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February 7th - 13th, 2016



Regional Updates

Harras, Bloom, & Archer

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“I have made it clear to budget director, I have made it clear to the White House, I have made it clear to Army Corps of Engineers; that the Nassau Back Bay Study is number one.”
- US Senator Charles Schumer

 

“Even though New York State’s economy has strengthened and its financial condition has improved, the pressure on local governments’ budgets persists.”
- NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli

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NYS Comptroller Releases Annual Report on Local Governments

Last week, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office released their 2015 Annual Report on Local Governments which provides local officials and the public with a wealth of information related to the overall fiscal condition of New York’s local governments, recent policy developments, and services available to help local governments operate more efficiently and effectively. “ Even though New York State’s economy has strengthened and its financial condition has improved, the pressure on local governments’ budgets persists,” DiNapoli wrote regarding the report.

The report outlined revenues, expenses, as well as financial stresses with local governments, finding that local government expenditures overall have remained largely flat since the recession, increasing at a 0.9 percent annual average rate from 2010 through 2014. However, fixed costs have continued to grow, especially those related to employee benefits, with benefits increasing at a 6.3 percent annual average rate over the last four years. To balance their budgets, local governments have had to hold the line or reduce funding for services such as public safety, health services, economic development and roads.

Even though New York State’s economy has strengthened and its financial condition has improved, the pressure on local governments’ budgets persists. The report shows and increase of compliance with the 2% tax cap over 2014, with 95% or more of Towns, Villages and Fire Districts operating under the tax cap last year.

Long Island’s foreclosure and pending foreclosure rates were also analyzed in the comptroller’s reports, with Long Island’s foreclosure rate over two times as much as the state average (almost 3 out of every 100 homes). The change in pending foreclosures was also on the rise on Long Island, with a 6% increase over last year. The only regions not to have an increase in foreclosure rates were NYC and Western NY. Towns and villages were found to be in less financial stress or susceptible to financial stress compared to counties and cities statewide, however Long Island led the state in local governments in financial stress, with 12% or 28 local governments showing fiscal stress.

Industrial Development Agencies did end up creating 200,000 jobs through 2013, with over 4,000 projects and $660.1 million in net tax exemptions. Long Island also had a slight increase of local sales tax collections, which is right around the state average.

You can check out the report here

Schumer Calls for Back Bay Study Funding

US Senator Chuck Schumer spoke in Freeport earlier this week, asking the Army Corps of Engineers to fully fund a study to examine and prioritize projects along the coastal areas of Nassau County’s back bays, which continue to have flooding issues post-Sandy. The study is estimated to cost between $250,000 and $500,000, and is the first step needed to obtain federal funding for projects that may be identified.

After a push by Schumer this past summer, the Senate version of the Energy and Water Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016 included $1.8 million in federal funding for the North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study, which will allow a feasibility study for mitigation and resiliency projects to protect Nassau Back Bay. President Obama’s original budget request was for $1 million in appropriations, which wouldn’t have been enough to fund Nassau’s feasibility study. The Sandy Relief Bill also provided $20 million for a comprehensive study of areas affected by Sandy from Maine to Virginia and concluded that there were nine vulnerable focus areas that needed to be protected; one of which included the Back Bay communities of Nassau.

Even though Schumer’s push for additional funding came to fruition, the Army Corps has yet to kick off the study. He said at a press conference in Freeport, “I have made it clear to budget director, I have made it clear to the White House, I have made it clear to Army Corps of Engineers; that the Nassau Back Bay Study is number 1,” of projects identified that need to be studied.  On Tuesday, the Army Corps of Engineers announced that the funding will now be split- $200,000 will be made available this year, and $300,000 will be proposed in 2017,  in order to complete the needed study.

Nassau County also has 13 NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan communities which are fundable through the state. They were created post-Sandy in order to propose resiliency projects that would be funded through a portion of the Sandy Recovery bill. Many of the CRP regions proposed plans that would be complimentary towards the Back Bays’ resiliency. The Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery will also be covering $125 million towards Back Bay improvements on the Mill River watershed.

You can read more about the progress on the Army Corps study here, and the Mill River “Living With the Bay” program here

Nassau County Finds $3 Million for NICE Route Restoration

Weeks after service cuts left riders stranded and scrambling to find alternative means to get to work, school, doctors’ appointments and run errands, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves and Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams announced that $3 million will be made available to restore some of the 11 bus lines eliminated by NICE earlier this year.

The Nassau Inter-County Express, a privately owned entity, announced the cuts early this year amidst a $7.5 million budget shortfall. With the additional funding, County Executive Mangano hopes that NICE will be able to restore routes to those who need it after the County experienced an unexpected $45 million surplus at the end of the year. Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams said that “the restoration of these routes is so important. When it comes down to Nassau’s only mass transit option that ensures our working families get to work, school and important health care appointments, we must be taking steps forward, not backwards. “

There will be talks over the next weeks on what routes will be restored. NICE CEO Michael Setzer said that there was a lot to be done before the eliminated service could come back; recertifying decommissioned buses, labor concerns and reprinting of schedules. “It can’t happen overnight,” said Setzer, who is now in favor of the restoration of the routes, despite previously saying that he thought any additional money that came to NICE would be best spent on the county’s busiest routes. “We like to put service out and carry passengers, rather than take it back in. So we’re pleased.”

Mangano said that lawmakers will need to continue to work towards ensuring that there is funding next year to keep the restored routes, including alternative revenue sources such as bus shelter advertisements and Uber vehicle fees. NICE’s contract will be up for renewal in 2017.

The public will have an opportunity to comment about the restored routes in the next few weeks when NICE presents a revised operating plan. You can read more about the potential restoration of the needed routes in Newsday and from CBS

Great Neck Plaza Road Upgrade Plans Revealed

The Village of Great Neck Plaza’s Shorewood Road and Welwyn Road will be undergoing an upgrade next year as part of a $1 million transportation project.  Although the Village has another four years to complete the project to be eligible to receive state funding for part of the project, they are wasting no time, with an expected completion date of November of 2017.

The award of $838,000 from the state Department of Transportation came last January, with the Village making up the remaining 20% of the funding. The village was only one of four Long Island municipalities to receive the funding. Outside consultants presented two preliminary plans to the board recently, both including road improvements while incorporating better pedestrian and bicycle availabilities for residents and visitors.

Mayor Jean Celender said replacing the deteriorating concrete sidewalks with brick to connect the project area with surrounding brick streets and putting in new trees and benches will give the business exteriors a more upscale feel. "This will make the area more attractive and give a sense of arrival to our upgraded business area," Celender said. "This will greatly assist our local efforts to strengthen the local and regional economies."

The first plan includes shared bicycle lane markings, a raised median, 5 additional parking stalls, a dedicated truck-loading zone and an improved raised crosswalk in the middle of the block. Mailboxes would be relocated, and a new circular intersection would be made by the post office plaza. This plan is the preferred plan of the consultants. The alternative plan would have increased landscaping in lieu of four additional parking spaces. Both plans also include increased landscaping, benches and LED street lighting.

The village will be accepting comments on both design plans until February 17th. You can read more about the progress here, and view both conceptual plans here

Town of Hempstead Increases Resident's Only Parking

Hempstead Town is expected to restrict over 4,000 Long Island Railroad parking spaces for residents starting in April. The Seaford, Wantagh, Merrick, Baldwin and Bellmore stations are increasing available parking spaces to Hempstead town residents by over 150%. “Hempstead Town residents deserve to get top priority when visiting town-controlled parking lots at area train stations,” Hempstead Supervisor Anthony J. Santino said at a news conference in Baldwin last week.

All parking spaces would be reserved for Town residents (as well as residents of Villages within the township), up from 2240.  Residents would be required to get a permit for $10, and would be entitled to resident only parking spaces between 6am and 1pm between Monday and Friday, excluding holidays. Those that do no not have a permit through the town will not be allowed to park in designated spaces, and could face a $135 fine.

When asked what out-of-towners being displaced “are supposed to do?” Santino said: “They should talk to their town officials. Town residents here are my first concern.” Some residents of outlying areas do not agree. For example, someone who lives in Hicksville, where the LIRR has reported no available parking spaces will no longer be able to drive to Hempstead to park, where only 62% of the spaces are occupied.

The program follows similar initiatives in the City of Glen Cove and in the Town of Islip, restricting LIRR parking spaces to residents. The Glen Cove Station will restrict 90 of the 150 spaces available to residents, and 90 of the 138 spaces at the Glen Street station. Those using the Bay Shore station in Islip township will all require a permit, with residents paying $90, and non-residents paying $250.

You can read more about the most recent move that is said to be aimed towards ensuring that local residents can have parking at their local LIRR station from Newsday and FIOS1. A map outlining the most congested LIRR parking lots can be viewed here

Huntington Town Board Passes Bistro Bill

Since the recent passing of the Bistro Bill by the Town of Huntington’s Board, local small-scale restaurants have been eligible to begin applying for liquor licenses, which can potentially provide the profits necessary for further economic growth. However, officials aren't taking legislation lightly, and plan to make changes to it in March that will exclude those businesses among significantly sparser areas, such as Huntington Village, and possibly others. This way a middle ground is met, and while those establishments in populated areas that have more to gain by serving liquor get to uphold the privilege to do so, the act will still be kept under control – not too prevalent, as soon prohibited once again where not seen economically worth it.

Councilwoman, Tracy Edwards is to thank for the legislation who proposed it back in November, even sanctioning small restaurants such as pizzerias to add more seats to help enhance their business. Likewise, the new "bistro" classification is for such restaurants that have less than 2,500 square feet of space to operate on. And while some initially opposed the matter due to the fear of parking issues in the town's hamlet centers, recent public hearings have increased support. In addition, councilwoman, Susan Berland expressed concerns how local business owners that will later be excluded from a liquor license in March, can in the meantime apply, creating legal predicaments. The idea that there are people that can be helped right away - people that represent business outside of Huntington Village, nevertheless, is one that is moving matters forward, even if in two pieces. The current legislation will take effect once it is filled in the office of the Secretary of New York.

New Report Focuses on Rail Safety, Innovation

GoRail has released their inaugural "State of the Industry Report" from the Association of American Railroads. The report - the first in a series of three planned for 2016 - presents data-driven information showing how freight railroads are using technology and dedicating resources to  improve upon the rail industry's safety record, which has come under scrutiny following several commuter and freight accidents over the past several years.

The report showed that railroads have spent approximately $600 billion (which is 40 cents of every revenue dollar received) on infrastructure and equipment of the privately-owned freight rail network over the last 35 years, with a 50% spending increase in 2015 compared to 2006. As the infrastructure spending increased, the accident rate has decreased- the report shows that the train accident rate has fallen 79 percent over that time period. Rail employee injury rate has sharply dropped as well, with a 83 percent decrease. John Tunna, director of the Federal Railroad Administration’s Office of Research & Development, says that regulatory changes as well as industry changes help account for the safety improvements. “At the regulatory level, one very important area has been in writing and regulating track safety standards. We now have for the different classes of track very clear standards that represent minimum safety limits that the railroads have to maintain the track to.”  He also stated that the rail industry has installed better quality rail since the 1970’s, as technological advances such as a variety of detectors to check for safety issues.

The use of big data was also said to play a role in freight rail safety, with the CEOs of the largest Class I freight railroads in 2011 asking Railinc, a subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads that provides information technology services to freight railroads, to help the industry take another step forward. The Asset Health Strategic Initiative was launched, with a component tracking and equipment health management program identifying problems with the 140,000 mile rail system and equipment faster. “Component tracking allows us to know who manufactured a wheel and when,” says Steve Josey, Railinc director of new products and services. “As a result, industry experts can determine if other wheels manufactured at the same time are also problematic. If so, these wheels can be located more quickly and removed from service." 
Other advancements mentioned were the AskRaill app, which is a safety tool that provides first responders immediate access to accurate, timely data about what type of hazardous materials a railcar is carrying so they can make an informed decision about how to respond to a rail emergency. Two other parts of the report will come out this year, with part 2 scheduled to be released in May of this year.

You can read the first part of the report, complete with up to date rail traffic data and other tools here

Vision, Tri State Interviewed for Long  Island Business Report

Vision Diector Eric Alexander was interviewed by Jim Paymar from the Long Island Business Report on WLIW21 a couple of weeks ago tackling Transportation on Long Island from LIRR Parking, third track, walkable streets, bus service and overall infrastructure spending. Our transportation partners the Tri-State Transportation Campaign joined us on the show as well.

You can watch the show online here, with airing dates/times below:
(http://watch.wliw.org/video/2365659327/)

Long Island Business Report #401- Transportation on Long Island 
Wednesday, February 17th- 7:30pm 
Friday, February 19th- 5:30pm
Sunday, February 21st 9:30am

Folks from the Smart Growth movement who have been interviewed on past programs include Don Monti from Renaissance Downtowns, Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri and Listnet/Launchpad LI's Peter Goldsmith. Links to those interviews can be found here.

Educational Solar Workshop Presented by SunPower

Spend the evening with SunPower and learn the basics of home solar at their Educational Solar Workshop. Attendees can learn how  "going solar" can save money and increase home value, what net metering is, available rebates and incentives, and the pros and cons of purchasing vs. leasing. A question and answer session with solar professionals will follow the presentation.

Whether people are just starting to research, looking to learn more or already have solar and are bringing a friend, this event is should provide important information. Those that bring in a PSEG bill will receive a free gift, and light refreshments will be served.

The event will take place on Thursday February 18th from 7PM – 8:30PM at 4589 Austin Blvd. Island Park. Registration is required, which can be done here.

Truth UTC Performs in Brentwood Beginning in February

The Truth UTG will be hosting a series of performances at the Sonderling High School in Brentwood beginning in February.

The mission of the organization is to inspire change and instill a positive influence in the lives of youth and adults through the art of theater and spoken word, so that they may achieve their highest potential in all aspects of life. The traveling performances produced by The Truth give audiences of all ages, races and backgrounds an intimate, visual look at life’s grim realities and divine beauty.  ​"They are shinning a light on new concerns and topics that are sure to change the scope of the politics and policy of the future, while giving young Americans a new creative way of understanding current events," says Congressman Steve Israel about the organization.

Viva Africa, described as a “modern-day West Side Story meets The Lion King” will have several showings at the Brentwood High School-Sonderling Building. Show dates are February 24, 25, and 26; and March 3,4, and 10. Doors open at 6PM for all showings. Tickets are $10, with group rates available. You can learn more about The Truth UTG here

2016 NYS Environmental Excellence Awards

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is now accepting applications for the 2016 NYS Environmental Excellence Awards. "As a national environmental leader, New York is home to many organizations and businesses that are pioneering new and exciting programs to reduce energy consumption, use natural resources sustainably and help combat climate change," Commissioner Basil Seggos said. "Through our annual Environmental Excellence Awards, DEC is able to honor and showcase those who are setting the example for others across New York and beyond."

Eligible applicants include businesses (i.e., small, medium and large businesses, manufacturing, power generation, retail, agri-business, hospitality, sports, etc.); not-for-profit organizations; education, health care and recreational facilities; individuals, and local, state, federal and Indian Nation government agencies.

DEC has scheduled a webinar on Wednesday February 24, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to provide details about the awards program and how to submit a competitive application. Participants will also hear from previous award recipients about the benefits of receiving statewide recognition. Those interested in learning more about the awards program and how to submit a competitive application must register online.

Applications are due by Friday, April 8th 2016. Application materials, a “Tips for Applicants” guide and more details about the award program and previous winners, are posted on DEC's website. You can also contact DEC's Pollution Prevention Unit at (518) 402-9167 or email  awards@dec.ny.gov

Friends of Long Island Co-host Disaster Resilience Training Program for Suffolk

Friends of Long Island will be co-hosting, a free *new* half-day workshop: the Disaster Worker Resiliency Training Program along with World Trade Center Health Program and Stony Brook University. This program is part of a research study that looks at ways to help emergency responders and disaster workers (paid and volunteer) prepare mentally for their work and the stress that goes along with it.

Workshops are conducted by clinical psychologists affiliated with Stony Brook University and the World Trade Center Health Program. Some organizations that they have conducted workshops with include United Way in New Jersey, the WTC responder community, St. John¹s Episcopal Hospital, Nassau County Medical Reserve Corps.

Program details:
-          One 4 hour (half-day) workshop
-          You will learn skills to help yourself, your coworkers and community better manage stress
-          You will be compensated up to $60 for your time

The only workshop for Suffolk County will occur on Saturday, February 27th, 2016 from 9AM-1PM in Lindhenhurst, NY at the Lindenhurst Community Center, 293 Buffalo Avenue

Please call Vincenza or Matthew at (631)-632-8317 by Monday, February 22nd to see if this program is right for you and to learn more. You can also email them at at wtchurricanesandy@gmail.com.

Neighbors Supporting Neighbors- Feed the Children

Neighbors Supporting Neighbors will be partnering with The First Presbyterian Church of Babylon to present Feed the Children.

Boxes of school supplies, personal hygiene products and non-perishable goods to families in need in the community will be distributed. If you are or know of a family in need and would like to register to receive these products for FREE, or would like to volunteer, please email the organizer.

Volunteers will be needed the day of and the day prior to the event, which will take place on Saturday, February 27th from 10-4 at First Presbyterian Church- 79 E Main St, Babylon.

St. Joesph's College Hosts Hospitality Symposium

The St. Joseph’s College Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Management and the Long Island Hospitality and Leisure Association will be holding a Symposium-Trends in Hospitality: Present and Future.

The Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Management (IHTM) at St. Joseph’s College provides a leading voice in the discussion of responsible tourism and hospitality. Tourism brings an estimated $5 billion dollars a year to the Long Island economy. Key industry professionals from GAM Hospitality Management, the NYS Hospitality and Tourism Association, and the Long Island Hospitality and Leisure Association will discuss timely and relevant issues.

The symposiums are open and free to the public.  The next symposium will be held on Friday, March 11th from 8am-10am at the McGann Conference Center at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue. For more information, click here. To RSVP, please call (631) 687-1285 or email ihtm@sjcny.edu.

The 2016 Complete Streets Summit will be held Thursday, March 31st

This Complete Streets Coalition is a contingent of chambers of commerce, civic associations, local governments, engineering and professional trade groups, transit advocates and members of the public who want safe streets for all modes of traffic. The group looks to coordinate Complete Streets planning efforts, communicate on finding opportunities for local projects, act as a clearinghouse for information and lobby with a united voice for safe roadways.

The second annual Complete Streets Summit, held at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College in Farmingdale, was a gathering of government leaders, planners, engineers, nonprofits and other community stakeholders who support policy changes to design roadways for all uses – not just automobiles. The Summit was a chance to remind participants of the campaign’s significance.

Fee for registration is $45. Scholarships are available! Please send the completed form to Vision Long Island, 24 Woodbine Ave, Suite 2, Northport NY, or you can register online. Contact us at 631-261-0242 or info@visionlongisland.org.

Ethical Humanist Society of LI Hosts Annual Social Justice Leadership Dinner

The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island will be holding the Social Justice Leadership Dinner on Thursday March 31st, 2016 at 6:30PM. The event will be held at the Nassau County Bar Association located at 15th & West Streets in Mineola.

This year’s honorees include Vision’s Director Eric Alexander, businesswoman and philanthropist Esther Fortunoff, Musicians and humanitarians Patricia Shih and Stephen Fricker, and Youth Activist Grant Recipient Matthew Berman.

For ticket information or journal advertising costs please email the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island, or call (516) 741-7304. You can visit their website here

Help Wanted

ScottsMiracle-Gro Announce New Community Grant

Scotts Miracle-Gro has announced a grant opportunity for community organizations  to develop and enhance pollinator gardens . The GRO1000 awards will provide monetary grants, product donations and educational resources to fifty 501(c)(3) organizations this year.

To date,  Scotts Miracle-Gro has awarded 680 such grants, allowing for over a million and a half square feet of space being restored and revitalized, over 50,000 youth to experience nature through hand-on learning and panting over 8,000 garden plots. Grassroots Grants are awarded to local communities to help bring pollinator habitats, edible gardens and public green spaces to neighborhoods across the United States. The grant application will be open until February 22nd, 2016. To learn more about how this opportunity can benefit a local project in your community and to apply, click here

Help Wanted

LIBOR Looking for Legislative Liaison

The Long Island Board of REALTORS® (LIBOR) currently has an opportunity in their Government Affairs Division for a Legislative Liaison. This is a wonderful opportunity for a person that is looking to broaden their horizons.

The general job description is to augment the Government Affairs Division with an emphasis on expanding and intensifying our outreach program on the County and Township levels. The requirements include experience in an elected official’s office, a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science/Communications or related areas, as well as other relevant requirements.

LIBOR is offering a competitive salary based on experience. For a full job description, please email adellitalia@mlsli.com

Project Manager Position Available

The Town of Babylon is seeking a Project Manager for the Office of Downtown Revitalization to guide the redevelopment of new and existing downtown areas.

The Project Manager will work on specific redevelopment projects within the Town, taking the process from initial community visioning and conceptualization through to implementation and build-out. The Project Manager will interface with the community, identify and pursue grants and other funding opportunities, manage redevelopment and project studies, provide project support to the rest of the Office of Downtown Revitalization, interface with other Town departments and staff, work closely with regional agencies such as Suffolk County, analyze development proposals, and assist with day-to-day office needs. The position requires graduation from an accredited college with a bachelor’s degree or higher in city/regional planning, urban design, economics, public administration, or a related field, or comparable and relevant work experience. The job location is Lindenhurst.

Interested candidates should request a full job description and submit a cover letter and resume to jkeyes@townofbabylon.com.

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless Management Information Specialist

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is seeking applicants for a Full-Time Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Support Specialist to work with Long Island’s “Supportive Services for Veteran Families” (SSVF) grantee agencies.   This person will work directly with SSVF HMIS users on Long Island, including training, HelpDesk requests, trouble shooting issues, report development as needed and assisting the HMIS Support Supervisor to address inconsistencies in HMIS data submitted by providers. 

Must have a strong knowledge of Foothold AWARDS database or similar client database, understanding of HUD CoC programs and/or VA programs, excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well with others.  Must have strong written and verbal communication skills.  Amityville location.  Local travel will be also required for this position.  Benefits after probationary period will be available.

Interested parties should submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements via email to gguarton@addressthehomeless.org. Please do not call the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless regarding this position.  Questions and requests for a full job description should be submitted via email only.

Town of Babylon Announces New RFP

Two Requests For Proposals have been announced by the Town of Babylon this week.

Sealed proposals will be received for Technical Assistance & Consultation Services for the site design and preparation of form based code for East Farmingdale. Bidders must comply with all requirements of the funding agencies, including MWBE requirements.

Sealed proposals will also be accepted for Consulting Services to assist the Town of Babylon with the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQURA) process for the redevelopment of the East Farmingdale Downtown Center.

Bids for both requests are due by 10AM on Thursday, February 18th at Town Hall, 200 East Sunrise Highway, Lindenhurst. Bidding and contract documents may be obtained at the Town Hall Purchasing Department between 9am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday, or downloaded here.

Intern with Vision Long Island!

Vision Long Island is looking for interns! Our staff likes to say we "wear many hats," and interns will have to do the same. Interns will assist with planning, design, outreach, event planning, writing, research, attending meetings, reporting, photography, video and more. Bring your unique skill set to the table! We are looking for energetic and conscientious individuals with an interest in urban/suburban planning from a bottom-up perspective. This is a valuable opportunity to work with great people and learn about the issues impacting Long Island. Strong writing skills a plus.

What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?

NASSAU

Baldwin


Bow Tie Grand Avenue

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

Bellmore

bellmore
Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore
516-783-7200

Freeport


Freeport Historical Museum

350 S Main Street, Freeport
Housed in a Civil War cottage, the museum chronicles Freeport's history through the 20th century. On display are a spinning wheel from the town’s oldest house, vaudeville-era items, waterfront memorabilia, a 1930s television and a 1777 13-star flag. The museum holds a collection of historic postcards and high school yearbooks from the early 1900s to present day.
Open Sundays 2PM-5PM.
For information, visit their website or call 516-623-9632

Garden City


The Garden City Historical Society

109 Eleventh Street, Garden City
Founded in 1975, The Garden City Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the historic character and ambiance of the Village of Garden City, and educating its members and the public in preservation and history related matters. The Society owns and operates The Garden City Historical Society Museum at 109 Eleventh Street, an original 1872 A.T. Stewart-era “Apostle House” listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which was deeded to the Society by the Episcopal Diocese. The Society maintains an Archive of over 1,200 artifacts and a Historic Structure Survey of pre-1935 residential and non-residential structures in the Village of Garden City. It offers periodic lectures and presentations, and publishes a newsletter. The Society’s A. T. Stewart Exchange (consignment shop) on the lower level of the Museum offers unique items for sale. The shop (516-746-8900) is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays (Tuesday is senior citizen discount day) and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove


Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove
The museum is a center for research on Long Island geology, Native American archeology and natural history. Current exhibits feature, “The Seasonal Round”, an exploration through Long Island Native American life throughout the seasons. Exhibits on Long Island’s glacial formation, landform change and cultural evolution are on display. Prehistoric artifacts and audio descriptions add to the story of Long Island migrants, their lifestyles and interactions with newcomers such as Europeans. The museum has special educational programs to accommodate field trips and science research on the history of Long Island.

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
To arrange a visit, call 516-571-8011 and for information and brochures, visit their website

glen cove
Glen Cove Theatres

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

Great Neck


Palace Galleries

117 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck
The museum features highly distinctive collections of antiques, artworks and fine furnishings from around the world. It is a premier art dealer dating back to 1971 and features expertise in 17th to 19th century works. The gallery experience offers the opportunity to not only view fine art but to purchase a piece which stands out.

For information, visit their website or call 516-439-5218

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

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

Hicksville


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

Intersection of Heitz Place and Bay Avenue, Hicksville
The museum includes a history of the Heitz Place Courthouse and a collection of earth science materials to describe the natural history of the area. It features one of the few remaining Long Island lock-ups and is one of the few remaining courthouses standing from before Nassau County split from Queens. The earth science exhibit in the museum has recent additions of a Mosasaur skull, prehistoric amber and the horn of a Triceratops horridus. The educational program at the museum offers experiences in paleontology, dynamic earth processes and investigating butterflies and moths.

For information, visit their website or call 516-822-7505

Long Beach


Long Beach Historical Museum

226 W. Penn Street, Long Beach
The museum, operated by the Long Beach Historical and Preservation Society, is a classic Craftsman-style summer villa. The house built in 1909, features large stain glass windows which are a hallmark of classic Long Beach estates. The house and backyard are furnished with local artifacts, including an original broadwalk bench, photographs and archaeological findings. The garden features original stock rose bushes.

For information, visit their website.

Manhasset

manhasset
Clearview Manhasset 3

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

Oyster Bay


Oyster Bay Historical Society

20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay
The Earle-Wightman House built in 1720, gives a picture of life in Oyster Bay during the colonial period and its transition through the mid-20th Century. It features an 18th century garden, maintained by the North Country Garden Club, holds ornamental plantings as well as herbs used for cooking, medical purposes and fragrances. Exhibited are postcard, photograph, map and newspaper collections. Current exhibition, “Women Wearing History: The Force Behind Fashion”, details women’s influence on the textile and fashion industry in the 19th and 20th centuries.

For information, visit their website or call 516-922-5032

Port Washington


Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
232 Main Street, Port Washington

Tickets and more information available here

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington
516-756-2589
bowtiecinemas.com

Rockville Centre


Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

28 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre
The museum is a restored 19th century Victorian home which displays life in Rockville Centre in the 19th and 20th centuries. It features furnishings, antique kitchen tools, carpentry tools and clothing of the time period. The museum is considered one of the finest small museums in the state and there is never an entrance fee for special events or exhibits.

For information, visit their website or call 516-766-0300

Roslyn

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Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

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

Sea Cliff


Sea Cliff Village Museum

95 Tenth Avenue, Sea Cliff
The museum presents changing exhibits on the history and culture of Sea Cliff. It strives to raise community awareness by preserving artifacts, photographs and costumes relating to the unique historical background of the village. It contains 287 photos taken by Long Island postcard photographer, Henry Otto Korten. Currently exhibited, “Then and Now…” displays a range of artifacts and costumes over a 125 year span. Exhibits include the Connor Cottage, Victorian Kitchen, and a historical town diorama.

For information, visit their website or call 516-671-0090

Seaford

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Seaford Cinemas

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

Westbury

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The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury

Tickets and more information available here

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Amityville


Revolution
140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore


The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Big Laughs in Bay Shore Comedy Night!
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor


Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor
The museum explores the relationship between Long Islanders and the sea through. It details the history of the regional whaling industry, whale conservation and the history of Cold Spring Harbor as a maritime port. A new exhibit, “Sea Ink” explores tattoo art and its nautical origins. Exhibits featuring New York’s only fully-equipped 19th century whaleboat, ship logs and correspondence as well as whaling and maritime artifacts. Art programs are available for all ages.
For information, visit their website or call 631-367-3418

East Hampton


Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
Tickets and more information available here


East Hampton Historical Society

101 Main Street, East Hampton
The headquarters for the East Hampton Historical Society, the house is an example of life in the post-colonial era in the East End. It features historic furnishings and crafts built by local craftsmen of the time. The Historical Society also has four other museums and town houses including one of New York’s first educational academies and a colonial town government meeting house.

For information, visit their website or call 631-324-6850

East Islip


Islip Art Museum

50 Irish Lane, East Islip
The museum is the leading exhibition space for contemporary art on Long Island, featuring work from international, national and emerging local artists. It is said to be the best facility of its kind outside of Manhattan. Current exhibits feature “Print Up Ladies” which is a survey of contemporary works created by female artists, and “Inked” by Kathy Seff. The museum’s store features one of a kind jewelry, crafts and art work. Educational opportunists are also offered at the museum through its Cultural School of Arts.
For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402

Huntington Village


The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
Phantogram w/ Son Little
Tickets and more information available here


Heckscher Museum

2 Prime Avenue, Huntington
Located in Hecksher Park, the museum features collections of European and American paintings which spans over 500 years of Western art. Photography has become a growing part of the collection as well.

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

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AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

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

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Cinema Arts Centre

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

Islip Village

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Islip Cinemas

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

Northport


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

Patchogue


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here.


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here.


The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here


Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street, Patchogue
http://plazamac.org/

Port Jefferson


Theatre Three
412 Main Street,
 Port Jefferson

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Port Jefferson Historical Society
115 Prospect Avenue, Port Jefferson
The Mather House Museum, the headquarters of The Historical Society of Greater Port Jefferson, and features several exhibitions of local artifacts. The museum complex features the 19th century home, a country store, a marine barn, a tool shed, the Spinney Clock Museum and the Thomas Jefferson Perennial Garden. Exhibitions feature ship models, period furniture and paintings, vintage tools and clothing, antique dolls, taped oral histories, 250 antique clocks and other examples of life in the 19th century.

For information, visit their website or call 631-473-2665

Riverhead


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

 


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor


Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Tickets and more information available here


Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

Main and Garden Streets, Sag Harbor
The museum details Sag Harbor’s whaling industry through the 19th century and its impact on the culture and development of the area. It details how the whaling industry brought migrants from all over the globe and turned the port into an international destination. Artifacts left by whalers, antique tools, harpoons, captains’ portraits, antique furnishings and children’s toys are all on display at the museum.

For information, visit their website or call 631-725-0770

Sayville


Sayville Historical Society

Edwards Street, Sayville
The museum is the headquarters to the Sayville Historical Society. The museum aims to foster historical spirit, encourage historical research and to preserve historical materials. The museum features products of both Sayville and other Suffolk localities. The Society holds 4 historic buildings, 1,500 items of clothing, 1,000 photographs, a map collection and numerous classic furnishings. Its collection is ly growing and tours of the Edward Homestead offer a view at the areconstanta through its history.

For information, visit their website or call 631-563-0186

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Sayville Theatre

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

Smithtown


Smithtown Township Arts Council

660 Route 25A, St. James
The Council aims to enrich the township and surrounding area’s quality of life through celebrating and supporting the arts in everyday life. It is a goal to make art accessible to people of all backgrounds. It Mills Pond House is a valuable place in its preserved traditions as well as its evolving and unique influences. Current exhibit, “Winners Showcase” displays the artistic development and achievements of the region and nation. Classes in jewelry making, poster design, scrapbooking, pottery, drawing and several other skills and topics are available. The Council has also partnered with local downtown businesses to display local artists’ work.

For information, visit their website or call 631-862-6575

Southampton


Southampton Historical Museum

17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
The Southampton Historical Society was created to preserve the town’s history as well as history from the surrounding area. Its Rogers Mansion Museum features year round exhibits, a research center and education programs for children and adults. Current exhibit: Current exhibit: “If These Walls Could Talk: Meet the Families of the Rogers Mansion”.  Its research center allows for visitors to conduct research with a professional research assistant. Collections feature antique furnishings, a classic parlor room and dining hall and photographs of the 1938 historic hurricane.

For information, visit their website or call 631-268-2494

West Sayville


Long Island Maritime Museum

88 West Avenue, West Sayville
Featuring 14 acres with 9 historic buildings on the West Sayville waterfront, the museum preserves Long Island’s maritime history and heritage. It is committed to research, preservation and interpretation of the region’s nautical history and the relationship to Long Island’s natural history. The Elward Smith Library houses racing trophies and records of over 500 wrecks and groundings in the Long Island waters. The other buildings feature rotating exhibits of maps, photos, newspapers and personal accounts of maritime history. Also highlighted are boats and materials left behind by the US Life Saving Service.

For information, visit their website.

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