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Quote of the week

israel“Even the most innovative projects need to start with the basics. These sewers will provide the foundation for a visionary future here in Wyandanch and future economic development. Today’s announcement has been years in the making, but tangible benefits for this community are around the corner. I am proud to have worked with all levels of government to make this possible.” - U.S. Congressman Steve Israel on the Wyandanch Sewer groundbreaking

 

 

bellone“This is an historic achievement for Wyandanch that will pave the way for the development of a real downtown, new jobs, affordable housing and a better environment. This achievement would not have been possible without the incredible work of Senator Schumer, Congressman Israel, Assemblyman Sweeney and our other partners.” - Town of Babylon Supervisor Steve Bellone, speaking on the Wyandanch sewer groundbreaking

Question of the Week

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Register now for the 2010 Smart Growth Summit
on Friday, November 19th
from 8AM to 4PM at the Melville Marriott

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Keynote speaker:
The Honorable Alfonse D’Amato,
Managing Director and Founder of Park Strategies, LLC

Schedule announced:

BREAKFAST PLENARY SESSION (8:15AM - 9:45AM)

STATE OF THE TOWNS & VILLAGES
Hon. Steve Bellone, Supervisor, Town of Babylon
Hon. Mark Lesko, Supervisor, Town of Brookhaven
Hon. Phil Nolan, Supervisor, Town of Islip
Hon. Sean Walter, Supervisor, Town of Riverhead
Hon. Kate Murray, Supervisor, Town of Hempstead
Hon. Jon Kaiman, Supervisor,Town of North Hempstead
Hon. Mark Cuthbertson, Councilman, Town of Huntington
Hon. Ralph Suozzi, Mayor, City of Glen Cove
Hon. Jack Martins, Mayor, Village of Mineola
Hon. Margot Garant, Mayor, Village of Port Jefferson
Warren Tackenberg, Nassau County Village Offi cials Assoc.
Joye Brown, Newsday - moderator

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SESSIONS #1 (9:55AM - 11:05AM)

DOWNTOWN DESTINATIONS: ARTS, THEATERS, HOTELS
Don Monti, Renaissance Downtowns
Anthony Bartone, Bartone Properties
Bryan DeLuca, Atlantis Marine World, Riverhead
Lynda Parmely, The Hagedorn Foundation
David Winzelberg, LI Business News - moderator

TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT, PUBLIC SAFETY & THE MEDIA IN
HUNTINGTON STATION: WHAT HAPPENED AND WHAT’S NEXT?

Dick Koubek, Huntington Housing Coalition
Ken Christensen, Leadership Huntington
Matt Harris, Guardian Angels, Huntington Chapter
David Reich-Hale, Huntington Patch
Jaci Clement, Fair Media Council
Joye Brown, Newsday - moderator

FARMERS MARKETS & CSAS: ANCHORS FOR DOWNTOWNS
Hon. Dorothy Goosby, Councilwoman, Town of Hempstead
Hon. Rebecca Alesia, Councilwoman, Town of Oyster Bay
Bernadette Martin, Kennedy Plaza Market
Eve Kaplan, Garden of Eve Organic Farm and Market
Sergio Argueta, S.T.R.O.N.G. - moderator

HEALTH CARE & LAND USE: TRANSFORMING REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT
Rob Benrubi, NuHealth
Charles Salvo, Grant Thornton
Stephen Buckeridge, HealthCare REIT
Rabia Aziz, LI Minority AIDS Coalition
Keith Samaroo, PS&S - moderator

FEDERAL SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE: OPPORTUNITIES FOR LI?
Representatives, DOT, HUD & EPA
Gerry Petrella, Offi ce of U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer
Larry Levy, National Center for Suburban Studies
Adrienne Esposito, Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment - moderator

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY: POLICIES, PRACTICES AND PROJECTS
Dan Zeweski, LIPA
Paul Belnick, NYPA
John Keating, National Grid
Terri Alessi-Miceli, Hauppauge Industrial Association
Neal Lewis, Sustainability Institute at Molloy College - moderator

SESSIONS #2 (11:10AM - 12:20PM)

TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT: WHAT IS WORKING AND WHERE?
Bob Paley, MTA
Larry Gargano, Greenview Properties
Lionel Chitty, Hicksville Chamber of Commerce
Ralph Fasano, Concern for Independant Living
Mark Gander - AECOM
Marcelle Fischler, New York Times - moderator

IMPLEMENTING THE NYS SMART GROWTH PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE ACT
Paul Beyer, NYS Smart Growth Cabinet
Peter Scully, NYS DEC
Heather Sporn, NYS DOT
Lou Marquet, Leyland Alliance
Michael Harrison, Offi ce of Governor David Paterson
Peter Fleischer, Empire State Future - moderator

DEVELOPMENTS OF REGIONAL IMPACT: GETTING THEM BUILT
Michael Dubb, Beechwood Organization
Bob Eschbacher, VHB
Don Miller, Caithness Energy, HLD Blankman
John Durso, LI Federation of Labor
Vincent Pizzulli, Certilman Balin - moderator

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN: NYC, LEED ND & FORM BASED CODES
Marc Wouters, Architect & Urban Design, CNU NY
Diana Saltel, H2M Group
Sandeep Mehrota, Hazen and Sawyer
Alex Latham, ADL III Architecture
Elissa Ward, Vision Long Island - moderator

EMERGING INDUSTRIES & DOWNTOWNS: MAKING THE MARRIAGE WORK
Tyler Roye, mindSHIFT
Dan Lunde, ancotel USA
Edward Fred, CPI Aero
Peter Goldsmith, LISTnet
Bob Fonti, Long Island Business Council - moderator

YOUTH VISION FOR LONG ISLAND’S FUTURE
Students from the 3rd Annual Youth Summit
Kelly Douglas, West Islip High School
Tara Klein, Vision Long Island
Dr. Nathalia Rogers, Dowling College - moderator

NETWORKING LUNCHEON (12:30PM-2:00PM)

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Keynote Luncheon Speaker:
The Honorable Alfonse D’Amato, Managing Director and Founder of Park Strategies, LLC

TECHNICAL SESSIONS (2:00PM - 4:00PM)

SEQRA REFORM: OVERCOMING CHALLENGES TO APPROVALS OF SMART
GROWTH PROJECTS

Hon. Connie Kepert, Councilwoman, Town of Brookhaven
Bill Tuyn, Greenman-Pederson
Terri Elkowitz, VHB
Robert M. White, AICP, AKRF
Keith Archer, Harras, Bloom & Archer - moderator

TRANSPORTATION REFORM: OPPORTUNITIES IN A FALTERING ECONOMY
Subi Chakraborti, NYS DOT Region 10
Michael Posillico, Posillico
Will Stoner, AARP
Robert Sinclair, AAA NY
Liz Bolstad, Go21
Veronica Vanterpool, TSTC - moderator

CASINOS ON LONG ISLAND: WHERE, WHEN AND WHAT ARE THE PLANNING
IMPLICATIONS?

Barre Hamp, Shinnecock Nation
Hon. Wayne Horsley, Suffolk County Gaming Commission
Richard Bivone, LIBC, East Meadow Chamber of Commerce
Bruce Migatz, Albanese & Albanese - moderator

FINANCING SMART GROWTH
Hon. George Maragos, Nassau County Comptroller
Yves Michel, Suffolk County IDA
William Mannix, Town of Islip IDA
David Gallo, Whitney Capital
Dan Deegan, Forchelli Curto Deegan - moderator

YOUTH SUMMIT & CHARRETTE
(local students from at least 4 area colleges/universities)
Dr. Nathalia Rogers, Dowling College - convenor
Mike Lyden, Co-Author of the Smart Growth Manual
Brandon Palanker, Renaissance Downtowns

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Regional Updates

Fair Media Council's Connection Day Luncheon

fair media councilThis past Friday, Fair Media Council held their Connection Day luncheon, the largest conference in the region that brought the media together with area businesses, nonprofits and the public for a day of open dialogue. Hosted by Donny Deutsch, the purpose of the day is to facilitate news coverage of issues important to the community.

In a speech at the luncheon in the Grand Ballroom at the Long Island Hilton, FMC Executive Director Jaci Clement explained to the audience that change is needed on many levels, "but change must start at the grassroots level, and work to ensure those individual franchise agreements between our towns and cable operators provide the public with rights and recourse, should cable operators fail to serve the public." Eric Alexander moderated the "Expanding relationships with the news media" panel, speaking about how to "woo" the media and become a trusted source.

More information on the event can be found on the Fair Media Council's website or by calling 516-224-1860.

22nd annual Keys for the Homeless Conference

keys for the homelessTo raise awareness about homelessness in New York, the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless held their annual conference at Touro Law Center in Central Islip on Friday, October 29th. Headlining the conference was Liz Murray, winner of a New York Times scholarship that got her out of poverty and let her become a bestselling author.

Liz lived through a rough upbringing with drug addicted parents and had to battle starvation before the next welfare check came. But with all the struggles Liz faced, she does not blame her parents for anything. She says how much she loves and misses them and that no matter what situation you are in, you can help yourself and make a change. She found a school and someone that believed in her and worked hard to not fall down the path her parents did.

What makes Liz so inspirational is the passion she has for life and the idea that everyone should possess this passion. At the completion of her speech, she received a standing ovation and told everyone that their efforts do matter, and if you can pass your passion to the person next to you, everyone will benefit.

Workshops throughout the day included: Legal Issues: Preventing evictions and foreclosures; Resources for Veterans; Creating Long-Lasting Change through Case Management; Data Driven Practice; Caring for the Caretaker; Community Responses to Homelessness; and Community Volunteerism. Speakers included Adolfo Carrion- HUD Regional Administrator for NY and NJ and Liz Murray, Author of "Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard." Special Awards were presented to Elyse Craft of Russo Karl Widmaier & Cordano, Bruce Andolfo of Family Service League, Elizabeth Lunde of Concern for Independent Living, and Lori Stokes- Anchor for WABC-TV News.

For more information, see the LI Coalition for the Homeless' website here.

Leadership Huntington and Hicksville Chamber honor Vision

leadershipOver the past few weeks, Vision Long Island has received awards from two different organizations, one celebrating 15 years of churning out future Long Island leaders and the other hoping to benefit from excellent leadership.

Leadership Huntington honored Vision Long Island's Exective Director, Eric Alexander, as a former “Graduate of Distinction” at the same time that Vision’s own Elissa Ward graduated with the Class of 2010. Leadership Huntington is an organization that has devoted itself to familiarizing people with local government in order to better understand how it works.

hcocVision Long Island also received an award for New Member of the Year from the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce for efforts in the revitalization of the downtown area. The Chamber has been tirelessly pursuing its goal of creating a walkable, livable community center for its businesses and citizenry. The Chamber itself was also recently nominated in the Long Island Press’ annual “Best of Long Island” series for the category of Best Chamber.

Vision Long Island is honored to be associated with both of these groups, who have done so much to improve our businesses, leadership and general way of life. Learn more about Leadership Huntington here and about the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce here.

Community Updates

Wyandanch breaks ground on sewer project

wyandanchAs part of its Wyandanch Rising vision plan that began in 2003, the Town of Babylon broke ground on its sewer project on Saturday, October 30th at Commonwealth Ave. and Straight Path in Wyandanch. The sewers will allow for increased growth in the downtown, especially for new housing developments and business expansion.

Town of Babylon Supervisor Steve Bellone said, “this is an historic achievement for Wyandanch that will pave the way for the development of a real downtown, new jobs, affordable housing and a better environment. This achievement would not have been possible without the incredible work of Senator Schumer, Congressman Israel, Assemblyman Sweeney and our other partners.”

“Even the most innovative projects need to start with the basics. These sewers will provide the foundation for a visionary future here in Wyandanch and future economic development. Today’s announcement has been years in the making, but tangible benefits for this community are around the corner. I am proud to have worked with all levels of government to make this possible,” stated U.S. Congressman Steve Israel.

According to a press release from Suffolk County, the sewer plan is funded by $750,000 through NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation, secured by Congressman Israel and Senator Chuck Schumer and aided by Assemblyman Bob Sweeney. An additional $2 million comes from the NYS Empire State Development Corporation, $410,000 from the US EPA and $486,000 from the NYS DOT. The project eliminates $11 million in sewer connection fees, due to a collaboration between Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, Presiding Officer Bill Lindsay, Legislator DuWayne Gregory and Minority Leader Dan Losquadro.

Despite efforts, Nassau County passes lean LI Bus budget

nassau budgetThe Nassau County Legislature has voted to approve its $2.6 billion budget, including a paltry $9.1 million for LI Bus--which is the same level as last year after former County Executive Tom Suozzi cut the County's subsidy. The MTA, who itself plans to cut $26 million of its LI Bus subsidy, says that Nassau County needs to provide $25 million annually over the next four years in order to sustain the system. Things are in bad shape for this critical public service and it is hard for transit advocates who have been working to preserve the system and ensure it is not privatized.

Vision, Tri-State Transportation Campaign and other transportation advocates in the region sent the County a budget memo with many ways to reallocate funding to LI Bus. In addition, Legislator Wayne Wink proposed moving money from the red light camera fund to the buses. Let's hope this isn't "Rest in Peace" for LI Bus.

For full coverage, including a link to our budget memo, visit Tri-State Transportation Campaign's blog.

CNU-NY walking tour of Battery Park City

parkOn October 16th, The Congress for the New Urbanism- New York Chapter hosted a walking tour of Battery Park City. The tour was lead by Brian Shea of Cooper, Robertson & Partners who was involved in the planning for the area in 1979, and Susan Kaplan, the retiring Director of Sustainability Design for the Battery Park City Authority. A number of folks braved the windy weather to learn about history and design of this unique neighborhood.

The original 1969 plan for the land was a very auto-centric, pedestrian-unfriendly design with the main public spaces at the same elevation as Broadway (about 25 feet above sea level and 15 feet above the street) with the street level occupied by nothing but parking garages and service entrances. One building was built under this plan and stands as a good reminder why that was a bad idea. Thankfully, planners decided to re-plan the area before any further building occurred. The plan that they created completely changed the direction of urban planning for much of the last century.

battery Since the entire area is cut off from the rest of Manhattan, the plan for the area was designed to connect it as much as possible to the area on the opposite side of West Street. The street grid follows the same angle as the surrounding neighborhoods which helps to block most of the cold winter winds and capture summer breezes. Connections across West Street are strongest on streets that lead to subway stations, making the area as transit friendly as possible. Materials for public spaces such as streets and parks were chosen to make them as familiar to New Yorkers as possible. Every detail was considered, from the dimensions of the granite curbs to the arrangement of the street furniture. Large portions of the land were devoted to public spaces with numerous parks and attractive and comfortable sidewalks. The Esplanade that runs along the water may be one of the most well designed places to go for a walk or jog around.

battery park3The buildings (with the exception of the first one, built prior to the revised plan) have a cohesive look, but with enough variety to not appear monotonous. This is a result of the design guidelines that were created. The guidelines required that all buildings have a primarily masonry appearance with the first two levels clad in a stone veneer and architectural band details around the 15th to 16th floor. Above that level, the buildings were required to have a smaller floorplate creating towers above the base. Above this level the buildings were allowed to incorporate larger amounts of glass into the facades which creates a more delicate and modern appearance.

As the neighborhood developed, environmental considerations became more important. Rather than use a LEED system for improving the energy efficiencies of the buildings, which developers found to have too many variables, they chose to have a strict set of requirements for construction. Working with the department of health, they were able to develop standards for the recycling of grey and black water into water for irrigation. In addition, buildings incorporate renewable energy sources such as solar and geothermal. Appliances within residential units are energy efficient and glass building facades have a double layer to allow for ventilation while maximizing efficiency. Due to the large volume of construction, Battery Park City was able to help create a market for energy efficient products, advancing the industry.

Three decades after the plan was created, Battery Park City has developed into a complete neighborhood. The numerous parks and the Esplanade are beautiful places to spend a few hours.

National News

Is the road to hell paved in bike paths?

road to hellTransportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s speech at the National Bike Summit this past March about livable communities got a standing ovation from the crowd. LaHood mentions bike and walking paths, saying “I’ve been all over America. And where I’ve been in America I’ve been very proud to talk about the fact that people do want alternatives. They want out of their cars and out of congestion…”

In an article from the Weekly Standard, Fred Barnes disagrees with LaHood, claiming, “The road to hell is paved with bike paths.” While Barnes slams the $48 billion stimulus spending on transportation projects that were never “paid for,” he continues to hawk on the administration’s “obsession with high-speed rail” and how projections of gains and price tags are “pie-in-the-sky” numbers and low-balled- resulting ultimately in cost overruns.

He continues to justify his claim, claiming that Americans simply do not want to ride a bike or walk to work; they are going to drive. Therefore, traffic congestion is still a problem that creating walking and bike paths does not solve. And if you choose to take a train to Grandma’s house instead of drive, odds are Grandma needs to come pick you up or you need to take a taxi to her house from the train station.

But this is still an improvement from driving, correct? The young generation doesn’t want to drive to get to school or work and back. In fact, simultaneously exercising and commuting seems like a wonderful alternative- if only it were safe.

On commuter rail, it is proven that where public transportation is available roads work better. APTA says that in New York, only 14% of consumer expenditures are on transportation. In Phoenix, AZ, there are fewer transportation options and expenditures for transportation are 21.5%. This means we aren’t taking advantage of our mass-transit alternatives. Plus, $1.3 billion is saved annually on congestion delays because of public transportation; without public transportation congestion delays would increase 27%.

Creating bike and walk paths, upgrading high-speed rail infrastructure and mass-transit take cars off the road, reducing congestion. Though transit does not solve congestion, it raises economic prosperity by providing mobility to groups that cannot drive, walk or bike- whether through cost or physical disabilities- increasing participation in economic life.

Public or alternative forms of transportation may not be the answer for everyone, but there are too many positive outcomes from human-powered transportation: healthy, livable communities with fewer cars. Vision supported the Complete Streets Bill, which requires walkability along our roadways so pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists can coexist.

So, is the road to hell paved in bike paths? Fred Barnes may be mistaken… Read more at Streetsblog.

Action Alerts

The Long Island Council of Churches needs food – badly!

foodFood donations are sorely needed at the Long Island Council of Churches’ Emergency Food Pantries. They have only enough food for about two days--and the months of greatest need are approaching. LICC pantries have fed 30% more people in Nassau this year- 130 families in the first week of this month- but food drives there have brought in half as much as last year. Reimbursement from the County is steadily decreasing and slower than ever and they simply do not have the money to buy more food.

There are some additional needs: donations of toiletries, personal care items, school supplies, small household goods and plastic or paper shopping bags are welcome in addition to food. The Freeport pantry needs a vacuum cleaner and small shopping carts and welcomes donations of clothing. The Riverhead pantry needs a small couch for guests waiting for assistance, but please call Riverhead before taking clothes there. The Hempstead office needs carpeting, a coffee maker and a vacuum cleaner. They also need drivers who can pick up food donations occasionally and deliver them to Freeport, Hempstead or Riverhead, as you are needed and as you happen to be available.

Donations can be dropped off in Freeport (450 N. Main Street, 516-868-4989), Hempstead (Christ’s 1st Presbyterian Church, 516-565-0290), or Riverhead (407 Osborne Avenue at Lincoln, 631-727-2210) or at any LICC meeting or event. For more information on how you can help, please visit LI Council of Churches' website here.

Upcoming Events

Long Island Restaurant Week kicks off November 7th

li restaurant weekThe fifth annual Long Island Restaurant week begins this Sunday, November 7th, and continues through to Sunday November 14th. More than 200 participating Long Island restaurants will offer a 3-course prix-fixe meal for $24.95 per person all night, except on Saturday when it will only be offered until 7 pm. Take this opportunity to enjoy Long Island’s top restaurants at bargain prices before it is too late!

For more information and a list of participating restaurants, please visit their website.

Tri-State Transportation Campaign's 2010 Annual Benefit honors Gillibrand, ESTA on November 11th

tstc galaTri-State Transportation Campaign invites you to attend their 2010 Annual Benefit, "Transportation Rising," on Thursday, November 11 from 6-9 pm at the Midtown Loft (267 Fifth Avenue) in Manhattan. The benefit will highlight accomplishments and success in transportation reform in the past year. The 2010 honorees are U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and the Empire State Transportation Alliance (ESTA). Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the junior senator from New York, has become a leader in connecting transportation, land use, public health and environmental issues, using her role as a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee to champion improved public transportation and safer streets for bicycling and walking. The Empire State Transportation Alliance is a coalition of business, civic, labor and environmental organizations that has been a leading voice for essential investment in the country’s largest transit system. Since 1999, ESTA has launched countless advocacy campaigns that have led to billions in transit investments in the Region.

Please come out and support this great group that works tirelessly for transportation reform on Long Island and throughout the region! To purchase tickets and sponsorship packages, please visit TSTC’s website.

Learn about making Long Island housing energy efficient on November 12th

lipaJoin the Long Island Power Authority, US EPA, NYSERDA and Efficiency First at 8:30am on November 12th to learn the latest information on making Long Island homes more energy efficient. The following agencies be presenting on these topics: LIPA: How to take advantage of the financial rebates provided by the Efficiency Long Island Program to empower consumers to make more energy efficient choices and reduce their carbon footprints. EPA: Chandler Von Schrader will present on how the ENERGY STAR program can help consumers save money by reducing energy usage in their homes. NYSERDA: Green jobs/Green New York implementation and financing opportunities. Efficiency First: Update on HOME STAR and other federal legislation.

The event will be held at the Omni Building at 333 Earle Ovington Boulevard in Uniondale. Coffee and a light breakfast will also be served. Seating is limited, so please contact Lisanne Altman at Laltmann@lipower.org or 516-719-9843 by November 5th to RSVP.

Dark Skies meeting on November 13th

skiesJoin the Sierra Club of Long Island on November 13th, from 2-4 pm to learn more about Dark Sky initiatives on Long Island. Susan Halter from the International Dark-Sky Association will be there to speak on what Long Islanders and their local governments can do to preserve the night skies on Long Island.

The New Village Recreation Center on Wireless Road in Centereach will host the event.

Homeless Veterans Conference on November 20th

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On Saturday, November 20th, from 9:30am-2:30pm, the Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island, Shelter Rock Form and Shelter Rock Men's Group present a conference and a call to action on the issue of homeless veterans at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock. The event will feature presentations and a panel discussion by local experts, followed by a call to action. The keynote speaker will be Wilkens Young, an Army veteran, who himself was homeless after a period of incarceration brought on by substance abuse. After rehabilitating his life through involvement in various programs, he obtained a license as a substance abuse counselor, and currently serves as director of programs for Suffolk County United Veterans in Yaphank.

There is an increasing number of homeless veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Newer veterans face difficult problems of dwindling job opportunities on Long Island, a stagnant economy and a lack of services for veterans due to tight budgets. John Javis, Chair of the Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island, said, “Homelessness among veterans remains a critical problem. National statistics indicate that while veterans are 11% of the general adult population, they represent 26% of the homeless population,”  adding, “there are approximately 5,000 sheltered and unsheltered veterans currently on Long Island.”

Other organizations sharing their expertise at the conference will be the VA Medical Center Northport, the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency, the New York State Office of Mental Health, United Veterans Beacon House, the Family and Children’s Association, the Interfaith Nutrition Network, Family Promise of Nassau County, Suffolk County United Veterans, as well as NYS Assemblymember Michelle Schimel, who serves on the NYS Assembly Veterans Committee. 

The event is free and open to the public. For more information please call John Javis at the Mental Health Association at 516-489-2322 ext. 1101. The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock is located at 48 Shelter Rock Road in Manhasset.

Help Wanted

Vision Long Island seeking interns for Winter 2010

logoVision Long Island is now seeking unpaid interns for Winter 2010. If you are interested in suburban/urban planning, community development, local government, or sustainability, consider working for us part time.

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 suburban/urban planning from a bottom-up perspective. This is a valuable opportunity to work with great people in a small office environment and learn about the issues impacting Long Island. Strong writing skills a plus.

Note that hours, start date, and end date are all flexible. Although this is an unpaid position, we will gladly work with you to provide college credit and transportation reimbursement. We will also work with you to make sure you have a great experience that is tailored to your specific interests and skill set.

Individuals interested in learning more are encouraged to contact us at info@visionlongisland.org. Please put "Internships for Winter 2010" in the subject heading. You are welcome to include a resume and/or letter, and please indicate when you are available.

 

Weekend Planner

Tito Puente Jr. in concert

tito Tito Puente Jr., son of the acclaimed Latin Jazz musician will be playing his father’s hits at the Bayshore YMCA’s Center for the Performing Arts on Friday at 8 pm. As the son of the legendary performer, he delights in keeping his father’s music alive for future generations. "People who don't know anything about Latin music know my father and people always, always smile when they say his name," he says. “That is a very special gift, and it inspires and motivates me to bring his music to the world."

Tickets are $45 for members and $50 for members. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Boulton Center's website.

Gary Dell’Abate (aka Baba Booey) book signing and discussion

baba booeyHoward Stern Show producer and radio personality Gary Dell’Abate, better known as Baba Booey, will be discussing and signing copies of his new book, They call me Baba Booey, on Saturday at 7 pm at Book Revue in Huntington Village. In his new autobiography, he recalls the role of music in his troubled childhood and rise to fame with the Howard Stern Show.

All books signed at Book Revue must be purchased there. For books bought before the event, please bring a receipt. For more information, please visit the website.

Closing Words

Goodbye, Coney Island

coney island 2There are subtle differences between revitalization, neighborhood preservation and gentrification, and this week those issues came to a head in one of our region's most beloved places. It was only a matter of time before the Coney Island that we all know and love was forced to meet its end.

The $3 Shoot-the-Freak game, the nails-in-the-nose Freak Show and the painful but fun Cyclone that once entertained all will soon be a prime example of gentrification of the lower borough of Brooklyn. Cafes and dive bars covered in graffiti will soon be home to gastro-pubs and bistros where no shirt, no shoes means no overpriced panini or $14 Martini. Staple businesses along the boardwalk were given two weeks' notice to pack up and get out.

SMART GROWTH NEWS

Newsletter Editor: Michelle Dutchen, Director of Communications
Contributors: Eric Alexander, Executive Director; Tara Klein, Planning Coordinator;
Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director; Elissa Ward, Sustainability Director; Chris Kyle, Program Coordinator; Chloe Johnson, Planning Assistant; Colin Walfield, Intern

We strive to provide continued quality publications such as this each 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.

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