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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 proud to announce the 21st Round of the Downtown Revitalization Grant Program in 2023. Over twenty 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 21st Round will continue the wide-reaching impact of this program.

Applications for Round 21 are due by 4 pm on Wednesday, May 17th, 2023. Resources for the Round 21 can be founded below, including the application and application guidelines for Round 21:

Round 21 Application

Round 21 Program Guidelines

Handbook to Downtown Revitalization Best Practices

Round 21 Informational Webinar Presentation

Downtown Revitalization Grant Portal

For additional information, please contact our office at

Downtown Revitalization Citizens Advisory Panel Meetings

2023 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

Wednesday, February 22nd Round 21 Application Published
Monday, February 27th Regular Meeting of DTR Panel
Wednesday, March 1st Round 21 Informational Webinar
Monday, March 20th Regular Meeting of DTR Panel
Monday, April 17th Regular Meeting of DTR Panel
Wednesday, May 17th DTR Round 21 Application Due
Monday, May 22nd Regular Meeting of DTR Panel
Monday, June 12th DTR Application Review/Discussion
Monday, July 10th DTR Application Review/Discussion/Funding Recommendations
Monday, July 31st DTR Application Review/Funding Recommendations
Monday, September 18th Regular Meeting of DTR Panel (if necessary)
Monday, October 23rd DTR Panel Downtown Tour


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
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
Dana Ehlich 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