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May 1st - 6th, 2016

Regional Updates

Renaissance Downtowns


Renaissance Downtowns is a nationally-renowned and exclusive leader in large-scale unified community-driven downtown revitalization.

Our success in securing $12 billion in downtown development agreements among several communities is centered on our Unified Development Approach (UDA). The UDA is a collaborative, public-private partnership-driven framework that brings together disparate groups of a community to collectively transform their downtown into a vibrant destination, adhering to the triple bottom line of being economically, socially and environmentally beneficial.

“For over a decade, $2 million in funds for the Town of North Hempstead have been under lock and key, guarded by federal bureaucracy. But now we have the means to unlock this money and FHWA and NYSDOT should allow the Town of North Hempstead to use these funds on local, critically-needed projects that are ready-to-go,  like the revitalization of Port Washington’s Main Street. The bottomline is: these are the Town of North Hempstead’s dollars and they must remain the Town of North Hempstead’s to use on their projects. No ifs ands or buts about it.” 
-U.S. Senator Charles Schumer

“The repurposing of federal transportation dollars for North Hempstead is essential to assist us in completing projects that benefit our residents and improve our infrastructure. The funding would also reduce the need for borrowing for the projects, and that’s great news for the Town and its taxpayers”
-  North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth

“I’m confident that, as in years past, generous Long Islanders will answer the call and leave food donations next to their mailboxes on Saturday, May 14. Every donation, no matter how small, helps Island Harvest serve our neighbors struggling with hunger.”
 -Randi Shubin Dresner, Island Harvest

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Please join us for the 15th Annual Long Island Smart Growth Awards Friday, June 10th from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the Crest Hollow Country Club. This annual event will showcase the best in class of real people and projects that represent the transformation of our downtowns and investment in infrastructure for Long Island communities.

These last few years has shown tremendous progress with over 12,000 units of transit oriented housing approved, over a billion dollars of Federal and State funds invested in our sewage treatment plants and nearly 60 communities working on varying placemaking principles of Smart Growth. 

We have received over 40 deserving nominations and the winners start with a Regional Leadership Award to Scott Rechler , Chairman and CEO or RXR Realty for his progress in and longstanding support of creating mixed use, downtown destinations on Long Island.  The groundbreaking for Garvies Point in Glen Cove is imminent and puts an exclamation point on his leadership. 

The project and organizational honorees have just been awarded and include Hon. Don Barbieri for walkability in New Hyde Park; Alma Realty Corp & the Village of Valley Stream for a mixed use project in Valley Stream; Conifer Realty & Town of Babylon for housing choices in Copiague; Patchogue Chamber of Commerce for “Live after Five” in Patchogue; Town of Islip & Greenview Properties for a Pedestrian Plaza in Bay Shore; LI Building Trades Council & LI Federation of Labor for job development; Lalezarian & Village of Mineola for two redevelopment projects in Mineola; Beechwood Organization & Village of East Rockaway for a waterfront TOD in East Rockaway; Bartone/Terwilliger & Village of Farmingdale for a TOD in Farmingdale, the Gitto Group & Village of Port Jefferson for a TOD in uptown Port Jefferson; and East End Arts and the Westbury Arts Council for creating a sense of place providing arts, music and culture in our downtowns. 

Our keynote speaker is NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.  Comptroller DiNapoli works with local municipalities to keep them financially healthy while he has been a fiscal watchdog and steward of New York State funds.  As a former Long Island Smart Growth Award winner and advocate for local communities up in Albany we look forward to his economic message. 

The event is annually attended by a broad array of community, government and business leaders. Last year's event featured over 900 guests so secure your spot now!  

The Sponsorship levels for the event remain the same at $2,000, $5,000, $10,000 and a lead sponsorship of $15,000 (only one). All sponsorships come with a table of ten tickets, banner display and logo display on all materials. Higher sponsorship levels include seats on dais at lunch, additional tables, video sponsors, journal ads etc.  Journal ads are also available as well.

Download registration forms here. For any questions please contact our offices at, 631-261-0242 or contact me directly at 631-804-9128.

Thanks again for your support and know that every dollar goes directly towards our collective efforts of downtown renewal and infrastructure investment across Long Island.   We look forward to seeing you in June!

Announcing our Keynote Speaker:

Hon. Thomas DiNapoli
New York State Comptroller

Congratulations to this year's Honorees:

Regional Leadership

Scott Rechler
President & CEO, RXR Realty


Hon. Don Barbieri
Village of New Hyde Park

Mix of Uses

Sun Valley Towers
Alma Corp. Realty & Village of Valley Stream

Housing Choices

Copiague Commons, Copiague
Conifer Realty & Town of Babylon

Citizen Participation

Alive After Five
Patchogue Chamber of Commerce

Sense of Place

East End Arts

Sense of Place

Westbury Arts Council

Sense of Place

Bay Shore Pedestrian Plaza
Town of Islip &
Greenview Properties

Compact Building Design

Mineola Village Green & One Third Ave
Lalezarian & Village of Mineola

Transit Oriented Development

Marina Pointe, East Rockaway
Beechwood Organization & Village of East Rockaway

Transit Oriented Development

Cornerstone, Farmingdale
Terwilliger & Bartone Properties & Village of Farmingdale

Transit Oriented Development

The Hills, Port Jefferson
Gitto Group & Village of Port Jefferson

Strengthening Existing Communities

Opportunities Long Island
LI Building Trades Council & LI Federation of Labor

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Construction Set to Begin on East Rockaway TOD Housing

The long-awaited construction of the new Marina Pointe East Rockaway is expected to begin in a few months, replacing the now demolished Davison Boatyard marina complex that was significantly damaged by Sandy. Marina Pointe will be awarded in June at the Long Island Smart Growth Awards.

“We are looking forward to Marina Pointe having a positive impact on the Village of East Rockaway,” said Beechwood’s Michael Dubb. “We are transforming an outdated and storm-ravaged boatyard and marina into waterfront homes. In addition to providing more housing options for Long Islanders of all ages, it benefits local businesses.” Six four-story buildings will go up by Jericho-based developer Beechwood Organization, offering 84 suites and villas within walking distance to the Long Island Railroad’s East Rockaway station. The units will be on the second floor up, allowing for parking on the ground level, which will also help make the development more resilient towards flooding, bringing the housing units above the flood plain.   The site will also be grated to help with potential flooding issues.

Owners will have the option towards having private boating slips, and be within walking distance of local shops, beaches, and restaurants, and the Best Market that will be opening soon to replace Pathmark. The starting price for the units will be in the mid $400,000 range, with owners having the benefit of a maintenance-free lifestyle. The project’s traffic study conducted by the developers concluded that the new development would not have a negative impact to the area.

You can read more about the progress of the new development on Atlantic Avenue here

Groundbreaking on TOD Project in Downtown Copiague

This week marked the groundbreaking for a TOD project in downtown Copiague with developer Conifer Realty, the Town of Babylon, Suffolk County and the Copiague Chamber of Commerce.   Copiague Commons, a 90 unit project, will provide housing options for Main Street and bring customers to local businesses.

The development will consist of apartments in two four story buildings that will rent for $1,193 to $1,850 and will be aiming to accomodate tenants earning between 60 and 100 percent of median income.

The development will be built on the site of a former commercial warehouse and is a short walk from the Copiague Long Island Rail Road station. This project is a direct result of Babylon's new zoning auimed at increasing density in downtowns. “Copiague needs an overhauling,” said Sharon Fattoruso, a resident for more than 30 years and president of the Copiague Chamber of Commerce, “This is a great day for Copiague.”

Vision Long Island was out in support of the groundbreaking and Conifer Realty and the Town of Babylon will be honored for Copiague Commons  at the LI Smart Growth Awards in June. 

You can read more on this development at Newsday.

Initial Public Meetings to Consider Multi-Year Third Track Project

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced initial public meetings for the proposed Third Track project this week.  The meetings, held over two days include expedited modifications to all train crossings along the project route, and the release of a new project scoping report, website and community center. 

“A third track on the main line is crucial to the future of Long Island,” said Governor Cuomo. “This project will make the LIRR more reliable for millions of customers, while also eliminating multiple dangerous train crossings along the main line. Our proposal will ensure that we can continue to improve the quality of life and grow the economy in the region, and I encourage New Yorkers to learn more about how we’re working to build a brighter future for Long Island”. The expansion is expected to add a third track for 9.8 miles, between Floral Park and Hicksville.

So far, a draft scoping document, which you can view here, has been released discussing options for crossing modifications and an outline of the environmental analysis. A website where the public can learn more about the project and provide input has also been launched at . The MTA will also open a LIRR Expansion Project Information Center beginning May 6th on the south platform of the Mineola train station, where the scoping document can be reviewed and questions can be asked on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11am-7pm, Thursdays and Fridays from 7am to 3pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 3pm.

The resuscitation of the third track proposal was defeated 8 years ago due to poor planning, presentation and massive community opposition all along the rail line.   Community meetings managed by local Mayors have been held recently and some of the feedback to date from the local residents and businesses has been:

1) To date there is no benefit to the community for this project; 2) They agree now that reverse commute is not a real demand; 3) They are opposed to increased freight; 4) They are opposed to eminent domain; 5) There are concerns of noise pollution and rail vibration; 6) The project will impede the flow of traffic through local communities; 7) They are concerned about reduced commuter parking;

Questions and concerns from a local meeting in New Hyde Park included: 

1) Reduced access for traffic, cross streets and due to extended construction; 2) Lower property values; 3) Construction 24/7 including evenings; 4) Question to elevation; 5) There is already an increase in freight traffic now and they expect more to follow.

The good news is that there are some scheduled and should be many more public meetings to answer these questions and properly address the local concerns from the impacted communities. 

What is plainly clear is that the folks engaged in this decision are high level NYS officials, agency staff the local municipalities and the community. For the project to be successful other intermediaries will not have much of a role.

Vision was and still is a supporter of the project but learned a few things along the way....among them: 1) the need for the third track needs to be outlined by independent sources along with the economic benefits for the region AND the local communities being impacted by the proposal; 2) clear and tangible public benefits to the communities who have to bear the burden of this project are needed; 3) outreach to the local municipalities, local businesses, residents and property owners needs to commence in a transparent fashion; 4) the economics of the MTA/LIRR needs to be more transparent so folks see how this project moves efficiently without the wasted dollars and delays that other projects have been plagued with (East Side Access, security cameras that don't work etc).

The four public meetings will be held on:

  • Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 11 am to 2 pm at The Inn at New Hyde Park, located at 214 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park, NY 11040.
  • Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 6 pm to 9 pm at Hofstra University, in the Mack Student Center’s Student Theatre, located at 1000 Fulton Ave, Hempstead, NY 11549.
  • Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 11 am to 2 pm at the ”Yes We Can” Community Center, located at 141 Garden St, Westbury, NY 11590.
  • Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 6 pm to 9 pm at Antun’s, located at 244 W. Old Country Road, Hicksville, NY 11801.
You can learn more about the announcement in Newsday

Schumer Urges $2 Million of Funding to Remain in North Hempstead

This week, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) to unlock $2 million in previously secured federal transportation funding for the Town of North Hempstead, by repurposing an old unused earmark.

Over a decade ago in 2005, the Town of North Hempstead was awarded a $2 million earmark for a repaving project on Grand Boulevard, Westbury, however, the project was completed using other funding and so, the money was never spent. Until now, federal rules blocked the reuse of funds even if the project was no longer needed. However, a newly enacted Schumer-backed law in the Consolidated Appropriations Act now gives FHWA and NYSDOT the authority to repurpose any unspent money to newer projects nearby that are needed. “The repurposing of federal transportation dollars for North Hempstead is essential to assist us in completing projects that benefit our residents and improve our infrastructure. The funding would also reduce the need for borrowing for the projects, and that’s great news for the Town and its taxpayers,” said North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth.

Representative Kathleen Rice agrees that the funding should be reappropriated and used in North Hempstead.  “Instead of letting this money continue to go unspent or seeing it diverted elsewhere, the Town of North Hempstead should be free to invest in other important local projects that are in need of funding right now, from upgrading roads in the Garden City Park Industrial Zone to completing the Hempstead Harbor Trail.” The Garden City Park design and engineering plan would cost $300,000, making the project shovel-ready and eligible for other funding. The Hempstead Harbor Trail project will cost $700,000, extending the trail to 2 miles.
The other projects that will be the revitalization of Main Street Port Washington ($500,000), with drainage and other infrastructure improvements near the LIRR station; and completing the Plandome Road culvert, connecting Leeds Pond and Manhasset Bay. The culvert is showing deterioration, and if it collapses it will sever Plandome Road, which is a major evacuation route for the Port Washington Peninsula. The Town obtained $1.5 million in state funds, for the project, with the remaining $500,000 being needed to complete the project. 

You can read more about the Senator’s urging for reallocation of the funds in Newsday and Fios1

Economic Growth in Philadelphia Assisted by Bike Infrastructure

The growth of multiple transportation modes, shared use of bikes and cars, and bicycle infrastructure have been driving real estate trends in urban areas, according to experts who participated in the Urban Land Institute’s Spring Meeting in Philadelphia this month.

“High-quality infrastructure is a key driver of real estate investment,” said moderator Edward T. McMahon, a ULI senior resident fellow. Improving the quality of public transit, roads and bridges, and bike and pedestrian infrastructure is the highest priority for addressing the nation’s estimated $2 trillion transportation infrastructure deficit. “The public’s willingness to pay for infrastructure is a top factor that will shape cities,” he said. “Funding and financing are seen as resting on cooperation.”

Significant progress has been made across the country in terms of the growth of multimodal systems, with 14 cities having heavy rail or subways, 28 having light rail, and bus rapid transit systems growing to be accepted in 36 cities. A third of all Americans now live in the nation’s top-ten-population cities, and 52 percent want to live in a place where they don’t have to rely on cars, Eldridge noted. Fewer vehicle trips are happening, and millennials, in particular, are choosing transportation modes besides driving, affecting how cities are being built. McMahon felt that more will bike as bicycle infrastructure becomes more advanced as 43 percent of all trips are less than three miles away.

Tours were also given in some of Philadelphia’s hottest neighborhoods in different stages of development, which is being driven to a great extent by the boom in the city’s millennial population, the largest increase seen in any major city since 2006. Historical destinations as well as redeveloping neighborhoods were visited, highlighting the area’s rich history, while allowing visitors to look into efforts to revitalize.

You can read more about the Spring Meeting, and a recent ULI report, Active Transportation and Real Estate: The Next Frontier, by clicking here

Car-less LI's First Annual Bike-to-Work Fashion Parade

Car-Less Long Island invites all to join for the First Annual Bike-to-Work Fashion Parade, in celebration of National Bike-to-Work Month.

The parades follows a 6.5-mile loop with a 2.3-mile cut-off for those on foot, those with small children, and for those who just want a shorter ride. The parade culminates with a Bike-to-Work Festival with prizes for the best outfits and most creative bikes. Dressing up is optional, but is way more fun! The Bike-to-Work Festival leads into Hofstra University’s Dutch Festival, with rides, games.

The parade will be held on May 7th, gathering at Hofstra University at 9am. You can register and get more information about this event here.

Freeport Cares' 7th Annual Peace March

Freeport Cares, a collaboration of the Freeport Schools, the Village of Freeport and various community-based organizations invite all to attend the 7th Annual Peace March.

The mission of Freeport Cares is to coordinate the programs and activities of the Freeport Public Schools with the Village of Freeport, the business community, local houses of worship, and Nassau County in supporting the needs of young people and families, with the goal of enhancing the well-being, educational and social success of the entire Freeport Community.

This year’s Community Peace March will be held on Saturday, May 7th at 9AM (rain or shine).  The Peach March will begin at Freeport High School, and will loop around (between a mile and a mile and a half). Marchers are asked to wear something yellow- the color representing hope, and especially, hope for peace.

There will also be a Health and Wellness Fair at the end of the March, with light snacks being served.

Island Harvest and Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger May 14th

Island Harvest and the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) are again joining forces for the 24th-annual Stamp Out Hunger campaign on Saturday, May 14, 2016, as part of the nation’s largest single-day food drive. Postal carriers throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties will collect nonperishable food items left by caring Long Islanders who want to be part of the solution in ending hunger in our communities. All food collected will benefit Island Harvest in providing supplemental food support to the more than 316,000 Long Islanders at risk of going hungry every day.

Participation in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive is simple. Residents are asked to leave nonperishable food items such as canned goods, pasta, rice, boxed juices and shelf-stable milk (please, no glass items) next to their mailboxes before regularly scheduled mail delivery on Saturday, May 14, 2016. The postal carriers will do the rest. 

Last year, generous Long Islanders donated 346,000 pounds of food to the Stamp Out Hunger collection event, translating into 288,333 meals to assist food-insecure residents in Nassau and Suffolk. This year’s sponsoring partners of the NALC Stamp Out Hunger collection include Stop & Shop, and the United States Postal Service.

For more information about Stamp Out Hunger, click here.

LI Business Council’s next meeting, Thursday, May 19th Featuring Bill Millett on Economic Benefits of Early Childhood Education

On Thursday, May 19th, from 8:00am to 10:00am, The Long Island Business Council will be holding a worksession at the East Farmingdale Fire Department, located at 930 Conklin Street in Farmingdale. The Long Island Business Council is a group of small business leaders who are dedicated to regulatory relief, tax and utility stabilization for the average small business owner in addition to infrastructure investment towards Long Island’s downtowns.

This meeting will include special guest speaker Bill Millett from Scope View Strategic Advantage who will address the “Economic Benefits of Early Childhood Education”. NYS Senator Phil Boyle will provide an Albany update and Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy will present a proposal for post-Sand infrastructure.

Breakfast will be available for attendees. As a member of the Long Island Business Council you can pre-register at any time, at no cost. The fee for non-members is $45.00.

To RSVP, or for more information, please call (877) 811-7471, or email

American Planning Association Hosts Annual Arthur Kunz Memorial Scholarship Breakfast

The Long Island Section of the American Planning Association is hosting its annual Arthur Kunz Memorial Scholarship Breakfast on May 20th.  Details at:  This year’s event will focus on parking technology and innovation.  Panelists will provide insight on the next generation of parking technology that is being implemented throughout the region.  Several municipal officials from across Long Island will also share their experience with public/private parking solutions, smart meter technology, site design, regulatory tools and other ways that communities are tackling the issue of parking management.  Vision Long Island Sustainability Director Elissa Kyle will be moderating the panel on Sustainable Parking and Management. AICP CM Credits have been requested. 

When:  May 20th, 2016, 8am – 12pm
Where:  The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, Molloy Suffolk Center at Republic Airport, Farmingdale, NY
Full Details and Registration:

Sustainable Living Film Series Presents- Live and Let Live

All are invited to join the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College and Open the Cages Alliance for a screening of the award-winning documentary Live and Let Live, part of the Sustainable Living Film Series.

Live and Let Live is a 2013 feature documentary examining our relationship with animals, the history of veganism and the ethical, environmental and health reasons that move people to go vegan. 

Food scandals, climate change, lifestyle diseases and ethical concerns move more and more people to reconsider eating animals and animal products. From butcher to vegan chef, from factory farmer to farm sanctuary owner – Live and Let Live tells the stories of six individuals who decided to stop consuming animal products for different reasons and shows the impact the decision has had on our lives. 

Vegan hor d'oeuvres will be served at 6PM, with the program beginning at 7:15PM on Thursday, May 26th at the Madison Theater at Molloy College Center, 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre. Admission is free, with a $5 suggested donation at the door. You can check out the trailer here. For more information, please call (516) 323-4510 or email

Fair and Affordable Housing Land Use and Zoning Training

The Long Island Housing Partnership and St. Joseph’s College Institute for Attainable Homes will be presenting professional development training in Fair and Affordable Housing Land Use and Zoning of Friday, June 3rd from 9AM to 2PM. St, Joseph’s College is located at 155 West Roe Blvd. In Patchogue.

Topics such as fair housing requirements, affordable housing planning, zoning, land use and design techniques, affordable housing financing and community economic benefits will be covered. As part of St. Joseph’s Center for Community Solutions, the Institute of Attainable Homes aims to support the growth of sustainable communities through intentional development and revitalization of homes, neighborhoods and communities in order to meet the needs of new residents, and ensure access to a good quality of life for all Long Islanders.

Cost for the training is only $25, and includes breakfast and lunch. To register, click here. For more information, contact Kara Felton at (631) 687-2402, or Sharon Mullon, D. Min., from the Long Island Housing Partnership, Inc. at (631) 435-4710, ext. 329.

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless Hosts Grand Opening Celebration

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is pleased to announce their Grand Opening Celebration at their new facility in Amityville. Attendees can tour the newly renovated Community Resource Center and garden while learning about the different programs and services that are offered by organizations in the building. You can visit Long Island Coalition for the Homeless’ website by clicking here.

More details will be coming, so be sure to save the date! Friday, June 10th from 6pm-9pm at 600 Albany Avenue, Amityville. $50 per person includes a casual, barbeque-style dinner.

Help Wanted

Support NYS Amendments to the “MTA Payroll Tax” provide needed local transportation funding

A constant struggle for communities on Long Island is the fight to have New York State bring back a portion of the MTA tax that employers are paying without receiving any local benefits.

Attached are two proposed companion amendments to the Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Mobility Tax, also known as the “MTA Payroll Tax,” that have been introduced in Albany this year, Senate Bill #7294 introduced by Senator Martins (2015) and Bill #9725 introduced by Assemblyman Ramos and sponsored by Assembly members Solages and Thiele.  

These changes to the existing MTA Payroll Tax structure would provide Long Island with significant new funding for vital transportation investments, helping to alleviate the burden of tight budgets on municipalities. To date, employers in the counties of New York (Manhattan), Bronx, Kings (Brooklyn), Richmond (Staten Island), Queens, Nassau, Orange, Suffolk, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess, and Westchester, have contributed nearly $1.5 billion dollars to the MTA.  Communities outside of New York City do not receive a proportionate benefit for the contribution paid by local employers.

The amendments call for using MTA Payroll Tax dollars to bring the downstate counties to a 50% local match of the operating costs of public transportation.  This will address some of the existing inequity in Nassau and Suffolk without hurting the other counties.  Both County Executives, as well as a large and growing number of local elected officials, employers, local chambers of commerce and residents strongly support this change.

Please contact your New York State representative in the Senate and Assembly, urging them to support these amendments.

Applications Being Accepted for Housing Lottery in Melville

Applications are now being accepted for entry into a lottery for 1-,2-. and 3-bedroon Limited Equity Co-ops in Melville.

The newly constructed two- story townhome buildings are located on Ruland Road in Melville, NY. They will include one, two, and three bedroom units with a veteran’s preference, as well as mobility and hearing impaired units. The property is located in the highly ranked Half Hollow Hills Central School District with retail shops and transportation nearby. The project amenities in each unit include Energy Star appliances, central air systems, and accessible parking for tenants. The project also will include a tennis court, clubhouse, outdoor play area, and garden space.

To be eligible for Limited Equity Co-ops, all prospective owners’ incomes must be verified and certified by onsite housing staff.  Monthly Maintenance ranges between $1106 and $2063 a month, with annual income ranges between $37,920 and $92,400. 

Applications must be postmarked no later than May 20th, 2016, with the lottery being help early June 2016. For an application, you can click here, or call (516) 437-0900 x 20

NYMTC Seeks Input on Regional Plan for Future Transportation Funding

New York Metropolitan Transportation Council will be hosting three Long Island community workshops for the public to share their ideas and comments on Plan 2045, which will guide the future use of federal transportation funding for the region.

Those that join the meeting will be able to share ideas to shape the plan, view and comment on proposed projects, proposals and studies, review the proposed regional goals and desired outcomes, and learn more about the vision of the Council.

Suffolk (West)
May 9th, 3PM and 6PM 
Republic Airport- 715 Republic Airport, Farmingdale

May 11th, 3PM and 6PM
Riverhead Legislative Auditorium, Suffolk County Legislature
300 Center Drive, Riverhead

May 12th, 3PM and 6PM
Nassau County Legislative Chamber
1550 Franklin Avenue, Mineola

You can learn more about the regional plan by clicking here

USDA Announces Conservation Innovation Grants


The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications for their Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). The CIG focus for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 is Water Quality and Conservation Finance. The total amount of funding for the program will be up to $20 million.

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) are competitive grants that stimulate the development and adoption of innovative approaches and technologies for conservation on agricultural lands. CIG uses Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or nongovernmental organizations, American Indian Tribes, or individuals. Producers involved in CIG funded projects must be EQIP eligible. 10 percent of CIG funding will be set aside for projects benefitting historically underserved producers, farmers or ranchers who are military veterans, or organizations comprised of or representing these individuals.

Applications are due May 10th. For more information, click here.

Federal Transit Administration Announces Bus Grant Program

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is now accepting applications for the grant funded Bus and Bus Facilities Program. A total of $211 million will be available for this year’s grant opportunity. Tribal, state, county, city and township governmental entities may apply.

The purpose of the Bus Program is to improve the condition of the nation’s public transportation bus fleets, expand transportation access to employment, educational, and healthcare facilities, and to improve mobility options in rural and urban areas throughout the country.  In accordance with the statutory requirement that FTA must “consider the age and condition of buses, bus fleets, related equipment, and bus-related facilities”, FTA will prioritize projects that demonstrate how they will address significant repair and maintenance needs, improve the safety of transit systems, deploy connective projects that include advanced technologies to connect bus systems with other networks, and support the creation of ladders of opportunity.

Applications are due May 13th. For more information, click here

NYS Grant Opportunity for Local Municipalities

Vision Long Island wants to alert local municipalities and supporters of downtown redevelopment to this grant opportunity from NYS that is due in the coming weeks.  Long Island has 60 downtown business districts with revitalization plans and over 40 that have been actively redeveloping their downtowns for many years. We want to be sure that all business districts have an opportunity to complete and review this appication in a timely fashion.

As part of the 2016 New York State Budget Governor Andrew M. Cuomo included The Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI).  The DRI will invest $10 million in one community in each of the ten regions across New York State that are ripe for development in order to transform them into vibrant communities where tomorrow’s workforce will want to live, work and raise their families. The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council has been asked to nominate one downtown in the Long Island region that is best positioned to take advantage of this DRI funding.

The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council next meeting will be Monday, May 9, 2016 at Hofstra University, David S. Mack Student Center where a representative from the New York Department of State will be presenting on the Downtown Revitalization Initiative and will take questions from the audience. Registration for this meeting can be found at .

Applications must be submitted electronically to<> by no later than Friday, May 20, 2016. For more information on the criteria or application, contact the local Empire State Development office at 631-435-0717 or your local assemblyman or senator.

Help Wanted

Full-time COC Compliance Manager Position Available in Amityville

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is seeking applicants for a Full-Time Continuum of Care (COC) Compliance Manager in their main office located in Amityville.  This position requires a strong ability to research and understand policies and regulations; strategic planning; compliance monitoring, training and coordination of multiple groups and activities.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Maintain thorough knowledge of housing programs’ regulations and environmental review process;  assist Executive Director in monitoring and evaluating CoC programs and the provision of technical assistance as appropriate; coordination with Associate Director and HMIS staff for COC-related reporting; preparation of statistical reports pertaining to homelessness and housing; support Associate Director in development and implementation of initiatives to end homelessness, including facilitation and chairing of subcommittees as appropriate.

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). A criminal background check will be required before employment is offered.

Interested parties should submit a resume and salary requirements via email. For more information about this position, please click here. Please do not call Long Island Coalition for the Homeless regarding this position. 

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
Big Laughs in Bay Shore Comedy Night!
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

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

East Hampton

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
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
Phantogram w/ Son Little
Tickets and more information available here

Heckscher Museum

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

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

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

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Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
Showtimes at Islip Cinemas


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
The Producers


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

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

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

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street, Patchogue

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street,
 Port Jefferson

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


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

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

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

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


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

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

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


Southampton Historical Museum

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

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

Time to Shift from Regionalism to Local

As a movement, folks who support smart growth and downtown redevelopment on Long Island have been shifting away from regionalism for some time largely because consensus can be and is achieved on a local level. The public trusts their neighbors, small businesses, local mayor or municipality at higher levels than the divisiveness and chaos on the national level or other big governments, entities and interests. Downtowns are best planned and managed locally - not from afar.

In addition to the support of local markets, autonomy, and placemaking, the writer unearthed a couple of great quotes from Jane Jacobs on what would be her 100th birthday this week:

"How is bigger administration, with labyrinths nobody can comprehend or navigate, an improvement over crazy-quilt township and suburban governments?"

She went on to ridicule the idea of regionalism as "escapism from intellectual helplessness" predicated on the delusion that the problems planners are unable to solve at the local level will somehow be more easily addressed on a larger-scale, concluding that "no other expertise can substitute for locality knowledge in planning."

You can read the article by Leonard Gilroy in the Wall Street Journal here

Smart Talk

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

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