Sustainable Long Island
October 2011 
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In This Issue
Signature Bank Grant
Announcements and Reminders
NY Times Letter to the Editor
New Cassel Development
Protecting Long Island Water
Ronkonkoma Hub Funding
Village of Freeport Development
Coram Eliminating Blight
Suffolk County Planning Event
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Ruth Negr
n-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 

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


Dr. Miriam K. Deitsch

Farmingdale State College, State University of New York 


Pat Edwards



Richard Grafer 

Amy Hagedorn
Hagedorn Foundation   


Jeff Kraut

North Shore - LIJ Health System


Mitchell H. Pally

Long Island Builders Institute


Ron Shiffman

Pratt Institute


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Sustainable Long Island Awarded $1,000

Signature Bank has awarded Sustainable Long Island $1,000 through their Community Development Grant in support of the organization's community revitalization work across Nassau and Suffolk County.

Sig Bank

"Through their support of Sustainable Long Island, Signature Bank has chosen to reinvest in building a more economically stable, environmentally sound region that provides opportunity for all Long Islanders," said Ruth Negron-Gaines, Board President of Sustainable Long Island.


Sustainable Long Island focuses revitalization efforts toward the 50 most distressed communities on Long Island - based on a list compiled by the Suffolk County Planning Department. These communities have the highest levels of poverty, unemployment, and general distress, and Sustainable Long Island assists them to identify priorities for development and develop practical strategies to build safer, stronger, healthier, and more vibrant downtowns.


Announcements and Reminders 

Downtown BethpageNassau County recently named Nelson, Pope, & Voorhis (NPV) as the planning consultant on the Downtown Bethpage Retail Market and Revitalization Analysis. Sustainable Long Island will be joining NPV to assist in community outreach and engage the Bethpage community in a variety of ways, including the use of print, visual and electronic media. Sustainable Long Island will inform Bethpage residents about the revitalization and market study process, asking for their participation and input, announcing interactive open house sessions, and asking for feedback on the draft plan.


NYSCASustainable Long Island recently completed various efforts stemming from a 2010 NYSCA grant award of $8,300. Thanks to NYSCA's generous funding, Sustainable Long Island was able to advance plan implementation, food equity, and brownfields redevelopment across Long Island, including in Greater Bellport (N. Bellport), Roosevelt, Wyandanch, each with high proportions of low-income residents & more than 10% living below the poverty rate, as well as Elmont and Middle Country which struggle with dangerous road conditions and a lack of economic development.


ECSDThe Elmont Coalition for Sustainable Development (ECSD) has teamed up with Sustainable Long Island to work together and develop a new strategic, creative communications approach for the coalitions, which will help increase awareness of the coalition and help better equip all members with enhanced communication skills.The coalition will focus on its history, key messages and future goals to be better positioned in becoming proactive with communications, promotion, and media, and become educated on how to create, use, and deploy communication resources more effectively. Stay tuned for updates on the new look and feel of ECSD! 


NC Market 

Farmers' markets across Long Island are nearing the home-stretch on the current 2011 season. Don't forget to visit your local farmer's market today and also check out the four youth-staffed markets Sustainable Long Island has provided technical assistance to this past year: 


The Roosevelt Community Farmer's Market  

  • Where: Located on 380 Nassau Road (in the parking lot of the NuHealth building)
  • When: Open every Sunday from 11am-6pm through November 13.

The Greater Bellport Community Youth Market

  • Where: Located on 685 Station Road (in the parking lot of the Polymag building)
  • When: Open every Sunday from 11am-4pm through October 30. 

The Flanders Farmer's Market 

  • Where: Located on 655 Flanders Road (in the parking lot of the Crohan Community Center)
  • When: Open every Saturday from 9am-1pm through October 29.

The New Cassel Farmer's Market 

  • Where: Located on 212 Garden Street, Westbury (in the parking lot of the First Baptist Cathedral)
  • When: Open every Saturday from 11am-4pm through November 19.

Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?

(New York Times Letter to the Editor) 

Op-ed Columnist and renowned food writer Mark Bittman recently wrote a piece in the New York Times about the cost, health, and availability of junk food v. healthy food. You can read the full column here and see Sustainable Long Island's submitted letter to the editor on our blog. A small excerpt of the response can be found below:

NYTimes PictureThe reality is there are millions of Americans who lack access to fresh, healthy food options with the majority located in communities with limitations in resources, disposable income, language, and transportation options. Supermarkets, and other businesses and services, offering "real food" rather than hyper-processed food tend not to be as readily available to people in low income communities. The result can be an over-dependence on neighborhood convenience stores with limited offerings of fresh food sold, frequently for a high price, leading to myriad health and nutritional and long-term sustainability implications. Customers shopping at corner stores often find retail prices much higher for a selection of food full of canned goods and missing a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables.


New Cassel Development Plan  

Gains Momentum 

New Cassel 1
(via Newsday) - Nine years after residents, politicians and local activists crafted a plan to revitalize the blighted hamlet of New Cassel, its main thoroughfare, Prospect Avenue, is taking off.

This month, the North Hempstead Town Board passed three resolutions that allow six row houses to be renovated as apartments and retail space; a tree-covered, trash-strewn vacant parcel to become a 36-unit apartment complex; and artists to create public works for three parks and two bus shelters.

Read the full article that mentions Sustainable Long Island, who facilitated the planning process, on our blog


Protecting Long Island Water Resources

(via Newsday) - Protecting Suffolk County's water quality will require aggressive action, but solutions are varied and could be costly, stakeholders said at a state Assembly hearing Tuesday.  


State tax incentives for new septic systems, strict pesticide regulations, greater open space preservation near wells, and a limit on housing density in areas without sewers were among the proposals offered to four assemblymen present.


The cost of keeping high-quality drinking water will rise exponentially if the county does not keep contaminants from entering the groundwater, said James Gaughran, chairman of the Suffolk County Water Authority.


Full article can be found here


Senator Schumer Pushes for
Ronkonkoma Hub Funding

Ronkonkoma Train Station 

(via LIBN) - U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer toured the area around the Ronkonkoma Hub on Monday and pledged to pursue federal money for sewers and traffic improvements for the area slated for a major makeover.


Schumer called on the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and U.S. Department of Transportation, through the Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities, to meet with and help identify federal funding sources to help secure money for three key pieces of the neighborhood's revitalization: sewer infrastructure, roundabout construction at the LIRR station, and rehabilitation of existing, blighted properties around the train station.


Schumer made the case that public investment in infrastructure and federal recognition for the project will provide an added incentive for developers to invest private capital in this massive economic development project.


Read the full article at 

Major Developments coming to the
Village of Freeport

Freeport Development 

(via Newsday) - Freeport officials and developers have outlined a raft of major developments planned in the village in the coming months, including a Target store, a museum, a revitalized shopping plaza and a new insurance company.


Among the most significant projects, officials said the Long Island Museum of Science and Natural History is slated to open in late spring on the former site of the Woodcleft Avenue annex of Manhattan's South Street Seaport Museum.


Additional developments include the opening of a Target store containing a Starbucks in 2013 on Sunrise Highway, close to Meadowbrook Parkway.


Target is expected to invest $30 million and create more than 200 jobs, he said.


Meanwhile, there are plans to fill the 35,000-square-foot retail center at West Sunrise Highway and South Long Beach Avenue. Construction is planned for early spring to improve the building's facade and fix the center's sidewalks and driveways. The project anticipates bringing in new businesses to fill 14,000 square feet of vacant space, including a supermarket.


Read the full article at 


Coram to Eliminate Community Blight

Coram Blight 

(via Newsday) - Construction of a $59 million housing and retail project at the former United Artists movie theater in Coram could begin as early as next year.

Officials said the project would eliminate a blight that has attracted vandals, arsonists and homeless squatters since 2004, when the theater closed. It would provide 160 apartments with rents starting about $1,173, almost 50,000 square feet of retail and alleviate congestion with a new connector between Middle Country Road and Route 112.

The project is one of the first to be included in Brookhaven's Blight to Light program; Supervisor Mark Lesko's initiative that identifies dilapidated properties and encourages redevelopment with reduced fees and accelerated approvals.


Full article can be found here.


Suffolk County Planning Federation:
Autumn Planning Conference 2011 

The Suffolk County Planning Federation invites you to attend its annual training conference to be held at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton on Wednesday October 12 from 3:00 - 9:40pm. A selection of ten courses will be offered ranging from Planning & Zoning Case Law to Food System Planning.  


Suffolk County EventParticipation in the program is recommended for planning and zoning board members, town and village board members, practicing planners, architects, environmental specialists, attorneys and other land use professionals, as well as civic and community representatives. A Suffolk County Planning Federation certificate of completion will be provided to all attendees and may serve as proof of training required.


For more information on the program, planned speakers, and how to register visit the official Suffolk County website
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