Thank You…

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Northfield Community Local Development Corporation would like to extend our thanks for your generous contribution to our 4th Annual Golf Outing which was held on Thursday, May 28, 2015.

Your contribution helps us to continue and strengthen our mission of helping the low-income, senior residents of Staten Island and allows Northfield to continue offering its many valued programs to the Island’s neediest residents.

Since its inception in 1978, Northfield has been providing the people of Staten Island with access to affordable housing, foreclosure intervention counseling and economic development programs designed to bring Port Richmond Avenue back to its former glory.

We truly appreciate your generosity and hope for your participation again in the future.

Our Sponsors:

Diffendal & Kubac

Eisner Amper

Janney Montgomery Scott

Jeff Schnorbus

Judy and Eric Feldmann

Northfield Bank

Richmond County Savings Bank NYCB

Stanan Management CorporationStanan Managemnet Corporation

Stop & Store

Think Design Architectural Studio, P.C.


Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York

YES Contracting Corporation

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Completion of this Workshop on the home buying process will provide you with a certificate making you eligible for a grant from the City of New York for up to 6% of a home’s purchase price (up to $15,000). The grant may be used toward the down payment or closing costs.

No registration required for the Workshop.

To be eligible for this grant you must:

  • Be a first time home buyer;
  • Complete a home buyer education course taught by a NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) approved counseling agency (Northfield Community LDC);
  • Purchase a 1 -4 family home, condo, or co-op;
  • Meet income eligibility requirements;
  • Provide the City of New York with all required documents pertaining to the purchase of a home;

WHEN: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

TIME:  6:00 pm

Northfield Community LDC

160 Heberton Avenue

Staten Island, New York 10302

(718)442-7351 (ext. 227)


Northfield Community Local Development Corporation is a community-based not-for-profit corporation. We are a HUD certified Housing Counseling Agency. A certificate for up to 6% of a home’s purchase price will be presented upon completion of this workshop.

Port Richmond Avenue “RETAIL SHOWCASE”

WHEN: Thursday, June 18, 2015

WHERE: 160 Heberton Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10302

TIME: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Discover Port Richmond…

Owners are showcasing their properties for Port Richmond Avenue’s

Join the tour of retail-ready commercial space. Learn about resources available for small businesses and the exciting changes that are in store for Port Richmond!

Northfield Community LDC, with support from the NYC Department of Small Business Services, is showcasing a series of “move-in-ready” retail storefronts along the Port Richmond commercial corridor.

Businesses located in Port Richmond have the advantage of working with established organizations to help them grow and thrive. “Northfield Community LDC has provided much support to the Port Richmond Board of Trade over the past three decades and we welcome all those interested in locating their business here to attend this exciting showcase event. The Port Richmond Avenue commercial district has served many generations of Staten Island residents and we continue to nurture its current potential”, described Joan Catalano, Northfield Community LDC Executive Director.

Port Richmond commercial corridor, once known as the “Fifth Avenue of Staten Island”, is destined for a renaissance. We welcome entrepreneurs, local property owners, and real estate industry professionals to join us on our tour.

The event’s program is designed to attract new and diverse businesses to the neighborhood by simplifying entrepreneur’s search for retail space and providing property owners with a means of advertising their available commercial spaces. With the recent approval of the Ferris Wheel, the Empire Outlets, combined with the Staten Island Yankee Stadium, momentum is building for development of the North Shore waterfront. With views of the waterfront and the Bayonne Bridge, the Port Richmond Corridor is in an area rich in history. We are on the cusp of something extraordinary. With visions of artist galleries, coffee houses, restaurants, and stores along the hub, Port Richmond will someday be the go to place for cultural diversity.

Here are some of the Businesses we are looking for:
art galleries, coffee cafe, dance studio, gym, thrift shop or a goodwill store, variety shop, hardware store, furniture and home furnishing stores, catering hall, and restaurants.

For more information or to register for this event, please call:
Kathleen Sforza
718-442-7351, Ext. 225

Golf Column: Manhattan golfers shuttled from ferry to Silver Lake and returned free of charge

Driver John Baeszler stands ready to transport golfers and their equipment to and from St. George Ferry Terminal to Silver Lake Golf Course. (Flannagan)

Tom Flannagan | tflannagan@siadvance.comBy Tom Flannagan |
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on May 10, 2015 at 7:21 AM

Ever wonder where golfers who live and work in Manhattan go to play golf?

Well, Doug Johnstone and Eve Taranto, Lake entrepreneurs who always seem ready to welcome new friends at their Silver Lake property, have added a new feature.  After a brief discussion with the operators of Chelsea Piers Golf Center in Manhattan, it was agreed that the Lake layout was the choice of any public course in the area and just a refreshing ferry ride away.  To make things even more accessible, the Silver Lake folks are providing free van service from the Staten Island Ferry to the golf course as well as a return trip to the ferry terminal after a day’s outing.  The chauffeured van is equipped to carry 12 players and their golf equipment.

All that is required is a phone call to the course for golf reservations at 718-447-5686 or on line and you will reach the first tee in time for your reservation.


  •  The Northfield Community LDC is hosting its fourth annual golf outing on May 28 at Silver Lake Golf Course.  The event will help raise funds for the work done in the community since its inception in 1978. The primary goals are to increase the quality and quantity of affordable housing on Staten Island and to improve the economic viability of Port Richmond Avenue.  For additional information and tickets call 718-442-7351 Ext. 225.

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Proposed Flood Resilience Text Amendment

by NYC Planning

Department of City Planning City of New York

January 31, 2013: Mayor’s Emergency Executive Order
• Interim emergency measure to temporarily suspend certain zoning provisions in order to
enable property owners to make key decisions about rebuilding
• Must be followed by a zoning text amendment

This text amendment codifies many provisions of the EO and introduces new provisions to:
• Enable buildings in flood zones to be built to FEMA flood resilient standards
• Reduce vulnerability to future flooding
• Protect against future increases in flood insurance premiums
• In coordination with other planning efforts, give owners more choices for ways to rebuild
and support the recovery of neighborhoods

• Applies only within FEMA 100-year flood zones

Emergency Nature of this Action
• Address urgent needs to recover from the storm and rebuild to the best available floodresistant
• Further text amendments expected to address more complex issues associated with
buildings in flood zones
• Additional local planning will be needed in severely affected areas

Please click here for more details: Flood Resilience Zoning Text Amendment – Approved!



For Immediate Release: 4/22/2015

State of New York | Executive Chamber
Andrew M. Cuomo | Governor


Federal grants awarded to four projects to rebuild bridges and sea walls, and to strengthen flooding measures

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that a project in Oneida and Herkimer Counties and three projects in New York City are moving forward after receiving approvals from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. These projects will make communities more resilient and better equipped to mitigate the risks of loss and damage associated with future disasters. During the recovery and reconstruction process following a federally declared disaster such as Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, or Superstorm Sandy, FEMA provides HMGP funds for states to administer grant programs that mitigate the vulnerability of life and property to future disasters.

Sandy, Irene and Lee all demonstrated how important it is that we continue to rebuild our infrastructure so that it can withstand flooding, damage, and other hazards posed by the threat of extreme weather,” Governor Cuomo said. “This funding will ensure construction of critical projects for communities affected by these severe storms and will build on our success in making New York State stronger and more resilient than ever before.”

FEMA has granted final approval for construction and Phase I approvals for final engineering, along with permission for three projects under its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. After Superstorm Sandy devastated parts of New York, Governor Cuomo called for government and non-profit organizations across the state to submit applications for projects to help rebuild smarter, stronger, more resilient and more sustainable communities in the wake of recent natural disasters. The projects total more than $22.1 million.

Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) Commissioner John Melville said, “It is imperative that we take proactive steps to protect New Yorkers and become more resilient against future storms. It is through these four vitally important projects that we will reduce risks to our communities and be safer and stronger in the face of disasters.”

Final construction approval has been granted for the State Route 8 Bridge over West Canada Creek in the Village of Poland and the Towns of Russia and Deerfield in Herkimer and Oneida Counties. Construction on the bridge is set to begin in June 2015. The project is part of Governor Cuomo’s request for FEMA funding for the State’s complete 105 bridge scour program, which aims to upgrade and strengthen critical transportation routes across the State to ensure access during emergencies. FEMA has approved more than $7.8 million to remove and replace the existing State Route 8 Bridge, a two-span pony-truss bridge, with a new, higher two-span steel girder bridge that will be more resilient to extreme weather events.

Phase I engineering and initial permitting has been approved for the following three HMGP projects:

The Sea Gate Community in Brooklyn: Superstorm Sandy severely damaged the community of Sea Gate’s bulkhead and sea wall, which is the main form of protection against erosion, storm surges, and flooding to nearby homes. In most areas, the bulkhead that previously safeguarded the community has been completely destroyed, putting parts of Coney Island and other surrounding neighborhoods at risk. The total project cost of the new bulkhead, including construction costs, is estimated at $2.8 million.NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation: This project, estimated at $5.16 million including construction costs, will replace and upgrade the tide and sluice gates (movable gates that allow water to flow underneath) on the bridge that separates Flushing Bay from Flushing Creek. Once installed, excess water can be easily drained, which will leave room in the bay to capture extra water and decrease frequent flooding in the park after rainfall. The total area covered by this mitigation project will be about 400 acres.Richmond University Medical Center: The cost of this project, including construction costs, is estimated at more than $6.2 million. Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC), a designated level-one trauma center and stroke center, has more than 2,000 employees and 510 patient beds.

Areas of the RUMC Campus, including the Villa Building, have been susceptible to flooding, which affects parking areas for ambulatory and emergency vehicles, as well as physicians and RUMC staff. When this area is flooded, access to the facility is restricted and limits the ability of patients and staff to enter the facility, and receive or provide medical services.The RUMC proposes an improved site-wide drainage system to ensure the proper passage and distribution of storm water run-off. This will maintain functionality of the hospital and emergency access routes to the facility during flooding events, and prevent flood damage to structures and infrastructure.

Senator Charles E. Schumer said, “Superstorm Sandy underscored the importance of building New York back stronger than it was before and that’s why we crafted the Sandy-relief bill to provide flexible dollars for mitigation programs. This FEMA funding will make possible a new, resilient bulkhead in Brooklyn’s Sea Gate community; and it will provide sorely-needed mitigation at Staten Island’s RUMC Hospital to maintain operations during a storm; and it will upgrade Flushing Bay bridge. In addition, this federal funding will boost construction at the State Route 8 Bridge in Herkimer and Oneida Counties. Overall, these are smart investments to help protect our communities from future damage.”

Congressman Jerrold Nadler said, “After Superstorm Sandy, we in government pledged to rebuild Coney Island and Sea Gate, so that they could withstand the next storm. The sea wall and bulkhead project announced by Governor Cuomo today is a critical part of that work. Along with the shore protection jetties and T-groins currently being built by the US Army Corps, these projects will strengthen our coastal defenses and infrastructure ensuring that our vulnerable waterfront communities are protected from storms in the future.”

Congressman Richard Hanna said, “I am pleased that in June we will begin final construction on the Route 8 Bridge in parts of Herkimer and Oneida counties. These federal funds will ensure the safety of the traveling public while improving our infrastructure to be more resilient in the face of extreme weather. These routes are critical to local residents and I am glad to see this project begin.”

Congresswoman Grace Meng said, “I thank the Governor and FEMA for moving forward with this important initiative for Flushing Bay/Flushing Creek. In the wake of the Hurricane Sandy, we must continue to make our region’s infrastructure stronger and more resilient, and this project will go a long way towards decreasing flooding, improving safety and reducing damage associated with future storms.”


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Richmond County Savings Foundation donates $250K to fund community organizations

Richmond County Savings Foundation donates $250K to fund community organizations

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Richmond County Savings Foundation (RCSF) donated $250,000 to various Staten Island community organizations. Cesar Claro of RCSF, center, is flanked by some of the 2015 grant recipients. (Courtesy of RCSF)
By Melinda Gottlieb |
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on March 03, 2015 at 2:45 PM, updated March 04, 2015 at 2:44 PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — On Tuesday, the Richmond County Savings Foundation (RCSF) provided $250,000 to fund a variety of community programs serving thousands of Staten Islanders. The checks were presented during a ceremony held at the Foundation’s Bloomfield headquarters.

RCSF was established in 1998 as part of the conversion of the Richmond County Savings Bank, now a division of New York Community Bank, to a public company. To date, RCSF has provided nearly $56 million in funding to not-for-profit organizations serving the communities in which the bank operates.

Receiving the grants were:

Neighborhood Housing Services of Staten Island ($25,000) to support theSustainable Staten Island Green & Healthy Homes Initiative which provides a coordinated and comprehensive approach to preventing diseases and injuries that result from housing-related hazards and deficiencies.

Staten Island Community Charter School ($15,000) to fund the Encore Academic Intervention & Enrichment Program which provides in-school critical intervention for students who are behind their grade level.

Staten Island Legal Services ($25,000) to support the Domestic Violence Projectwhich protects victims of domestic violence by providing assistance in obtaining orders of protection, custody of children, child support and divorce.

Greenbelt Conservancy ($70,000) for their project that will install eco-friendly pathways and walkways surrounding the Greenbelt Nature Center to provide improved accessibility to visitors.

St. Joseph Hill Academy ($40,000) for the Hill Recreation Facility currently under construction that will provide a safe and secure area for physical education classes, sports teams, student recess and summer camp children.

Good Counsel ($25,000) for the renovation and reopening of their Staten Island Home located in Rosebank. The home provides supportive residential care and community-based services for homeless, expectant, and new mothers and their children.

Northfield Community LDC ($25,000) to provide program support for the Renewal and Resiliency Initiative. This program counsels homeowners affected by Hurricane Sandy on recovery options, including guiding people through difficult financial decisions, issues with building code, permit applications, zoning, design and resiliency-related issues for buildings in Sandy-affected neighborhoods.

RCSF Food Pantry Program which provides ongoing support to Staten Island food pantries. An aggregate total of $25,000 will be given to the following food pantries: The Staten Island Seventh Day Adventist Church; St. Mary of the Assumption; New Direction Services; Reformed Church of Prince’s Bay, and Mesivtha of Staten Island.

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Cesar Claro of the Richmond County Savings Foundation (RCSF), second from left, presented donations to grantees in RCSF’s Food Pantry Program: Rabbi Shloma Eidelman of Mesivtha of Staten Island; Alicia Weise of Reformed Church of Prince’s Bay; and Annette Esposito of St. Mary of the Assumption Church. (Courtesy of RCSF)