November 26th - 30th, 2012
Albanese & Albanese
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“New York has suffered unprecedented damage from Hurricane Sandy, both wide and deep, and it demands a strong and equally serious response from the Federal Government. The Governor, after conferring with Mayor Bloomberg and the county executives, has given us a detailed and serious disaster damage estimate that extensively documents the severe harm that New York and New Yorkers have suffered. Working with the Administration and the delegation, as well as with colleagues from other affected states, we will do everything we can to maximize the relief New York receives.
“As residents and businesses begin moving forward to repair the damage Hurricane Sandy caused, the Town wants to do all it can to assist them. Bringing government and the private sector together at the same time should help ease the process of making residents, businesses and the town whole again.” - Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone speaking on the need for government and the private sector to work together to benefit residents affected by Hurricane Sandy
“Given this administrations commitment to inter-municipal partnerships, we gladly jumped at the opportunity to help Long Beach in its recovery efforts. It was the least we could do.” - North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman speaking on his commitment helping his fellow Long Islanders
"The consensus was we go big, or we don't go at all. If there's other people who need help, and we can help, we'll help." - Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi speaking on the need to help his fellow Long Islanders
"In the weeks to come, I will be announcing the appointment of a task force to better prepare for the next storm by examining what went right and what went wrong with LIPA, the Town’s response, FRES, FEMA, the county, and the state. Clearly, there are fixes that are obvious such as improving our antiquated electric grid system, by starting a program to bury our utility lines, and ensuring that our cell towers are continuously energized." - Hon. Ed Romaine speaking at his recent inauguration as Brookhaven Town Supervisor
Call to Action was heard and delivered
Long Island communities have come together to cleanup and rebuild after Sandy. We witnessed this firsthand when at the 2012 Smart Growth Summit our Towns and Villages pulled together to assist the City of Long Beach with clean up. We have seen firsthand many of the contractors in attendance take their time to volunteer and help. We have seen firsthand the number of volunteers across LI that are cleaning and gutting people’s homes. We have seen firsthand on Main Streets the number of small businesses donating services, supplies and serving as a critical hub of activity to help their fellow Long Islanders.
This is the real story after Sandy - municipalities, community groups, small business and individual residents helping each other. This was critical particularly when many of the traditional systems of aid broke down. We will need to work together not just in the cleanup phase but securing needed infrastructure dollars for our region moving forward and in rebuilding our local communities.
Vision is very thankful to continue to work with local communities and small business to assist in these efforts moving forward. If you want to assist in cleanups, lobbying for critical infrastructure needs or to assist planning and design of your local community please contact our office at 631-261-0242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vision Long Island would like to extend a special thank you to the over 150 folks who volunteered last weekend for clean ups around Long Island. We had groups in Long Beach, Lindenhurst, Mastic Beach, Sayville, Island Park and Freeport. Everyone rolled up their sleeves and did what was needed whether it be cleaning yards, ripping out sheetrock, gutting homes, cleaning mold - you name it folks did it and it was extremely impressive.
Long Island Municipalities, Communities and Small Buinesses provide unified storm relief response
Newsday listed many of the municipalities that have been working closely together in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy:
Lindenhurst recieved a dump truck, payloader, and 10 workers from the Village of Patchogue and donations organized by Brightwaters and delivered on a flatbed truck, along with dumpsters and equipment from the Town of Babylon to remove large debris and burn it in their incinerator.
Long Beach recieved help from many different communities to remove more than 135,000 cubic yards of debris as of last week. Huntington sent a dozen garbage trucks, North Hempstead sent 18-wheelers, dump trucks, and payloaders and had volunteer crews working through the Thanksgiving weekend to remove debris. Glen Cove sent 18 trucks adn over 30 public works employees. Hempstead Village was sent 8 garbage trucks over the weekend with crews. Hempstead Town set up a moble command unit and allowed access to a town building in Point Lookout for showers and communications needs for the displaced police department.
East Rockaway received sanitation services and a loaned military vehicle for evacuations from the Town of Hempstead. Bayville had access to Town of Oyster Bay crews, equipment, and trucks.
The spirit of intermunicipality cooperation is inspiring, to say the least. Let's hope that it continues past storm recovery efforts.
Post-Sandy Long Beach update!
Post-Sandy community assistance
Suffolk County Disaster Relief Housing
During the weeks following Super Storm Sandy, Suffolk County, in cooperation with the American Red Cross and FEMA, has ensured that no one in Suffolk County has to go homeless. Because, the Red Cross provides disaster relief, anyone who has lost housing due to Sandy and may need emergency sheltering should call the Red Cross at 877-733-2767. For those who have lost housing for any OTHER reason, please go directly to your Department of Social Services office during business hours. After 4:30pm, please call 631-854-9100 for assistance.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano forms Economic Recovery Task Force
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano launched an Economic Recovery Task Force immediately following Hurricane Sandy to focus on the micro- and macro-economic issues resulting from the storm. The Task Force includes private and public sector leaders and business experts. The main goal is to provide clear and effective communication and assistance to businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The Task Force is charged with restoring Nassau County's business economy, post-Hurricane Sandy. The committee's mission is to create jobs by providing Nassau businesses and non-profit organizations with the tools they need to restore, open, and grow in Nassau County. Businesses are encouraged to contact the Task Force and an economic development first responder will respond within 24 hours. The Task Force informs businesses as to available resources, including but not limited to: Small Business Administration Disaster Recovery Loans, power issues, insurance claims, construction and repairs, public transportation, shared work program, municipal contacts.
The Task Force, through the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency (NCIDA), is able to offer financial assistance in the form of sales-tax exemptions through the NCIDA of up to $99,000 for businesses with fewer than 100 employees to be used for furniture, fixtures, equipment and materials used for reconstruction. A business must pledge to rebuild within the county.
For more information, visit the Nassau Back in Business website, email LEADS@NassauIDA.org or call 516-571-1745.
Senator Schumer announces over $15 million in federal funding for Superstorm Sandy clean up in Nassau County
On Thursday, November 29th, Senator Schumer announced that Nassau County would be receiving $15.9 million in FEMA clean up funds due to extensive damage directly related to Superstorm Sandy.
“Superstorm Sandy ravaged sections of Nassau County, creating a massive cleanup effort by localities and these residents should not have to bear the burden of these expenses,” said Schumer. “This reimbursement for debris cleanup is a good start down the road to repair and recovery and I will continue to fight tooth-and-nail to ensure that Long Island receives the rest of the funding it needs and deserves.”
Under current FEMA programs the federal government will reimburse up to 75% of a project's eligible costs. The total amount of $15,917,988.75 was awarded to Nassau County for debris cleanup related to the storm including downed trees, limbs and power lines.
Joint Statement released by Senator Schumer, Governor Cuomo, New York City Delegation, Mayor Bloomberg, and County Executives
On Monday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo held a briefing with New York State’s Congressional delegation, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and County Executives from Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties to review a detailed assessment of the damage and future mitigation/prevention costs as a result of Hurricane Sandy, as well as discuss the state’s approach to seeking supplemental federal assistance to help cover the repair and restoration costs.
Bolt Bus launches non-stop service between Long Island and Manhattan
BoltBus, a bus line which runs on both the East and West coast providing a cost effective way to travel, announced this week that it will launch non-stop service between Long Island and New York City on Dec. 10, with 14 daily round trips. Tickets are now available for purchase at BoltBus.com. To celebrate the launch, all seats on this route are priced at $1 for travel Dec. 10-17.
Vision’s Director Eric Alexander said “Vision encourages folks to use this new transportation service. Our region needs as many public and private transportation options as possible and this operation is a positive step.”
NYS Dept. of Transportation's Draft Capital Plan misses 1/4 of traffic deaths and injuries and Complete Streets Law mandates in Capital Plan
After a careful review of the recently released New York State Department of Transportation's (NYSDOT) Two-year Capital Plan, the New York Bicycling Coalition (NYBC), an organization which promotes the safe use of the bicycle and walking reports, to much dismay and confusion, that this critical planning document excludes walkers and bicyclists entirely. In fact, while all other transportation modes, including automobile, transit, plane, etc., are accounted for throughout the draft Plan, bicycling and walking are never mentioned.
Vision Long Island is hoping that this omission is an accident. And that there is a section being drafted to address the needs of pedestrians and cyclists.
Long Island consortium to develop regional sustainability plan
A Long Island consortium received $800,000 in state funds to come up with a plan make the region more environmentally friendly and economically sustainable.
Suffolk County Legislator William R. Spencer and Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth hold Water Security hearings
Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth and Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer would like to invite you to attend the third public hearing regarding Protecting our Aquifers and Drinking Water. This third hearing will take place on Wednesday, December 5 at the Cold Spring Harbor Library. This hearing will focus on identifying solutions to the issues facing our water supply.
Brookhaven Town Supervisor Edward P. Romaine Vows to "Move Brookhaven Forward" During Inaugural Address
Edward P. Romaine was sworn in as the 70th Supervisor of the Town of Brookhaven during the Inaugural ceremony at Town Hall this past Monday, November 26th. He was elected Supervisor in a special election held on November 6, 2012. The standing room only event was attended by hundreds of people, including elected officials and dignitaries representing all levels of government, civic leaders, guests, friends, family and residents from throughout Brookhaven Town.
Vision was pleased that his message touched on fast-tracking rebuilding, green energy, infrastructure, redevelopment over open space development, and working in a transparent fashion with a goal of getting 7-0 votes on the Board.
Supervisor Romaine is a former Smart Growth Award winner who has been a part of many Vision planning initiatives. The Vision team is very much looking forward to working with him on upcoming land use and infrastructure issues. Good luck Mr. Supervisor!
A Bank for Infrastructure Funding
The $5.25 billion Panama Canal expansion, which could be especially profitable for U.S. ports, along the Gulf and the East Coast has created talks of a bipartisan legislation, that is currently moving through congress, which could create a national infrastructure bank that would help states and local municipalities finance public works projects.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CLEAN UP
Dear potential volunteers who have not yet signed up for a community for this Saturday (December 1st) or Sunday (December 2nd);
Vision Long Island is organizing another physical clean-up crews to assist local communities damaged by heavy flooding for this weekend.
Thanks to the over 150 of you for helping last weekend and the 100 of you who helped the weekend before. I know many of you are planning to help this weekend again. We have a solid group that is heading to Long Beach and as always a clear set of assignments at the Rec Center.
1. Let us know if you can help in:
Long Beach on Saturday – 150 West Bay Drive, Long Beach
(Note: Other communities are developing assignments this weekend so stay tuned for a number of additional actions)
2. Provide your own supplies needed for clean-up: Industrial bags, rakes, hammers, shovels, gloves, masks, heavy boots. We may have many of these items available but it is safer to have them ready to go just in case.
3. SIMPLY CONTACT INFO@VISIONLONGISLAND.ORG OR CALL 631-804-9128 SO WE KNOW WHO IS SIGNING UP
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE
If you are unable to volunteer and would like to donate food or clean up supplies they can be dropped off during business hours at:
Suffolk Hearing on Sandy Response set for Thursday, December 6th
The Suffolk County Legislature’s Public Safety and Economic Development and Energy committees will hold a joint public hearing on the “Post Sandy Response Assessment” on Thursday, December 6 at 6 p.m. at the Rose Y. Caracappa Auditorium, in the William H. Rogers Building located at 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Smithtown.
The purpose of this public hearing is to give the public an opportunity to express their concerns regarding the overall response to the super storm Sandy relief efforts. As a result of the storm, thousands of residents throughout Suffolk County were left with property damage, power loss, and a number of other issues related to the storm. This public hearing will allow an opportunity for the public to express any grievances related to Sandy, and offer recommendations for future storm preparation.After the public hearing, a follow-up meeting will be scheduled to allow an opportunity for all departments, agencies, and companies involved in the post Sandy relief to respond to the public concerns and comment on their recovery efforts. For more information or to RSVP your participation in this meeting contact the Suffolk County Legislature at (631) 852-1300.
CAN-DEE Music Festival for Hurricane Relief on Saturday, December 8th
On Saturday, December 8th, from 12 to 8 pm the annual holiday concert run by CAN-DEE Music will be devoting itself to relief for Hurricane Sandy victims. The music will be presented by students and friends of the studio.
Items urgently needed include
cleaning supplies (bleach, scrub brushes/sponges, heavy duty garbage bags, etc.),
baby items (powdered formula, baby food, diapers, wipes),
personal hygiene products (tooth brushes/paste, deodorant, feminine products) and non-perishable food (water, canned food, snack food such as granola)
Long Island Business Council to hold "Help Small Businesses Post-Sandy" worksession on December 11th
On Tuesday, December 11th from 8:00am to 10:00am, The Long Island Business Council will be holding a worksession at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College. The breakfast session will feature Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, along with government and business updates from Bill Schoolman, Classic Coach & Hampton Luxury Coach MTA Lawsuit Update; Scott Martella, Office of NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo; Dr. Nathalia Rogers, American Communities Institute at Dowling College; and NYS Assemblymen-elect Chad Lupinacci and Ed Hennessy.
Long Island Business Council is a group of small business leaders who are dedicated to regulatory relief, tax and utility stabilization for the average small business owner in addition to infrastructure investment towards our downtowns. They take our message to Albany and Washington as part of the Long Island Lobby Coalition and other regional initiatives.
More information is available on the flyer here. The session is complementary to LIBC members and Vision Long Island supporters and $45 for others. To RSVP, please call 877-811-7471 or email email@example.com with "LIBC RSVP" in the subject line.
HOPE NOW to host a homeowner assistance event for Hurricane Sandy victims on December 15th
A broad partnership of mortgage industry companies, HUD-approved, nonprofit housing counselors, insurance companies and local partners is coming together to help all homeowners in the region and lead them down the road to recovery.
Here is a message from our friends over at the Northport Village Merchants Association.
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