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January 10th - 16th, 2016


Regional Updates

St. Joseph's College

Founded in 1916, the mission of St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is to provide a strong academic, value-oriented, affordable education rooted in a liberal arts tradition that supports career preparation and enhancement to diverse populations seeking access to higher education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Independent and coeducational, the College’s three campuses—SJC Brooklyn, SJC Long Island and SJC Online—serves approximately 5,000 students and offers degrees in more than 35 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

“In five years we have accomplished much for New York State. Yet with all that we’ve done, we are not immune to the problems vexing our nation. From crumbling infrastructure to climate change to the widening gap between the wealthy and everyone else, we too are faced with significant challenges. I know that New York can conquer these issues, however, because we have done it before.”

-NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo

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State of the State 2016

“In five years we have accomplished much for New York State. Yet with all that we’ve done, we are not immune to the problems vexing our nation. From crumbling infrastructure to climate change to the widening gap between the wealthy and everyone else, we too are faced with significant challenges. I know that New York can conquer these issues, however, because we have done it before,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo, delivering his 2016 State of the State and Executive Budget Address in Albany Wednesday, which was attended by a delegation of Vision’s Board and staff, as well as the Long Island Lobby Coalition.

The $145 billion proposed budget limits the annual growth in State Operating Funds spending below 2 percent, with an increase of 1.7 percent over last year. This year’s agenda theme was “Built to Lead”, highlighting New York’s heritage as a standard bearer throughout US history, the significant progress achieved in the state over the past five years, and New York’s inherent capacity to lead the nation in addressing some of today’s most pressing challenges. The ambitious proposed budget included scores of new proposals and multiple other holdovers and asks from previous years, including infrastructure improvements. The mention of downtown redevelopment and the increased references to Long Island from last year were hopeful, with the proposed tax cuts for small business and a number of the clean energy proposals also holding promise.

Some of the new and past proposals that are relevant and/or specific to Long include:

  • The state will be investing $388 million in sewer infrastructure in Suffolk County (including the building of a Mastic/Shirley sewage treatment facility), and providing $190 billion towards an ocean outfall pipe for the Bay Park sewage treatment plant, which was heavily damaged during Superstorm Sandy. Both were previous asks of the Long Island Lobby Coalition. The Governor is proposing an additional $10 million investment to support wastewater and stormwater projects in both Nassau and Suffolk.
  • A $3 billion investment in Penn Station’s reimaging and improvement. LIRR services would be relocated to a new train hall in the adjacent James A. Farley post office. The Governor had described the experience of commuting for LIRR passengers in one word: “Miserable”.
  • Adding a third track to the LIRR Main/Ronkonkoma Line (estimated cost to be $1 billion), which serves 120,000 or 41% of the daily LIRR ridership, alleviating congestion and service delays while increasing capacity. The Governor’s proposal significantly reduces the number of required property acquisitions from about 200 to 50, which was a significant problem with plans to move the project forward in the past. Vision was and still is a supporter of the project, but would like to see more local outreach to stakeholders, the economic benefits for the region and local communities outlined by independent sources, and transparency in financial costs and time delays.
  • $50 million investment in the transit-oriented Ronkonkoma Hub project, Long Island’s busiest train station. The investment will leverage at least $600 million in private investment and create more than 1,000 jobs while creating a vibrant new downtown of mixed-use buildings on the once blighted 50 acre plot, connecting major employers like Stony Brook University and Hospital, Suffolk County Community College, and MacArthur Airport.
  • A $6 million investment in MacArthur airport, bridging a funding gap to bring an Internation Customs inspection station to the airport. Adding international flights to MacArthur will improve convenience for Long Island travelers and create 1,200 new jobs from adding airlines, a new federal government presence, and increased regional tourism.
  • A $100 million investment in downtown revitalization with Long Island being a recipient of one of the $10 million awards. The Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) would assist neighborhoods where tomorrow’s companies in the United States are increasingly seeking to relocate and invest in walkable downtown locations in an effort to attract and retain talent, build brand identity and foster company culture.
  • Funding for feasibility studies for Long Island, including $5 million for a study for a tunnel to connect Long Island to either Westchester or Connecticut, and $1 million to study the potential for a deep water port at the former Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant.
  • $50 million to build a state-of-the-art BioElectronic research and development facility at the Nassau Hub, generating cutting-edge research that marries the disciplines of Neuroscience, Electronics with Computing and Molecular Medicine and commercialize the research into new medicines.
  • A total of $182.5 million in funding for Long Island parks, including $54.5 million in new investments. New investments would include $34.5 million at Hempstead Lake State Park and $18 million to build the Jones Beach Marketplace.

Other proposed state-wide plans that can bring funding to Long Island include:

  • $500 million to upgrade municipal bridges and $500 million to invest in state-owned bridges, with hopes that funding assists Long Island in an equitable fashion. Projects will be selected based on the bridge’s condition rating, economic impact, environmental benefits, and reduced risk of flooding.
  • $500 million to help pave municipal roads and $500 million to invest in state-owned roads.
  • $750 million in funding for NYS Economic Development awards. The Long Island Region has been the top-performer over the past four years with several projects being funded through the competitive process.
  • $5 million towards the creation of an Offshore Wind Master Plan that will serve as a blueprint for the future of offshore wind in NY. Offshore wind solutions was an ask of the Long Island Lobby Coalition in the past.
  • Heavy investments in clean energy, including solar, with the goal of having 50% of New York’s energy coming from renewable sources by the year 2030. Included would be $1.5 billion of clean energy projects across state-owned and municipal buildings by 2020. All SUNY campuses would install solar and other renewable energy sources on each of its 64 campuses by 2020. The Governor also proposes funding to help 150,00 new homes and businesses have solar installed by 2020. Increased solar funding was an ask of the Long Island Lobby Coalition in the past.
  • Funding the NYS Environmental Protection Fund at $300 million. This would be an all-time high and provide an increase of $123 million from the current allotment.

Long Island Lobby Coalition members met with several policy makers before and after the State of the State address, once again advocating for proper funding and policies to move Long Island forward. “For Long Island implementing many elements of this bold vision is going to require the support of local communities, small businesses and municipalities. I hope that true and respectful cooperation, coordination and planning with mutual benefit ensures in whatever steps move forward on these mega projects,” said Vision’s Director Eric Alexander.

More can read about the State of the State address in Newsday, and from the Governor’s press release. A full version of proposed plans can be found here.

New Report on Long Island Housing

A report released last week by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli showed that eight Long Island communities ‘generally complied’ with the Long Island Workforce Housing Act, with six of the communities failing to fully comply with the mandates.

The law, which was passed in 2008, requires builders to designate 10 percent of new homes as affordable housing, for sale and rent, in exchange for a “density bonus” allowing more units. The law applies only to developments of five or more units on Long Island, and the affordable units are set aside for people earning up to about $105,000. Building approvals from 2009 through 2014 were analyzed, where 29 developments moved ahead. While 29 percent of the units developed during that time period were affordable housing units, five of the developments did not comply with the law.

The Village of Hempstead had a total of 448 affordable housing units, however officials did not mandate one unit in a 12-unit development to be affordable, which is contrary to law’s provisions. Since the development has yet to be built, it may be possible for the builder to designate one unit as affordable housing according to village attorney Debra DiSalvo.

Other variances from the law include Babylon Town’s undercharging of a developer on an affordable housing fee, even though 66 percent of the approved housing units were affordable. Babylon Planning Commissioner Ann Marie Jones called the law’s use of the same formula to calculate fees for rental and for-sale housing units “impracticable and unreasonable.” Other municipalities called for changes to the law and its implementation, with some already revising their procedures to ensure compliance, while others hoping that the state would provide guidelines from the implementation and compliance with the law.

A recent report completed by the Center for Popular Democracy found some issues with the Act itself, including affordability being set too high, loopholes allowing units to be built off-site, as well as other technical and drafting problems that complicate interpretation and application of the law. You can check out the Comptroller’s report here, and read more about the findings in Newsday

A report released last week by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli showed that eight Long Island communities ‘generally complied’ with the Long Island Workforce Housing Act, with six of the communities failing to fully comply with the mandates.

The law, which was passed in 2008, requires builders to designate 10 percent of new homes as affordable housing, for sale and rent, in exchange for a “density bonus” allowing more units. The law applies only to developments of five or more units on Long Island, and the affordable units are set aside for people earning up to about $105,000. Building approvals from 2009 through 2014 were analyzed, where 29 developments moved ahead. While 29 percent of the units developed during that time period were affordable housing units, five of the developments did not comply with the law.

The Village of Hempstead had a total of 448 affordable housing units, however officials did not mandate one unit in a 12-unit development to be affordable, which is contrary to law’s provisions. Since the development has yet to be built, it may be possible for the builder to designate one unit as affordable housing according to village attorney Debra DiSalvo.

Other variances from the law include Babylon Town’s undercharging of a developer on an affordable housing fee, even though 66 percent of the approved housing units were affordable. Babylon Planning Commissioner Ann Marie Jones called the law’s use of the same formula to calculate fees for rental and for-sale housing units “impracticable and unreasonable.” Other municipalities called for changes to the law and its implementation, with some already revising their procedures to ensure compliance, while others hoping that the state would provide guidelines from the implementation and compliance with the law.

A recent report completed by the Center for Popular Democracy found some issues with the Act itself, including affordability being set too high, loopholes allowing units to be built off-site, as well as other technical and drafting problems that complicate interpretation and application of the law. You can check out the Comptroller’s report here, and read more about the findings in Newsday

Taxi Service May Replace NICE Bus Route

One solution has come forth from the slashing of 10 bus routes from the NICE system, which will affect thousands who depend on the public bus service to get to and from work, doctor visits, grocery stores and visits to downtown shops. The cuts were part of budget cuts in this current fiscal year’s county budget.

On January 4th, village board of trustees meeting, Larry Blessinger of All Island Taxi presented a proposal to replace the N14 — also known as the Rockville Centre Loop — with a van in the morning and afternoon in the Village of Rockville Centre. The van would cost $4 a person each way. The regular fare for a NICE bus is $2.75, with discounts for seniors, students and the disabled. In November, Nassau County approved the elimination of 10 bus routes ­— including two of the three lines through Rockville Centre. Those routes with low ridership were cut, with NICE stating that only one percent of riders would be affected.

Trustee Ed Oppenheimer asked if All-Island Taxi would try to match the schedule to the LIRR schedule. He said that he often heard complaints that N14 bus schedule did not match up with the arrival and departure of trains to Rockville Centre. Several advocates have suggested this measure to NICE to retain and increase ridership to no avail. Next week, those who depend on bus service in certain areas will be left without, forced to either pay higher taxi costs or go without rides. The N62 route’s in Freeport is of high concern as well, with dozens of riders in jeopardy of not being able to run necessary errands and go to work. The N62 route had one of the highest rates of connectivity and transfers to and from the LIRR in Nassau.

Aaron Watkins-Lopez of the Bus Riders Union is extremely concerned about the lack of funding and how it will affect residents. "The current state of Nassau County's buses is an absolute disgrace. After selling our buses to the lowest bidder in 2012, we have seen a rapid decline in service yet we've had 5 fare increases. Transdev, NICE Bus operator, has a track record of taking over transportation and water systems and then running them into the ground, they've already been kicked out of St. Louis, Berlin and most of South America for their lack of efficiency and their inadequacy. Our state officials refuse to meet with long island residents, and our county executive thinks these 10 bus cuts are an "inconvenience". Now the Governor wants to send $550 Million to Long Island and not a dime is for the buses. It has become an increasingly dire situation for bus riders across the island, especially in Nassau."

Equitable funding for Nassau and Suffolk bus service has been a priority for the Long Island Lobby Coalition for some time now, with hopes that it will be able to be addressed in the upcoming budget, although it was not mentioned in this year’s State of the State. You can read more about the Rockville Centre loop changes here, and check out some of the impacts of the NICE cuts from Tri-State Transportation Campaign here


Mayor of Glen Cove Charts Revitalization Projects in Inaugural Speech

It was standing room only at the January 1, 2016 Inaugural ceremony for Mayor Reginald Spinello and members of Glen Cove’s City CouncilIt was standing room only at the January 1, 2016 Inaugural ceremony for Mayor Reginald Spinello and members of Glen Cove’s City Council. Special guest, New York Senator Charles Schumer, acknowledged Mayor Spinello’s successes in the areas of economic growth, stabilizing taxes and taking a hard line on illegal housing for the City of Glen Cove and noted his work with the Mayor on the Glen Cove Waterfront project as part of his remarks.

In his inaugural address to Glen Cove residents, Mayor Spinello said, “My promise this year is that my administration will concentrate on smart growth in our community – from our waterfront redevelopment to the revitalization of our downtown, I expect 2016 to be a watershed moment in turning Glen Cove into the vibrant municipality that it should be. Our vision is simple – make Glen Cove a “go to” destination for commerce, recreation, entertainment, culture and waterfront living. We’re intent on infusing our local economy with new jobs, expanded tax revenues from sources other than homeowners and residents, and bringing in young professionals, empty nesters and new families who will appreciate the benefits of an affordable suburban City with beautiful surroundings and easily- accessible beaches.” The Mayor concluded his address with an invitation to the community, “Please join me in becoming part of a team that nurtures our land for safe, sensible and smart development, that plants seeds of innovation with new and creative programs like Single Stream Recycling which will save money and benefit our planet, that aggressively tackles suburban weeds like illegal housing and that sees the potential of achieving Glen Cove’s promise – making our City a center of commerce and culture and a place you can be proud to call your home.”

 Special guest, New York Senator Charles Schumer, acknowledged Mayor Spinello’s successes in the areas of economic growth, stabilizing taxes and taking a hard line on illegal housing for the City of Glen Cove and noted his work with the Mayor on the Glen Cove Waterfront project as part of his remarks.

In his inaugural address to Glen Cove residents, Mayor Spinello said, “My promise this year is that my administration will concentrate on smart growth in our community – from our waterfront redevelopment to the revitalization of our downtown, I expect 2016 to be a watershed moment in turning Glen Cove into the vibrant municipality that it should be. Our vision is simple – make Glen Cove a “go to” destination for commerce, recreation, entertainment, culture and waterfront living. We’re intent on infusing our local economy with new jobs, expanded tax revenues from sources other than homeowners and residents, and bringing in young professionals, empty nesters and new families who will appreciate the benefits of an affordable suburban City with beautiful surroundings and easily. 


Long Island: Planning for High Speed Rail?

In what might be viewed as a strange exercise in science fiction the Federal government is undergoing planning for high speed rail on Long Island with literally no public input from anyone on Long Island.  Over a dozen plans for improving rail in the Northeast Corridor are under consideration by the federal government, ranging from minor improvements to a future with 220-mile-per-hour bullet trains between Washington and Boston -- not to mention new service between Long Island and New England.

There are a total of fifteen alternatives for the 457 mile corridor with different levels of investment through the year 2040 to potentially link areas as far north as Boston to Washington DC, reducing travel times dramatically. The options have been categorized and prioritized into four categories; Level D being the most ambitious. The conceptual plan does not have cost estimates, but do range from $9 billion to just maintain services for the current Northeast Corridor, and $151 billion for expansions for the proposed Level D project, which would bring high-speed rail to the North East Corridor.

The proposed Level D plan would create a second NEC spine, with three alternatives ranging from expansion to the Nassau Hub up from Stamford, CT; expansion through from Penn to the Ronkonkoma Hub and north towards New Haven, CT; and expansions reaching from Penn Station to Ronkonkoma, without expanded service towards Connecticut. There is also a “Level C” expansion proposal from Penn to Ronkonkoma, which would be less expensive due to a decrease in expansions elsewhere in the NEC corridor. 

There was a public comment session in Nassau County this week to discuss the plan; unfortunately it was very poorly attended.  Not a surprise since literally no one on Long Island had any advance notice of these proposals. 

“In nearly 20 years of monitoring, participating in and conducting public planning session across Long Island on an array of issues the outreach effort for this project is beyond minimalist and appears nonexistent.” observed Eric Alexander, Director, Vision Long Island.    Due to the range of large scale projects proposed around Long Island and the legitimate confusion that some of those create this adds to the layers of regional planning without public participation currently underway.   “There are likely more planning and special interests off Long Island aware of these proposals than folks on Long Island.”  “Plans conducted without the input of local municipalities, residents, business owners and the true decision makers in our region are a waste of money, time and what is worse is they decrease the public trust in other legitimate efforts advancing innovative projects”

At this time, no public comment and information sessions are scheduled for Suffolk County, which likely doesn’t matter as no one knew about the Nassau hearing.  The plans are viewableonline, with the opportunity to provide public comment until January 30th. 

Save the Date for the Long Island Business Council's next meeting on February 9th!

On Tuesday, February 9th from 8:00am to 10:00am, The Long Island Business Council will be holding a worksession at the East Farmingdale Fire Department, located at 930 Conklin Street in Farmingdale.

This meeting will include a keynote address from U.S. Congressman Steve Israel.Breakfast will be available for attendees. As a member of the Long Island Business Council you can pre-register at any time, at no cost. The fee for non-members is $45.00.

Contact us at 877-811-7471 or at ck@visionlongisland.org to RSVP or for more information.

Help Wanted

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?

NASSAU

Baldwin


Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin
516-223-2323
bowtiecinemas.com

Bellmore

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Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore
516-783-7200

Freeport


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
516-671-6866
www.glencovetheatres.com

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
516-466-2020
bowtiecinemas.com

Hicksville


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.

Manhasset

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Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset
516-627-7887
bowtiecinemas.com

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
516-756-2589
bowtiecinemas.com

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

Roslyn

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Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn
516-756-2589
bowtiecinemas.com

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

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Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford
516-409-8700
seafordcinemas.com

Westbury

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The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury

Tickets and more information available here

SUFFOLK

Amityville


Revolution
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

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AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington
888-262-4386
amctheatres.com

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Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington
631-423-7611
cinemaartscentre.org

Islip Village

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Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
631-581-5200
Showtimes at Islip Cinemas

Northport


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
The Producers
http://engemantheater.com/

Patchogue


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
http://plazamac.org/

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

Riverhead


Suffolk Theater
Songs in the Attic w/ guests from The Billy Joel Band
http://www.suffolktheater.com/

 


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


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

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Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville
631-589-0232
sayvillecinemas.com

Smithtown


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


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.

Vision: Forecasts for 2016

"“Downtown mixed-use projects will continue to be financially viable, approved by local municipalities and supported by communities. In Nassau, demographic changes will bring rise to diverse small business investment in downtown areas. Increasingly small-scale, micro-office space will be in demand. Increased funding for sewers in Suffolk will help meet the market demands for robust Main Street redevelopment. Long Island’s local municipalities, small businesses and community revitalization groups will continue to call for a fair share of federal, state and county dollars for local wastewater, transportation and energy infrastructure projects and with an election year for both levels of government, this is a tremendous opportunity. Regulatory relief for downtown projects needs to stay at the front of the discussion. The biggest challenge will continue to be raising the public trust for large-scale or regional initiatives. Until that trust bar can be cleared, major projects need to move ahead in a hyper-local fashion with true community-based planning. The era of folks in nice suits who live outside the community saying ‘Trust me this project is good for you’ is over,” said Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander.

Check out Long Island Business News for the upcoming year forecasts from other various business leaders around the island and let us know what you think. More importantly let us know what is your forecast for 2016. (We will print the more interesting responses in a future edition of Smart Talk). Please email your thoughts here, and check out some of Long Island's forecasts here

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

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