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May 12th – 18th, 2018


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“In terms of population growth and emergency response we have seen that the Mastic Beach Ambulance Company is handling about 60% more alarms than it did in 2005, yet we have the same transportation bottle neck that existed then. This discussion of adding a railroad crossing is not about servicing a new need to this community, it is about making up for a need that has gone unserved for far too many years already. In my opinion, the fact that we have been underserved for this many years should mitigate some of the discussion about the adding of new crossings. We aren’t asking for a crossing to add to an already adequately served area, we are asking for a crossing to bring the area closer to being adequately served.” – Chief Charles Voelger of the Mastic Beach Ambulance Company

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2018 Long Island Smart Growth Awards!

Please join us for the 17th Annual Long Island Smart Growth Awards Friday, June 8th from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the Crest Hollow Country Club. This annual event will showcase the best in class of real people and projects that represent the transformation of our downtowns and investment in infrastructure for Long Island communities.

We have received over 45 deserving nominations and the winners start with Regional Leadership Awards to John Kominicki (Posthumously) and Denise Carter of Greenman Pedersen. The project and organizational honorees includeGeorgica Green and Town of Riverhead for Housing Choices as well as D&F Development and the Village of PatchogueNassau Council of Chambers of Commerce and Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers  for Small Business; Village of Rockville Centre for Sense of Place; Hicksville Chamber of Commerce, Hicksville Community Council, and Town of Oyster Bay for Revitalizing Communities; Kings Park Civic Association and Kings Park Chamber of Commerce for Citizen Participation; Tritec Development and the Village of Port Jefferson for Strengthening Communities; Long Island Compostfor Environmental Leadership; NICE Bus for Transportation Choices; and the Governor’s Office of Storm RecoveryCommunity Reconstruction Program for Infrastructure.

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Hearing for Additional LIRR Crossing in Mastic Held

Vision was out this week at Brookhaven Town Hall in support of an additional at grade LIRR crossing for the Mastics-Shirley area.

The Mastic Beach, Mastic, and Shirley area, known by many as the Tri-Hamlet community, has only 3 LIRR grade crossings for the peninsula.  While crossing renewal work was in progress last summer, motorists were only able to use the other two area crossings at Smith Road and Mastic Road. The Long Island Railroad has rejected the at-grade crossing proposal for years, citing safety concerns for vehicles that may be struck by trains, and policies coming from recommendations from the federal government to try to reduce some of the 200,000 at-grade crossings nationally.  It was noted that the three existing crossings have had no incidents of trains hitting cars in the past 5 years, and only two fatalities at two of the crossings since the 1980’s.

The hearing was conducted by the NYS DOT and heard by an Administrative Law Judge, after decades of requests for the additional crossing being denied by the LIRR. The additional crossing will provide economic developments benefits, reduce congestion on existing crossing routes, support resilience during emergencies and assist in reduction of transport times for patients to area hospitals. The need for an additional crossing has been featured most recently in the 2004 Montauk Highway Corridor Study & Land Use Plan for Mastic & Shirley, NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program for Shirley and the Mastics, and Mastic Beach Comprehensive Plan, as well as numerous other studies dating back to the 1980’s.

Chief Charles Voelger of the Mastic Beach Ambulance Company gave testimony regarding the need for the crossing to better serve residents, and some of the issues that are being faced.  “In terms of population growth and emergency response we have seen that the Mastic Beach Ambulance Company is handling about 60% more alarms than it did in 2005, yet we have the same transportation bottle neck that existed then,” said Voelger. “This discussion of adding a railroad crossing is not about servicing a new need to this community, it is about making up for a need that has gone unserved for far too many years already. In my opinion, the fact that we have been underserved for this many years should mitigate some of the discussion about the adding of new crossings. We aren’t asking for a crossing to add to an already adequately served area, we are asking for a crossing to bring the area closer to being adequately served.”

Also in attendance and in support of the added crossing were Chiefs of the Mastic Beach and Mastic Ambulance Companies, the Commissioner of the Mastic Beach Fire Department, The William Floyd Community Summit, Mastic-Shirley Chamber of Commerce, Pattersquask Creek Civic Association, Office of Congressman Lee Zeldin, NYS Assemblyman Fred Thiele, Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine, Brookhaven Councilman Dan Panico, Chief Harry Wallace of the Unkechaug Tribe,  and former Mastic Beach Village Mayors Bill Biondi and Maura Spery.  Support by Assemblyman Dean Murray and Suffolk Legislator Rudy Sunderman were also read into the record.   Vision Long Island is in support of the grade crossing proposal which came out from the Montauk Highway project visioning and resulting plans.

A majority of those who spoke were in favor of an additional at-grade crossing, with a petition of 1149 people in favor of the crossing being submitted to the judge. Those who were opposed to the at grade crossing were residents on either Hawthorne or Madison, with concerns of decreased property values, increased traffic on their streets, and in the case of the Hawthorne resident, acquisition of her property.

The Administrative Law judge will render her decision whether or not to have the LIRR allow an at-grade crossing for the community within 90 days.

Port Jefferson Village continues its Uptown Revitalization

The Village of Port Jefferson held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of a new parking lot to allow for 74 additional parking spaces in Port Jefferson.

The project will take place in three phases. Phase one of the Port Jefferson project will cost $85,000, which will be funded by grants from Suffolk County’s Jumpstart program as well as other financial options.  Port Jeff received $250,000 total from Jumpstart and has also applied for a grant for $500,000 from the Empire State Development Corporation.  The first phase will include the parking lot where the groundbreaking was held as well as sidewalk improvements leading from the train station to the recently opened The Hills apartment complex, which is a past Smart Growth Awards winner.

Phase two will renovate the parking lots located north, east, and south of the train station as well as provide for improvements to the pavement, lighting, and plaza entryway.  Phase three is the most ambitious of the project and will create “Station Street.”  This new, one-way road will provide access to the new renovated lots and should reduce congestion on Main Street while allowing easier access to train station lots.  It is hoped that these improvements will draw students from nearby Stony Brook University as well as other commuters to the area.  The increased traffic will also help to incentivize local businesses to invest in the area and reverse some of the decline on Main Street.

“The village is thrilled to partner with the county, Empire State Development and the Long Island Rail Road on improvements in upper Port to enhance pedestrian connectivity and safety, revitalize blighted commercial properties, and promote safe living and economic growth,” Mayor Margot Garant said.

You can read more here.

Developer Applies for Approval of 36 Apartments in Downtown Huntington

A Huntington developer is taking another shot at approval for 36 apartments along Main Street in downtown Huntington Village.

This marks the third time that 263-265 Main Corner LLC as applied for approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals in order to get the project off the ground.  The proposal outlines 16,000 square feet of retail on the first floor (to be filled by current tenant Ann Taylor Loft), and around 17,000 square feet of apartments on the second and third floor.  There would be 36 total apartments evenly divided across the top two floors including 31 studios, 3 one-bedroom, and 2 two-bedroom apartments.

Town planners have deferred to the zoning board on this matter, which is considering a set of variances.  One of the holdups is the fact that such a project would require 153 parking spaces to meet town code.  One option for the developer is to request to utilize municipal parking to cover the parking requirements because the property is within 300 feet of the Elm Street Lot.

The Zoning Board of Approvals have yet to set a hearing date for the plan.

You can read more here.

North Hempstead Receives $300K in Brownfield Grants

The Town of North Hempstead has been awarded $300,000 in grants from the EPA that it will use to determine the contamination level in New Cassel.

The survey will look for petroleum as well as any other hazardous materials as it evaluates the site for future development.  This comes as part of the EPA’s brownfield program, which aims to provide assistance in helping to assess, safely clean up, and reuse contaminated properties.  The funds will be used on four phase I and four phase II environmental sites, which are still being determined.

“It will be a huge benefit to the community of New Cassel and the revitalization of the area,” said North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “Being able to conduct in-depth environmental studies and assessments is pivotal to attract both new residents and developers to fulfill the community’s vision for enhancing community facilities while creating a more attractive, walkable, and livable New Cassel.”

You can read more here.

Fresh Start for Nassau HUB

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran has canceled previous agreements on the Nassau Coliseum property to allow a new RFP and more comprehensive vision to move forward. 

Curran said she hoped to bring mass transit, a major employer, housing, entertainment and retail to the Hub and has said she believes the county will be able to proceed with development of the site “without any litigation standing in the way of progress.” Nassau Legislature Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) said he supported Curran’s decision to seek out other developers.  Town of Hempstead Majority Leader Erin King Sweeney has also stated her support for additional proposals at the site.

“The decision made today by the county executive proves she is focused on leading the way and bringing transformative development to the Hub,” Curran spokesman Mike Martino said to Newsday.

Vision, LIBI and many other local elected officials and community leaders were in support of this direction.

“Kudos to Nassau County Executive Laura Curran for charting a new course on the Nassau HUB and allowing an RFP to move forward for a range of proposals for the site that reflect the current market. Looking forward to the next steps towards a real destination on this long delayed project.”  Eric Alexander, Director, Vision Long Island.

You can read more here and here, and two editorials on the possible future of the Hub here and here.

Long Island Affordable Housing gets $25.6M boost from New York State

NYS’s housing agency has awarded $25.6 million in funding for four affordable housing developments on Long Island.

The money is part of New York’s Homes and Community Renewal’s 2017 Unified Funding Application, which provides tax credits and low-interest loans for affordable housing developers.  The funds targeted for Long Island will go towards 239 affordable housing units located in four separate towns.

A Bay Shore development will receive $4.8 million to help create 75 senior apartments.  Port Jefferson Station will see a boost of $8.1 million for a 77 unit apartment complex, of which 45 will be used for homeless people.  $7 million will go towards a 37 unit affordable housing complex in East Hampton.  Finally, $5.7 million is earmarked for a 50 unit affordable apartment project in Greenport.

“This investment is a significant milestone in New York’s $20 billion housing and homelessness plan and a giant step forward in our efforts to increase access to homes for families, seniors and our most vulnerable men and women across the state,” Gov. Cuomo said in the statement. “These resources will help the region build affordable, stronger, better neighborhoods for our residents for generations to come.”

You can read more here.

Make Your Voice Heard on the Forge River Watershed Sewer Project

Vision attended the Forge River Watershead Sewer Project’s Public Information Session this week at Mastic Fire Department. Nearly $200 million of federal money could be used towards the project, that will reduce nitrogen dumping in the Forge River.

Representivies were on hand to discuss the positive impact that sewering will have on the area, future plans for expansion, and costs that can be expected to be incurred in an upcoming referrendum.

Costs for Phase 1 & 2 of the project are expected at under $600 per property, showing a significant decrease from earlier esitmates. 

According to Suffolk representives, information provided should be available online before the public hearing regarding the project on May 22nd at 7pm at the Mastic Firehouse.

More information can be found here.

Peconic Crossing to Hold Lottery for Affordable Artist Housing, Applications Due by May 25th

The Peconic Crossing apartments in Riverhead, which is a past Smart Growth Award Winner, will be holding a lottery for their new artist’s housing this June.

Located on Main Street in downtown Riverhead, the apartments are a blend of energy-efficient one and two bedroom units.  Residents will also be able to utilize available gallery space in a move to promote the idea of Create-Collaborate-Live in a self-sustained artist community.  Preference will be given to artists for this reason, as well as victims of a Covered Storm such as Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, or Tropical Storm Lee.

The date for the lottery is scheduled for June 1st, 2018 at 10 am at Riverhead Town Hall.  Interested parties can submit a completed application before May 25th, with applications available at the Crossing’s website here.

Riverhead Holds Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival on May 27th

A Memorial Day Weekend tradition where families and friends enjoy the creative spirit together. Join all the artists, musicians, and lovers of the arts, young and old, who gather on the grounds of East End Arts and along the Peconic River for this day-long celebration of the arts, centering around the Street Painting Festival, fashioned after the Italian street painters “I Madonnari”, a street chalk art form dating back to the 16th century, as well as activities and entertainment for everyone. Street painting squares sponsored by businesses, families, and individuals are used as a canvas for inspirations in chalk.

Admission is FREE!

The event will take place on Sunday, May 27th and will be located in Downtown Riverhead on East Main Street between Roanoke Avenue and East Avenue and on the grounds of East End Arts

Downtown vs. Out of Town Debate Sponsored by SMPS-LI on May 30th

Where do you stand? Industry experts on both sides of the conversation tackle the question by focusing on their own experiences and projects. They will discuss current developments and persuasively debate their perspective on the future of Long Island Development.  This robust conversation will challenge your ideologies and provide both pros and cons from each perspective of development. Experts will discuss their insights on what works on Long Island, challenges that developers face, what leads to opposition, funding, environmental sensitivities and how to solve key issues faced.

The event will feature a panel discussion with Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander, Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri, Anthony Bartone Managing Partner at Terwilliger & Bartone Properties, Joseph Deal Principal at New York Metro Region Bohler Engineering, Joshua Weinkranz, the President at Northern Region Kimco Realty, Brian Ferruggiari the Director of Public Affairs AVR Realty Company, and Jim Powers the Director of Operations and Business Development Bohler Engineering moderating.

The event will take place on May 30th, begins at 3:00 pm and is located at Carlyle at the Palace, 1600 Round Swamp Road, Plainview, NY 11803

You can find more information on speakers or register here.

NYS Launches Third Round of Downtown Revitalization Initiative

This week saw the launching of the third round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, which is a $100 million investment in 10 downtowns across New York State each year.

The program enters its third year as an investment program aimed at investing in local economies in order to better create vibrant neighborhoods and raise quality of life across the state.  The program selects one community in each of the ten Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) zones to receive a $10 million grant.  Criteria for selecting nominees include:

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

The program has previously awarded both the Village of Westbury and downtown Hicksville a grant to help with revitalization efforts in those communities.  It is also a priority for the Long Island Lobby Coalition, who has supported funding for revitalization for years. 

Interested municipalities can get more information and apply through New York State’s DRI page, located here.  June 1st is the deadline for submissions.

Smart Growth Action Grants Available from National Association of Realtors

Smart growth is an approach to development that encourages a mix of building types and uses, diverse housing and transportation options, development within existing neighborhoods, and community engagement. The Smart Growth Program offers state and local REALTOR® Associations to way to engage with government officials, community partners and the general public in planning and designing community’s future.

Smart Growth Action Grants support a wide range of land-use and transportation-related activities. These activities must support REALTOR® engagement in land-use and/or transportation-related community issues with the primary goal of affecting public policies that support development that meets one or more of the 10 Smart Growth Principles. The project should also raise the profile of REALTORS® as community leaders and enhance REALTOR® relationships with local elected officials. There are no program prerequisites to applying for or being awarded a Smart Growth Action Grant.

You can see the different types of grants available and how to apply here.

“Our nation spends more on jewelry and shoes than higher education.” – Kennedy Smith, Community Land Use + Economics Group

Smart Talk

Editor:
Eric Alexander, Director

Contributors:
Christopher Kyle, Communications Director; Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director; 
Elissa Kyle, Planning Director; Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator

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2018:

May 12th – 18th, 2018: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we attend a meeting discussing a LIRR Crossing in Mastic, look in on Port Jefferson’s next step in revitalization, check out the next move for the Nassau Hub, and more…

May 5th – 11th, 2018: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we attend ribbon cuttings in Huntington Station and Port Jeff, check out PSEG Long Island’s first ever downtown revitalization grant, look in on the growth of downtown Wading River, and more…

April 28th – May 4th, 2018: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we review the second phase of Renaissance Downtown’s Huntington Station development, look at Lindenhurst’s proposed zoning changes, explore the possibility of new options for the Nassau HUB, and more…

April 21st – 27th, 2018: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we attend the New York Youth Summit, tackle Missing Middle Housing at Tuoro College, read about Suffolk Supervisors calling for electrification on the LIRR Huntington Branch, and more…

April 6th -20th, 2018: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we attend a meeting of the LI Business Council, expand on the Complete Streets Summit, profile the LIRR’s new president, attend the opening of Village Walk in Patchogue, and more…

March 31st – April 6th, 2018: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we do a quick review of the Complete Streets Summit, Review the 2019 NYS Budget, hear from the Huntington Township Housing Coalition on what can be done to improve affordable housing, and more…

March 26th – 30th, 2018: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we applaud the $1 million grant for Baldwin’s revitalization, support an internet sales tax for New York State, Look at an important announcement from the Nassau State of the county, and more…

March 17th – 23rd, 2018: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we look in on how Smart Growth priorities did in local elections, check out progress on the NY Secure Choice Program, attend a meeting concerning the Belmont Park Plan, and more…

March 10th – 16th, 2018: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we review Comptroller DiNapoli’s most recent report on the LIRR, check in on funding for the Gateway Program, attend a press conference kicking off some of Lindenhurst’s downtown revitalization projects, and more…

March 3rd – 9th, 2018: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we head to Albany for Long Island Lobby Day, get an update on Kings Park from the Civic Association, review PSEG Long Island’s new plan for vacant storefronts, and more…

February 24th – March 2nd, 2018: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we attend the final public meeting, check in on Kings Park’s revitalization efforts, review Legislator Fleming’s proposed moratorium on ridesharing, and more…

February 3rd – 23rd, 2018: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we celebrate 20 Years of Smart Growth with Vision Long Island!

January 20th – February 2nd, 2018: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we look in on Brookhaven’s legal action against the LIRR, receive an update from St. James on their downtown efforts, look in on Governor Cuomo’s new Wind Power plan, and more…

January 13th – 19th, 2018: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, review Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget, check in with Hicksville’s revitalization efforts, and more…

January 6th – 12th, 2018: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we attend several inaugurations, take a look at planned TOD in Lindenhurst, learn about a proposed LI Sound crossing, and more…

December 16th, 2017 – January 5th, 2018: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we attend the NY State of the State and numerous inaugural celebrations across Long Island as well as updates from Babylon, Farmingdale, and more…

2017:

November 18th – December 15th, 2017: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we remember John Kominicki, look in on the latest development in 3rd track progress, attend a groundbreaking in Ronkonkoma for the long planned HUB, and more…

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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