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February 4th - February 8th, 2013


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REBUILDING LONG ISLAND

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"America is one big pothole right now. At one time ... we were the leader in infrastructure. We built the interstate system. It's the best road system in the world, and we're proud of it. But we're falling way behind other countries, because we have not made the investments. The next decisions that will be made by this Congress, by this administration will have to be bold if we're going to continue our efforts to fix up our roads, keep our highways in a state of good repair, to fix up unsafe bridges. We need a bold plan, and a bold way to fund it." - Outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood speaking on the need to fix our country's crumbling infrastructure.

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Revamped theater key to Westbury revival

The Westbury Theatre, which was once a great center for film and theater, could be the key for the revival of the downtown Westbury.

James Mollitor, a local restaurateur, recalls seeing plenty of films at the once-majestic venue as a boy, he said. Now the area is mostly a “ghost town.”

The theater, once the site of elaborate vaudeville productions, deteriorated so much that the courts ordered it kept closed while the village and owner battled over its future. In 2004, Roslyn developer Cyrus Hakakian paid about $1.7 million for the site at a bankruptcy auction.

While pursuing the sale, Hakakian said, he was content to raze the theater and replace it with retail stores and apartments. Then he stepped inside one day.

"It was just majestic," he said. "The skylight, the brick walls, it was just beautiful."

Hakakian says he's poured nearly $10 million into the new theater. He's kept its brick-and-steel shell, along with some of the building's original woodwork. The rest has been gutted and repurposed, with a new Tudor-style facade, tall columns and eight chandeliers. The theater, which can hold 1,500, has six bars and lounge-style banquettes along the balcony and it is expected to create at least 30 full-time jobs, Hakakian added.

When it opens sometime in late March, it will be reborn as The Space at Westbury, a state-of-the-art performance center.

"We took a very old, aesthetically ugly, displeasing piece of property that hasn't been used at all," Mayor Peter Cavallaro said. "It's being redeveloped for use that could change the whole dynamic of the village."

Mollitor is in, but attracting other business owners has proved tough, village leaders said. Some have balked at moving to Post Avenue, fearing the promise of a revitalized downtown will not be realized.

The village has tried wooing new retail to downtown, with mixed results. In the early 1990s, the village started the business improvement district. It imposed an 18.5 percent tax on property owners,  reduced three years ago to 15 percent, to fund a face-lift for the downtown corridor. Combined with state and local grants, the village invested $3.5 million into the upgrades. In 1999, the improvement district began offering store owners $500 to adopt new signage.

The approach has proved successful. In the 1990s, some 30 of 120 storefronts on Post Avenue stood vacant. Today, according to the village, 92 percent are filled.

The business district, the majority of which spans Post Avenue from Old Country Road to the Northern State Parkway, recently began soliciting specialty shops and national chains with grants. Large chains are eligible for $10,000 to $20,000, specialty and mom-and-pop shops $5,000 to $7,500. So far, the approach has not paid off and is being relaunched, this time for more property owners. Again, the tactic hinges on the theater's opening, business leaders said.

In recent years, the village, looking to draw young professionals and empty-nesters, approved mixed-use zoning laws that led to more than 400 multifamily units being built around the train station over the last 10 years. Most of them, Cavallaro said, are filled. Revitalizing the downtown corridor, he said, is "a decision to be successful."

The theater is the capstone, and it’s staging a comeback after more than a decade since going dark, courtesy of the multimillion-dollar makeover.

Westbury isn't the first community to host a new performing arts center. Bay Shore, Northport, Patchogue, Huntington and, most recently, Riverhead are among those that have invested in such facilities, seeing them as vital to their downtowns.

Experts say it's an experiment that bears watching.

"For Central Nassau County, this is groundbreaking," said Eric Alexander, Executive Director of Vision Long Island. "It may serve as a model for other Nassau downtowns to use the arts as a centerpiece for their communities."

Each is in Suffolk, and their largely successful centers, like the one in Westbury, have something in common, Alexander said: "Right in the heart of a centrally located downtown, with an excellent train station."

If Westbury is successful, Alexander said, the approach could take off in other Nassau communities.

For further reading, please visit Newsday.

LaunchPad Long Island to give startups a boost in downtown Mineola

LaunchPad Long Island, started by venture capitalists Andrew Hazen and Richard Foster, a space for independent startups and small firms, is announcing that it will soon be up and running.

The facility spans three floors and all 12,000 square feet of a Mineola building that most recently housed a law firm and deli. The pair has invested $100,000 in the space, adding such technology gotta-haves as chalkboard walls and glass desks.

In addition to conference and meeting rooms, there’s also a lounge with plasma-screen TV, plus pingpong, foosball and pool tables. The former deli has morphed into the LaunchPad Café. “We want it to be a place they don’t want to leave,” Foster said.

The building’s owner, Hicksville-based L&L Painting Co., plans to raze the building to make way for a three-tower multi-use development that would sport office and retail space, plus a hotel and restaurant.

“It’s a lot of money, but it’s our dollars,” Hazen said of the partners’ investment. “But we believe in this project so much, we didn’t want to wait. Plus we don’t know the timeline; it could be one year, it could be four years.”

Future knockdown though it may be, the center is generating plenty of buzz in the startup community, including inquiries from more than two dozen local companies. There’s even been a call from a Georgia startup called Liquidtext.net.

“We expect the space to be filled up by May,” Hazen said.

Space at LaunchPad will range from $250 a month for a first-floor work space to up to $1,500 for one of the second floor offices, although Hazen said those spots will be primarily reserved for startups the pair invests in.

To that end, Hazen and Foster have committed $250,000 for a seed fund that will help grow LaunchPad startups. The investors are willing to wave the monthly check in exchange for a larger stake of your company for those who cannot make the rent.

“We’re not looking to make money as landlords from this thing, it’s more about making money by investing in companies,” Hazen said. “Everything’s flexible.”

Hazen said six other investors have approached him and his partner about adding to the fund, potentially putting $1 million in the till. That would put LaunchPad on almost even keel with other new investment funds, including the Accelerate Long Island partnership with CanRock Ventures and Jove Equity Partners.

Peter Goldsmith, president of the Long Island Software and Technology Network, has already committed to taking space at LaunchPad, although he said he would also maintain his office at the Long Island Tech Mall in Hauppauge. But having both locations means more space for LISTnet to grow its own incubator program, Long Island Tech COMETS, which began earlier this month.
And, building razed or not, Hazen remains committed to Mineola.

“What we’ve discussed is they would build Tower One and Tower Two of the complex first and leave us alone,” he said. “We would then get our own 22,000-square-foot floor in one of the new buildings and they would demolish our building to create Tower Three.”

For further reading, please visit Long Island Business News.

Town of Huntington encourages residents to take parking survey

The Town of Huntington, in conjunction with the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce, the Huntington Business Improvement District, the Town of Huntington Economic Development Corporation and the Paramount Theater, has commissioned a parking study for the Huntington Village downtown area.

The study, which is designed to identify the most effective, and cost-appropriate solutions to the most common and nagging parking issues, is taking the first steps in their efforts by creating this survey. It will provide residents of the the area, and all those who are most closely connected to parking conditions in the Village (business owners, local employees, residents, shoppers, visitors), a chance to provide feedback and concerns regarding the availability of parking.

The input of the community will help frame the conditions and issues to be addressed during the study. The survey is brief while still covering the many critical issues we anticipate will need addressing.  

At the end, there will be an "open-ended" question where you can provide any additional comments. The Village encourages all involved to take the survey and have their voices heard. The survey will be vital in assessing and improving the parking needs of Huntington Village going forward.

If you would like take the survey please click here.

Port Jefferson app available on the Apple Store and the Android Market

Economic Development of Port Jefferson and the Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, in joint partnership, are excited to unveil the launch of an app for those seeking more information about Port Jefferson Village.

The free app is available to download on Apple and Android mobile devices so users can find more information about local shopping, restaurants, accommodations and more; all at the touch of your fingertips.  Other features include cultural attractions and events to keep subscribers up to date on what’s going on in Port Jeff.

Special features such as “Find My Car” allows users to pinpoint the exact location of their parked vehicle and “Your Photos” gives you the chance to send us a photo of your Port Jefferson experience for possible use on our facebook page.

The project was spearheaded by Barbara Ransome, Director of Operations Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, Jill Russell, Public Relations and Marketing Consultant and Developer Jim Faulknor of Engine Room Digital Marketing, LTD.

Look for the app under “Port Jeff” in your app store.

Regional

NYSDOT making pedestrian safety progress along Hempstead Turnpike; Concerns arise on pedestrian access in East Meadow

After years of consistently being named the most deadly road for pedestrians in the region, Hempstead Turnpike has finally been getting the treatment it deserves from the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT).

Last year, NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald announced both short and long-term solutions to make the lethal roadway safer for all users, and implementation of some safety measures began in September. While there have been some Sandy-related delays, many of the safety improvements are close to implementation, including the installation of raised medians at eight locations, relocation of six NICE bus stops closer to crosswalks, the addition of five new crosswalks and altering traffic signals to calm traffic

While the DOT deserves applause for addressing pedestrian safety along the 16 mile corridor, one idea that should go back to the drawing board is the installation of fencing along a 1000-foot median near the Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow.

However, fencing doesn’t just limit pedestrian access, it also reinforces the notion that the road is too deadly to cross. A smarter way to address pedestrian safety for this stretch of Hempstead Turnpike would be to implement raised landscaped medians instead of fencing, and install additional mid-block crossings in areas with particularly long distances between signalized intersections. Doing so will not only help calm traffic and increase safety for all users of the road, but enhance pedestrian mobility as opposed to limiting it.

For further reading, please visit Mobilizing the Region.

Outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says ‘America is one big pothole’

On Wednesday, Outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood lamented the amount of infrastructure spending that was approved by Congress during his tenure at the Department of Transportation (DOT).

"America is one big pothole right now," LaHood said in an interview on "The Diane Rehm Show" on National Public Radio.

"At one time ... we were the leader in infrastructure," LaHood continued. "We built the interstate system. It's the best road system in the world, and we're proud of it. But we're falling way behind other countries, because we have not made the investments."
He noted that Congress passed a $105 billion surface transportation bill last year, but was disappointed with the fact that the measure only provided appropriations for road and transit projects until 2014.

"Congress passed a two-year bill. Ordinarily they would pass a five year bill," he said. "It was only a two-year bill because they couldn't find enough money to fund a five-year bill."

Speculation on LaHood's replacement at the DOT has centered on National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairwoman Deborah Hersman since LaHood announced his retirement last week.

LaHood believes that whoever ends up replacing him will have to think outside the box to find more transportation funding.

Funding for previous transportation bills had traditionally come from the 18.4 cents-per-gallon taxes on gasoline purchases that goes to the federal government. However, the gas tax now only brings in about $35 billion per year.

Lawmakers used a package of fee increases and closing tax loopholes to make the difference between the gas tax revenue and the more than $50 billion that is spent annually under the 2012 transportation bill.

A House Republican effort to tie transportation funding to increased offshore oil drilling was blocked by Democrats in the Senate.  

In his interview, LaHood said that it will not be as easy to come up with a temporary solution when the next transportation bill comes up.

"The next decisions that will be made by this Congress, by this administration will have to be bold if we're going to continue our efforts to fix up our roads, keep our highways in a state of good repair, to fix up unsafe bridges," he said. "We need a bold plan, and a bold way to fund it."

For further reading, please visit The Hill.

Small California community revitalizes their main street

In a refreshing example of community support and rapid agency coordination, a section of Highway 395 through Bridgeport, California was restriped to better support a walkable, safe, and economically vibrant community just eight weeks after a series of design workshops. The workshops were held to address speed and safety concerns in the Mono County seat, and to boost the local economy by encouraging drivers to stop, shop, eat, and refuel. After a series of workshops and walking audits, community members developed a "road diet" design that would reduce the number of vehicle travel lanes and reallocate the space for other uses.

With two travel lanes, a center turn lane, and bike lanes, the new street design encourages appropriate speeds through the community and is safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. Oneet parking was added by converting some blocks to head-out angled parking, while leaving other curbs available for large vehicles to parallel park.

The design workshop team was led by the Local Government Commission, and included members from the WALC Institute, Nelson/Nygaard, and Opticos Design. After the workshops, Mono County planners Scott Burns and Wendy Sugimura continued the outreach and kept the project on track by working directly with the Bridgeport Valley Regional Planning Advisory Committee, Main Street business owners, and staff from CalTrans District 9. As the striping plan evolved and met obstacles in the approval processes, the stakeholders returned to the table each time to discuss details and ensure that the final plan was acceptable to all.

More information on the Bridgeport Main Street road diet can be found via Project for Public Spaces or on the Mono County website.

Senate bipartisan task force on Hurricane Sandy releases preliminary report

Less than three months after Senate Co-Leaders Jeffrey D. Klein and Dean G. Skelos launched the New York State Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy recovery, the Task Force has released its preliminary report and recommendations on Sandy relief and storm planning. The preliminary report and recommendations come after Task Force members toured storm damaged communities across the New York City Metro Area, including Freeport, Island Park, Oceanside, The Rockaways, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Hudson Valley.

Following each tour, the Task Force held roundtable discussions with over one hundred community, private sector, and government stakeholders, including major insurance carriers and senior members of the Cuomo administration. Today’s preliminary report outlines the Task Force’s key findings from these roundtables and sets forth 10 preliminary recommendations. The Task Force will release a final report in the coming weeks.

The Task Force’s key findings and preliminary recommendations include the developing certification and licensing procedures for mold remediation contractors, supplementing existing business loan programs with direct grants to businesses severely impacted by Sandy, working with the Department of Financial Services to expedite insurance claim check processing to ensure that homeowners get the resources they need to rebuild their homes as soon as possible, developing better statewide protocols for gasoline distributions so that the energy needs of first responders and other critical service providers are properly prioritized, and exploring the use of soft barriers as a means of mitigating future storm damage.

The task force consists of Co-Chair Senator Andrew Lanza (R,I,C-Staten Island), Co-Chair Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens), Senator Diane Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn), Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick), Senator-Elect James Sanders, Jr. (D-Queens), Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola), Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland), Senator Martin J. Golden (R-Brooklyn), Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Queens), Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I–Shirley), and Senator Phil Boyle (R,C,I-Suffolk County).

Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leader and Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) said, “The Task Force’s work is emblematic of the meaningful, bipartisan results we want to deliver for all New Yorkers. I want to thank the Task Force’s members and their staff for the hard work and the long-hours they’ve continually dedicated to this critically important effort. I look forward to implementing the Task Force’s final recommendations in the weeks ahead.”

Task Force Co-Chair Senator Andrew Lanza (R,I,C-Staten Island) said, “Now that the state budget process has begun and we’ve seen first-hand the devastation and obstacles our neighbors are having to endure, it is critically important that we ensure federal, state and local resources are maximized and targeted to bring swift relief for short-term and long-term recovery.”

Senator Phil Boyle said, “As members of the Hurricane Sandy Task Force toured the most hard hit areas of our State, we were stunned at the devastation wrought by the storm, but touched by the generosity and resiliency of New Yorkers.  This preliminary report will assist our colleagues in the Senate with a roadmap to assist thousands of our neighbors who are still suffering while helping all of us prepare for future storms.”

Senator Jack M. Martins said, “We have had the opportunity to visit the areas most affected by Superstorm Sandy and to listen firsthand to the concerns of our communities. We are now moving forward on legislation that will meet the needs of our communities and better prepare us for future storms.”

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., said, “Families and businesses continue to face serious challenges as they rebuild and recover from one of the most devastating disasters in our state’s history. The Committee's preliminary recommendations are a first step to help address many of those challenges and ensure that New York is better prepared to respond to future disasters.”

Senator Lee Zeldin said, “This latest tour of storm damaged communities in the New York Metropolitan area was most informative. The damage wreaked by Hurricane Sandy is nothing short of staggering. The clean-up and rebuilding  process is certain to be long and expensive.  I am working closely with village, town and other local officials on Long Island who are still assessing the damage to ensure that we receive every dollar necessary to rebuild stronger than we were before Sandy first made landfall.  Of particular importance, there seems to be a few insurance companies failing to timely and adequately compensate policy holders. This needs to be urgently corrected.”    

For further reading, please visit the New York State Senate website.

Long Island officials call for Sandy Aid transparency

Long Island officials are calling for transparency regarding the Sandy relief funding bill, which others say is loaded with "pork."

A small group of Long Island officials are pushing for transparency for the approved $50 billion Sandy relief funding bill which some say contains too much unrelated spending.

Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink, Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone, Port Washington-Manhasset OEM Commissioner Peter Forman, Brookville Mayor Daniel Serota and Representative Steve Israel of Huntington launched the Sandy Relief Transparency Working Group on Friday in an effort to ensure transparency with Hurricane Sandy recovery funding and resources.

Last year, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman raised the transparency issue following the storm in a letter to 75 organizations including the American Association of Retired Persons, American Red Cross, Salvation Army and the Empire State Relief Fund.

"In the name of transparency and accountability, we must ensure that funds raised for Hurricane Sandy relief are used for that purpose," said Schneiderman.

Signed into law last month, the $50 billion aid package will allow the Small Business Administration to offer direct loans to small businesses trying to get back on their feet, provide funding to rebuild critical infrastructure with transportation projects, support Army Corps projects to restore our coastal communities, and will also have the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provide support to families that lost everything,

Representative Israel is calling for "an open and transparent process so taxpayers and municipalities can see exactly how funds are being spent to rebuild and protect their communities,” according to a press release.

Others, who argue that the bill contains spending unrelated to Sandy relief, might agree with the Congressman regarding openness.

Funding projects in the approved bill include $2 billion for road construction across the country, $10 million for FBI salaries, Head Start program aid and $150 million for fisheries across the country, according to a Human Events report.

For further reading, please visit the Port Washington Patch.

FHWA $2 Billion for Emergency Relief Funds

The FTA today released a notice confirming the availability of $2 billion in emergency relief funding for areas hit by Hurricane Sandy.  The notice indicates that damaged diesel buses or vehicles could be replaced with CNG buses or vehicles but the funding cannot pay for a new CNG station.  Of course if a CNG station was damaged as a result of the storms it appears funding could be used to repair, replace equipment.  Using equipment for emergency transportation services also qualifies for compensation.

To view the full pdf, please click here.

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 http://www.nationalgridsandyrelief.com/. 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,

or

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.

New NYSDOT transportation funding opportunities for municipalities

There are several new transportation recently made available by the New York State Department of Transportation.

The Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) is a formula-based funding program that addresses the unique, work-related, commuting challenges faced by to low-income individuals and welfare recipients. To encourage coordination among federal agencies that provide transportation services, the “non-federal” match may be provided from different sources, including amounts available to a department or agency of the federal government, other than the Department of Transportation. Section 5316 funds may be used for capital purchases or operations. Capital purchases require a 20% local match while a 50% local match is required for operations.

The New Freedom Initiative, introduced in SAFETEA-LU, supports new public transportation services and public transportation alternatives beyond what is required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. To encourage coordination among federal agencies that provide transportation services, the “non-federal” match may be provided from different sources, including amounts available to a department or agency of the federal government, other than the Department of Transportation. Section 5317 funds may be used for capital purchases or operations. Capital purchases require a 20% local match while a 50% local match is required for operations.

JARC apportionment for the Kingston Small Urban Area is $115,948; New Freedom apportionment for the Kingston Small Urban Area is $78,043. Local match is required

States and public bodies are eligible designated recipients. Eligible sub-recipients are private non-profit organizations, State or local governments, and operators of public transportation services including private operators of public transportation services.

Application guidance and forms can be found at the project website NYSDOT JARC/New Freedom Application Information. Interested applicants may also contact Brian Slack, Senior Transportation Planner (845) 334-5590 with questions. Application is due February 15, 2013.

NYSDOT is accepting applications for strategic investments through transportation infrastructure projects that promote economic competiveness, livability and system connectivity to optimize the State’s multi-modal transportation system. The Strategic Transportation Enhancements Program is intended to fund projects that go beyond preservation and system renewal. This new program supports strategic investments in transportation infrastructure projects that promote economic competiveness, livability, and system connectivity.

Tier I Project proposals will not seek less than $200,000 and will not exceed $10million. Tier II project proposals are those requesting more than $10million.

All projects eligible for capital funding under programs administered by the Federal Highway Administration (23 USC) and/or the Federal Transit Administration (49 USC) will be considered.

For more information on the STEP program, including eligibility, project criteria, and application process, refer to the following guidance Strategic Transportation Enhancements Program (STEP) Guidance and STEP-1 Form.

Each NYSDOT Region may submit up to five projects for consideration, regardless of sponsorship/ownership. Since NYSDOT Region 8 must submit its projects to the NYSDOT Main Office by February 28th, we are asking applicants to submit their applications no later than February 21st (4 p.m.). This will allow adequate time to review submissions and follow-up with applicants as necessary. Applications should be emailed to NYSDOT-Region 8 (c/o Mr. Rich Peters (rich.peters@dot.ny.gov) and Mr. Thomas Weiner (thomas.weiner@dot.ny.gov)) at Region 8, with a copy emailed to bsla@co.ulster.ny.us.

For more information, please contact Rich Peters at (845) 431-5723, if you have questions about this program. Preliminary Applications to NYSDOT Region 8 are due February 21, 2013 and Final Applications are due on February 28, 2013.

NYSDOT has created the Highway Safety Improvement Program in an effort to fund projects which maximize investment in the most cost-effective safety projects. For FFY14, NYSDOT will allocate approximately $40M in available HSIP funds for centrally managed proposals to be selected statewide. This statewide solicitation will be used to support safety specific projects that direct safety funds where they are most needed by targeting locations, corridors, or areas demonstrating the highest benefit-cost ratios to reduce fatal and severe injury crashes. Funding will be awarded based on an evaluation of these projects to maximize investment in the most cost-effective safety projects. Successful proposals will be consistent with the strategies and emphasis areas identified in the NYS Strategic Highway Safety Plan. Both targeted and systematic projects will be considered.

All projects eligible for capital funding under programs administered by the Federal Highway Administration (23 USC) and/or the Federal Transit Administration (49 USC) will be considered.

More information can be found in the following pdf: Updated Guidance - Statewide Solicitation for Safety (HSIP) Projects FFY14.

Interested Ulster County applications should contact MPO staff asap in order to discuss potential submissions. One joint, mutually agreed upon set of projects will need to be submitted by the Region 8 Planning and Program Manager’s office. Please contact Rich Peters at (845) 431-5723, if you have questions about this program or Brian Slack at UCTC (845) 334-5590 to discuss possible application submissions. The application is due on March 30, 2013

For more information about the programs, please visit the NYSDOT.

Volunteering postponed until next week

Due to the forecast inclement weather Vision Long Island will be postponing our weekly volunteering event. We will be resuming our efforts next weekend so please keep an eye on your email for places and dates where your services will be needed.

To be added to our volunteer list please contact us at 631-261-0242 or at info@visionlongisland.org.

Please stay warm and safe this weekend.

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 gguarton@nsch.org 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.

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.

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 ina.katz@hofstra.edu.

"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.

The Sustainable Living Film Series to screen “The Island President” on March 14th

The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College has announced the next Sustainable Living Film Series screening on Thursday March 14, 2013. This time around they will be screening the award-winning documentary film, The Island President followed by a discussion.

The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced—the literal survival of his country and everyone in it.

The film captures Nasheed’s first year of office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, where the film provides a rare glimpse of the political horse-trading that goes on at such a top-level global assembly. Despite the modest size of his country, Mohamed Nasheed has become one of the leading international voices for urgent action on climate change.

The Sustainable Living Film Series is a documentary series presented by the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College that screens films with a focus on environmental protection and sustainability, and features a different organizational partner for each presentation. For this screening they are partnering with Citizens Climate Lobby Long Island, part of a national grassroots organization which call for a stable climate through empowering individuals to take meaningful actions.

Patti Whitaker and Rich League of 7 Angelica Farms will again be catering the screening. Vegan food, popcorn and socializing at 6:00. Film starts at 7:15. Discussion following the film. Running time: 101 minutes.

$5.00 per person suggested donation at the door. RSVP required.

Seating is limited. Please be sure to RSVPon their Facebook page, by calling 516-678-5000 ext. 7562 or si@molloy.edu. All are invited. Feel free to bring a friend or two, but please be sure to RSVP.

Visit for directions to Molloy College Suffolk Center.

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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 info@visionlongisland.org. 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 My Little Chickadee - Friday, February 8th at 8:00pm
Mardis Gras Ball - Saturday, February 9th at 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

The YMCA Boulton Center

37 West Main Street, Bay Shore:
Rufus Wainwright - Saturday, February 9th at 8:00pm
Act Out Teen Theatre presents The Complete Works of Wililam Shakespeare (abridged) - Sunday, February 10th at 2:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton:
Screening of Barrymore starring Christopher Plummer - Saturday, February 9th at 8:00 PM
Guild Hall in Partnership with the East Hampton Library presents the Annual Free Winter Film Series: Foreign Letters - Sunday, February 10th at 4:30 PM
Tickets and more information available here

Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
232 Main Street, Port Washington:
Lucy Kaplansky - Saturday, February 9 at 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue:
Disney's Aladdin, Jr. - Sunday, February 10th at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM
Tickets and more information available here

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington:
The Taj Mahal Trio and Robert Randolph presents The Slide Brothers - Friday, February 8th at 8:00pm
Paramount Comedy Series Presents Jackie “The Joke Man” and the Young Comedians - Saturday, February 9th at 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson:
Comedy Club - Saturday, February 9th at 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead:
DEAD OF WINTER 5 featuring Dawg Star Compromiz, Reckoning, The Electrix - Saturday, February 9th at 7:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport:
Wait Until Dark - Friday, February 8th at 8:00pm, Saturday, February 9th at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday, February 10th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

Museums

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.

Movies

Nassau

Clearview Grand Avenue
1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin
516-223-2323
clearviewcinemas.com

bellmore
Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore
516-783-7200

glen cove
Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove
516-671-6866
www.glencovetheatres.com

great neck
Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck
516-466-2020
clearviewcinemas.com

long beach
Long Beach Cinema

179 East Park Avenue, Long Beach
516-431-2400

manhasset
Clearview Manhasset 3

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

Clearview Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington
516-756-2589
clearviewcinemas.com

roslyn
Clearview Roslyn Theatre

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

seaford
Seaford Cinemas

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

Suffolk

Clearview's Babylon Cinemas
34 Main Street, Babylon
clearviewcinemas.com

huntington
AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

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

cinema arts centre
Cinema Arts Centre

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

islip
Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
631-581-5200


Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street Suite #121, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-438-0083
plazamac.org

sayville
Sayville Theatre

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

 

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