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"For decades, taxpayers from New York have sent their money when disasters occurred, with fires on the West Coast or floods in the Missouri and Mississippi valleys or hurricanes in Louisiana and Florida. We've sent our tax dollars, billions of them -- and now, all of a sudden, some are suggesting we should change the rules when we are hit by the first major disaster to hit the New York City region in a very long time. That's not fair. That's not right." - U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer speaking on the need for unconditional disaster aid for our country

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Schumer holds rally in Island Park for the passage of Sandy aid bill

On Monday, Schumer led a rally of dozens of Long Islanders that have been affected by Superstorm Sandy, calling for the final passage of Sandy aid bill.

About 80 people joined U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and former Senator Alfonse D'Amato at an Island Park rally on Monday to urge immediate Senate passage of a proposed $50.5 billion relief fund for victims of superstorm Sandy. Schumer stood in front of a damaged business that requires federal assistance and joined by dozens of Long Island residents and elected officials, calling for the passage of the legislation.

Many of the rally participants were from Island Park, which was heavily damaged by the disaster and has not completely recovered. The public library and many schools and churches remain closed, as well as 60 percent of the businesses on the village's main street, Schumer said.

"So far nobody has helped us at all," said John Weber, owner of the Island Park Laundromat on Long Beach Road, the site of the rally. The business was flooded by seawater and sewage, and Weber said he doesn't have the money to reopen. Next door is Jack's Pizzeria, which only reopened Jan. 14.

"The storm almost destroyed us, and we're still struggling hard," said owner Josephine Natalello. "One federal agency told us we could borrow money at six percent interest, but we can't afford that. We just bought this place a year-and-a-half ago and are deep in debt. We need help now."

Following the rally, Schumer left for Washington, D.C. for the Senate vote which was scheduled for later that day, hoping that Monday's bad weather did not keep any of the senators on his side of the vote from participating.

D'Amato, a Republican and an Island Park native, also urged passage of the Senate bill, which the House of Representatives has approved.

"We need 60 votes, Democrats and Republicans," said Schumer. "We voted for their aid [around the country] when they needed help. The New York taxpayer has been there for them. We don't want the rules changing now that we've had a major disaster. But it's going to be close."

After four weeks, the Senate bill was approved on Monday with a vote of 62-36. Before approving the relief bill, senators voted 62-35 to reject an amendment by Senator Mike Lee of Utah that would have required Congress to pay for storm relief with other cuts.

For further reading, please visit Newsday and the Long Island Herald.

Town of Brookhaven hearings focus on zoning, housing plan

Vision testified at a Town of Brookhaven hearing earlier this week in support of the proposed Next Generation housing ordinance. This code will serve as one tool to produce a range of housing options such as townhomes, apartments over stores, and artist lofts that are needed beyond single family homes.

The proposed Next Generation Housing zoning code would allow developers to build 12-14 units per acre of land, with higher density possible by using Pine Barrens credits. While the proposed code mandates a minimum of 20 percent of the residential units be affordable, she noted the idea is not designed to develop low-cost housing.

The code is structured to simply be on the books as an option in the event local communities choose to see this form of development in their neighborhood. The zoning code in Brookhaven currently is structured to facilitate sprawling development projects.

Eric Alexander, executive director of Vision Long Island, said he was in favor of the Next Generation Housing idea as recent studies conducted by the non-profit organization show 43 percent of Suffolk residents would prefer to live in a walkable, downtown community.

Gladly more supporters testified than opponents while there are some folks who have concerns. Some of the questions at the hearing could have been answered by the Town's planning department had they chosen to properly participate in the meeting.

The plan will revitalize town centers, neighborhoods and the environment by encouraging environmentally friendly development near transportation centers such as train stations, while attracting young professionals.

Given the level of public interest in the proposal, the Town Board will be accepting public comments until Feb. 1. The board may vote on the zoning code as early as its Feb. 5 meeting.

Vision is looking forward to the housing and mixed use development that could arise from this proposal.

For further reading, please visit the Port Jefferson Patch.


Senate passes $50B Sandy aid package

The Senate approved more than $50 billion in aid to states battered by Superstorm Sandy on Monday, four weeks after a delay that sparked bipartisan fury from Northeastern lawmakers.

The money includes grant funding for owners of homes and businesses, as well as funding for public improvement projects on the electrical grid, hospitals and transit systems to prevent damage from future storms.

The vote, which was 62-36, came after senators turned back an attempt to require budget cuts elsewhere to offset the cost of storm relief, a proposal that further upset several members of Congress.

When the Senate passed the long-delayed relief package, many of the no-votes came from Senators who had previously supported emergency aid efforts following disasters in their own states. While many complained that the bill contained too much unrelated “pork,” the same members had voted no on the much smaller $9 billion Sandy relief Senate bill.

Among the no voters were Senators Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. Both members had not only backed disaster aid in the past, but actually sought disaster aid for their own states for relief from Hurricane Sandy. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas endorsed disaster relief for snow storms damages in his state just four days before casting his “nay” vote. A more shocking no-vote came from Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, who, during a recent drought in August, demanded the Senate be called back from recess to pass disaster aid. His office later released a statement: “When a disaster surpasses the ability of states and communities to rebuild, Senator Blunt believes the federal government should prioritize spending to help the people whose lives and livelihoods are impacted. During his time in the Senate, he has fought tirelessly to ensure that Missouri gets its fair share of those federal resources specifically dedicated to disaster recovery.”

"For decades, taxpayers from New York have sent their money when disasters occurred, with fires on the West Coast or floods in the Missouri and Mississippi valleys or hurricanes in Louisiana and Florida," said Senator Chuck Schumer. "We've sent our tax dollars, billions of them -- and now, all of a sudden, some are suggesting we should change the rules when we are hit by the first major disaster to hit the New York City region in a very long time. That's not fair. That's not right."

Sandy killed about 113 people in the United States, bringing flooding and destruction to much of lower Manhattan, Long Island, and New Jersey seaside towns when it struck back in October. Tens of thousands of families are still displaced or lack adequate heat to deal with the frigid winter weather.

New York has estimated its storm-related costs at nearly $42 billion, while New Jersey's estimated losses totaled about $37 billion. In a joint statement, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy praised the Senate for approving the funds "despite the difficult path in getting to this moment."

"To all Americans, we are grateful for their willingness to come to our aid as we take on the monumental task of rebuilding, and we pledge to do the same should our fellow citizens find themselves facing unexpected and harsh devastation," they said.

Before approving the relief bill, senators voted 62-35 to reject an amendment by Senator Mike Lee of Utah that would have required Congress to pay for storm relief with other cuts.

"My heart goes out" to residents of the stricken area, said Lee, and then added, "We have to stop and consider the fact that we are more than $16 trillion in debt and that we're adding to that debt at a rate of more than $1 trillion every year."

In 2005, it took Congress just 11 days to approve $60 billion in aid for the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, while Monday marked 91 days since Sandy hit.

The Senate approved a $60 billion aid package for the hard-hit region in late December and also passed the flood insurance bill, which Obama signed in early January. After Monday's vote, Obama said that for people struggling to rebuild, "every day without relief is one day too many."

"So while I had hoped Congress would provide this aid sooner, I applaud the lawmakers from both parties who helped shepherd this important package though," he said.

For further reading, please visit CNN.

Smart Growth America report calls for an examination of federal involvement in real estate

A new report by Smart Growth America, Federal Involvement in Real Estate: A Call for Examination, released last week, surveys the federal government’s $450 billion in annual real estate spending. Through a combination of direct expenditures and commitments, this funding supports loans and loan guarantees, grants, and tax credits.

This involvement has an enormous impact on the U.S. real estate market. Though usually viewed as a “free” market, the U.S. real estate sector is heavily influenced by direct and indirect government intervention. Taken as a whole, these expenditures and investments impact where real estate is developed and what kind of product is built.

Each year, the federal government spends approximately $450 billion on real estate through a combination of direct expenditures and tax and loan commitments. Smart Growth America surveyed 50 federal real estate programs to better understand where this money goes and how it influences development in the United States. The spending examined in the report’s analysis includes tax expenditures, loan guarantees, and low-interest loans and grants. It does not include the Government Sponsored Enterprises, nor does it include non-real estate spending that greatly influences development, including investments in transportation, other infrastructure and federally owned real estate.

This spending has an enormous impact on the U.S. real estate market. Though usually viewed as a “free” market, the U.S. real estate sector is heavily influenced by direct and indirect government intervention. Much has been written about how zoning, infrastructure provisions, subdivision regulations, local approval processes and other factors make the real estate market a product of more than simple supply and demand. And recently, more has been written about the outsized role of the GSEs and the need for their reform. Taken as a whole, these expenditures and investments impact where real estate is developed and what kind of product is built.

Even a cursory analysis reveals this impact is uneven. For example, small multifamily buildings are less likely to receive financing, despite the fact that most renters in the United States live in these smaller buildings. Viewed as whole, federal funds are not targeted to those most in need, are not targeted to strengthen existing communities and are not targeted to places where people have economic opportunities.

Federal real estate spending should be reviewed and refocused. Smart Growth America’s survey revealed several instances where federal real estate expenditures and commitments could better meet our national needs and provide better benefits to homeowners, renters and communities. These shortcomings mean U.S. taxpayers are failing to get the most out of these large federal investments.

Even a cursory analysis reveals this impact is uneven. For example, small multifamily buildings are less likely to receive financing, despite the fact that most renters in the United States live in these smaller buildings. Viewed as whole, federal funds are not targeted to those most in need, are not targeted to strengthen existing communities and are not targeted to places where people have economic opportunities.
The report urges policymakers to review federal real estate programs to better achieve four national goals: (1) Support balanced housing choices; (2) Reinvest in existing neighborhoods; (3) Provide a safety net for American families; and (4) Help more Americans reach the middle class.

With the Presidential Inauguration just two weeks away and a new Congress beginning its work, now is the time for policymakers to re-examine federal commitments to the real estate market. Federal financing and spending on real estate impacts millions of Americans on every street, in every neighborhood, town and rural community. From loan guarantees to commercial tax credits, these programs help those most in need pay their rent, help families purchase their first home, and provide financing for commercial development. The federal government impacts where and how homes and even whole neighborhoods are built.

To view the report, please visit Smart Growth America.

Volunteers spend day tackling Sandy damage

Long Beach officials and volunteers took steps on Saturday to help bolster the city's coastline, while other local communities tackled cleanup and damage from Superstorm Sandy.

Volunteers from various local organizations assisted with clean up efforts in Freeport, Mastic Beach and Long Beach. In Long Beach, a dune restoration project was launched for the first time since Hurricane Gloria in 1985.

"It is really about the community helping the community," said Executive Director Eric Alexander of Vision Long Island. "It is all hyper local." Since Sandy hit back in November, Vision has provided hundreds of volunteers in over three locations.

Long Beach city officials came up with a plan to use about 3,000 unused or discarded Christmas trees to build up dunes that were lost to the storm. About 50 volunteers withstood freezing temperatures and placed biodegradable trees in a V-shape on the beach edge, from Pacific to Neptune boulevards, an area that has no boardwalk and less natural protection.

"It is a new initiative after the destruction from Sandy," said City Council president Scott Mandel. "The goal is to catch sand from blowing into residences and build up our dunes."

On Sunday, volunteers will place trees on the beach from New York Avenue to the West End. About 90 percent of the once 17-feet-high dunes on the East End were washed away, and 75 percent in the West End were lost. City officials had built two 12-foot-high temporary sand barriers as the first line of defense against flooding, tidal surges or a nor'easter after Sandy. The sand barriers are expected to be removed by spring.

"It's crucial that we take immediate measures to create temporary barriers," City Manager Jack Schnirman said.

In Freeport, lifelong resident Margaret Meyveci had about 20 volunteers gutting her childhood home on Irving Street that was severely damaged when water surged from Baldwin Harbor. Volunteers with the Friends of Freeport spent three hours ripping out walls and floors from the split-level ranch.

"It is amazing when you see all these amazing people sacrificing their time and energy," said a teary-eyed Meyveci, 52, who lives with her husband, two children and a grandchild. "I know better days are coming."

In Mastic Beach, a Sandy-inspired group, Mastic-Shirley Community Organization Active in Disaster, dispatched 45 volunteers to help with home construction, assess needs, distribute food and serve hot meals, said operation manager Jon Siebert.

"We're always moving forward," Siebert said. "We'll be here every week."

For further reading, please visit Newsday.

Boating Times Long Island raffles “Boatload of Books”

More than 30 authors have contributed their books to aid Long Island’s rebuilding after Sandy. Boating Times Long Island, a lifestyle magazine about Long Island for boaters, is raffling them all together for Sandy relief.

The proceeds from the raffle will go to the Long Island Volunteer Center (LIVC), which has opened the Long Island Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (LIVOAD) Volunteer Recovery Center in Bethpage. The Volunteer Recovery Center provides logistical support and coordination for disaster volunteer groups providing Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts on Long Island and actively recruits volunteers for these disaster groups.

The LIVOAD is a coalition of non-profit, government, and for-profit organizations in Nassau and Suffolk Counties committed to working together in the areas of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. The Volunteer Recovery Center has become a hub of activity from training and equipping volunteers teams to perform muck outs, to in-kind donations management, to planning for coordinated recovery efforts between disaster relief agencies.

For more information about the raffle, please visit Boating Times LI.

The LIVC is currently accepting volunteers. For more information about how you can, visit their website or contact them at 516-564-5482 or

National Grid announces Sandy Recovery Program to help repair or replace broken heating systems

National Grid is reaching out to natural gas customers who have been most seriously impacted by Hurricane Sandy on Long Island and New York City with a Customer Assistance Program. Eligible customers include property owners whose home has not been declared uninhabitable by the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) and National Grid has placed a warning tag on boilers, water heaters or furnaces, (meaning that the equipment is unsafe for relight and operation until repair or replacement is made) are eligible.

National Grid can offer assistance to residential gas heating customers based upon the income guidelines listed in the document linked here. They have also released a Value Plus plumber list, available here. To participate with the program, customers can choose their own licensed plumber or select a plumber from this list. National Grid has also partnered with an agency (HeartShare) helping with this program.

The two tiers listed below are programs for residential customers:

Tier 1 
Contact # is 1-877-MY-NGRID (1-877-696-4743) 
Heating equipment (boiler, furnace, water heater) replacement based upon HEAP income guidelines. This is an outright grant from National Grid.

Tier 2 
Contact # is 1-877-MY-NGRID (1-877-696-4743) 
Heating equipment (boiler, furnace, water heater) replacement based upon income guidelines above HEAP income guidelines with an upper income limit. Please note that the tier 2 income chart is available on the document linked in the second paragraph of this araticle. The grant from National Grid is determined partly by the household income and the cost of the equipment.

Important: Please note that they cannot accept customer phone calls to the residential program.

If you know of anyone that needs assistance from these programs, please have them call directly to the 800 numbers above.

Though the above programs are designed for residential customers there is also help for commercial customers:

Tier 3 
Contact # is 1-855-496-9359 
National Grid is offering commercial gas customers grants that include heating equipment, buildings and inventory. Assistance varies based upon needs. There is an agency (RAM) helping with this program to help determine the amount of assistance available.

For additional information, please visit the web site link of Please be sure to review all relevant documents to find out what aid you are available to receive.

LIHP offers Help with Heat & Hot Water

The Long Island Housing Partnership has just received a grant from the Robin Hood Foundation to expand its grants of up to $5,000 to purchase new hot water heaters, heating systems, mold remediation, removal of replacement of sheetrock and paint and installation of heat tracers and pipe liners in homes damaged by Sandy. There are now two ways to qualify.  This program will problably run until late February. You may be eligible if either:

Your home is in  Island Park, East Rockaway, Long Beach, Bay Park, Inwood, Mastic, or Mastic Beach and your income is below 80% of median income in the area—under $86,000 for a family of 4, for example,


Your income is less than 50% of the median income in your area or you live in a designated low-to-moderate income area.

For further information or to receive an application, homeowners should Michelle Di Benedetto at the LIHP (631-435-4710) and request a Disaster Assistance Repair Application.

Deadline for FEMA & SBA Applications extended to February 27th

FEMA and the Small Business Administration have extended the deadline for applying for Sandy-recovery assistance to Feb. 27. See details below on how to apply—and why you should consider applying to the SBA as well as FEMA.

New Help from EmPowerNY

Low income households who are eligible for the Home Energy Assistance Program and were affected by Superstorm Sandy, may now receive additional help from NYSERDA’s Empower NY program with free energy efficiency measures. Income limits vary with family size, from $2,146 gross monthly income for a single person, for example, to $4,127 for a family of four.

Participants may receive free insulation, free air sealing, and/or other options to save on oil, gas or propane—and reduce the global climate change that makes storms more violent. For more info, call EmPower NY  at 1-800-263-0960. 

National Grid also has expanded its similar, complementary program.

Volunteers needed for Clean Up this Weekend

Dear potential volunteers who have not yet signed up for a community for this weekend.

Vision Long Island is organizing another physical clean-up crews to assist local communities damaged by heavy flooding for this weekend.

Thanks for your past help of Sandy impacted residents but much work still needs to be done. I know that with the holiday sea-son, it may be hard for you to come out but any time you could donate would be greatly appreciated.

This weekend we will be continuing our cleanup efforts in the following communities:

Arthur Street Cancelled
E.B. Elliots Parking Lot
23 Woodcleft Ave
Freeport, NY 11520
Saturday at 9 am
Atlantic Ave & South Main Street
Freeport, NY 11520
Saturday at 2 pm
For more information please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128

405 Lido Parkway
Lindenhurst, NY 11757
Saturday at 10 pm
For more information please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128

St. Andrew's Church
250 Neighborhood Road
Mastic Beach, NY 11951
Saturday and Sunday at 10 am
For more information please contact Jon Siebert 631-615-8430

Please provide your own supplies needed for clean-up: Industrial bags, rakes, hammers, shovels, gloves, masks, heavy boots. We may have many of these items available but it is safer to have them ready to go just in case.


The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless hosts “Have a Heart for the Homeless” Candlelight Vigil on February 13th

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is holding their “Have a Heart for the Homeless” Candlelight Vigil on February 13, 2013 at 6:00pm at Farmingdale State College.

The Coalition encourages Long Islanders who want to help eradicate homelessness and hunger that exists in our affluent society. Refreshments will be served and there will also be free hair cuts, face painting, story time for children, balloon animals, performances by the Girl Scout Choir and other musical guests, and more.

The vigil will take place on the Great Lawn and Multi-Purpose Room in Roosevelt Hall at Farmingdale State College.  The participation of every person who cares will make a difference. Everyone attending is asked to wear red at the vigil.

They will also be accepting donations of unused baby items, diapers, formula, unopened cleaning supplies,  unopened toiletries, non-perishable food items, new clothing and coats, etc. You can also help by sponsoring the event or having your group conduct collection drives.

If you would like to become a sponsor and have a table at the Vigil, find out how you can help out, or would like more information, please contact (516) 742-7770 or or visit the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless website

Long Island Bus Rider’s Union to host public forum on February 28th

The Long Island Bus Rider’s Union is hosting a hearing on fare increases/bus service that we're hosting on February 28th from 6pm to 8pm at the Ethical Humanist Society in Garden City. The goal is to get the participation of bus riders and to bring the legislators to them.

If you have had problems with your bus service and want your voice to be heard or worried about fare increases and possible service cuts in 2013, or any other issues, the Long Island Bus Rider’s Union is asking people to voice their concerns are this public forum.

There is also a Long Island Bus Riders' Union Incident Report Form which will help the union get a better understanding of the incident and to advocate on anyone’s behalf. Please be as thorough as possible, and remember, if the bus service is so bad that you are forced to take a taxi, please keep a receipt. They will use these receipts to advocate for better, more affordable bus service.

Incident forms can be mailed to LI Bus Riders’ Union, 390 Rabro Drive, Hauppauge NY, 11788 or completed online. For further information please visit the Long Island Bus Rider’s Union website.

4th Annual Celebration of Suburban Diversity banquet rescheduled to March 6th

In the spirit of promoting tolerance and understanding, the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University will be holding the 4th Annual Celebration of Suburban Diversity banquet which has been rescheduled to Wednesday, March 6th 2012  at the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale. Long Islanders along the length of the multi-cultural spectrum will come together, as well as the disabilities and LGBT communities.

Some of the highlights of the evening will include awards, art work, entertainment, and inspirational speakers, including keynote speaker will be Robert B. Catell Chairman of the Board of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC), which will celebrate the strength and opportunities in our differences. Last year's event drew over 500 people and the support of so many major corporations and organizations including Bethpage Federal Credit Union, National Grid USA, Bank of America, Cablevision, Macys, the Horace and Amy Hagedorn Long Island Fund, North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation, and the Long Island Federation of Labor. A portion of the funds raised at the event will support diversity and sustainability-related scholarships, research and conferences. Last year's Celebration helped the NCSS to underwrite tens of thousands of dollars worth of internships  and grants to community groups, faculty and students.

Long Island's new suburbanites are students, patrons, customers and entrepreneurs of various ages and backgrounds who can revive and sustain our economy and understanding one another is essential to all our success; diversity and sustainability are the keys to our social and economic survival.  The ability of people from different  races, religions and regions to live and work together is crucial to our prosperity.  

If you would like to sponsor, checks should be made payable to Hofstra University Diversity Celebration and mailed to NCSS, 250 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549. For information about the event or sponsorship opportunities, please visit the event page or contact Ina Katz at 516-463-9939 or via email at

Suffolk Theater to host “Back to the 30's” Grand Opening Gala on March 2nd

In celebration of its restoration and reopening, the Suffolk Theater is hosting a “Back to the 30s” Cocktail Party featuring Grammy Award-winning Vince Giordano & his Nighthawks Orchestra, of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” fame, on Saturday, March 2nd.

The evening will feature dancing, food, signature cocktails, costumed characters, video entertainment and many more surprises. The gala starts at 6:00pm with an after party starting at 9:00pm.

The 600 seat Suffolk Theater is a unique Art Deco movie theater located on Main Street in Riverhead, Long Island. R Thomas Short of the New York firm, Harde and Short, was the architect. Mr. Short’s legacy includes eleven movie theaters on Long Island. The Suffolk Theater is the last remaining movie house built by R Thomas Short. The Suffolk Theater is also the last remaining large art deco theater on Long Island. The theater was built as a National Recovery Act project for the Century circuit chain and has now been transformed into a state of the art performance space.

"Pitching Long Island" panel to be held on March 12th

On Tuesday, March 12th, Public Relations Professionals of Long Island, a nonprofit group in the region for professional communicators, will be hosting Pitching Long Island: Who, What, Where, When & Why.

The region of Long Island, surrounded by water with the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn to the west, is unique in its geography, culture, politics, economy, challenges and advantages. From economic development to recreation to education to business and the professions, the people who pitch Long Island are as unique as their surroundings.

Panelists include Vision Long Island’s Executive Director Eric Alexander, Account Director Audrey Cohen of Epoch 5 Public Relations, Vice President Melissa Connolly for University Relations at Hofstra University, Laurie Bloom, Director of Marketing & Communications at Rivkin Radler LLP, and Mindy F. Wolfle, President of Neptune Marketing LLC, as the moderator.

Hear what they have to say about their careers, the techniques they employ in their messaging, their roles as spokesperson, and how they manage the strengths and weaknesses of their organizations.

If you live or work on Long Island, this panel discussion will provide insight on what it takes to market our region.

Please visit the Public Relations Professional of Long Island website for registration and further details.

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 Fall 2012 Internship in the subject heading. For more information, call our office at 631-261-0242.

Theatre Listings

Check out what downtown theaters and performing arts centers are playing this weekend! Consider visiting a local bar or restaurant, or doing some shopping before or after the show.

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor:
The Picture Show presents Fritz Lang’s M - Friday, February 1st at 8:00pm
The Picture Show presents Metropolis - Saturday, February 2nd at 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

The YMCA Boulton Center

37 West Main Street, Bay Shore:
Big Laughs in Bay Shore - Friday, February 1st at 8:00pm
Y Act Out Musical Theatre presents: The MAJOR Minors in Bop to the Top - Saturday, February 2nd at 4:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton:
No shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
232 Main Street, Port Washington:
The Campbell Brothers - Friday, February 1st at 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

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

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington:
B103 Presents: Kansas - Saturday, February 2nd at 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson:
Lost In Yonkers - Friday, February 1st at 8:00pm and Saturday, February 2nd at 8:00pm
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, February 1st at 10:30pm
Raggedy Ann & Andy - Friday, February 1st at 10:30am and Saturday, February 2nd at 11:00am
Tickets and more information available here

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

The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport:
Wait Until Dark - Friday, February 1st at 8:00pm, Saturday, February 2nd at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday, February 3rd at 2:00pm
Tickets and more information available here


Museums in or near Long Island downtowns:

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.

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

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 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

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

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

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

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.

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Grand Avenue
1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin

Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore

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Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck

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Long Beach Cinema

179 East Park Avenue, Long Beach

Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Clearview Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington

Clearview Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


Clearview's Babylon Cinemas
34 Main Street, Babylon

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

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Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


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