The Alliance for Quality Education is a statewide grassroots movement mobilizing communities across the state to keep New York true to its promise of ensuring a high-quality public school education to all.
Saturday March 26th 2011, from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM
Timber Point Country Club in Great River
Great River Road, Great River, NY 11739
COST: Tickets are $75 each or two for $125
The Long Island Progressive Coalition, the local affiliate of Citizen Action New York.
Is celebrating their 32nd Anniversary at their Annual Luncheon. Honorees include: New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Congressmember Timothy Bishop with the Paul Gutierrez Award for Contributions to Human Dignity. The Bill Pickering Labor Leader Award will be going to Timothy Lynch of Teamsters Local 1205. The award for Environmental Vision in Sustainable Development is going to Elisabeth Fiteni from the Sustainability Institute of Molloy College. Long Islanders who have made a difference include: Florence Capers from the Wyandanch Education Committee, Town of Huntington Councilmember Glenda Jackson, Laura Mallay from Residents for Efficient Special Districts and Luis Valenzuela from the Long Island Immigrant Alliance. Jan Hickman will be honored as LIPC volunteer of the Year.
The Long Island Progressive Coalition is a 32-year old organization dedicated to promoting sustainable development, revitalizing local communities, creating effective democracy, enhancing human dignity, and achieving economic, social justice and racial justice. http://lipc.org/
The head of the Long Island Immigrant Alliance, Luis Valenzuela, will be honored for his work on immigration issues at a March 26 luncheon hosted by the Long Island Progressive Coalition.
For information about the event, see the press release below:
The Long Island Progressive Coalition will be hosting our 32nd anniversary luncheon on Saturday, March 26th from 11am-2pm at the Timber Point Country Club in Great River.
We are very excited to announce that we will be honoring New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman & Congressmember Timothy Bishop with the Paul Gutierrez Award for Contributions to Human Dignity.
The Bill Pickering Labor Leader Award will be going to Timothy Lynch of Teamsters Local 1205. The award for Environmental Vision in Sustainable Development is going to Elizabeth Fiteni from the Sustainability Institute of Molloy College.
Those being honored as Long Islanders who have made a difference include Florence Capers from the Wyandanch Education Committee, Town of Huntington Councilmember Glenda Jackson, Laura Mallay from Residents for Efficient Special Districts and Luis Valenzuela from the Long Island Immigrant Alliance. Jan Hickman will be honored as LIPC volunteer of the Year.
To purchase your ticket, reserve a table or submit an ad to our luncheon journal, please contact Mary Dimino at 516-541-1006×10 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Huntington Town Board rejected a rezoning proposal Tuesday night in a 3-2 vote that would have created a “transit-oriented district” to allow a developer, AvalonBay Communities, to build 490 apartment units on 26 acres in Huntington Station.
Avalon Glen Cove North in Glen Cove. The Avalon Bay company wanted to build a similar development in Hungtington Station rejected the zoning needed to move the project forward Tuesday, Sept. 20.
The decision came after months of increasingly heated wrangling as opposition grew to the proposed apartment complex, and the issue became caught up in local town politics. The developer had promised to set aside at least 20 percent of the rentals for affordable housing and provide the Huntington school district with up to $1.5 million in mitigation costs to make up for an anticipated influx of new students. The item on the agenda drew hundreds of people.
Outside Town Hall protesters chanted that AvalonBay, a nationwide builder of high-end developments, was unfair to local builders by using contractors and workers from Connecticut and elsewhere. Inside Town Hall, the corridors were jammed, and voices were loud.
Opponents seemed to outnumber supporters, judging from the proliferation of their printed red-and-white signs proclaiming “Stop AvalonBay and Downsizing Huntington,” their white-washed Burger King crowns stamped with the phrase “Say no to AvalonBay,” and the many blue and red Conservative Society of America T-shirts.
The Town Board room itself was filled to capacity. The local fire marshall wouldn’t even allow AvalonBay’s attorney from the law firm Farrell Fritz to view the proceeding.
Noting the intense atmosphere, Supervisor Frank Petrone said, “Your passion speaks loud and clear.” He added, “This town could be better for all the energy this has produced.”
Councilwoman Glenda Jackson, a Democrat, noted that she’d been “appalled” at some of the “vicious comments” from opponents to the project, which she said were “over the top.”
She said that as a single parent who’d grown up in the town and had lived in Huntington Station, the project would go far in addressing the housing and economic needs of her community. But many of the opponents didn’t agree.
“Ladies and gentlemen,” Petrone said before the vote was cast, “you’ve shown leadership; don’t show dividedness.”
Under the terms of the rezoning proposal, the law needed a super majority to pass.
When Democratic Councilman Mark Cuthbertson followed Republican Councilman Mark Mayoka in opposing the measure, the crowd knew the law was toast.
Democratic Councilwoman Susan Berland, who’s made no secret of her political ambitions (such as for the supervisor job, some say), had previously announced her opposition to the zoning’s high density allowance (18 units per acre).
Cuthbertson cited the school board’s rejection of the Avalon project (after voting in favor of it last year), and said that “without their good faith” he couldn’t go forward.
In the end, two Democrats and one Republican defeated the measure, and only Supervisor Petrone and Councilwoman Jackson, both Democrats, were in favor.
After the vote, Berland told the Press that she still held out hope that AvalonBay would come back to the town with a proposal for much lower density, such as 14.5 units per acre. The site now allows for 109 single-family homes.
AvalonBay had said that without the higher density zoning it wouldn’t develop in Huntington.
Supporters of the project were disappointed, to say the least, but they were not surprised because the town board had been backpedaling for months.
“Their job is to lead,” said Lisa Tyson, executive director of the Long Island Progressive Coalition. “They reacted.”