Property Damage & Disaster Restoration Blog: Long Island & New York City

FEMA Re-opens Disaster Incident Period to include Severe Storms and Flooding From March 13 - March 31, 2010

Posted on Thu, Jul 15, 2010 @ 08:01 AM

Release Date: July 14, 2010
Release Number: 1899-014

Albany, N.Y. -- Federal and state officials today announced that the incident period of the severe storms has been re-opened to cover the period from March 13 - March 31, 2010 and three additonal counties  -- Otsego, Schoharie, and Warren - have been added to the declaration.

"I am pleased that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) quickly reviewed the information gathered by state and local officials and approved Governor Paterson's request.  The longer incident period will provide needed reimbursement for communities as they repair damages caused by the severe March weather," said Andrew Feeney Director, New York State Office of Emergency Management (NYS OEM).

Otsego, Schoharie, and Warren Counties join Nassau, Orange, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties, in being declared disaster areas.

The amendment and additional counties to the incident period have been granted in response to Governor Paterson's appeal of June 29, 2010. The previous incident period was March 13-15. “By helping local and state governments recover, federal disaster assistance has a positive impact on  those communites,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Albie Lewis.

Government entities and certain private non-profits in the additional three counties may be eligible for federal aid through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA's) Public Assistance Program.  Aid may be available in one or more of the following seven categories: Debris Removal; Emergency Protective Measures; Road Systems and Bridges; Water Control Facilities; Public Buildings and Contents; Public Utilities, and Parks, Recreational and Other.

Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties and tribes within the state. FEMA funds 75 percent of eligible costs.

Article Source: FEMA

 

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An Air Quality Day is Forecast in the NY Region for Today!

Posted on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 @ 10:35 AM
(Monday, June 28, 2010)

URGENT!

The New York State Department of Transportation has declared that today (Monday, June 28, 2010) is an Air Quality Action Day in the downstate metro area due to forecasted high levels of ground-level ozone pollution in parts of the region (please visit the Clean Air NY Web site for more information http://app.streamsend.com/c/11868351/358/BTDvCz2/O8S8?redirect_to=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cleanairny.org%2FLocalAirQuality%2FDefault.aspx). While today is still a day when people can go about most of their normal activities, such as going to work, driving may be one of the most polluting activities that you do today, and we encourage everyone to leave their cars at home if possible.

Ground-level ozone is a respiratory irritant that can trigger asthma attacks and aggravate emphysema, bronchitis and other respiratory ailments. Children, people with pre-existing respiratory or heart conditions, people doing strenuous outdoor work or exercise and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to the effects of ozone.

Here are several simple steps you can take on Air Quality Action Days to prevent pollution:

  • Combine errands into a single trip, rather than separate trips. This can help save time and reduce the amount of pollution emitted from your vehicle.
  • Take the subway, bus or train when possible.
  • Postpone unnecessary trips. Avoiding motor vehicle trips on Air Quality Action Days will prevent the formation of air pollution.
  • Refuel your vehicle in the evening when it's cooler outside.
  • Avoid letting your vehicle idle, such as at the fast food or bank teller drive-thru.
  • Postpone using gas-powered gardening equipment such as lawn mowers on Air Quality Action Days. Wait for a day when air quality is better.
  • Forward this message to your family and friends.

 

To learn more about improving air quality or if you were forwarded this message and want us to send updates to your own e-mail address, visit CleanAirNY.org or call 1-877-ILUVAIR (1-877-458-8247).

Clean Air NY is sponsored by the New York State Department of Transportation in support of regionwide air-quality efforts.

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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Surprises Long Island Family in a Unique Fashion, Via the Jumbotron at Yankee Stadium With Ty Pennington and Alure President Sal Ferro

Posted on Wed, Jun 23, 2010 @ 12:03 PM

  

EAST MEADOW, N.Y., June 20 /PRNewswire/ -- ABC's Emmy-winning hit show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has selected the Lutz family of East Setauket, NY, in the Town of Brookhaven as the recipient of a Long Island Extreme Makeover set to begin this Tuesday. The show helps change the lives of families and inspire remarkable community support, traveling around the country each week, by finding a local builder to help bring a community together to build a new home for a deserving family in less than a week.

Unlike the show's traditional early morning door knock, Ty Pennington made the announcement to the family at Yankee Stadium on the Jumbotron prior to the NY Yankees vs. the NY Mets game this afternoon. Sal Ferro, President/CEO Alure Home of Alure Home Improvements, stormed the field from the dugout followed by hundreds of blue shirt volunteer workers to join Pennington along with the rest of the show's design team and several New York Yankees baseball players.

Unable to have any children of their own, loving couple Grace and John Lutz gave their hearts to 18 adopted kids in all, including seven with Down Syndrome.  After the couple passed away, their daughter Kathleen, gladly gave up her career and came home to take care of her six Down siblings who currently range in age from 20 to 25 years old. Everyone agreed that putting the kids in a group home or institution was not an option. It was a good plan, until Kathleen unexpectedly had a grand mal seizure and was diagnosed with inoperable cancer. Her brother John Jr., was next at bat, sacrificing his successful career as a gymnastics coach to move home and care for his sister and other siblings. Kathleen's health is now stabilized and both brother and sister care for their family as a team. Nothing can dampen the spirits of this cheerful group. They love to sing and dance, cook and play games together. However, the crumbling condition of their 40-year-old home has become a concern. The electrical is unsafe, water leaks everywhere and there is mold and rotting wood. Everybody in town loves this charming and special family. They are local celebrities and the community rallies and have taken place to help them in every way. Unfortunately, their home is at a point where the band-aids are not enough. The Down siblings will not grow up and move away, they will not have the ability to marry or to drive cars. They need their home to be a safe and permanent one, with everything on hand to accommodate their special needs.

Alure Home Improvements of East Meadow N.Y., has volunteered to lead the build. This is Alure's eighth project for the inspiring show since 2004. While Alure is the main builder and a major contributor, each of the makeovers rely on numerous volunteers and on tremendous community support. All of Long Island is invited to witness this amazing experience. Alure is encouraging the entire Long Island community to come out and support the crews working 24/7 to build a new home for this deserving family. While over 1000 volunteers have already signed up, there still may be more unexpected needs as the build begins on Tuesday.

Alure will also coordinate a food drive for the INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network) who will collect canned or packaged food donations at the makeover site all week long.  The company is also working on facilitating a special project to provide children under the age of (18) eighteen (who normally are not allowed to work on the site due to safety reasons) an opportunity to get involved with helping to create some type of artwork that will be presented as gift to the family at the end of the week.

"We are thrilled that Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has selected a Long Island family for this makeover and we are excited to not only make a difference in the lives of the deserving Lutz family, but to also play a major role in inspiring the Long Island community to come together for a great cause. Even before the family was announced, we've been overwhelmed with a huge amount of community support from Long Islanders wanting to help without them even having any idea of who they would be helping. Seeing the love and support surrounding this family will make this experience even that much more special," Sal Ferro.

The location address is: 12 Ringneck Lane, East Setauket, NY 11733

Parking to access the site is at 17 N Belle Mead in East Setauket. Shuttles will be provided when the spectator area opens sometime on Tuesday. Check the fan page Monday for more information.

MEDIA - There will be a builder-family Press conference at 6pm today at the house, where Sal Ferro, the family and the executives from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will be available.

For information on how to volunteer time and/or donate resources or to follow the build all week on Alure's fan page, visit Alure's website at http://www.alure.com/ and click on the Extreme Long Island link or email  [email protected]

Alure Home Improvements has been building dreams since 1946, and specializes in kitchens, baths, finished basements, siding, windows, roofing, sunrooms, handyman services, home energy performance, dormers and extensions.  In business since 1946, Alure prides itself on friendly and knowledgeable salespeople, creative designers, meticulous installers, and superior lifetime customer service.  Alure's Long Island showroom is located at 1999 Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow, NY. For more information about Alure, call 877-44-ALURE or visit http://www.alure.com/

The Emmy award winning reality program "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," now entering its 8th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It's executive-produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.

SOURCE Alure Home Improvements

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Why Disaster Kleenup International (DKI) Is Already Positioned to Take Building Deconstruction Lead

Posted on Sat, Jun 05, 2010 @ 04:11 PM

 

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Advanced Restoration Corporation is a proud member company of Disaster Kleenup International (DKI).  DKI is North America's largest disaster restoration services organization made up of a network of the leading independently owned and operated disaster restoration companies with over 400 hundred locations throughout North America. 

Sustainable development is the most vibrant and powerful force to impact the building design and construction field in more than a decade.   And Building Deconstruction is the first step in the sustainable building process. 

Building Deconstruction is much more labor intensive than standard bulldozer style demolition.  Great care must be taken to preserve the value of the materials that we are deconstructing.  Most contractors do not have the built in training that restoration contractors already have in taking the care and patience that is needed to deconstruct, let alone deal with an insurance claim involving property damage.  As a restoration contractor, my technicians are trained to carefully remove undamaged building materials to facilitate the mitigation or remediation of the damaged building materials while still protecting their value for reinstallation once the reconstruction portion of the claim begins.  It is second nature to restoration technicians to disassemble a kitchen to facilitate the drying of the structure behind the finished building materials.  This is not something we have to learn.  We already know how to deconstruct on a smaller scale.  Our skills just need to be fined tuned to where it becomes second nature.    

DKI understands that in today’s environment, individuals and organizations continually strive to do their part in building or creating green environments.

DKI has pioneered this movement by being the first and only disaster restoration and reconstruction organization to be green risk certified in building reconstruction and restoration services. 

DKI is the only Green Certified Services Organization that is adequately trained to provide a superior level of knowledge, expertise, professionalism and customer service to property owners, managers, facility directors, and insurers of green buildings.  Not only does DKI understand the makeup of green buildings, products used in green buildings, rating systems and insurance coverage as it relates to these elements, but DKI can ensure that if a green building  sustains damage, the building will be restored using the most efficient green products in the marketplace.

I believe that DKI and its member companies are already poised to take the lead in Building Deconstruction and Material Reuse.  By forming a partnership with The Reuse People of America at no cost to DKI and its member companies, DKI would become part of the largest building deconstruction organization in the United States. 

DKI Benefits from Partnership by:

  • Partnership with Deconstruction Industry Leader to become part of the largest building deconstruction and material reuse organization in the country by far
  • The ReUse People handle all the material donations and paperwork.  DKI Member companies stick to what they do best which is material handling and building deconstruction
  • Additional revenue stream during slow summer months in the Restoration Industry
  • Free On Site Building Deconstruction training
  • Positioned as the leader to promote building deconstruction and material reuse to the Insurance Industry before it becomes mainstream

The ReUse People Benefit from Partnership by:

  • Partnering with Restoration Industry Leader become part of the largest building deconstruction and material reuse organization in the country by far
  • Expansion into previously unthinkable DKI member company markets
  • Don’t have to waste time vetting companies in each new market.  DKI stands behind each member company
  • Many more avenues for promotion of building deconstruction and material reuse


Just by signing a piece of paper, Disaster Kleenup International can re-affirm their reputation as the Restoration Industry's Green Leader and be a force for the sustainable development and future of our world. 

Hopefully DKI doesn't wait too long and have one of our corporate competitors swoop in and steal the mantle......

 

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TODAY Has Been Declared an Air Quality Action Day!

Posted on Fri, Jun 04, 2010 @ 10:31 AM

URGENT!
An Air Quality Action Day is forecast in our
region for today (Friday, June 4, 2010).

The New York State Department of Transportation has declared that
today (Friday, June 4, 2010) is an Air Quality Action
Day in the downstate metro area due to forecasted high levels of
ground-level ozone pollution in parts of the region (please visit
the Clean Air NY Web site for more information
http://www.cleanairny.org/LocalAirQuality/Default.aspx). While
today is still a day when people can go about most of
their normal activities, such as going to work, driving may be
one of the most polluting activities that you do today, and we
encourage everyone to leave their cars at home if possible.

Ground-level ozone is a respiratory irritant that can trigger
asthma attacks and aggravate emphysema, bronchitis and other
respiratory ailments. Children, people with pre-existing
respiratory or heart conditions, people doing strenuous outdoor
work or exercise and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to
the effects of ozone.

Here are several simple steps you can take on Air Quality Action
Days to prevent pollution:

Combine errands into a single trip, rather than separate trips.
This can help save time and reduce the amount of pollution
emitted from your vehicle.

Take the subway, bus or train when possible.

Postpone unnecessary trips.

Avoiding motor vehicle trips on Air Quality Action Days will prevent the formation of air pollution.

Refuel your vehicle in the evening when it's cooler outside.

Avoid letting your vehicle idle, such as at the fast food or bank
teller drive-thru.

Postpone using gas-powered gardening equipment such as lawn
mowers on Air Quality Action Days. Wait for a day when air
quality is better.

Forward this message to your family and friends.

To learn more about improving air quality or if you were
forwarded this message and want us to send updates to your own
e-mail address, visit CleanAirNY.org or call 1-877-ILUVAIR
(1-877-458-8247).

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Transportation in support of regionwide air-quality efforts.

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NOAA Expects Busy Atlantic Hurricane Season

Posted on Tue, Jun 01, 2010 @ 04:32 PM

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An "active to extremely active" hurricane season is expected for the Atlantic Basin this year according to the seasonal outlook issued today by NOAA's Climate Prediction Center - a division of the National Weather Service. As with every hurricane season, this outlook underscores the importance of having a hurricane preparedness plan in place.

Across the entire Atlantic Basin for the six-month season, which begins June 1, NOAA is projecting a 70 percent probability of the following ranges:

  • 14 to 23 Named Storms (top winds of 39 mph or higher), including:
  • 8 to 14 Hurricanes (top winds of 74 mph or higher), of which:
  • 3 to 7 could be Major Hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of at least 111 mph)

"If this outlook holds true, this season could be one of the more active on record," said Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. "The greater likelihood of storms brings an increased risk of a landfall. In short, we urge everyone to be prepared."

The outlook ranges exceed the seasonal average of 11 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes. Expected factors supporting this outlook are:

  • Upper atmospheric winds conducive for storms. Wind shear, which can tear apart storms, will be weaker since El Niño in the eastern Pacific has dissipated. Strong wind shear helped suppress storm development during the 2009 hurricane season.
  • Warm Atlantic Ocean water. Sea surface temperatures are expected to remain above average where storms often develop and move across the Atlantic. Record warm temperatures - up to four degrees Fahrenheit above average - are now present in this region.
  • High activity era continues. Since 1995, the tropical multi-decadal signal has brought favorable ocean and atmospheric conditions in sync, leading to more active hurricane seasons. Eight of the last 15 seasons rank in the top ten for the most named storms with 2005 in first place with 28 named storms.

"The main uncertainty in this outlook is how much above normal the season will be. Whether or not we approach the high end of the predicted ranges depends partly on whether or not La Niña develops this summer," said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. "At present we are in a neutral state, but conditions are becoming increasingly favorable for La Niña to develop."

"FEMA is working across the administration and with our state and local partners to ensure we're prepared for hurricane season," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. "But we can only be as prepared as the public, so it's important that families and businesses in coastal communities take steps now to be ready. These include developing a communications plan, putting together a kit, and staying informed of the latest forecasts and local emergency plans. You can't control when a hurricane or other emergency may happen, but you can make sure you're ready."

The president recently designated May 23-29, 2010, as National Hurricane Preparedness Week. NOAA and FEMA encourage those living in hurricane-prone states to use this time to review their overall preparedness. More information on individual and family preparedness can be found at http://www.ready.gov/ and http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/intro.shtml.

NOAA scientists will continue to monitor evolving conditions in the tropics and will issue an updated hurricane outlook in early August, just prior to what is historically the peak period for hurricane activity.

NOAA's mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Visit NOAA on Facebook.

Article Source: NOAA

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Here In 'No Man's Land' (a.k.a. Long Island)

Posted on Fri, May 28, 2010 @ 01:11 AM
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The first time I heard Billy Joel’s No Man’s Land off his River of Dreams album, I was seventeen years old. It was very early in the morning on my way to football practice the summer before my senior year of high school. It struck a chord in me that his song about one of the loves of his life was so “un-illuminated.” He really does not paint a pretty picture of Long Island with his lyrics. Backed up by very heavy drums and an almost unfinished synthesizer, it was the first song on the new album I had been waiting four years to hear. I didn’t exactly understand why he would choose to kick off four years of silence with such an angry song about an object of his affection.

A few months later was I able to hear him play that song live at the Nassau Coliseum on New Year’s Eve 1993. Billy kicked off the concert that night with it. It sounded amazing. His songs always sound better live.  But still, I did not understand the dark images he was portraying to his audience. That was over 16 years ago.

I have been an avid Billy Joel fan since as far back as I can remember. On my 8thbirthday my parents gave me the greatest gift I have ever received - tickets to his concert on my birthday. Since then I have consumed his music, much to the ribbing of my friends, family and co-workers. I probably have 30+ Gigs of just his music on my portable hard drive.  Even though I ate his music and memorized all the words, it was not until my early twenties that I shed my cocoon and fully understood his lyrics. I finally realized that they were not just words to go in rhythm with his piano. He was actually saying something. Still to this day, probably the greatest thing any fan of a band or musician can say is that, it feels like he is speaking directly to me.

I bring up this song for this post for a reason. I heard it today for the first time in a while, and it made me think about all the times I’ve listened to it before. In my opinion, as a whole, Long Island is still the same place Billy Joel was screaming about almost 17 years ago. Really to me, not much has changed. The skies over the Island are is still clouded with uncertainty. Go through the lyrics with me, they could just have very easily been written yesterday.

I’ve seen those big machines come rolling through the quiet pines
Blue suits and bankers with their Volvos and their valentines
Give us this day our daily discount outlet merchandise
Raise up a multiplex, and we will make a sacrifice
Now we’re gonna get the big business
Now we’re gonna get the real thing
Everybody’s all excited about it

We have turned into a society of gluttonous, combative “consumer-holics”, sliced up into a million demographics by the mainstream media and government agencies for their own profiteering. The “blue suits and bankers” have taken us down a slippery road of economic turmoil our country hasn’t seen in 70 years.  Our financial system epitomizes the “Needs of the Few Are Greater Than the Needs of the Many” idealism which has become prevalent in our society. And I’m ashamed to say, I was probably leading the gluttonous charge on a few nights, as we all have at some point or another I’m sure. New York’s government is Ineptitude’s Poster Boy. Everyone wants their way, just because it is their way, and nothing gets accomplished. Hopefully Billy Joel’s song Miami 2017: Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway does not go down in the annals of history as a prophecy.

There ain’t much work out here in our consumer power base
No major industry, just miles and miles of parking space
This morning’s paper says our neighbor’s in a cocaine bust
Lots more to read about Lolita and suburban lust
Now we’re gonna get the whole story
Now we’re gonna be in prime time
Everybody’s all excited about it

You just have to change the line about the Lolita (Amy Fisher) for any of the Dina Lohans that have tried to make themselves famous through the tasteless medium of Fake Reality TV.

I see these children with their boredom and their vacant stares
God help us all if we’re to blame for their unanswered prayers
They roll the sidewalks up at night, this place goes underground
Thanks to the condo kings there’s cable now in Zombietown
Now we’re gonna get the closed circuit
Now we’re gonna get the Top 40
Now we’re gonna get the sports franchise
Now we’re gonna get the major attractions

Billy grew up on the streets of Long Island. His parents were divorced. He knows what it is like to be an easily influenced, Long Island youth. Just listen to his song Captain Jack. That should speak volumes. There is nothing to do at night if you are underage on Long Island. Nothing but movie theaters and street corners to mold these young minds if you wanted to venture away from the TV or internet for a few hours. Kids don’t even play outside in the street anymore. I think my friends and I were the last age group of kids that played outside without the need to be setup on a “Play Date.” We would leave our houses at 10:30am and didn’t return until 10pm. There were always 8-15 kids playing the popular seasonal sport out on the street in front of someone’s house…not anymore. When he wrote this song, his daughter was still young…young enough for him to be concerned with what it would be like for her growing up on the Long Island he was observing.  And all these years later, much doesn’t seem to have changed. Maybe that is why Billy Joel has not written an album of new material since the last one almost 17 years ago. Maybe he is tired of being the voice of Long Island, only to have his message fall on the deaf ears of people who are blinded by his “Rock Star” status and are only interested in the photo op.

The Refrain and ending of Billy Joel’s No Man’s Land goes like this…

Who remembers when it all began
Out here in no man’s land
Before the whole world was in our hands
Out here in no man’s land
Before the banners and the marching bands
Out here in no man’s land
Low supply and high demand
Here in no man’s land

That’s a good question. Who remembers when it all began? Well, I certainly don’t. My parents were still a few years from being born when Long Island became the first suburb of America after World War II. The members of ‘Our Greatest Generation’ that are still with us, will not be around for too much longer. Take the time to ask one next time you are in their company. But I’m sure it was a time that was filled with endless possibilities in their eyes. Before all the Pomp and Circumstance and giant shiny carrots, this was No Man’s Land, vast sprawls of potato fields surrounded by bright blue water. Having just faced down the greatest evil the world had ever known, that generation of Long Islanders reached for the stars and landed humans on the moon among many other great achievements.

When I heard Billy Joel’s No Man’s Land today, for the first time since I was fully able to comprehend what he was talking about, I do not share his opinion of a dark and “un-illuminated” Long Island. Yes, shades of gray still cover the Long Island skyline, but in all its turmoil, it has created a Long Island filled with endless possibilities. It has made some Long Islanders start to think outside the box. They believe in their hearts that there has to be a better way to do things then the way we have been going about our business. There is a select group of individuals and organizations that in their own way have started to shine their lights through the darkness to lead Long Island into a bright and sustainable future.

These individuals and organizations are vital to Long Island if we are going to pick ourselves up and lead the charge into the 21st Century. Their work already has been instrumental in the progress Long Island has made into a greener economy. To me, Green = Smart. It’s also the first movement to promote the “Needs of the Many Are Greater Than the Needs of the Few” idealism that must become our mantra if we are to be an example for the rest of the country to follow. It is the first movement that is taking a look at what we have become, the damage we are on pace to dump on our children’s laps, and the first to realize that somewhere along the line, we are going to have to pay the price.

I would like to let everyone else know what I have seen over the last few years that has given me hope, hope that we are not really like the MTV-style society that we have become. This is the next Greatest Generation of Long Islanders who are poised to lead our region down the path to sustainability and be a model for the rest of the country and future generations of Long Islanders to follow.  

Babylon Town Supervisor Steve Bellone - Steve is the Founder and President ofThe Babylon Project, and he helped create the Town of Babylon’s nationally recognized Long Island Green Homes Program.

Town of Babylon’s Sammy Chu - Board member for the Long Island Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-LI) - He also helped create Town of Babylon’s nationally recognized Long Island Green Homes Program.

Vince Capogna and the USGBC-LI Executive Board - Vince Capogna, President, and the U.S. Green Building Council Long Island Chapter’s Executive Board have been instrumental in leading the charge in the green building industry on Long Island. The USGBC LEED rating system is the premiere green building rating system in the country. The purpose of the Long Island Chapter of the US Green Building Council is to mirror and advance the core purpose of the US Green Building Council locally. It’s also to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.

Sarah Lansdale, Executive Director of Sustainable Long Island - Sarah Lansdale was selected as Sustainable Long Island’s second Executive Director in September 2004. Under her leadership, the organization has engaged thousands of community leaders and elected officials to rethink, rebuild and renew communities across Long Island, resulting in tens of millions of dollars of investment, hundreds of units of housing, and dozens of new businesses.

Sarah serves on the Board of Directors of the Women Economic Developers, was appointed by the Governor to sit on the MTA Sustainability Commission, and was appointed by Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy to the Suffolk County Planning Commission. She co-produced an Emmy-nominated documentary Farming the Future: Farm Life on Long Island. Sarah is a 2006 graduate of the Energeia Partnership and was honored as a Community Leader by the 100 Black Men of Long Island and most recently by the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Brookhaven Town Supervisor Mark Lesko - Supervisor Lesko, in only a short term in office, has become a champion for the future of Long Island and The Town of Brookhaven by creating The Town of Brookhaven Comprehensive Plan 2030 and just recently his launch of the “Blight into Light” initiative.

LIPA CEO Kevin Law - Here are just some of the amazing things Kevin has accomplished at the help of Long Island’s Power Authority.

·       LIPA CHIEF KEVIN LAW, TO UNVEIL NEW FEDERAL PLAN TO ALLOW LIPA TO REFINANCE BILLIONS IN DEBT – WOULD SAVE LI’ERS HUNDREDS ON THEIR ELECTRIC BILLS AND LOWER THEM BY 5 PERCENT

·       LIPA Applies for over $17 Million in Stimulus Funding For Renewable Energy Projects

·       LIPA and Smithtown Schools Announce Largest School Solar Project on Long Island

·       LIPA Proposes 2010 Operating & Capital Budget Which Stabilizes Rates in Volatile Energy Market and Expands Investment in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

·       LIPA Increases Funding for Renewables and Creates New Solar Thermal Program

·       LIPA CEO Kevin Law Announces $12.5 Million Award for Rte 110 “Smart Energy Corridor”

·       LIPA Approves the Largest Solar Energy Project in New York State

RELI - Renewable Energy Long Island - RELI is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization promoting clean, sustainable energy use and generation for Long Island. RELI seeks public participation in energy policy decisions to encourage energy efficiency, use of renewable energy sources, and protection of our environment, economy, and public health.

Ted Reiff, Founder/President of The ReUse People of America - The ReUse People (TRP) are relatively new to the Long Island Community and not many people have heard of TRP or Ted Reiff. His not-for-profit organization is the leading building deconstruction and building material reuse organization in the United States. Through their efforts, The ReUse People have diverted over 260,000 tons of valuable construction and demolition waste from fragile overburdened landfills back into our economy. He will teach us how our old buildings are a valuable resource for other Long Islanders. With Long Island’s having only 3 working landfills, Ted Reiff and The ReUse People will be a vital cog in the wheel that will shape the future of Long Island.

KIOLI - Keep It On Long Island - KIOLI is a catch phrase. It is an acronym to be more exact. It is a philosophy and a movement. It stands for Keep It On Long Island, but it means many things.

It means keeping our money here where it cannot be manipulated by treacherous Wall Street investments. It pleads with consumers to spend money in local businesses that are owned by local residents, businesses founded by investments made by Long Islanders that result in profits staying here and circulating through our economy. It is a movement that dreams of providing our children with affordable housing alternatives and productive, skilled employment. It is a notion whose time has come, and kioli.org is where it resides. 

Now I can see what these organizations and individuals are accomplishing, but that is only because I am looking. Their work has not cleared out all the darkness. There is still a long way to go. That will not happen until the rest of Long Island can start to see who the leaders of Long Island really are. I believe that if Billy Joel could see what I see, it would inspire him to break 17 years of silence and write a less ominous album of songs about the land we all love, our home, Long Island.

 

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From ReedConstructionData.com - Building Deconstruction

Posted on Wed, May 26, 2010 @ 12:55 AM

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March 30, 2010 - Phil Waier, PE, LEED AP

A component of the “Green” movement is building deconstruction. Rather than demolishing a structure and delivering the debris to landfill, building deconstruction provides for the careful removal and reuse or recycling of building materials. The materials can be stored and reused on the existing site thus eliminating transportation charges. The alternative is to sell or donate the deconstructed materials.

Typical materials considered for deconstruction include the following:

  • Interior doors and frames
  • Structural framing
  • Casework
  • Brick masonry
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Wood strip flooring
  • Roof sheathing boards and metal roofing

The decision to deconstruct is based upon several factors; the first is a site assessment. This involves evaluating the materials based upon type, quality level and condition, quality and installation method. Another aspect of site assessment is the adequacy of the site to store and clean/process the materials. The second consideration is the potential market for the materials if they are not being reused for the project. The current price for new materials must be compared to the potentials sale price of the deconstructed material. That price is based upon the condition and quality of the deconstructed material. The presence of local salvage retailers and the ability to market and cost of transporting the materials is also a consideration. Safety is a key concern in the planning and executing of a deconstruction project.

Aside from the LEED incentives/credits for deconstruction there are a number of other reasons to deconstruct.

  • Newer replacement materials may be scarce or of lesser quality. An example is the structural timbers used in many old mill buildings. These timbers are frequently larger and longer that those commercially available today. Also their old growth strength is greater than wood from newer forests.
  • Demolition disposal costs continue to escalate as solid waste land fills are closed and new land fills are plagued by permitting issues.
  • Commodities such as steel, copper and aluminum are becoming more expensive and substantial energy can be saved by recycling.

A final consideration in building deconstruction is schedule. The deconstruction process is more labor intensive than demolition, therefore time must be provided in the construction schedule to allow for the process.

In the final analysis the cost, time, and environmental considerations will be the determining factors.

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My Response to Editorial on Town of Brookhaven's 'Blight into Light'

Posted on Thu, May 20, 2010 @ 05:11 PM

Dear Supervisor Mark Lesko,

I have just finished reading the Cablevision Editorial on your "Blight into Light" project for the Town of Brookhaven.  Let me commend you on a great idea and the amazing job you have done in only a short time in office.  I hope other town leaders follow you down the path of sustainability sooner rather than later.   

My only concern with your plan is what are you going to do with the old homes and buildings?  How are they going to be removed?  The "Blight into Light" project is great for the revitalization of these neighborhoods and the Long Island community but I feel there will be a blight on the "Blight into Light" projects if current demolition practices are used to remove the old structures from these communities. 

Traditional bulldozer style demolition hurts the very Long Island Community that you are trying to revitalize.  Buildings, like everything, have a life-cycle.  When a building is no longer fit for use and has to come down, does this happen just as all of its parts and components wear out?  Most old buildings have some systems and building materials with useful lives.  The trick is efficiently identifying the materials and getting them out of the building.  When redeveloping a Long Island property, it is difficult to see the old buildings as anything but obstacles.  Also, it is important to consider whether their contents and/or components may actually be resources that have net value.

Current demolition practices are not sustainable.  They are also not in the best interest of Long Island and our environment.  They hurt our community by over-burdening our already fragile landfills with valuable building materials that are not at the end of their life cycles just because the homes and buildings they make up are.  Those same building materials can benefit a fellow Long Islander who might not be able to afford brand new building materials. 

Building Deconstruction and Building Material Reuse on Long Island is the systematic dismantlement of building materials and building components, specifically for re-use, recycling, and waste management.  It differs from demolition where a site is cleared of its building materials by the most expedient means and a majority of the demolished materials are hauled to a landfill for disposal.  Building Deconstruction is new by name, but not by practice, as the recovery and reuse of building materials in order to build new structures is as old as buildings themselves.  Reuse of materials might be considered one of the "original" green building techniques, along with the use of local materials.  In the pre-industrial era, building material conservation was driven by the high intensity of the labor effort required to harvest and prepare them.  Reuse of materials provided an economic advantage. In the mid-to-late 20th century, the emergence of machine-made and mass-produced materials, chemically complicated materials, and the relatively low cost of oil allowed this basic idea of "waste not, want not" to fall from usage in the creation of the built environment. 

We live in a different world now.  The cost of oil is out of control and puts a heavy burden on some Long Island families who have to pay the increasing gas prices.  And there is no end in sight to our dependence on foreign oil.  Dumping fees are continually going to rise.  Especially as the number of landfills decrease because of capacity issues and remediation is needed on the sites that are still in use.  The reusable building materials from your "Blight into Light" projects could be worth a significant tax write-off when donated to a not-for-profit organization on Long Island like The ReUse People (TRP) and receive a tax-deductible receipt to help offset the overall cost of the "Blight to Light" projects.  These services are among the first steps in the green building process and provide a faster payback and better return-on-investment than any other product or service offered by the green building industry on Long Island.

The ReUse People and their Long Island TRP-Certified Building Deconstruction contractor, Advanced Restoration Corporation, aim is to recycle or reclaim for reuse up to 80% of the structure rather than dumping the materials into Long Island landfills for the next generation of Long Islanders to deal with.

I truly believe Sarah Lansdale, the Executive Director of Sustainable Long Island, when she said, "With the attention and focused resources provided by elected officials such as Supervisor Lesko, we can revitalize our communities and ensure that Long Island is prosperous and beautiful for generations to come."  Please Supervisor Lesko I implore you, don't leave a blight on the "Blight into Light" projects, choose building deconstruction and building material reuse over current demolition practices and help me turn it into a force for the sustainable development and future of Long Island. 

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Learn How EPA Lead Regulations Impacts New York Insurance Industry

Posted on Sun, May 16, 2010 @ 09:14 PM
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New York DKI Member Companies Host Seminars On How the New EPA Lead Regulations Will Impact the Insurance Industry on Long Island and New York City.

In April 2010, new rules on lead contamination developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) went into effect for contractors that disturb painted surfaces in buildings constructed prior to 1978. These Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RPR) regulations require all contractors to:

  • Become an EPA certified firm
  • Have certified lead renovators on staff
  • Check painted surfaces to determine if they contain lead
  • Utilize specific types of engineering controls, containments and work practices
  • Perform specific cleaning tasks, verification and test their work area

Unfortunately, these new EPA Lead Regulations will have a major impact on the Insurance Industry on Long Island and New York City.  Insurance Companies, Insurance Agents, Insurance Brokers, and Insurance Adjusters will all have to adjust to the new regulations that are now required of restoration contractors on property damage claims in structures built before 1979.

Please visit New York DKI Member Company Website for the Lead Seminars

Register In Advance.  Registration is Mandatory.

                                                On the Web:     http://www.dki.li/

                                                By Phone:         1-800-734-9947

                                                By Email:   [email protected]

Dates: Thursday June 17th, 2010 @ Westchester Hills Golf Club

           Friday June 18th, 2010 @ Brookville Country Club

Time:  Registration @ 8:30am

            Seminar @ 9am - 1pm

            Lunch @ 1pm - 2pm

Continental Breakfast and Snacks Served

 
New York DKI Member Companies are fully trained and certified to handle ALL lead issues that may arise on property damage claims. 
 
 
About New York DKI Member Companies – The New York Disaster Kleenup International (DKI) Member Companies sponsoring the seminars on the new EPA Lead Regulations service Long Island and New York City.
 
 

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Disaster Kleenup International (DKI) is a network of the leading, independent property damage restoration contractors across North America.  DKI member companies provide full service to their customers: Emergency response, water damage mitigation, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, returning damaged property to pre-loss condition fast and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to their consumer, insurance, and corporate customers.

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About Dr. Michael Pinto: CSP CMP CEO Wonder Makers Environmental, Inc.

dr. michael pinto wonder makers ceo,epa lead certified trainerWonder Makers Environmental, Inc., a manufacturing and environmental consulting firm that specializes in identification and control of asbestos, lead, IAQ, mold, industrial hygiene, and chemical problems. Mr. Pinto is the author of over 150 published articles and several books including, Fungal Contamination: A Comprehensive Guide for Remediation. He completed doctoral course work in environmental engineering and holds numerous certifications in the environmental and safety areas including Certified Safety Professional and Certified Mold Professional.

 

Dr. Michael Pinto Wins Restoration Industry Association’s (RIA) Martin L. King Award 
 
Given annually, the Martin L. King Award recognizes an individual's exceptional service and dedication to the restoration industry. Pinto was honored for his efforts as an industry instructor on a variety of environmental and restoration topics, his monthly column in Cleaning & Restoration magazine as well as articles in other industry publications, his innate ability to take complex issues and distill them down to their essential points, his unwavering efforts to consistently advocate for "doing things right," and for supporting the industry and practices that truly do "make it better" for everyone.
Martin King, CR, ASA, RIA's technical advisor and creator of the Certified RestorerSM program said, "In this instance, instead of honoring the recipient with this award, the award is honored by its recipient."
 

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