Sustainable Long Island
January 2011
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Our 5th Annual Conference
Featured Conference Workshops
David Awards
State of the State Address
Long Island Index 2011
Brownfields Survey
Healthy Food Healthy Communities Funding
Networking opportunity for farmers
Matthew Crosson
Board of Directors
Ruth Negron-Gaines- President

Kevin McDonald - Vice President

The Nature Conservancy

Charlotte Biblow, Esq. - Secretary

Farrell Fritz, P.C.

Lauren Furst - Treasurer


Russ Albanese

Albanese Organization Inc.


Lennard Axinn

Island Estates


Robert Bernard

Capital One Bank

Peter Bogan

Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III
SUNY College at Old Westbury


Dr. Miriam K. Deitsch

State University at Farmingdale


Michelle DiBenedetto

Long Island Housing Partnership


Pat Edwards



Richard Grafer

Amy Hagedorn
Hagedorn Foundation


David Kapell


Jeff Kraut

North Shore - LIJ Health System


George O'Neill


Mitchell H. Pally

Long Island Builders Institute


Dr. Robert A. Scott

Adelphi University


Ron Shiffman

Pratt Institute


Robert Wieboldt















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2011 is underway and so are the events, issues, and excitement of the new year! Below read about our 5th Annual Sustainability Conference coming up this March, the informative State of the State Address from earlier this month, the recent news on Suffolk County Bus fare increases, and much more!

Did you know: In December 2010 as part of the tax bill, Congress retroactively extended the IRA charitable donation. This popular tax rule had expired in 2009. Now taxpayers who are 70 1/2 or older can donate up to $100,000 a year of IRA assets directly to charities without paying income tax on that donated amount. Donors have until January 31, 2011 to make a donation for 2010. Additional donations up to $100,000 are allowed for 2011 tax free. Help Sustainable Long Island advance our mission by donating today!

Click here to make a secure online donation via Sustainable Long Island's brand new website!
Our 5th Annual Sustainability Conference:
"The Rally for Resources"


Our 5th Annual Sustainability Conference will be held on Friday, March 4, 2011 at the Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage, NY. "The Rally for Resources" will focus on discovering where your community can find funding opportunities for local projects and plans. You will have the chance to find out who's moving beyond the talk toward implementation and finally "getting it done."


The conference will feature keynote speaker Woody Tasch, President of Slow Money - which has been voted one of the top 10 ideas for change in America by Also set to return is the popular networking lunch featuring a taste from dozens of Long Island's premier restaurants, and interactive workshops on a range of topics featuring brownfield redevelopment, community project implementation, food project financing, and much more!

Register today for early discount pricing
or attend just for lunch!


*We also would like to ask you to consider donating any unused airline miles you may have obtained via traveling. With these donated miles, we will be able to better accommodate our keynote speakers, panelists, and moderators travel needs. 
First Look: Featured workshops at "The Rally for Resources"


Food Financing

This panel will discuss local and regional-scale food projects that improve access to fresh, healthy food and spur community and economic development. Panelists will explore case studies and how to harness public and private investment to launch community food programs across Long Island.


Infrastructure Implementation

This workshop will explore potential or proposed implementation projects and a discussion about how to get them completed, including various financing options such as  bonding, tax increment financing, state revolving loan fund, utility taxes, as well as pending federal funding and possible new innovative mechanisms.


Brownfield Redevelopment

This workshop will focus on brownfield redevelopment as an economic development tool.  Panelists will discuss specific projects, the opportunities and challenges they face on the projects, as well as provide guidance on how to leverage federal, state, and local funding for such projects.


Open Space Preservation & Redevelopment

This workshop will focus on implementing and funding open space preservation and redevelopment projects. Panelists will discuss how to spur economic development and strengthen downtowns by redeveloping underutilized vacant land. There will also be a discussion on how to protect natural assets/resources by preserving said space and how to leverage funds to implement these types of projects.


Project Mentoring Session

This session will consist of mini mentoring meetings for community representatives on how to get projects off the ground and where to find funding. Participants will have a brief opportunity to meet with community, business, and local elected leaders who have been successful in securing funding for, and launching, implementation projects.

Register today for early discount pricing
or attend just for lunch!

Networking Magazine's Tenth Annual David Awards Breakfast

David Awards

On Thursday, January 20, 2011 Networking Magazine will honor eight exceptional men... "Renaissance Men," who perform generous and unselfish acts for the benefit of all. "The David Awards are named for David the giant slayer who represents the Renaissance Ideal Man memorialized by Michelangelo's noted 16th century statue," according to Networking Magazine founder and publisher, Christine Conniff Sheahan.


The eight honorees are Renaissance men dedicated to their community. They excel in business or academics and also accomplish outstanding heroic and humanitarian acts.

Sustainable Long Island would like to recognize Marty Shwartz, a founding member of Sustainable Long Island, and all of the 2011 David Award Honorees for their contributions to creating a sustainable and equitable region.

Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address


On January 5th, Sustainable Long Island attended Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State Address, invited as guests of Senator Carl Marcellino. Governor Cuomo's speech certainly gave hope to New Yorkers that change is coming, but Long Islanders will continue to question whether or not there will be more attention paid to addressing some of Long Island's pressing issues that often feel ignored. 

Long Island is the third most segregated suburban region in the country. That complicates issues such as how to rehabilitate 6,800 brownfields and provide access to fresh, affordable food in some neighborhoods. It is promising to hear Governor Cuomo's bottom-up approach in combating some of New York State's problems, one of which was a Green Market program. 

With Sustainable Long Island's community-based youth-run farmers' market of 2010 as a model of success, we urge the Governor to have each green market based in communities that need access to fresh, wholesome food the most.

This all goes hand-in-hand with how New York will prioritize helping out communities that are typically characterized as low-income on Long Island and region wide.

From the Associated Press:

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged New Yorkers battered by two years of recession to seize the opportunity in Albany's fiscal and ethical crises to build a better state government and prosperous economy.

"We must turn this crisis into an opportunity to fundamentally remake our state into the progressive capital of the nation," Cuomo said in the prepared remarks for his first State of State address.

"We must transform the state of New York from a government of dysfunction, gridlock and corruption to a government of performance, integrity and pride," Cuomo said.

Cuomo then presented his concepts for addressing $11 billion in deficits the state is facing and reforming a failed ethical culture that claimed a governor, a comptroller, two majority leaders and several legislators in the past four years. Cuomo also proposed using tax breaks and energy subsidies to keep and attract private-sector jobs that have been leaving the state for decades since his father, Mario Cuomo, was governor.

"Business built New York, and we are declaring that New York is once again open for business," Andrew Cuomo said.

Cuomo said his budget proposal due Feb. 1 will address the state's current and future deficits without raising taxes or borrowing. Instead he would seek a one-year freeze on state workers' pay through union contracts that expire at the end of March.

He also says he will cap state spending at the inflation rate and reduce the number of agencies, authorities and commissions by 20 percent.

Cuomo also says he will cut the cost of the state's Medicaid health care program for the poor, considered one of the most generous programs in the nation and now serving a quarter of New Yorkers.

He wants public financing of campaigns and will push to legalize gay marriage and protect abortion rights.

"There are no easy solutions," said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who attended the address and supports Cuomo's efforts to fix New York's finances.

"We have tremendous challenges ahead for us, so we should not miss the opportunity," said Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos of Nassau County.

But the most anticipated remarks may be those of powerful Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Silver gave his vital support to Cuomo's effort to cut spending, establish a 2 percent cap on the growth of property taxes, enact nonpartisan redistricting of election districts for the next 10 years so majority parties don't protect their power, and other key proposals.

He also said he will support Cuomo's plan to cut state spending.

All of that, however, remains subject to difficult negotiation. But Silver's support for the concepts is essential for any chance of finally pushing through the long proposed ideas.

"At this crucial juncture in our history, let us - the leaders of our New York - adjust the sails together and set our great state on a course toward hope, prosperity, and the promise of better days," Silver said.

But in many ways, Cuomo is making the same pitch governors have made since Democratic Gov. Hugh L. Carey declared the end to the "days of wine and roses" in 1975 and then helped save New York City from bankruptcy. Even former Gov. Mario Cuomo spoke in his 1983 inauguration speech of taking a "responsible approach to our fiscal difficulties" after years of turmoil that prompted questions about government's role.

"Unlike Carey, who had a solvent state trying to salvage New York City ... Cuomo inherits a state that is in desperate fiscal straits and no one has ever bailed out a state," said Bruce Gyory, a political consultant who teaches about national and state voting trends at the state University at Albany.

"New York state desperately needs a successful stretch of governing," Gyory said.

Long Island Index 2011


Long Island Index

On January 20, the Rauch Foundation will release this year's Long Island Index; a status report on the Long Island region that aims to engage the larger community in thinking about the region's future and to be a catalyst for action. Each year this report gathers and publishes invaluable data on Long Island:

The 2010 report revisited one of Long Island's greatest assets -our downtowns. Analyzing how much available land might be available within a 1/2 mile of our downtown centers, the Index calculated that on the 8,300 available acres there is the potential to build 90,000 new housing units.  

This year, Sustainable Long Island board member, Russ Albanese will be one of the keynote speakers at the launch. We look forward to hear from him and to view the 2011 report! For more information, visit the Long Island Index website.

Sustainable Long Island's Brownfield Survey


Sustainable Long Island has released a Brownfields Survey to numerous Long Island municipalities, developers, and stakeholders to identify the status of brownfields projects across our region. Take a look at the Survey, which is also available on Survey Monkey and other associated sites, and feel free to fill one out or pass it along to someone who can! We recognize brownfields redevelopment is the future of growth on Long Island!

Healthy Food Healthy Communities Funding Available


In 2010, Governor Paterson announced the availability of $30 million in grants and loans to "facilitate the development of healthy food markets in underserved communities throughout New York." The fund is administered by Empire State Development with partners: The Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), The Reinvestment Fund, and The Food Trust. This past November, Empire State Development (ESD) and Sustainable Long Island held an informational meeting at Farmingdale State College discussing the Healthy Food Healthy Communities fund, which is available to healthy food market operator or developers. Find our more information by clicking right here.

A networking opportunity for farmers & school food service directors


Cultivating Relationships To Take the Next Step

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Cornell Cooperative Extension
50 West High Street, Ballston Spa

Please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension to register: 518-885-8995

Getting more products from local farms into school is a mission that's gaining momentum. $40 million inmandatory funding for Farm to School programs is included in the recently passed "Healthy, HungerFreeKids Act of 2010" (Child Nutrition Reauthorization). Local farmers and school food service directors areinvited to this networking meeting to establish relationships necessary to improve the quality of foods servedin schools and increase direct marketing opportunities for farms.

Former LIA President Passes Away

Matthew Crosson, who had been president of the Long Island Association for 16 years of growth and dramatic change in the area before leaving in March to take over as head of the Greater Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, passed away last month at Mountain View Hospital in Las Vegas, he was 61. We at Sustainable Long Island would like to express our condolences to his family and friends. Matthew Crosson was a pioneer in Long Island development and he will surely be missed as a leader and, more importantly, as a person.

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Sarah Lansdale, Executive Director

Sustainable Long Island