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March 19th - 25th, 2017

Regional Updates

Jobco Organization

Since 1950, Jobco and its corporate affiliates have implemented the principles of quality, excellence, and professionalism. From building inception through construction completion, Jobco provides a complete range of realty development and construction services for government projects, public, and private developers, and property managers. With hundreds of projects under its belt, Jobco has produced more than 10,000 units of new or rehabilitated housing.

Jobco’s reputation for quality was founded partly on building schools and churches during Long Island’s rapid population growth period in the 1960s. In fact, Jobco is responsible for completing more than 80 municipal public works projects, ranging in size from small renovation, to large government-financed apartment buildings, schools, and modern hospitals, and medical facilities. Today, they continue to create superior yet affordable living and working environments that individuals and families can be proud to call home.

"While the Governor’s Executive Budget provided no additional aid for non-MTA transit, the Assembly and the Senate have included additional funding in their one house budget proposals which would include LI bus services. I feel confident that we will be successful in securing that aid which would help to prevent serious reductions in bus service, in both Nassau and Suffolk, which is essential for those citizens and students that would have no other means of transportation. I was pleased to join with representatives of Vision Long Island in Albany recently regarding this matter." -NYS Assemblyman Dave McDonough

"I would like to thank you for making this trip every year, it’s a very important job.  One of the things that I know that people in this group and others have started is the concept of Transit Oriented Development on Long Island, and to see the results of it this many years later is so exciting.  It’s truly amazing." - NYS Senator Phil Boyle

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Long Island Lobby Coalition Heads to Albany...

Vision was with the Long Island Lobby Coalition for the annual Long Island Lobby Day in Albany on Wednesday for meetings with the Governor’s office, LI Senate and Assembly members to advocate for the Coalition’s legislative and budget priorities for 2017. Nearly 50 advocates urged state representatives to secure funding for important transportation, sewage and infrastructure projects, housing, human services, championed environmental programs, and supported legislation to benefit small business and encourage economic development.

The Long Island Lobby Coalition was founded in 2009 as a diverse alliance of organizations working together to advance meaningful improvements to Long Island’s quality of life and our economy. Since its founding, the Coalition’s agenda has seen ten bills have been enacted, a slew of budgetary and regulatory proposals approved, and key Long Island infrastructure projects funded.

This year was the coalition's 9th year with over 90 organizations in support and 40 groups represented for the Lobby Day. This year’s agenda included: Bus Funding for NICE and Suffolk County Transit, Small Business Savings Accounts, Small Business Promotion, Septic Replacement Fund and Water Infrastructure Fund, Affordable Housing and Homeless Housing programs, Child Care funding, and a number of infrastructure projects for sewers, traffic calming, coastal resiliency and parking, among other important issues. After a press conference to present the summary of the platform, the Long Island Lobby Coalition proceeded on with the day which covered the following meetings;

  • The New York State Senate Majority Delegation from Long Island with Senate members Phil Boyle, Ken LaValle, Kemp Hannon, and Elaine Phillips.
  • The New York State Senate Minority Delegation from Long Island with Senate members Todd Kaminsky and John Brooks.
  • A representative from the New York State Senate Independent Democratic Conference to connect our suburban issues to other regions.
  • The New York State Assembly Delegation from Long Island including Assembly members Fred Thiele, Michaelle Solages, Kimberly Jean-Pierre, Michael Fitzpatrick, Dave McDonough, Ed Ra, Andrew Raia, Al Graf, Thomas McKevitt, Andrew Garbarino, and Dean Murray.
  • A policy team from Governor Andrew Cuomo's office with Jaime Rubin and others in the areas of economic development, environment, transportation, housing where the priorities of the Coalition were presented.

One of the key takeaways from the meetings included interest by the Assembly delegation to look at moving ahead with the Tax-Deferred IRA accounts for small businesses, where businesses may deposit part of their profits and be able to withdraw from such an account tax-free during officially defined recession and other instances which are allowed by the state. This bill (S4376) has been passed by the state Senate, with the Assembly’s version (A6031) in committee.

Assemblyman McDonough mentioned support for Long Island buses, saying that $10 million has been proposed to help out in non-MTA areas. Funding from the state for buses primarily comes State Transportation Operating Assistance (STOA), with Nassau and Suffolk counties not adequately funded in comparison to New York City. Assistance would allow NICE bus to continue operation of some of the 19 routes that are scheduled to be eliminated or reduced on April 9th, as well as assist Suffolk transit in curtailing future cuts, and possibly restore some of the 10 routes that were cut last year.

Support for increased funding for alternative septic systems was discussed, with Senator Hannon calling the proposed funding “anemic”. Long Island has nearly 500,000 homes that are not sewered, with a majority of those homes in Suffolk County. Increased funding would allow for more homes to be connected to alternative septic by subsidizing the cost of conversion to homeowners that otherwise would not be able to afford it.

Special thanks to all of the Legislators and government staff who took the time from intense budget negotiations to strongly factor in the Coalition's agenda. Very special thanks to Vanessa Lockel, and Lisa Black from the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo for their assistance as well.

Participants and supporters from the Coalition included:

Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers, Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce, Long Island Business Council, Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Long Island Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Long Island Bus Riders' Union, Long Island Jobs with Justice, Long Island Coalition for the Homeless, Child Care Council of Suffolk, Car-Less Long Island, Transit Solutions, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Nassau Suffolk Law Services, AARP, Island Harvest, Renaissance Downtowns, SunPower by EmPower Solar, Friends of Long Island, 100 Black Men, The Elmont Chamber of Commerce, Freeport Chamber of Commerce, Hempstead Chamber of Commerce, Hicksville Chamber Of Commerce, Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce, Merrick Chamber of Commerce, Nesconset Chamber of Commerce, Oakdale Chamber of Commerce, Plainview-Old Bethage Chamber of Commerce, Nassau Civic Association, Baldwin Civic Association, Friends of Freeport, Kings Park Civic Association, Oakdale Civic Association, Oceanside Civic Association, Source the Station, Source the Station Millennials, Nassau Legislator Steve Rhoads, and Suffolk Legislators Kate Maguire Browning and Bridget Fleming.

You can see coverage of Long Island Lobby Day from FIOS1, Newsday, and Long Island Business News

Suffolk County Population Dips but Downtown Development Underway

In the most recent Census reports, Suffolk County has shown a slight down tick in population in comparison to Nassau, which went up slightly.

In the past year more than 11,000 Long Islanders have cited a growing disillusionment with living conditions on the island.  Most cited high taxes and expensive housing as a reason for leaving the region for warmer climates.  Nassau has seen a slight rise in population however, which was attributable to lower commuting time and costs.

“It raises some important questions,” said Lawrence Levy, Dean of Hofstra’s National Center for Suburban Studies, ”and the biggest is whether this represents a peaking of Long Island and other older suburbs, or whether it’s a pause brought on by the Great Recession.”

Local Villages and Towns have been trying to create more affordable and accessible downtown areas, with nearly 40 communities approving projects.  Businesses have been moving into such areas, with more and more villages trying to copy the success of such areas.

“You want to have housing options, you want to have transportation options, and really a thriving downtown,” said Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander.

You can read more on this story here.

Riverhead to Break Ground on Peconic Crossing Rental Project

The Peconic Crossing rental project, and $18 million apartment complex in downtown Riverhead, is scheduled for a groundbreaking next week.

Developed by Rochester based Conifer Realty, the project will create 45 income-restricted apartments on West Main Street.  The building will be four stories and will have both one- and two-bedroom apartments.  It is being built on the former site of the Long Island Science Center, which was recently demolished.  Amenities will include a fitness room, a community room, and a laundry room.  The building will also include a ground level artist gallery.

The project is aimed at working families that earn less than 90% of Suffolk County’s area median, currently sitting at $76,160.  Artists and people who were displaced by Superstorm Sandy will have preference when sorting residency applications.

Vision Long Island will be present at the groundbreaking along with a number of officials from the town, Conifer Realty, and other organizations.

“The town has done careful planning to redevelop Riverhead one project at a time,” said Vision Director Eric Alexander. “This development fits perfectly with that planning strategy to continue to revitalize Main Street.”

You can read more on this story here.

Lindenhurst Mulling Zoning Changes for Rental Complex

The Village of Lindenhurst is currently considering a proposal to their zoning laws that would clear the wat for a 260-residence rental complex in the downtown area.

The proposed project, first pitched in 2014, would redevelop a 7-acre site on Hoffman Ave into a four-story apartment complex.  The project would be developed by Tritec Real Estate and will include 11 studios, 162 one-bedroom units, 75 two-bedroom units, and 12 three-bedroom units.  Should all approvals and changes proceed as scheduled, the project is expected to be take around 22 months to complete.

The complex would be located across the street from the Lindenhurst LIRR station, and would be transit-oriented with a focus on bringing new businesses and customers into the downtown.

Tritec has been busy across the island, with development such as the mixed-use New Village in Patchogue, and a rental complex in Port Jefferson that will be called the Shipyard.  The company is also looking to break ground on the first phase of the Ronkonkoma Hub later this year.

A meeting had been hastily called concerning these changes, with supporters of the project unaware of the hearing. As of now the proposal has yet to receive approval.

You can read more on this story here.

Sign the Petition to Make Route 25a Safer for Pedestrians

New York State Senator Ken LaValle has set up an online petition calling on the New York State Department of Transportation to immediately commence a complete pedestrian/bicycle safety study of the Route 25A corridor.

Last week, the Miller Place community was devastated by the death of Nicolo Signore due to an accident at the intersection of Route 25A and Miller Place Road.  Nicolo, a teenage student in Miller Place Schools, was the second death at the intersection during the past last year and a half at that intersection.   In addition, there have been numerous automobile accidents and close calls at that location.

The petition requests that a Route 25A corridor study be started and expedited, and that a current DOT study of that intersection that is underway is completed as soon as possible, and that corrective actions identified commence.

You can view the petition and sign it by clicking here

The 2017 Complete Streets Summit

Please join us for the 2017 Complete Streets Summit on Thursday, March 30th, from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM at The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, located at 7180 Republic Airport in Farmingdale.

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.

Past Complete Streets Summits have been gatherings of government leaders, planners, engineers, nonprofits and other community stakeholders who support policy changes to design roadways for all uses – not just automobiles.

Speakers this year will include Hon. Jean Celender, Mayor, Great Neck Plaza; Michael Vitti, C.L.I.M.B.; Sylvia Silberger, Car-less Long Island; Frank Wefering, Greenman Pedersen, Inc.; Pete Kremer, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff; Margaret Kubilins, VHB; Hon. Laura Curran, Nassau County; Hon. Erin King-Sweeney, Town of Hempstead; Sean Sallie, Nassau County; Greg Del Rio, NV5.

Online registration is available here. You can also register by contacting Vision Long Island at 631-261-0242 or

Attention Brentwood & Islip Residents: Heartland Informational Meeting To Take Place Next Thursday, March 30th

There will be an informational meeting about the Heartland project on March 30th, 2017. This is an informational meeting only and there will be no opportunity for public comment. However, you will have an opportunity to speak at the Public Meeting which is anticipated to take place in late Spring.

The Town of Islip will be holding a public hearing on the Heartland project in the near future, and has requested comments and input about the project in the meantime.  You are invited to fill out the comment form located here. If your comments exceed the limits of the form, you can mail your comments to the address below.  Correspondence regarding this proposal will be accepted until 5:00pm on April 25, 2017.

Town of Islip
655 Main Street
Islip, NY 11751
Town Clerk’s Office-Heartland Comments

Your comments and all the information provided on the form will become part of the public record and are subject to the Freedom of Information Law.

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless to Hold “Have a Heart for the Homeless” Candlelight Vigil

Please join the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless at their “Have a Heart for the Homeless” Candlelight Vigil on April 4th, 2017 from 6:30PM – 8:30PM, in the Multi-Purpose Room in Roosevelt Hall at Farmingdale State College.  The participation of every person who cares will make a difference.  Let us show that Long Islanders want to eradicate homelessness and hunger that exist in our affluent society.  Please wear RED!

There will be free hair cuts, face painting, story time for children, balloon animals, a candlelighting ceremony, and more. Your group can also help by conducting drives to collect NEW baby items, toiletries, cleaning supplies and non-perishable foods. You can check out the 2017 Vigil KIT that includes everything you need to conduct a successful drive here.  You can also join as a sponsor of this important event. Sponsorships include opportunities for Information Tables at the event, as well as company logo on all Vigil T-Shirts! A sponsorship brochure is available here.

You can contact Ksusha at 631-464-4314x123 or to answer any questions you might have.

Suffolk EDC Loan Fund to Support Retail Businesses in New Transit-Oriented Developments

The Suffolk County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) is pleased to introduce a First Generation Transit Oriented Development Retail Revolving Loan Fund (TOD Retail RLF) intended to provide small business loans for retailers seeking to locate their businesses in commercial spaces in designated transit oriented developments throughout Suffolk County.

SCEDC will partner with the National Development Council (NDC) to administer the fund. The loans range from $20,000 up to $75,000, priced at a fixed rate of 3%, and are available to fund leasehold improvements, machinery and equipment, and working capital. The loans may be senior debt instruments or be subordinated to certain bank loans. The loans are awarded on a competitive basis, at the SCEDC discretion and are subject to applicant qualifications. The loans are subject to the TOD Retail RLF policies and procedures and subject to availability of funding. 

For more information, call (631) 853-4800 or send email to

Suffolk County Releases Guidelines for Downtown Revitalization Grant

The Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning has released the new set of guidelines for Round 15 of their Downtown Revitalization Grant Program.  The grant will be made available for downtown and downtown-adjacent capital improvement projects.

Guidelines include:

  • Projects must be downtown or downtown-adjacent
  • Projects must be a capital improvement plan and funding must be at least $10,000
  • Applications must be submitted by a Chamber of Commerce or comparable organization, or a civic beautification organization in partnership with a municipality
  • Projects must be located on municipally owned property
  • Applicants must be partnered with a municipality in Suffolk County and include a government resolution
  • Projects must comply with SEQRA

You can review the guidelines in full as well as the scoring system here.  A sample resolution and the full Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Citizens Panel for 2017 is also available at the link.  Questions concerning applications and eligibility can be forwarded to Heidi Kowalchyk at 631-853-5925 or by e-mail at

Applications must be received by 4:30 pm on Friday, May 26, 2017 by the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning.

Technical Assistance Grants for Affordable Solar Projects Available

NY-Sun is now accepting applications for the Affordable Solar Predevelopment and Technical Assistance program. This new funding opportunity supports the development of solar projects for multifamily affordable housing and community solar projects serving low-to-moderate income (LMI) households, with up to $200,000 for each approved proposal.

Many LMI households are unable to access benefits from conventional residential solar installations. To help expand access to solar benefits for LMI households, NYSERDA is seeking proposals for projects leading to:

  • The implementation and operation of solar installations for multifamily affordable housing buildings
  • Shared solar (community distributed generation) installations that will provide the benefits of solar to LMI households

Projects related to on-site solar installations for owner-occupied houses are not eligible for funding through this solicitation. However, NY-Sun provides support to LMI homeowners through the Affordable Solar Program.

Applications may be submitted by local governments, affordable housing, community organizations and service providers working to make solar accessible to LMI communities in New York. NY-Sun will accept and review applications on a rolling basis until all funds are exhausted. Visit the program webpage for more details and the application.

If you have questions about the solicitation, please email

Help Wanted

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless Seeking Part-Time Housing Coordinator

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is seeking applicants for a Part-Time Housing Coordinator for our main office in Amityville.  This position requires a strong ability to understand policies and regulations; work with clients and systems to gather required documentation; manage record keeping and reporting duties; utilize Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and Excel.  

 Local travel will be also required for this position.  Benefits include paid holidays.​

 The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless must conduct criminal background checks on candidates prior to offering employment for this position.​

Interested parties should submit a resume and salary requirements via email to Please do not call the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless regarding this position.  Questions should be submitted via email only.

You can download the full job description here.

Intern with Vision Long Island!

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

What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie 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.
Open Sundays 2PM-5PM.
For information, visit their website or call 516-623-9632

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

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

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

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

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

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Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

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

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

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

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

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

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website.


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

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

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

Port Washington

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

Tickets and more information available here

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

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

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


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

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

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


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury

Tickets and more information available here



140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

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

East Hampton

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

East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

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

Huntington Village

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
Tickets and more information available here

Heckscher Museum

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

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

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
Showtimes at Islip Cinemas


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport


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

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

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

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street, Patchogue

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street,
 Port Jefferson
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


Suffolk Theater


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


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

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 exhibit: Current exhibit: “If These Walls Could Talk: Meet the Families of the Rogers Mansion”.  Its research center allows for visitors to conduct research with a professional research assistant. Collections feature antique furnishings, a classic parlor room and dining hall and photographs of the 1938 historic hurricane.

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

Vision Long Island Joins Richard Rose to Talk About Transit Oriented Development

Vision was in NYC last week and was interviewed for Richard Rose's show on CBS tackling transportation capital projects, pending bus cuts and many new transit oriented redevelopment projects.

You can view the youtube Video here or check out the embedded video below.

Smart Talk

Chris Kyle, Communications Director

Newsletter Contributors:
Eric Alexander, Director; Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director;
Elissa Kyle, Planning Director; Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator

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