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January 13th – 19th, 2018


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St. Joseph’s College

Since 1916, St. Joseph’s College has provided an affordable liberal arts education to a diverse group of students. Independent and coeducational, St. Joseph’s prepares students for lives of integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service; lives that are worthy of the College’s motto, Esse non videri — “To be, not to seem.”

St. Joseph’s Long Island Campus challenges its approximately 3,300 students to develop their full potential and a joy of learning. With more than 400 faculty members, the College enjoys a student-to-faculty ratio that provides individual attention in an open, supportive atmosphere.

St. Joseph’s remains dedicated to maintaining low costs while upholding a strict standard of excellence. While retention rates at most colleges are slipping, St. Joseph’s remains above the national average. Its academic strength hasn’t gone unnoticed. The College is consistently recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “America’s Best Colleges” issue.

“Dr. King said that the arc of the universe always bends toward justice. Those of us who genuinely love our nation and want it to truly be ‘one nation under God with liberty and justice for all’ must rededicate ourselves to the work of helping our country rediscover its moral compass.” – Rev. Charles Coverdale of First Baptist Church in Riverhead

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Long Island Remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Vision Long Island Board and staff attended two of the numerous MLK Day celebrations taking place across the region this past Monday.

The first event attended was the 33rd Annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Memorial Breakfast with around 700 attendees and hosted by the First Baptist Church of Riverhead.  Four awards were handed out during the breakfast, with 2018 Award recipients including Lillie Crowder, Yvette Hallman, Leroy James Heyliger and Larry Williams.

Vision was especially happy to see Lillie Crowder honored for a career of service, including her later years where we enjoyed working with her with the Gordon Heights Civic Association. She was nominated by another community leader Rabia Aziz.  Community leader Yvette Hallman reflected that “So many people pave the way for our experiences it’s not just your accomplishment alone” and that it’s important to mentor and to “Bring somebody with you” on your journey.

The Rev. Charles Coverdale of First Baptist Church in Riverhead closed the event by reminding everyone to follow in Dr. King’s footsteps and  speak up when necessary. “Dr. King said that the arc of the universe always bends toward justice,” the Rev. Coverdale said in a statement that was also handed out to attendees. “Those of us who genuinely love our nation and want it to truly be ‘one nation under God with liberty and justice for all’ must rededicate ourselves to the work of helping our country rediscover its moral compass.”

Special thanks to Rev. Charles and Shirley Coverdale and Rev. Cynthia Liggon for their ongoing sponsorship of this event and for all the work they do all year long.

Vision staff were also in attendance at the 33rd Annual Awards Luncheon for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Committee of Nassau. 300 community, government and religious leaders were out with a multi-cultural service that featured youth scholarships, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, and honorees that included Hofstra’s Larry Levy, the INN’s Nancy Burke, JCRC’s Mindy Perlmutter and ISA’s Gerry House.

County Executive Curran used her remarks to commit to diversity in her administration along with the message to not allow the imperfections in each other to limit our progress.

The continued support for this event, which is a staple of Nassau County, is truly something to be admired by the community.

Governor Cuomo Releases Proposed 2018 – 19 Budget

This past week saw Governor Andrew Cuomo release his $168 billion budget blueprint for the state of New York.

The budget has several key provisions that are important to Long Islanders.  One of the primary ones is the way that the budget attempts to address the serious shortfalls of the MTA which is to allow the MTA to directly collect the Payroll Mobility Tax as opposed to the state acting as a pass through.  This would allow the expediting of the $60 million or so that the MTA normally receives.  This is in addition to the $4.8 billion promised to the MTA for operations, which represents a little more than a 7% increase.  The budget also calls for an increase in transportation spending to $313 million.

Cuomo is also looking to initiate a program that will create 1,500 megawatts of storage capacity for energy companies.  This project would be aimed at stabilizing local grids during peak use and creation of a fall back option should renewable sources fluctuate in power delivery.  This program will be paid off budget by tapping funding streams normally reserved for energy research and development.

Along with those there was also a proposal to create a fund aimed at the creation and support of technology driven business.  It is hoped that the fund will help to create a research corridor on Long Island by tapping into current institutions such as the labs in Cold Spring Harbor and Brookhaven as well as Stony Brook University.  There would also be the continuation of the program that awards $10 million in revitalization grants to downtowns in the state, two of which have previously been won by Westbury and Hicksville.  New York will also continue to fund large projects in Nassau and Suffolk County out of what remains of a $550 million fund established for that purpose several years ago.

Cuomo also plans on increasing spending on environmental concerns in the state with a raise in funds for the Department of Environmental Conservations as well as the continued funding of the Clean Water Infrastructure Act, which was passed and bonded in 2017.  There is also an unfunded proposal that would allow for the fast-tracking of wells to be installed in order to treat groundwater contamination at a former Northrop Grumman site.  However, the state has noted that there are sufficient appropriations to get the project up and running in 2019.

Other areas of interest in the budget include money to help subsidize education at public universities and colleges as well as to help pay for meals for poorer students.  There was also a call to pass the stalled Child Victims Act, which was aimed at making it easier for child victims of sexual abuse to receive reciprocity for the crimes committed against them.  There is also a proposed plan to collect revenue on sales tax from internet purchases and the creation of an 8th Regional Economic Development Council.

You can read the Governor’s full budget proposal here, and a more detailed breakdown here.

Long Island Millennials Increasingly Living at Home

Across the Country statistics are showing a marked increase in the number of millennials living at home with their parents, but the numbers on Long Island are especially high.

CBS 2 New York recently came out to Farmingdale to talk with local millennial residents about what it is that is keeping them from moving out and finding their own place in the region.  This was in response to a recent study released by the Rauch Foundation and Long Island Index showing that 4 in 10 young adults on Long Island live with their parents.  While interviewing local residents, the high cost of living on the island was cited as the main culprit, but many also noted the lack of well-paying jobs coupled with high student loan debt.

“We have pre-existing apartments and new apartments coming throughout Long Island in 40 different downtowns,” said Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander, “so we’re seeing that shift.”

7 in 10 also stated that if they will leave the region for a less expensive one in the next 5 years, but many also stated that they would prefer to stay in the region that they grew up with. While these studies are informative, it is important to remember that land use decisions need to ultimately be made by community residents, business owners and local municipalities.

You can read more on this story here.

Disabled Riders Give Poor Marks to New Suffolk Transit Buses

Newly purchased buses for the Suffolk Transit are causing a stir with disabled riders, who are saying that they do not accommodate their needs.

Disabled riders noted that the buses are difficult to board and turn around in while in a wheelchair.  They are also somewhat narrow, causing riders to constantly bump into or have to work around an individual who needs more space.  Complaints also include steep and unstable ramps, poor lighting, and no ramp accessibility at the rear of the bus.  The buses are smaller than previous buses and are being put into service in local neighborhoods with less ridership.

“Although right-sizing buses is crucial for the system,” said Vision Long Island Program Coordinator Jon Siebert, “ensuring that vehicles are able to be used by all users is as important. More costly paratransit should not be the only option for those with disabilities, and their needs have to be taken into consideration before future buses are purchased.”

Suffolk County has responded by stating that the buses meet federal requirements stipulated by the Americans with Disabilities Act.  They also noted that, while unfortunate, they had expected there would be a bit of a “learning curve” as residents became familiar with the new buses.

You can read more on this story here.

Hicksville Downtown Revitalization Meeting Introduces State Proposals

Vision Long Island board members and staff, Hicksville Downtown Revitalization Committee members, and civic and chamber members attended a presentation this Thursday from NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative State planners.

The point of the presentation was for state planners to share their design ideas for Hicksville’s downtown.  Fortunately, the preferred scenario is nearly identical to the Town of Oyster Bay’s proposed zoning that has been vetted with the public over a number of years.  The goal of this planning effort is to ultimately invest the $10 million from the state grant with key priorities that include walkability, public space, maintenance, safety and security.

The plan also includes recommendations for ground level walkability improvements, which is something that is in alignment with the Town and community’s rezoning efforts.  Increasing the downtown public space at Kennedy Park and investments in arts, events and cultural activities were also included.

Station area improvements, which have been a priority of the Hicksville Downtown Revitalization Committee, were also part of the presentation and are part of the ongoing work.  Proposed beautification improvements such as the Hicksville Highline were also recognized by the consultants as a long term investment and that street level improvements need to come first. This was in line with the existing community driven planning and rezoning work.  Notably absent were suggestions for 6 story buildings that did not fall in line with the character the community is looking for.

Finally, the NY State consultants recommended that the downtown zoning plan move forward without delay, as changes in land use to reinvest in vacant buildings or parking lots cannot occur without these changes.

Town of Oyster Bay Economic Development’s James McCaffrey presented some of the communication they have had with private property owners that would seek to redevelop in the train station area as part of the rezoning proposal. Small scale mixed use development including retail, apartments, small boutique hotels, a day care facility, health care facilities, a transit training facility, a high tech incubator and a local craft brewery were presented.

Over 100 Hicksville residents and business owners showed up along with 20 from the long running Hicksville Downtown Revitalization Committee. Comments from officials were generally supportive and outlined the process through which local officials would work to possibly implement proposed changes.  There was also talk on how current projects and residents could benefit from the state revitalization grant and how to secure further money to continue the change.  Residents also seemed generally happy with the proposal but there was a sense of nervousness concerning traffic patterns.

Phil Heckler, President of the Hicksville School Board and member of the Hicksville Downtown Revitalization Committee spoke to the synchronicity between the Revitalization plan and the State consultants recommendations. Nassau Legislator Rose Walker spoke to the small scale potential projects that have been underway for some time that can now come to fruition.  Lionel Chitty, Director of the Hicksville Chamber spoke to the movement of existing projects that have been considered for many years.  John Sarcone supported the public space as part of the $10 million investment from NYS.  Councilman Tony Macagnone also supported the investments of NYS money in public space and improvement to small business.  Greg Carman, Oyster Bay Deputy Supervisor spoke to the ability to pull in infrastructure dollars beyond the $10 million grant to secure support from the State.  Nick Sarandis, President of the Hicksville Gardens Civic Association was concerned about traffic from Sears but supports the redevelopment of downtown Hicksville.

Comments from residents included investment and security from the MTA/LIRR station, support for a hotel, concerns about traffic from the Sears area, and one was also concerned about construction equipment and the amount of folks from outside Hicksville who use the area don’t benefit the community. Residents from outside Hicksville were opposed to some of the changes: A resident from Plainview was concerned about parking for her and her family at the train station.  A resident from Syosset was concerned about increased traffic that will impact him and others.

The specter of the Sears redevelopment was a buzz among some in the room and the confusion created by this proposal is still an issue.  Fortunately, the Town of Oyster Bay has pushed back on that proposal until the train station area rezoning is completed.  However, that action by the Town hasn’t been reported so the misinformation that that project is eminent still exists.

Vision Long Island was happy to see the majority of the room filled with familiar faces of residents who have been to numerous revitalization meetings over the years and also meet a handful of new folks.

Affordable Rental Complex Breaks Ground in Speonk

This past Tuesday saw the groundbreaking for the Speonk Commons Apartment Complex at 41 North Phillips Ave, located just across the street from the Speonk LIRR Station.

The project is the product of a partnership between Georgica Green Ventures and the Town of Southampton Housing Authority.  The complex will include 38 income-restricted apartments on a parcel of land coming in at just under 4.5 acres.  Twenty-eight of the new apartments will be restricted to residents making 60% or less of the area’s median income, five will be restricted to 50%, and 4 will be available to residents making up to 90%.  Those last four apartments will help to subsidize the rest of the project.

The complex itself will consist of six two-story buildings that will include 12 studios, 12 one-bedroom apartments, and 12 two-bedroom apartments.  Construction is expected to last about 18 months. Southampton previously approved a zoning change in May of 2017 in order to allow the increased density of the apartments.

You can read more on this here.

Brookhaven IDA Approves Incentives for Port Jefferson Rental Complex

The Brookhaven IDA has approved a set of economic incentives for a 52-unit rental complex in Port Jefferson looking to build on the site of a former boatyard.

The Northwind Group is a currently planning out the $10.8 million project at 2017 West Broadway overlooking Port Jefferson Harbor.  Activity has already begun on the 1.84 acre blighted property, with two long-vacant buildings being torn down.  While prices have not been set for the complex, they are expected to be lower than average.  There is hope that this will help to provide housing for students at the nearby Stony Brook University.

“The developer would not be able to rent these units at these comparably low rents without the IDA’s assistance,” said Frederick Braun III, the IDA’s chairman.

You can read more on this story here.

High Speed Train Opens Between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach in Florida

Paying passengers got to try out the brand new Brightline high speed train on a limited service schedule this past week.

The new train line will service passengers traveling between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach in Florida.  The ride received good reviews from passengers in spite of minor glitches with technology that made it difficult to purchase tickets online.  Most passengers compared it favorably to a first class seat on an airline.

The entire trip takes 40 minutes from one station to the next and costs $10 for the higher density “Smart” Coaches and $15 for the roomier “Select” Coaches.  Children under 12 ride for half price while Seniors, active military, and veterans all get a 10% discount.  Prices may change once full service is implemented.

The service will eventually expand to include line from Fort Lauderdale to Miami and Orlando.  Brightline is currently working to complete construction by the spring for the 30 minute ride to Orlando.  The company will upgrade existing track between West Palm Beach and Cocoa Springs while also laying new track from Cocoa Springs to Orlando.  That construction is expected to begin later this year. 

Future plans without a current timetable include extending rail from Orlando to Tampa Bay and then Cocoa Beach to Jacksonville.  Brightline is also hoping to double its current fleet of five trains to accommodate the new services.

Destination Unknown: Real Estate

The following op-ed was written by Vision Long Island Assistant Director Tawaun Weber and appeared in LIBN as part of the Destination Unknown Real Estateseries, which you can view here.

2018 will bring continued downtown growth and investment in our Island’s infrastructure, but not without challenges.

To address the increasing demand for affordable housing, we need, not only guided subsidies for multi-family projects to make the numbers work, but a series of smaller scale options known as “missing middle” housing that can help fill the gap between larger multifamily and subsidized projects.

Retail trends moving away from malls and larger scale shopping centers create opportunities for mixed-use development in the right locations.

New leadership in places like Hempstead, Smithtown, Oyster Bay, and Riverhead allow for a second look at approaches to planning and more importantly, downtown management for many unincorporated hamlets. With Nassau’s new administration, continued support for downtown and TOD redevelopment while also focusing on various dangerous roadways through traffic calming initiatives is vital.

Continuing to remove our attention and funding from disconnected regional distractions to more community driven projects will help renew community trust in government and support for growth.

With over 15,000 units of TOD housing planned locally moving through the process for approval now and billions of dollars of infrastructure projects, change isn’t just coming – it’s here.

LI Business News Top 40 Under 40 Event February 8th

The Long Island Business News has announced their 40 Under 40 honorees, which is scheduled for February 8th from 6-9 at the Crest Hollow Country Club.

Since 1998, Long Island Business News has taken nominations for outstanding members of the business community on Long Island who are 40 or under. These future leaders of Long Island have already begun to distinguish themselves in business, government, education and the not-for-profit sector. They have a proven track record of career success, are involved in mentoring and promoting their profession and find time to give back to their communities.

Great to see our good friend from East Rockaway and Friends of LI partner Dan Caracciolo recognized along with key staff from Smart Growth supporters Molloy College, PSEG Long Island and Rivkin Radler honored as well.  You can see the list of awardees here, and register for the event here

Upcoming Apprentice Recruitments for Two Unions

Two Long Island-based trade unions have announced upcoming apprentice recruitments.

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for Plumbers, Local Union #200, will conduct recruitment from Jan. 10 through March 28 for 20 plumber apprentices. Applications must be completed in person at 375 Central Avenue, Bohemia from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Wednesday, excluding legal holidays, during the recruitment period. All applications must be received by March 28, 2018.

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for Operating Engineers, Local Union #30, will conduct recruitment from Jan. 22 through Feb. 02 for 25 stationary engineer apprentices. Applications must be picked up at the union office located at 16-16 Whitestone Expressway, Whitestone, Queens between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays, during the recruitment period. These applications must be returned via U.S. Postal Service certified mail and postmarked no later than Feb. 16.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and hold a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma (such as TASC or GED). Plumbers Local 200 applicants must be residents of Nassau or Suffolk.

Other requirements apply. For further information, applicants should contact their nearest New York State Department of Labor office, Plumbers Local 200 at (631) 567-3083 or Operating Engineers Local Union #30 at (718) 847-8484 ext. 239.

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.

Valley Stream Residents Form Walking Group

In September of last year Tommy Cuccias offered to lead several women who were afraid to walk at night around local neighborhoods.  From that offer a group of 10 residents would form and a month later the Valley Stream Street Walkers took their first official trek.

“It’s awesome, it’s really wonderful,” Bridget Barbaro, a Franklin Square resident, said about the group. “I met a lot of people that live in the area that I wouldn’t have known.”

Since that first walk around 50 men, women and children have joined the group and begun a tradition of twice-weekly walks that has helped to bring neighbors together and introduce new friends.  Walks usually last a little over an hour and cover around 3 miles of ground during each trip.

You can read more on the group here and view their Facebook page here.

Smart Talk

Writer:
Christopher Kyle, Communications Director

Editor:
Eric Alexander, Director

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

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2018:

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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