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Downtown Revitalization Citizens Advisory Panel

Downtowns are an important part of sustainable growth in Suffolk County and help to define our communities and quality of life. The Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Panel was created to advise the County on issues affecting the resurgence and economic viability of our downtowns and business districts. The Panel recommended the creation of a funding program that will help towns, villages and community organizations expand on their efforts to enhance their downtowns, attract visitors and shoppers into the area, and thereby stimulate economic activity in these important centers. Since its inception the Downtown Revitalization Grant Program has funded projects including projects such as street lights, sidewalks, public restrooms, off street parking lots and renovating alleyways which lead from parking areas to the main street.

To administer the competitive Downtown Revitalization Grant Program and to make recommendations for funding to the Suffolk County Legislature

To facilitate dialogue and to share best practices on issues that affect the viability, safety and economic stability of the downtown areas.

To hear and learn from speakers on issues that affect the viability of the business community such as financing, energy, business planning and marketing.


Applications and Instructions

Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone and the Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Citizens Advisory Panel are pleased to announce the availability of the Downtown Revitalization Round 16 Grant Applications. Eligible applicants must be local business or community groups partnering with a local municipality (town or village). The application incorporates the Panel’s intent to support projects that will have an important and sustainable impact on downtowns and business districts. All applications will be reviewed and scored via a merit based grading system. Applications are due by 4:30 pm on May 25, 2018.

The Round 16 application and instructions are available to applicants by clicking on these links:

Downtown Revitalization Round 16 Grant APPLICATION (fillable form must be downloaded)

Downtown Revitalization Round 16 Grant GUIDELINES

Downtown Revitalization Round 16 Grant TRAINING


Additional Information

Downtown Revitalization Round 16 Press Release - Downtown Revitalization Summary Sheet



Meetings begin at 4pm and are held at the H. Lee Dennison Bldg., 2nd floor Planning conference room unless otherwise noted.


2018 Meeting Schedule

  • January - No meeting
  • January 30 - Applicant Training (Tuesday 2:30 - 4:30)
  • February 26
  • March 26
  • April 23 - Downtown Tour
  • May 21
  • June 25
  • July 9
  • July 23
  • August 13 - Tentative meeting if needed
  • September - No meeting
  • October 22 - Cancelled
  • November 26
  • December 10 - No Meeting

Citizens Advisory Panel Representing
Regina Zara, Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning (Chair) SC County Executive
Peter Lambert, Suffolk County Planning SC Planning Director
Steven Shauger, Riverhead Business Improvement District Management Association Leg. Albert Krupski
Susan Von Freddi, Hampton Bays Beautification Association Leg. Bridget Fleming
Jon Siebert, Friends of Shirley and the Mastics Leg. Rudolph Sunderman
Robert L. Martinez, Legislative District # 4 Leg. Tom Muratore
Barbara Russell, Brookhaven Town Historian Leg. Kara Hahn
Lori Baldassare, Mount Sinai Heritage Trust Leg. Sarah Anker
Dennis Smith, Patchogue Business Improvement District Leg. Robert Calarco
Kay Cameron, Sayville Chamber of Commerce Leg. William Lindsay III
Florence Joyner, Opportunities Industrialization Center of Suffolk, Inc. Leg. Monica Martinez
Robert Moses Kuri, Town of Islip – Community Development Agency Leg. Tom Cilmi
Doris Kennedy, Islip Chamber of Commerce Leg. Steven Flotteron
Gina Coletti, Nesconset Chamber of Commerce Leg. Leslie Kennedy
Adam Wood, Kings Park Chamber of Commerce Leg. Robert Trotta
Jo Ann Boettcher, Lindenhurst Chamber of Commerce Leg. Kevin McCaffrey
John Di Liberto, Amityville Chamber of Commerce & Historical Society Leg. DuWayne Gregory
Jackie Merriweather Leg. Susan Berland
Jennifer Casey, Huntington Economic Development Corporation Leg. Tom Donnelly
Walter Rabe Leg. William Spencer


2018 Minutes

February 26
March 26
May 21
June 25
July 9

2017 Minutes

February 27
March 27
May 22
June 26
July 24
November 27

2016 Minutes

March 28
April 18
June 20
July 11
July 25
October 24
November 28