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Jonathan Keyes

Chair, Downtown Revitalization Citizens Advisory Panel


 H. Lee Dennision Building
11th Floor
100 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, New York 11788

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Downtown Revitalization

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 – the Downtown Revitalization Grant Program − to help towns, villages and community organizations expand their efforts to enhance their downtowns, attract visitors and shoppers into the area, and thereby stimulate economic activity in these important centers. The Downtown Revitalization Panel aims to:

  1. Administer the competitive Downtown Revitalization Grant Program and to make recommendations for funding to the Suffolk County Legislature.
  2. Facilitate dialogue and to share best practices on issues that affect the viability, safety and economic stability of the downtown areas.
  3. To hear and learn from speakers on issues that affect the viability of the business community such as financing, energy, business planning and marketing.

Since its inception, the Downtown Revitalization Grant Program has funded projects such as streetlights, sidewalks, public restrooms, off-street parking lots and renovating alleyways which lead from parking areas to the main street.

For more information on these funded projects, please visit the Downtown Revitalization Grant Portal which maps the geographic scope of past grant awards across Suffolk County.

Applications and Instructions

Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone and the Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Citizens Advisory Panel are pleased to announce the start of the Downtown Revitalization 2022 Round Grant Application process. The 2022 Round marks the milestone 20th iteration of the Downtown Revitalization Grant Program. Over nineteen previously held funding rounds, Suffolk County has financially supported over 300 projects across the county that have enhanced and revitalized the county’s downtowns and this year’s 20th Round will continue the wide-reaching impact of this program.

A virtual information session on the 2022 Round Grant Application process and conducted by Suffolk County EDP staff was held on March 29th. The PowerPoint presentation featured during this session and that reviews the program eligibility requirements, scoring criteria, requested application materials and recommended project improvements is available below for the reference of all potential applicants.

Applications are due by 4 pm on Friday, May 20th, 2022.

Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Grant Program - March 29 2022 Webinar PowerPoint
Handbook to Downtown Revitalization Best Practices

2022 ROUND (Round 20) GUIDELINES
Guide to Completing Round 20 (2022) Downtown Revitalization Application

Downtown Revitalization Citizens Advisory Panel Meetings

2022 Meeting Schedule

Note: Meetings begin at 3:30pm and will be held via Zoom until further notice. If you are interested in attending, please contact Suffolk Economic Development & Planning at

February 28th Regular Meeting
March 28th Regular Meeting
April 25th Regular Meeting
May 16th Regular Meeting: Last Meeting Before 2022 Applications Due
June 13th Regular Meeting
July 18th DTR Application Review/Discussion
August 1st DTR Application Review/Discussion/Funding Recommendations
August 15th DTR Applications Review/Discussion/Funding Recommendations (if necessary)
September 19th Downtown Tour – TBD
October 24th Regular Meeting (if necessary)
November 14th Regular Meeting (if necessary)




Citizens Advisory Panel


Citizens Advisory Panel Representing
Jonathan Keyes, Director of Downtown and Transit-Oriented Development SC County Executive
Matthew Kapell, Suffolk County Landbank SC Planning Director
Steven Shauger, Riverhead Business Improvement District Management Association Leg. Albert Krupski
Meagan Zegarelli, Legislative Aide to Southampton Town Council Leg. Bridget Fleming
Joseph Maiorana, Town of Riverhead Community Development Agency Leg. James F. Mazzarella
Robert L. Martinez, Legislative District # 4 Leg. Nick Caracappa
Jane Taylor, Executive Director, Three Village Chamber of Commerce Leg. Kara Hahn
Ms. Susan Wilson Leg. Sarah Anker
Dennis Smith, Patchogue Business Improvement District Leg. Dominick S. Thorne
Rick Ammirati, President, Holbrook Chamber of Commerce Leg. Anthony Piccirillo
Elvin Fuentes Leg. Samuel Gonzalez
Vacant Leg. Trish Bergin
Doris Kennedy, Islip Chamber of Commerce Leg. Steven Flotteron
Gina Coletti, Nesconset Chamber of Commerce Leg. Leslie Kennedy
Charles Gardner, Executive Vice President, LI Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Assoc.; Vice President Kings Park Chamber of Commerce Leg. Robert Trotta
Jo Ann Boettcher, Lindenhurst Chamber of Commerce Leg. Kevin McCaffrey
Michael O'Neill, Village of Amityville Trustee Leg. Jason Richberg
Jackie Merriweather Leg. Manuel Esteban Sr.
Jennifer Casey, Huntington Economic Development Corporation Leg. Tom Donnelly
Vita Scaturro, Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce Leg. Stephanie Bontempi

Suffolk County Government

H. Lee Dennison Bldg

100 Veterans Memorial Hwy
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Riverhead County Center

County Road 51
Riverhead, NY 11901