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Jan. 17-23, 2015

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Gov. Cuomo Outlines Budget Priorities In 2015 State Of State

Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a proposed minimum wage increase, law enforcement changes and controversial education reform during the 2015 State of the State address.

Delayed two weeks by the death of former Gov. Mario Cuomo, the address explored the governor’s proposed $141.6 billion budget. Featuring a 2.8 percent – or $4 billion – increase, the budget would be largely funded by $94 billion in taxes, a 1.7 percent increase.

At the same time, the governor proposed several tax cuts. He wants to reduce taxes on small businesses from 6.5 percent to 2.5 percent, the lowest rate in 100 years. He also announced plans for $1.7 billion in property tax relief for homeowners and renters – an announcement he made last week at Hofstra University. Of the 2.3 million households earning less than $250,000, Long Island’s 341,000 would receive more than the projected $1,000 annual average.

Long Islanders could also see a boost in wages. The governor proposed increasing minimum wage from $8.75 an hour to $11.50 in the city and $10.50 in the rest of the state.

He also proposed a $35 million Global NY Export-Import Development Fund to assist New York businesses expand into overseas markets. Canada, China, Israel and Mexico are among New York’s top trade partners, but Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-NYC), Senate Majority Leader and Cuomo are expected to lead a trade mission to Cuba within 45 days.

Back on Long Island, the governor confirmed he wants to tap part of the state’s $5 billion surplus – obtained by settlements with banks in enforcement actions – to make Republic Airport a STARTUP-NY tax-free zone. Citing easy access to major roads, Cuomo said companies that move to the airport would pay no state taxes. There was little discussion on the impact of surrounding downtowns like Babylon Village and Farmingdale Village.

He also wants to use $450 million to build a 1.5-miles AirTrain line between Willets Point and LaGuardia Airport over the next five years. The JFK-LIRR AirTrain link, which opened in 2003, carried 2.6 million passengers in its first year and 5.7 million passengers by 2012.

Another $150 million could go towards “vertical parking facilities” – parking garages – on Long Island. One of those sites includes the 77-acre Nassau Hub with the soon-to-be redeveloped Nassau Coliseum as its centerpiece.

According to his proposal, Long Island and Westchester would share $150 million of the settlement funds for infrastructure, while upstate would receive more than $1.5 billion. Long Island would see 0.03 percent of the $5 billion settlement despite housing 16 percent of the state’s population and paying 20 percent of the state’s taxes.

On the environmental side, Cuomo’s address called for a $10 million increase – up to $172 million – for the Environmental Protection Fund. This money would be used for open space initiatives, parks and recreation, and solid waste initiatives.

He also added $11 million to the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation. The agency has seen deep staffing cuts in recent years. But with the increase, the DEC could sport an $898 million budget – a 1.2 percent increase from last year. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli issued a report in December about the agency’s increased responsibilities and reduced funding over the past 11 years.

Cuomo’s address also touched on issues with other agencies – police departments. In the wake of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and NYPD, the governor proposed action to rebuild trust and faith between communities and law enforcement. The state could pay for more bulletproof glass and vests, as well as body cams. Independent monitors could be chosen to monitor fatal situations between cops and citizens, and district attorneys would be permitted to release information from grand juries even when they don’t indict a police officer over a death.

The governor also proposed substantial changes to public education, a system that largely works better on Long Island than upstate. He offered to cover public college tuition for strong students committed to teaching in New York and rewarding the highest-ranked teachers with a $20,000 bonus, while extending the period before teachers can receive tenure, raising the impact of standardized test scores on teacher evaluations and expanding charter schools.

For Cuomo’s full State of the State address, visit the governor’s website. For more media coverage of this story, check out Newsday (subscription required).

LI Lobby Coalition In Albany For Cuomo's Address

Vision Long Island and the Long Island Lobby Coalition was in attendance for the State of the State earlier this week.

Hours before the governor’s address, Vision staff and board members also met with NYS Senators Jack Martins, Phil Boyle and Michael Venditto; NYS Assemblymen and women Michelle Schimel, Michaelle Solages, Dean Murray, Al Graf and Phil Ramos; Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano; Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone; Suffolk Comptroller John Kennedy; and NYS Storm Recovery Advisor Jon Kaiman in Albany.

The night prior, Vision also sat down with two dozen members and friends of the Lobby Coalition for dinner. Discussion included infrastructure projects, small business relief, casinos and support for downtowns. The list of dinner guests included:  Comptroller Tom DiNapoli; State Senator Jack Martins; Assemblymen Andrew Raia, Chad Lupinacci and Michael Fitzpatrick; LI Federation of Labor; Building Trades Council; former Assemblymen Steve Labriola and Marc Alessi; Sustainability Institute at Molloy Executive Director Neal Lewis; Jeff Guillot from Suburban Millennial Institute, attorney and Vision board member Keith Archer; American Communities Institute at Dowling College, Friends of Long Island Consultant Jon Siebert, Vision co-Chair Trudy Fitzsimmons and Vision Assistant Director Tawaun Weber.

Rally For Bay Park ‘Pipe Dream’ Attracts Large Crowd

“We have a pipe dream.”

Adrienne Esposito, executive director of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment, acknowledged the holiday when almost 100 politicians, environmentalist and residents rallied on Monday for an ocean outflow pipe at Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant.

“How crazy is it we dump 50 million gallons of treated sewage every day and we ignore it?” Esposito said.

Standing in the headquarters of Operation SPLASH – a Freeport-based group of volunteers dedicated to removing garbage from local waters, a contingent of naturalists, elected officials and community leaders called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to allocate $500 million for the pipe. State Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach); Nassau Legislator Laura Curran (D-Baldwin); Nassau Legislator Denise Ford (R-Long Beach); Island Park Mayor Michael McGinty; Operation SPLASH founder Rob Weltner; Operation SPLASH member Jimmy Ruocco; Sludge Stoppers Task Force founder Scott Bochner; Island Park resident Tommy Asher; Long Island Federation of Labor Executive Director Roger Clayman and Vision Long Island Sustainability Director Elissa Kyle joined Esposito.

“I know we have the will to do this, the know-how and the tools. We just need the resources,” Curran said.

The Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant serves 550,000 Nassau County residents and processes an average of 50 million gallons of sewage every day. Effluent – treated sewage – is currently released into Reynolds Channel, a bay that borders Long Beach, Island Park, Oceanside, Point Lookout and other southern Nassau communities.

Superstorm Sandy crippled the plant in 2012 with nine feet of saltwater flooding, knocking it completely out of service for two days. Millions of untreated and partially-treated sewage flowed through the plant and into local waters before emergency repairs were made. The plant ran under temporary measures for months after Sandy, including noisy generators costing taxpayers $1 million a month.

FEMA earmarked $830 million for storm-hardening. That includes 18-foot tall concrete walls and improved an electrical distribution system. But those changes will not improve the health of Reynolds Channel.

“It’s like buying a bicycle and putting only one wheel on it,” Weltner said.

That’s because Reynolds Channel and nearby bays don’t flush – pull in different water – very often. Bochner said $900,000 in scientific studies has provided data that shows the channel acts like a toilet bowl. Meanwhile, the treated wastewater contains higher levels of nitrogen that spawns excessive amounts of seaweed and prevents marine life and saltwater marshes from flourishing.

When effluent was first dumped into the channel some 40 years ago, Ruocco said the community was told it would be fine. Instead, residents watched as the water quality diminished.

Rectifying that mistake, Clayman said, would employ Long Islanders to make necessary investments in infrastructure. And cleaning that water, Kyle added, would benefit many.

“It’s not just a South Shore issue. It’s a Long Island issue,” she said.

For more on this story, check out Herald Community Newspapers.

Community Continues Campaign Critical Of Casino

The public protest against a proposed gambling in Westbury has not faltered.

Vision Long Island joined more than 800 people attended a community meeting in Carle Place against a casino proposed by the Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation (OTB) at the former Fortunoff building at the Source mall.

An OTB consultant at the meeting said 45 percent of the net proceeds from the Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) – about $40 million – would go to state coffers. Nassau County would receive funding for the county’s budget and the OTB would provide an additional host fee or local funds.

Concerns about traffic, crime and effects on property value in the neighboring community sparked immediate uproar against the OTB’s intentions when they were first announced late last year. Plans call for the gaming facility to include 1,000 slot machines and table games, and could open sometime this year. OTB officials said just 15 percent of the building would be used for video lottery terminals with the rest occupied by a food court and high-end restaurants.

Residents, civic leaders and elected officials, led by Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Town Councilwoman Viviana Russell and Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro asked the OTB to abandon their plans. They questioned how the agency could choose a site within half a mile of 1,220 homes and less than a mile from three schools.

Repeated calls to move the proposed casino to another site were met with a dismissal from OTB President Joe Cairo. By state law, OTBs are exempt from local zoning and site selection requires just approval of the State Gaming Commission. Cairo confirmed they were negotiating a price for the building, with a contract expected by the end of the month and the gaming machines open by November.

At Wednesday’s meeting, the OTB representative said the Fortunoff location was the top-ranked site of 20 locations they considered.

Vision staff raised questions on the market viability of gaming, the economic and social impacts of gaming and the lack of a public process in siting and reviewing this project.

“It seems there is more diligent review in siting a 7-Eleven or a deck in your backyard than a casino. The impacts on downtown redevelopment are real questions,” Director Eric Alexander said.

Questions were raised from the community concerning the economic viability of the existing OTB. With only $3 million generated annually to the County since 2008 some suggested shutting down the OTB.

Opponents of the proposed gambling facility are expected to speak at the Nassau County Legislature on Monday. A Democrat-contingent of lawmakers proposed replacing the three-man OTB board in recent weeks and have begun the move in earnest. The minority legislators called on Republicans for at least six of the additional votes they would need to replace the board members.

Meanwhile, they also rallied outside the proposed site this past Saturday. More than 1,000 people braved the freezing cold weather to keep the opposition message strong.

For more on Wednesday’s meeting check out Newsday and News 12 (subscription required) and check out the Westbury Times for more on Saturday’s rally.

President Obama Emphasizes 21st Century Infrastructure

In his sixth State of the Union address, President Barack Obama spoke heavily on his previous successes and international policy. But he also touched on a few topics directly affecting Americans at home.

Energy options have taken off in recent years. America is a major producer of oil and natural gas, but also a top producer of wind energy. Granted, the president has had little impact on private drilling on domestic land, his administration hasn’t restricted hydraulic fracturing as much as some have demanded. He expects families to save about $750 at gas stations in 2015. At the same time, the country is introducing as many solar panels every three weeks as it did through all of 2008.

Developing a 21st-century business, he said, requires 21st century infrastructure. That means modern ports, stronger bridges, faster trains and speedy internet. The president urged both Democrats and Republicans to create an infrastructure plan that strengthens the nation and creates more than 30 times as many jobs every year.

Speaking of jobs, more than 11 million new jobs have been created in the last five years. With the recovering economy able to support more Americans and wages beginning to rise again, the president called for legislation to ensure women are paid equally and raise minimum wage. He challenged lawmakers to live on less than $15,000 a year, referring to the $7.25 federal minimum wage.

Vision Long Island board member and Long Island Federation of Labor President John Durso was in attendance for the president’s address and supported Obama’s call for equal wages.

“President Obama laid out a number of reasonable ideas and hopefully they will be enacted but for the life of me how could the Republican members of the house and Senate still not get that women should be paid the same wage as men. This should not be a partisan issue it should be treated as an issue of fairness and equality and to watch them sit on their hands is mind boggling,” Durso said.

Creating jobs will also take training and education. By then end of this decade, Obama said two of every three job openings will require higher education. America thrived with free high school in the 20th century and sent a generation of soldiers to college on GI bills. He’s pushing Congress to make community college free; 40 percent of all current college students are enrolled community college.

“Understand, you’ve got to earn it – you’ve got to keep your grades up and graduate on time.  Tennessee, a state with Republican leadership, and Chicago, a city with Democratic leadership, are showing that free community college is possible.  I want to spread that idea all across America, so that two years of college becomes as free and universal in America as high school is today,” he said.

Meanwhile, Obama said America is the only advanced country where employees don’t receive mandatory paid sick leave or maternity leave. He called for federal and local laws requiring employers offer a week of paid sick leave every year for 43 million working Americans. He also called on Congress for more than $2 billion for paid family and medical leave programs.

“That forces too many parents to make the gut-wrenching choice between a paycheck and a sick kid at home.  So I’ll be taking new action to help states adopt paid leave laws of their own,” he said.

After the State of the Union, Senator Chuck Schumer reflected on the address.

“This was a speech that appealed to the better angels of our nature; it was optimistic, forward-looking and non-partisan. President Obama didn’t point any fingers, and without any anger or negativity, he simply said ‘let’s come together for the good of America and the good of the middle class’. President Obama’s speech was uplifting for Democrats and for the country, and we hope our Republican colleagues will join us in coming together in the spirit of the speech,” Schumer said.

For a full transcript of the president’s speech, check out Time magazine.

LI Commemorates King’s Human Rights Message

Americans observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, including many from Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

More than 700 religious, community, business and government leaders attended the 30th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency Wind Watch hotel in Hauppauge.

A talented choir and powerful message created an inspiring morning for many, led by Pastor Charles Coverdale, wife Shirley Coverdale and Assistant Pastor Cynthia Liggon.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,” they said, quoting Dr. King.

Vision board member Richard Koubek was honored at the breakfast for his work in justice and social equity.

For more on the breakfast, check out this Riverhead News-Review piece.

Meanwhile, folks in the Village of Hempstead marched in the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. Residents joined the Hempstead Fire Department and cadets from the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps at Aviation High School in Queens marching to the Miracle Christian Center.

More than 200 were present to hear Mayor Wayne Hall, Deputy Mayor Waylyn Hobbs Jr. and others speak about King’s message. In a time marked by racial tension – controversies surrounding Michael Brown, Eric Garner, NYPD and protestors – they called on participants to unite over love and peace. Hall said educating young minorities should be a priority so they can “sit on boards, not in [jail].”

Check out Newsday (subscription required) for more on this.

In Glen Cove, community members marched through downtown before a program at Finley Middle School that morning. One of Dr. King's former bodyguards spoke. The event also included a tribute to Maya Angelou, and music by Cantor Gustavo Gitlin and Glen Cove High School Drum Line and Select Chorale.

In Huntington, Town Councilwoman Tracey Edwards served as the keynote speaker for an evening jubilee at the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Feds Reimburse North Hempstead For Sandy Park Repairs

When Superstorm Sandy roared through Long Island, Manorhaven Beach Park was among its casualties.

But the Town of North Hempstead hired contractors and the Port Washington park should return to normal. And last week, federal officials announced they will reimburse the town more than $1.2 million for those repairs.

Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand last Friday revealed news North Hempstead would receive $1,228,200.98 through a FEMA Public Assistance grant. That will cover 90 percent of total cost, with the remaining 10 percent funded with federal HUD Community Development Block Grant funds

“The Town of North Hempstead offers its residents access to some of the most beautiful waterfront parks and when Superstorm Sandy damaged Manorhaven Beach Park, along the Manhasset Bay, the Town worked hard to make sure it was repaired,” Schumer said. “This federal funding will help ensure local residents are not on the hook for the permanent repairs made to Manorhaven Beach Park after Superstorm Sandy.”

Manorhaven Beach Park sits along Manhasset Bay and is home to a 25,000-square foot pool complex, as well as full outdoor recreation activities, athletic fields, picnic areas, a boat ramp and a playground. The park is open to residents via a seasonal parking pass, although everyone can use the park by purchasing individual day parking.

“This FEMA grant will help us restore this vital recreational facility at Manorhaven Beach Park,” North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth said. “The grant will work in conjunction with two existing state grants that we received last year to rebuild the park’s boat ramp and the neighboring property along North Sheets Creek, bringing a total of $2 million in assistance to the park.”

After Sandy, town officials hired contractors to complete permanent repairs to the tennis court, picnic pavilions, women’s restroom, main building and the surrounding park area. Repairs have been completed on the main building, ornamental wood deck and bocce court. Construction on the remaining items is in the planning stages.

“Manorhaven Beach Park is a recreational asset that was damaged during Superstorm Sandy and this funding will help the town restore the park back to its original state. The repairs to the park’s recreational facilities as well as the pavilions and main building, help bring Manorhaven Beach back to life, so that Long Island families can enjoy all that the park has to offer for generations to come,” Gillibrand said.

For more on this story, check out Newsday (subscription required).

Help Needed To Feed The Hungry In Freeport

The Long Island Council of Churches needs Spanish-speaking volunteers to work their food pantry in Freeport.

They fed more people by Thanksgiving 2014 than in all of 2013. And in recent months, they’ve seen a growing number of requests for assistance who’ve had their food stamp benefits cut by Congressional budget cuts.

Of course, food donations will definitely be accepted. Vegetables, jelly and pasta are in high demand.

Food, personal care products, small households goods and other small items can be dropped off at 450 N. Main Street in Freeport, Christ’s 1st Presbyterian Church in Hempstead and 407 Osborne Avenue at Lincoln in Riverhead.

Financial donations can be mailed to: The Long Island Council of Churches, 1644 Denton Green, Hempstead, NY 11550 or taken over the phone at 516-565-0290.

Enjoy The Bourbon, Beer, Barbecue At T.J. Finley’s

Saunter out to T.J. Finley’s in Bay Shore early in the new year to sample some very rare and special beer, bourbon and barbecue.

Their Winter Bourbon Festival is slated for Jan. 24 from 3-7 p.m. The $50 entrance fee opens the door to unlimited samples of more than 30 whiskies and more than 30 craft beers, as well as a commemorative glass and free hat.

In addition, whisky classes will be available for newcomers to bourbon.

Barbecue food will also be on sale.

Go online for tickets and more information about the festival.

Touro Law Honoring Grads At Public Interest Job Fair

Join the Public Interest Law Organization of Touro (PILOT) for a wine and cheese reception during Touro Law School’s 8th annual public interest job fair next month.

The fair, running noon-6:30 p.m. on Feb. 10, will give Touro Law students and opportunity to learn about summer and permanent job opportunities.

The reception will be held at 5 p.m., honoring 1990 graduate Chris J. Coschignano as the Keith Romaine Elected Official of the Year and 2011 alum Tiffany Femiano as the Public Service Alumna of the Year. It will be followed by a 2-credit ethics CLE course after the reception.

RSVP for the reception via email or call 631-761-7064 by Feb. 2.

Go Red For Women And Fight Heart Disease

Don’t miss out on the 14th Annual Long Island Go Red for Women Luncheon next month.

Part of the American Heart Association’s nationwide movement to wipe out heart disease, this event is slated for Feb. 11 at the Crest Hollow Country Club.

Three heart-healthy workshops are scheduled before lunch. The first will examine genetics and heart disease, the second will look into nutrition and the last will touch on tools for managing stress.

During the main event, the American Heart Association will honor Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman Senior Partner and Vision Long Island board member Howard Stein, as well as DK USA CEO Deborah Richman and Premiere Cardiology.

Raffle tickets are also being sold prior to the event for prizes like trips to Mexico, a jewelry gift certificate or chance to drive a Maserati for a weekend.

Reservations are required by Feb. 6 – National Wear Red Day – and tickets can be purchased on the event’s website.

Win $1,500 Scholarship For APA National Conference

Sign up now for a chance to win a trip to the 2015 APA National Conference.

The Long Island Section of American Planning Association's NY Metro Chapter is accepting applications for three Arthur H. Kunz Memorial Scholarships. These $1,500 scholarships will enable awardees to attend the conference from April 18-21 in Seattle, Wash.

Applicants must be entry-level planners with less than six years of professional experience and students enrolled in a planning-related program – graduate or undergraduate. Email a resume and letter of interest, including your interest in planning, goals for a career on Long Island and what you hope to gain from attendance at the National Conference. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 6.

The scholarship is named after Arthur H. Kunz, a Long Island planner who was committed to preserving and enhancing Suffolk County by balancing its growth and development with environmental protection. Since 1994, the Long Island Section of the APA has been offering scholarships in his memory.

Paint The Town Red With Suffolk County Arts Grants

Have an arts project that could bolster your community? Apply today for a Suffolk County grant.

The county announced a series of art grants designed to support downtowns for 2015.

The Community Arts & Film Grant supports community art organizations that embody artistic excellence and foster cultural participation to build vibrant communities and celebrate the diversity of the county. With three grants available, nonprofits can vie for less than $5,000 through the Community ReGrant Program; more than $5,000 through the Cultural Arts Competitive Grant Program; and funds to promote Suffolk as a film-friendly region via the Emerging Film Festival Grant Program.

Applicants must be a nonprofit or partner with one; have arts as the core mission; and be in operation for at least a year. Applications for Community Arts & Film Grants can be downloaded from the county’s website. Submissions must be postmarked by Jan. 12 and emailed to the county.

Meanwhile, the Destination Downtown Grant program is a creative place-making initiative that compliments the county’s transit-oriented development agenda. The 2015 program focuses on Arts Engagement. Two grants of $25,000 each are available to create downtown communities that feature livability and arts at the core.

Applicants must be an arts organization with a minimum annual budget of $250,000; have partnerships that include arts organizations and a chamber of commerce, BID or other business association; and propose a project in a downtown area. . Applications for Destination Downtown Grants can be downloaded from the county’s website. Submissions must be postmarked by Feb. 6 and emailed to the county.

State Funding Communities Charged About Solar Power

A New York State public corporation is willing to financially support Long Island neighborhoods that want solar power.

NYSERDA is accepting applications for $5,000 and marketing and technical assistance to support Solarize campaigns – community solar projects.

Initiated by local governments, schools and other community partners, these Solarize campaigns are designed to educate and attract potential solar customers. Attracting multiple patrons and selecting one installation company can save residents’ wallets and the environment.

NYSERDA will provide up to $5,000 for campaign expenses, a $2,500 bonus for school districts participating, print and online marketing materials, technical guidance and other assistance.

Applicants must be a local municipality, school district or not-for-profit community organization to participate, although partnerships throughout the community are encouraged. With the first round of projects expected to begin in the spring, applications must be received by Jan. 30.

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 on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Who-Ville Bar and Grille

339 Broadway, Bethpage
Tickets and more information available on Facebook


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.


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:
The Pedrito Martinez Group - Friday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m.
Judy Gold - Saturday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m.
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


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury
Extreme - Saturday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here




140 Merrick Road, Amityville
The Vinyl Plane - Friday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Four Year Strong with Comeback Kid, Handguns, Heart to Heart and Expire - Saturday, Jan. 24 at 4:30 p.m.
Fingers Metal Shop Live! featuring Year of the Locust, Beastie N Effect, Dragon's Bane and Gutterlife - Saturday, Jan. 24 at 10 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Amanda Seales in "It's Complicated" - Friday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m.
Y Act Out Major Minors present: Summer's NOT HOT - Saturday, Jan. 24 at 5 p.m.
Story Pirates - Sunday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m.
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
Screening of the National Theatre Live: "JOHN" - Saturday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.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
Criss Angel: MINDFREAK LIVE - Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. and 10 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
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike - Friday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Satisfaction - Friday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m.
Rael: the music of Genesis and the American Pink Floyd Experience - Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
School of Rock presents the Music of Clapton - Sunday, Jan. 25 at 1:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Friday Night Happy Hour - Friday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, Jan. 24 at 10 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
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, Jan. 23 at 10:30 p.m.
Don't Dress For Dinner - Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.
Little Bo-Peep - Saturday, Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, Jan. 25 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
Nick DiPaolo - Friday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m.
Ani DiFranco - Saturday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m.
The second annual Suffolk Theater Wedding Showcase - Sunday, Jan. 25 at noon
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 Sessions with Nancy Atlas - Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday, Jan. 24 at 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.

Take The Train To LaGuardia?

There's a lot of confusion over where the money will come from, but connecting LaGuardia Airport to the island via LIRR is a recent proposal in the governor's budget. AirTrain connected to JFK back in 2003, and there's been millions of passengers leaving their cars at home every year. While it comes with an expensive price tag up front, the long-term economic and environmental benefits are well worth the cost. Unfortunately, the current proposal calls for an AirTrain connection from Willetts Point. That's all well and good for riders on the Port Washington line, but that's a much smaller station and lacks the network of Jamaica. Folks will analyze the value of connecting Jamacia and Willetts Point as well to reduce travel times for South Shore and central Long Island residents.

Smart Talk

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