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April 2nd - 15th, 2017

Regional Updates

Zyscovich Architects

For nearly forty years, Zyscovich Architects has strived to create projects with purpose, bringing new life and vibrancy to cityscapes through integrated urban planning, architecture and interior design. To this day, Zyscovich Architects has remained true to the original concept: design projects that have purpose and meaning.

Since the firm's inception in 1977, the goal has always been to establish a company that can provide high-value services for design-specific issues while placing "social betterment" at the core of everything they do. Zyscovich Architects has designed the full spectrum of projects, from transportation facilities and airports to K-12 schools and universities, mixed-use commercial and public-private partnership developments to multi-family residential high rises and master plans for cities. 

“The goal of the Summit is to engage students as early as possible in creative thinking about issues that impact Long Island. We’re looking to develop a generation of future leaders who will stay here and help our communities to thrive.“ - Dr. Nathalia Rogers, director of the LI Youth Summit


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St. Joseph’s College Hosts 8th Annual Long Island Youth Summit

Vision Board and staff were out last week supporting the 8th Annual Long Island Youth Summit with 300 High School Students from 20 schools across the Island participating in the event hosted by St Joseph's College.

The Summit featured workshops on Economic Development and Future Jobs, Housing, Diversity and Immigration, Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Wellness, Bullying, Climate Change, Leadership, and Protection of Water among others.

Elaine Page, Chief People Innovation Officer of Northwell Health delivered the keynote speech at the event. Page addressed the issues of workforce preparedness and innovation that the next generation will need to bring with them to their workplace. Hon. Tracey Edwards, Councilwoman of the Town of Huntington, addressed students on issues of civic engagement as the luncheon speaker.

The event featured an Award ceremony where students received awards for projects that they submitted to the Youth Summit that included art work, videos, essays and research papers. All of the finalists received scholarships to St. Joseph’s College, with those winning in their project category getting additional scholarship opportunities. Opportunities for internships were also made available for students.

The Long Island Youth Summit is a year round non-profit research program for high school students. It is run as a public/private partnership between Northwell Health, St. Joseph’s College, Vision Long Island, Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment and public and private schools who participate in the Summit.

“The goal of the Summit is to engage students as early as possible in creative thinking about issues that impact Long Island,” said Dr. Nathalia Rogers, director of the LI Youth Summit “We’re looking to develop a generation of future leaders who will stay here and help our communities to thrive.“

The 11 timely workshops were presented by professional experts such as John Keating, Manager of Economic Development and Account Services for PSEG Long Island; Gina Coletti, Co-chair and Co-founder of Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers; Eric Alexander, Director of Vision Long Island; Adrienne Esposito, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Richard Kessel, Kathleen Wisnewski from National Grid, Judy Phagan, Chair of the Department of English at St. Joseph’s College, among many others.

Sponsors included Northwell Health, National Grid, PSEG Long Island, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Greenman-Pedersen, CEO Works, East Coast Energy Solutions, and St. Joseph's College.

You can read about the Summit experiences of Shoreham-Wading River students here

Over 100 Gather for Fifth Annual Complete Streets Summit

On March 30, Vision Long Island held its Annual Complete Streets Summit at Molloy’s Farmingdale campus.  This year’s summit focused on five “hot spots” around the island where pedestrian safety is a concern due to either numerous recent crashes or an increase in pedestrian oriented development on or near the roadway.

The meeting was opened with a message from Michael Vitti of CLIMB who spoke of Vision 2020 goals of being able to mountain bike on Long Island without having to drive to where you want to bike.  Silvia Silberger of Car-less Long Island spoke about “Bike-to-Work Day” which helps to demonstrate the desire of many to bike to work if it were safer.

Keynote speaker Jean Celender, Mayor of Great Neck Plaza, spoke about how far we have come with Complete Streets but also how much farther we have to go.  Our roads should be connections between communities as well as connections to downtowns and train stations for all users.

Mayor Ralph Ekstrand of Farmingdale described Route 109 that runs along the southern portion of the Village.  There are numerous multi-family developments on the South side of the road, but residents can’t cross the road safely to get to the shops and restaurants on Main Street to the North.

Councilwoman Erin King-Sweeney of the Town of Hempstead explained how Sunrise Highway acts as a barrier to many walking to the train station from the South and how both parties are working together to improve safety along Grand Avenue and Sunrise Highway.

Deputy Mayor Jorge Martinez of Freeport spoke about $300 million in development along Sunrise Highway that will be increasing the number of pedestrians in the area close to the station.

Barbara DeGrace of Valley Stream mentioned the new 78 unit building that recently opened on Sunrise as well as an elementary school that is located just south of the roadway.

Ideas suggested for improving safety on Sunrise included making sure that all intersections have crosswalks on all four crossings, not just three and to create pedestrian islands at skewed intersections to shorten the crossing distances.  Also, an existing right of way for the Brooklyn Waterworks could provide an opportunity for a bikeway.  Bike lockers at LIRR stations could allow more commuters to ride rather than drive to the train station.

Paul Molinari of Hicksville’s Duffy Park civic organization described routes 106 and 107 in Hicksville.  Thousands of commuters cross these roads after exiting the train and there was a recent fatality in the area.  Both roads are four and five lanes wide and buses idling near the train station create visibility issues for both drivers and pedestrians.  The area needs better crosswalks throughout as proposed zoning changes will allow for new multifamily development in the area leading to more pedestrians.

Ideas suggested for improving 106 and 107 included tighter turning radii to reduce speed at turns and make pedestrians more noticeable.  Since they are truck routes, a truck apron at corners can allow trucks to turn while slowing most drivers down.

In addition, hot spots in Suffolk include route 110 in Huntington Station where redevelopment is taking place North of the train station and route 25A in Miller Place where a series of crashes have occurred recently including the death of a teenage riding his bicycle.

Jack Schnirman informed the group of the City of Long Beach’s proposal to reduce lane width along Park Avenue and add bike lanes.

After review of the hot spots, a panel gave updates on best practices and upcoming projects.  The panel included professionals from VHB, Nassau County, NV5, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Greenman Pedersen Inc.

Margaret Kubilins of VHB reminded the group that transportation infrastructure is the largest amount of civic space we have in the US.  When designing roads, the first question has to be “who are we accommodating?” followed by “how are we going to do it safely.”  Spaces for different users don’t have to be separate, it depends on the situation.  Any street that is safe for pedestrians is safe for all users.  She emphasized the need for proper lighting at intersections to ensure that pedestrians crossing at night can be seen by drivers.

Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran talked about the many projects happening in Baldwin.  The Town of Hempstead is working on a mixed use development at the southern end of Grand Avenue while the County is working on a road project right in front of the development.

Sean Sallie of Nassau County Planning described the Grand Avenue road project as an effort to improve safety, accessibility and placemaking.  The road is a truck route and coastal evacuation route which are added challenges, but the project will reduce lanes while still providing enough capacity and reduce dangerous conditions at intersections.  They are now moving into the design phase, but have already begun implementing quick fixes such as signal timing and adding turn lanes.

Chris Lucas of NV5 described the bikeway plan to connect the Bay Shore train station with the ferry terminal.  The project will reduce the need for taxis, provide traffic calming and improve aesthetics. The project also utilizes green infrastructure for stormwater management.  Construction is expected to begin next spring.

Peter Kremer of Parsons Brinckerhoff described New Jersey’s comprehensive bike plan.  They have a design guide and training programs for engineers and coordinate with local communities.  In Montclair, a road diet transformed a street with 50% occupancy to 100% occupancy.  He also recommended using local development and the land use process to help fund minor road improvements that the municipality may not be able to fund.

Frank Wefering of GPI approaches transportation from an economic and policy perspective.  When streets are more livable, the city is more attractive for investment.  Focusing on the “level of service” grading system yields poor results.  It sets the wrong goals.  Rather than a single metric of traffic flow, transportation or mobility design should include integrated measures.  Not just one street or mode of transportation, but the whole picture.  As an example, Copenhagen set goals to be the best bike city, reduce urban noise, and ensure that all residents had a short walk to a park or the beach. 

After the panel, a couple action items were developed to further Complete Streets on Long Island.   A plan to meet with the DOT was discussed to address the five hot spots and a recommendation to set aside a portion of fines collected from red light cameras for safety improvements to county roadways.

State Budget Approved by Senate and Assembly Includes Several Wins for Long Island Lobby Coalition

There have been some wins for our local communities in the $153 billion New York State budget that was agreed upon by both the Senate and the Assembly late last week, after an extender was approved as the budget deadline passed.

Of the major items on the Long Island Lobby Coalition agenda, included in budget negotiations were:

  • $2.5 billion for water infrastructure - To ensure that current and future New Yorkers have access to clean water, the Budget initiates the $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act. This investment will protect public health, safeguard the environment, and preserve the state’s water resources. These funds will help local governments address water emergencies, pay for local infrastructure construction projects, underwrite land acquisition for source water protection, and investigate and mitigate emerging contaminants in drinking water. These projects will improve the quality and safety of municipal drinking water distribution, filtration systems, and wastewater treatment infrastructure.
  • Funding for affordable housing - The FY 2018 Budget continues funding for the state’s $20 billion comprehensive, five-year plan for affordable and supportive housing to ensure New Yorkers who are homeless or at risk of homelessness have safe and secure housing. The Budget includes $2.5 billion in funding to advance the creation of 100,000 new affordable and 6,000 supportive housing units.
  • An increase in support for bus service in each county - Nassau County will receive $1.3 million more than last year, increasing its state funding to $68 million, in order to stave off some of the recent bus cuts. In addition, Suffolk will receive $516,300 more than last year, for a total of $26.4 million from the state.

Although there was no support in the budget for small businesses, the session is not over yet. Special thanks to the Governor and his staff as well as Long Island Senate and Assembly leadership for listening to local community voices in shaping these important decisions. You can read more about what was included in this year’s budget here, and see the Long Island Lobby Coalition’s priorities from 2017 here

Over 1,000 Support Long Island’s Homeless in Farmingdale

Vision joined the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless at their “Have a Heart for the Homeless” Candlelight Vigil at Farmingdale State College last week, with over 1000 participants in attendance. This great annual event not only raises awareness to the homeless problem on Long Island, but also directly helps folks in need.

Each year, LICH collects and distributes new winter coats, new/unused baby items, non-perishable food, cleaning supplies and toiletries to Long Island's homeless and at-risk families. This year, over 200 volunteers assisted, with over 100 groups from the community donating items for distribution, about a dozen restaurants bakeries, and supermarkets provided refreshments, and over 30 information tables were staffed by agencies that provided information and referrals. The event also featured free haircuts, massages, face painting, story time for children, balloon animals, live music, and a candlelighting ceremony to raise awareness.

Reports show that there are over 750,000 Americans living on the streets or in emergency shelters. On Long Island, approximately half of the homeless are children, with nearly 4,000 individuals on Long Island in emergency housing or transitional housing, or without any shelter at all. Unsheltered numbers do not include those who were doubled- or tripled-up, living in substandard conditions, "couch surfing" or facing eviction.

“We are so humbled by the incredible turn out from our community to help those less fortunate, and to those who support this event to raise awareness about the issues of homelessness and poverty right here on Long Island,” said Long Island Coalition for the Homeless’ Executive Director Greta Guarton. “We are happy to continue to engage with our many communities and their leaders to increase local education and understanding about local poverty, so that we can work together to address it.”

You can learn more about Long Island Coalition for the Homeless here

County Executive Ed Mangano Delivers Annual Nassau State of the County Address

Earlier this month Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano delivered the Annual State of the County Address a the newly renovated Nassau Coliseum with over 400 in attendance.

County Executive Mangano spoke of the strong state of the County, outlining a path that included positive job growth, increased downtown development, population expansion, and renewed plans for the Nassau HUB and Coliseum.  Nassau HUB plans included a state investment of $88 million as well as plans by medical companies and Hofstra to build medical centers and laboratories on the site.  There will also be pedestrian bridges to connect pedestrians to the surrounding area, driving foot traffic to and from the Hub.  This has all led to a strong belief that the Islanders now have a path to return to Nassau County in order to occupy a world class stadium and center.

Of particular importance was the increased housing options for the County, including 2000 supported TOD units.  Mangano spoke on the need for this housing to meet the demands of an expanding workforce, as well as incentives the county has introduced to spur on development of affordable apartments.  In addition to this, the County Executive spoke of upcoming announcements for housing and mixed use development on the site along with $88 million from NYS for structured parking at the HUB.

The County Executive spoke on other issues as well that included a 27% reduction in crime rate, efforts to increase public safety, reduction of heroin addiction, and combating terrorism.  There was also talk of freezing property taxes for 6 of 7 years, and a need to end “County Guarantee” on assessment.  He also mentioned public-private partnerships with NICE bus and Suez as well as a program for Zombie homes in the county.

You can read the full text of the State of the County here.

150 Residents Come Out to Review Baldwin Resiliency Study

Last Wednesday, the final open house public meeting of the Baldwin  Downtown and Commercial Corridor Resiliency study was held at Baldwin High School.  Close to 150 residents came to see the recommendations of the study that began last Spring.  The study was conducted by Nassau County and funded through NYS Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery and focused on both economic resiliency and storm resiliency within the Baldwin hamlet.

The recommendations that were developed through months of public and stakeholder meetings included mixed-use development and additional parking near the train station, complete streets improvements along the Grand Avenue corridor to improve walkability, pedestrian safety and the economic sustainability of the nearby businesses, and green infrastructure at gateway areas into the hamlet and other parts to minimize flooding during storm events.  Other recommendations included methods for reducing the negative impact of vacancies on neighboring businesses, ideas for managing the downtown area, and a proposal for attracting desirable businesses to Baldwin.

VHB led a team of consultants that included Vision Long Island and others.

Public Weighs in on Mastic Beach’s Comprehensive Plan Draft

Dozens of Mastic Beach residents came out last week to the open house-style presentation by Vision and Wendel Companies. Community members were able to review the final draft of the Mastic Beach Comprehensive Plan and provide feedback.

The plan aims to guide revitalization of the Village, which will be turning back over to the Town of Brookhaven by year’s end. The area boasts 6.5 miles of waterfront, much that is currently undeveloped, several historical points of interest, and a downtown corridor that has a high potential for redevelopment. A new $10.5 million ambulance headquarters will be constructed on the Main Street (Neighborhood Road) within the next year, kick starting the revitalization efforts. The majority of the funding for the plan came from grants received from New York State.

Overall master plan recommendations included sewering for the business corridor, enhancing the commercial districts and adopting a downtown zoning code, the introduction of roundabouts to calm traffic and improve the pedestrian experience in the business district, the potential design and construction of a multi-modal transportation hub and welcome center, enhanced gateways at key business district intersections, future trail networks within potential development of and Eco-Park along the shoreline and more.

“The future for Mastic Beach has never been brighter,” said Mayor Spery. “The Comprehensive Plan is almost complete and the residents of Mastic Beach are handing over to the Town a plan that is awesome and will lead to prosperity for our residents.”

Several elected officials including now former Mayor Maura Spery, Deputy Mayor Betty Manzella, Trustee Joseph H. Johnson, Trustee Victor Viola, Mayor Robert Miller, Trustee Fred Krage, Brookhaven Town Councilman Dan Panico, Chief of Staff for Legislator Kate Browning Josh Slaughter, and Aileen Markowsky from Assemblyman Dean Murray's office were also in attendance.

An online version of the graphics of the final draft plan is available on Vision’s website, where residents will be able to review the draft plan and submit comments electronically until April 15th.

First-Ever Affordable Homeownership Lottery in Village of Farmingdale

Bartone & Pellerito Construction LLC, Hearthstone at Farmingdale LLC, the Incorporated Village of Farmingdale, Nassau County, and the Long Island Housing Partnership Inc. (LIHP) is proud to announce the first affordable homeownership opportunity in the Village of Farmingdale.

LIHP will be accepting Lottery Intake Applications to establish a list of eligible homebuyers to purchase two (2) newly constructed townhomes in the Village of Farmingdale, Nassau County. The townhomes are two bedroom with a garage located within the newly constructed Hearthstone at Farmingdale development.

To be placed on the list an applicant must:

  • Complete and submit a Lottery Intake Application (see below);
  • Have a household income that does not exceed the following limits:

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  • Have a minimum down payment of 3% of the purchase price;
  • Have sufficient income to make mortgage payment, including property taxes and insurance;
  • Have a good credit and employment history to satisfy the mortgage lender’s requirements and be able to secure a mortgage;
  • Attend pre purchase mortgage counseling at LIHP.

Homes are located on Fulton Street in Farmingdale, NY. The cooperative efforts of the above entities have enabled the townhouses to be sold for an estimated price of $180,000 (after subsidy).  A lottery will be held to determine the order in which an applicant will be ranked on the intake list to purchase a home.

Lottery Intake Applications and Program Guidelines are available online, through the mail by calling LIHP at (631) 435-4710, or in person at Long Island Housing Partnership Inc., 180 Oser Avenue, Suite 800 Hauppauge. Completed intake applications must be received at LIHP’s office or post-marked by May 2, 2017 to be included in the lottery. Applications received after May 2, 2017 will be assisted on a first come first served basis after lottery applicants are served. Fair Housing Laws will be followed.

TOD Projects Turn Stakeholders into Smart Growth Supporters

The recent dip in Suffolk’s population and growth in Nassau’s has folks talking about present and future downtown redevelopment. Within one week we are seeing the construction of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) projects in Farmingdale, a groundbreaking in Riverhead, an approval in Freeport and a planning hearing in Lindenhurst.

These projects are simply the latest of the nearly 13,000 TOD projects approved over the last dozen years. Over 40 communities, mostly incorporated villages in Nassau have approved these developments. Of that total only 15 percent are affordable but the next 20,000 in the planning stages have a higher percentage of reasonably priced units.

To support this growth New York State is investing in infrastructure with numerous LIRR station upgrades corresponding with TOD redevelopments, additional commuter parking garages and the Second Track and Third Track are in the building and planning stages, respectively. The federal and state governments are supporting sewer upgrades or expansion with most of the funding going to areas with downtown growth planned or executed.

Getting people out of their cars and walking is another key feature of TOD redevelopment. Despite that trend, pedestrian and bicycle casualties persist and safety improvements are needed. Of Long Island’s 40 recent traffic-calming initiatives, a majority of them are being built in downtowns where folks are truly walking and biking. This land use pattern has resulted in reduced development on LI’s remaining open spaces and shorter commutes which not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions but saves travel time for commuting.

Financial returns to local governments tied to these developments have been robust. Crippled by the tax cap and crushing mandates, local towns and villages that have embraced this strategy have seen their municipal budgets replenished. Average residential property values show signs of increase as well. Downtown Farmingdale has seen a 7.5 percent increase over the last two years. These developments are supporting a slew of local small businesses either new or existing in each downtown.

Amenities associated with this form of development are parks, main street theatres, art galleries and cultural events that have become hubs of activity.  Many of the best Zagat rated restaurants are downtown as well with worthy neighborhood fare and more diverse cuisine growing downtown.

Lastly these projects in recent years have done the unthinkable: turn residents, business owners and local officials into supporters of downtown growth.  Fifty-four of the last 69 public hearings on TOD projects have had more supporters than opponents over the last five years with 61 of those 69 projects receiving approval.

It is critical to understand why we have gotten this far. Community planning and local decision making builds trust in the land use process. Civic leaders and small businesses have also banded together as reliable partners to get our region’s fair share of infrastructure investment
The progress has just recently put our communities on the radar of Manhattan planners, D.C. researchers and international investors along with some elite types who may have been dismissive of these concepts early on.

There are some academics and lay people who say not enough is being done and we need three times as much development to accommodate projected NYC and Long Island population growth.  Conversely there are some other regional interests who believe this growth – planned and executed over the last 20 years – has been happening too quickly.

Regardless of who wins that theoretical argument, land use decisions are local and 45 communities have not embraced this concept and have no plans to. That is the right of the local residents who vote their elected officials in office. Not every community has to have the same development approach – nor should it.  It is important however to stay supportive of the communities that are embracing planned growth and give them the best possible projects and infrastructure.

In the end we need government that is efficient, nimble, creative and responsive to meet the changes in a chaotic economy. Local communities need to have the self determination to help shape what is happening in their neighborhood.  The development community needs some level of predictability to ensure continued economic investment. Thankfully the downtown revitalization record of accomplishment through planning and building TOD’s have achieved that balance to date.

This article by Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander was recently featured in Long Island Business News.

Public Input Wanted for Proposed SEQRA Amendments

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) proposes to amend the regulations that implement the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). The principal purpose of the amendments is to streamline the SEQRA process without sacrificing meaningful environmental review.

Although the DEC has not identified any potentially significant adverse environmental impacts that will result from the proposed amendments, the DEC has chosen to use a generic environmental impact statement (GEIS) to discuss the objectives and the rationale for the proposed amendments and provide opportunity for public participation. The DEC has also combined the GEIS with the impact statements required by the State Administrative Procedure Act to reduce duplication.

There will be 4 public hearings, with the one being held on Long Island being held on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 6:00 PM at the Suffolk County Water Authority, 260 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, with a public information session from 3:30PM-5PM before the public hearing. The purpose of the public information sessions will be for DEC staff to answer questions regarding the amendments.

The public can speak and or provide written comments at the public hearing. Comments on the proposed amendments may also be submitted to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Permits, Attn: James J. Eldred, Environmental Analyst, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-1750 or by email. Comments will be accepted until the close of business on May 19, 2017. Emailed comments should be provided in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word document format.

For more information, including proposed amendments and additional public meetings locations and dates, click here.

PSEG Long Island to Host Annual Supplier Diversity Fair

PSEG Long Island will host its Annual Supplier Diversity Fair on Wednesday, April 19th, at the Long Island Marriott Hotel, 101 James Doolittle Boulevard, Uniondale NY 11553 from 8:00 am to noon. The objective of this event is to provide New York State Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Minority and Women's Business Enterprise (MWBE) suppliers with a forum to learn how to do business with PSEG Long Island and to provide an opportunity to meet other suppliers currently providing services to PSEG Long Island.
You can contact Dora Reddick ( for registration at the NY & NJ Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc., 212-502-5663   Please feel free to share this invitation with veteran-owned businesses you think may benefit from attending. There is no fee to attend this event.

Building “Solar Ready”- How and Why?

The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, along with Sunpower by Empower, NY Building Technology Group and Vision Long Island will be hosting a free two-part workshop on how and why building Smarter looks better, costs less, and saves more. 

April 28th 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Sustainability Institute at Molloy College
7180 Republic Airport Farmingdale

Part of Vision Long Island’s mission is to promote smart growth in all areas, inclusive of all environmentally responsible building practices. While solar may not make sense for all Transit Oriented Developments today, electric rates and renewable policies change quickly and our energy future is unknown. It is extremely important to plan now and design current projects to accommodate energy projects later on.
Designing “Solar Ready” from the beginning ensures the most energy production, the most savings, and an aesthetically pleasing solar PV system that blends in with the design of the building. Some municipalities on Long Island have even adopted codes that require a Solar Ready design to receive proper permits.
1:30pm - 2:30pm Part I: Why Solar Ready?
General overview for builders, developers, municipal leaders, policy makers, more.
2:30pm - 4:30pm Part II: How Solar Ready?
Technical overview & Continuing Education credits for Architects and Engineers
Course provided by: Greg Sachs, PE. and Tom Baccarella, NY Building Technology Group

The event is open to the public, but registration is required. You can register online here
For questions email Tara Bono, or call (516) 837-3459

2nd Annual Bike-to-Work Parade and Festival at Hofstra

Car-less Long Island invites you to join them for their 2nd Annual Bike-to-Work Parade and Festival on April 29, 2017 at 9 AM to show your support for a more walkable and bikeable Long Island!

Prizes will be given for the most impressively decorated bikes and best costumes. So have fun and be creative! Free tee-shirts for the first 50 registered attendees.
The parade is perfectly free, but there is a suggested $10 donation to help defray expenses.

The parade is a 6.5 mile loop, beginning and ending at Hofstra's North Campus around Eisenhower Park.  There will be a police escort for safe riding. There is a shorter walking route for those who want to see a more walk-able and bike-able Long Island, but do not want to bike themselves or are not ready to bike a 6.5 mile loop.

Those attending can stick around afterwards for the bike to work festival with music, speakers and prizes.  It will be fun for the whole family!

For a map of the parade route, to register or to donate, and for a printable flyer to help get the word out, please go here. If you are interested in volunteering to help or in sponsoring the parade (with money or donated prizes and registration gifts), please contact Sylvia.

Apply for Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Grant

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

Guidelines include:

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

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

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

Technical Assistance Grants for Affordable Solar Projects Available

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

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

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

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

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

If you have questions about the solicitation, please email

Help Wanted

Full-Time Case Manager Wanted in Amityville

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless (LICH) is seeking applicants for a Full-Time Case Manager (CES) for their main office in Amityville. 

This position requires an ability to understand policies and regulations; work with clients and the LICH Coordinated Entry Team to gather required documentation; manage record keeping and reporting duties; utilize Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). Bilingual (English/Spanish) strongly preferred. A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in a Social Work or a related human services field plus two years’ experience or a minimum of five years’ related experience in human services arena is required.

Local travel will be also required for this position.  Benefits after probationary period will be available. These include paid time off (vacation, holiday, sick, personal), medical insurance for the employee (premium paid by LICH), and Simple IRA plan (with employer match). LICH must conduct criminal background checks on candidates prior to offering employment for this position.

Interested parties should submit a resume and salary requirements via email to . You can learn more about LICH by heading here

Intern with Vision Long Island!

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

What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Freeport Historical Museum

350 S Main Street, Freeport
Housed in a Civil War cottage, the museum chronicles Freeport's history through the 20th century. On display are a spinning wheel from the town’s oldest house, vaudeville-era items, waterfront memorabilia, a 1930s television and a 1777 13-star flag. The museum holds a collection of historic postcards and high school yearbooks from the early 1900s to present day.
Open Sundays 2PM-5PM.
For information, visit their website or call 516-623-9632

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

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

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

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

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

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Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

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

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

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

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

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

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website.


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

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

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

Port Washington

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

Tickets and more information available here

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

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

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


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

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

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


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury

Tickets and more information available here



140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

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

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

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

East Hampton

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

East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

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

Huntington Village

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

Heckscher Museum

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

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

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

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Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

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Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
Showtimes at Islip Cinemas


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport


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

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

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

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street, Patchogue

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street,
 Port Jefferson
Tickets and more information available here




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

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


Suffolk Theater


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


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

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

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


Southampton Historical Museum

17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
The Southampton Historical Society was created to preserve the town’s history as well as history from the surrounding area. Its Rogers Mansion Museum features year round exhibits, a research center and education programs for children and adults. Current exhibit: Current exhibit: “If These Walls Could Talk: Meet the Families of the Rogers Mansion”.  Its research center allows for visitors to conduct research with a professional research assistant. Collections feature antique furnishings, a classic parlor room and dining hall and photographs of the 1938 historic hurricane.

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

Happy Easter!

We hope that you and your family have a Safe and Happy Easter celebration this year! Remember to check your local downtowns for Easter Egg Hunts or visit your local park for a little family time during this beautiful Spring weekend!

Smart Talk

Chris Kyle, Communications Director

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

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