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February 25th - March 1st, 2013




Long Island Board of Realtors

The Long Island Board of REALTORS®, Inc. (also known as LIBOR) is a 20,500  member not-for- profit trade association that serves real estate professionals throughout Nassau, Suffolk and Queens counties. LIBOR is the third largest local REALTOR® Board in the United States. REALTOR® members subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Not every real estate licensee can be called a REALTOR®. LIBOR members may elect to participate in the MLS, and are members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), and the New York State Association of REALTOR®.

LIBOR also has a subsidiary corporation, the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island, Inc. which is one of the largest in the country to which enables Realtors to better serve the buying and selling public.

“We have seen again and again that relatively low-cost improvements such as the improvements being done to Hempstead Turnpike can save lives.” - Veronica Vanterpool, Executive Director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, speaking on the recently released "Most Dangerous Roads for Pedestrians" report.


"Recent improvements to New York’s most dangerous roadways are very encouraging and AARP is hopeful that this report will instill a sense of urgency to make even more improvements where necessary. Designing our roadways with pedestrians in mind, today and in the future, is paramount considering the aging population we have on Long Island.” - Will Stoner, Associate NYS Director for AARP speaking on the recently released "Most Dangerous Roads for Pedestrians" report.

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Most dangerous roads report released

A new report from Tri-State Transportation Campaign finds that more than 1,200 pedestrians were killed on roads in Connecticut, New Jersey and downstate New York in the three years from 2009 through 2011.

According to a new analysis by Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a non-profit organization working toward a more balanced, transit-friendly and equitable transportation system in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, Route 24 (Hempstead Turnpike) in Nassau County is the region’s most dangerous road for pedestrians for the fifth consecutive year since the Campaign’s first analysis in 2008.

Between 2009 and 2011, 14 pedestrians were killed along the 16-mile stretch of roadway. In 2012, after years of advocacy from the Campaign, New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Joan McDonald announced that Hempstead Turnpike would receive significant pedestrian safety treatments. Beginning in March 2012, NYSDOT began to make the road safer by redesigning the road to include, among other things, eight raised medians and five new crosswalks, as well as relocating six bus stops closer to crosswalks and altering traffic signals to calm traffic.

“We have seen again and again that relatively low-cost improvements such as the improvements being done to Hempstead Turnpike can save lives,” said Veronica Vanterpool, Tri-State Transportation Campaign’s executive director.

“We applaud NYSDOT’s attention to Hempstead Turnpike and look forward to working with agencies across the region to make other deadly roads safer,” said Ryan Lynch, associate director with the Campaign.

The analysis found that arterial roads – roads with two or more lanes in each direction that are designed to accommodate vehicle speeds of 40 mph or higher – are the most deadly for pedestrians, with almost 60 percent of pedestrian deaths in Connecticut, New Jersey and downstate New York occurring on this type of road.

“Arterials were traditionally designed to move vehicles from one destination to the next without regard for other road users like pedestrians and bicyclists. We continue to see that designing roads like this results in needless loss of life,” said Renata Silberblatt, report author and staff analyst with the Campaign.

Following Route 24 (Hempstead Turnpike), Broadway in Manhattan, Route 25 (Jericho Turnpike) in Suffolk County and Route 27 (Sunrise Highway) in Nassau County were the region’s most dangerous roads.

The analysis found the region’s most dangerous roads for walking over the three-year period were:

  1. SR-24 (HEMPSTEAD TPKE, FULTON AVE), Nassau County, NY
  2. BROADWAY, Manhattan, SR-25 (JERICHO TPKE, MIDDLE COUNTRY RD), Suffolk County, NY
  3. SR-27 (SUNRISE HWY), Nassau County, NY
  5. US‐322/40 (Blackhorse Pike), Atlantic County, NJ
  6. US-130 (BURLINGTON PIKE), Burlington County, NJ
  7. ROUTE 1, Middlesex County, NJ
  8. SR-27 (SUNRISE HWY, MONTAUK POINT STATE HWY, CR 39), Suffolk County, NY
  9. US-30 (WHITE HORSE PIKE), Camden County, NJ
  10. ROUTE 9, Middlesex County, NJ

Some of the key findings in the analysis were:

• More than 1,200 pedestrians have been killed in collisions with cars in our region between 2009 and 2011.
• Based on total pedestrian fatalities, the most dangerous roads for walking in the entire region are SR-24 (Hempstead Turnpike) in Nassau County, Upper Broadway in Manhattan and SR-25 (Jericho Turnpike) in Suffolk County.
• Almost 60 percent of pedestrian deaths in our region occur on multi-lane thoroughfares classified as arterials.
• Pedestrian fatalities decreased in 2011 in New York and Connecticut but increased slightly in New Jersey.
• Nassau County’s SR-24 (Hempstead Turnpike) is the most dangerous road for pedestrians for the fifth consecutive year since the Campaign’s first analysis.
• Traffic calming infrastructure and camera technology are inexpensive ways to reduce pedestrian deaths and injuries.

"It's alarming that New York City's major arterial streets are so dangerous for pedestrians and bicyclists. New Yorkers need safe and convenient access to the businesses that populate these major streets to keep the wheels of our economy turning. It's imperative that the candidates who seek to lead our city as Mayor offer a vision for New York that will keep New Yorkers safe on our streets with proven solutions like bike lanes, pedestrian refuges and other necessary safety improvements," said Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives.

The Campaign praised municipal, county and state government as well as state agencies for taking significant steps in recent years to make roads safer for all users. State complete streets laws exist in New York and Connecticut and the New Jersey DOT endorsed a complete streets policy in 2009. In addition, over 40 municipal and county governments in the tri-state region have adopted complete streets policies. These local policies will help ensure that the roadways under local and county jurisdiction are designed and redesigned with all users – pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists in mind.

“Recent improvements to New York’s most dangerous roadways are very encouraging and AARP is hopeful that this report will instill a sense of urgency to make even more improvements where necessary,” said Will Stoner, associate state director for AARP in New York. "Designing our roadways with pedestrians in mind, today and in the future, is paramount considering the aging population we have on Long Island.”

However, with 1,242 needless pedestrian deaths from 2009 through 2011, more can, and should, be done to protect pedestrians in Connecticut, New Jersey and downstate New York. The report offers region-wide recommendations that can be implemented on a state or city level. These recommendations include increased spending on Safe Routes to School, Safe Routes to Transit and Safe Routes for Seniors programs, and tracking and monitoring complete streets laws and policies to ensure their implementation. The report also offers specific recommendations for each state. In addition, to help municipalities on Long Island towards faster implementation of safe pedestrian infrastructure, Vision Long Island in partnership with Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Wendel Companies, AARP NY, and Greenman Pedersen, Inc will host a Complete Streets Summit on April 11, 2013. For more details, please contact Vision Long Island at 631-261-0242.

“We are saddened that our region continues to be plagued by many dangerous roadways that are unsafe for residents of all ages, customers and workers in our local communities. This report once again points to the need to move quickly to fund complete streets projects and enhance pedestrian safety,” said Eric Alexander, director of Vision Long Island.

The report uses the most up-to-date data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) to determine which routes within each county had the highest number of pedestrian fatalities from 2009 to 2011. The analysis excludes Interstates and other roads where pedestrians are prohibited. County fact sheets showing the most dangerous routes for walking are also available and include an interactive map showing the locations of each pedestrian fatality, with descriptive details for each victim killed.

The full report, as well as county fact sheets and maps can be found here.

The Long Island Business Council hears from County Executive Bellone on helping our economy grow Post-Sandy

On Tuesday, February 26th, the Long Island Business Council held a work session with over 100 local business leaders in attendence at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone was the featured speaker along with other invited guests, including Executive Director Anthony Manetta of the Suffolk County IDA, Deputy Commissioner Brian Foley of the NYS Parks Department, and Vice President of Long Island Press and author, Felice Cantatore.

Steve Bellone, discussed some of the challenges the region is facing and how we can help grow our economy in a post-Sandy world. He stressed the importance of being prepared and accepting realities, especially with recent the changes in weather patterns, and understand that we are all subject to the disasters that come with them.

“I remember growing up and I never ever heard of a tornado. I thought this could never happen here on the Island. But up until recently we’ve seen all sorts of weather. For those who have not been able to accept of the scientific evidence, I think that all these weather events are not coincidences.”

Bellone stated that he wants people, communities and elected officials to focus on what really matters and use this as an opportunity to learn from previous mistakes and rebuild better and  smarter.

Bellone discussed his Connect Long Island initiative that could help slow trends like the number of long-term planning challenges, an exodus of young people, a lack of affordable housing and a high volume of road traffic, while also improving the local economy.

Connect Long Island as 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.

It 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.

Among the North-South mass transit connections, Bellone’s plan calls for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). BRT is an innovative, high capacity, public transit solution that can significantly improve mobility as an extension of the LIRR service. As part of this Bellone recommended expanding electrification of the LIRR lines eastward. There is currently a study underway analyzing BRT along the Route 110 corridor, which is home to 135,000 jobs. In the future BRT lanes on the Sagtikos Parkway can provide a connection to the Deer Park Train Station, the Heartland Development, Kings Park Train Station and existing downtowns.

“We want this to be a place where young people are flocking to.”

Anthony Manetta of the Suffolk County IDA discussed the importance of providing business with grants, not more loans, because of the jobs and revenue they provide to local economies.

“We have to give them the help they need, they provide jobs and bring business to our local communities and it’s important to keep them open.”

Brian Foley from New York State Parks, discussed  the great challenge of trying to rebuild parks across the state.

“Sandy has affected all our state parks, we lost a lot of trees and a lot of infrastructure. It also impacted the ocean frontier parks. Parks are important to communities and we need to create something for the people.”

Felice Cantatore, Vice President of Long Island Press, ended the meeting with an anecdote about his favorite movie, Rocky. When delivering newspapers as a child, he overheard these adults talking and they told him to see Rocky. What he loved most was when Rocky was in 14th round and he was down,  almost ready to give up but pushed himself to finish the fight.

“We want to join all the businesses together and just try to build a better community. “[LI Press] failed at first but that didn’t mean we gave up. We changed the program and I started building that program, it is now the biggest business awards program in the region and the country. We need to keep fighting and keep making things better.”

Long Island Business Council is a group of small business leaders who are dedicated to regulatory relief, tax and utility stabilization for the average business owner in addition to infrastructure investments towards our downtowns.  We take our message to Albany and Washington as part of the Long Island Lobby Coalition and other regional initiatives.

Pictured (L-R): Dr. Nathalia Rogers - Dowling College, Lionel Chitty - Hicksville Chamber of Commerce, Eric Rosenbulm, Craig Rizzo - Oceanside Chamber of Commerce, Rich Bivone - Long Island Business Council, Bill Bonnesso - Forchelli Curto Deegan, Bob Fonti - Long Island Business Council, Caroline Tyree, Steven Rosetti - Suffolk County IDA

Pictured (L-R): Dennis Grossman - DMI Advisors, Sylvia Chertown - Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce, James Pavone - Hicksville Chamber of Commerce, Mayer Horn - Greenman Pedersen, Inc., Suffolk County Executive, Brian X. Foley - NYS Deputy Commissioner of Parks, Magnus Walsh

Pictured (L-R): Angela Zimmerman - Hagedorn Foundation, Brian Sokoloff - Sokoloff Stern, Steven Stern - Sokoloff Stern, Peter Florey - D&F Development, Bill Bonesso - Forchelli Curto Deegan, Bob Fonti - Liong Island Business Council, Steven Spucces - Greater Huntington Civic

Pictured (L-R): Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Bob Scheiner - H2M Architects + Engineers, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Eric Alexander - Vision Long Island, Julie Marchesella - Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce

Increased state funding for Suffolk County transit in Governor Cuomo's budget

Last September, various nonprofits, advocacy groups, and other organizations signed on to a letter requesting that state elected officials do more to ensure Sunday bus service in Suffolk County. In his 2013 budget, Governor Cuomo has included an additional $2.01 million in the state operating assistance for Suffolk County.

This great news speaks to the impact that joint advocacy for increased funding for bus service in Suffolk County has made. It is important to ensure that this money stays in the Legislature’s version of the budget and is dedicated to expanding and Sunday bus service in Suffolk County.

Now, a new letter is being circulated which calls upon state officials to ensure this money stays in their version of the budget and calls upon them to urge Suffolk County to use this new funding for the permanent expansion of Sunday service to core transit routes.

Organizations include Vision Long Island, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Empire State Future, Long Island Federation of Labor, American Communities at Dowling College, Regional Plan Association, Long Island Bus Riders’ Union, many Chambers of commerce and more.
This additional $2.01 million in 2013 funding can be used by Suffolk County to finally build the seven day a week bus system that riders, businesses and all Suffolk County residents deserve.

Mangano and State officials hold meeting with local residents concerning Sandy Recovery Task Force

A meeting was held at Molloy College on Thursday, with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and State officials and over 60 residents and businesses on the State's role in implementing the Federal Sandy Aid package.

In attendance in was City Manager Jack Schnirman of Long Beach, President and CEO Matt Driscoll of Environmental Facilities Corporation, and Kenneth Adams President & CEO and Commissioner of New York State Department of Economic Development. There were no federal representatives.

The meeting was an extenision of the state-created Storm Recovery Task Force and Plan that will be seeking to direct some of the Federal funding referred to as "NY Rising."

Of the many residents and businesses that attended the meeting the primary concern was the lack of resources from any level of government and issues with the insurance industry. State representatives were urged to crack down on insurance companies in order to facilitate rebuilding.

Thousands of homeowners across New York have been directly impacted by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee. The devastation wrought by these storms was unlike anything New York has seen in recent history. While FEMA, the State of New York and other disaster relief agencies stepped in immediately following the storm to provide public and private recovery assistance to homeowners in need of help, the State worked to secure Congressional approval of additional federal aid to meet the substantial need. The program outlined here is subject to federal approval.

The State of New York, local governments and its partners are now accepting registrations for housing and small business assistance for residents located in disaster-declared counties. These registrations will be used to determine potential program eligibility for each registrant.

Following your registration, a member of the NYS Sandy Help Team will contact you to review your eligibility and assist in the application process.

Please check the calendar on the website to find out dates and times when the NYS Sandy Help Team may be in your area.

Senator Fuschillo announces new program to help homeowners seeking release of Superstorm Sandy insurance settlement money

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. today announced a new program in which representatives from five of New York’s largest banks will be available to provide one-on-one assistance to homeowners seeking the release of Superstorm Sandy insurance settlement funds.  Senator Fuschillo called for the program to be set up to help homeowners access their insurance settlement funds more quickly. Bank representatives will be available March 4th through March 9th to meet one-on-one with homeowners to help expedite release of insurance settlement funds.

The program, which was arranged and coordinated by the New York State Department of Financial Services, is designed to help homeowners complete steps needed to have their banks endorse their insurance settlement checks, which are often written jointly to homeowners and their banks or servicers.

Representatives from Chase, WellsFargo, Bank of America, CitiMortgage, and Ocwen Loan Services will be available at Cedar Creek Park (Merrick Road, Seaford) on March 4th through 8th between 9am and 6pm & March 9th between 9am and 3pm. Copiague Library (50 Deauville Boulevard, Copiague) March 4th through 8th between 9am and 6pm & March 9th between 9am and 3pm.

“Residents who are trying to rebuild their homes and move on with their lives need access to their insurance settlement funds as quickly as possible. This program will give residents an easy and convenient way to get answers from their bank’s representatives, get help in completing their paperwork, and get their settlement checks released more quickly. I am pleased to have worked with the Department of Financial Services in bringing this program to Long Island,” said Senator Fuschillo.

Additionally, representatives from the New York State Department of Financial Services will be available to meet individually with homeowners at these sites and provide additional assistance with Superstorm Sandy related insurance issues.

The Department of Financial Services advises residents to bring copies of any relevant documents, records, or correspondence. According to the Department, banks may require proof that repairs have been made before endorsing checks.

The Department of Financial Services also encourages customers of banks or mortgage servicers other than the institutions participating in the program to visit the sites to get help in answering their questions. Homeowners with general insurance-related questions are also invited to attend.

Homeowners who cannot attend but are in need of assistance can contact the Department of Financial Services’ Insurance Assistance Center at 1-800-339-1759.

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 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:

100 West 4th Street
Freeport, NY 11520
Saturday at 9 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 Eric Alexander 631-804-9128

13 West Minerva
Lindenhurst, NY 11757
Saturday at 9 am
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.


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.

Sierra Club hosts Long Island’s Awards and Member Appreciation Luncheon, honoring Gordian Raacke on March 23rd

Sierra Club hosts Long Island’s Awards and Member Appreciation Luncheon, honoring Gordian Raacke, founder of reLI, as their 2012 Environmentalist of the Year.

Renewable Energy Long Island (reLI), established in 2003, is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization promoting clean, sustainable energy use and generation for Long Island. reLI conducts effective outreach and education activities and provides consumer-friendly information resources such as its solar calculator and contractor locator, and publishes the Long Island GreenGuide in print and as an online edition with a green business directory.

The event will be taking place on Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Seatuck’s Scully Estate, 550 South Bay Avenue in Islip. This a buffet luncheon, suggested donation is $20.

The Sierra Club is one of the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organizations in the United States. Their mission is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

If you would like to RSVP please contact Ann Aurelio at or 631-567-1937 by March 10th, 2013.

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.

Vision Long Island will be co-sponsoriong the event with Executive Director Eric Alexander speaking.

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:
John Batiste - Friday, March 1st at 8:00pm
Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett: Little Feat's Guitarists - Saturday, March 2nd at 8:00pm
Aesop Bops! With the YAK YAK BAND with David Gonzalez - Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 at 2:00pm
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:
Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul - Sunday, March at 7:00pm
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:
The Met: Live in HD - New Production of Wagner’s PARSIFAL - Saturday, March 2nd at 12:00pm
Guild Hall in Partnership with the East Hampton Library presents the Annual Free Winter Film Series: Foreign Letters - Sunday, March 3rd 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:
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Dukes - Saturday, March 2nd at 8:00pm
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, MArch 1st at 8:00pm, Saturday, March 2nd at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday, March 3rd at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Tickets and more information available here


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts

71 East Main Street, Patchogue:
Disney's Aladdin, Jr. - Saturday, March 2nd at 11:00am and 3:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

The Emporium

9 Railroad Ave, Patchogue:
That 70's Band & DJ Smooth City - Friday, March 1st at 7:00 pm
The Emporium presents Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, March 2nd at 6:00 pm
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, March 1st at 10:30pm
Back to Bacharach and David -  Friday, March 1st at 8:00pm, Saturday, March 2nd at 8:00pm and Sunday, March 3rd at 3:00 pm
Peter Rabbit - Friday, March 1st at 10:30am
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 this week! Check our Upcoming Events section for more details.

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 Broadway Danny Rose - Friday, March 1st at 8:00pm
The Picture Show presents Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex - Saturday, March 2nd 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.

Photographer place ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ in real life locations

There’s a new treat online for fans of Bill Watterson’s classic comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, which had its original 10-year run between 1985 and 1995 and continues in syndication.

Oregon photographer Michael S. Den Beste has used his considerable Photoshop skills to place the eponymous duo—who are named for the 16th-century Reformation theologian John Calvin and 17th-century English philosopher Thomas Hobbes respectively—in real life settings that resemble those that have appeared in the comic strip.

To view some of the photos, click here.

Smart Talk

Newsletter Editors: Christopher Kyle, Program Coordinator
Contributors: Lucy Ayala, Program Assistant; Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director; Elissa Ward, Sustainability Director

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