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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

November 26

December 10 - Downtown Tour

Citizens Advisory Panel


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


Leg. Susand Berland

Jennifer Casey, Huntington Economic Development Corporation

Leg. Tom Donnelly

Keith Barrett, Huntington Station BID

Leg. William Spencer

2018 Minutes

February 26
March 26

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