Smart Talk

This Week:

Vision Long Island Smart Growth News

Smart Talk header

August 4th – 10th, 2018


REGIONAL UPDATES

Mill Creek Residential

Mill Creek Residential develops, builds, acquires and operates high-quality apartment communities in desirable locations coast-to-coast. While they are a national company, they immerse themselves in chosen markets – living and working in the communities where they operate. They combine a deep understanding of each market with 30+ years of expertise and a fresh innovative approach to the apartment industry, to build relationships and places in which people thrive – creating real and enduring value for residents, investors and associates.

Since starting in 2011, they have developed more than 20,000 apartment homes across 90+ communities and acquired more than 2,500 apartment homes in some of the nation’s best apartment markets. They expect to deliver an additional 5,000+ homes to a growing portfolio. They are proud of their people, the places they build, and the relationships they have with stakeholders across the country.

“Our community has built a framework for a lively downtown that complements Islip’s unique combination and access to public transportation, employment opportunities, visitor amenities and cultural diversity. Today’s DRI award will make sure our community continues to attract businesses, jobs and families.” – Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter

 

“Young people want a walkable community and the NYS Downtown Revitalization is an investment towards that goal.” – New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo

icon Like us on Facebook

icon Follow us on Twitter

icon Watch us on YouTube

Join us on LinkedIn icon

Get our iPhone app icon

Visit our website icon

Hon. Joan Boes, Westbury Deputy Mayor and Village Trustee

The following letter was released by Westbury Mayor announcing the sad news of Dep. Mayor Joan Boes. Vision adds our sentiments to her family as they deal with this loss, and will remember her fondly as someone who helped create a community in her downtown.

It is with great sadness that I must relate to our community the passing of Deputy Mayor and Village Trustee Joan Boes.  Joan had been in the hospital for the past several months, following a sudden illness.  While we and her family had hoped that she would recover and come home and resume her activities, it was not God’s will.  She now is at rest.  Our prayers and condolences are with Larry and their children and grandchildren.
 
We were blessed to have Joan serve our Village and its residents as Village Trustee for 17 years, and she served as Deputy Mayor for all of my tenure as Mayor. She served me and our residents with great dedication, passion, deep commitment and wisdom.  As Deputy Mayor, she filled in for me when I was unavailable.  She was a voice of reason on our board, as well as in the community at large.    She served as a board member of Westbury Arts, and was instrumental in the re-establishment of an arts council in our community after many years without one.  She was also a member of the original Westbury Arts Council.  Joan was involved in many activities and organizations during her many years of service to the community.  She was particularly interested in our children and in our schools.  She served as the Mayor’s Liaison to the Westbury School District, and as the Village’s Commissioner of Recreation.  For many years Joan worked at the Westbury Memorial Public Library and assisted countless members of our community there.
 
Her unexpected loss will leave a mark on us all.  But, her work on behalf of her neighbors and the community over many years will leave a greater mark and powerful legacy.  Today, Westbury has lost a great lady. 
 
Flags at all Village facilities will be flown at half-mast for the next week.  Funeral details have not yet been completed but will be shared when they are available.

Peter I. Cavallaro
Mayor

Timothy Heyward Smith

Timothy Heyward Smith, a longtime Hofstra University professor of education known for serving as a moral compass and mentor with his kindness and deep curiosity about the world, died Saturday – the day after his 84th birthday.

Smith was born in 1934 to Wilson Heyward Smith and Laura Bretz Smith in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Ronks, Pennsylvania, and graduated from St. Andrew’s School, a Delaware boarding school, in 1953. He received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton in 1957.

Smith served in the Army for two years before receiving his master’s and doctoral degrees at Rutgers University in 1961 and 1968, respectively. He was married to Dania Smith from 1959 to 1982 before divorcing and had three children, raising them in Wantagh, the family said. He served on the Levittown school board for six years, Longmire said.

Smith had a distinguished career at Hofstra, where he taught for 45 years, a school official said. He began as an instructor in the Foundations of Education Program in 1963 and was promoted until becoming a full professor in 1994. He also served as chairman of the Department of Foundations of Education and directed its master’s program. 

Smith will be honored with a small gathering on the Hofstra Labyrinth at 6 p.m. Monday. A larger memorial will be held in the fall, with details to be determined. He will be cremated.

In addition to his wife, Smith is survived by his children, Cynthia Kidd Healey, of Danbury, Connecticut; Tamia Heyward Cobb, of Southampton; and Steven Smith, of San Francisco; his sister, Barbara Peck of Audubon, Pennsylvania; and four grandchildren, including Tim Healey, a Newsday reporter covering the Mets. He is predeceased by his brothers, Thomas Smith and Tucker Smith, and a grandson, Patrick Healey.

Town of Islip Receives $10 Million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Grant

Vision Long Island board members, staff, and community partners were on hand earlier this week at Touro Law School for the announcement of the third Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) grant to Central Islip.

Vision has lobbied for dedicated NYS funding for our downtowns for many years through the Long Island Lobby Coalition. This includes assisting in the implementation of grant awards for previous DRI winners in Westbury and Hicksville. While prior DRI winners were less in need of the initial planning services the grant starts with, Central Islip, with the current absence of an active comprehensive plan, will be well served by this exercise.

In 2012, Vision worked with the Central Islip community to gather public input for the design of the public park on Lowell Avenue and Clayton Street.  A new playground, soccer fields and jogging trails have been constructed as the first phase of the park’s construction.  This DRI funding will help to further the revitalization of the community focusing on the business district along Carleton, two blocks west of the park.  Sewers and mixed use development along Carleton will help to support the local businesses and the broader community.

With very stiff competition this year from Suffolk communities including Riverhead, Kings Park, and Huntington Station among others it is good to see Central Islip get the attention it needs from NYS.

Congratulations to Town of Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter and her team for securing the $10 million grant that will be used to improve local communities.  Special thanks to the Governor, NYS Senator Phil Boyle and NYS Assemblyman Phil Ramos for providing these resources to Central Islip.

“Young people want a walkable community and the NYS Downtown Revitalization is an investment towards that goal,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“Our community has built a framework for a lively downtown that complements Islip’s unique combination and access to public transportation, employment opportunities, visitor amenities and cultural diversity,” Carpenter said. “Today’s DRI award will make sure our community continues to attract businesses, jobs and families.”

Elected officials that participated included Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Legislators Monica Martinez, Steve Flotteron, Bill Lindsay, Town Councilpersons Trish Bergin Weichbrodt, John Cochran and Smithtown Supervisor Ed Wehrheim.

It was also great to see community, labor and business leaders make it out including the Central Islip Coalition of Good Neighbors, Central Islip Civic Council, Central Islip School District, Central Islip Fire Dept., LI Federation of Labor, Suffolk Chambers of Commerce, Touro Law School, Foxgate development and many others.

Belmont Park Coalition Voices Concerns to Developers

Members of the Belmont Park Community Coalition recently held a meeting along with representatives from the Empire State Development Corp. and New York Arena Partners to voice concerns about the Belmont Arena Plan.

Civic associations from Elmont, Floral Park, Bellerose, and Queens as well as organized labor officials and representatives from Sterling Properties, the project’s lead developer, were all present at the meeting as well.  Vision Long Island also attended as an observer.

“The Elmont community is looking to revitalize their business district and wants a plan for Belmont that compliments, not competes with, their local businesses,” said Vision Planning Director Elissa Kyle.  “Hopefully as this project takes shape, community questions can be answered and concerns can be addressed.”

Plans for the arena have faced stiff headwinds from the local community as they’ve progressed.  Local residents are concerned with how such a project will affect their quality-of-life on a range of issues from transportation to safety.

You can read more here.

Great Neck Plaza Mayor Joins Chef Showdown 2018

Mayor Jean Celender of Great Neck Plaza and Chef Jeffrey Bellofato of Atria Great Neck recently faced off in a cooking showdown meant to showcase one of the summer’s most disputed ingredients: tomato.

The two would need to create an appetizer and dessert for judges to taste test.  Mayor Celender created a bruschetta for her appetizer, a perfect summer dish, as well a Middle Eastern-style Tomato Dessert Exotica.  Chef Bellofato would make an elaborate tomato flatbread as well as a tomato sorbet, complete with cardamom ice cream and chilled ricotta cheese for his entry.

Three judges would taste-test the dishes and, though they would agree that all were delicious, ultimately name Chef Bellafo the winner.  The Mayor was a good sport about it though, as the event was great fun for everyone involved with such a great summer activity.

Brentwood Road to Receive $1 Million Upgrade

Washington Avenue, a long-neglected road in Brentwood, is slated receive nearly $1 million in funding for improvements according to Islip Town officials.

Plans include repaving almost 2 miles of the road, which hasn’t seen such improvements in almost 20 years.  The road is often considered the gateway into Brentwood.  There will also be improvements to address flooding, which are already underway, that includes 20 new drainage basins and 12 other drainage structures.  Other improvements include milling deteriorated asphalt layers, repaving with new reflective striping, creating striped crosswalks, and the addition of two handicap ramps.

Funding for the improvements will draw partially from a $450,000 state grant.  The town will match $400,000 of that funding.  The grant was also secured through the State and Municipal Facilities Program by Assemblyman Phil Ramos. The project is estimated to be completed by the start of the school year in September.

“That is going to help us address a road that has been neglected for many years,” Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter said of the grant. “Finally, the wonderful community of Brentwood is getting the attention it deserves.”

You can read more here.

NYS Releases $500,000 Grant for Rockville Centre Playground

Rockville Centre is one step closer to creating an all-inclusive playground on the east side of Hickey Field, a project long known as “Mr. B’s Playground.”

The Village was granted $500,000 through the State and Municipal Grant Program.  The playground will focus on creating a fun place for children of all abilities and will cost around $1.2 million to build.  The new facility will be named in honor of longtime Recreation Superintendent Anthony Brunetta, known as Mr. B, who passed away in 2016.  The proposed playground will occupy the northwest corner of the field and replace the basketball and handball courts currently located there.

The playground as currently planned will include a suspension bridge; musical equipment, such as bells, drums and step-on chimes; swings; a climbing cargo net; a toddler play area; a seating plaza; restrooms; a storage area; and an amphitheater with a stage and seating.

The grant will be added to the $330,000 currently collected for the park and allow for the first phase of the project to get underway.  The additional funds were raised by the Village of Rockville Centre with help from the Tommy Brull Foundation and the Rockville Centre Lions Club.  The Tommy Brull Foundation, a foundation started to help raise money for people with physical, mental and emotional challenges, has donated more than $60,000 to the project.

According to Village spokeswoman Julie Scully, the Village Board will need to vote to accept the grant before any construction begin.

You can read more here.

Why Street Grids Have More Capacity

Robert Stueville recently wrote an article on how traditional street networks provide more capacity for all forms of transportation to work side-by-side.  When he posted up that article, a commenter pointed him towards a long-forgotten talk by Walter Kulash.

Kulash was one of the original traffic engineers to talk about the concept of walkable urbanism.  He would make a presentation in 1990 to the Annual Pedestrian Conference that extolled the virtues of traditional development to help flesh out neighborhoods.  Even in this presentation from three decades ago, Mr. Kulash goes into detail on complete streets and their benefits to all transportation users.  He notes that it is fairer to all commuters and emphasizes safety.

The interesting way that Kulash makes this argument is not to talk about slowing traffic or removing cars as most people do today when discussing solutions.  Instead his argument centered on the idea of promoting the safety aspect of such a design as well as the benefits provided to the driver.  Traditional networks make turning easier and reduces a need for complicated, multiphase traffic signals, Kulash notes.  It also allows for traffic heading in one direction to more easily spread out and reduce congestion as drivers are better able to pick an alternate route on the fly. 

“A network of small interconnected streets has more traffic capacity than the same street area arranged in a sparse hierarchy of large streets,” said Mr. Kulash.  “This superior capacity is unrelated to the reduction in travel demand or shortening of travel distances that also results from the traditional neighborhood development (TND) pattern. These decreases in total vehicular travel are also important advantage to TND, but we need to carefully isolate them in our analysis of TND traffic. The feature that we are focusing on is that for a given amount of traffic demand (i.e., same number of vehicular trips) the TND will simply out-perform the conventional street design.”

Kulash believed that a traditional grid was much more conducive to cities that were trying to effectively move everyone as opposed to building larger streets designed to get automobiles where they were going as fast as possible.

You can read more here.

Annual Riverhead Cardboard Boat Race is this Saturday, August 11th

The Riverhead Cardboard Boat Race on the Peconic Riverfront is setting sail again on Saturday, Aug. 11. The free event hosted by the Riverhead Business Improvement District attracts hundreds to the dock to cheer on the duct-taped vessels.

Get there early to secure your spot on the waterfront. The event starts at 9 a.m.

This year, the races will coincide with a new event called Art in the Park, which will take place on the weekend of Aug. 9- 11 at Grangebel Park and will feature light-inspired art installations.

In addition, Thursday, Aug. 9 is when the final Alive on 25 event for this summer is scheduled. That event, in its third year, features live bands, food vendors and other entertainment on Main Street on alternating Thursday nights in July and August.

LI Museum – Stony Brook to Host “Wrestling with Moses” Event on August 19th

On Sunday, August 19th from 2-3:30 pm, the Long Island Museums – Stony Brook (formerly known as the Carriage Museum) will welcome journalist and author Anthony Flint to speak about his book, “Wrestling with Moses:  How Jane Jacobs Took on New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American City.

Flint will lead the audience on an introspective journey into the battle between Moses and activist Jane Jacobs.  Afterward, visit the Robert Moses exhibition to gain additional insight into Moses’ life and times. This event is free with museum admission. You can check out the museum’s website here.

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!

Suffolk County Purchasing Office Posts New Procurement Opportunity

The Suffolk County Purchasing Division, on behalf of the Department of Economic Development and Planning, is Seeking Contractor Services to Provide a Public Private Partnership (P3) Viability Analysis Based on a Specific Case Study.

To obtain a copy of the document, please log on to the Suffolk County website here and select from the Menu Bar Offerings/Search.  Locate Document #18026 and click View Detail.

You must be registered to search for offerings on the County’s website.  Instructions on how to register are located at the above link to view the County’s website.

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

Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grants Program

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that $275 million in grant funding is available to municipalities with infrastructure projects that protect or improve water quality and/or public health. This funding, available through the the Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grants Program, is part of the Governor’s $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017. Grant applications and additional information are available on the Environmental Facilities Corporation website.

Applications are due on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 5 p.m.

NYS DEC Environmental Restoration Grants Now Available

These grants reimburse municipalities and community-based organizations for design and construction costs associated with the cleanup and remediation of designated brownfield sites. Sites must be identified by the New York State Environmental Restoration Program and have a DECissued Record of Decision (ROD) for the site.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a municipality or municipality acting in partnership with a community-based organization involved in cleaning and rebuilding a designated brownfield site.  
Funding: $10 million. 
Deadline: September 7, 2018. 
Contact: ERP Program Manager  – Phone: 518-402-9764; Email: derweb@dec.ny.gov;  Website: grantsgateway.ny.gov/ IntelliGrants_NYSGG/module/nysgg/ goportal.aspx?NavItem1=3

Georgia Community Connects Through Outdoor Games

South Macon Arts Revitalization Technology (SMART) was created in 2015 to “enhance the community by redefining the culture of an area that is marginalized and seemingly forgotten.” The all-volunteer, grant-funded effort uses an “asset based” community development approach to its work, meaning it builds on the talents, resources and interests that already exist within the community.

Recognizing that years ago — before 24/7 television, air-conditioning and smartphones — sitting outside and talking over a game of chess or checkers was a popular pastime, SMART used funds from a 2017 AARP Community Challenge grant to purchase outdoor checkerboard tables and two oversized Connect Four games.

You can read more on how the move has created connections and brought together a community here.

Smart Talk

Editor:
Eric Alexander, Director

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

We strive to provide continued quality publications like this every week. If you have any news or events that you would like to add to our newsletter, submit them to info@visionlongisland.org for consideration.

If you are interested in becoming a newsletter or news blast sponsor, please call the office at 631-261-0242 for rates and opportunities.

Vision Long Island
24 Woodbine Ave., Suite Two 
Northport, NY 11768 
Phone: 631-261-0242. Fax: 631-754-4452.
Email: info@visionlongisland.org

Home | Contact Us | Donate | About Us

2018:

August 4th – 10th, 2018: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we attend the announcement for Central Islip’s new $10 million Downtown Revitalization grant, attend a meeting hosted by Belmont Park Coalition, look into why traditional street grids actually increase capacity, and more…

July 28th – August 30th, 2018: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we check out NICE’s new transit programs, attend the rollout of NYC’s new Geography of Jobs report, attend the Hicksville Street Fair, and more…

July 21st – 27th, 2018: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where LIRR President Phil Eng speaks at the Smart Growth Working Group, Baldwin’s revitalization gets a new approach, Great Neck Plaza welcomes their first TOD housing project, and more…

July 14th – 20th, 2018: Check out this week’s Smart Talk where we push for sales tax collection for e-tailers, congratulate the Suffolk Legislator for approving Rails to Trails, look at demand vs. supply of LI rentals, and more 

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

.