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January 6 - January 12, 2014


Albanese & Albanese

Albanese & Albanese LLP was founded in 1949 by Vincent M. Albanese, with the belief that every client, regardless of the issue, deserves the very best representation.

The Firm is one of the region’s preeminent full-service firms, providing its clients with specialized and diverse legal services. Their reputation for excellence derives from our commitment to deliver high quality legal services and individual attention while maintaining efficiency and cost-effectiveness. They provide the ideal combination of tradition, innovation and sophistication. Their clients include major financial institutions, liability and title insurance companies, real estate developers and owners, construction contractors, universities, publicly and privately held companies, entrepreneurs engaged in all aspects of business and individuals.

Albanese & Albanese encourages its attorneys to contribute pro-bono services and to participate in professional development and bar association, civic and philanthropic activities where they have held significant leadership positions. Their attorneys have also lectured to local and professional groups on various topics.

“We’re gutting the first floor and whatever still needs to be gutted, we are putting in sheet rock, we are insulating, we are running electric, we are doing everything we can to make sure that tonight they can sit on the couch with some heat and feel like they’re home.” - Kim Skillen of Neighbors Supporting Neighbors commenting on a mutual aid home rebuilding through Friends of Long Island

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Mangano, Elected Officials Sworn Into Office Across Long Island

2013 is now a part of the past, and Long Island’s new class of elected officials have been sworn to serve.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was the biggest name to be inaugurated. Beginning his second term at his alma mater of Bethpage High School on Jan. 2, the county executive touched on Smart Growth topics like the Nassau Coliseum and the 77-acre HUB.

“I also commend my Economic Development Team lead by Joseph Kearney, which has created thousands of jobs and launched my successful transit oriented workforce rental housing program, which transforms vacant rundown buildings into apartments. To date, over 1,000 apartments have been launched,” Mangano said.

Superstorm Sandy was also a topic of conversation. Mangano pledged to bring every victim home, rebuild the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant, fight for an ocean outflow pipe and create a state of the art public safety training center.

The incumbent executive added that his goals include creating more housing options for Nassau County’s youth and improving the mass transit system.

His colleagues in the Nassau County Legislature took their oath of office on Jan. 6. Newcomers Laura Curran (D-Baldwin), Ellen Birnbaum (D-Great Neck), Donald MacKenzie (R-Oyster Bay) and Laura Schaefer (R-Westbury) joined incumbents Kevan Abrahams (D-Hempstead), Robert Troiano (D-Westbury), Carrie Solages (D-Elmont), Denise Ford (D-Long Beach), Francis Becker (R-Lynbrook), Howard Kopel (R-Lawrence), Vincent Muscarella (R-West Hempstead), Richard Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park), Delia Deriggi Whitton (D-Glen Cove), Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa), Dennis Dunne (R-Levittown), Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury), Rose Marie Walker (R-Hicksville), Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) and Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow).

Across the border in Suffolk County, the Legislature was sworn in on Jan. 2. Newcomers William Lindsay III (D-Bohemia), Monica Martinez (D-Brentwood), Robert Trotta (R-Fort Salonga) and Kevin McCaffrey (R-Lindenhurst) merged with incumbents Albert Krupski Jr. (D-Cutchogue), Kate Browning (WF-Shirley), Thomas Muratore (R-Ronkonkoma), Kara Hahn (D-Setauket), Sarah Anker (D-Mount Sinai), Robert Calarco (D-Patchogue), Thomas Cilmi (R-East Islip), Thomas Barraga (R-West Islip), John Kennedy Jr. (R-Nesconset), Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills), Lou D’Amaro (D-North Babylon), William Spencer (D-Centerport), Deputy Presiding Officer Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk) and Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville).

First term Huntington Councilwoman Tracey Edwards was sworn into office on Jan. 5. She joined fellow incumbents Supervisor Frank Petrone and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, and fellow newcomer Highway Superintendent Peter Gunther.

Former Nassau Legislator Judi Bosworth officially took over as North Hempstead Supervisor on Jan. 5. Newly-elected Town Clerk Wayne Wink and incumbent Board members Viviana Russell, Angelo Ferrara and Lee Seeman were also sworn in.

In the Town of Islip, incumbent Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt and Councilman Steve Flotteron officially began another term on Jan. 6.

The Town of Riverhead wasted no time, celebrating their inauguration ceremony on New Year’s Day.

Incumbent Supervisor Sean Walter, Councilwoman Jodi Giglio, Councilman John Dunleavy, Assessor Laverne Tennenberg and Highway Superintendent George Woodson were all again sworn into office.

Vision Long Island board and staff were on hand for these ceremonies and look forward to working with our public officials in the coming year.

Friends Of Long Island Join Forces To Rebuild Home Amid Snow, Cold

A special delivery left Gina Bonner in tears arrived with a house full of guests.

Volunteers from Friends of Long Island were in the midst of restoring the Babylon house damaged more than a year ago by Superstorm Sandy on Saturday when an envelope from New York Rising arrived. It wasn’t the jackpot Bonner and her boyfriend Bob Coffey were hoping for, but it did hold a check for the few reimbursements they filed.

“I can beat up the insurance company. I can do what I’m supposed to be doing,” she said, her eyes red and body in the arms of Neighbors Supporting Neighbors President Theresa DiPietto.

But it was the two dozen volunteers carrying pink fiberglass into the house and screwing white boards of sheetrock into place who created the badly-needed progress. Coffey, who had been slowly working on the house while they lived in it, said they saved him a year of work.

“This will allow us to put Sandy behind us,” he added.

The historic storm flooded the home with three feet of water in October 2012; Bonner, Coffey and their nephew were living in the house. Neighbors Supporting Neighbors Executive Director Kim Skillen met Bonner a few days later, providing some immediate aid. They’ve continued to provide support, even though Neighbors Supporting Neighbors does not do construction.

Meanwhile, life continued to throw hurdles in front of the beleaguered homeowners. Bonner’s stepfather died on Easter Sunday and her father was diagnosed with cancer. Abandoned to hospice care in Florida, he came up to New York where doctors were able to send the cancer into remission. He moved back south, where Bonner’s mother was suffering from serious health issues. Forced to return north when the cancer returned, he learned about his wife’s death a few days later.

The couple had also been prepared to start a beauty and fragrance business just before the storm. Coffey said he was about to purchase inventory when Sandy hit.

Much of the house was gutted after the storm, but unable to move or hire a contractor, the family lived in two back rooms still damaged from Sandy while Coffey slowly began repairs. Construction became his fulltime job and surprises routinely popped up along the way.

“We’re doing the best we can,” he said.

At the same time, Bonner tended to the people living under their roof, which tripled in size. Her father permanently moved into the Babylon home as he battles cancer. Her son, his girlfriend and their child moved from California, joining Bonner’s daughter and a friend of the family. That too became her fulltime job.

Bonner and Coffey agreed to make repairs their priority, even if it meant sleeping on floors. But Skillen and DiPietto reached out to community activist Jon Siebert and Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander. Both men are founding members of Friends of Long Island – a loose-knit collection of post-Sandy volunteer groups. Neighbors have spent months gutting houses, raising money and planting flowers for others in their own community, but Saturday marked the first group effort with Friends of Freeport and East Rockaway-based The 11518 joining Neighbors Supporting Neighbors.

“We’re willing to go help wherever we can,” Friends of Freeport President Rich Cantwell said. “When each of our groups needs assistance, we’re here for them.”

Members of the family previously lived in Freeport, although Cantwell admitted he wasn’t going to turn down Skillen and Friends of Long Island just because of a zip code.

He led volunteers in finishing the demolition, adding insulation, working on the floors and putting up sheetrock. Minor tasks like tiling and painting would be left to Coffey, but most of the structural work was finally taken care of.

Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer and new Suffolk County Legislator Kevin McCaffrey were also on hand, helping carry out the family’s belongings so work could begin inside. Schaffer said he met Bronner after Sandy and wanted to thank the volunteers.

“The amazing thing about this is that none of these groups existed before Sandy,” McCaffrey said, noting it was his first public appearance as a legislator.

For more coverage of this event, check out CBS, News 12 (subscription required) and Newsday (subscription required).

Informative Public Comment hearing held for Ronkonkoma HUB

On Thursday, January 9th, Brookhaven Town Board met in order to hear public comments and information on the proposed $475 million Ronkonkoma HUB project spanning 53.75-acres including and adjacent to the Ronkonkoma train station.

Thursday’s meeting was born three years ago as an agreement between Towns of Islip and Brookhaven in September 2011. Then Supervisors Phil Nolan and Mark Lesko teamed up to fund a sewage treatment plant and other infrastructure they hoped would encourage private business and MacArthur Airport expansion. An earlier version of the plan garnered a Smart Growth Award from Vision Long Island in 2009 for then-developer VHB thanks to its ambition of providing a variety of transportation options in the area. The current plan has been allocated significant public transportation and sewer infreastructure.

Built around the Ronkonkoma LIRR station, the development would combine rental and permanent housing with office, retail and meeting space. The tallest buildings would neighbor the LIRR station as others shrink as the distance builds. Plans called for three- and four-story residential buildings, along with a three-story average for commercial buildings, 195,000 sq. ft. of retail, 360,000 sq. ft. of office space, 60,000 square feet of flex space including convention space, and 1,450 housing units set at market rate, in addition to senior and assisted living units.

The plan in its current incarnation is being proposed by the master developer, Setauket based Tritec Real Estate Company, who is also currently building the $100 million New Village at Patchogue. The company has stated that it hopes to break ground on what it hopes will be development opportunites that will bring high-end housing and live entertainment to the area. However, if approved, they will first need to purchase the property from the eight owners who control a majority of the 54 parcels in the area. Though they hope to enter into a "friendly agreement" with the owners, Tritec has not ruled out eminent domain as a "tool of last resort."

Thursday's meeting was held in order to consider five actions: a land use plan, an environmental impact statement, a Ronkonkoma Hub Urban Renewal Plan, the adoption of a town code amendement for the district, and a rezoning of the parcels to accomodate the development. No votes were taken but public comments were heard with support coming from local groups such as the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Association, the Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce, and the Holbrook Chamber of Commerce among other local residents and businesses. Several local regional interests also spoke such as the LI Housing Partnership, the Community Development Corp, the LI Builder's Insititute, Plumbers Union, Carpetnters Union, LI Regional Planning Board, the Rauch Foundation, and Vision Long Island.

Most of the comments were in support of the project with a roughly three to one margin in favor of the proposal. Most of those in favor referenced economic development, cleaning up the blighted area by the train station, and a hope for increased property values. Most opposed raised concerns about traffic congestion and the abuse of eminent domain laws.

The expected cost of around $475 million will be covered by Tritec who will also combine funds with governmental agencies to pay for improvements to a local sewage treatment plant that can handle 1.1 million gallons per day, which is greatly in excess of what the project is estimated to need.

You can read Vision Long Island's testimony from the meeting here. Written comments on the project can be submitted until February 10th.

You can check out News 12's coverage of the meeting here.

Glen Cove theater to reopen in April

The Glen Cove downtown movie theater will reopen in April of this year. The new theater will see a $1 million renovations which will include  the addition of digital projectors, new seating, marquee and concession stand, and a children's game room.

When the theater shut down in March of 2012, it left the city of Glen Cove without an anchor to drive foot traffic into the downtown, affecting local businesses. Jay Levinson, who owns other movie theaters on Long Island, leased the Glen Cove theater for 15 years.

"In a big town like Glen Cove there should be a theater," said Jay Levinson, a self-described "movie fanatic.” Levinson also operates two other theaters, one in Merrick and one in East Northport.

In an effort to attract people from other communities, Levinson has been talking to restaurant owners and other businesses about promotions that would offer diners and clients free movie tickets, concessions, and other perks.

The theater went into foreclosure and was closed a month later. Commercial real estate investor Robert DiNoto, of the Huntington-based DiNoto Group, bought the mortgage note in June and took over ownership of the theater in October. DiNoto, with the help of Ralph Suozzi, the mayor at the time, looked at both national and local operators before deciding on Levinson.

"It needed a local presence, someone that's really going to be on top of it to run it the way it needs to be run to ensure it's going to stay," DiNoto said. "Although that meant a great deal less in terms of money for us, we were able to get someone to get in there and open sooner."

The Glen Cove Industrial Development Agency, which Suozzi chaired, last month finalized a tax break deal for the theater in which DiNoto's company will make a payment in lieu of taxes, called a PILOT, lower than what it would pay in property taxes. The reduced tax liability allowed DiNoto to charge a lower rent to Levinson. Suozzi said DiNoto would pay a $65,000 PILOT, with annual increases, for 15 years.

The Glen Cove Industrial Development Agency gave the theater a tax break deal, one would involve payments in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, which will allow DiNoto to charge a lower rent to Levinson. The deal was finalized in December.

"The theater is the anchor of the downtown," Suozzi said. "It's really important for the youth, not just the businesses . . . it's also really important for the psychology of the community."

The reopening of the Glen Cove movie theater will hopefully would revitalize the town and bring business back to Glen Cove, which according to local sources has been down 30 percent since the theater closed. The six-screen theater will keep its name, Glen Cove Cinemas, and play first-run movies.

For further reading, please visit Newsday.

Economy, Schools, Weather Top Governor Cuomo's State Of The State Address; Long Island Lobby Coalition Delegation visits lawmakers

Job growth, education and disaster recovery were three key parts of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address Wednesday. Speaking to thousands in the Empire State Plaza Convention Center up in Albany and thousands more online, Cuomo said 2014 would be a “banner year” his fourth annual speech.

The governor introduced a three-prong strategy to improve job growth in New York. The first step is to further reduce taxes; that includes spending $2 billion in state funds. He also proposed cutting the corporate tax rate from 7.1 percent to 6.5 percent and making it the lowest since 1968. He also suggested a renter’s tax credit and circuit breaker tax credit – designed to cover a homeowner’s tax bills that exceed a certain percentage.

Property tax is a serious problem in New York, Cuomo said, and the highest in country. Last year, residents paid $41 billion in income tax compared to $51 billion in property tax, which goes to local municipalities and districts. All those government, fire, school and other local districts – 10,500 across the state – duplicate services and add more burden to taxpayers. “We have too many local governments and we’ve had them for too long,” the governor said.

Consolidating districts would reduce that financial burden. However, Cuomo said just two districts have consolidated since his time as attorney general. He recommended linking $715 million in financial assistance to consolidation.

The second piece of his job growth plan is to eliminate regulatory barriers that stop business from growing in New York. “We’ve talked about it for many years. The Senate had held hearings ,the Assembly has held hearings,” Cuomo said, adding it’s time to finally do something.

The third stage of the governor’s job growth plan is to rebuild the state’s infrastructure to twenty-first century standards. Cuomo said New York’s renewable energy superhighway needs improvements. He proposed offering expedited approval for smart projects, dropping the wait time from two years to 10 months. At the same time, Cuomo said LaGuardia and JFK Airports serve millions every day, despite the former being named the worst airport in the country. The governor said the state needs to assume management responsibility from the Port Authority to renovate both airports, referencing the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Cuomo also promoted his Start-Up New York program. Participating businesses can operate on eligible spaces and college campuses for 10 years with no taxes. “It makes New York the least expensive place in the US to locate a business,” he said, introducing the concept of a conference at the Javits Center to attract international companies.

The governor also suggested cutting corporate tax rates in upstate New York completely as part of his recovery plan for that part of the state. His plan also called for more tourism dollars, creating a one-stop shop Adventure License as part of driver’s licenses, supporting casino development and holding an agricultural summit to connect upstate growers with downstate customers.

But the entire state benefits from offering strong educations, Cuomo said. He urged residents to approve his Smart Schools Initiative. The bond would borrow $2 billion for schools to buy computers, tablets, wireless Internet upgrades and other technology. Schools embracing technology and the Internet have seen great results, although he said metal detectors at the front doors are the most sophisticated piece of equipment at other schools. “That is just wrong,” Cuomo said. “Our children deserve nothing less than the best.”

The governor also championed statewide universal full-day prekindergarten, full scholarships to high school graduates attending a SUNY or CUNY school for math or science, and paying teachers who exceed expectations a bonus. “Those who are ranked highly effective on their evaluations would be eligible to receive a $20,000 performance bonus,” he added.

Including Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Lee and Tropical Storm Irene, New York State has weathered nine presidentially-declared disasters in the past three years. Cuomo called for new strategies and plans in dealing with extreme weather, taking a moment to praise Suffolk and Nassau County Executives Steve Bellone and Ed Mangano.

Part of his solution is to create the country’s most advanced weather detection system. That would connect 125 weather stations to provide real-time warnings. He also proposed establishing the country’s first college of emergency preparedness and homeland security, with former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly as an advisor, and training 100,000 residents for the first Citizen First Responder Corps.

State government exceeded their goal to women and minority business owners, Cuomo said, something they hope to continue into 2014. But he also pressed to support veterans in business, setting a goal to award disabled veterans 5 percent of state contracts.

The governor also proposed spending $100 million to build and preserve 3,000 units of affordable housing in multi-family developments. “In 1949, a decent home and a suitable living environment for every American. It still hasn’t become a reality,” Cuomo said.

The governor also recommended permitting medicinal marijuana to be prescribed in 20 hospitals across the state, passing the 10-point Women’s Equality Act, permanently removing driver’s licenses after the third DWI and suspending a teen’s license after a single texting and driving arrest. He urged continued ethics reform beyond the Moreland Commission in the form of new anti-bribery laws, public financing of elections, disclosure of outside clients with business before the state, independent enforcement and oversight at the Board of Elections.

Wrapping up the State of the State address, Cuomo referenced a possible anti-Semitic situation in an upstate high school. Students complained about swastikas drawn throughout the school and bullying from other students in 2011 while administrators refused to take action. A lawsuit was filed in 2012, but when the governor said he called the New York State Police, State Education Department and State Division of Human Rights, nobody knew about it. He also threatened school officials who fail to notify police about discrimination and harassment with their jobs.

A nearly twenty member delegation from the Long Island Lobby Coalition and friends visited Albany’s lawmakers and viewed the State of the State address.  Visits included NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, NYS Senator’s Jack Martins, Phil Boyle, NYS Assemblymembers, Bob Sweeney, Edward Hennessey, Charles Lavine, Steve Englebright, Harvey Weisenberg, Chad Luppinacci, David McDonough, Andrew Raia.  LI Lobby Coalition members included among others CCE's Adrienne Esposito, LI Federation of Labor's John Durso, LI Building Trade Council's Pete Zarcone, Friends of LI's Jon Siebert, Huntington Chamber's, Pete Berpuglia, Empire State Future's Peter B. Fleischer, Workforce Development Institute's Michael Harrison, Tri-State Transportation Campaign's Nadine Lemmon, LI Business Council's Bob Fonti, Local 338's Joe Fontano, Suburban Millenial Institute’s Jeff Guilott, Office of Governor Cuomo's Scott Martella, and Vision's VP Trudy Fitzimmons and Eric Alexander.

Post-Sandy forum held with LI Storm Recovery Czar Jon Kaiman

On Thursday, January 9th, a community focused event sponsored by Friends of Long Island, including Neighbors Supporting Neighbors and Adopt a House, was held with recently appointed Long Island Storm Recovery Czar Jon Kaiman in order to address concerns about when resources will be received by those who need them.

In response to a sense of overwhelming frustration on the part of homeowners who have seen numerous delays and red tape when trying to rebuild. Mr. Kaiman promised the that money to pay for future work will be delivered "Hopefully, within a matter of weeks. The money is going to start flowing, and you will be getting money now directly for the reconstruction."

Kaiman face a tense and occasionally contentious crowd of over 500 anxious people that demanded answers in response to when they would receive rebuilding funds. Many people have been living with what were supposed to be temporary solutions since the storm hit over a year ago and were hoping for a clean time table on when they could expect delivery of promised resources.

NY Rising, the state agency temporarily in charge of distributing the funds, has received approval from the federal government to begin the task of paying out the roughly 6,000 claims by homeowners for the work needed for recovery. The funds are expected to pay for approximately 50% of the total costs of repairs. Funds will also be allocated to help pay mortgage bills for displaced residents who are struggling to also rent out apartments while they wait to rebuild.

Vision Long Island, who attended and spoke at the event, would like to applaud Kim Skillen, Theresa Dipietto and the Adopt a House team for being able to pull together so many community members to host a productive and informative forum.

Groups urge Congress to restore commuter tax break

There is currently a big push from advocates of public transportation to get Congress to restore the Commuter Tax Benefit, which expired at the end of December, in order to prevent further fare hikes. If the tax break is not restored it could mean, on average, costs of up to $1,300 a year for Long Island Railroad passengers.

Over twenty transit groups, including Vision Long Island, from the tri-state area were signatories to a statement that was released on Wednesday, asking lawmakers to renew the Commuter Tax Benefit when Congress reconvenes this week. Through this tax break, riders are able to pay the cost of their fares with as much as $245 in pretax dollars each month through employer-administered programs such as WageWorks. After the benefit expired, the allowed amount of deductible income was went down to $130 per month. Motorists, however, who commute by car will still be allowed $250 to pay for parking costs.

"When riders no longer have the option to use pretax dollars for transit passes, transit systems may face decreased ridership, which often leads to fare hikes and service cuts," the groups, including the nonprofit Tri-State Transportation Campaign and the LIRR Commuter Council, said in their statement. "Restoring and enacting permanent parity for transit riders, and making that parity retroactive to January 1, establishes a balanced and progressive fiscal policy."

In a separate statement, LIRR Commuter Council chairman Mark Epstein said giving bigger tax breaks to drivers "sends exactly the wrong message to people who have made the responsible decision to use public transportation to travel to work."

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York) led an effort in Washington, D.C., to extend and increase the full Commuter Tax Benefit as part of a package of tax breaks considered last month, but it was blocked by GOP lawmakers. Schumer said Wednesday he is working on bringing the issue up for a vote again in the Senate "as soon as humanly possible."

"No one questions that this tax benefit is critical to New York and New York commuters," Schumer said.

For further reading, please visit Newsday.

PBS Tunes Into Poverty Situation In Suffolk County on January 12th

Long Island may be an affluent region, but poverty is still a very real issue.

PBS Weekend Newshour will be launching a series of reports on contemporary American poverty with a profile of Suffolk County this weekend.

Scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 12 on WNET Channel 13, the story commemorates the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty and taps the Suffolk County Legislature’s 2012 Welfare to Work Commission’s report “Struggling in Suburbia: Meeting the Challenges of Poverty in Suffolk County.” The report was drafted by Dr. Richard Koubek, Commission chair and Vision Long Island Board member.

PBS will examine how poverty is pervasive but largely hidden in Suffolk County, causing unique hardships for suburbanites struggling to make ends meet. The story will also assess the difficulty enacting pubic policies while profiling two success stories that grew out of the Welfare to Work Commission’s recommendations: Sunday bus service and additional state funding for child care. Sunday bus service was achieved through advocacy by the Commission, LI Jobs with Justice, Vision Long Island and the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

Have A Heart For LI's Homeless At Farmingdale State Candlelight Vigil on February 13th

Wear red and join Long Island Coalition for the Homeless at Farmingdale State College on Feb. 13 to support your homeless neighbors.

The “Have a Heart for the Homeless” candlelight vigil is designed to show that Long Island wants to eradicate homelessness and hunger even in our affluent society.

The event is slated for 6-8 p.m. on the Great Lawn and multi-purpose room in Roosevelt Hall. Participants are asked to wear red; donations of new baby items, toiletries, cleaning supplies and non-perishable foods will also be collected at the vigil.

In addition to making a stand on an important issue, entertainment is planned for families. Face painting, balloon animals, story time, the Girl Scout Choir and free hair cuts are planned for the event.

For more information, contact the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless at 516-742-7770 or online.

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.

To learn more or apply, send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Put "Vision Long Island Internship" in the subject heading. For more information, call our office at 631-261-0242.

What's happening in your downtown 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.

For information, visit their website or call 979-233-3526

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.

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.

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Long Beach Cinema

179 East Park Avenue, Long Beach


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:
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

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



Bow Tie Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
No shows scheduled this weekend.
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, “Right Whales”, highlights the biology, history and decline of the Right Whale. 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
Table Talk: A Primer on Wine & Spirits with Michael Cinque- Sunday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m.
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 “Jam Session”, a holiday exhibit featuring paintings and sculptures influenced by music. 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
Dave Mason's Traffic Jam - Friday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m.
The Paramount Comedy Series presents Bob Nelson - Saturday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m.
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. Current exhibits include “A Way with Words: Text in Art”, which displays the incorporation of text in visual art and “Coming of Age in America : The Photography of Joseph Szabo”, which portraits adolescence of Long Island through time with a look at summers spent at the beach. The museum also features educational experiences for students and adults and will exhibit Long Island’s best young artists in April.

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

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

cinema arts centre
Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Pizzazz 2014 adult vocal competition - Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
O El Amore - Friday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m.
Roger and JP's Manuary Wild Game Party - Saturday, Jan. 11 at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street Suite #121, Patchogue, NY 11772

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
Starting Here, Starting Now - Saturday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 12 at 3 p.m.
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

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington


Suffolk Theater
116 E. Main Street, Riverhead
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Fireside Session with Nancy Atlas with special guest Dicky Betts sideman Andy Aledort - Friday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m.
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 constantly growing and tours of the Edward Homestead offer a view at the area 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 exhibits include “Shopkeepers of Southampton: Photographs by Davis Gaffga”, which gives a detailed look into historic businesses which helped shape downtown and community. 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.

“I have decided not to seek re-election to the United States Congress in 2014.  I am forever grateful to my constituents for giving me the privilege of representing them in Congress for the past 18 years.  As I plan for the next chapter of my life, I look forward to resuming my role as a citizen activist for the causes and principles that are so close to my heart.

I am very proud of the many accomplishments I have achieved during my time in Congress, and am grateful to my family, my staff and all the countless volunteers and supporters with whom I have worked with through the years.  The most important goal for any elected official is to help make residents’ lives better than they were, and as I enter my last year in office, I hope that together we continue to achieve that goal.  Although I will not be seeking re-election, my staff and I will continue to work hard and advocate for my constituents.” 

- United States Representative Carolyn McCarthy

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