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January 1st - 7th, 2017

Regional Updates

Harras, Bloom & Archer

Throughout the New York metropolitan area Long Island attorneys of Harras Bloom & Archer LLP handle a wide range of real estate law, real estate litigation, land use and zoning and business litigation matters.

Comprehensive knowledge of legal issues and relentless commitment to each client's goals are the firm's top priorities. To deliver strong, favorable results, Harras Bloom & Archer works directly with each client, providing:

  • Attorneys who speak the language of business and real estate
  • Confidence in litigation and negotiation
  • Skill in working with government agencies and municipal boards
  • Experience in the development of several notable, successful projects throughout Long Island

There are many stages to any business and real estate endeavor, and each stage requires a thorough understanding and consideration for legal issues. Harras Bloom & Archer LLP handles matters from start to finish and can enter into the project at any stage, whether helping with initial planning of a project, addressing denied zoning grants, assessing the environmental impact of a project or litigating a dispute.

"There's a lot of programs around the country with dollars getting tighter and tighter, and people think Long Island is all this prosperous middle and upper middle income, and really upper class people. But the fact is, as Coalition for the Homeless shows and gives us the details to work with, there are very significant pockets of homelessness throughout Long Island. Probably the most glaring one involves veterans, but there are others as well. And when you're in cold weather like this, you realize again what it means to be homeless and how important it is to have shelter." - U.S. Representatice Peter King speaking on the recent HUD investment of $10.6 million to combat homelessness on Long Island

“Funds raised in Nassau County to support mass transit should be reinvested entirely in Nassau County mass transit. NICE Bus is the only north-south mass transit link in Nassau County and serves nearly 100,000 a day, most of whom have no other means of transportation." - Former NYS Senator Jack Martins speaking on the need to invest in Long Island Bus Service

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Suffolk County Delays $4 Billion Mixed-Use Project

Vision was out this week testifying in support of the proposed Heartland redevelopment project in Brentwood before the Suffolk County Planning Commission. The project has been scaled back with a fully approved detailed SEQRA analysis developed over 11 years by the Town of Islip and approved by their Planning Board in August of last year.

After a nearly day-long public hearing with about 200 in attendance, the Suffolk County Planning Commission delayed its decision on whether to recommend approval of the first phase of a $4 billion Heartland Town Square mixed-use redevelopment on the former Pilgrim State hospital property until February 1st. Those opposing the project were mostly from outside of Brentwood, while those local to the area strongly supported the first phase of the project moving ahead. Most of the people attending the public meeting were members of Long Island’s building trades unions, whose leaders asked for a  labor agreement and a law that would mandate local construction workers get preference in the project.

The first phase was whittled down to five story buildings, cutting about 2 million square feet of space and is approved to be built on about a third of the site's 460 acres.  The  first phase is proposed to bring more than 3,000 apartments and about 700,000 square feet of retail and office space to the site, and would take about 10 years to complete. The entire project when completed will generate  about 23,000 permanent jobs and at least 1,500 construction jobs annually over the build-out period, which could last three decades.

An old rail spur running from the Deer Park LIRR station to the property is unusable, having been last used in the 1970's.  In its place, shuttle buses would move commuters between the station and development, mitigating traffic issues as the development is built in phases, and satisfying the town board, who would like to take a close look at how the massive development will play out in terms of traffic congestion. The report also encourages conversation between the developer and the MTA to explore options for a new spur to be built before subsequent building phases are implemented.

“After over 11 years of detailed planning and numerous public hearings it is an important step to see the phase one plans for this mixed-use town center move forward,” said Vision's Director Eric Alexander at the hearing. “Necessary transportation improvements can be phased in and the economic benefits from this project will bring needed jobs and revenue to the local community.”

You can read more about the latest hurdle in the revitalization of Brentwood in Long Island Business News.

Dedicated Bus Funding Stream Proposed

As New York’s lawmakers consider legalizing ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft statewide, former Senator Jack Martins, wanted to invest any revenue raised from the service within Nassau County to fund NICE Bus.

The revenue would help to prevent any immediate service cuts and provide continual revenue stream for future expansion so that county residents who commute to school, work, and elsewhere can continue to rely on the bus. NICE is facing up to a $12 million deficit in funding in 2016.

“Funds raised in Nassau County to support mass transit should be reinvested entirely in Nassau County mass transit,” Martins, who was a member of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, said in a statement.

“NICE Bus is the only north-south mass transit link in Nassau County and serves nearly 100,000 a day, most of whom have no other means of transportation,” he added.

Martins was calling for fees from rides in other counties to be used to fund similar mass transit services in those areas, such as Suffolk Transit for funds raised in Suffolk County.

“The essential ingredient for planning and executing good reliable transit that helps build community is predictable, dedicated funding,” Michael Setzer, CEO of NICE Bus, said in a statement.

Legis. Laura Curran (D-Baldwin) said she would look to support Martins’ plan if it “can prevent routes from being eliminated in the short term, and provide recurring revenue to support our buses down the road.”

“Transportation resources that are derived from Nassau residents should be reinvested back into the community for critical services like NICE bus,” Eric Alexander, director of Vision Long Island, said in a statement.

“NICE bus transports seniors, disabled, working families and students and is a critical investment for our economic growth, small businesses and local residents.

The bill to add a 50 cent surcharge to ride-share services is currently in the Senate committee. You can read more about the proposal to provide a dedicated funding stream for Nassau and Suffolk bus services in Newsday and Long Island Business News.

HUD Awards $10.6 Million in Funding to Combat Homelessness on Long Island

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced funding allocations aimed at quickly rehousing homeless individuals and families, promoting access to programs that encourage self-sufficiency, and to provide permanent housing for Long Islanders.

The funding will help provide permanent housing for over 1,000 Long Islanders through next year, with th award including $1.1 million to develop “rapid rehousing” programs for another 300 people who need permanent shelter. Long Island Coalition for the Homeless' Executive Director Greta Guarton and Congressman Peter King announced the funding award in Amityville just before the New Year. King noted the Long Island Continuum of Care, which includes more than 40 housing providers, had effectively eliminated veteran homelessness on Long island. The Coalition is the consortium’s lead agency. “That does not mean there are no more homeless veterans,” consortium compliance manager Gabrielle Fasano said later. “It means there are systems in place to house them if they become homeless.” Through October, the consortium had housed 1,104 veterans, she said.

"There's a lot of programs around the country with dollars getting tighter and tighter, and people think Long Island is all this prosperous middle and upper middle income, and really upper class people," said Representative King. "But the fact is, as Coalition for the Homeless shows and gives us the details to work with, there are very significant pockets of homelessness throughout Long Island. Probably the most glaring one involves veterans, but there are others as well. And when you're in cold weather like this, you realize again what it means to be homeless and how important it is to have shelter."

The $10.6 million grant will help eliminate chronic homelessness on Long Island by the end of 2017 and end family and youth homelessness by 2020. Two rapid rehousing programs will be established in order to provide short and medium term rental assistance, and is expected to help 300 homeless people living in around 80 households. All housing providers have an administrative cost of 7% or less. The funding will be used to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families and promote access to programs that encourage self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand released statements on the awarded funding, which was allocated through HUD’s Continuum of Care Program, which provides funding to non-profits, as well as local and state governments.

“One homeless family is one too many, and we must do everything we can to help provide those truly in need with a place to live,” said Senator Schumer. “By supporting affordable housing initiatives on Long Island and across New York State, and helping organizations work with homeless families and individuals to get them back on their feet, we can make a real dent in homelessness across the state. This is a sound investment in those organizations in our community who are skilled at helping those that are most in need.”

“No family should ever be without a place to call home, and these federal funds will help provide New Yorkers in need with the resources and support that can help them find safe housing and avoid homelessness,” said Senator Gillibrand. “We must support our local housing initiatives and programs that encourage self-sufficiency. Access to affordable housing is essential for the health of our families and the economic strength of our communities.”

As of Jan. 27, 2016, there were 3,960 people in emergency shelters, transitional housing or on the street on Long Island — an increase of 100 over 2015. About half of the homeless were children.“It’s not the gentleman in the street pushing a cart. It’s mostly families,” said Gabrielle Fasano of Long Island Coalition for the Homeless.   Vision Long Island’s Director, a Board member of the Coalition, joined in the announcement.

Throughout the United States, HUD awarded nearly $2 billion to more than 7,600 local homeless housing and service programs. You can learn more about the funding that will help battle homelessness on Long Island from FiOS 1, Newsday, and News 12, and read more about the 2016 Continuum of Care allocations here.

Amityville Receives $80,000 for Downtown Improvements

The Village of Amityville’s Chamber of Commerce was awarded an $80,000 grant from Suffolk County recently in order to help move its revitalization efforts ahead.

The award was part of the 14th Round of the Suffolk County Revitalization Grant, geared toward parking, sidewalk or roadway constriction, walkways, street lighting, public restrooms, accessibility, sewering and drainage and more. Several things would not be considered, and the project life-span had to have been at least 15 years. Potential projects were scored on certain criteria: the project is in or adjacent to a downtown, a reasonable expectation of completion, part of a downtown improvement plan, provides economic benefits, and leverages additional funds.  Criteria was judged by a panel of 20 members, one being selected by each Legislator, one appointed by the County Executive, and one selected from the Suffolk County Department of Planning.

The village’s Chamber of Commerce was awarded the money and it will be dedicated toward a section of Park Avenue between Greene Avenue and Ireland Place. The grant will go toward road repaving, drainage improvements, lighting, new crosswalks, handicapped-accessible sidewalks and handicapped parking.

 “This is big for us,” said village Mayor James Wandell. “This is the last piece of the puzzle. There’s been a great effort to improve Park Avenue.” Mayor Wandell said that the improvements were needed for a long time,  so the village as going to go ahead with the work, but can do so now without as much or a financial strain to the village while making the area more inviting and safer for pedestrians. Keith Mainhart from the Amityville Chamber of Commerce was happy to see the project move ahead. “For millennials it’s all about walkability,” he said. “So if we can attract more of that group to here, it would be great.”

Work should begin in this spring on the project.  Park Avenue is a key part of the village’s downtown with 22 businesses in that area, he said, and has been a focus of efforts by the village’s downtown revitalization committee. Eight new businesses have opened in the area over the past three years according to Mayor Wandell. Legislator DuWayne Gregory of Amityville was able to help secure funding, and is pleased with the award. “It will mean more people, more eyes on the street, more potential to spend money downtown,” Gregory said of the Amityville improvements.

In total, 14 projects were awarded this year, with $600,000 being disbursed.  Since its inception, the program has awarded over $11 million dollars in grants towards improving Suffolk County downtowns. Amityville’s award amount was the second highest of this year’s allocations,with  Patchogue Village receiving $104,400 for improvements to the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts. You can read more about Amityville’s grant to help move its downtown forward here

Schumer Calls for “Significant, Direct Spending” for US Infrastructure Needs

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer reiterated on Tuesday that Democrats are open to working with President-elect Donald Trump on his promised $1 trillion infrastructure package, but he said that new revenue would be required, warning that private tax credits won’t be enough to “get the job done” when it comes to financing massive infrastructure spending.

“The President-elect said a great many things about rebuilding our infrastructure. Democrats welcome that discussion. But how is he going to do it?” Schumer said in his first floor speech of the new Congress. “A program of tax credits isn’t going to get the job done, no matter how large.” Trump has long talked about the need to rebuild the nation’s crumbling roads, bridges and airports, comparing them unfavorably to those of other nations. And Democratic leaders including Schumer have identified infrastructure as one of the few issues that could see bipartisan support in the new Congress.

“We have thousands of bridges, tunnels, highways, schools, wastewater systems and airports in need of repairs,” Schumer said. “Not only in our big cities, but in rural and suburban communities throughout the country.” Over 65,000 bridges (over 10%) in the US are structurally deficient, and 20,000 at risk of collapse if a single, vital component fails.

President-Elect Trump has floated an infrastructure proposal that would offer $137 billion in federal tax credits to private investors who back transportation projects, which he claims would unlock $1 trillion worth of investment. However, Democrats are likely to shy away from any plan that lacks direct federal spending. They argue that private financing would only attract projects that can recoup their investment costs, such as toll roads.“We need significant, direct spending,” Schumer said.

Public Comment Welcome for LIRR Third Track

The Long Island Railroad and Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be conducting six public hearings on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Third Track Project.

The hearings offer the public opportunity to ask questions and make comments on the initial findings.

In a DEIS issued in late 2016, the project is described as enabling improved passenger experience, boosting motor vehicle safety, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and more. The report is available online.

The public hearings will be held in three locations on three days:

  • Yes We Can Community Center
    141 Garden Street, Westbury
    Tuesday, Jan. 17, 11am-2pm & 6pm-9pm
  • David S. Mack Student Center
    Hofstra University-Hempstead
    Wednesday, Jan. 18, 11am-2pm & 6pm-9pm
  • The Inn at New Hyde Park
    214 Jericho Turmpike-New Hyde Park
    Thursday, Jan. 19, 11am-2pm & 6pm-9pm

Comments can also be submitted online, by mail or in person until the close of the DEIS comment period, Jan. 31, 2017 at 5pm. All comments received during this period will become part of the public record and be considered as part of the project studies.

To deliver comments by mail or in person, contact:

Edward M. Dumas
Vice President Market Development & Public Affairs
Long Island Rail Road Expansion Project
MTA Long Island Rail Road
MC 1131
Jamaica Station Building, Jamaica, NY 11435

LIBN's Top 40 Under 40 Ceremony on January 19th, 2017

Vision Long Island’s Assistant Director Tawaun Weber was recently named as one of Long Island Business News’ Top 40 Under 40 for 2017.

Since 1998, Long Island Business News has taken nominations for outstanding members of the business community on Long Island who are 40 or under. These future leaders of Long Island have already begun to distinguish themselves in business, government, education and the not-for-profit sector. They have a proven track record of career success, are involved in mentoring and promoting their profession and find time to give back to their communities.

This year’s honorees will be awarded at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Westbury on January 19th, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm. Tickets are still available for this event. To see a list of all of this year’s honorees and for more information or to register, click here. Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees!

Technical Assistance Grants for Affordable Solar Projects Available

NY-Sun is now accepting applications for the Affordable Solar Predevelopment and Technical Assistance program. This new funding opportunity supports the development of solar projects for multifamily affordable housing and community solar projects serving low-to-moderate income (LMI) households, with up to $200,000 for each approved proposal.

Many LMI households are unable to access benefits from conventional residential solar installations. To help expand access to solar benefits for LMI households, NYSERDA is seeking proposals for projects leading to:

  • The implementation and operation of solar installations for multifamily affordable housing buildings
  • Shared solar (community distributed generation) installations that will provide the benefits of solar to LMI households

Projects related to on-site solar installations for owner-occupied houses are not eligible for funding through this solicitation. However, NY-Sun provides support to LMI homeowners through the Affordable Solar Program.

Applications may be submitted by local governments, affordable housing, community organizations and service providers working to make solar accessible to LMI communities in New York. NY-Sun will accept and review applications on a rolling basis until all funds are exhausted. Visit the program webpage for more details and the application.

If you have questions about the solicitation, please email

DOE Solar in Your Community Challenge Grant

The Solar in Your Community Challenge is an 18-month, $5 million prize competition to support community-based solar programs and projects aimed at providing solar access to low and moderate income communities. The Challenge is aimed at supporting innovators across the U.S. to create scalable solutions that will bring solar to nonprofits, LMI households and local and tribal governments. Selected teams will be provided with seed funding as they complete milestones, receive technical assistance from an online marketplace of qualified experts, and compete to win final prizes from May 1, 2017 to October 31, 2018.

If you are interested in learning more about the Solar in Your Community Challenge and forming a team, please visit the program webpage. The application deadline is March 17, 2017. This program is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative and is administered by SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

Help Wanted

Intern with Vision Long Island!

Vision Long Island is looking for interns! Our staff likes to say we "wear many hats," and interns will have to do the same. Interns will assist with planning, design, outreach, event planning, writing, research, attending meetings, reporting, photography, video and more. Bring your unique skill set to the table! We are looking for energetic and conscientious individuals with an interest in urban/suburban planning from a bottom-up perspective. This is a valuable opportunity to work with great people and learn about the issues impacting Long Island. Strong writing skills a plus.

What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Freeport Historical Museum

350 S Main Street, Freeport
Housed in a Civil War cottage, the museum chronicles Freeport's history through the 20th century. On display are a spinning wheel from the town’s oldest house, vaudeville-era items, waterfront memorabilia, a 1930s television and a 1777 13-star flag. The museum holds a collection of historic postcards and high school yearbooks from the early 1900s to present day.
Open Sundays 2PM-5PM.
For information, visit their website or call 516-623-9632

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

109 Eleventh Street, Garden City
Founded in 1975, The Garden City Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the historic character and ambiance of the Village of Garden City, and educating its members and the public in preservation and history related matters. The Society owns and operates The Garden City Historical Society Museum at 109 Eleventh Street, an original 1872 A.T. Stewart-era “Apostle House” listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which was deeded to the Society by the Episcopal Diocese. The Society maintains an Archive of over 1,200 artifacts and a Historic Structure Survey of pre-1935 residential and non-residential structures in the Village of Garden City. It offers periodic lectures and presentations, and publishes a newsletter. The Society’s A. T. Stewart Exchange (consignment shop) on the lower level of the Museum offers unique items for sale. The shop (516-746-8900) is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays (Tuesday is senior citizen discount day) and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove
The museum is a center for research on Long Island geology, Native American archeology and natural history. Current exhibits feature, “The Seasonal Round”, an exploration through Long Island Native American life throughout the seasons. Exhibits on Long Island’s glacial formation, landform change and cultural evolution are on display. Prehistoric artifacts and audio descriptions add to the story of Long Island migrants, their lifestyles and interactions with newcomers such as Europeans. The museum has special educational programs to accommodate field trips and science research on the history of Long Island.

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
To arrange a visit, call 516-571-8011 and for information and brochures, visit their website

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Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

117 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck
The museum features highly distinctive collections of antiques, artworks and fine furnishings from around the world. It is a premier art dealer dating back to 1971 and features expertise in 17th to 19th century works. The gallery experience offers the opportunity to not only view fine art but to purchase a piece which stands out.

For information, visit their website or call 516-439-5218

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

Intersection of Heitz Place and Bay Avenue, Hicksville
The museum includes a history of the Heitz Place Courthouse and a collection of earth science materials to describe the natural history of the area. It features one of the few remaining Long Island lock-ups and is one of the few remaining courthouses standing from before Nassau County split from Queens. The earth science exhibit in the museum has recent additions of a Mosasaur skull, prehistoric amber and the horn of a Triceratops horridus. The educational program at the museum offers experiences in paleontology, dynamic earth processes and investigating butterflies and moths.

For information, visit their website or call 516-822-7505

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

226 W. Penn Street, Long Beach
The museum, operated by the Long Beach Historical and Preservation Society, is a classic Craftsman-style summer villa. The house built in 1909, features large stain glass windows which are a hallmark of classic Long Beach estates. The house and backyard are furnished with local artifacts, including an original broadwalk bench, photographs and archaeological findings. The garden features original stock rose bushes.

For information, visit their website.


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay
The Earle-Wightman House built in 1720, gives a picture of life in Oyster Bay during the colonial period and its transition through the mid-20th Century. It features an 18th century garden, maintained by the North Country Garden Club, holds ornamental plantings as well as herbs used for cooking, medical purposes and fragrances. Exhibited are postcard, photograph, map and newspaper collections. Current exhibition, “Women Wearing History: The Force Behind Fashion”, details women’s influence on the textile and fashion industry in the 19th and 20th centuries.

For information, visit their website or call 516-922-5032

Port Washington

Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
232 Main Street, Port Washington

Tickets and more information available here

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

28 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre
The museum is a restored 19th century Victorian home which displays life in Rockville Centre in the 19th and 20th centuries. It features furnishings, antique kitchen tools, carpentry tools and clothing of the time period. The museum is considered one of the finest small museums in the state and there is never an entrance fee for special events or exhibits.

For information, visit their website or call 516-766-0300


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

95 Tenth Avenue, Sea Cliff
The museum presents changing exhibits on the history and culture of Sea Cliff. It strives to raise community awareness by preserving artifacts, photographs and costumes relating to the unique historical background of the village. It contains 287 photos taken by Long Island postcard photographer, Henry Otto Korten. Currently exhibited, “Then and Now…” displays a range of artifacts and costumes over a 125 year span. Exhibits include the Connor Cottage, Victorian Kitchen, and a historical town diorama.

For information, visit their website or call 516-671-0090


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury

Tickets and more information available here



140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor
The museum explores the relationship between Long Islanders and the sea through. It details the history of the regional whaling industry, whale conservation and the history of Cold Spring Harbor as a maritime port. A new exhibit, “Sea Ink” explores tattoo art and its nautical origins. Exhibits featuring New York’s only fully-equipped 19th century whaleboat, ship logs and correspondence as well as whaling and maritime artifacts. Art programs are available for all ages.
For information, visit their website or call 631-367-3418

East Hampton

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
Tickets and more information available here

East Hampton Historical Society

101 Main Street, East Hampton
The headquarters for the East Hampton Historical Society, the house is an example of life in the post-colonial era in the East End. It features historic furnishings and crafts built by local craftsmen of the time. The Historical Society also has four other museums and town houses including one of New York’s first educational academies and a colonial town government meeting house.

For information, visit their website or call 631-324-6850

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

50 Irish Lane, East Islip
The museum is the leading exhibition space for contemporary art on Long Island, featuring work from international, national and emerging local artists. It is said to be the best facility of its kind outside of Manhattan. Current exhibits feature “Print Up Ladies” which is a survey of contemporary works created by female artists, and “Inked” by Kathy Seff. The museum’s store features one of a kind jewelry, crafts and art work. Educational opportunists are also offered at the museum through its Cultural School of Arts.
For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402

Huntington Village

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
Tickets and more information available here

Heckscher Museum

2 Prime Avenue, Huntington
Located in Hecksher Park, the museum features collections of European and American paintings which spans over 500 years of Western art. Photography has become a growing part of the collection as well.

For information, visit their website or call 631-351-3250

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

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Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
Showtimes at Islip Cinemas


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street, Patchogue

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street,
 Port Jefferson
Tickets and more information available here




Port Jefferson Historical Society
115 Prospect Avenue, Port Jefferson
The Mather House Museum, the headquarters of The Historical Society of Greater Port Jefferson, and features several exhibitions of local artifacts. The museum complex features the 19th century home, a country store, a marine barn, a tool shed, the Spinney Clock Museum and the Thomas Jefferson Perennial Garden. Exhibitions feature ship models, period furniture and paintings, vintage tools and clothing, antique dolls, taped oral histories, 250 antique clocks and other examples of life in the 19th century.

For information, visit their website or call 631-473-2665


Suffolk Theater


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

Main and Garden Streets, Sag Harbor
The museum details Sag Harbor’s whaling industry through the 19th century and its impact on the culture and development of the area. It details how the whaling industry brought migrants from all over the globe and turned the port into an international destination. Artifacts left by whalers, antique tools, harpoons, captains’ portraits, antique furnishings and children’s toys are all on display at the museum.

For information, visit their website or call 631-725-0770


Sayville Historical Society

Edwards Street, Sayville
The museum is the headquarters to the Sayville Historical Society. The museum aims to foster historical spirit, encourage historical research and to preserve historical materials. The museum features products of both Sayville and other Suffolk localities. The Society holds 4 historic buildings, 1,500 items of clothing, 1,000 photographs, a map collection and numerous classic furnishings. Its collection is ly growing and tours of the Edward Homestead offer a view at the areconstanta through its history.

For information, visit their website or call 631-563-0186

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

660 Route 25A, St. James
The Council aims to enrich the township and surrounding area’s quality of life through celebrating and supporting the arts in everyday life. It is a goal to make art accessible to people of all backgrounds. It Mills Pond House is a valuable place in its preserved traditions as well as its evolving and unique influences. Current exhibit, “Winners Showcase” displays the artistic development and achievements of the region and nation. Classes in jewelry making, poster design, scrapbooking, pottery, drawing and several other skills and topics are available. The Council has also partnered with local downtown businesses to display local artists’ work.

For information, visit their website or call 631-862-6575


Southampton Historical Museum

17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
The Southampton Historical Society was created to preserve the town’s history as well as history from the surrounding area. Its Rogers Mansion Museum features year round exhibits, a research center and education programs for children and adults. Current exhibit: Current exhibit: “If These Walls Could Talk: Meet the Families of the Rogers Mansion”.  Its research center allows for visitors to conduct research with a professional research assistant. Collections feature antique furnishings, a classic parlor room and dining hall and photographs of the 1938 historic hurricane.

For information, visit their website or call 631-268-2494

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

88 West Avenue, West Sayville
Featuring 14 acres with 9 historic buildings on the West Sayville waterfront, the museum preserves Long Island’s maritime history and heritage. It is committed to research, preservation and interpretation of the region’s nautical history and the relationship to Long Island’s natural history. The Elward Smith Library houses racing trophies and records of over 500 wrecks and groundings in the Long Island waters. The other buildings feature rotating exhibits of maps, photos, newspapers and personal accounts of maritime history. Also highlighted are boats and materials left behind by the US Life Saving Service.

For information, visit their website.

Municipalities Potentially Liable for Injuries on Streets without Traffic Calming

In a recent court ruling New York State's Court of Appeals, the highest court in the State, has ruled that New York City is laible for a 2004 accident that occured at an inersection with a reputation for dangerous conditions. A man driving at 54 mph in a 30 mph zone struck and injured a 12 year old who was riding his bike through the intersection. Previous to that, the City had ignored multiple complaints and years of requests to conduct traffic calming at the intersection, which local residents had described as a "racetrack." Since 2007 four fatalities have occured at that same intersection.

To read more you can check out the original story here.

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Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator, Chris Kyle, Administrative Director

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