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July 7th – 13th, 2018


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“This has been a big part of my life. I just wish that somehow, somewhere deep inside each one of you, you realize that when you’re doing something where you don’t get paid, you do get a reward. That reward is feeling a sense of friendship, and the satisfaction that you’ve done something that makes somebody else’s life better.” – Rosalie Norton, retiring West Hempstead Community Support Association Leader, on her years of community advocacy

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West Hempstead Community Support Association Leader Rosalie Norton Retires

After nearly 25 years as head of the West Hempstead Community Support Association (WHCSA), Rosalie Norton will retire from her post.

Ms. Norton, 83, has been a stalwart advocate for improvements in her community for many years now.  She previously served on the West Hempstead Board of Education from 1977 to 1990 and was board president for a time.  She announced her retirement to the community at a recent meeting of the WHCSA this past June

“This has been a big part of my life,” Ms. Norton said about her advocacy. “I just wish that somehow, somewhere deep inside each one of you, you realize that when you’re doing something where you don’t get paid, you do get a reward. That reward is feeling a sense of friendship, and the satisfaction that you’ve done something that makes somebody else’s life better.”

The group quickly confirmed at the meeting that it would continue and begin to search for a new civic leader.  The WHCSA traditionally coordinates several events throughout the year including the Memorial Day Parade, a 9/11 memorial ceremony, and community cleanups.  Volunteers also coordinate through the WHCSA to help with beautification through gardening and holiday decorations.

Ms. Norton has indicated that she will endeavor to remain a resource for the community even though she is retiring, but also looks forward to not having to be responsible for planning everything.  Voices from the surrounding community and across the region spoke of gratitude for her years of service and wishes for her continued well-being.

“Rosalie has been an influential voice in her community for years,” said Vision Long Island’s Director Eric Alexander.  “She was on the forefront in bringing Mill Creek’s Metro 303 to the area, which won a Smart Growth Award, and tearing down the Courtesy Hotel eyesore.  She was also a deserving winner of a smart growth award herself, and an early example of civic organizations engaging and helping with redevelopment in their community.  We wish her well in her well-earned retirement.”

You can read more here.

Lynbrook Mulls Master Plan Bids for Greis Park

The Village of Lynbrook is currently looking through multiple bids from engineering and architectural firms to develop a master plan for the 18-acre Greis Park in the heart of the Village.

“The intent of this plan is to gather community input,” according to Lynbrook Mayor Alan Beach. “The master plan is intended to give an objective, unbiased opinion to the board based on community input on programs and facilities.”

Greis Park is a busy 18-acre hot spot, hosting the village pool, athletic fields, picnic areas, and playgrounds.  It is also the location of numerous recreation programs and youth leagues as well as several annual events, including Patriot’s Day on Memorial Day Eve.  “This is really our jewel,” Mayor Beach said, “the only thing we really have in the village that everyone uses. We’d like to see it taken up a level.”

The Village has been hearing from some interested developers.  Tyler Silverstro of Marvel Architects presented ideas to the village board last month, Tom Deihl of GreenPlay in Louisville, CO also made a pitch later in June.  Kevin McAndrew of Cameron Engineering would also meet with town officials after a town meeting to discuss plans for the park.  None of the possible developers have a finished plan, instead presenting possible ideas and suggestions.

Part of the upgrade would look at the possibility of adding a turf field in the southern portion of the park.  Former Jets star Marty Lyons met with the board back in early March to pitch a proposal to install all new turf fields.  Though Mr. Lyons did so on behalf of LandTek Group out of Amityville, the Village is looking at other companies to better gauge price.

All three spoke on the importance of gathering community opinion and feedback to better find what works in the local area.

You can read more here.

Source the Station Now Accepting RFP Responses for Gateway Project

Source the Station has put out a request for proposals to many of the construction trades for the Gateway Project in Huntington Station.

The Gateway Project aims to create the Gateway Plaza development just north of Huntington’s LIRR station.  The development is currently slated to include 16,000 square feet of retail, 66 apartments including 11 studios and 55 1 bedrooms, and 132 parking spaces for residents and retail.  The project has a goal of breaking ground in the 2nd or 3rd quarter of 2018 and will take approximately 12 to 18 months to build.

Deadline for Demolition and excavation is August 6th, 2018 and remaining trades will be September 3rd, 2018.  You can read the RFP for details here.  If you are a contractor within another trade not listed on this RFP and would like to be contacted in the future about additional opportunities, please fill out this form.

Rise in Demand for Apartments Raising Rents Across Long Island

Long Island’s rental market has been heating up in recent years and is now facing high demand for new units in downtowns across the region.

This effect has been noted by developers, a number of whom have been working to meet the growing demand for affordable housing for younger adults and empty-nesters.   The supply is still short of the demand, however, causing prices in Nassau to tick up about 3.2% in the last year and 27% from five years ago and 2 and 13 percent in Suffolk, respectively.  Local communities including Patchogue, Farmingdale, and Mineola have seen positive results with recent downtown housing additions, and are hoping to add more to attract new residents.

Such a move is a seemingly solid plan as developers are leasing apartments practically as fast as they can build them.  In 12 years almost 13,000 new units have been built in Long Island’s downtowns.  Another 10,000 are in various stages of construction or approval as well.

“The higher end of the market is starting to be serviced now,” said Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander. “A significant minority of Long Islanders want to live in a downtown, want to live in rental units and are paying a premium to live in rental units. They’re shopping in the downtown, they’re eating and drinking and being part of public life.”

The demand is a sign of the times with many of the renters in these high-end apartments identifying as millennials in the early parts of their independent lives.  Less than 38% of people aged 25 to 34 owned a home nationally in 2016, which is 8% below its 2004 peak.  Numerous factors from home ownership costs to lower marriage and childbearing rates to student debt have all contributed to this downward trend.

Unfortunately, the rising costs of rentals is beginning to outpace cost of living, setting up barriers for both adults and youth when looking to find housing.  Baby boomers are also increasingly becoming part of the rental market on Long Island and are facing the same challenges as they look to downsize their homes.

Nassau County’s IDA is looking to address this issue and has hired a consultant who will work with private developers to construct affordable housing.  While some available housing units are subsidized through state and federal programs, some are mulling the idea of simply building smaller, or “micro” apartments similar to what is seen in New York City.

“We call it ‘affordable by design,’ ” according to Mr. Alexander. “You don’t need subsidies for these types of units because they’re just smaller spaces.”

You can read more here.

NICE Bus to Launch App-Based Service to Schedule Pickups and Drop-offs

Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) Bus has announced that it will roll out an on-demand shared-ride service known as Link.

The new app will use a designated test area in Meadow, Merrick, and Bellmore, all three of which lost regular bus service due to recent budget cuts.  “NICE Link represents a lighter-weight, less expensive way to keep, or in this case reintroduce, service in areas where demand is light and disbursed and therefore may not justify fixed route bus service on a fixed schedule,” said NICE CEO Michael Setzer.

The service is being described as “Uber-like” and will be the first of its kind in the area.  Customers can log in to NICE’s GoMobile App and request a ride and choose a location for pickup.  An itinerary will then be suggested to the customer and, if accepted, will charge the user $4.50.  Officials stated that they felt that this price point, $4.50, is fair because it’s more than bus fare but cheaper than a taxi.

The service will utilize a smaller style of bus known as a cutaway.  The cutaway seats 14 passengers and has room for three wheelchairs.  NICE officials are hoping that the accessibility will dovetail with the Able-Ride service and allow customers, who would normally have to reserve that ride a day in advance, a little more freedom.

The new service will have operational hours from Monday to Friday between 6:30 to 9:30 am and 2:30 to 7:00 pm.  Success will dictate whether to expand the program in the future, but for the time being the area of operation will only include Meadowbrook Parkway to the west, Wantagh Parkway to the east, Hempstead Turnpike to the north, Merrick Road to the south, and trips to and from the Freeport LIRR station.

You can read more here.

Suffolk County Land Bank Renovates and Sells Former Zombie Homes

The nonprofit Suffolk County Land Bank has renovated and is reselling a dozen homes as affordable housing in the Town of Brookhaven.

The land bank was formed five years ago by county officials.  The mission of the nonprofit it to buy and resell abandoned or crumbling properties from banks and rehabilitate them into affordable housing for new residents.  The organization is expected to spend more than a million dollars in efforts to reclaim these lots for local communities.

Funding for the land bank comes from a state program that was created to help local municipalities combat zombie homes, or homes left vacant due to foreclosure.  Funding for the state program comes from settlements by Citigroup and Bank of America because of their mortgage practices before the 2008 housing collapse.  Homes purchased through the program are found on the National Community Stabilization Trust, a listing of distressed properties.

The land bank is currently working on homes for resell in the Towns of Islip and Babylon.  Most houses purchased through the programs come from the Mastic and Shirley area, though, as those were among the hardest hit communities in the recession.  Earnings made from home sales through the program are reinvested to create funding for future projects.

You can read more here.

Vision Director Joins Realty Check Radio Program

Vision’s Director Eric Alexander was honored to be a guest on the Village Connection’s Realty Check radio program with host Marilyn Urso and Jim Savelli. Great conversation about the progress in our many local downtowns and some of the trends in real estate and local communities.

Folks can check out this segment here, but watch their program that comes out each week.

Fourth Annual Coltrane Day to be Held on July 21st

The Fourth Coltrane Day Music Celebration is being held Saturday, July 21st in Huntington’s Heckscher Park. The John & Alice Coltrane Home of Dix Hills  in conjunction with the Town of Huntington and The Huntington Arts Council will be staging an all-day, kids-free, family-friendly festival of great live music and workshops. From 12 noon on, community jams and workshops will include funk, hip-hop, electronic music, percussion, songwriting and jazz featuring members of the Funk Filharmonik and other music greats.  

Headlines acts include Grammy winner Joe Lovano’s Classic Quartet, vocal great Michelle Coltrane, Funk Filharmonik, jam band giants Dave Diamond, and Jeff Mattson and Zen Trickster members. Includes 2 Long Island Rising Stars: Jonathan Dely and Dudley Music.

The theme is “Building Community Through Music.” Proceeds to support the restoration of the historic Long Island home of John and Alice Coltrane and music education. Major sponsors include Verve Record Label and Tri-State Cadillac Dealers.”  Go to coltranehome.org for VIP tickets and more information.

Island to Table Returns to Patchogue on August 26th

The Island to Table outdoor dining experience is set to return to Patchogue for a third consecutive year on Sunday, August 26th.  It will be located at Michael E. Reilly Memorial Park (Fireman’s Park) near the Great South Bay in Patchogue.  Tickets are $150 each. Cocktails start at 5 pm with the first course set to begin at 6 pm.

The 5-course dinner is a fundraiser run by HomeGrown Change, a local sustainability and educational group focused on teaching young people the ins and outs of gardening.  Last year’s event was a sellout, raising over $10,000 for the organization.

You can purchase tickets for the event online here, and email HomeGrown Change with questions and comments here.

Save the Date for AARP Long Island’s Racial and Ethnic Disparities Forum on September 6th

Please join AARP Long Island in an important forum about the significant racial and ethnic disparities that currently exist among New York’s 50+ multicultural communities. The event will take place on Thursday, September 6th, from 8 to 11 am, at the Hofstra University Club. We will update this article with registration information as soon as it’s available, so keep an eye on this spot!

Local Businesses Ask You to Stand with Them Against Amazon

Please join the Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers, Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce, Long Island Business Council, Long Island Lobby Coalition, Vision Long Island, and P.C. Richard & Son to stand up on behalf of Long Island’s bedrock Main Street businesses on Amazon Prime Day.

Despite the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming the constitutionality of state laws mandating the collection and remittance of sales taxes on most online purchases, the lack of existing state legislation will severely hamper New York State’s ability to collect appropriate sales taxes on out-of-state online purchases. This means the continued inability for the State and localities to recoup lost sales tax revenues, and perpetuating the government sanction preference for out-of-state businesses over Long Island and New York State businesses with respect to sales tax collection and remittance.

We will reiterate our call for the needed State legislation, and we will call on prominent e-tailers such as Amazon, Wayfair and Overstock.com to voluntarily and immediately act to comply with the spirit of the Court’s decision and conform with existing State sales tax structures and standards in advance of the inevitable passage of State legislation.

We will make our voices heard on Monday, July 16, 2018, promptly at 10:00 am hosted by one of Long Island’s most successful family businesses P.C. Richard & Son, located at 203 South Service Road in Plainview.  Please arrive 15 minutes early at 9:45 am.  Please RSVP via email at SUFFOLKCHAMBERS@GMAIL.COM.

Help Long Island Coalition for the Homeless with the Scott Martella School Supply Drive for LI Kids

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is honored to partner with the family of Scott Martella, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Long Island Cares for the Scott Martella School Supplies Drive!  The goal for the ONLINE portion of the drive is to collect 1,000 items – to help toward a goal of distributing up to 4,000 *brand new* backpacks with school supplies for Long Island kids in need!

YOU CAN HELP! Please use this link to donate school supplies through “You Give Goods”, or visit the website www.addressthehomeless.org for a list of locations where you can drop off donations throughout Long Island (the list is GROWING and is updated weekly!).

Want to conduct your own drive? Let them know! They can provide boxes, fliers, and assistance. Please contact lburkhardt@addressthehomeless.org for more information!

NYSDOT Offering Funding for Clean Air Act Complaint Transportation Projects

New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Transportation Alternatives Program, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program NYSDOT is making available up to $100 million in funding to support bicycle, pedestrian, multiuse path and transportation-related projects and programs that help meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act. These funds are provided through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ).

Eligible applicants include local governments, regional transportation authorities, transit agencies, natural resource or public land agencies, tribal governments, local or regional governmental transportation or recreational trail entities and NYSDOT (for CMAQ only). A total of $100 million is available, with $56 million for funding under TAP and $44 million for funding under CMAQ. The deadline is August 16, 2018,at 4 p.m.

Contact TAP-CMAQ@dot.ny.gov for more information or head to their website www.dot.ny.gov/TAP-CMAQ

New Spray Park Opens in Elwood

This past Wednesday, July 11th, saw the grand opening of a brand-new spray park in the Town of Huntington’s Elwood Park.

Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo Memorial Spray Park, named for an NYPD sergeant and Greenlawn father who was killed in the line of duty, opened to much fanfare.  The park features water hoops, a water tower with the letters NYPD painted on it, and other fun water activities.  Elwood Park is located on Cuba Hill Road in the Town of Huntington.

The spray park will be open from 12:30 to 8 pm on weekdays and from 11 am to 8 pm on weekends through August 10th.  After that it will be open from 11 am to 8 pm daily.  Children under thirteen can use the spray park so long as they have a parent or guardian’s town recreation photo ID, which is $20 for two years.  Non-residents can purchase a 1-year recreational ID for $50.

You can read more here.

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:

July 7th – 13th, 2018: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we bid farewell to retiring West Hempstead Civic Leader Rosalie Norton, check out Lynbrook’s plans for Greis Park, look at the effects of the rise in demand for apartments on Long Island, and more…

June 30th – July 6th, 2018: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we attend the Governor’s announcement of DRI funding for Hicksville, check in on Huntington’s plans for a parking garage, read about new shuttle service for Port Washington, and more…

June 23rd – 29th, 2018: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we attend Walk Audits with AARP Long Island, review the latest NYS legislative session in Albany, look in on efforts to improve Huntington Station, and more..

May 26th – June 22nd, 2018: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we look in on Nassau County’s RFEI for the HUB, review funding and opportunities across Long Island, attend PinkTie.org‘s annual event, go to the movies in Lynbrook, and more…

May 19th – 25th, 2018: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we are out for a public hearing on the Forge River Watershed Sewer Project, explore the potential of proposal at the Ronkonkoma HUB, attend the CNU conference in Savannah, and more…

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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