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 Smart Growth Awards Update

2009 Smart Growth AWards Winners Announced

Vision Long Island is pleased to announce the winners of the 2009 Smart Growth Awards!

This year's winners represent the great progress that has been made toward achieving Smart Growth solutions for Long Island communities. Especially in light of recent economic challenges, the six projects honored this year are either approved or built; the two plans have the full support of the local municipality; and the three organizations/individuals have a long record of accomplishment. These eleven honorees were chosen out of the nearly fifty submissions received this year.

The 2009 Smart Growth Awards will take place on Friday, June 19th from 11:30am-2:00pm at the Crest Hollow Country Club. Sponsorship packages are available. Be sure to register for the Awards by visiting www.visionlongisland.org and downloading a registration form. For more information, you can also contact our office at (631) 261-0242 or email info@visionlongisland.org. We look forward to seeing you there!

To read about past winners or to find out more about the Awards, visit our website here.


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Stimulus Watch


nyworksGovernor David A. Paterson, Congressman Tim Bishop, and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) today announced the awarding of economic recovery funds for a wastewater project on Long Island, part of the first round of economic recovery funds for wastewater projects. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has designated $4 million for the Village of Greenport to install state-of-the-art modifications in a local water treatment facility, creating or retaining an estimated 186 jobs and reducing the introduction of pollution into the Long Island Sound. The New York Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) will disburse the $4 million grant.

The Greenport wastewater project makes advancements to traditional wastewater treatment facility technologies by implementing innovative processes. The installation of a biological nitrogen removal unit (BNR) and an ultra-violet (UV) disinfection system will reduce the costs of maintenance and prolong the equipment's operating life. The BNR unit also provide sustainable, cost-effective water treatment.

The Village will solicit bids this June with project construction expected to begin in July and completed in June 2010, at which point the Village is expected to convert its interest-free short-term CWSRF loan into a 30-year interest-free loan. The loan will provide the Village with 80 percent principal forgiveness and 20 percent interest-free financing. Over a 30-year financing term, the Village will save an estimated $3.9 million.

Congressman Timothy Bishop said: “I am pleased that the Obama administration has placed a high priority on rebuilding our infrastructure, including clean water and wastewater treatment projects. In Congress, I have been working to increase funding for sewage and wastewater management because these are major concerns for residents throughout Suffolk County. Therefore this injection of federal recovery funding in the Village of Greenport is valuable and timely.”

Village of Greenport Mayor David Nyce said: “The Village of Greenport is honored to accept this grant. We are grateful to the EFC for recognizing the Village and helping us through this process. This grant will take a seemingly impossible task for a small, working class village and make it possible; and for that we give infinite thanks to all involved.”

In addition to the funding designated by the ARRA, the Greenport project has also received grants from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, including a $1.1 million Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act grant and a $400,000 Long Island Sound Restoration Program grant. The project was awarded a $400,000 State Community Development Grant and a $200,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

Long Island to Receive Additional Food and Shelter Money

arraA new ARRA grant for over $790,000 will benefit Nassau and Suffolk Counties for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. The grant is part of $100 million nationwide. It will add to the $1.7 million already approved this year under the federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) for community agencies such as Bethany House, Catholic Charities, The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network), LI Council of Churches, United Way of LI, and more. The additional funds respond to the great increases in unemployment and community need being seen by emergency providers throughout the country.

"These ARRA funds will provide immediate relief to communities impacted by unemployment and poverty," said U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. "The community organizations receiving this money not only support Americans in need, but also play a crucial role in helping to get our economy back on track and families back on their feet."

A local board made up of various community organizations will determine how the funds awarded to Nassau and Suffolk are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds made available through the ARRA. Special consideration will be given to agencies serving areas with unemployment rates above the nationwide average. Focus has been placed on Southampton, Riverhead, Babylon and Islip Townships in Suffolk County and Hempstead, Freeport, and Glen Cove in Nassau County. 

Non-profit agencies in both counties interested in further information and criteria about administering this grant that provides emergency rent, mortgage and utility payments and food assistance should call the Emergency Food and Shelter Program Coordinator at (631) 940-3700. The deadline for applications is May 13th. Grants will not be open to the public until June 2009 and Federal eligibility guidelines apply.

Special thanks to Suffolk Community Council for providing this notice.

APTA: Transit Investments Produce Highest Number of Green Jobs

aptaThe American Public Transportation Association (APTA) released "The Best Stimulus for the Money: briefing papers on the economics of transportation spending," as well as a related report on "Job Impacts of Spending on Public Transportation: an update." To get out of the recession, two major goals have emerged: put people to work quickly and make investments to position the country for long term economic prosperity. Transportation investments provide a way to address both goals, but care must be taken to provide long-lasting jobs to help those most hurt by the recession. “The ultimate goal in any economic recovery plan should be to not create just any type of job, but rather to invest in and focus on areas particularly hit hard by the economic downturn,” said William W. Millar, APTA president.

The report finds that out of 252,000 new jobs across the country created from the stimulus, "two out of three (67 percent) of these new construction and manufacturing 'green jobs' resulting from public transit capital investment typically fall in the category of Blue-Collar Semi-Skilled (59 percent) and Blue-Collar Skilled (8 percent). These jobs include positions in manufacturing, service, repair worker, drivers, crew, ticket agents and construction." 

The report is definitely worth a look, so visit the APTA website to read more.

Regional Updates

Public Hearing to be held for Pilgrim State Property: May 28

pilgrim stateLast month, the Town of Islip adopted the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) for the redevelopment proposal of the Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center Property, located in Brentwood at the crossing of the Long Island Expressway and the Sagtikos State Parkway. Heartland Town Square would be "a unique mixed-use development of approximately 9,130 residential units, 105,000 square feet of civic space, 1,030,000 square feet of retail space and 4,150,000 square feet of office space to be built over a 15-year period."

A public hearing will be held on the DGEIS, including zone change applications, on Thursday, May 28 at 6:30pm at Brentwood High School's Sonderling Center, 52 3rd Avenue in Brentwood. Comments on the DGEIS are requested and will be accepted through July 28th (mail to Islip Town Hall, 655 Main St, Islip, NY 11751).

The document is available online here. To read a letter from the Town and to learn more about the project, see the Town of Islip's notice.

MTA Deal Passes Senate

mtaAfter one of the most politically drawn-out issues of the past year, the NY State Senate finally passed an MTA rescue plan this Wednesday, less than a month before doomsday fare hikes and service cuts are scheduled to go into effect. The details are, of course, somewhat different than the recommendations of the Ravitch Commission that was backed by Governor Paterson.

Transit riders will still see a 10% fare increase (Ravitch's plan called for an 8% increase), including $2.25 for a MetroCard ride, but it looks like service cuts will be largely avoided. Details are still being released on fare and service changes. Other components of the rescue plan include a 0.34% mobility tax in the 12 MTA counties, a 50 cent surcharge on taxi rides in NYC, and increases in vehicle-registration fees, license fees, and the auto-rental tax. The mobility tax, expected to raise $1.53 billion a year, will have a set aside of $400 million a year to cover the first two years of the MTA's 2010-2014 capital program. Notably missing from the equation are tolls on the East River bridges, which were politically unpopular. Tolls were supported by many transit riders as an equitable way to share the burden of commuting costs. Unfortunately, it seems almost a certainty that this plan will require more fare increases in the not-too-distant future. 

According to the NY Times, "Negotiations on the rescue took a major step forward on Monday when two Democratic senators from Long Island dropped their opposition to the plan’s centerpiece: a tax on payrolls...The senators, Craig M. Johnson and Brian X. Foley, agreed to accept a compromise offered by Mr. Paterson, under which the state would reimburse school districts for the cost of the new tax."

At a news conference, Governor Paterson said, “This has been very difficult on the commuters of the MTA region. We can assure them this evening that there will be no surprises, that there will be no further cuts or fears about fare hikes or toll increases. We have resolved that issue this evening.”

In the wake of the passage of the rescue plan and according to an MTA press release, "Governor Paterson today [5/7/09] accepted the resignation of MTA Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Elliot G. Sander. Mr. Sander offered his resignation to the Governor earlier this year in anticipation of yesterday's passage of legislation that joins the Chairman and CEO positions at the MTA. Mr. Sander's resignation is effective May 22, 2009, ending a tenure that began January 1, 2007." Read more here.

NYPD Rolls Out Hybrid Cars

carsThe New York Police Department drank the ‘green’ KoolAid: last week, they unveiled 40 new hybrid patrol cars. The Nissan Altima hybrids are more expensive but roomier and more efficient than the existing fleet of 2,400 Crown Victorias and Chevy Impalas. About half of the 40 will be unmarked cars. They will be dispatched first to congested areas, as well as precincts that cover wide land areas such as Staten Island. NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said of the hybrids in use, “We’ve had no downside.” The hybrid fleet will grow slowly, with 100 in use by the end of the year and more to follow. The vehicles are a step toward Mayor Bloomberg’s goal of a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2017, and serve as a great example of local government’s ability to tackle energy efficiency goals.

Read more at Newsday.

Opportunity for Energy Savings

vicalVical Consultants can save Long Islanders substantial amounts of money on natural gas. In fact, since February 1st, they have helped save 3 major Long Island hospitals over $250,000.  As a no charge consulting service, Vical works with organizations and businesses alike to lower their energy expenses and to manage the RFP process to ensure the lowest commodity price.

Vical is assisting the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn as well as the Diocese of Rockville Centre in reducing the expenses for a number of not-for-profit organizations. In addition, Vical works with major corporations on Long Island and helps companies manage their energy budgets by aggregating and bundling the natural gas for a variety of institutions. Vical achieves tremendous savings for its clients, and between November, 2008 and April 2009, Vical’s price was lower than the energy company's supply price by over 26%. In March alone, the savings were over 35% and due to the recent market volatility, the savings opportunities are expected to continue.

For additional information about the natural gas program email vicalenergy@verizon.net , or call 201-525-0066. You can also view their website here.

Read more in the New York Times.

Action Alerts

Island Wide Food Drive on May 9th

mailOn May 9th, leave some non-perishable food items in a bag next to your mailbox and a mail carrier will bring them to Long Island soup kitchens, pantries, and shelters. This simple initiative is organized by United Way of LI, Island Harvest, LI Cares, the US Postal Service, the National Association of Letter Carriers, and several other organizations. "Stamp out hunger" by making a food donation! You can also volunteer to help on May 9th or May 11-14th to sort and pack food. To learn more about volunteering, or for more information, see their website.

Shop Local with the 3/50 Project

3.50 projectPick three locally owned businesses that you would miss most if they went out of business. Stop in and say hello, then spend $50 or as much as you can afford to help keep them in business. This is the premise behind the 3/50 Project. For every dollar spent in a locally owned business, more money stays in the local economy than if that dollar was spent at a national chain or an online store.

If just half of employed Americans spent $50 at their 3 favorite local stores within a month, it would generate more that 42.6 billion dollars in revenue. Become a supporter and help keep our local economies healthy!

This Place Matters: Help Build a Photo Mosaic

this place mattersThe National Trust for Historic Preservation is building a new mosaic image of their headquarters in Washington, D.C., and they need your help. This Place Matters showcases the diverse places that matter to all of us. People from across the country are honoring their favorite places, making a call to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to all of us.

You can upload photos of your favorite places to add to the mosaic, which come together to look remarkably like one image. You can view a previous mosaic and upload your photo here. Click on the upper right hand of the screen to upload a photo.

Upcoming Events

Grand Opening of Harrison Hale Community Educational and Resource Center May 9th

hale house constructionOn Saturday, May 9th at 1pm, join the Gordon Heights community for an auspicious event with the Grand Opening of the Harrison Hale Community Educational and Resource Center! Bishop Harrison Hale and the Harrison Hale/Gordon Heights Community Action Center will open the doors on a new, state-of-the-art community center for the residents of the Town of Brookhaven. Services at the center will include a summer youth enrichment program, GED classes, a computer lab, ESL classes, day care, a bicycle drive, referral service, a copy and print center, and more.

The center is located at 576 Granny Road in Medford, at the corner of Granny Road and Central Parkway. Be sure to come out and celebrate an exciting day for the community!

For more information, call (631) 698-8441.

2009 Environmental Equinox Awards Honor Richard kessel May 14th

citzens campaign for the environmentCitizens Campaign for the Environment presents the 2009 Environmental Equinox Awards, honoring Richard Kessel of NYPA for his environmental leadership. On Thursday, May 14th from 7-11pm, come to this dinner and dancing gala for a great night. The equinox is a symbol of achieving environmental and societal harmony.

The gala will take place at Venetian Yacht Club, 494 Fire Island Ave in Babylon. To download a registration form, including sponsorship rates, visit their website.

2009 Human Rights Awards Honors Dick Koubek on May 14th

koubekCongratulations to Vision Long Island ally and supporter Dick Koubek, who has won the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission 2009 Chairperson’s Award for Leadership in Human Rights. Dr. Koubek, who currently works with workers' rights organization Jobs With Justice, is being honored for his affordable housing advocacy work. He is also a member of LI CAN Huntington Fair Housing Committee and the Huntington Housing Coalition's Steering Committee.

To honor Koubek and the other award winners, the 2009 Human Rights Awards Dinner will take place on Thursday, May 14th at 5:30pm at the Stonebridge Country Club in Hauppauge. Tickets are $55, and more information will follow soon.

Y.E.S. Pasta Dinner May 16th

pastaOn Saturday, May 16th at 6:30pm, the LI Youth of Ethical Societies (Y.E.S.) will host its 15th annual Pasta Dinner! The pasta dinner is a chill night with tons of entertainment, speakers, and of course, pasta. Performances will include bands Spazz Logic and The Ravets, a magic act, dancing, singing, jamming, and more.

Keynote speaker Sergio Argueta is the Executive Director and Founder of S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth, whose mission is to reduce gang violence and promote a variety of opportunities and other competencies that give youth in our community a way out; alternatives to a violent life on the streets. Mr. Arguerta's talk will parallel the teens' focus topic of the year of racism on LI.

The dinner will take place at the Ethical Humanist Society of LI at 38 Old Country Road in Garden City. $10 adults and $8 students; proceeds will be split between S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth and Y.E.S. (who will use the funds to help attend next year's National Y.E.S. Conference in Washington, D.C.). Y.E.S. is a group of teenagers who are determined to make the world a better place.

Free Radiology Services for Long Island's Uninsured On May 17th

radiologyOnce a month, Zwanger Pesiri Radiology is offering free radiological services to the uninsured. The Give Back Sunday program recognizes that countless Long Islanders do not have health insurance, and the recent economic downturn is putting even more people's health in jeopardy. On April 19th, Zwanger Pesiri Radiology launched the first Give Back Sunday: one Sunday per month, they are opening their office to provide services at no charge to disadvantaged and uninsured Long Island residents. They offer a full array of exams using the most advanced imaging equipment, including MRI, MRA, Breast MRI, CTA, Nuclear Medicine, PET/CT, Digital X-Ray, Digital Mammography, Barium Enema, Upper GI Series, Bone Density, Ultrasound, and Biopsy.

The entire program is staffed by volunteers, including radiologists, technologists, receptionists, etc. In turn, they are encouraging patients to donate their time and effort to other volunteer organizations. "The goal is to inspire more people to help each other on Long Island. This project will give the Zwanger Pesiri volunteers a true sense of pride and public service, but more importantly give people the diagnostic imaging studies they need and cannot afford." To be eligible, patients must have a doctor's referral, live in Nassau or Suffolk County, and not have health insurance.

The next Give Back Sunday will be on May 17th at 80 Maple Avenue in Smithtown. For more information, see their website. To schedule an appointment, please call the volunteer Give Back Sunday line @ 631-930-9460.

Fourth Annual Energy Conference at NYIT June 5th

nyitNew York Institute of Technology (NYIT) is hosting the fourth annual energy conference “Innovative Technologies and Green Collar Careers.” The conference will be on Friday, June 5 from 8:30am – 4:00pm at de Seversky Center on the Old Westbury Campus of NYIT. Speakers include representatives from Noresco, The Rocky Mountain Institute, Clean Edge, Global Insight, and The Albanese Organization. Sessions include An Energy Services Company's Role in the Green Economy; Clean Tech: A Pathway to a New Era of Job Growth and Opportunity; Energy and Comfort in Existing Buildings, Campuses, and Communities; Current and Potential Green Jobs by Metropolitan Area; and Innovative Technologies Put into Practice- A Developer's Perspective. A panel discussion on Green Energy Programs from the Developer's Perspective will feature Russell Albanese of the Albanese Organization, Michael Watt of LI Builders Institute, and Albert Harsch of Eastern Energy Systems. The final panel on Green Energy Programs from the Municipal Perspective will include Lisanne Altmann of LIPA, Supervisor Kate Murray of the Town of Hempstead, Energy Director Dorian Dale of the Town of Babylon, and Gary Krieger of National Grid.

Visit their website for more information or contact sustainable@nyit.edu. Sponsorship information and opportunities to display at the conference are also available; please contact lschranz@nyit.edu.

CNU 17 in Denver Runs June 10th-14th

cnu17Each year, the Congress for the New Urbanism hosts a multi-day conference on New Urbanism and Smart Growth. This year, CNU 17: "Experiencing The New Urbanism: The Convenient Remedy" will take place in Denver, Colorado from June 10-14. The weekend's expected attendees include 1,500 leaders from diverse fields who will participate in breakout sessions, lectures, tours of Denver, and great social and networking experiences.

Connect and collaborate with other New Urbanists, experience traditional urbanism firsthand through local tours, learn how practitioners are applying the Charter for the New Urbanism in the field, stay on the cusp of the latest New Urbanist trends, contribute your own ideas and experience to take New Urbanism to the next level, and learn about new products and the latest innovations at CNU exhibits. Denver will serve as a laboratory to explore in depth why New Urbanism is the "convenient remedy" to some of society's most pressing issues, including rising carbon emissions, unpredictable fuel costs, and a projected 50 million unit increase in demand for new residences by 2030, with demand growing fastest in walkable communities. Connect with new people, get your toughest planning questions answered, and take home specific strategies to apply these New Urban remedies.

Register online and see costs here. CNU members receive significant discounts.

Thursday's Child of Long Island Spring Gala set for June 17th

thursday's childOn Wednesday, June 17th from 6:30-9:30pm, Thursday's Child of Long Island presents their Spring Champagne Gala to benefit their new children's summer program, "A Day of Fun in the Sun at the Long Island Game Farm," part of an initiative called Safety Net Project which provides an array of family services designed to maintain medical care and personal dignity for HIV/AIDS patients. Thursday's Child is an HIV/AIDS community service charity that reaches out and provides assistance to hundreds of Long Island families each year who are living with this disease. This event celebrates 20 years of service to the community.

The gala will honor Long Islanders who have made unique contributions to Thursday's Child, including Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy and members of the Suffolk County Legislature, Cameron Alden, Jon Cooper, Lou D'Amaro, Jack Eddington, DuWayne Gregory, and Lynne Nowick.

The fund raiser will take place at Flowerfield Celebrations, 199 Mills Pond Road in St. James. Sponsorships are available and individual tickets are $75-100. Call (631) 447-5044 or see the Thursday's Child website for more info.

African American Media Network Presents Strong Island Live June 24th-28th

african american media networkThe Long Island based African American Media Network will be hosting "Strong Island Live" music festival from June 24-28. Several days of live music performances will include gospel, rock, rap, R&B, jazz, blues, reggae, and salsa. These genres will compete for prizes including studio time, a music video, and cash.

Three performance locations in the area will air on channel 18. Bands must be live: no background CDs! To register or for more information, call 516-478-4334 or 516-503-6282, or see the website here.

Help Wanted

Vision Long Island Seeking Summer Interns

vli logoVision is excited to announce that we are looking for unpaid interns for Summer 2009! Our staff likes to say we "wear many hats," and interns will have to do the same. Interns will assist with planning, design, outreach, event planning, writing, research, attending meetings, reporting, photography, and more. Bring your unique skill set to the table! We are looking for energetic and conscientious individuals with an interest in planning from a bottom-up perspective. This is a valuable opportunity to work with great people and learn about the issues impacting Long Island.

Individuals and universities interested in learning more are encouraged to contact us at info@visionlongisland.org. You are welcome to include a resume and/or letter. Please put "Internships for 2009" in the subject heading.

Weekend Planner

Eat Near LIRR Stations This Weekend

food near trainsNewsday's Exploreli.com has released an easy-to-use interactive map that locates restaurants within walking distance of LIRR stations.

Check out the map, hop on the train, and visit a new downtown this weekend!


Free Outdoor Events from Friends of Edgewood Preserve

walkThis Saturday, May 9th, Friends of Edgewood Preserve will host some free outdoor events, located at the Edgewood Preserve on Commack Road in Deer Park (meet at the kiosk in parking areas) First, at 9am, celebrate International Migratory Bird Day by walking through various sections of the preserve to see which birds are visiting, and which feathered friends have come home to roost.

For more info on this event, including rain cancellations, call Mary Beth at (631) 838-4801 or email mbtomko@friendsofedgewoodpreserve.org

Later, at 11am, NYS DEC Education staff will lead a Family Woodland Hike. The hike will explore Edgewood's Pine Barrens habitat, looking at the variety of plants and animals that can be found there. Learn how forests recover from fire, as you explore an area of the woods that burned in April 2006. This lengthy hike is recommended for kids over age 7 and their parents. Sturdy shoes and long pants are recommended.

You are encouraged to register for this event by calling Ron Gelardi at (631) 444-0347 or emailing pburkhart@friendsofedgewoodpreserve.org.

Closing Words

Today's closing words come from Newsday:


By Mary Beth Foley marybeth.foley@newsday.com

A nine-year-old Northport environmentalist’s request to plant approximately 20 donated trees on Main Street was approved by the village last month.

“Main Street used to be lined with big beautiful old trees,” Sarah Connor said. “Now they’re being cut down when they become diseased and they aren’t being replaced. Instead of adding the trees we need to reduce carbon dioxide in our atmosphere and add oxygen to our air, we’re actually decreasing them.”

“I once read that we should ‘think globally, but act locally,’” she said, “that means try to help the Earth by trying to help your community.”

J. Van Cott Nursery in East Northport offered trees at wholesale cost, about $100 to $200 each. The money will be raised through lemonade stands set up at the village’s Memorial Day and Cow Harbor Day parades and by donations received from Sarah’s Web site, projectlemonaid.org.

An ardent fundraiser, Sarah’s lemonade stands have helped several charities, including the American Red Cross and Save the Children. She also helped her dad raise thousands of dollars to fight cancer, a disease that has afflicted several of their family members, through his charity, Connor’s Army.

According to Joseph Correia, superintendent of public works, “Main Street locations like the ones listed in [Sarah’s request] can be selected on an individual basis as funds become available. Flowering trees, like the Kwanza Cherry and Callery Pear, or non flowering trees consistent with village plans are acceptable.”

They will most likely be planted in November and December when the village typically plants their street trees.


Newsletter Editor: Michelle Dutchen, Director of Communications
Contributors: Eric Alexander, Executive Director; Tara Klein, Planning Coordinator;
Tawaun Weber, Director of Special Projects; Elissa Ward, Director of Sustainability; Juliana Roberts Dubovsky, Planning Consultant

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