Day: December 4, 2017

Heartland Town Square Development Hits Roadblock

By Josh Farber

The Heartland Town Square, a massive 452 acre site proposed to redevelop the former Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center, would contain more than 9,000 residential units, 3.2 million square feet of office space and 1 million square feet of retail space, according to a project overview presented to the Town of Islip Town Board in March.

Millennial involvement in politics grows

By Luis Ruiz Dominguez

Younger generations have consistently had the lowest voter turnout in history, but they are actively finding new ways to engage in political issues and inform themselves on current news. From volunteering in campaigns to actively voting, millennials want to have their voices heard so change can begin to occur.

First LGBT housing complex raises questions about inclusivity

By Kayla McKiski

The housing complex will consist of 75 rental apartments for citizens aged 55 or older that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, or who are LGBT friendly.  The site will also include an 8,000 square foot LGBT Center, replacing the old one that was half the size. The center will adjoin the housing complex and provide a variety of services to residents spanning from counseling to HIV testing to socials events, according to The Network’s website.

Racial discrimination in housing persists despite growing minority populations

By Antonia Brogna

“In the 1980s, my dad… he wanted to move his family out to Long Island,” Wasim Ahmad said. “He was being steered towards Freeport and Uniondale and so on and so forth, but he wanted to live in Merrick. It wasn’t until he got his white Jewish friend to do the asking that the houses he was shown was changed.”

Agencies work to keep up with 40 percent growth in home health industry

By Brittany Bernstein

Twelve home health aides cycle in and out of Angela Pittala’s Medford, NY apartment in any given week. Their shifts, timesheets and time-off requests are all managed by Pittala herself, which can be like a full-time job. Pittala, whose Cerebral Palsy leaves her confined to a wheelchair, hires her aides through the Consumer Directed Personal Assistant Program, a program that enables those in need of home health care to hire and fire their own help– including their own family and friends.

After earning $10M from NYS, Westbury looks to cash in on downtown boom

By Skyler Gilbert

In Westbury, a Nassau County village, the local government was awarded $10 million in funding to revitalize their downtown last year, as part of an annual grant New York State initiative (called the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, or DRI) launched by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2016. The initiative is the largest public aid program for downtown growth toward Long Island in state history.