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March 24-30, 2014


Bethpage Federal Credit Union

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

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

“Throughout Suffolk, without a doubt every township is growing and realizing the importance of having a downtown for the economic benefits for each hamlet. It’s improving many towns one-by-one." Gina Coletti, Suffolk County's 2014 Woman of the Year

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Bellone Unveils Plan To Install Sewers Under 12,000 Homes

Nitrogen pollution from private homes is the first target in Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s war on polluted waterways.

Bellone unveiled $1 billion plan Wednesday which will take 12,000 South Shore homes off septic tanks and connected them to new sewer systems.

“Where can we get the greatest bang for our buck,” he said.

The plans calls for homes near Carlls River in North Babylon and Deer Park, Connetquot River in Oakdale, and Forge River in Mastic, Mastic Beach and Shirley to be sewered. County officials said density of development and proximity to rivers that flow into the bay were among the criteria.

“These three areas, if we invest in sewer infrastructure around these three river corridors, we can reduce by at least 25 percent the amount of nitrogen coming into the bay from sewers and septics,” Bellone said.

About 70 percent of nitrogen is believed to come from homes and three-quarters of Suffolk is unsewered.

Environmentalists call septic systems that dump raw sewage into tanks in the ground antiquated. Sewer systems and treatment plants eliminate bacteria, nitrogen and other pollutants before discharging effluent – treated wastewater – into bodies of water like the Great South Bay.

Those pollutants, Bellone’s team said, led to the dearth of coastal vegetation. Wetlands and marshes not only provide habitats for wildlife, but they also serve as barriers during storms like Superstorm Sandy. These days the South Shore estuary contains less than 10 percent of the coastal vegetation it had in 1930. The wildlife and fish that call these wetlands, salt marshes and sea grass home have also been dying off.

“The hard clam fisheries declined 99 percent in Great South Bay right here. So that’s a huge decline,” Stony Brook University’s Dr. Chris Gobler said. “On the East End, the scallop fisheries declined 99 percent.”

The plan also calls repairs to an outflow pipe at Bergen Point Sewage Treatment Plant. The pipe, which channels effluent from the plant into the Atlantic Ocean, nearly failed during Sandy.

That project carries an estimated $242 million price tag, while installing new sewers near the rivers could cost $750 million. Suffolk County applied to tap the $2.097 billion in the latest round of New York Rising funds for housing, community, reconstruction and infrastructure needs. Bellone expects a decision from the state in the next several months.

On Wednesday, Bellone called his plan the “first phase” of a comprehensive plan. Back in January, the county executive declared war on nitrogen contamination when he released the first update to the county’s Comprehensive Water Resources Management Plan since 1987. Politicians, environmentalists, scientists and others said critically high levels of nitrogen made it public enemy no. 1.

Vision Long Island joined Bellone at Wednesday’s press conference, along with Suffolk County Legislators William Lindsay III (D-Holbrook), Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk), William Spencer (D-Centerport) and Rob Calarco (D-Patchogue). Citizens Campaign for the Environment Executive Director Adrienne Esposito, LI Federation of Labor President John Durso, LI Federation of Labor Executive Director Roger Clayman, Suffolk Planning Commission's David Calone, Oakdale Chamber of Commerce's Ron Beattie, Town of Islip's Anthony Senft Jr., Town of Babylon's Deputy Supervisor Anthony Martinez, Suffolk Water Authority's James Gaughren, Town of Brookhaven's Brenda Prusinowski, LIA's Matt Cohen and Mastic Library's Lenny Levy were also in attendance.

“The leadership of Suffolk County Legislator Kate Maguire Browning and CCE Director Adrienne Esposito should be acknowledged along with the numerous community and business leaders in the Mastic-Shirley area who have worked for years to get some of these projects to this level of support and attention,” Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander said.

Vision Long Island has been working with community, business and government leaders in Mastic and Shirley since 2001 to bring sewers to that community.

"We are hopeful that the foundation is in place to make this critical infrastructure investment a reality," Alexander said.

For more coverage of this story, check out CBS and Newsday (subscription required).

Meet Gina Coletti, Suffolk County’s Woman Of The Year

Between leading the Nesconset Chamber of Commerce, serving as an executive committee member of the Monter Cancer Society for North Shore-LIJ and reviewing grant requests on a Suffolk County citizens’ advisory board, Gina Coletti cares deeply about her neighbors and community.

And last week, they returned the favor. The Suffolk County Legislature selected Coletti as their 2014 Woman of the Year.

“I’m very honored and humbled at the same time. It’s very exciting,” she said.

Legislator John Kennedy (R-Hauppauge) nominated Coletti as the 12th Legislative District candidate before the larger body selected her above 17 other candidates.

“Gina is a wonderful representative of the community, both as a businesswoman and parent and community advocate,” Kennedy said. “I have been extremely lucky and it is my honor to have worked and continue to work with Gina to better our hometown and legislative district.”

As a business professional, Coletti left a 20-year career in banking and finance to move into real estate. She now holds New York State licenses as a Real Estate Appraiser and Real Estate Salesperson.

But it was the Nesconset woman’s work outside of the office that earned her the honors, including 10 years on the chamber of commerce board and two years as president. She played an integral role in the creation of the Nesconset Gazebo Park, the Nesconset Toner Water Park, the completion of the Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Project and improvements along Smithtown Boulevard, including a Decorative Streetlight Project. Yielding her presidential powers earlier this month, Coletti remains a chamber member.

“I totally enjoy it. I’ve always been a community-oriented person,” she said.

She and Kennedy worked closely during her term as president, prompting him to name Coletti as his representative on the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning Committee’s Downtown Revitalization Citizens’ Advisory Panel. Along with 17 other members, she evaluates grant requests from towns across the county and decides who gets approved.

Coletti said the position exposes her to the intricacies of what’s happening on Long Island, which areas are looking to improve and how they can make it happen. Downtowns are a common facet of their plans. Residents enjoy having a community hub they can walk to with their families while businesses appreciate the influx of traffic.

“Throughout Suffolk, without a doubt every township is growing and realizing the importance of having a downtown for the economic benefits for each hamlet. It’s improving many towns one-by-one,” she said.

Coletti also serves as committee chair for the Smithtown Industry Advisory Board – an organization connecting Smithtown students with local businesses for internships and education, and founded the Lax For ME and the GALS fundraiser – a lacrosse benefit to support breast cancer education via the Maurer Foundation and Girls Athletic League of Smithtown.

And on April 8, she’ll join yet another county position as Kennedy’s representative. The Nesconset woman will be sworn in onto the Suffolk County Women’s Advisory Commission, tasked with raising issues that affect women to legislators.

“I’ve heard from the other board members how happy they are she’ll be joining them,” Kennedy said.

MOVE NY Pitches Fair Tolls Plan To Regional Players

Drivers could pay more to enter Manhattan, but less to get around the rest of New York City.

Environmental consultant Alex Matthiessen and former City Traffic Commissioner Sam Schwartz are pitching their MOVE NY plan. Their goal is to create a fairer system with less traffic.

“We don’t claim to have the perfect plan. But we think we’ve come up with an approach that has several core elements that can help achieve a number of goals and solve a few problems that have vexed the city and the region for decades,” Matthiessen said.

Forming in 2010, MOVE NY is in the midst of a nine-month listening tour to hear out communities throughout the region. Meetings will be scheduled for the Hudson Valley and Long Island soon, organizers said, although Vision Long Island attended a meeting at Baruch College in Manhattan last Friday.

At the heart of their plan are new and increased tolls to get into Manhattan. Schwartz said areas with higher congestion and good public transportation should pay the most. According to their plan, a toll cordon would be created at 60th Street for cars headed into the midtown business district. The four free New York City-owned would cost $15 cash or $10.66 with EZ-Pass, but the existing MTA- and Port Authority-owned bridges and tunnels would remain unchanged.

Every day 11.5 million people ride public transportation in New York City and 2.5 million cars cross over bridges and tunnels, according to a MOVE NY film, along with 3.5 million people traveling south of 60th Street. And in the second most congested city in the country, they’ve seen three toll hikes since 2009 despite several service cuts.

Schwartz said tolls spiked ever since the MTA was created in 1968. The cost to cross the RFK Triborough Bridge in 1980 was just $3, rising to $8 in 2000 and $15 in 2013. By 2030, he projects the toll to cost as much as $50.

“That’s not sustainable. That can’t go on,” the former engineer said.

At the same time, 50,000 cars, trucks and taxis leave highways daily to use the free Queensboro Bridge instead of the Triborough Bridge and Queens-Midtown Tunnel that each cost $15 cash. Schwartz said a map of accident-prone locations highlighted both sides of the Queensboro Bridge.

“On highways you don’t hit pedestrians. On city streets you hit pedestrians,” he added.

Tolls for several bridges and tunnels to other parts of New York City would remain unchanged. Others would actually come down in price. The Throggs Neck, Whitestone and Verrazano-Narrows Bridges, for example, would drop from $15 cash to $10.

Plans also call for non-stop cashless tolling. Drivers could pay with a transponder – similar to EZ-Pass – or have their license plate photographed and be mailed a bill. AAA-NY Director of Government Affairs & Traffic Safety Services John Corlett said Friday they’re already finding 85 percent penetration with EZ-Pass. He expects that number to reach 90 with a new system, once that could use smart phones instead of the existing EZ-Pass. And for the 40 percent of the remainder that don’t pay the mailed bill, Corlett said some reciprocity exists with neighboring states not to renew licenses for toll offenders.

HNTB Corporation Vice President Gregory LeFrois said Americans responded to a 2013 survey about funding capital improvements supporting tolls over general tax increases.

“Tolling is paid for by people that use the facility and not everyone. The people that get the benefit pay the toll, and the people that may not, don’t have to worry about paying the toll,” LeFrois said.

Vision Long Island board and staff members provided support for the meeting.

"While the impact and benefits to the Long Island region are unclear at this time, this proposal is worthy of being vetted to local stakeholders across the Long Island region. Clearly alternative funding sources for transportation projects are needed and we look forward to a robust discussion of this proposal in the coming months," Executive Director Eric Alexander said.

For more coverage of this story, check out the Daily News and Streetsblog. A link to Friday’s presentation is available online here.

Calls For More Comprehensive Carbon Monoxide Laws

While a collection of nonprofits, environmentalists and other advocates called on two towns for more comprehensive carbon monoxide safety measures, Suffolk County officials are tackling legislation of their own.

Several Long Island municipalities are creating carbon monoxide legislation in the wake of the Feb. 22 poisoning of a manager at the Huntington Station Legal Sea Foods. That includes the Towns of Brookhaven and Hempstead.

The recently-approved legislation in both municipalities will require carbon monoxide detectors in buildings of public assembly or all buildings. But Neal Lewis, executive director of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, argues that’s not enough.

“[They] are a step in the right direction, but it falls far short of what can be done to protect public health in homes and in the workplace,” Lewis said.

According to a letter signed by the above contingent, of which Lewis and Vision Long Island are members, carbon monoxide detectors should do more than just sound at lethal levels. They recommend requiring detectors that both sense low levels and provide a digital readout of those low-levels.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can be fatal to people and animals. It killed tennis superstar Vitas Gerultatis in his sleep back in 1994 when he was visiting a friend in Southampton.

New York State law already requires detectors that trigger at 70 parts-per-million in sleeping areas. But exposure to carbon monoxide at levels as low as 30 parts-per-million can trigger symptoms. Flu-like symptoms can develop in vulnerable populations after an hour in 30 PPM, while all human beings will develop flu symptoms after an hour in 35 PPM. Federal labor standards restrict exposing employees to more than 50 PPM carbon monoxide over eight hour. The World Health Organization recommends exposure to no more than 9 PPM over extended periods of time to avoid psychological effects.

“There is evidence that many people suffer migraine headaches, dizziness, nausea and other flu-like symptoms from low levels of carbon monoxide exposure that will not trigger an alarm and can only be discovered with detectors that have digital readouts or by having a professional conduct an energy audit,” Lewis said.

Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, after consultation with her building commissioner and the Sustainability Institute, did amend her town’s legislation to require some detectors with low-level digital readouts just before the vote passed.

Later that day during the Brookhaven hearing, Councilwoman Connie Kepert spoke out in favor of expanding the new law to include the recommendation for low-level digital readouts. Supervisor Ed Romaine indicated that he agreed with the idea and would work to introduce a new law in the next few weeks.

Lewis also met with the Suffolk County Legislature last month, at the request of Legislator William “Doc” Spencer (D-Centerport), to discuss threats and solutions. Since then, two pieces of legislature came before lawmakers.

They unanimously approved Introductory Resolution 1251-2014, Taking Common Sense Measures to Protect Front Line Employees from Carbon Monoxide, a law directing the Suffolk County Police Department to research what detecting technology is available and analyzing cost benefits for front line employees like cops, probation officers, child protective services workers and food establishment inspectors. These detectors would only register lethal levels of the gas.

“Carbon monoxide is a serious health risk that we could not afford to wait any longer to protect our police officers, health inspectors, and first responders,” Spencer said.

Legislators also proposed a bill, named after Legal Sea Foods manager Steve Nelson, to install carbon monoxide detectors in all county-owned buildings. This would include low-level detection technology. However, the Department of Public Works, which would be responsible for installation, questioned the legislation, claiming it’s trying to modify state legislation. The proposed legislation was tabled earlier this month and could be reintroduced as early as next month.

“My colleagues and I hope that the implementation of these provisions will give residents the tools they need in order to stay safe at the County and prevent another tragedy,” Spencer said.

Bellone, LI Team Presenting At Major Planning Conference

A team from Long Island will present at the country’s premiere planning event this summer.

CNU 22: The Resilient Community is the latest conference hosted in Buffalo by pro-Smart Growth organization Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU).

These conferences, this year’s scheduled for June 4-7, offer CNU members a chance to discuss development practices and public policies, learn from recent work and advance new initiatives to transform communities.

The event is targeted towards architects, planners, developers, nonprofits, environmentalists, citizen activists and public officials. Noted urban planner Andres Duany will lead seminars, along with dozens of Smart Growth, transit-oriented development and sustainable development practitioners and advocates.

From Long Island, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Renaissance Downtowns CEO Don Monti, Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander and Bill Tuyn will speak about transit-oriented development.

For more information about CNU 22, check out their website.

Feds Delay Surging National Flood Insurance Rate Hikes

After surviving the damaging winds and rain of Superstorm Sandy and enduring red tape-laden recovery processes, Long Islanders can breathe a sigh of relief.

President Barack Obama signed the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 last Friday, delaying increased premiums for many homeowners.

"I was happy to learn that President Obama has signed the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act into law.  The provisions of this law will help many residents of coastal Long Island. It will slow the increase in the cost of flood insurance premiums and provide refunds to residents who have already paid significantly inflated prices,” Congressman Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) said. “Both of these moves will provide much-needed relief to homeowners, some of whom are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Sandy."

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was created in 1968, allowing property holders to buy flood insurance from federal government. These days, 5.5 million properties signed up. But with about 20 percent are paying premiums less than half what private insurance companies would charge, the program is $24 billion in debt.

Congress enacted the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 to extend NFIP for five years and balance the program’s books. Subsidies for older homes that were built before the community joined NFIP and received its first Flood Insurance Map (FIRM) were to be completely removed if the house was sold after July 2012 or if the policy ever lapsed. Post-FIRM homes that ended up in a new map with higher rates had been grandfathered in at their lower rates, but would have gradually lost those discounts.

Passed months before Sandy ravaged America’s east coast, Biggert-Waters actually sent rates soaring, more than 10 times as much to a minority of homeowners.

The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act removes the urgency of Biggert-Waters, but leaves the door open for increased premiums. Both triggers for pre-FIRM homes have been taken out. However, the 2014 act allows for owner-occupied home rates to increase 5-18 percent annually and second homes by 25 percent annually. The amendment also repeals the changes for post-FIRM houses, which had not yet taken effect.

The bill also creates a new surcharge of $25 per year for primary residences and $250 for other property types to pay for cost of amending Biggert-Waters.

Vice President of Sandy recovery group Neighbors Supporting Neighbors and former FEMA Volunteer Agency Liaison Ron Benenati said a fiscally-sound NFIP is critical to protecting taxpayers against disasters, especially with floods the majority of the 81 federally-declared major disasters across America since Sandy. The rate of flood damage, he said, far exceeds the premiums collected by the subsidized system.

“It is essential that we begin to equate risk to life and property with flood insurance premiums. A lot of bad decisions have been made due to the existing disconnect. The recent changes to Biggert-Waters eliminate the full-risk rate trigger and continues the path to actuarial pricing for insurance premiums, but at a much slower pace. Affordability for the financially vulnerable homeowners will continue to be an issue,” Benenati said.


Developers Meeting High School, College Students Saturday

It’s never too early to learn.

Long Island Real Estate Group (LIREG) is partnering with Hofstra University to present LIREG Students: A Joint Venture. The event will feature Long Island developers sharing their passion and knowledge about real estate development at Hofstra University this Saturday.

Engel Burman Partner Scott Burman, T. Weiss Realty Managing Director Craig Weiss and Einbinder agent Alison Brennan will speak with college and high school students. Burman developed The Bristol Assisted Living chain for senior citizens, Weiss is known for office buildings and Brennan is tied to retail shopping centers.

Students will also have an opportunity to tour Hofstra’s campus.

For more information, contact Brennan at 631-234-3200 or by email.

Islanders To Lend Skates For Pedestrian Safety Benefit

Eleven-year-old Courtney Sipes was on her way to a music lesson. With her mother, Lavena, they crossed Main Street in Smithtown. Then, tragedy struck as a white SUV hit the girl, sending her underneath a nearby parked car. Sipes was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

The Stony Brook woman behind the wheel in the hit-and-run accident was later arrested and sentenced to 12 years after admitting to using heroin at the time, but revenge cannot return an innocent life. Instead, Lavena Sipes created the Courtney Sipes Memorial Foundation Night to improve pedestrian safety and support child interest in the arts.

On April 5, the foundation will partner with the New York Islanders to raise money for the organization. A portion of each ticket sold for their game against the Washington Capitals will benefit the Courtney Sipes Memorial Foundation, as will raffles for autographed pucks, a Zamboni ride and more.

Tickets are available for $50 in the loge and $32 in the mezzanine. Both options are significantly cheaper than regularly-priced tickets. However, the deadline to purchase them is April 1.

For more information, contact Lavena Sipes at 631-343-7048 or Matt Hansen with the Islanders at 516-501-6893.

Questions Answered At Sandy Open House April 7

South Shore residents are still dealing with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy more than a year later. Mold is lingering in old structures, damaged homes need to be rebuilt and buildings in flood plains need to be raised.

Suffolk County Legislators Rob Calarco and Bill Lindsay III have announced a Superstorm Sandy Information Open House for April 7 at 7 p.m. at Briarcliffe College in Patchogue to help answer some of these questions.

In addition to county officials, representatives from NY Rising, Community Development Corporation of Long Island, Greater Patchogue COAD and Touro Law Center.

For more information, contact Calarco’s office at 631-854-1400 or via email.

Hear Out Long Island’s Next Generation On April 23

When the future of Long Island offers their insight and opinions, who will be listening?

Community Conversations is a series of discussions on various topics hosted by Town of Huntington libraries and Leadership Huntington with the goal of promoting both libraries and public participation.

The next Community Conversations event “Our next generations speaks up: Are we listening?” is slated for April 23 at the Cold Spring Harbor Library and Environmental Center, where representatives of the Long Island Youth Summit will speak. Dowling College’s Dr. Nathalia Rogers will guide a discussion with young adults about economy, environment and education.

For more information, visit Leadership Huntington’s website or the Community Conversations’ Facebook page.

Celebrate Spring At 14th Annual Huntington Tulip Festival

Winter is still clinging to the end of March, but rainbows of tulips in Huntington village should signal spring is in full force.

The 14th annual Huntington Tulip Festival is slated for May 4 at Heckscher Park.

Obviously the festival includes countless, colorful tulips growing in the park. It’ll also include activity booths for children, refreshments, local vendors, tours of the Heckscher Art Museum and live performances on the Chapin Rainbow Stage.

For more information about this free event, check out Huntington Arts Council’s website or call 631-271-8423.

Small Business Conference At Stony Brook University June 17

Join 1,000 other small business owners at the Long Island Community and Economic Development Conference this summer.

Presented by New Millennium Development Services and SUNY, the conference is Long Island’s premiere procurement event for small businesses with a focus on both women- and minority-owned employers and veteran companies.

Plenary sessions and workshops are on the slate, along with networking opportunities with contract decision-makers from governmental agencies, major corporations, and educational institutions. Breakfast and lunch are included.

This conference is scheduled for June 17 at Stony Brook University’s Charles Wang Center.

For more information, call 516-223-3855 or visit them online.

State Sets April 11 Deadline For Sandy Aid To Homeowners

No new applications from homeowners seeking financial assistance in the wake of Superstorm Sandy will be accepted after April 11.

NY Rising announced the deadline for Long Island earlier this week.

According to a letter published online, their Housing Recovery Program has distributed more than $280 million in payments to 6,388 recipients for damages from Sandy, Tropical Storm Irene and Hurricane Lee. That includes $201 million to 4,650 Nassau residents and $65 million to 1,350 Suffolk residents.

NY Rising officials claim every applicant who filed by Jan. 20 has received a check for home reconstruction.

The new deadline comes a year after the Housing Recovery Program began accepting applications in April 2013. Homeowners already in the program, in the process of receiving their award or seeking clarification of their award are not affected by the deadline.

With concerns that many Long Island homeowners have yet to apply, the Friends of Long Island are calling out for volunteers to assist in canvassing and urging residents to seek assistance and begin filing. They can be contacted at or 631-316-8430.

Open Door For Affordable Veterans Housing

Applications are now being accepted from Long Island’s veterans for affordable housing, but don’t wait.

Just 60 apartments are available in The Concern Liberty Apartments complex in Amityville. That includes 48 1-bedroom apartments and 12 2-bedroom units.

The housing will be available beginning April.

Applicants must have served in the armed forces and fall within the income limit. The annual cap for one person is $36,785, while the limit for a household of four is $52,550.

To apply, either visit Concern for Independent Living online or mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Concern for Independent Living, PO Box 358, Medford, NY 11763.

Grants Available To Find Veterans And Families Homes

Know a veteran who could use a hand finding a permanent home?

Nonprofit Services for the Underserved is rallying the troops with news of grants for veterans and their families.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been authorized to offer these grants through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. Funds are provided to nonprofits and consumer cooperatives who will help very-low income veteran families find permanent housing.

SSVF provides veterans with outreach, case management, advocacy and assistance in obtaining benefits. The program can also provide limited payments to landlords, child care providers, utilities and others to keep veteran families in permanent homes.

For more information or assistance, contact Roger Leathers at 631-227-0777.

$50 Million Open For Alternative Transportation Projects

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Transportation are now accepting applications to financially assist alternative transportation projects.

Under the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), projects that create other forms of transportation or enhance transportation infrastructure can vie for $50 million in federal funds.

Projects will be selected through a competitive solicitation process and rated on established criteria that includes environmental enhancement; connectivity to an existing transportation system; encouragement of smart growth; impact on local or regional economies; availability of matching funds and level of community support.

Creating on-road and off-road trail facilities for non-motorized transportation would be eligible according to the state, as would community improvement activities and environmental mitigation activity.

Winners will receive up to 80 percent of total expenses in Federal Highway Administration money. They are responsible to secure the remainder.

The deadline for all applications is June 11. More information about TAP is available on the state’s website.

A series of webinars has been announced to train potential applicants. They’re expected to focus on information about this funding, and an explanation of requisites and requirements. Two TAP/Fed Aid 101 webinars will be held on March 18 at 12:30 p.m. and March 19 at 10 a.m. Registration for the first event can be found here in use with password TAP101. Registration for the second event can be found here with the password TAP10319.

State Awarding $50,000 Grants To Promote Contamination Cleanups

New York State is awarding grants to community groups promoting remedial activities in their community.

The Department of Environmental Conservation has made up to $50,000 available per site for increasing public awareness and understanding of Brownfield, Superfund and other contaminated sites that pose a significant threat to the public and/or environment. Not-for-profits are eligible to apply for the funds; no matching contribution is required.

Application information is available on the state's website.

Help Wanted

Governor Cuomo Wants You For NY Storm Recovery Jobs

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office of Storm Recovery is looking for an Implementation Coordinator for Nassau County. This person will play a critical role in developing and implementing community-driven projects and programs emerging from Phase I of the New York Rising Community Reconstruction program, particularly from the 13 planning committees in Nassau County. They will also work closely with Office of Storm Recovery and Department of State senior staff, planning and implementation consultants, and local and state officials. Qualified applicants will need a bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience in community development, government, public policy, urban planning or other fields.

The Office of Storm Recovery is also looking for a community planner. This person will play a critical role in developing and implementing the community-driven projects and programs emerging from several planning committees. They will work closely with both Office of Storm Recovery and Department of State senior staff, planning and implementation consultants, and local and state officials. Candidates for the Community Planner position must have a bachelor’s degree and six years of experience, or a master’s degree and four years of experience.

Candidates for both positions are asked to submit a resume, letter of interest and three references to New York State. Make sure to include the name of the position in the subject line. Community Planner applicants should also include the region of interest.

Soil, Water Expert Wanted In Nassau Conservation District

Have an environmental background and want to make Long Island greener? The Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District would like to meet you.

The district has an opening for a part-time conservation technician. This individual will be responsible for planning, promoting, carrying out and evaluating assigned matters, including soil erosion management and prevention, stormwater management, green infrastructure practices, water conservation, surface water quality, special groundwater protection, tidal wetlands, coastal marine waters, vegetation and woodlands preservation, public policy, applications for government grants and dissemination of educational materials to the public.

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in a natural or physical science and be cognizant of the principles and practices of Natural Resource Conservation.

The right candidate may be considered for full-time employment after working 29 hours a week through the summer.

Applicants should email a resume and cover letter, or call 516-364-5861. Applications must be received by April 25.

Intern with Vision Long Island!

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

To learn more or apply, send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Put "Vision Long Island Internship" in the subject heading. For more information, call our office at 631-261-0242.

What's happening in your downtown this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Who-Ville Bar and Grille

339 Broadway, Bethpage
Subculture - Friday, March 28 at 10 p.m.
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 979-233-3526

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

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

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

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

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

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:
John Anderson: The Voice of YES - Saturday, March 29 at 8 p.m.
World Festival - Sunday, March 30 at noon.
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.

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


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here




140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Borgo Pass, John Wilkes Booth, Stainless Leather, Soma - Friday, March 28 at 8 p.m.
The Gypsy Felons - Sunday, March 29 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Bow Tie Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Cecile Mclorin Salvant - Friday, March 28 at 8 p.m.
Richard Shindell- Sunday, March 30 at 7 p.m.
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
No shows scheduled this weekend.
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
Dream Theater - Sunday, March 30 at 8 p.m.
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

cinema arts centre
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
Music Man - Friday, March 28 at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 29 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 30 at 2 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Trouble No More, Willy and the Poor Boys and MadCo - Friday, March 28 at 8 p.m.
East Coast Collective presents Today's Mixtape Festival - Saturday, March 29 at noon and Sunday, March 30 at noon.
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Taylor Dayne in concert with opening act Amber Ferrari - Saturday, March 29 at 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Freestyle Explosion - Friday, March 28 at 8 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, March 29 at 9:30 p.m.
St. Patty's Day After Party - Sunday, March 30 at noon
Tickets and more information available here

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

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, March 28 at 10:30 p.m.
The Three Little Kittens - Friday, March 28 at 10:30 a.m. and Saturday, March 29 at 11 a.m.
Crossing Delancey - Friday, March 28 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 29 at 8 p.m.
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
Mavis Staples R&B, Soul, Gospel icon - Saturday, March 29 at 8 p.m.
Jorma Kaukonen acoustic - Sunday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
Guest renter: St. Isadore's School presents 2014 Talent Show - Friday, March 28.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

Main and Garden Streets, Sag Harbor
The museum details Sag Harbor’s whaling industry through the 19th century and its impact on the culture and development of the area. It details how the whaling industry brought migrants from all over the globe and turned the port into an international destination. Artifacts left by whalers, antique tools, harpoons, captains’ portraits, antique furnishings and children’s toys are all on display at the museum.

For information, visit their website or call 631-725-0770


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

660 Route 25A, St. James
The Council aims to enrich the township and surrounding area’s quality of life through celebrating and supporting the arts in everyday life. It is a goal to make art accessible to people of all backgrounds. It Mills Pond House is a valuable place in its preserved traditions as well as its evolving and unique influences. Current exhibit, “Winners Showcase” displays the artistic development and achievements of the region and nation. Classes in jewelry making, poster design, scrapbooking, pottery, drawing and several other skills and topics are available. The Council has also partnered with local downtown businesses to display local artists’ work.

For information, visit their website or call 631-862-6575


Southampton Historical Museum

17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
The Southampton Historical Society was created to preserve the town’s history as well as history from the surrounding area. Its Rogers Mansion Museum features year round exhibits, a research center and education programs for children and adults. Current exhibits include “Shopkeepers of Southampton: Photographs by Davis Gaffga”, which gives a detailed look into historic businesses which helped shape downtown and community. Its research center allows for visitors to conduct research with a professional research assistant. Collections feature antique furnishings, a classic parlor room and dining hall and photographs of the 1938 historic hurricane.

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

So Long And Thanks For Your Leadership

If you haven't heard the news, Suffolk County IDA boss Anthony Manetta is corporate-bound. The executive director announced his decision to step down on Thursday; he's leaving to launch a corporate strategy firm. Manetta patched up the IDA during his two-year tenure. Last month we highlighted his terrific 2013, which included a 300 percent increase on closed jobs that will retain 4,382 existing jobs and create 1,395 new jobs. Manetta reformed the IDA to invest in downtown projects like Launchpad Huntington. This strategic shift opened the door for mixed-use development and support for downtown communities.

While we can only be supportive for someone who did so much to keep companies on Long Island, it's certainly hard to see him go. We wish him the best.

Smart Talk

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

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