From the Editor's Desk - Transport and Infra


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Transportation and Infrastructure

I grew up under the Broadway "El" in Brooklyn and the World was at my front door. Half a block away was a movie theater, the Loew's Gates and next door to that was a pizza parlor. Also on that block were a Chinese Restaurant, BBQ Grill, Fish Fry, Lingerie Store, Tailor, Jeweler and shoe store. And of course the Notorious "Dew-Drop-Inn." High School was a climb up the El stairs, a hop onto the BMT and in 40 minutes I was on 23rd St. and 7th Avenue in Manhattan, where my High School was. I went to College in Brooklyn, and my first job was at McGraw Hill in Times Square. Nothing was more than 40 minutes away. Our suburbs were not created that way.

This issue focuses on Transportation and the accompanying Infrastructure. We've consulted with some of the industry experts and the results are wonderful. Our editor Vivian Leber's article on Smart Growth includes words from Eric Alexander, Executive Director of Vision Long Island, John Durso, President, Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, our cover feature, Veronica Vanterpool, Executive Director of Tri-State Transportation Campaign and Ralph Eckstrand, Mayor of Farmingdale Village. I know you will enjoy this lively discussion. We also have articles from Gordian Raacke of Renewable Long Island and another by Jonathan Keyes, Director of Downtown Revitalization,Town of Babylon.

John Rigrod, publisher of Hammer Magazine, has written an article for us about technology and traffic. Brilliant read, and to complement it Kerry Gillick-Goldberg has researched the top 9 Apps to make your trip less traumatic.

Our cornerstone interview is with Jon Kaiman, Special Advisor to the Governor for storm recovery on Long Island. His frank conversation with us covered the process of getting victims of Super Storm Sandy through the hurdles navigating recovery. NY Rising Housing Recovery, has so far paid out $282 million to Long Islanders to rebuild their homes and has benefited an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 NYS families in all. New York City, will write its first check this Summer, and New Jersey just started.

Our Alternative fuel section includes an article by the Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition's, Rita Ebert; a review of an electric vehicle by our partner Jim Savalli, publilsher of Village Connection; a comment about Voltaic roadways; and of course Mr. Raacke's "Tale of Two Islands". We also have a peek into the new Composites Center, in Plainview, which we believe will bring more grant money to Long Island.

There's more, as always, I invite you to discover it for yourself and if you have a moment, send us email and tell us what you liked and what you didn't like.

Our next issue will be IT and Wireless Technology. We seek editorial and sponsorships. If you have a "GREAT Idea", IT related new business or story concept, tell us about it!

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