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March 20th - 26th, 2016

Regional Updates


PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PEG), a publicly traded diversified energy company with annual revenues of $11 billion and operates the Long Island Power Authority’s transmission and distribution system under a 12-year contract.

They pledge to build a Long Island utility with PSEG's same record of service, reliability and customer satisfaction. It will take some time to make all the improvements they’re planning, but in the end, they will create a utility of which Long Islanders can be proud. Keeping the lights on isn’t just a job for them: It’s their mission. 

"We passed the first 5 year transportation bill in over a decade with a focus on repairing existing infrastructure such as bridges. As a contrast to the ongoing coverage of conflict in Washington there is little focus on the things that do get done." - US Congressman Lee Zeldin


"The $15 an hour minimum wage proposal will hurt many small businesses.  We need to focus on mandate relief, municipal cost reduction and other actions to help our local business community." - NYS Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick


"We are continuing to make a positive impact for the small businesses and stakeholders on Long Island.  Thanks to all of the local chambers in Suffolk that are bringing a collective voice to the needs of our local business districts." - Gina Coletti, Co-Chair, Suffolk Alliance of Chambers of Commerce

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Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers Meets with Local Leaders

Vision Board and staff are out Thursday morning supporting a packed meeting at the Suffolk Alliance of Chambers of Commerce.

NYS Michael Fitzpatrick tackled the need to address cost increases from government. His solutions included mandate relief, fixing the triborough amendment and addressing municipal labor costs including pension reform.

A key focus of the meeting and business survey from the chambers was opposition to the proposed $15 an hour minimum wage. The NYS Assembly is looking at providing a $200 million fund for not for profits to ease the transition to the higher minimum wage. There is no clarity whether or not there will be any support or incentives to the small business community. In addition the Small Business Savings Accounts legislation has passed the NYS Senate but not the Assembly over the last two years.

Congressman Lee Zeldin was the keynote and provided a robust update from Washington on infrastructure and matters related to small business. As a member of the House transportation committee he highlighted the first 5 year transportation bill in over a decade with a focus on repairing existing infrastructure such as bridges. As a contrast to the ongoing coverage of conflict in Washington there is little focus on the things that do get done.

He also pointed out levels of government that can slow down or stop redevelopment and small business growth from municipal zoning to the Suffolk County Health Department.

Nearly 100 small businesses and local chambers participated in a meeting with updates from Suffolk County Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory and Economic Development and IDA staff; Governor Cuomo's office, joint lobbying efforts in Albany and Assemblyman Andrew Raia.

Sponsors of the event included: LI Business Council, Suffolk IDA, RMB Group, Sue Glenn and Vision Long Island.

Kudos to Suffolk Chambers Co-Chairs Gina Coletti and Robert Fonti for putting together a productive forum.

You can read more on the meeting at Long Island Business News here.

Assemblymembers Push to Undo Casino Legislation

Last week Long Island lawmakers presented a bill to ban casinos in both Nassau and Suffolk County. Throughout the past year, enormous efforts to prevent the plan to build two new video slot casinos on the island were not only supported by hundreds of local community members who don’t want large scale gambling in their area. Assemblywoman Michaele Solages and Assemblyman Mike Fitzpatrick have teamed up to propose legislation; to draft a bill that would outlaw casino gambling across Long Island. While one video slot casino is intended to come underway for Nassau’s County at Belmont Raceway, Elmont where Off Track betting can take place, the other is for Suffolk County at the Marriott Hotel in Islandia. However, due to opposition from the public and other NYS officials, most recently including NYS State Senator Tony Avella, the bill is starting to receive enough backing for these planned Casinos to potentially face abandonment.

Since the original state legislation approved these facilities, the planning of proposed locations has not set well anywhere on long island, as areas such as Westbury, Uniondale, and Elmont have all mobilized strongly against the projects. Opposition in Suffolk has been less robust.  Aware that while the tax revenue may help NYS at large, there isn’t enough economic benefits for the host communities themselves or clarity as to how dollars that go to the Counties will help the local economy.

Vision Long Island in specific cases has opposed local casinos, particularly concerning the impact that proposed gambling sites would have on their redevelopment plans and local economy.  Vision Long Island’s Director, Eric Alexander says, “Our main concern has been the disruption to existing business districts, communities and future redevelopment that may be harmed by the proposed use. The minimal public benefits to communities that have been proposed only makes the prospect of this use less appealing.”

For more information on this story, visit Fios1.

Large Turn Out at Suffolk County Hearing to Ban Plastic Bags

This week local environmentalists, scientists, students, small business and civic groups alike testified in Hauppauge in support of a new County law to ban single-use plastic bags. It would make Suffolk the 12th local government, and largest municipality in New York to do away with plastic bags. Since plastic bags can take decades to decompose, the banning would be an effective effort in furthering environmental friendliness and reduction of litter in local communities.  Sponsors of the bill include Legislators William Spencer, Al Krupski, Bridget Fleming, William Lindsey and Kara Hahn.   

According to Newsday 57 speakers were in favor and five in opposition.  Supporters included over 40 organizations including civics and chambers from Kings Park, Middle Island, Brentwood, Smithtown, Patchogue, Huntington and others.   Municipal support included officials from the Towns of Brookhaven, East Hampton, Southold, Southampton and Smithtown.  Two east end towns and the Village of Patchogue already have a ban and have expressed the positive impact of the legislation.    A handful of opponents were from off and on Long Island including the California based, David Koch funded Reason Foundation, the upstate Food Industry Alliance coordinating with local chains Shop Rite and King Kullen. 

The bill’s prime sponsor William Spencer stated, “plastic bags are a source of pollution along highways and in waterways where they can harm marine life. It’s a concept whose time has come.” Under this law, instead of retail stores circulating thin, single-use plastic bags for carryout items, paper bags and reusable bags would rather be provided. And while these paper or reusable bags sell at a minimum of 10 cents each, an exception could be made to customers paying with food stamps or using other public assistance, instead receiving them for free. Therefore, countering the argument that banning the plastic bags would hurt low income people unable to afford the paper or reusable bags.

Among those who testified at the hearing Tuesday night were enthusiastic Suffolk high school students who presented their award-winning research that went to show how plastic bags become microplastics, becoming what is known as marine snow which ultimately impedes aquatic life that feeds upon it. Moreover, this is directly damaging to our health as well when considering that these marine species that ingest such, then come into our ecosystem as our food source.

Citizen Campaign for the Environment (CCE) joined these students, as well as other environmental and civic organizations, scientists, and other members of the public in favoring this rid of plastic bags in the county. “Banning plastic bags is simple common sense,” said Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director for Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE). “With the growing environmental concerns surrounding plastic in our oceans, estuaries and food chain, it is reasonable to ask the public to bring our own reusable bags to the store. It’s one small, simple change that will have a large, meaningful impact.”

Vision Long Island testified in support of the ban after polling small businesses and hearing their support in addition to the common sense environmental benefits. The sentiment from some was that they have done business on Long Island for decades without plastic bags and will do business without them.  The reduction of litter in downtown business districts and commercial corridors is a prime benefit as well from the dozens of community cleanups they have participated in throughout Suffolk County over the years.  Vision Director showed his age recounting his job at King Kullen through the 80s packing paper bags without any concern from the customers or the company.    

And so another landmark environmental law may be enacted just as a local bottle bill and a ban on sudsy detergents in prior years. Although the debate on plastics in Suffolk dates back to 1988, the legislation is now revised with more backers than ever. Not to mention, is modeled after those other successful bans that promoted a positive change in public behavior towards the environment, triggering the public to ‘BYOB’ – Bring Your Own Bag.

For more on this story, visit Newsday.

Van Bourgendien Park Vision Unveiled

On Friday, March 18th, nearly 70 West Babylon community members came out to the unveiling of the vision for the Van Bourgendien Park.  The visioning process began just over a year ago as community members felt that the park currently being utilized for soccer, could have the potential for more.  This sentiment was reiterated by the first public meeting held last April where residents shared their ideas for things like more recreational space, waking trails, a better playground, and community garden. 

Since the public meeting, the steering committee consisting of nearly a dozen community groups, has continued to gather community input and guided Vision Long Island staff towards the plans that were presented Friday evening.

After introductions by Kim Skillen, Neighbors Supporting Neighbors, Legislator Kevin McCaffrey and Deputy Town Supervisor Tony Martinez, who were also a part of the steering committee, each took out time on Friday to explain their roles going forward.  Legislator McCaffrey explained to the group that while the park is a county park, it is leased to Town to utilize and maintain.  However, he is currently working with Deputy Supervisor Martinez to extend that agreement so there would be no delay in the project moving forward.  He also noted that he will continue to work with the committee to identify any funding by the county that could be applied to the program.  Deputy Supervisor Martinez briefly shared a history of the project and that he was glad to see the community come together around a vision for the park.  He talked about the next steps the town would take in reviewing the project and seeing where they can provide funding in their budget. He discussed how many of the aspects of the park improvements can be down in house by the town. He closed by giving residents his number and encouraged them to reach out to him with any further ideas or concerns.

Then the crowd heard a presentation from Vision Long Island staff unveiling the vision for the park.  Improvements included a new playground area for children up to age 12, a gated entrance way for pedestrians to enter the park, changes in the layout out of the parking to increase the number of spaces, walking trails with exercise stations, trees and planting, benches and table spacing, recreational space for uses like bocce courts, and a redesign of the entrance access to allow for traffic calming and increased pedestrian safety. Throughout the presentation, residents were able to see that these improvements would have very little impact to the soccer fields which is a main concern for many of the parents of the growing league. 

Kudos to Kim Skillen and Neighbors Supporting Neighbors who began this process.  Special thanks to all of those who participated in the steering committee and public meetings. 

Hicksville Revitalization Committee Presses On

Last week, the Hicksville downtown revitalization committee met to discuss ways to begin implementation of the revitalization of the triangle area adjacent to the train station. The committee is comprised of community and small business members who have advanced a plan over the past several years to help move revitalization forward.

The prior week, Lionel Chitty of the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce and Vision staff met with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano as well as County Legislators Rose Walker and Laura Schaefer, Oyster Bay Councilmen Tony Macagnone and Joseph Pinto and a representative from Assemblyman Michael Montessano's office to discuss moving the plan forward. All were interested to see a proposal for a downtown project that could be used as an example of the positive changes that can happen in downtown Hicksville.

The committee decided that it was time to reintroduce the plan to the public to show that there is still support for the ideas that were developed through the public process that began in 2010. This can help to show that there will be public support for when a good project is proposed for the downtown area. The public meeting will be held in mid May, more info to follow.

Suffolk's Hotel Motel Tax to be Explained

A joint Chamber and Business meeting regarding Suffolk’s Hotel/Motel tax will be held on March 30, 2016 6:00 pm and hosted by the Hyatt Hotel located at 451 E Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901.  The meeting is free for all to attend.  The presentation will start at 7:00 pm.

Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy will explain who has to pay the 3% tax and where the revenue goes. Kristen Jarnagin, President and CEO of the Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau will discuss the promotion part of this revenue. A majority of the revenue goes towards tourism promotion.

This meeting is great for all businesses to see how money is spent to help promote our region.  It is especially important for motels, hotels and B & B’s to find out who specifically has to pay this tax.  During the social hour you will be able to mingle with business owners from the North Fork, Riverhead and Center Moriches. 

Those interested in attending or who would like to get additional information should contact John Stype at Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski’s office at 631-852-3200 or before March 23, 2016.

The 2016 Complete Streets Summit will be held Thursday, March 31st

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.

Panels and Speakers will include:

Keynote Address: Implementation of “Vision Zero”
Ryan Russo, Deputy Commissioner, Transportation Planning & Management, NYCDOT

Complete Streets Tools, Best Practices and Funding
James Bazata, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.
Daniel Flanzig, New York Bicycling Association
Bernard Macias, AARP

Case Examples: Long Island and Beyond
Hon. Laura Curran, Nassau County Legislator
Hon. Jorge Martinez, Freeport Village Trustee
Hon. Jean Celender, Mayor, Village of Great Neck Plaza
Hon. William “Doc” Spencer, Suffolk County Legislator
Hon. Steve Flotteron, Town of Islip
Jonathan Keyes, Town of Babylon
Patrick Lenihan, VHB

Thursday, March 31, 2016 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, or you can register online. Contact us at 631-261-0242 or

Sustainable Living Film Series - The True Cost

The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, in partnership with Energia for Teens, will be presenting a screening of the award-winning documentary The True Cost as part of the Sustainable Living Film Series.

This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically.

The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

The screening will take place at Molloy College’s Suffolk Center, 7180 Republic Airport, Farmingdale, on Thursday March 31st, 2016 from 6PM-9PM. A vegan buffet will be available from 6pm-7pm, with the program beginning at 7:15pm. Admission is free, with a $5 suggested donation at the door. For more information, you can call (516) 323-4510 or email You can also check out the movie trailer here.

Ethical Humanist Society of LI Hosts Annual Social Justice Leadership Dinner

The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island will be holding the Social Justice Leadership Dinner on Thursday March 31st, 2016 at 6:30PM. The event will be held at the Nassau County Bar Association located at 15th & West Streets in Mineola.

This year’s honorees include Vision’s Director Eric Alexander, businesswoman and philanthropist Esther Fortunoff, Musicians and humanitarians Patricia Shih and Stephen Fricker, and Youth Activist Grant Recipient Matthew Berman.

For ticket information or journal advertising costs please email the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island, or call (516) 741-7304. You can register for the event here.

Have a Heart for the Homeless

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless invites you to join them for the “Have a Heart for the Homeless” Candlelight Vigil on April 5th, 2016 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.  By attending, you can help show that Long Islanders want to eradicate homelessness and hunger that exists in our affluent society- attendees are encouraged to wear red.

The event will include free haircuts, face painting, story time for the kids, balloon animals, a candle lighting ceremony, and more.

 Help is also needed by those who can conduct drives to collect new baby items, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and non-perishable foods. Sponsorship opportunities are also available, which include opportunities for information tables at the event, as well as your company logo on the Vigil t-shirts.

For more information on the event and to receive a kit to conduct a drive, please email or call 631-464-4314. You can also visit Long Island Coalition for the Homeless’ website for more information

Mastic Beach Village Comprehensive Plan Public Workshop

The Village of Mastic Beach invites the public to attend the first public meeting for the Village’s developing comprehensive plan for a visioning workshop.

The purpose of the public meeting will be to incorporate all community stakeholders’ input in terms of goals and aspirations for the Village’s future  land use, utility, redevelopment, housing, resilience, and tourism.

The public meeting will be held on Saturday, April 23rd from 10am-4pm at William Paca Jr. High School, 338 Blanco Drive Mastic Beach.  For more information, please call (631)241-0242, or feel free to email.

Help Wanted

1010 Wins & Cannon Grant Opportunity for Small Business

Businesses on Long Island have the opportunity to turn their creative business idea into a reality with help from 1010 WINS with the 1010 WINS - Canon Maxify Printers Small Business Grant Challenge, and win $10,000. Judges will be looking for a plan that meets the following criteria:

A convincing plan that is compelling, thorough, and well written; a clear need and use for the $10,000 award; the positive impact the business has on the community.

A maximum of 10 selected qualifying Contestants will have a chance to step on stage and give a :90 second "elevator pitch" followed by 3 ½ minutes of questions from the judges on Thursday, April 7, from 4pm to 7pm at the Adorama Live Performance Space at 1010 WINS.

Small Businesses with up to 100 employees throughout the 1010 WINS listening area in the New York Metropolitan Area can enter this contest. The deadline for submission is Saturday, March 27th. You can click here for more details and to apply.

HUD Announces HOPE VI Main Street Grant

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has opened up application opportunities for the HOPE VI Main Street Grant Program.

The HOPE VI Main Street Program provides grants to small communities to assist in the renovation of an historic or traditional central business district or “Main Street” area by replacing unused, obsolete, commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units. The obsolete building space property may be publicly or privately owned. The objectives of the program are to: Redevelop central business districts (Main Street areas); Preserve Historic or traditional Main Street area properties by replacing unused commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units; Enhance economic development efforts in Main Street areas; and provide affordable housing in Main Street areas. Main Street grant funds can be used to build new affordable housing or reconfigure obsolete or surplus commercial space (or extremely substandard, vacant housing) into affordable housing units. 

There is one award expected to be given for this grant opportunity, with a total amount of up to $500,000 available for eligible projects. To see all of the requirements and restrictions, and to apply, please click here. The application deadline is April 12th, 2016.

TIGER Grant Application Period Now Open

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced $500 million will be made available for transportation projects across the country under an eighth round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program. 

TIGER discretionary grants will fund capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and will be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. 

To date, TIGER has provided nearly $4.6 billion to 381 projects. The demand is of course high; during the first seven TIGER funding rounds, over 6,700 applications requesting $134 billion were submitted.

Applications are due by April 29th, 2016. For more information about the program and to view projects that have been awarded in the past, click here

2016 Preserve New York Grant Program

The Preservation League of New York State is seeking applications for the 2016 Preserve New York Grant Program. This program provides support to identify, document and preserve New York’s cultural and historic buildings, structures and landscapes. Specifically, this opportunity funds historic structure reports, cultural landscape reports, building condition reports and cultural resource surveys. Preference will be shown to projects that advance the neighborhoods and downtowns that qualify for the NYS Rehabilitation Tax Credit program, continue the use of historic buildings for cultural, interpretive and artistic purposes, and identify and preserve architecture and landscapes designed after World War II. Projects must be discussed with League Preservation staff before receiving an application. Applications are not available online.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations and units of local government are eligible to apply. Groups may apply for site-specific reports only if they own the site or have at least a six-year lease by the application deadline.

Funding: Grants are likely to range between $3,000 and $15,000.

Deadline: April 11, 2016

Contact: Frances Gubler Phone: (518) 462-5658 ext. 10 Email: Website:

NYS Budget Call to Action:

The recently-released New York State Assembly and Senate one-house budgets offer contradicting paths for New Yorkers who walk and bike. In a win for active transportation, the Assembly included $20 million in dedicated Complete Streets funding to ensure the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists. The Governor and the Senate, however, failed to include similar provisions in their budgets.

Back in 2011, Governor Cuomo signed the Complete Streets Law. Since then, implementation has been hampered across the state without any state dollars dedicated to support projects and while federal dollars have been slashed. With only days until this year’s State Budget moves ahead, support is needed to secure the necessary funding for the safety of all who use our roads.

What can you do?

Ask your State Senator to discuss the importance of dedicated Complete Streets funding with leadership and to include $20 million for bicycle-pedestrian projects in the final budget. You can find your State Senator’s contact information here

You also can ask your family, friends, parents’ organizations and coworkers to contact state legislators by clicking here and sharing the need.

Help Wanted

Deepwater Wind is Hiring for 3 Positions

Deepwater Wind is proud to be America’s leading offshore wind developer. The company’s path breaking Block Island Wind Farm will be first in the nation. Led by a veteran management team with experience in developing complex energy projects worldwide, Deepwater Wind is making offshore wind in America a reality- and is now hiring.

Deepwater Wind now has three positions open; Electrical Engineer (New Providence, RI), Logistical Hub Dispatcher (Port of Providence at the Block Island Wind Farm logistics hub), and Marine Coordinator (various locations). Various work schedules are needed.

You can view all of the job opportunities, requirements, and see information to apply by clicking here  

LIRPC Positions Available

The Long Island Regional Planning Council is hiring for the positions noted below:

Council’s Executive Director:

Responsibilities of the Position include:  serving as the full-time operational manager of the Council, including management of Council staff and Council finances, scheduling of regular Council meetings; preparation of board reports and meeting minutes, representing the Council at various external meetings involving regional issues; responding to requests from County officials, Council members and media and interacting on a regular basis with various governmental, business, institutional, educational, environmental, advocacy, groups and various other stakeholders on issues affecting Long Island’s sustainability and quality of life for all Long Islanders.

Program Manager:

The Long Island Regional Planning Council (“the LIRPC”) in cooperation and association with the New York State Department of Environment Conservation (“DEC”) has embarked upon the development of a LINAP in order to protect Long Island’s ground and surface waters from further contamination and degradation from the discharge of nitrogen-containing compounds and the associated environmental and economic impacts that result from such pollution.

In order to accomplish the goals of the LINAP, the LIRPC and DEC desire to retain the part-time services of a Program Manager for the development of such plan.

For more information visit LIRPC

Help Wanted - Southampton Town Planner

The Town of Southampton is seeking a professional planner in the Current Planning Division of the Department of Land Management.

Duties include but are not limited to review subdivision, site plan and special exception use applications; prepare staff reports to Planning Board; make presentations to Boards/Officials, respond to inquiries relating to planning/zoning; supervise planners in data collection and analysis, problem identification and program development; may act as a liaison with department heads in related agencies for planning/program development. Qualified candidate must have knowledge and experience in GIS, SEQRA/environmental impact statements, zoning and Master Plan process and site design. Supervise/review work of clerical, technical/professional personnel in various planning studies. Additional experience and qualifications are needed.

Minimum qualifications for this position are: graduation from a New York State or regionally accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Political Science, Economics, Geography, Environmental Studies, Civil Engineering, or a related field, and four (4) years of experience in the field of community or regional planning; or graduation from a New York State or regionally accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree and five (5) years of experience in community or regional planning. The annual salary is $74,261.00.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume, salary history and work related references to: Town of Southampton, Human Resources, 116 Hampton Road, Southampton, NY 11968. Fax 631-287-5721 or e-mail Applications are due by April 29, 2016

SunPower Seeking Customer Experience Representative

SunPower by EmPower Solar is seeking a motivated individual looking for an exciting position in the growing solar power industry. They are looking for a talented, driven, hard-working, friendly, outgoing, awesome Customer Experience Representative to work at the front desk of their brand new solar design center in Island Park.

CX Representatives are responsible for initial client intake, appointment setting, and general office management and administrative items. They are also responsible for ensuring that our solar design center is welcoming and visitors have a great first impression.

The position is full-time with flexible hours. Vacation + benefits included. Salary (~$45,000) will commensurate with experience. You can view a full job description here, and email a resume and cover letter to with the subject “Customer Experience Representative”.

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

glen cove
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

great neck
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

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140 Merrick Road, Amityville
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Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Big Laughs in Bay Shore Comedy Night!
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
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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
Phantogram w/ Son Little
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

cinema arts centre
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
The Producers


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

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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
Songs in the Attic w/ guests from The Billy Joel Band


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

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
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 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.

The 2016 Complete Streets Summit will be held Thursday, March 31st

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.

Panels and Speakers will include:

Keynote Address: Implementation of “Vision Zero”
Ryan Russo, Deputy Commissioner, Transportation Planning & Management, NYCDOT

Complete Streets Tools, Best Practices and Funding
James Bazata, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.
Daniel Flanzig, New York Bicycling Association
Bernard Macias, AARP

Case Examples: Long Island and Beyond
Hon. Laura Curran, Nassau County Legislator
Hon. Jorge Martinez, Freeport Village Trustee
Hon. Jean Celender, Mayor, Village of Great Neck Plaza
Hon. William “Doc” Spencer, Suffolk County Legislator
Hon. Steve Flotteron, Town of Islip
Jonathan Keyes, Town of Babylon
Patrick Lenihan, VHB

Thursday, March 31, 2016 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, or you can register online. Contact us at 631-261-0242 or

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

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