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Our lobby day represents a coming together of groups representing various interests from across Long Island’s diverse communities.   These groups share a single purpose;  to better the lives of all long Islanders and to preserve, protect and enhance the quality of life of its citizens.  This includes ensuring that Long Island continues to offer good jobs with good schools, and affordable places to live; while also continuing to preserve our natural resources.   Most importantly, we must ensure that Long Island remains a place that our children and grandchildren can afford to and want to call home.”  

John R. Durso, President Long Island Federation of Labor

"Annual fare hikes, low service levels, and late or no-show buses are the symptoms of an underfunded bus system, and Long Island bus riders are paying dearly due to a lack of state assistance. It is time for New York to step up and pay their fair share to suburban transit systems."

Aaron Watkins-Lopez, LI Bus Riders Coalition

"What we see consistently, year after year, is that Long Island is behind the curve as far as their road designs."

Veronica Vanterpool, Tri-State Transportation Campaign 

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Long Island Lobby Coalition Returns to Albany with Platform for Infrastructure, Jobs, Transportation, Energy & Sandy Relief

Another great day for Long Island as the LI Lobby Coalition completed their 7th visit to the state’s capital in 6 years. The coalition consisting of over 75 organizations with nearly 40 groups attending the Lobby Day, headed to Albany with an agenda tackling infrastructure projects for sewers, parking, transportation, small business, energy, human services and Sandy reconstruction.

This diverse group representing a range of Main Street businesses, youth, seniors, Sandy rebuilding groups, environmentalists, labor and other regular Long Islanders rallied around a unified message. The message was clear that Long Island as 14-15% of the population should receive more than slated in numerous categories in this year’s NYS budget. The numerous projects presented are ready to go and will improve the quality of life of our region, bring jobs, protect our environment and strengthen our communities.

Throughout the day, the LI Lobby Coalition held a press conference as well as participated in 3 scheduled meetings which were with the LI Assembly delegation hosted by Assemblyman Phil Ramos, the LI Senate Delegation hosted by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and an assortment of Governor Cuomo’s staff.

Past and present supporters of the Long Island Lobby Coalition include:
AARP  American Communities Institute at Dowling College   American Planning Association—LI Chapter  Baldwin Civic Association  Child Care Council of Nassau  Child Care Council of Suffolk   Citizens Campaign for the Environment   Concern for Independent Living  Concerned Citizens of the Plainview‐Old Bethpage Community  Congress for the New Urbanism—New York Chapter  Coram Civic Association   Cornerstone Church of God in Christ   Corridor Magazine DestinationLI  Elmont Chamber of Commerce   Empire State Future   EmPower Solar  Friends of Freeport  Freeport Chamber of Commerce  Friends of the Bay  Glen Cove Downtown Business Improvement District  Good Harvest Financial Group   Greater Smithtown Chamber of Commerce   Greenman‐Pedersen, Inc.  HIA‐LI  Hicksville Chamber of Commerce   Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce   Island Park Chamber of Commerce Island Harvest Jubilee Recovery Center, Mastic Beach  Jobs with Justice Laible and Fitzsimmons Inc.  Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization  Lindy Manpower  Long Island Bus Riders Union Long Island Business Council  Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce   Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL—CIO   Long Island Housing Partnership  Long Island Minority AIDS Coalition   Long Island Software & Technology Network   Longwood Alliance  Mastic Beach Property Owners Association  Mastics‐Moriches‐Shirley Community Library  Middle Island Civic Association   Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce  Nassau County VOA Nassau Legislature Nassau/Suffolk Law Services   Neighborhood Network  Neighbors Supporting Neighbors Nesconset Chamber of Commerce Northport Village Merchants Association  NY Committee for Occupational Safety and Health   New York League of Conservation Voters   Operation Splash Pharmacists Society of the State of New York Plainview/Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce   Renaissance Downtowns  Roel Resources   Save the Forge River   Selden Civic Association   Signature Organization  Source the Station South Yaphank Civic Association  Suburban Millenial Institute Sustainability Institute at Molloy College   them TV  Tri‐State Transportation Campaign  Uniondale Community Council  US Green Building Council—Long Island Chapter  Verizon  Village of Mastic Beach Vision Long Island   Wading River Civic Association   Workforce Development Group  Youth of Ethical Societies, Long Island Chapter.

Part of the LILC growth can be attributed to several millenial groups who signed on and/or took the journey to Albany as well.  These groups focus on both local and regional issues facing their generation and advocate for solutions to stop long Island's "brain drain".

Throughout the day, the LI Lobby Coalition held a press conference as well as participated in 3 scheduled meetings which were with the LI Assembly delegation hosted by Assemblyman Phil Ramos, the LI Senate Delegation hosted by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and an assortment of Governor Cuomo’s staff.

This year, the platform agenda was as follows:



  • Bay Park Outfall Pipe
  • Sunrise Highway Traffic Calming
  • Westbury Parking 
  • Hempstead Parking 
  • Farmingdale Parking
  • Freeport Flood Protection


  • Huntington Station Sewers 
  • Emergency Supply Depot, Melville
  • Sagtikos Parkway Road Improvements
  • Mastic/Shirley Sewers
  • W. Babylon Flood Mitigation


  • Small Business, Jobs, Economic Development
    • Tax-Deferred IRA Accounts for Small Businesses
  • Transportation
    • MMTOA Restoration for Nassau & Suffolk Bus Systems
    • Addition funding for Suffolk Bus
    • Give Local Communities Home Rule Flexibility on   Speed Limits
  • Energy & Environment
    • Safe Disposal of Pharmaceutical Drugs
    • Off-Shore Wind
    • Solar
  • Human Services & Consumer Issues
    • The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable) Act
    • Establishing an Independent Utility Consumer Advocate
    • Work and Save Plan
    • Protection of Main Street Pharmacies
  • Post-Sandy
    • Expedite support from NY Rising
    • Expedite project funding from CRP

“The Bay Park STP needs to be prioritized by our Legislature for funding. It’s a onetime cost for a long term benefit.  We cannot simply sit and watch our bays die.  This year, the state can allocate $500 million from the settle funds for this critical infrastructure.   The LI Lobby Coalition is standing behind this request and we need all three branches of government to help us make this essential change,” said Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

"I look forward to discussing with our state representatives important initiatives to make our neighborhoods more safe and attractive," said Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran (Baldwin). "These include implementing new traffic and pedestrian safety measures along Sunrise Highway, obtaining state grants for a Complete Streets project in Baldwin, and funding an ocean outfall pipe for the Bay Park sewage treatment plant. The more various levels of government are able to work together, the better off all our communities will be."

"Lobby day allows diverse groups to come together with one voice to speak on behalf of Long Island.  For us, we have the opportunity to engage with future partners that will help us achieve the vision we have for downtown Hicksville” said Lionel Chitty, Hicksville Chamber of Commerce.  

"Long Islanders need to present a united front when asking for our fair share of infrastructure resources," said Suburban Millennial Institute Founder Jeff Guillot. "Elected officials and business leaders from across the state need to work together on a comprehensive strategy to retain a Millennial workforce on Long Island.  We are proud to be part of this diverse coalition of stakeholders as we pursue initiatives that will allow the region to remain a fantastic place to live, work & play."

Annual fare hikes, low service levels, and late or no-show buses are the symptoms of an underfunded bus system, and Long Island bus riders are paying dearly due to a lack of state assistance. It is time for New York to step up and pay their fair share to suburban transit systems." said Aaron Watkins-Lopez of the LI Bus Riders Coalition

“Today’s visit to Albany shows the partnership around issues important to Long Island residents, visitors and businesses. Two such issues, adequate funding for Long Island’s transit systems and Complete Streets, have been priorities for many of our groups for years. It’s important to show the breadth of support around transit and safe streets for all road users to guide Long Island’s elected representatives during the budget and legislative season,” says Veronica Vanterpool, executive director, Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

“Our lobby day represents a coming together of groups representing various interests from across Long Island’s diverse communities.   These groups share a single purpose;  to better the lives of all long Islanders and to preserve, protect and enhance the quality of life of its citizens.  This includes ensuring that Long Island continues to offer good jobs with good schools, and affordable places to live; while also continuing to preserve our natural resources.   Most importantly, we must ensure that Long Island remains a place that our children and grandchildren can afford to and want to call home.”  John R. Durso, President Long Island Federation of Labor

Since Sandy devastated Long Island in October 2012, Friends of Long Island grassroot community groups and partners have worked tirelessly to help those recover and rebuild homes, businesses, communities and lives sooner rather than later. We appreciate the Assembly, Senate of Governor's office for continuing to work with and support those on the local level to rebuild the area towards a more resilient future. Jon Siebert, Friends of Long Island

Eric Alexander, Director of Vision Long Island concluded “The Long Island Lobby Coalition has been a true “Main Street” lobbying effort.  This shared agenda of local civics, small business and other varied public interests lifts up critical issues that sometimes get lost in the malaise of day to day dealings in Albany.  The accomplishments of bills enacted including Complete Streets, Priority Infrastructure, energy programs and other public safety legislation proves that collaboration works.  The opportunity this year to create a financing mechanism for Main Street businesses to provide jobs will benefit Long Island’s economic climate without burdening the taxpayer.  Lastly we are proud to see Long Islanders united in working to get our fair share of resources from our State government.”

Vision Long Island is proud to be a part of the annual Long Island Lobby Day and looks forward to continuing to work with local groups and communities to create opportunity for projects of signicance on Long Island. We applaud everyone who joined with us this year!

For more information, review a copy of this year’s press release and platform. For more coverage of  the day, visit News 12, Newsday, or LI Business News.

Rte 25 in Suffolk County Named the Most Dangerous Road for the Second Year in a Row

Sometimes winning isn’t really winning. For the second year in a row, Route 25 in Suffolk County received the title of the most dangerous for pedestrians in the Tri-State area, having almost double the amount of pedestrian fatalities as Route 24 in Nassau County, which was ranked 2nd with 11 fatalities between 2011 and 2013.

According to an analysis conducted by Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Suffolk County’s Route 25 (Jericho Turnpike) is not only the most dangerous road for pedestrians in downstate New York, but in the tristate region. Half of the 20 fatalities fatalities occurred within the 11.5-mile stretch from Centereach to Ridge.

In June 2014, a $3.2 million federal grant from Highway Safety Improvement Program funds was awarded for operational and pedestrian safety improvements on one of the region’s most dangerous roads, Route 110, in the Village of Amityville and the towns of Babylon and Huntington in Suffolk County. Additionally, Suffolk County legislators approved $250,000 in annual dedicated funding for implementing the County’s Complete Streets policy.

Although the investments are a step in the right direction, the need is so much greater than the investments made to date.  Campaign Executive Director Veronica Vanderpool indicated towards some of the issues. "At some of these roadways ... it can be a half-mile before there's another crosswalk," Vanterpool said, "What we see consistently, year after year, is that Long Island is behind the curve as far as their road designs." Wide lanes, steel fences and guardrails along sidewalks contribute to the potential for pedestrian related incidents.

“This report serves as another exclamation point reminding Long Island public officials that our roadways continue to be dangerous for pedestrians,” said Vision Long Island’s Director Eric Alexander.  “The recommendations contained herein will serve to reverse what has become a descending spiral of poor safety measures in the design of our regions streets. “

Vision Long Island and other organizations will be asking our public officials to address these findings at the 3rd Annual Complete Streets Summit on Friday, April 10. You can learn more about the study by reading Tri-State Transportation’s press release, report, summary, or by checking out media coverage on NY CBS, NY Daiy News, Newsday and News 12 (subscription required).

First Round of NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program Projects Moving Forward

Nearly $100 million worth of infrastructure projects on Long Island were announced Tuesday  by the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) through the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program- a grassroots undertaking that allows local entities to increase their physical, social and economic resilience following impacts from Sandy, Irene and Lee. The first round of projects will fund 26 Long Island projects, with 9 being in Suffolk and 13 in Nassau.

The first round of projects will fund 26 Long Island projects, with 9 being in Suffolk and 13 in Nassau and represent 42 disaster-affected localities. The areas are eligible to receive up to approximately $250 million in total. State-wide, 650 community members have voluntarily served to NYRRCR committees and have held 250 Public Engagement Events to have the residents and stakeholders weigh in in the planning process and proposed improvements. Vision Long Island was part of the public outreach consultant team for Suffolk County, ensuring that an inclusive and diverse population attended and gave input towards proposed projects.

Community leaders, many of whom served on NYRCR committees were in Albany for Long Island Lobby Day and were excited to learn of the first round of funding. “I am happy to hear the news that funding is being released for the first phase of CRP Projects,” said Kim Skillen, who is a member of Babylon’s NYRCR Committee. “I am hopeful that additionally funding will be released so that the great projects that were designed by the community to support resiliency and preparedness can come to fruition”.

Although the progress is a sign that projects are moving ahead, some still have concern that the projects are just not moving along quickly enough to ensure that communities are prepared for the next disaster.

More information about the NYRCR Program for Long Island can be found here.  Information regarding the implementation of the first round of projects for Long Island is detailed on the GOSR press release.

Village OKs Zoning Change For Bartone TOD

Another transit-oriented development (TOD) in Farmingdale is closer to reality this week.

Village officials approved a zone change Monday for the proposed 42-unit project on Secatogue Avenue.

Developer Anthony Bartone is looking to build 28 studio apartments, 10 one-bedroom apartments and four two-bedroom apartments on the .75-acre site near the LIRR station. Four of those units are expected to be priced at lower workforce housing rates.

In order to move along with the TOD project, the Village had to swap the zoning from business D and residential B to downtown mixed use.

Zoning laws would allow him to build 40 units, two less than the 42 proposed.

He’s also offered to build a fence, walkway and streetlights from the development to Main Street. These extras would cost Bartone $104,000.

Bartone and the Village Board are expected to negotiate incentive bonuses at the board's April meeting.

"I believe the addition of studio apartments to the transit-oriented development complements the entire Phase Three development," Mayor Ralph Ekstrand said. "I firmly believe the younger generation will flock to these studios."

A VHB Engineering representative also spoke to the board, arguing the development would not significantly affect traffic conditions. The village paid for that research and is to be reimbursed by Bartone. VHB also prepared Farmingdale’s 2011 master plan; the first two phases of the project were developed by Bartone and JPI Development of Texas.

The first phase, a 39-unit building on Atlantic Ave, is open and 30-percent occupied. The second building, on S. Front Street, is slated to open this summer, with a lottery for the 16 workforce apartments recently held.

Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander was in attendance Monday to support the project. Vision is a Smart Growth planning organization that views downtown developments like the Bartone project as the economic future for Long Island.

For more on this story, check out Newsday (subscription required).

Riverhead Supervisor Walter Delivers State of the Town Address

In what would be the Supervisor’s fifth town address, he noted that he plans to keep moving forward on three themes: the town’s fiscal condition, the development of EPCAL, and downtown revitalization.

"Government should not exist solely to serve and feed itself or elected officials," Walter, a Republican seeking re-election in November, said in the speech. "Change is hard. I am not afraid of the challenge," said Supervisor Sean Walter proposing the elimination of four elected positions from town government to cut excess spending.

The reduction, proposed at his State of the Town address, would include making the elected tax receiver and employee within the town, eliminating the position of Deputy Tax Receiver, and appointing an assessor and deputy while cutting three elected assessors to the Township, much to the disappointment of some.

Although a majority or western Suffolk towns have appointed assessors, Councilman Jim Wooten, a member of Riverhead's all-Republican town board, expressed skepticism after the speech, saying the question of eliminating the elected positions should be decided in a public referendum.

The town of roughly 33,000 residents has seen economic downturn in funding and sustainability and continues to grapple with cuts to manpower due to those restraints. Supervisor Walter stated, "You see the people of Long Island are voting every day with their feet as they march off of Long Island," Walter said. "If we can't keep Long Island competitive by keeping taxes in check and create good-paying jobs, we will become the Rust Belt of the Northeast.”

"You see the people of Long Island are voting every day with their feet as they march off of Long Island," Walter said. "If we can't keep Long Island competitive by keeping taxes in check and create good-paying jobs, we will become the Rust Belt of the Northeast.  "Walter proposes paying the assessor about $110,000, up from the Board of Assessors chairwoman Laverne Tennenberg's base salary of $84,000. He said the deputy would make about $95,000, up from the regular assessors' base pay of $75,000.

“When we took office in 2010 we were 2, 10 and 25 years behind in our financial audits. We had deficits of $5.5 million,” he said in regards to his belief that the town’s finances are headed in the right direction

The calls for these cuts are necessary to cover the operating deficit, which thought to be the result of the town’s landfill debt burden. However some councilmembers do not agree with the Supervisor. Councilman James Wooten said even if a majority of the town board thinks it’s a good idea — “We’re all Republicans and we’re always looking to reduce government,” he said suggesting that the idea should be put to a referendum of the town’s voters since it will eliminate elected potions.  Councilwoman Jodi Giglio questioned the actually savings without affecting services currently provided.

In an effort to save the town approximately $150,000, Supervisor Walter requested the town and state to combine the Riverhead Highway Department, the Municipal Garage, the Buildings and Grounds Division and the New York State Department of Transportation yard located on Route 58 into a single facility built at EPCAL.

With Main Street was at 80% vacancy when he began, the supervisor said, “It will not be denied… I wish that every store was full now, but I know in the not-too-distant future, every store will be full. Main Street’s future is looking bright.”

Several projects are underway to give Riverhead more of a Patchogue feel including the reopening of the Suffolk Theater, the opening of the Hyatt Place hotel, Summerwind Square, and Woolworth Revitalization, among other developments downtown.

For more on this story, visit Newsday  or Riverhead Local.  Click here to review the full speech.

State Legislators Seeing No Burn For Gas Tax Hikes

Sometimes it’s just best to do it yourself.

With federal support lacking, more states are trying to raise transportation funds on their own, and finding it doesn’t hurt political aspirations.

Twelve states have successfully increased gas taxes or added other fees to boost transportation revenues since 2012. Two of those states increased tolls to pay the difference off, but in the other 10, state legislators backing the change are still in office.

Of the 961 legislators running for re-election after voting for higher taxes and/or fees, 98 percent won their next primary and 90 percent won the next election. Just 0.8 percent of Republicans and 10 percent of Democrats lost their jobs.

Meanwhile, 20 states tried to raise their own transportation revenue last year and 17 states have legislation active right now. There is some overlap between all three time periods.

That’s because the federal government has yet to significantly increase transportation infrastructure funding.  The MAP-21 transportation spending act from 2012 kept federal funding flat, prompting states to find their own assets to handle infrastructure maintenance.

Created in 1956, the fund was designed to finance the country’s Interstate Highway System. In 1982, funding for mass transit was added. The fund has been the home for federal fuel tax beginning at 3 cents per gallon in the beginning to 18.4 cents per gallon in 1993. For years Congress passed long-term plans and properly funded the account. But since the new millennium, the Federal Highway Trust fund has been leaning heavily on transfers from the general fund – including $12 billion in 2014 – and short-term fixes by Congress.

Last summer, senators acquiesced to a House of Representatives plan to find $10.8 billion to sustain highway and transit projects in all 50 states until May 2015. That included increasing customs user fees, transferring $1 billion from a fund to fix leaking underground fuel tanks and authorizing controversial pension smoothing – companies making fewer tax-deductible pension contributions now and more in the near future to give the federal government more revenue earlier.

Meanwhile, Congress has not raised the gas tax, which many transportation advocates say could be the most responsible near-term solution to the crumbling infrastructure.

Check out Transportation For America’s website for additional coverage.

US Senators Call for Oversight Hearing of the National Flood Insurance Program Run by FEMA

A week after investigators from the NY State Attorney General’s office raided a Long Island engineering firm’s office in connection with forged engineering report allegations, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand called on FEMA to better care for Sandy victims who feel that they may have been short changed in their flood insurance awards.

Thousands of residents and businesses on Long Island have been expressing concern, frustration and anger in regards to what they feel are flood insurance payouts that were far lower than anticipated or due after Sandy. The National Flood Insurance Program, which is overseen by FEMA and covers a vast majority of policy holders, has been criticized by many as underpaying many residents and denying claims is currently facing roughly 1,800 lawsuits in New York and New Jersey over the disputed claims.

In a letter sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, all four of New York and New Jersey’s Senators asked for an oversight hearing “to further examine FEMA’s handling of the Sandy claims process and its oversight of the private insurance companies that facilitate the program on its behalf… It is shocking to us that FEMA officials received specific allegations of fraudulent activity that served as the insurance companies’  basis for claimants being denied the coverage they had paid for, including homeowners who lost their homes, and either did not appropriately investigate these claims or simply looked the other way…[these] serious allegations and the questions that they raise are highly troubling, and we believe that Congress, in its oversight capacity, has responsibility to hold further hearings so that these questions can be fully addressed in an open and transparent manner.” Senators Schumer and Menendez are members of the Senate Banking Committee. The letter comes after a 60 minutes story that aired this past Sunday which highlighted alleged engineering reports claims and knowledge by some in FEMA that there was fraud within the FEMA run NFIP system.

With the additional pressure, FEMA said on Wednesday that it will be reopening as many as 15,000 insurance claims related to Sandy after two weeks of negotiations with homeowners that were victims of fraudulent engineering reports. Lawyers for Sandy victims predict that the total compensation could add up to $3-4 billion. Additionally, FEMA said that it will be making aggressive reforms within the National Flood Insurance Program.

"We commend FEMA for its serious review of these claims and trust the process with set the stage for productive discussions with the agency by communities and nonprofits to facilitate the ongoing recovery , said Professor Benjamin Rajotte, Director of Disaster Relief Clinic at Touro Law.

This new development is outlined here. You can check out Senator Menendez’ press release here, view the 60 Minutes investigation, and read more about the NY State Attorney General’s investigation from Newsday (subscription required).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brown Bag Lunch Presentation: Downtown Redevelopment on Long Island

On March 18, 2015, at 12 noon Eric Alexander, Director of Vision Long Island, will be the guest speaker for a Brown Bag Event hosted by NYMTC. It will be a discussion on the status of downtown revitalization initiatives on Long Island including residential, office, retail, public space market trends and the growing movement to create, manage and maintain great places. A robust discussion on opportunities and challenges to these efforts, needed infrastructure and the implications on local decision making will ensue.

This meeting may be attended in person at 25 Beaver Street, Suite 201, New York, NY 10004 or as a webinar. To attend in person RSVP to or call 212-383-7200. To attend as a webinar, register at: Event number: 645 587 995 Event password: BB31815. Call in information will be provided upon registration.

Have A Heart For Island's Homeless At Candlelight Vigil

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

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

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

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

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

2015 Complete Streets Summit on April 10th

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

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

“If we’re going to have a vibrant economy and a safe environment for all of us, then Complete Streets is part of the solution”, said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.

Friday, April 10, 2015 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sustainability Institute at Molloy College 7180 Republic Airport, East Farmingdale, New York 11735

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

Listnet LISA Awards to be held on May 6th

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

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

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

Regional Freight Plan Amendment Public Review Period

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) is conducting a public review for an amendment to its Regional Freight Plan. The public comment period begins on March 2, 2015 and will end at 4 p.m. March 31, 2015. The freight plan has been amended to reflect new information that was produced after NYMTC’s current regional transportation plan, known as Plan 2040, was adopted by NYMTC’s Program, Finance, and Administration Committee in September, 2013. The comment period provides the opportunity for public feedback on the three task reports and the revised Summary Report’s Chapter Five, Special Reports.
The Regional Freight Plan now includes the results of NYMTC’s work on

  • Industry Specific Logistics
  • Truck Trips Analysis and
  • Freight Villages Market Analysis

The technical memoranda for these discrete tasks and the revised Regional Freight Plan Summary Report can be found on the NYMTC website at

Two public meetings will be held to present an overview of the amended Freight Plan, on March 18, 2015 at 3PM and 6:30PM. Both meetings may be attended in person or via webinar. To attend in person, RSVP at 212.383.7200 or The meetings will be held in NYMTC’s offices at 25 Beaver Street, Suite 201, NY, NY 10004.

To register for the 3PM webinar go to
To register for the 6:30PM webinar go to
Meeting ID, password and call in information will be provided upon registration

Comments are due in writing by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 to:
New York Metropolitan Transportation Council
Attn: Howie Mann
Nassau/Suffolk Transportation Coordinating Committee
Room 6A19
250 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY 11788

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What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Who-Ville Bar and Grille

339 Broadway, Bethpage
Tickets and more information available on Facebook


Freeport Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website or call 516-623-9632

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

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

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

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

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

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Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

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

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

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

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

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

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website.


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

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

Current exhibition: “The Other Side”- a look at William Floyd Estate, a National Park unit of Fire Island National Seashore. Long Island plantation and slave owner William Floyd.

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:
David Broza
Sat March 7th 8PM

Tickets and more information available here

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

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

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


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

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

Current exhibit: Growing Up in Sea Cliff

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


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury
Los Lonely Boys, Strange But Surf
Sat March 7th 8PM
Gov’t Mule w/ John Scofield
Sun March 8th 8PM
Tickets and more information available here



Monkey Wrench (Foo Fighters Tribute), Lithium (Nirvana Tribute), The 90’s Band, and more
Fri March 6th 8PM
Fingers Metal Shop Live! Show no mercy (Slayer tribute) Black Tooth Grin (Pantera Tribute) Damage Inc. (Metallica Tribute)
Sat March 7th 9PM
Allie Martocci, Spectator, Van Vega, and more
Sat March 7th 4PM

Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Jesse Cook
Fri March 6th 8PM
Larry Kirwan- Solo Acoustic (Black 47)
Sat March 7th 8PM
Royal Southern Brotherhood
Sun March 8th 7PM

Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

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

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

East Hampton

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
Screening of the National Theatre Live: Treasure Island
Sat March 7th 8PM
Student Arts Festival 2: Grades 9-12
Sat March 7th 2PM
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
Magic! w/ Bohemians & Schoeffel
Saturday March 7th 8PM
Heckscher Museum 
Flutissimo! Flute Quartet
Fri March 6th 7PM
Tickets and more information available here

Heckscher Museum

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

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

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

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Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Fri March 6th 8PM, Sat March 7th 3PM & 8PM, Sun March 8th 2PM
The Snow QueenSat March 7th 11AM, Sun March 8th 10:30AM

Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue Milagro (Santana tribute), Half Step (Grateful Dead tribute)
Fri March 6th 7:30PM
Us and Floyd (Yes tribute)
Sat March 7th 7:30 PM
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
March’s Laughter in the Lobby: Stevie GB, John Santo, JJay Boyd
Fri March 6th 7PM
6th Patchogue Folk Festival w/Janis Ian & Tom Paxton
Sat March 7th 2PM & 8PM

Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium

9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue

45 RPM & Drop Dead Sexy
Fri March 6th 8PM
Saturday Night Dance Party w/ Jonathan Move & Fosbeats
Sat March 7th 10PM
Tickets and more information available here

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

Mr. Turner, Timbuktu, La Fille Du Regiment
Multiple dates and showtimes this weekend

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three

412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Fri March 6th & Sat March 7th 8PM; Sun March 8th 3PM
Friday Night Face Off (Comedy)
Friday March 6th 10:30PM
Annual Festival of One-Act Plays
Sun March 8th 7PM
Tickets and more information available here

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

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

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington


Suffolk Theater
116 E. Main Street, Riverhead
March of the Leprechans- Riverhead Pub Crawl!
Sat March 7th 1PM

TIckets and more information available here

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

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Fireside Sessions with Nancy Atlas: Billy Campion and Billy Ryan
Fri March 6th 8PM
Caliente! Latin Night w/Alfredo Europa, Mr. No Shame & Mambo Loco
Sat March 7th 8PM
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.

375th Convocation Celebration
Sat March 7th 3PM
If These Walls Could Talk; Meet the Families of the Rogers Mansion
Sat March 7th 4pm

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.

Before-and-After Maps Show How Freeways Transformed America's Cities

Cincinnati 1955 & 2013

Between the 1950s and the 1980s, cities across the country undertook massive freeway construction projects. In many cases they decided to run the freeways straight through downtown, bulldozing thousands of homes and businesses in the process.

At the time, this was seen as a sign of progress. Not only did planners hope to help people get downtown more quickly, they saw many of the neighborhoods being torn down as blighted and in need of "urban renewal."

But tearing down a struggling neighborhood rarely made problems like crime and overcrowding go away. To the contrary, displaced people would move to other neighborhoods, often exacerbating overcrowding problems. Crime rates rose, not fell, in the years after these projects.

By cutting urban neighborhoods in half, planners undermined the blocks on either side of the freeway. The freeways made nearby neighborhoods less walkable. Reduced foot traffic made them less attractive places for stores and restaurants. And that, in turn, made them even less walkable. Those with the means to do so moved to the suburbs, accelerating the neighborhoods' decline.

"It's amazing how for over half a century planners and city governments prioritized moving cars quickly over neighborhoods and the people that lived in them. Rather than build from what has helped neighborhoods and cities thrive over the centuries, they tossed all that aside to redesign everything to suit the automobile. Hopefully, we are learning that building places for machines and not people, doesn't produce places that people want to be", said Vision Long Island Sustainability Director Elissa Kyle.

Shane Hampton, a researcher at the University of Oklahoma, has compiled an amazing collection of before-and-after images showing how freeways transformed major American cities in the Midwest. In these images, you can see block after block of urban neighborhoods leveled to make room for highways and the elaborate interchanges that connected them.Vox has reproduced three examples here, but you should check out the full set of maps at this website.

Smart Talk

Newsletter Editor: Mike Koehler, Communications Director
Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director; Elissa Kyle, Sustainability Director; Chris Kyle, Administrative Director, Jon Siebert, Consultant

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