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January 3rd - 9th, 2016

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“You do this plan or most of this plan and it’s going to be a different Long Island . . . and our children will have a better home than the home we had.”

-NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo

"Put in a nutshell very simply, if you're a commuter, if you take the bus, if you take the train, if you take the commuter rail, you can now deduct up to $255 a month from your taxes to pay for your commuting costs." 

-US Senator Charles Schumer

“It is time for me to pursue new passions and develop new interests, mainly spend more time writing my second novel... looking forward to spending more time home and frequenting my beloved New York diners. Simply put, it’s time to pass on the torch.”

-Congressman Steve Israel

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Governor Cuomo Outlines His Economic Development and Infrastructure Priorities for Long Island and around NYS

Vision Long Island board members and staff were on hand with around 600 people from throughout the region this week as Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined his priorities for some of the $550 million in economic development and infrastructure funds secured in last year’s budget cycle. A “holistic approach” towards tackling several Long Island infrastructure projects were proposed a week before the State of the State address taking place in Albany. Several projects that of a part of the Long Isand Lobby Coalition Agenda were addressed by the governor.

“We’re going to take the dream and the gift that our founding fathers gave us, and we’re going to update it for a new generation,” the Governor said, announcing a proposed $300 million being allocated towards the state environmental protection fund, which would double the funding from the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The best news was the support for the Bay Park outfall pipe which has been a priority for the LI Lobby Coalition and needs to happen for the environmental and economic benefit of Nassau's South Shore. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in 2012, the Bay Park sewage treatment plant which serves 500,000 people was crippled, poured 2.2 billion gallons of partially treated sewage into the bay daily.

Before Sandy, the plant was heavily fined for a failure to reduce nitrogen load into the bays. In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, there have been investments of $831 million in federal Sandy recovery dollars to ensure that the plant was not simply built back – but built back better to withstand future disaster. The state is investing $191 million in state and federal resources for the Bay Park outfall pipe, and pursuing $150 million more through the federal National Disaster Resilience Competition. Upon completion of the outfall pipe construction, the state will fund a detailed technical analysis to determine if additional treatment measures may be needed to further reduce nitrogen pollution. 

Other projects that were proposed to move ahead were:

East Farmingdale LIRR station/Route 110 corridor/Republic airport:

To encourage economic development around the airport, Republic was designated as a tax-free site through the START-UP NY initiative as part of the 2015-16 budget. The East Farmingdale LIRR station which used to serve Fairchild Engine & Airplane Manufacturing Company and Republic Airport from 1940 to the late 1980s will be slated to reopen on the Ronkonkoma/Main LIRR line, with a new 12.5 acre mix-used, transit-oriented development being proposed.

Ronkonkoma Hub

The Governor is proposing to invest $50 million for the Ronkonkoma Hub parking structure and infrastructure improvements. This will lead to 2.2 million square feet of mixed use development and leverage more than $600 million in private investment. The project will also create more than 1,000 temporary and permanent jobs. With $600 million of private investment slated for the site, the state investment in parking, sewers, and regional transit system will provide the foundation for the economic development potential for the region to be realized, bringing over 10,000 construction jobs, 5,000 permanent jobs and an estimated $4 million in annual tax revenue to the area.

MacArthur Airport

The State will close a $6 million funding gap to support the $10 million renovation and expansion of an existing 10,500 sq. ft. facility at MacArthur Airport, allowing up to 400 passengers to be processed per hour and creating an estimated 1,200 new jobs at the airport. Regional tourism is expected to be boosted due the investment as well.

Third LIRR track between Floral Park and Hicksville

The third track proposal which was defeated 8 years ago due to poor planning, presentation and massive community opposition all along the rail line has been resurrected, with 9.8 miles of railway proposed to elevate congestion for commuters to and from New York city. Vision was and still is a supporter of the project but learned a few things along the way, among them:

  • The need for the third track needs to be outlined by independent sources along with the economic benefits for the region AND the local communities being impacted by the proposal;

  • Clear and tangible public benefits to the communities who have to bear the burden of this project are needed

  • Outreach to the local municipalities, local businesses, residents and property owners needs to commence in a transparent fashion

  • The economics of the MTA/LIRR needs to be more transparent so folks see how this project moves efficiently without the wasted dollars and delays that other projects have been plagued with (East Side Access, security cameras that don't work, etc.).

Other proposed projects include studies to explore a deep-water port in Shoreham on Long Island’s north shore from $1 million aimed at reducing traffic congestion on Long Island, as well as  $5 million to study the feasibility of a tunnel connecting Long Island to either the Bronx, Westchester County or Connecticut, which was originally proposed over 50 years ago.

It did not take long to get the responses from our many Long Island State Senators and local officials.

“They are non-starters,” said Senator Kenneth LaValle. “I would have to assess his plan to see what has changed to put this back into play.”

“This is rehash of an old rehash,” said Senator Carl Marcellino.

“There is a real sense the governor has gotten this one wrong,” Senator Jack Martins said. “I heard from most of the mayors along the corridor and many of the elected officials along the corridor. Many are surprised, many are angered.”

Clearly working with local officials and communities on these large scale proposals is important. As we constantly say, getting the real folks from local communities engaged and partnered in on any project is the most important thing. The region is more open to transit-oriented growth than it was the last time around," said Eric Alexander, Director for Vision Long Island. In Nassau and Suffolk over the last nine years, 11,000 units of housing have been approved near transit and another 20,000 are moving forward, according to Alexander. "Still," he said, "It can't just be a group of people from outside the community saying, 'Trust me, it's good for you.' I think that where past proposals have failed."

The Long Island Lobby Coalition will be up in Albany next week for the Governor's budget address and has a LI Lobby Day scheduled in February on these and many local community priorities. You can read more about the proposed projects in Streetsblog, Newsday here and her, from Long Island Business News, and see the Governor’s press release regarding the initiatives here.

Schumer Reminds Commuters to Take Advantage of Tax Break

Senator Chuck Schumer announced the passage of the Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act of 2015 this week, which will help some of the 301,000 daily LIRR commuters pre-tax savings in order to help cut their mass transit costs.

“This is a huge victory for Long Island’s mass transit commuters that can save them hard-earned dollars on their expensive commutes. As the price of commuting continues to climb, this commuter tax break has become increasingly vital for Long Island residents, who already experience a very high cost of living. Mass transit is the lifeblood of Long Island and the greater New York City area, and that’s why I pushed so hard to have the federal transit benefit included in this must-pass bill,” said Schumer, who was the initial author of the legislation that provided parity between the mass transit and parking benefits.  This benefit is a tax deduction available to commuters who receive fringe benefits from their employer for riding the bus, taking the subway or using another form of public transportation to commute to work. The benefit has saved many mass transit riders over $1,000 per year. Schumer said the benefit in 2013 covered up to $245 per month from a person’s wages to help pay for their mass transit commutes and provided parity with a previous benefit extended to drivers’ parking costs. In 2013 alone, approximately 700,000 New York area commuters saved over $330 million through this benefit. 

The recent passage allows for a higher deduction to account for cost of living increases. This benefit, which will allow for $255 per month in 2016 tax deductions, can fully cover the cost of a monthly LIRR ticket from Mineola to Penn station, which currently costs $252 to purchase. Without the extension of the benefit, a commuter from Mineola would have lost $120 in tax deductions a month, or $1,440 in 2015. For those further out east travelling to Penn station from Ronkonkoma, two-thirds of the monthly ticket cost is able to be covered, providing over $3000 a year in tax deductions.

You can read more about how commuters can take advantage of these deductions here

Congressman Israel Announces He Will Not Run for Re-Election

“While I will miss this place and the people I have had the privilege to serve, I am looking forward to spending more time home and frequenting my beloved New York diners,” Rep. Steve Israel said in the statement regarding his decision to not seek reelection in New York’s 3rd district. “Simply put, it’s time to pass on the torch.”

Of his accomplishments in Congress since being first elected to office in 2000, Israel said he is proudest of securing $8.3 million in back pay for veterans and their families.

“Additionally, I’m proud of my work to protect middle-class New Yorkers, as a product of a middle-class Long Island family myself,” he said in the statement. In addition, Congressman Israel was the sponsor for the Housing Our Heroes Act which aims to direct the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to begin a three-year pilot grant program to assess the feasibility of awarding grants to eligible entities to purchase and renovate zombie homes to repurpose them as residences for Veterans.

The senior Congressman previously served as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) during the 2012 and 2014 election cycles. Representative Israel has also chaired the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee since early 2015 to develop caucus messaging, which Israel has chaired since its inception.

For many downtown advocates we knew him and still know him at his start as Huntington Councilman for a decade as he helped start the Smart Growth movement on Long Island in mid 90's.

"It has been very productive to work with Congressman Israel his last 15 years in Washington - he has been a fighter for Long Island, a bipartisan, rational voice in an arena filled with partnership and chaos. Lastly, we know he has worked to address affordable housing, help small businesses and is the sponsor of the Small Business Save Act among amoung many other important accomplishments," said Eric Alexander, Director of Vision Long Island.

While there is a lot of chatter about who may run for the congressional seat, Rep. Israel will continue to represent the area throughout his term, and will be the featured speaker at the LI Business Council's next meeting - February 9, 8-10am, which you can register for here.

Shop Local Doesn't End with the Holidays!

The Village of Great Neck Plaza Business Improvement District is continuing to encourage people to shop in their downtowns after the holiday season has passed. Those visiting the area through January 31st are able to receive 20% discounts on restaurants and retail purchases through a simple registration process.

The Business Improvement District is offering discounts of $5 off a purchase of $25 or more, $10 off a purchase of $50 or more, and $20 off a purchase of $100 or more at a total of 30 establishments. The number of Great Neck Plaza stores participating in this program means that the amount of goods or meals that you can save on is practically limitless. You can register for the gift certificate program at the BID’s website here, or contact Maria Coscia at (516) 829-1301 for more information.

NYS Offers Disaster Prepareness Training Course

New York State is offering two hour training courses for residents to have the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.
As evidenced by Superstorm Sandy, Long Island is vulnerable to disaster. In order to build resilience, New York State offers workshops that can help residents, businesses and communities be more prepared for future events. A key component to the training is distribution of free NYS Disaster Preparedness Kits to each family that attends the in-person, regional public events where registration is required. How to prepare for events, developing a plan and communication processes are outlined during the session.

The next Citizen Preparedness Corps workshop for Long Island will take place at the Riverhead Library at 330 Court Street on Saturday, January 9th at 2PM. Registration is required for the workshop- you can register here. For those unable to attend, web-based preparedness is available here.

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless Conducts Annual Winter Drive

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless conducts an annual winter drive in order to ensure the safety and needs of those that are homeless on Long Island, living on the streets.  Each year, volunteers pack “homeless kits” that include warm clothing, toiletries (travel size), and non-perishable foods.  These kits are distributed to individuals that are living on the streets both during our annual homeless count in January and also during ongoing street outreach efforts throughout the winter months.

Homeless service agencies, school districts, local community groups, local businesses and families and individuals can all help collect necessary items for those that are homeless on Long Island.

Drives are being conducted now through January 8th. If you’re interested in conducting a drive!  Contact Gabrielle Fasano at 631-464-4314 x 117 or To volunteer or inquire about the 2016 Homeless Point-In-Time Count, please contact Mike Giuffrida at 631-464-4314x 111 or

Help Wanted

FEMA Accepting Applications for Assistance to Firefighters Grant

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that applications are being accepted for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) for fiscal year 2015. Approximately 2500 grants will be awarded; this year’s total funding for the program will be $306 million.

The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

The deadline to apply for the AFG grant is January 15th, 2015 at 5PM EST. For more information or to apply, click here.

ScottsMiracle-Gro Announce New Community Grant

Scotts Miracle-Gro has announced a grant opportunity for community organizations  to develop and enhance pollinator gardens . The GRO1000 awards will provide monetary grants, product donations and educational resources to fifty 501(c)(3) organizations this year.

To date,  Scotts Miracle-Gro has awarded 680 such grants, allowing for over a million and a half square feet of space being restored and revitalized, over 50,000 youth to experience nature through hand-on learning and panting over 8,000 garden plots. Grassroots Grants are awarded to local communities to help bring pollinator habitats, edible gardens and public green spaces to neighborhoods across the United States. The grant application will be open until February 22nd, 2016. To learn more about how this opportunity can benefit a local project in your community and to apply, click here

Help Wanted

Long Island Volunteer Center is Recruiting

The Long Island Volunteer Center is recruiting an AmeriCorps ReadyCorps member to serve between January 25 and November 24, 2016. Ready Corps, an AmeriCorps program implemented by Points of Light, creates disaster resilient communities by increasing preparedness of individuals and families through volunteer engagement.  The applicant will work out of the Offices of Emergency Management in Nassau and Suffolk to improve preparedness of individuals and families, expand local preparedness networks, and support long-term recovery and sustainability efforts. This is a full time (40 hour per week) position.

The chosen applicant will receive a living allowance, an AmeriCorps Education award upon completion and service, as well as be eligible to qualify for child care assistance and CCNS health benefits. Interested parties can contact Long Island Volunteer Center at (516) 564-5482 or by email to inquire about the application.

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
Big Laughs in Bay Shore Comedy Night!
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
Phantogram w/ Son Little
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
The Producers


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
Songs in the Attic w/ guests from The Billy Joel Band


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.

Transit Oriented Development Means More than Trains

A University of California-Berkeley Professor of City and Regional Planning recently published a study in the Journal of American Planning Association after surveying residents within 2 miles of 10 New Jersey rail stations, finding that transit-oriented development does not necessarily rely on train and subway access, but has other contributing factors that are sometimes overlooked in communities.

The survey was responded to by about 1,100 people (with half living in walking distance and about 30 percent living in housing that was less than 7 years old) found that people in new homes near rail stations owned 27 percent fewer cars per person, driving less to get to work and run errands. The study also found that neighborhoods with scarce parking and a lot of bus service cut car ownership by 44 percent. “When all of these other factors were considered (bus access, parking availability, job and population density, and housing type), rail access had no effect on auto ownership,” Professor Daniel Chatman wrote, which supports developments being built with less available parking. The number of grocery stores near transit-oriented developments also played a role, with less automobile trips to the grocery stores by residents in areas that had more than one within walking distance. Smaller apartments, higher density and the availability of downtown jobs were also found to play a role in the decreased car ownership for those living in transit-oriented developments.

More can be read about the finding of the study which would support walkable communities and available public buses around railroad stations here

Smart Talk

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Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director; Elissa Kyle, Planning Director;
Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator, Chris Kyle, Administrative Director

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