A team of researchers went looking for land in all the right places—and found oodles of it. Enough to start building a new, more vibrant and prosperous Long Island. That’s the news contained in a study just released by the Long Island Index.
What motivates people to action, to make changes for the better? There’s the annual New Year’s resolution. There are tragedies and scares. There are new ideas and innovations. And there is the power of a movement, like-minded people joining together to make change.
At Sustainable Long Island, we work with communities all the time to come together setting aside their own personal needs, agendas and priorities to meet the common, greater needs of their community. We bring together residents from all parts of the community who might have competing desires for their community and show them how to find the middle ground. Together, they create a plan for their community that will revitalize their downtown or commercial strip to attract new businesses, to expand their tax base and create jobs and enhance the physical environment to create a safer, greener, cleaner, more attractive community.
Each winter, New Yorkers and families across the country are directly confronted with one of the most crucial financial concerns regarding their teenage children – how to pay for their college education.
In recognition of this annual “rite of passage,” Governor David Paterson has proclaimed January 25 to February 25 Student Financial Aid Awareness Month – a period during which the State will host a series of events aimed at educating students and families about all the financial aid opportunities available for college, and how to apply for them.
Heading east from the post office or the bank on Kilian Road, it is practically impossible to make a left turn onto Hicksville Road to Sunrise Highway. The traffic on Hicksville Road waiting for the traffic light to turn green can number more than 20 vehicles most of the time. Many times on Kilian Road there’s more than 10 cars waiting to make a left turn onto Hicksville Road and by the time the Hicksville Road traffic goes, the light is missed and traffic is crossing Sunrise Highway heading south and cars are still stuck. In my opinion there’s only one way to fix the problem. That is to make it a “no left turn” onto Hicksville Road any time. I have talked to many people and to elected officials about the problem and everyone seems to agree, “no left turn” would solve the problem. Make a right turn, go to the light, make a left at the Triangle Park to Sunrise Highway.
As a state senator representing many communities in the Aqua service area, and as an Aqua customer myself, I am appalled that the state Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved a double-digit Aqua rate increase which will result in higher water bills for Aqua customers.
(This is a letter from NYS Governor David A. Paterson to all residents of the State.)
This is a winter of reckoning. And I write to you today not only about the state of our State, but also the state of our self-government – a fragile instrument of popular will that is breaking under the will to be popular.
All too often in Albany it is easier to deny reality and demand what we cannot afford than to accept that years of living on the margins of our means would one day have to end. Cultures of addiction to spending, power or approval have doomed empires, and now they threaten the Empire State.
But I do not write you today to replay old grievances or reclaim lost ground. We are here to rebuild. Rebuild our State’s economy into a national model of ingenuity and strength. Rebuild our people’s confidence in the stability of our State. Rebuild our manufacturing base to meet the energy standards of this enlightened age. And most importantly, rebuild the trust that the people of New York once had in their government.
I want to thank you for the honor of representing the place where I grew up and have lived my entire life. I went into public service because I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives and to fight for those who couldn’t fight for themselves. Whether in public service or as a private citizen I will continue to work to make the place that I call home a better place to live.
Over the years, I have worked with civic activists, PTAs, fire chiefs, village officials, school boards and school administrators. I thank them for their service as they work to improve the quality of life in our community without regard to politics or partisanship. I drive through the place that I call home and see how it has improved. Whether it was a blighted area turned into a beautiful pocket park, new playgrounds for our schools, downtown revitalization, or knowing that local fire departments have the critical life-saving tools they need, working with them proved that it truly does take “teamwork to make the dream work.”
Once again, thank you for the honor of representing you for the past six years. I will see you around town. Happy New Year!
People came here with vision and purpose. They saw opportunity, and seized it.
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