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Feb. 15-20, 2015

Regional Updates

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“Given the vital economic engine that Nassau is for the state and federal governments, we are prepared to fight for our fair share of funding.”

- Legislator Norma Gonsalves, Nassau County Legislature


“We are at the cusp of turning one of the worst sewage treatment plants in our state into a model plant for the region. By removing nitrogen and extending the outfall pipe into the ocean we will bring back our bays and protect our ocean.”

- Adrienne Esposito, Citizen's Campaign for the Environment

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MTA Presents Outlines for Hicksville Train Station Redesign and Capital Improvements.

Tuesday evening, Hicksville Downtown Revitalization Committee, Hicksville Chamber of Commerce, Hicksville Community Council, and others heard from the MTA outlining the LIRR station redesign and capital improvements. The Hicksville School Board, Hicksville Gardens Civic Association, Duffy Park Civic Association, Midlands Civic Association, West Green Civic Association, Nassau County and the Town of Oyster Bay were all part of the meeting and the revitalization committee.Over 85 people turned out for a rescheduled meeting on a snowy day.

Nassau County Legislators Rose Walker and Laura Schaefer kicked off the meeting with Lionel Chitty from the Hicksville Chamber and Vision's Director Eric Alexander. Kudos to NYS Senator Jack Martins and Assemblyman Michael Montessano for moving the process forward.

The MTA/LIRR took most of the recommendations from the visioning process including lighting, beautification, maintenance, public art, public space, seating, security and accessibility.

Questions from the community included Hicksville artists involved in the design of the station, parking for local residents, details on security cameras, construction timing and schedule, prospects for solar panels, and food vendors.

After a brief update on the status of the revitalization efforts underway, the LIRR presented several renderings of new translucent canopies over the platform allowing natural daylight to illuminate the platform during the day, with high efficiency LED lighting to illuminate at night.  The existing canopy supports would be reused and refinished with new canopies installed and new floor surfacing.  Heated waiting rooms and art installations on the platforms will also help to improve the rider’s experience.  Below in the station plaza area, there will be an additional elevator and wider escalators installed as well as new stairs with ADA compliant railings.  The vendor areas will be reconfigured slightly and new LED lighting will brighten the area under the station platform.  Additional energy efficient features include escalators and waiting room heaters with occupancy sensors so that they only run when needed.

Other improvements to the tracks themselves will allow for greater flexibility and capacity for service at the station.  The renovations do not include the interior of the station which is in good condition or any work east of Newbridge Road at ground level.

Audience members had questions regarding the use of local artists to provide artwork for the station, lack of solar panels on canopy roofs and availability of parking for future increased service. There were also suggestions for adding more color to the design, improved layout for drop offs and picks ups at the station and to clean the overpass and improve platform access for riders east of Newbridge Road.

Construction will start towards the end of this year and will be completed by the end of 2018.

The revitalization process has been long with lots of input but the reinvestment in the LIRR station is a huge victory.

For more on the revitalization efforts, visit them on facebook.

Port Jeff Village Board To LIRR: Electrify Our Tracks

Upgrading railroad service from diesel to electricity would stimulate economic development in the Village of Port Jefferson, according to a letter from village officials.

The Village board unanimously approved asking the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) for “immediate electrification of all tracks east of the Huntington train station on the LIRR’s Port Jefferson branch” earlier this month.

“Electrifying the line would revitalize every single community along the line,” Mayor Margot Garant said.

Only diesel trains head east of Huntington, which also includes Greenlawn, Northport, Kings Park, Smithtown, St. James and Stony Brook. These fuel-powered locomotives are less-reliable and slower.

Meanwhile, the Port Jefferson branch is used by almost half a million riders every year. Electrifying the tracks throughout the line, board members said, would incentivize Village residents to stop driving to LIRR’s Ronkonkoma line – which is electrified. They also said faster and more reliable service would attract more tourism and support downtown development near the station.

LIRR officials said in a statement they would be happy to discuss the idea.

“It would mean improved service, but it would also be a very expensive capital undertaking and take many years to accomplish,” LIRR spokesman Sal Arena said in the statement. “We would need a clear consensus from all local communities and their elected officials before we could possibly proceed.”

The railroad has previously estimated electrifying tracks would cost about $18 million per mile. The span in question is more than 20 miles long.

Garant and Trustee Bruce D’Abramo confirmed they plan to meet with officials from other municipalities along the Port Jefferson line in hopes of having them pass similar bills.

This isn’t the first attempt to electrify the tracks. LIRR officials considered ditching diesel back in the 1980s, but the $320 million project was eventually scrapped. It’s also been part of County Executive Steve Bellone’s Connect Long Island plan to better connect the island’s downtowns with each other and other county landmarks.

Bellone and others have publicly expressed support for upgrading the line, although it was not included in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s $32 billion 2015-2019 capital program.

Check out the Port Times Record and Newsday for more on this story (subscriptions required).

Taking Another Look At Hampton Bays' Future

An East End community is looking to redesign itself and put an end to illegal housing.

The Hampton Bays Civic Association rescheduled its “Downtown Hampton Bays: Its Future, Present and Past” presentation on Feb. 23 at the Southampton Town Community Center. The event was postponed from Jan. 26.

Stony Brook University architecture professor Marc Fasanella is slated to give the presentation. And following, Southampton Town Deputy Supervisor Frank Zappone and town planning staff will participate in an audience discussion “to aid in developing the logistical road map needed to chart our vision of Hampton Bays’ future.”

The presentation is slated as the first in a three-part series on the hamlet’s future.

Hampton Bays is a hamlet with more than 13,600 residents. Compared to the rest of the Town of Southampton, the 12.9 square-foot community is the most populated and home to more middle class residents. The neighborhood is reliant on tourism and commercial fishing, although residents complain it’s become overdeveloped and has too many illegal rentals.

Civic group Concerned Citizens of Hampton Bays released a study last year about the rate of illegal housing. Of the 581 houses rented by families sending children to public schools in 2013, 84 percent lacked rental permits. In 2012, the civic said that number was 86 percent. Southampton officials confirmed they issued numerous violations.

Back in the last millennium, the Town Board imposed a six-month moratorium on all development to focus on development pressure and conduct a Hampton Bays Hamlet Center Strategy – a study to coordinate development and community objectives. The strategy, approved in 1999, included extensive public participation. Additional public meetings began in 2006, with the Hampton Bays Corridor Strategic Plan approved in 2010.

Check out the civic’s Facebook page for more information.

Friends of Long Island Hears an Update from NY Rising

On Wednesday, another Friends of LI - Sandy Relief meeting was held with representatives of over 12 communities including East Rockaway, Island Park, Oceanside, Freeport, Baldwin, Long Beach, Lindenhurst, Babylon, Bay Shore, Patchogue, Mastic Beach, Mastic, Shirley and twenty locally based organizations.

Community groups around the table kicked off the meeting providing updates to the work being done in their local communities.  Some of the updates included mental health needs, feeding programs, disaster preparation trainings, policy change advocacy, community recovery and resilience workshops, and continued rebuild efforts.

Featured speaker, Jon Kaiman from Governor Cuomo's Office of Storm Recovery, ably tackled questions from delivery of funds from NY Rising, reimbursed expenses, house lifting, infrastructure investment and others. Overviews of the infrastructure improvements up and coming including $150 million for the Bay Park sewage treatment plant, a $40 million microgrid competition and Social Service Block Grant funding for increasing mental health needs in the recovery process.

Mr. Kaimain’s presentation was followed by discussion and questions concerning the delivery of aid from NYS to local communities the status of large organizations assistance to neighborhoods in recovery and ongoing lack of disaster case managers.

FEMA also presented to the group about implementing Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) with the grassroot groups. There are currently 7 COADS in Nassau and Suffolk counties which can be called upon if there is a non FEMA declared disaster to provide aid to their communities by New York State Department of Homeland security with the majority being a part of Friends of Long Island. The Long Island Volunteer Center advised on their services provide a link to volunteers and resources.

"The passionate, intelligent and tireless commitment from these voluntary organizations 2.5 years later is incredible, heartwarming and a testament to the power of community and local business leadership," said Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander.

You can find out more about Friends of Long Island’s commitment to Nassau and Suffolk counties on Facebook or here.

NYS Commits $150 Million to Bay Park

Plans to remove nitrogen from the waters surrounding Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant have finally been announced, although it’s not the ocean outflow pipe requested by many.

New York State committed last Friday to funding installation of a $150-million nitrogen-removal system at the plant. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, NY Rising boss Jon Kaiman, state Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) and Nassau Public Works Commissioner Shila Shah-Gavnoudias made the announcement at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building.

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

“In this day and age, we should not be dumping treated effluent into the bays,” Mangano said. “We already know that that affects recreational opportunities in those bays. It affects fishing. It affects the commercial boating industry. And now’s the time to make this investment.”

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

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

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

Instead, Mangano joined environmentalists, civic leaders and elected officials in calling for an ocean outflow pipe. Rather than dump the treated waste into the channel where it mostly remains, the Atlantic Ocean is equipped to dilute the effluent and is frequently cited as the safest choice.

And last week, during their announcement about the $150 million system, Mangano, Kaiman, Kaminsky and Shah-Gavnoudias also called on FEMA to provide $550 million for the outflow pipe.

Just the day before that announcement, Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow), Legislator Rose Marie Walker (R-Hicksville), Legislator Denise Ford (D-Long Beach) and Legislator Dennis Dunne (R-Levittown) called on Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to come up with the funds for the outflow pipe, as well as Governor Andrew Cuomo with the $150 million for the nitrogen removal. After learning of the state’s commitment, the presiding officer was grateful for the system, but wasn’t content with just that.

“We are still waiting for an open discussion on the funding for the ocean outfall pipe,” Gonsalves said. “Given the vital economic engine that Nassau is for the state and federal governments, we are prepared to fight for our fair share of funding.”

Nearly 100 politicians, environmentalist and residents rallied for the outflow pipe at Operation SPLASH last month. That follows another sizeable rally on the steps of the Nassau County Legislature in February 2014, during which Mangano served as the keynote speaker.

“We are at the cusp of turning one of the worst sewage treatment plants in our state into a model plant for the region. By removing nitrogen and extending the outfall pipe into the ocean we will bring back our bays and protect our ocean,” Citizens Campaign for the Environment Executive Director Adrienne Esposito said at the earlier rally. “Now is the time for action.”

Meanwhile, Kaiman confirmed Cuomo committed to the project, even if the exact source of the funds had yet to be identified. Moneys will likely be routed through the federal government for disaster recovery, into New York State and into local municipalities before specific funds are identified.

Vision Long Island has been an advocate for this investment in nitrogen removal from Bay Park.

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

NYS Atty General Presents New "Zombie Properties" Legislation

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is once again introducing legislation to combat “zombie homes”. These abandoned properties plaguing neighborhoods with overgrown landscaping and unsightly conditions are commonly abandoned due to imminent foreclosure, decreasing surrounding property values and increasing crime rates- and the problem is not getting any better.

The Abandoned Property Neighborhood Relief Act being reintroduced to legislators includes multiple measures to combat this issue, which has increased a staggering 54% in New York in 2014 over the prior year, representing 19% of total residential foreclosures. Nationally zombie foreclosures have decreased by 6% over the same time period. New York leads in the year over year zombie home percentage increase for the first quarter of 2015 compared to other metropolitan regions nationally.

" I will be supporting the legislation,. As a former Village official it was very frustrating to wait for someone to take responsibility for maintaining properties during the foreclosure process. I am hopeful this legislation will hasten the process and rid our communities of these zombie properties" said Suffolk County Legislator Kevin McCaffrey.

The original bill with 7 multi-sponsors and 35 co-sponsors has additions that can allow for an attack on the problem with various solutions. Among the proposed solutions that the bill will combat in order to resolve this issue are:

Allowing early notice to be given to distressed homeowners to notify them that they are legally entitled to remain in the homes until mandated to leave by court order, decreasing the amount of homes that are left vacant.

Requiring mortgagors and lenders to clearly identify and periodically inspect homes that are in the foreclosure process to ensure that they are occupied, and if not, remedy any degrading situations through proper upkeep. It would also be unlawful to coerce or harass residents who continue to occupy the premises in order to render it vacant and abandoned.

Requiring lenders or their agents to register said properties with a statewide database created and maintained by the Attorney General’s office. A hotline would also be created for neighboring residents and municipalities to report suspected properties and receive information regarding the status of the property, as well as the person or entity charged with maintaining the property.

Directing monies levied for deficiencies towards a specific fund to enable local municipalities to hire and maintain additional code enforcement personnel to enforce violations.

Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning said, "The 3rd Legislative district has been hit hard with foreclosures due to the economic downturn and more recently from Super storm Sandy. The foreclosed boarded homes are an eyesore and negatively affect the property values of the hard working families in my district. I asked Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to assist the 3rd Legislative district in getting the banks to respond and I want to thank him for answering that call. His actions will help improve the quality of life for our communities."

Local representatives  are strongly behind the principles of the bill . In the past months, Trustee Maura Spery of the Incorporated Village of Mastic Beach assembled a committee of numerous residents, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies and entities to address this issue. She stated, “Attorney General Schneiderman’s legislation would be a home run for our Village. Having the ability to rehabilitate the over 500 blighted and vacant homes that plague our community would go a long way to getting new homeowners in to help revitalize our community”.

Friends of Long Island Program Consultant Jon Siebert echoed the need for a change. “We have had scores of residents that have left Long Island who felt their best option post-Sandy was to cut ties and losses and leave the state. Many before Sandy were upside-down on their mortgages by no fault of their own, tempted at the American Dream by predatory lending-these are some of our most financially vulnerable. Give people the opportunity to stay locally”, said Siebert.

Read more about the proposed bill from Newsday, and click here for the original bill.

Regional interests take a look at the needs on Long Island

On February 10th, “Long Island’s Future: Economic Implications of Today’s Choices,” a study commissioned by the Long Island Index, predicted that could be a decrease job growth compared to past decades, adding to the “brain drain” with  the 25- to 34-year-old population representing barely more than 10 percent of the Island’s population since 2010.

The study confirmed as many others have, that the lack of affordable housing options and well-paying jobs,  and the ongoing high property-tax burden that makes Long Island’s economy less competitive with other areas of the country. However, authors of the study believe that if there is a focus on relatively small but growing biomedical industry and developing more multifamily and affordable housing options in Long Island’s downtowns, things can turn around by 2040.

Long Island already has some prime potential in the biomedical industry such as Stony Brook University, Cold Spring Harbor and the Brookhaven National Laboratory, which just unveiled the new $912 million National Synchrotron Light Source II project.
Focusing on housing in the downtowns will help to provide affordable options while protecting the island’s open space and farmland. Focusing strongly on these 2 areas could result in almost 73,000 new jobs, 138,000 new residents, almost $12.6 billion in new income and between $9.5 billion and $15.1 billion in new gross regional product by the year 2040. For the full report, click here.

With fewer adults and young children in the population of Nassau County, Comptroller Maragos has called for changes in economic development for the county including cutting-edge medical research and treatment in order to make Nassau a destination for medical treatment and to curb the trend the alarming trend.

In a report released by the comptroller’s office showed population growths below the state average from 2000-2013 according to census data, and projected a 5% increase in senior population and a 10% drop in those under 19 years of age. To reverse such trends, Maragos said Nassau must harness and expand its universities, hospitals and research centers to create an "industry cluster" similar to information technology in Silicon Valley and the federal government in Washington. "In the 1960s, Nassau County had a cluster in the defense and aerospace industry," said Maragos. "But we don't have an identity today.

The report also cited high cost of living issues such as housing and a diminished amount of high-paying jobs in attractive and trending fields as one of the factors in the declining population. The study said "attracting the best minds will require huge investments" in public transportation, including upgrades to the Long Island Rail Road and construction of a light rail system to connect major commercial, hospital and university locations on Long Island. And extension of the Air Train from JFK to MacArthur airport to provide quicker access from New York City to Long Island was also backed in the report. You can read more about the report and findings here.

On Wednesday, Feburary 11th, Avalon Bay and VHB sponsored the first in what they hope is a series of Thought Leadership discussions on land use issues across Long Island.  This first mini conference was “The Myths & Realities of Development on Long Island,” which explored some of the most common misconceptions about multifamily housing.  Attendees received a copy of “The Power Broker” the 1971 biography of Robert Moses written by Robert Caro which reminded them of how things used to get built on the island before beginning a discussion on how things get built today.

The first portion of the program featured three case studies of recently built projects on the island, Avalon Rockville Centre, Avalon Huntington Station and the Canon headquarters in Melville.   VHB and Avalon Bay conducted post occupancy studies of these two housing developments to see how the demographics of the occupants compared to both the misconceptions discussed at the public hearings and the estimates presented by the developer at the hearings.  They found that many of the concerns held by the community were not played out once the project was constructed.  The residents of both of these developments were primarily people who had previously resided in the community or in adjacent communities and not people from outside of the area.  Incomes of the residents were on average higher than those of the surrounding community and not “low income.” Traffic was dispersed throughout the day and did not lead to traffic jams during the morning and evening rush hours and was actually lower than the projections.  The number of school age children within the development was within the range estimated at the hearing and not significantly higher as many claimed it would be.  These initial numbers were no surprise to the crowd at the event, but a more in depth analysis of these numbers and other considerations that would factor in should be considered for the information to be more compelling to those who are skeptical of this data.

The second portion of the program was a panel discussion with elected and appointed officials that deal with the land use entitlement process.  Paul Tonna moderated the discussion and the panel included Former Hempstead Supervisor Richard Guardino, Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine, Nassau County Planning Commission Chair Jeffrey Greenfield, Suffolk County Planning Commission Chair David Calone, Mayor Ralph Ekstrand of Farmingdale and Mayor Ralph Scordino of Babylon.  Panelists discussed balancing regional and local needs, race issues on the island, transit oriented development, post Sandy issues and even some of the stranger things they’ve seen happen at a public hearing.    

In partnership with the National Center for Suburban Studies® at Hofstra University, the Suburban Millennial Institute is convening leaders in government, business, and advocacy on Friday, March 13 to discuss how Long Island can retain its Millennial population. Three moderated panels entitled “Work” “Live” and “Play” will discuss innovative and bold ideas for building a strong future with long-term economic growth on Long Island. The “Work” panel focuses on public sector jobs, “Live,” on private sector jobs, and “Play,” a panel of Long Island Millennial generation entrepreneurs. Lee Zeldin, United States Congressman (NY-1) and Joan Kuhl, Why Millennials Matter will be the keynote speakers. For more on this event, visit

Debate Over Collecting Internet Sales Tax Rages On

Buy something online? Make sure to tell the state and pay the taxes. Too bad nobody actually does.

That’s why federal politicians have been battling over the Marketplace Fairness Act.

First created in 2011, the 2013 version would close the Internet sales tax loophole and create an even playing field among businesses in both the brick-and-mortar and digital realms.

Currently, patrons pay sales tax when they walk into a store. They also pay sales tax on Internet sales if the customer lives in a state where the business has a storefront, office, factory or other location. But if a New York resident purchases a widget through a New Jersey company, the business is not legally required to collect tax. In fact, advocates for the Marketplace Fairness Act say it gives companies an unfair edge by undercutting prices 5-10 percent.

Collecting those taxes would be a major boost for cities, counties and states across the country – to the tune of $23 billion in 2012 according to a study by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

“This bill is about fairness,” Senator Mike Enzi, (R-Wyo.), the bill’s main sponsor, said. “It’s about leveling the playing field between the brick and mortar and online companies and it’s about collecting a tax that’s already due. It’s not about raising taxes.”

Businesses conducting less than a million dollars in annual remote sales would be excluded from collecting tax.

The 2013 legislation was originally passed in the Senate with bi-partisan support back in 2013. It garnered strong support from President Barack Obama as well. However, the bill is at an impasse with the House Republicans. In November, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) led another successful charge against collecting the taxes.

Opponents argue the changes would grant states unconstitutional power over other states and place an undue burden on retailers to manage taxes for each state. Businesses would collect taxes for the customer’s home state, although the act does call for free software for retailers to manage these tax payments and a single entity to receive those taxes.

For more on the Marketplace Fairness Act, check out this website created by the bill’s supporters.

Learn How To Save Money, Energy And Stay Comfortable

Join New York State’s Climate Smart Communities and learn how to save money and energy without sacrificing comfort.

An afternoon of discussion about Building Management Systems (BMS) is slated for Feb. 24 at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College in Farmingdale.

This seminar will explore options for retrofitting existing buildings or equipping new buildings with automated controls for temperature, lighting, safety, and security systems. Speakers have confirmed from Siemens Industry, Johnson Controls, Automatic Logic – United Technologies, and ThinkEco. Live demonstrations will be included.

Although building/facilities managers, sustainability staff, municipal representatives and engineering consultants will find the seminar useful, it is open to the public at no charge. RSVP via email with the Sustainability Institute.

Farmingdale Winter Wonderland Expo

Farmingdale, N.Y. (February 9, 2015) – The Village of Farmingdale is set for the Second Annual Farmingdale Village Winter Wonder land Expo “Taste of Farmingdale” Open House, to be held at Village Hall at 361 Main Street on Thursday evening Feb. 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. “We are preparing for a great event at Village Hall on February 26th and hereby inviting residents, the local community & Village merchants to join together and enjoy a casual evening with tastings and samples from Farmingdale Village."

“A Taste of Farmingdale” will feature Village restaurants with tastings, mini massages along with a great variety of merchants - something for EVERYONE! Some participating restaurants include: Caracara Mexican Grill, Nutty Irishman, Hush Bistro, Frankie’s East Side, Croxley’s, Three Brothers Pizza, Library Café, Cascarino’s, Stuff-a-Bagel and Village Kitchen. Additionally, some participating businesses include The Chocolate Duck, A Taste of Long Island, The Divine Olive, Paint and Main, Farmingdale Music Center, Althea’s Boutique, Le Che Salon, Priestley Chiropractic, Farmingdale Wellness and more”, said Farmingdale Village Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.

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Vision Long Island Partner, Suburban Millennial Instititue to Host First Annual Conference on jobs

In partnership with the National Center for Suburban Studies® at Hofstra University, the Suburban Millennial Institute is convening leaders in government, business, and advocacy on Friday, March 13 to discuss how Long Island can retain its Millennial population. Three moderated panels entitled “Work” “Live” and “Play” will discuss innovative and bold ideas for building a strong future with long-term economic growth on Long Island. The “Work” panel focuses on public sector jobs, “Live,” on private sector jobs, and “Play,” a panel of Long Island Millennial generation entrepreneurs.

The Suburban Millennial Institute is proud to announce Lee Zeldin, United States Congressman (NY-1) and Joan Kuhl, Why Millennials Matter as the keynote speakers.

Panelists include the following*:
“WORK” panel: Moderator, Jack Schnirman, Long Beach City Manager
Errol Cockfield, Former Newsday real estate and development reporter; Snr VP Edelman Public Relations
William Lindsay III, Suffolk County Legislator (D-Holbrook)
George Maragos, Nassau County Comptroller
Onika Shepherd, 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
Ryan Stanton, Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

“LIVE” panel: Moderator, Tawaun Weber, Vision Long Island
Silvana Diaz, NoticiaLI Newspaper
Steven Kreiger, Engel Burman Group
Jason Lee, Urban League of Young Professionals
Dr. Brad Sherman, Glen Cove Hospital, North Shore LIJ

“PLAY” panel: Moderator David Calone, Jove Equity Partners
Brendan Barrett, Sayville Running Company
Samantha Bifulco, TerraNut
Artie Perri, AWP Business Development Group
Alex Torpey, Mayor of South Orange New JerseyVeracity Media

The conference kicks off at 8:00am and will run through 12:30pm, with refreshments served throughout the morning. Register for the conference at, and follow us on twitter @SuburbanMillenn.

Get Up To Speed At 15th Annual Main Street Forum

Sign up now for a one-day symposium about the New York Main Street Alliance.

Downtown revitalization experts will gather for the 15th annual one-day Main Street Forum at the Manhattan campus of NYIT on March 5.

Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander will discuss urban design, architecture and downtown revitalization.

Registration is $45 for the general public and required via email or calling 845-423-7114. Admission is free for NYIT students, faculty and alumni.

Have A Heart For Island's Homeless At Candlelight Vigil

Wear red and join Long Island Coalition for the Homeless at Farmingdale State College March 31 to support your homeless neighbors.

The annual “Have a Heart for the Homeless” candlelight vigil is designed to show that Long Island wants to eradicate homelessness and hunger even in our affluent society.

The event is slated for 6-8 p.m. in the multi-purpose room in Roosevelt Hall. Participants are asked to wear red; donations of new baby items, toiletries, cleaning supplies and non-perishable foods will also be collected at the vigil.

Face painting, balloon animals, story time, live music and entertainment, and free haircuts are planned again for the event.

For more information, contact the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless at 631-464-4314 or online.

Listnet LISA Awards to be held on May 6th

The objective of LISTnet (Long Island Software & Technology Network) is to promote Long Island as one of the national centers of excellence for Software and Technology solutions. This is achieved by facilitating collaborations between companies, establishing forums and events for the exchange of information, improving the quantity of the labor force and partnering with companies that provide the High technology Centers necessary for the growth of L.I. software and technology companies.

Each year Listnet honors partners in that growth at their annual LISA (Long Island Software Award). This year Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander is among the honorees.

The awards will be held 6-9pm at the Garden City Hotel on May 6 for the "NEW" LISA LITE AWARD at the Garden City Hotel. For more information please visit our website at or contact Peter Goldsmith at or (631) 224-4400.

Help Wanted

Intern with Vision Long Island!

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

To learn more or apply, send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Put "Vision Long Island Internship" in the subject heading. For more information, call our office at 631-261-0242.

What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Who-Ville Bar and Grille

339 Broadway, Bethpage
Tickets and more information available on Facebook


Freeport Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website or call 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.

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

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Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

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

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

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

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

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

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website.


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

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

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

Port Washington

Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
232 Main Street, Port Washington:
No events scheduled this weekend
Tickets and more information available here

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

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

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


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

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

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


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury
Digitour- Sam Pottorff, Rickey Thompson and more Sat Feb 14th 4PM
Tickets and more information available here




Jason’s Rock-n-Roll Valentine’s Massacre Dead Superstar, Breakage Rising, SOMA and more Fri the 13th  (Feb) 7PM
This Is All Now (Special Valentine’s Day Show Here’s to Your, Count to Ten and more Sat Feb 14th  2:30PM
 Fingers Metal Shop Live!  Judas Priestess (Judas Priest Tribute) and Thunderbox Saturday Feb 14th  9PM
The Black Hearts Ball  Shellshock, Crono, Xtract and more  Sunday Feb 15th 8:30PM

Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
A Night of Love Songs  feat. O El Amor Fri Feb 13th 8PM
Spyro Gyra Sat. Feb 14th 8PM
Throwing Copper Unplugged w/ Ed Kowalczyk of Live Sun Feb 15th 7PM

Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor
The museum explores the relationship between Long Islanders and the sea through. It details the history of the regional whaling industry, whale conservation and the history of Cold Spring Harbor as a maritime port. A new exhibit, “Right Whales”, highlights the biology, history and decline of the Right Whale. Exhibits featuring New York’s only fully-equipped 19th century whaleboat, ship logs and correspondence as well as whaling and maritime artifacts. Art programs are available for all ages.

For information, visit their website or call 631-367-3418

East Hampton

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
Screening: Victoria Bond’s Opratif Lecture Sat Feb 14th 2:30PM
Tickets and more information available here

East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

50 Irish Lane, East Islip
The museum is the leading exhibition space for contemporary art on Long Island, featuring work from international, national and emerging local artists. It is said to be the best facility of its kind outside of Manhattan. Current exhibits feature “Jam Session”, a holiday exhibit featuring paintings and sculptures influenced by music. The museum’s store features one of a kind jewelry, crafts and art work. Educational opportunists are also offered at the museum through its Cultural School of Arts.

For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402

Huntington Village

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
Misfits Valentine’s Day Massacre w/ Two Man Advantage and Haunted Hacienda Fri Feb 13th 8PM
Comedy Series with Jim Breuer Sat Feb 14th 7:30pm &10:30PM
The Fab 4- Beatles Tribute Sun Feb 15th 7:30PM
Tickets and more information available here

Heckscher Museum

2 Prime Avenue, Huntington
Located in Hecksher Park, the museum features collections of European and American paintings which spans over 500 years of Western art. Photography has become a growing part of the collection as well. Current exhibits include “A Way with Words: Text in Art”, which displays the incorporation of text in visual art and “Coming of Age in America : The Photography of Joseph Szabo”, which portraits adolescence of Long Island through time with a look at summers spent at the beach. The museum also features educational experiences for students and adults and will exhibit Long Island’s best young artists in April.

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

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

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Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Fri Feb 13th 8PM & Sat Feb 14th 3pm
Tickets and more information available here


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
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium

9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Rubix Cube: The 80’s Strikes Back Fri Feb 13th 8PM
Day Party w/ Lil Wayne Sat Feb 14th 3PM
Saturday Night Dance Party- Screw Cupid Sat Feb 14th 10PM
Mardi Gras w/ So Dope (under 18) Sun Feb 15th 8PM
Tickets and more information available here

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

2015 Oscar Nominated Shorts (Documentary) Sat Feb 14th 10:30AM
2015 Oscar Nominated Shorts (Animated) Sat Feb 15th 12PM

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three

412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
From the Fires: Voices of the Holocaust Fri Feb 13th 8:20am
Friday Night Faceoff (Comedy) Fri Feb 13th 10:30PM
Tickets and more information available here

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

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

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington


Suffolk Theater
116 E. Main Street, Riverhead
Valentine’s Burlesque Fri Feb 13th 8PM
Elaine Boosler- Valentine’s Day Laugh, Dine, Dance Sat Feb 14th 8PM
Tickets and more information available here


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

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones - Saturday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

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

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


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

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

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


Southampton Historical Museum

17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
The Southampton Historical Society was created to preserve the town’s history as well as history from the surrounding area. Its Rogers Mansion Museum features year round exhibits, a research center and education programs for children and adults. Current exhibits include “Shopkeepers of Southampton: Photographs by Davis Gaffga”, which gives a detailed look into historic businesses which helped shape downtown and community. Its research center allows for visitors to conduct research with a professional research assistant. Collections feature antique furnishings, a classic parlor room and dining hall and photographs of the 1938 historic hurricane.

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

Can I Borrow A Room?

Forget about apartments above Main Street retail. A pair of Spanish architects are working on a plan to redesign a neighborhood in eastern Spain with space and resources that residents can trade. With a substantial number of vacant apartments following the economic downturn, their plan is to breathe new life into the area with minimal structual changes. When it's done residents will share kitchens, rooftop gardens and office space. Elderly residents can offer one of their rooms to a low-income family in exchange for assistance. A pregnant mother may borrow a first-floor room until the child is born.

You can read more on this plan here.

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