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February 18th - February 22nd, 2013




Bethpage Federal Credit Union

After serving the employees of Long Island's largest organizations, including Computer Associates and BAE, for 62 years, Bethpage Federal Credit Union began serving all Long Islanders directly after a community charter application was unanimously approved in September 2003. Even with branches across Long Island, their vision remains the same as when they first opened their doors for Grumman employees in 1941: Provide extraordinary service and value anytime, anywhere. As the needs of their members have grown through the years, so has the list of products and services they offer.

Bethpage Federal Credit Union has grown to be the largest credit union on Long Island because of the loyalty and commitment that their members have shown throughout the years.

“The state of our county is that we are rebuilding. This is a county that has faced challenges before and always emerged stronger.” - Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone speaking at the State of the County

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Bellone delivers his State of the County address

This past Tuesday evening, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone delivered his second State of the County Address. Bellone praised first responders and local lawmakers for their response to Hurricane Sandy and talked about the need to reform local government to make it more efficient for Suffolk County residents.

During the speech, Bellone addressed the county’s fiscal crisis, saying money was running out for county operations. He also outlined his administration’s accomplishments in his first three months in office, and his plans to deal with the county’s financial crisis in the future. Bellone pledged to grow the county’s economy and to make government work to protect taxpayers and strengthen families.

His address comes as Long Island waits for billions in federal Sandy aid dollars to begin flowing nearly four months after the historic storm that seriously strained government resources across the tri-state area.

Tough economic times, government clean up and restructuring, and storms Sandy and Nemo have painted a tough backdrop for Mr. Bellone's first year. Bellone discussed the $400 million deficit he inherited. In one year he accomplished 700 less employees, $65 million in savings, saving OTB, County Traffic Bureau, less overtime, and a balanced budget under 2% tax cap.

“Despite all of the changes that we have made to make our government smaller and more efficient, we still have a significant structural deficit,” Bellone said, meaning Suffolk still has more annual bills than recurring revenues after cutting 700 county workers. “While we’ve made great progress, we still have a long way to go.”

The county executive also focused largely on storm recovery, the economy and public safety. He spoke about the need to assist homeowners in making their property more flood-resistant for future storms, and said how he plans to create an interagency partnership focused on attacking recidivism.

Suffolk County faces a number of long-term planning challenges, including an exodus of young people, a lack of affordable housing and a high volume of road traffic.

The County Executive also took the opportunity to outline his regional economic development and transportation plan, Connect Long Island, an initiative that could help slow the aforementioned trends, while also improving the local economy.

It is a comprehensive regional transportation and development plan that compliments Suffolk County’s assets: world-class educational and research facilities and major infrastructure improvements in the pipeline including the Long Island Railroad’s Double Track project.

Connect Long Island calls for new transportation infrastructure that connects these assets with vibrant downtown developments, improved North-South transit connections and innovation zones designed to attract, retain and grow clusters of businesses around existing and enhanced transportation corridors, research institutions and municipal land.

The problems inherited are not solved in one year, but the continued priority is encouraging especially for the Connect LI program as well as support for rebuilding from Sandy.

“The state of our county is that we are rebuilding,” Bellone, the former Babylon Town Supervisor, said before a packed legislative chamber in Hauppauge. “This is a county that has faced challenges before and always emerged stronger.”

For video of the full speech, please visit News 12 Long Island.

Cuomo may amend IDA oversight reform

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is mulling over amendments to his proposal for more state oversight of industrial development agencies after it was panned on Long Island and elsewhere, the No. 2 state official said Tuesday.

Lt. Gov. Robert J. Duffy said he and other administration members had received "passionate feedback" about the IDA initiative from business executives, regional economic development councils and IDAs themselves.

Advocates for IDAs, which provide tax breaks to expanding companies, are worried about delaying building projects and less local control over them. If the governor's plan had been in place last year, they contend that hundreds of jobs would have been lost at IDA-backed projects.

Duffy said Tuesday that Cuomo could alter the proposal, which is contained in his 2013-14 state budget, during an amendment period that ends Thursday.

The governor is pushing for IDA projects that receive an exemption from the state sales tax to also be endorsed by a regional council, which he appoints. He would limit IDA projects to just seven business sectors.

"He's willing to take suggestions and feedback . . . Changes are being considered based on the feedback," Duffy told a meeting of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council.

"What we don't want to do is take a step backwards with economic development," Duffy said. "What the governor wanted to do was make sure we reform the process."

The Long Island IDA Coalition, representing seven out of eight IDAs, is seeking a compromise. It would exempt IDA projects from state review if they've already been approved by a regional council or comply with the council's five-year strategy to grow jobs.

Separately, Duffy tried to cheer up the local council, whose members were upset in December when the Island wasn't among those regions winning $100 million each in state business aid -- as it had in 2011.

"I cannot think of anything you did here that would not make you a top winner," he said, referring to the $60 million awarded to Nassau and Suffolk counties in the 2012 aid competition.

For further reading please visit Long Island Business News.

Transit Oriented Development Gains Ground on Long Island

The Land Use Law Center at Pace Law School is pleased to announce the release of the Winter 2013 edition of the TOD Line.  The newsletter establishes a communications forum to support and promote equitable transit-oriented development in the southern New York and western Connecticut region.  In addition to the attached PDF version, the TOD Line is available online.

The newsletter begins with a look at the critical role that TOD is playing on Long Island to aid communities there to meet the Island's significant need for multi-family housing. TOD will be a major factor in the success of Long Island's housing future if local leaders continue to champion its use and there is a regional commitment to fund infrastructure improvements that are supportive of growth in transit- centered locations. The issue then provides updates on two projects where public transit serves as a central element of their success: the mixed-use Hudson Park project in Yonkers, NY, and the new Barclays Center Arena in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. The remainder of the newsletter looks at tools and resources that will assist communities in their efforts to promote, establish and support TOD, including a mention of Vision Long Island's efforts, a discussion about the Tri-State Transportation Campaign's Transit-Centered Development Grant program and an interview with Bob Paley, Director of Transit-Oriented Development for the MTA.

For questions regarding the newsletter, please email Jeff LeJava, Staff Editor, at

After Sandy, Northport sewage plant to get upgrade

The aftermath of Sandy exposed vulnerabilities in communities across the Northeast. Northport Village Officials have modified designs for a $4 million plant upgrade, already planned before the storm, to accommodate for post-Sandy changes.

Hours before superstorm Sandy smashed into Long Island, Northport Village officials were frantically securing their sewage treatment plant to make sure untreated waste water wouldn't get pumped into the abutting harbor. The water was so high near the plant that several people were placed in the bucket of a loader and brought over during the storm. Officials secured the plant's influent tank by building a wall from plywood.

The makeshift wall prevented salt water from entering the tank, village administrator Gene Guido said, ultimately preventing about 300,000 gallons per day of untreated waste water from being dumped into the harbor and bay bordering Northport, Centerport, Asharoken and Eatons Neck.

The plans initially called for raising the foundations 6 inches; now, they will be elevated 30 inches. Northport's project, slated to start this spring, is one of 11 that has been or is being upgraded on Long Island.

Environmental experts and local officials say, this will help keep the harbor clean and potentially mitigate red tide there, a harmful algae bloom that has caused numerous shellfish closures in Northport Bay, Huntington Bay and surrounding waters since it was discovered in 2006.

Village officials are now vetting the bids and plan to award one of the bids Friday. Northport must reduce its nitrogen emissions from the plant from 18.5 pounds per day to 10 by August 2014, a mandate being overseen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Village officials have asked for more time because of the plan's modifications.

This work will include two additions, housing denitrification and pH equipment. The plant is about 8,400 square feet. The two additions total about 2,150 square feet. The village has a loan, but also is hoping for a county grant. The first phase, completed in 2004, reduced nitrogen to its current levels.
Chris Gobler, professor of marine and atmospheric sciences at Stony Brook University, said "there has never been a better link between red tide and nitrogen."

Gobler, who has been studying red tide in Northport since 2006, said his work has shown if more nitrogen is added to the water, toxin levels increase.

Red tide contains an algal toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning, a potentially fatal disease that affects the nervous system of people who have eaten shellfish. Nitrogen also can cause "multiple impairments," said Mark Tedesco, director of EPA's Long Island Sound office.

He said it can also result in low dissolved oxygen levels and the loss of eel grass beds, a vital habitat that serves as a nursery ground and feeding area for many fish species and that the plant upgrades are an "important milestone.” However, there are other sources of nitrogen, like fertilizers, stormwater discharge, cesspools and septic systems.

"It is also important that we not just clap our hands and think we are all done . . . there are other sources and there are other challenges that need to be faced," he said.

Upgrades to the Northport Sewage Plant have been a priority for Vision Long Island as well as the Long Island Lobby Coalition. We are glad to see this project moving forward.

For further reading, please visit Newsday.

Representative Israel urges grants for Sandy-damaged businesses

Representative Steve Israel urged grants, not loans, for small businesses. He says the money can come from the billions in federal Sandy aid headed to New York and is urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make it happen.

Small businesses devastated by Sandy say the aid they are being offered is not enough. Bayville shop owner Gerianne Reilly says she wrote a letter to Representative Steve Israel of Huntington, saying while she's eligible for government loans, they won't help because she already has too much debt. Israel says the answer to business owners' problems are small government grants.

Israel wants some federal disaster recovery money directed to businesses that suffered losses in superstorm Sandy.

Israel suggests that New York State use some of its anticipated funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help small businesses that might be unable to get federal help the usual way -- via loans from the Small Business Administration or Federal Emergency Management Agency. He says many businesses already are overleveraged and cannot take on more loans. He said HUD "community development block grants" were given to businesses in states affected by Hurricanes Rita and Katrina in 2005.

The congressman issued the call at a news conference at Over the Bridge, a Bayville garden and gift store that was damaged by the storm and saw thousands of dollars in merchandise destroyed.

"Almost four months after Hurricane Sandy hit, many of our small businesses are still trying to pick up the pieces," Israel said in a statement.

The Long Island Association business group earlier this month also called for federal grants for local businesses. Mike Durant, New York State director for the National Federation of Independent Businesses, an advocacy group, said its members certainly need financial assistance. "We need to get these businesses up and running," he said.

As part of the $50 billion Sandy aid package signed into law in January by President Barack Obama, $16 billion was allocated for community development block grant disaster recovery funding, Israel said. The funding is being allocated in stages to individual states and localities, which must then submit an action plan to detail how the funds will be used.

New York was allocated about $1.7 billion in its first stage on February 6th and must submit an action plan within about 90 days, according to Israel.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's press office didn't immediately return a call Thursday afternoon for comment, but Israel said he has been in touch with the administration and Cuomo is considering the idea.

A bipartisan State Senate report earlier this month cited estimates that 265,300 New York businesses suffered a total of $6 billion in damages from the Oct. 29 superstorm, including lost revenue.

As of Tuesday, Long Island homeowners and businesses have received $566 million in disaster loans from the Small Business Administration following Sandy, the SBA said. Most went to 7,269 homeowners, while 287 local businesses received $23.4 million in loans, according to SBA.

For further reading, please visit News 12.

Schumer calls for additional IRS assistance centers across Long Island and New York City

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide additional Sandy services for taxpayers in areas that were seriously impacted by the storm  In response to questions about tax treatment of Sandy payments or losses, the IRS has created special assistance hours and a Saturday Open House to taxpayers . The locations for these services are currently in neighborhoods that were not necessarily impacted by the storm. Schumer today called on the IRS to provide these Sandy-services to taxpayers living in neighborhoods including, but not limited to,  the Rockaways, Gerritsen Beach, Coney Island,  the North Shore of Staten Island, Island Park, Massapequa, Mastic Beach and Lindenhurst so that the residents who were impacted by the storm can easily commute to the IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers.

“Home and business owners impacted by Sandy can get some relief through the tax code, but far too few actually know how,” said Schumer.  “The IRS has the right idea in providing these services at their taxpayer assistance centers, but these services should be located in the hardest hit neighborhoods to maximize the benefit.”

Many New Yorkers are eligible for tax deductions based on their itemized losses due to Superstorm Sandy. In order to help affected residents better understand this process, the IRS has extended hours and added a Saturday Open House at their Taxpayer Assistance Centers. Services provided will include assistance with IRS Notices, tax debt, tax liens help with current year tax return preparation, and more. Individuals will have the opportunity to work directly with IRS personnel and ask questions about the tax treatment of Sandy payments or losses.

Schumer today on the IRS to make sure these services are readily available to residents who were seriously impacted by the storm and to add these services in neighborhoods like the Rockaways, Coney Island, Gerritsen Beach, Staten Island, Island Park, Mastic Beach, Massapequa and Lindenhurst. Schumer commended the IRS for making these services available, however, noted that many individuals are still feeling the hardships incurred by the storm and cannot easily commute a far distance to access these taxpayer services. Schumer explained that on Long Island, there is currently only one center available and it could take an individual from Suffolk County hours to access that site. Schumer made the case there should be more centers and these centers should be in areas seriously impacted by the storm.

Below is a list of the current services offered by the IRS:

Extended Hours:
The following locations will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the month of February:

New York
Brooklyn –  2 Metro Tech Center, 100 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn 11201
Bronx – 1200 Waters Place, Bronx 10461
Bethpage – 999 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage 11714
Harlem – 2283 Third Avenue, NY 10035
Downtown Manhattan – 290 Broadway, New York 10007
Queens – 59-17 Junction Boulevard, Rego Park 11368
Midtown Manhattan – 110 West 44th Street New York 10035
Saturday February 23rd Special Assistance Open House:
The Special Assistance Open House will be held on Saturday, February 23rd from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the following locations.

New York
Brooklyn –  2 Metro Tech Center, 100 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn 11201
Queens – 59-17 Junction Boulevard, Rego Park 11368
Downtown Manhattan – 290 Broadway, New York 10007
Bethpage – 999 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage 11714
Midtown Manhattan – 110 West 44th Street New York 10035


Insurance assistance for Hurricane Sandy victims on February 27th in Copiague

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. is sponsoring a visit by the New York State Department of Financial Services this Wednesday to help residents recover from Hurricane Sandy. The Department’s Mobile Assistance Unit will be at Tanner Park (in front of the Senior Center), on Baylawn Avenue in Copiague  on Wednesday, February 27, from 11 am to 7 pm to provide assistance with storm-related questions about homeowners’, renters’, and business owners’ insurance coverage.

DFS representatives will be able to answer questions about the insurance claims process, help residents seek resolution with an insurer, help residents obtain release of insurance money from their bank, help file an official complaint against an insurer, and provide information on local, state, and federal relief programs.

DFS adsks residents to bring copies of their insurance documents, payment records, and correspondence with their insurers.

The Nassau Bar Association is also offering legal help for those affected by Sandy on February 25th and February 26th.

Residents who are unable to attend this program but would like to get assistance with storm-related insurance issues from a DFS representative can call the Department’s Insurance Disaster Assistance Center at 1-800-339-1759 anytime between 8 am and 8 pm, seven days a week. If you have any questions, please call 516-882-0630.

Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander to appear on Richard Rose show this Sunday, February 24th

Since Superstorm Sandy ravaged the area, Vision Long Island has been working to help bring aide to those who need it most. He recently spoke with Chanel 55 anchor Richard Rose concerning these ongoing efforts as part of his weekly public affairs show. Tune in this Sunday, February 24th, beginning at 11:00am to see the conversation on this important topic, and continue to check out our newsletter for more ways that you can help.

FHWA $2 Billion for Emergency Relief Funds

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

To view the full pdf, please click here.

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

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

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

The two tiers listed below are programs for residential customers:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LIHP offers Help with Heat & Hot Water

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

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


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

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

New Help from EmPowerNY

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

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

National Grid also has expanded its similar, complementary program.

The Women’s Fund of Long Island 2013 grant application deadline is March 1st

The Woman’s Fund of Long Island, a non-profit which invests and provides opportunity for women and girls across the Island, are announcing that their application process for the 2013 Social Change Grantmaking Cycle is now open. Social Change Grantmaking is one strategy they use to help advance equity and social justice for women and girls.

The applications for the grant are due by March 1, 2013. Current funding priorities include programs that respond to the needs of women and girls affected by the current economic climate, job skills development and training, career planning and development especially in non-traditional fields such as science, technology, engineering, math and the trades, and financial literacy programs.

Funding priorities also include programs that promote gender equity & women's rights, leadership development and empowerment.

Programs which provide and respond to the needs of women and girls directly affected by Hurricane Sandy, education, training and direct services that target violence against women and girls as an outcome of Hurricane Sandy, programs that respond to the distinct needs of immigrant women and children who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.

For more detailed examples of each of the above funding subcategories, please download the Women's Fund 2013 Request for Proposals Document. Please direct any questions you might have about the grants process to Fran Medaglia, Senior Program and Advocacy Consultant, at

The Community Transportation Association of America is accepting grant proposals

The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA), with support from ACL and in collaboration with other federal and national partners, is making available grants of up to $20,000 for up to 20 organizations to assist in the documentation, further development and replication of models to involve seniors and people with disabilities in the planning, design and implementation of coordinated transportation systems or processes. The grant submittal deadline for the Inclusive Planning Project RFP is March 2013.

The mission of this project, sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Community Living is to demonstrate the value that inclusive processes can bring to transportation efforts. The Community Transportation Association of America, in partnership with Easter Seals, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and Westat, is developing, testing and demonstrating ways to empower people with disabilities and older adults to be actively involved in designing and implementing coordinated transportation systems. Our goal is to support communities nationwide in adopting sustainable, scalable, and replicable models that include participation of people with disabilities and older adults in the design and implementation of responsive, coordinated transportation systems.

For further information, please click here.

Volunteers needed for Clean Up this Weekend!

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

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

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

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

254 Arthur Street
Freeport, NY 11520
Saturday at 9am
Volunteers will be ripping out houses but there will also be opportunities for door to door surveying if that would be your preference.
For more information please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128

445 East Drive
Copiague, NY 11726
Saturday at 10am
For more information please contact Eric Alexander at 631-804-9128

St. Andrew's Church
250 Neighborhood Road
Mastic Beach, NY 11951
Saturday and Sunday at 10 am
Volunteers will be ripping out houses but there will also be opportunities for door to door surveying if that would be your preference.
For more information please contact Jon Siebert 631-615-8430

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit for directions to Molloy College Suffolk Center.

New Millenium Development Services, Inc. to hold 2013 Long Island Community and Economic Development Conference on April 17

New Millenium Development Services, Inc. presents the 2013 Long Island Community and Economic Development Conference for small businesses, MWBE firms, nonprofit organizations, veterans and social/civic  groups. The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Windwatch, 1717 Motor Parkway, in Hauppauge from 8:00am until 5:00pm.

It will be an opportunity to network with exhibitors including business to business, financial institutions, and government agencies, meet with federal & state agencies and local municipal procurement officers, MWBE’s meet with major corporations’ supplier diversity directors, learn about energy-efficient benefits and incentives and nonprofit organizations sustainability and economic paradigms.

New Millennium Development Services, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 Nonprofit Organization.  The company was established on December 11, 1997 to revitalize the physical, economic and cultural conditions of depressed communities.  Their mission is to create affordable housing opportunities, develop and integrate supportive programs focused on stabilizing families.

New Millennium Development Services, Inc. company objective is to increase the number of affordable and livable houses in the Long Island, New York Community.  They also enhance family stability and community empowerment.

The first 100 attendees who pre-register are complimentary (includes registration, breakfast, and lunch). Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available. To reserve your seat please click here. For further information call (516) 223-3855.


Help Wanted

Job opening at the Citizens Campaign for the Environment for the position of Long Island Program Coordinator

The Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) is now hiring for the position of Long Island Program Coordinator starting in March in Farmingdale.

The Program Coordinator position is responsible for conducting research, writing, and advocating to advance CCE’s priorities. The Program Coordinator will work with government officials, conduct lobbying activities, write campaign materials, interact with the media, provide community presentations and school presentations, work with other environmental organizations, represent CCE on coalitions and various committees, answer community inquiries, and provide general programmatic support for CCE field and telephone canvass operations. The program coordinator will directly report to CCE’s Executive Director, Executive Program Manager, and Program/Communications Director while maintaining strong communications with all CCE program staff and Canvass Directors.

To apply you can submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample (600-700 word opinion-blog on CCE campaign issue) to Brian Smith, Program & Communications Director, at  or to Maureen Murphy at  by February 28, 2013.

The Community Development Corporation of Long Island has a job opening for the position of Vice President of Home Ownership Services

The Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI) has a job opening for the position of Vice President of Home Ownership Services to manage CDC's Home Ownership services programs in Suffolk and Nassau Counties, including consumer lending (such as home improvement loans and second mortgages), foreclosure prevention and home buyer education.  Duties include department and program oversight, management of the financial activities of the department, fundraising & marketing, and staffing & staff development, to direct and monitor development of new programs, including financial support, marketing and outreach, and building relationships with external stakeholders, and to ensure annual plan milestones for this department are met in full, on time, and within budget.  The Vice President is a member of CDC's Executive Management Group.

The applicant should have subject area knowledge or certification in Homebuyer Education, Housing Counseling, Financial Education, and Consumer Lending.

He or she should also have a bachelors degree in a related discipline with a minimum of seven (7) years experience in non-profit program management.  Masters degree in related discipline preferred.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.

The mission of Community Development Corporation (CDC) is to support the housing and economic aspirations of individuals, families and small businesses through exemplary stewardship of resources entrusted to us. CDC carries out its mission by providing direct services to clients, facilitating private sector investment, and guiding community investment. Our vision is that CDC is a significant force for meeting the needs of people and businesses in order to foster vibrant, equitable and sustainable communities.

You can fax your resume to (631)870-2460. If you have any questions or concerns, please email the Human Resources Department at

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 in your downtown this weekend?



Clearview Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Freeport Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website or call 979-233-3526

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

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

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

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

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

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Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

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

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

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

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

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

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

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Long Beach Cinema

179 East Park Avenue, Long Beach


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 upcoming shows 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


Clearview 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



Clearview's Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center

37 West Main Street, Bay Shore:
Richard Shindell - Saturday, February 22nd at 8:00pm
The Machine performs Pink Floyd Unplugged - Sunday, February 23rd at 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

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

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

East Hampton

Guildhall, John Drew Theater

158 Main Street, East Hampton:
Screening of Barrymore starring Christopher Plummer - Saturday, February 23rd at 8:00pm
Guild Hall in Partnership with the East Hampton Library presents the Annual Free Winter Film Series: Entre Nos - Sunday, February 24th at 4:30pm
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:
Joe Deguardia’s Star Boxing Presents Rockin’ Fights 7: Live on NBC Sports Network - Saturday, February 23rd at 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:
Wait Until Dark - Friday, February 22nd at 8:00pm, Saturday, February 23rd at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday, February 24th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Tickets and more information available here


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts

71 East Main Street, Patchogue:
Ronan Tynan: Hibernian Festivals Singers - Saturday, February 23rd at 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

The Emporium

9 Railroad Ave, Patchogue:
Big Shot & That 70's Band in concert - Friday, February 22nd at 7:00om
Saturday Night Dance Part - Saturday, February 23rd at 9:00pm
The Emporium presents Comedy Night - Sunday, February 24th at 7:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

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

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three

412 Main Street, Port Jefferson:
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, February 22nd at 10:30pm
Back to Bacharach and David -  Friday, February 22nd at 8:00pm, Saturday, February 23rd at 8:00pm and Sunday, February 24th at 3:00 pm
Raggedy Ann & Andy - Friday, February 22nd at 11:00am and Saturday, February 23rd at 11:00am
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

Clearview Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington


The Suffolk Theater
118 E. Main Street, Riverhead:
Grand Opening next week!

Vail-Leavitt Music Hall

18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead:
No upcoming shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater

The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor:
The Picture Show presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Charles Laughton version) - Friday, February 22nd at 8:00pm
The Picture Show presents Mutiny on the Bounty - Saturday, February 23rd at 8:00pm
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.

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