Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman, email@example.com Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00
Villages seeking to make infrastructure improvements can find free, state-funded grant-seeking assistance through New York State’s New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). David Berg of Cameron Engineering and Neil Lewis of Sustainability Institute presented the information to mayors and trustees at the March 12, Nassau County Village Officials Association meeting.
NYSERDA is a public benefit corporation created in 1975 under New York State law. At this time, NYSERDA’s goal is to help the state meet its energy goals, which include reducing energy consumption, promoting the use of renewable energy sources and protecting the environment. And to this end, NYSERDA works to facilitate change through the widespread development and use of innovative technologies to improve the state’s energy, economic and environmental wellbeing.
Lewis spoke first, explaining that the projects that reduce greenhouse gases are helpful not only to the environment, but the projects also create jobs. He said that NYSERDA is supported by five state agencies: Department of State, Department of Transportation, Department of Environmental Conservation, Public Service Commission and the New York State Power Authority.
Lewis broached the subject of “climate smart communities,” where, for example, a village might want to replace an aging village hall with a new one, a new environmentally friendly village hall. Lewis emphasized that there are such potential grants. And he noted that when applying for a grant, it might be beneficial to apply for both a Clean Green grant and a Climate Smart grant. He also urged municipalities to work together. And Lewis advised the group that the same old grant ideas might not work. He advised that grants are more often given to those who have “more innovative and creative ideas.”
Berg explained that Cameron Engineering also has a contract with NYSERDA to provide assistance to municipalities on Long Island for NYSERDA’s Climate Smart Communities project (to assist municipalities in lowering greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change). He stressed that both Clean Smart Communities and lowering greenhouse gases “save taxpayer dollars.” And he said that there is no cost to villages to come to Cameron or the Sustainability Institute for assistance; this is paid for by NYSERDA.
Advice included dealing with issues such as climate change, sea levels rising, increases in air temperature and more damaging rainstorms resulting in much flooding. Berg reiterated that they are looking for municipalities to work together and he asked that all participants be certain to identify critical facilities in their villages, facilities such as hospitals, utilities and village hall.
To be accepted into a grant program for a village, the mayor and the trustees must all agree to sign a pledge, and provide plans and goals that will lower the greenhouse gas emissions.
For further information, contact the NYSERDA communications unit at: NYSERDA 17 Columbia Circle, Albany, New York 12203-6399; or telephone 1-866-NYSERDA or (518) 862-1090.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Island Trees Union Free School District faces a few hurdles in its upcoming 2013-14 budget. The loss of the BOCES Geneva N. Gallow building lease and the increasing mandated retirement system (TRS/ERS) adds up to $2 million in lost revenue. The TRS/ERS contributions increased by almost $1.4 million, and the Gallow lease loss totals approximately $500,000, including the utility costs.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 00:00
What motivates a collector to dedicate a portion of his or her life to searching for the most rare and beautiful forms of a certain item? Is it their love of stamps from all over the world or is it their desire to find the most complex and unique model of a car? From jewelry and dolls to sports memorabilia and computers, a collector’s interests can range from the most bizarre items to the most common. Michael Katz, longtime collector of vintage radios from the 1920s to ’50s, said that the two kinds of things collectors go for are “stuff that’s really unusual and really decorative or the rare and expensive sets.”
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Don’t miss out on the chance to partake in an 8-week spring flying trapeze workshop! There is one space left in the Tuesday class for adults from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., and four spaces left in the Thursday class from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., which is open to all ages.
The workshops will take place at the Aquatic Center at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, New York.
Sign up online at iflytrapeze.com or call 516.640.6995 for more information.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
The Lady Generals lacrosse team at MacArthur High School earned the #1 spot and the title of 2013 conference champions, an accomplishment that last occurred in 2006. The team finished with a conference record of 9-1, succumbing in their only game to Oyster Bay by a one-goal deficit.