apr. 25: AARP releases their livability Index, West Babylon  community plans local playground, and more….
 
Apr. 12 – Apr. 18: Complete Streets Summit draws a crowd, LIBC hears from 3 local comptrollers, and more….
 
Apr. 5 – Apr. 11: in this issue, Village OKs studios at Farmingdale LIRR station, and more….
 
Mar. 29 – Apr. 4: Get a review of the state budget,  preliminary design for former Cerro Wire, and more….
 
Mar. 22 – Mar. 28:Hear about the state of Suffolk County, fighting for Long Island’s fair share, Great Neck receives grant, and more…
 
Mar. 15 – Mar. 20: Check out the millennial conference, update from the presiding officers, and more…
 
Mar. 8 – Mar. 14: In this issue, Mangano gives an update on Nassau County,  Schumer announces victory for Liberty Village, and more…
 
Feb. 28- Mar. 7: Special edition covering Lobby Day, first round of NY Rising Sandy projects move forward, Rte 25 makes most dangerous roadway for second year in a row, and more.

Feb. 21- Feb. 27: Hear about the Baldwin community participates in Grand Ave. complete streets study, Comptroller Maragos and Legislator Denise Ford host economic development hearing, and more.

Feb. 14- Feb. 20: Check out this issue where Friends of Long Island hear update from NY Rising, NYS commits $150 mil to Bay Park, NYS Atty General presents new “Zombie Properties” legislation, and more.

Feb. 7- Feb. 13: Hear about Senator Schumer fast track for new wastewater treatment plant at Brookhaven Calabro Airport, Bellone asks State for additional aid in funding Suffolk Bus, and more.

Jan. 31- Feb.6: In this issue, check out no fifth CVS for Baldwin, back to drawing board, Farmingdale board backs main street business expansion, North Hempstead’s supervisor presents “State of the Town”, and more.

Jan. 24- Jan. 30: Check out Staller Associates moving forward in downtown Farmingdale, Village of Port Jefferson holds public meeting on final draft of comprehensive plan, and more.

Jan. 17- Jan. 23: This week’s Smart Talk LI Lobby Coalition in Albany as Gov. Coumo outlines budget priorities in 2015 State of the State, President Obama emphasizes 21st century infrastructure, and more.

Jan. 12- Jan. 16: Hear about angry residents fill school to protest Fortunoff Casino, Coumo’s proposed tax credit could save residents $2000, community comments on Mineola Village Green projects, ad more.

Jan. 5- Jan. 9:  In this issue, developments prove downtown revitalization growing on LI, Suffolk signs statue helping homeless, Nassau refunding homeowners for Sandy tax errors, and more.

2014:

Dec. 13- Dec. 19: Check out this week’s issue where LIPA rejects off-shore wind farm but ok’s solar arrays, preliminary poll supports toll balancing proposal, IDA starts countdown on fourth LaunchPad incubator, and more.

Dec. 6- Dec. 12:Check out this week’s issue where LI wins $81.9 mil from state for economic development, Leg. McCaffrey named Minority Leader, and more.

Dec. 1- Dec. 5: Small Business Saturday gets a visit from a few special consumers, protesters rally outside of Walmart on Black Friday, positive feedback on Valley Stream mixed-use project and more.

Nov. 8 – Nov. 14: In this issues, mixed-use development in Great Neck Plaza, Schumer brings back commuter tax benefit, downtown merchants stress the importance of shopping locally this season. and more.

Nov. 1 – Nov. 7: Check out Albany, Washington D.C. Republican Wins In 2014 Election Put Long Island Front And Center, Port Washington Mixed-Use Project Gets Green Light

Oct. 25- Oct. 31, 2014:  This week’s Smart Talk covers NYS announcement of funding for Suffolk Sewers and Bay Park, FoLI reviews Sandy two-year progress, LIBC discusses Ebola and hackers, and more.

Oct. 18-24 Oct.: Find out what’s The ‘Buzz’ about arts In North Hempstead, Suffolk offering $8 mil in Superstorm Sandy relief, how to keep Long Island’s millenials from leaving, and more.

Octt. 12- Oct. 19: Check out coverage on former Buffalo Congresswoman meets local business leaders, Vision talks smart growth at the Nassau County Village Association meeting, and more…

Oct. 4 – Oct. 11We sat in on the Garvies Point public hearing, hear Long Beach residents ask for more time to enroll in NY Rising, review ideas to make Sunrise Highway safer, identify the cost of LIRR delays and more.

Sept. 27 – Oct. 3: Don’t forget to check out this week’s issue of Smart Talk! We celebrate a new development for homeless veterans, check in on Amityville’s Artspace ambitions, learn about Complete Streets in Milwaukee and more.

Sept. 20 – Sept. 26Have you read this week’s issue yet? Not only did we tour four new communities in the second Smart Growth Saturday, but we checked in on the revitalization of Huntington Station, checked in on the People’s Climate March, consider if removing traffic signals actually makes roads safer and more.

Sept. 13- Sept. 19: Quick! Don’t forget to check out this week’s Smart Talk before the weekend begins! We supported condos in East Rockaway, participated in Car Free Day Long Island, celebrated a new Superstorm Sandy grant for veterans and more.

Sept. 6- Sept.12Have you read this week’s issue of Smart Talk? We lend a hand building a playground in Central Islip, check in on the Long Beach Medical Center, hear some good news about closed malls and prepare for weekend events like the Westbury Street Fair tomorrow.

Aug. 30- Sept. 5Don’t forget to check out this week’s Smart Talk newsletter! We check out a mixed-use proposal in Huntington village, changes in Smithtown, parking apps for your smartphone, disaster recovery and more.

Aug. 23- Aug. 29The holiday weekend is almost upon us, but take a moment to peruse the latest Smart Talk! Vision was at the Blue Claw Crab Festival in Mastic Beach, hears concerns about America’s aging infrastructure, looks into the ridesharing craze and more.

Aug. 16- Aug. 22: Have you read this week’s issue of Smart Talk yet? We testified about PSEG Long Island’s Utility 2.0 plan, dug through a report on compact, walkable, diverse neighborhoods, joined downtown Northport for the surprise renovation of a local landmark, checked out a different crosswalk system in Singapore and more!

Aug. 9- Aug. 15Don’t forget to check out this week’s Smart Talk newsletter! We celebrated small business savings accounts, dried off after the torrential rains, checked in on Smart Growth in Douglaston and got a fresh perspective on Riverhead.

Aug. 2 – Aug. 8: Before you leave for the day, check out this week’s Smart Talk! We celebrate the rejection of the East Patchogue Walmart, review funding of the federal Highway Trust Fund, look at bike-share programs across the country and more.

Jul.  27- Aug. 1Check out this week’s Smart Talk! We cover the latest FoLI meeting of Sandy volunteers, an upcoming road diet for Farmingdale, High-Speed Rail expansions across the country, an op/ed by Director Eric Alexander and more.

Jul. 20 -Jul. 26:Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we check in on Nassau County’s new United Water deal, breaking news on the proposed Huntington Hotel, Westbury Mayor Cavallaro’s new role and more!

Jul. 13-Jul. 19: Quick, check out this week’s Smart Talk before you punch out! This week we look into the MTA negotiations, federal water quality cuts, a surprise for a Sandy volunteer and more.

Jul. 6- Jul. 12: Here is the latest issue of Smart Talk. It looks at the new Nassau-United Water deal for sewer plants, baby boomers’ housing decisions, downtown Smithtown and more.

June 29-July 5, 2014: This edition list fireworks displays for the holiday, check in on Montauk Highway safety concerns, celebrate our new Board of Directors, examine just how walkable American cities are and more.

Jun. 22- Jun. 28: Check out this week’s Smart Talk to see Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano finally get his Smart Growth Award, celebrate Brookhaven sign off on rezoning for Ronkonkoma Hub, follow the ongoing hazards of Hempstead Turnpike and more.

Jun. 1-Jun. 6: Check out Friends of Freeport on NBC House Renovation show, Gordon Heights Chamber utilizing historic home, and more.

May 25- May 31:In this latest issue of Smart Talk, read about local business owner Artie Berke’s story of From Police To Pizza, How To Run A Downtown Business, making America’s communities safer for pedestrians, and more.

May 18- May 24: Don’t forget to peruse this week’s Smart Talk before heading out for the long weekend! We sit in on the Patchogue Walmart hearing, urge the Suffolk County Legislature to spend more on transportation, celebrate Long Island receiving $400 million for sewage projects and more.

May 12 – May 16: We look at a the President’s recent visit to the Tappan Zee bridge, check in on Nassau County’s latest water infrastructure progress, look in on the rally to expand bus service in Nassau, and more.

May 4- May 10: This week’s Smart Growth newsletter talks about our First Annual Smart Growth Saturday, Senator Gillibrand’s Pedestrian Safety Initiatives, Zucaro making a name in Sandy house lifting industry, and more.

April 26- May 3Check out this week’s Smart Growth newsletter! We attend the Wincoram Commons groundbreaking, recognize Long Island Coalition for the Homeless’ latest honor, celebrate the Smart Growth Awards Kickoff and more.

Apr 19- Apr 25: Take a look at the new Suite Pieces in Huntington Station, examine where NY Rising funds are going, prepare for Smart Growth Saturday and more.

Apr 12- Apr 18: We celebrate nitrogen removal in sewer plants, examine a state Complete Streets report, get ready for Smart Growth Saturday (on May 3) and more!

Apr 5 – Apr 11: We join in celebrating two members of the Friends of Long Island, visit a vigil to raise awareness for the homeless, examine the next phase of the Ronkonkoma Streetscape Plan and more.

Mar. 31- Apr. 4:  Don’t forget to check out the stories about our Complete Streets Summit, Suburban Millennial Institute’s Brain Drain survey and Friends of Long Island spreading the word about the April 11 NY Rising deadline.

Mar. 24- Mar. 30We hear out County Exec. Bellone on his sewer plan, congratulate the 2014 Woman of the Year, consider MOVE NY’s suggestions to adjust bridge and tunnel tolls, stay up to date on the National Flood Insurance Program and more.

Mar. 10 – Mar. 16: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we push for $20 million for LI Complete Streets projects, check in with Nassau County Ed Mangano for his State of the County address, examine the rising cost of housing and more.

Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we reflect on Long Island’s most dangerous roads, catch up with Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leader Dean Skelos, update the Long Beach Medical Center story, remember News 12 journalist Judy Martin and more.

Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we check out the Cerro Wire sale, Long Beach Medical Center die-in, East Side Access project, State of the Union address and more.

Jan. 20 – Jan. 27: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we reflect on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day across Long Island, inspect Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget, check out Vision Zero and more.

Jan. 13 – Jan. 19: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we follow Baldwin residents rallying for Smart Growth, listen to a presentation on the State of the State address, consider some outrageous parking garage designs and more. Don’t forget the deadline for Smart Growth Award nominations is coming quickly.

Jan. 6 – Jan. 12  Check out this week’s Smart Talk where Vision attends the State of the State along with the Lobby Day Delegation, attend a meeting with Jon Kaiman on when to expect Storm Recovery resources, check in on the process of the Ronkonkoma HUB at a Brookhaven Town Board meeting, Help Friends of Long Island to rebuild a home, and more!

Dec. 30, 2013 – Jan. 5, 2014:Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we see Senator Fuschillo off for his new position, look in on the Island Outreach Foundation, take a look back on what was spent on Transportation in 2013, and more.

2013:

Dec. 9 – Dec. 15: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we celebrate $83 million in state business grants, check in on the Ruland Road housing development, hear Senator Schumer petition for fire hydrant exemptions and more.

Dec. 2 – Dec. 8: Check out this week’s Smart Talk, where we look at Jefferson Plaza in Farmingdale, Bay Park funding, shopping downtowns and more.

SGS 2013 Write Up: The 12th Annual Smart Growth Summit featured networking, a trade show, workshops, technical worksessions, a youth summit and plenary sessions on regional and local issues facing mixed-use development. Some sessions included: downtown revitalization, priority infrastructure, financing Smart Growth, downtown management, transit-oriented development, Smart Growth, energy, youth leadership, regional projects, post-Sandy resilience, and many others.

Nov. 11 – Nov. 17:  Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we check out commuter tax breaks, a thriving Farmingdale Main Street, progress with the Smithtown lumberyard and more.

Nov. 4 – Nov. 10: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we remember a true Friend of Freeport, examine legislation to protect transit funds and more.

Oct 28. – Nov. 3: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we look at Sandy volunteers, mold remediation, transportation funds, a new park paid for by developers and more.

Oct. 21 – Oct. 27 – More Relief Coming A Year After Superstorm Sandy; Long Island To Cuomo: ‘We’re Not Leaving’; State Directs Federal Funds Into Bay Park Plant:  Largest Investment Into Sewers In Long Island History; Recognizing Nassau’s Best Small Business Owners; NICE Bus Improvements On The Horizon; What’s The Status On Smart Growth?; Strong Showing For Riverhead Community Center; Teaching Huntington’s Next Stewards, Leaders; Neighborhood Volunteers Plant Love For Community; Evolution From Eyesore To Affordable Housing Begins; and more.

Oct. 14 – Oct 20 – 12th Annual Smart Growth Summit Kickoff A Success; Listen To The Voices Of Superstorm Sandy; Commuting By Bicycle On The Rise Across America; Comparing Crime Rates Among Communities; Closed Long Beach Hospital Gets $6.6 Million Grant; USPS Pulls Plans To Close Post Office In Northport; Removing The Red Tape At Lake Ronkonkoma; Board Unanimously Supports $6M Carmans River Plan; Unveiling Bishop Harrison Hale Drive In Gordon Heights; Smart Growth Supporters Among LIBN’s Top 50 Women; and more.

Oct. 7 -Oct. 13 – Early Start For Holiday Sales Drive On Main Street; Crowd Sounds Off For Coltrane Home Fundraiser; Advocates: Bring Back Missing Bus Funding; Proposed Sewer Funds Flush With County Approval; Mastic-Shirley Sewer Project Moving Forward Again; New Supermarket Feeding Demand For Revitalization; Challenge Cast To Build Better Homes; Run To Support The Rebuilding Of Freeport; Save The Date For The Arty Party; Conference Teaches How To Help LI’s Homeless; and more

.Sep. 30 – Oct. 6 – Nassau County Exec Candidates Talk Green, Business; More Exercise In Smart Growth Neighborhoods?; Time For Mayors To Lead The Way?; Mangano Dishes On Coliseum, Bay Park With LI Business Council; Harbor Isle Housing Development Decision Delayed; Short-Term Delays For Long-Term Improvements On 347; Poet Unveiling Latest Work In Hometown Of Babylon; Munch On Brunch For The Coltrane Home; See Glaciers On The Big Screen; and more.

Sep. 23 – Sep. 29 – State Ready To Invest $400 Million From Pensions; Build New Trains Around The Community; Long Island’s Contaminated Superfund Sites Now Online; New Partnership Protecting Long Island’s Water; New York Rising Inviting South Shore To Open Houses; New Coliseum Lease Unanimously Approved; Next Time, Take The Glen Cove Ferry; Fill Up At Annual Alternative Fuel Conference; and more.

Sep. 16 – Sep. 22 – ;”>Sewers At Heart Of $5 Billion Bond Proposal; Chains Are The New Kids On Main Street; News 12 Asks ‘What’s In The Water?’; Register Now For 2013 Conference On The Environment; New York Rising Inviting South Shore To Open Houses; Curtain Rises On The Space At Westbury; New Life For Coram’s Historic Davis House; Stop FEMA Rally Sept. 28 At Babylon Town Hall; Join The Car Free Long Island Movement Today; Just Pickled Over Garlic At Festivals; Small Businesses Tapping Government Resources; and more.

Sep. 9 – Sep. 15 – Schumer Wants Post-Sandy Plan For Nassau; Feds Award $474 Million In TIGER Transportation Grants; Sewer Cleanup Also Protecting Taxpayers; Parade Celebrates Unity In The Community; New York Rising Inviting Public To Sept. 17 Open House; State Announces $1 Million Grants For Historic Properties; and more.

Sep. 2 – Sep. 8 – Welcome To The Midtown Walmart?; LIRR, Road Work, Vanpools For LI In $700 Billion Plan; Election Emphasizes Smart Growth In Smithtown; Crowds Passionately Demand Sandy Aid; LIRR Receives Laggy Awards For Costly Late Trains; Israel: Save Pre-Tax Commuter Benefits; Op-ed: Think About Your Neighbors by VLI Executive Director Eric Alexander; and more.

Aug. 26 – Sep. 1 – California Pizza Kitchen and Friends of Long Island Cooking Up Fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy victims; Keeping New York Out Of The Red; Baby Boomers Leaving Suburbia For Downtown; $10 Million In State Grants Sought For Hub Parking; County’s $250,000 May Fund Kiosks, Downtown Projects; Finesse, Not Force, In Jericho Turnpike’s Future; Energy Contest EmPowers Teens To Think Green; Rally On For Saturday To Support The 11518; Celebrate Huntington Awareness Day Next Week; National Endowment for the Humanities announces Bridging Cultures grants program; and more.

Aug. 19 – Aug. 24 -Obama’s Sandy Task Force Releases Recommendations; A Main Street For The People, Not Cars; Calling For A Local Voice In Sunrise Highway Changes; Oyster Bay Residents OK $32.5 Million DPW Sale to stop Proposed Mall; Sewage Loophole Permits Discharge Into Water; Bourbon, Beer, and BBQ Festival on August 24; and more.

Aug. 12 – Aug. 18 – Mangano announces Forest City Ratner as developer for the new Nassau Coliseum; Bellone signs off on Rails to Trails contract with LIPA; The 2nd Annual Westbury Short Film Concert under the stars; Op-ed: Long Island, Pros and Cons by VLI Intern Donald Schug; California Pizza Kitchen and Friends of Long Island hosting fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy victims; and more.

Aug. 5 – Aug. 11 – Nassau Legislature passes Complete Streets Legislation; Nassau County votes on funding for Bay Park Sewage plant; Huntington Village releases parking study results; Metro 303 opens in Village of Hempstead; Farmingdale Village approves Apartments near train station; Plans to revitalize Downtown Valley Stream underway; Op-ed: Staying on Long Island by VLI Intern Elisabeth Muehlemann; and more.

Jul. 29 – Aug. 4 – Governor Cuomo Signs Bill to Replace Long Island Power Authority with Public Service Electric and Gas Company as utility service provider on Long Island; NICE Bus expands service in Nassau County; Suffolk County will expand Sunday Bus Service Countywide thanks to NYMTC funds; Nassau County moves Complete Streets bill out of committee; First Annual Car Free Day of Long Island to take place on September 20; Town of Brookhaven Meets to Discuss New Carmans River Conservation Plan; Op-ed: Paul Krugman, Stranded by Sprawl; and more.

Jul. 22 – Jul. 28 – NYS launches New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program; Nassau County approves partial upgrades and repairs for Bay Park Sewage treatment; Huntington Station Street Fair Paves the Way for Revitalization Project; Wyandanch Rising Ground Breaking Initiates Revitalization Process; Complete Streets Legislation approved in Long Beach; “The Business of Art” seminar on August 8th and new exhibit at The Amsterdam in Port Washington; and more.

Jul. 8 – Jul. 14 – Forest City Ratner and MSG Announced as Finalists in Nassau Coliseum Renewal; More Local Developers partner to bring Smart Growth to Long Island Downtowns; Gerard Street project in Huntington Village moves closer to construction; First Annual Sea Faire Festival debuts in Glen Cove; Sign the petition to the US Department of Transportation Petition to Make Smart Growth Projects Easier; and more.

Jul. 1 – Jul. 7 – Development in Farmingdale May Provide New Units of Affordable Housing; NYMTC Public Hearings; Sustainability Institute at Molloy College Hosts Tri-Annual Clean Energy Leadership Task Force Conference; 4th of July Message from John Durso, President Local 338; Sign on to US Department of Transportation Petition that Would Make Smart Growth Projects Easier; The Sustainable Living Film Series to screen “Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle” on July 18 and more.

Jun. 24 – Jun. 30 – Supreme court ruling in Florida land use case may impact local communities and sustainable development; Governor Cuomo Launches Grant Program for Projects to Support Cleaner, Greener Communities Sustainability Plans in Long Island; Posillico unveils intermodal rail facility at ribbon cutting in East Farmingdale; Babylon to Eye Mixed-Use Development for Republic Station Project; Senior living facility in Patchogue receives Village trustee approval;  Developers make finals pitches for the Nassau Coliseum; and more.

Jun. 17 – Jun. 23 – Schumer announces allocation of $6 million in FEMA funds for the Department of Environmental Conservation; 7Bus to expand Long Island service July 1; Destination LI Social Media Campaign holds initial meeting; Route 347 project moves on to second phase; more lanes, lower speed limit, and bike trails; Nassau backs Farmingdale mixed-use project; Huntington Village sees a rise in upstairs housing; Sandy Support Massapequa Style hosts “call to action” rally at the Massapequa Station on June 29 and more.

SGA 2013 Write Up – For over a decade, Vision Long Island has been honoring the individuals and organizations that display true Smart Growth leadershipin advancing projects, policies, regulations and initiatives. Specific focus areas include mixed-use development, affordable housing, environmental health and safety, open space and historic preservation, traffic calming and pedestrian safety, transportation enhancements,clean energy, downtown revitalization and/or community-based planning.

Jun. 3 – Jun. 9 – Larry Kushnick – In Memory of Our Dear Friend; $1.1 million in Grants for Sandy-affected businesses in Long Beach, Atlantic Beach and Island Park, Huntington Station blueprints receives approval from Town Board; Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano hosting Disaster Preparedness Seminar for local Businesses; and more.

May 20 – May 26 – Wincoram Commons in Coram Secures Funding for Phase I; Westbury Arts Council tours newly renovated theater; Federal grants available from the Department of Transportation and National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council; Announcement of a new transportation enhancement program application round; East End Arts Council to hold 17th Annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival; and more.

May 23 – May 19 – Freeport ribbon-cutting ceremony held to mark the reopening of the Nautical Mile; Proposed redevelopment plans for Island Park; Route 347 road project continues this month; The LICH is looking for nominations for its “Unsung Hero” Award, deadline July 1st; EmPower Solar Student Competition offers $1,000 scholarship and trip to U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon, deadline May 24th, Nassau County to seek federal aid to repair East Rockaway sewage plant; and more.

May 6 – May 12 -The Long Island Business Council holds worksession with Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice; Sunday bus service bill passed in the Suffolk County Legislature; EmPower Solar Student Competition offers $1,000 scholarship and trip to U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon, deadline May 24th; “Source the Station” revitalization plan receives praise from the community; Robin Hood Foundation profiled on 60 Minutes; Federal Government to make funds available for Sewage Plant upgrades; and more.

Apr. 29 – May 5 – Complete Streets Summit pulls together residents and businesses to design safer roads; NYMTC announces $15 million pedestrian safety fund; New Proposals submitted for rebuilding the Nassau Coliseum; Huntington Station Development Strategy document now available for public viewing; Federal grants available from the Department of Transportation and National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council; New Grants for Nassau and Suffolk County First Time Homebuyers; and more.

Mar. 18 – Mar. 24 -Top high school students participate in the Long Island Youth Summit; Annual listing of obligated projects available through NYMTC; Maragos over 200 students from high school across Nassau County will compete in first-ever business development challenge, Port Jefferson Village Board Votes to Keep Late-Night Paid Parking; As youth driver licensing drops, experts rethink the future of transportation; Joye Brown: why not ‘right-size’ county government?; and more.

Mar. 11 – Mar. 17 – Mangano’s State of the County, scaled-down Nassau arena could attract more shows; Port Jefferson reviews parking meter hours; Plan for downtown Smithtown housing, stores gains momentum; More than 20 residents displaced by Port Washington blaze; New group to implement blueprint for downtown development in Farmingdale; Mixed-Use Neighborhoods May Be Safer, Too; FEMA’S temporary shelter program has been extended until March 24th and other new Hurricane Sandy assistance updates; and more.

Mar. 4 – Mar. 10 – Victory for Long Island Lobby Coalition: New revitalizing grants for Three Hamlets; Huntington boutique hotel has planning board approval; How our built environment is failing us, auto-orientation and lack of exercise; After Schumer push, HUD will allow federal disaster-aid funding to be available to co-op and condo owners for repairs; FHWA $2 Billion for Emergency Relief Funds;National Grid announces Sandy Recovery Program to help repair or replace broken heating systems; and more.

Feb. 25 – Mar. 3 – Check out this Smart Talk where we review the most recent annual Most Dangerous roads report, check out the most recent LIBC meeting, look in on funding for Suffolk County Transit, check out the most recent Sandy recovery efforts from our local elected officials, and more.

Feb. 18 – Feb. 24 – Check out this issue of Smart Talk where we check in on the State of Suffolk County, Cuom’s new IDA reforms, the state of TOD on Long Island, the upgrades to the Northport Sewage Plant, Steve Israel’s efforts for grants for Sandy-damaged businesses, Schumers push for IRS assistance centers on Long Island, and more!

Feb. 11 – Feb. 17 – Hempstead Hispanic Civic Association accepting donations for victims of Hempstead fire; Westbury Business Improvement District announces Incentive Program Newsletter; 5th Annual Long Island Lobby Day in Albany to push a unified agenda for transportation, small business, sewers, human services, energy, and post-Sandy recovery; Car sharing services grow and expand options; GRACE Communications Foundation outlines nine things to know about the “nexus;” Schumer calls on FEMA to expedite flood insurance payments; FHSW $2 billion for emergency relief funds; New NYSDOT transportation funding opportunities for municipalities; Women’s Fund of Long Island 2013 grant applications deadline is March 1st.

Feb. 4 – Feb. 10 – Revamped theater key to Westbury revival; LaunchPad Long Island to give startups a boost in downtown Mineola; Town of Huntington encourages residents to take parking survey; Port Jefferson app available in the Apple Store and Android Market; NYSDOT making pedestrian safety progress along Hempstead Turnpike, concerns arise on pedestrian access in East Meadow; Outgoing Transportation Secretary LaHood: “America is one big pothole;” Small California community revitalizes their main street; Senate bipartisan task force on Hurricane Sandy releases preliminary report; Long Island officials call for Sandy Aid transparency; FHWA $2 billion for Emergency Relief Funds.

Jan . 28 – Feb. 3 – Schumer holds rally in Island Park for the passage of Sandy aid bill; Town of Brookhaven hearings focus on zoning, housing plan; Senate passes $50 billion Sandy aid package; Smart Growth America report calls for an examination of federal involvement in real estate; Volunteers spend day tackling Sandy damage; Boating Times Long Island raffles “Boatload of Books;” National Grid announces Sandy Recovery Program to help repair or replace broken heating systems; LIHP offers help with heat and hot water; Deadline for FEMA and SBA applications extended to February 27th; New help from EmPowerNY.

Jan. 21 – Jan. 27 – First Baptist Church of Riverhead holds 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast; Huntington Township Housing Coalition holds annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday interfaith service; Proposed mixed-use building in Farmingdale receives praise from planning board; East Hampton to waive parking fee in order to encourage private sector to created needed apartments; Governor Cuomo releases proposed 2013-14 Executive Budget; Suffolk moves closer to starting $48 million sewer project; GRACE Communications Foundation announces release of new paper about food, water, energy nexus; Post-Sandy rebuilding continues for National Day of Service.

Jan. 14 – Jan. 20 – Sandy aid bill approved by House of Representatives; ‘Long Island Medium’ star Theresa Caputo donates $10,000 to Lindenhurst Sandy Charity Camp Bulldog; Representative Steve Israel calls on FEMA to help co-op owners; Island Park rally calls for more federal Sandy relief aid; Study shows that East Side Access could help boost Long Island home values; Hempstead approves controversial agreement on downtown plan; Islip considering high-density zoning; Call for outside-the-box transportation solutions in new competition.

Jan .7 – Jan. 13 – New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo delivers annual State of the State address, LI Lobby Coalition visits State Capitol; NYPA President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones presents Governor’s State of the State address at Dowling College; James Howard Kunstler addresses SPLIA as part of their Winter Lecture series; New research confirms central city comebacks; Don’t wait for insurance settlement to apply for an SBA loan; North Shore LIJ hotline now open for Hurricane Sandy health hazards information; Affordable housing available in Great Neck.

Jan. 1 – Jan. 6 – House GOP pulls Sandy aid bill from House floor; Victory for Long Island Lobby Coalition as Schumer announces critical extension of commuter mass transit benefit; Online retail stores creating tough competition for the declining mall business; Neighbors step up to make recovery after Hurricane Sandy possible; FEMA extends deadline for STEP program to January 18th; Town officials and business owners of Riverhead optimistic about downtown revitalization; Op-Ed: 2012 progress, 2013 goals; NEA accepting applications for FY 2013 Our Town grant; Ben & Jerry’s Foundation proviting grants for constituent-led organizations; National Grid announces Sandy Recovery Program to help repair or replace broken heating systems

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