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Ruskin Moscou Faltischek

Founded in 1968, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek has since emerged as the preeminent Long Island law firm. As specialized as they are diverse, they have built cornerstone groups in all of the major practice areas of law and service a diverse and sophisticated clientele. With more than 60 attorneys, superior knowledge of the law, polished business acumen and proven credentials, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek has earned a reputation for excellence and success.

The strength of Ruskin Moscou Faltischek’s resources greatly enhances what they can accomplish for their clients – to not only solve problems, but to create opportunities. They take pride in going beyond what is expected from most real estate attorney or general practice law firms.

It is commonplace for Ruskin Moscou Faltischek’s real estate attorneys and other team attorneys to be actively involved within the communities in which they work and live. This includes lecturing and participating in professional groups and associations, serving on leading corporate, school and government boards, and working in charitable and civic organizations. They truly value their clients and communities.

“This resolution is a step forward to expand bus service while cutting our deficit. Expanding bus service helps take cars off the road and provides opportunity and access for thousands of Suffolk County residents. I commend Legislator Schneiderman for his continued leadership to make Sunday bus service a reality in Suffolk County and working alongside me to expand service and provide deficit relief. I also want to thank our state delegation for their hard work to get Suffolk County’s transit aid increased by approximately $2 million.” - Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone speaking on the bill to extend Sunday bus hours on the East End.

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Please join us for the 2013 Smart Growth Awards!

Friday, June 14th, 2013
11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
The Huntington Hilton
Melville, NY

For over a decade, Vision Long Island has been honoring the individuals and organizations that display true Smart Growth leadershipin advancing projects, policies, regulations and initiatives. Specific focus areas include mixed-use development, affordable housing, environmental health and safety, open space and historic preservation, traffic calming and pedestrian safety, transportation enhancements,clean energy, downtown revitalization and/or community-based planning.

Award recipients stand out in their ability to demonstrate one or more of these basic principles:

- Mix land uses
- Take advantage of compact building design
- Create housing choices for a range of household types, family sizes and incomes
- Create walkable neighborhoods
- Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strongsense of place
- Preserve open space, farmland, historic buildings and critical environmental areas


- Strengthen existing communities and achieve more balanced regional development
- Provide a variety of transportation choices
- Make development decisions predictable, fair and cost
- Encourage citizen and stakeholder participation in development decisions
- Utilize clean energy and green building development

Vision is proud to announce our newest Honoree!

Vision is pleased to announce our newest honoree for Regional Leadership Congressman Peter King for his successful work against the odds in delivering the Sandy Relief Act this year and the Federal Transportation bill last year. We will behonoring him and an excellent group of LI leaders and projects.

Regional Leadership
United States Representative Peter King

Regional Leadership
Superstorm Sandy Cleanup and Rebuilding Volunteers

Creating a Mix of Uses
LaunchPad Mineola
Andrew Hazen, Richard Foster
Peter Goldsmith, LISTnet

Smithtown Main Street
Lavena Sipes, Courtney Sipes Memorial Foundation
Mark Mancini, Smithtown Chamber of Commerce

Revitalizing Communities
"Yes We Can" Community Center, New Cassel
Town of North Hempstead

Revitalizing Communities
Central Islip Revitalization
Hon. Steve Flotteron, Town of Islip
Central Islip Coalition of Good Neighbors

Smart Planning
Republic Station, East Farmingdale
Town of Babylon

Smart Planning
Connect Long Island
Suffolk County

Bolt Bus

Clean Energy
Clean Energy Programs

Housing Choices
Linden Knolls, Hempstead
D & F Development

Envrionmental & Historic Preservation
Joy Squires
Huntington Conservation Board


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The Long Island Business Council holds worksession with Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice

On Thursday May 9th, the Long Island Business Council held their most recent worksession with over 120 participants including featured speakers included Supervisor of the Town of Hempstead Kate Murray, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, along with additional remarks from Jed Morey of the Long Island Press.  The speakers, though experts in three different fields, discussed how their work affects small businesses in communities all over the island.

Supervisor Murray provided some insight on the redevelop project for the Nassau Coliseum and the properties surrounding it and gave an overview of the development zone adopted by the town, the Mitchel Field Mixed Use (MFM) District Alternative, a key factor which would allow the project to move quicker and more efficiently.

“It is the largest piece of property in the area and an opportunity to create a great project...[and] a zone that is sustainable and economically viable.”

She discussed the importance of the site for both the Town and the County, which will provide for a significant amount of development density. It would also allow much needed and realistic roadway improvements, including “complete streets” with integrated bike lanes and walkways, which would complement a renovated coliseum in a new, vibrant mixed use development.

The property has many different permitted uses including hotel/conference centers, offices, retail stores, restaurants, research and educational facilities, non-commercial park and recreational spaces, mixed use housing, and parking/public transportation facilities. “With the zone in place, we have absolutely streamlined the process. The property is flexible and feel that there will be very little tweaking to be done.” She was happy and impressed with some of the developers and their proposals and acknowledged their quality and innovative work, “we want to provide assistance and be a partner in this scenario,” she said.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice pointed out that while a group of business leaders is not her usual crowd, safety in communities is an important factor for maintaining a strong business. She discussed the challenges she faced in streamlining a department that had for so long used traditional and often ineffective methods of public safety.

“It needed to be more proactive with a comprehensive vision. [The department] should be part of the community; its various civic groups, businesses, leaders, and places of faith...we went from being an island to a community,” Rice said adding that only standing on the frontlines and reaching out to the community for help is the first step in stopping crime.

The DA can play an important role in helping businesses in both the private and public sectors, Rice said. She discussed the links between safety and the economic viability of a community, highlighting that safe communities are economically secure communities, that people who are employed are rarely people who resort to crime, and that maintained public infrastructure are not only financially, desirable but they are “kryptonite for crime.”

Finally, she closed out by stressing the importance of ethical leadership and supporting healthy competition, not places who play by their own rules or cheat the system, is one step in that direction. Public and government officials, business owners, and community leaders should abide by a moral code in order to protect the people in their communities and help their businesses grow.

“Long Island is a unique physical and cultural place, it must grow and evolve from the provincial concepts. We need mixed use planning, green space and downtown transportation hubs. If we don’t evolve and let go of outdated suburban visions, we will continue to be the island of the forgotten. We all live here. When we move forward, our exploited neighborhoods will receive the business and investments they deserve.”

In the final remarks, Jed Morey spoke about the business of journalism and how economic growth and healthy businesses are important to journalism. “We didn’t have to wait until the financial crisis to know how important businesses are to our business,” Morey said, adding that his business relies on advertisements, especially because it is a free service which is delivered in print and can be found online, but that drops when businesses can’t afford to pay for it anymore, “we’re nervous when we see cutbacks and consolidations of newsrooms” he said.

He also discussed the matter of public trust in the info that they provide and how the media can affects the lives of the people in Long Island communities. “Great writing is key,” Morey said, “you need a tough and vibrant media, to hold public officials accountable...we challenge people to do better.”

“We need to be speaking about issues collectively. We have very bright and enthusiastic and engaged community members and there is a spirit of collaboration that is happening on this island,” Morey said.

You can read more on this meeting at Newsday.

Pictured (L-R): Bob Fonti - Long Island Business Council, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Rich Bivone - Long Island Business Council, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Eric Alexander - Vision Long Island

Pictured (L-R): Peter Florey - D&F Development, Dr. Elana Zolfo - Dowling College, Steven Rosetti - Suffolk County IDA, Dennis Grossman - DMI Group, Steve Schwimmer - Renaissance Merchant Services, Delores Rome - East Meadow Chamber of Commerce

Pictured (L-R): Bill Bonnesso - Forchelli Curto Deegan, Howard Avrutine - Avrutine and Associates, Warren Tackenberg - Nassau County Village Officials Association, Irwin Krasnow - Area Real Estate, Eric Weinstock - CA Rich, Linda Bianculli - Town of Oyster Bay, Dr. Nathalia Rogers - Dowling College

Pictured (L-R): Craig Rizzo - NuHealth, Rich Bivone - Long Island Business Council, Mike Deery - Town of Hempstead, Sal Ferrarra - Electrical Training Center, Sanford Berland - Huntington Town Democratic Committee, Huntington Town Councilwoman Susan Berland

Pictured (L-R): Vita Scaturra - Community National Bank, Scott Martella - Office of NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo, Jeannine Maynard - Uniondale Community Council, Cory Bearak - Queens Chamber of Commerce, Luis Vazquez - Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Pictured (L-R): Bill Patterson - Town of Hempstead, Zahid Syed - Town of Hempstead, Henry Holley, Steve Schwimmer - Renaissance Merchant Services, Mayer Horn - Greenman-Pederson, Inc, Herb Flores - Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs

Sunday bus service bill passed in the Suffolk County Legislature

As of Tuesday evening, the Sunday bus service bill was passed unanimously by the Suffolk County Legislature. The bill, a result of a compromise between Legislator Jay Schneiderman of Montauk and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, is a major victory for Suffolk bus riders because it will create a better, more reliable service for those who depend on public transportation, especially for work, and bolster the County’s economy.

“This resolution is a step forward to expand bus service while cutting our deficit,” Bellone said. “Expanding bus service helps take cars off the road and provides opportunity and access for thousands of Suffolk County residents. I commend Legislator Schneiderman for his continued leadership to make Sunday bus service a reality in Suffolk County and working alongside me to expand service and provide deficit relief. I also want to thank our state delegation for their hard work to get Suffolk County’s transit aid increased by approximately $2 million.”

The bill is an amended resolution that directs $1.1 million in unanticipated State Transportation Operating Assistance, which was included in the 2013-2014 New York State budget, that will be used to expand the Sunday bus service for the Suffolk County Transit. The resolution also calls on the Suffolk County Department of Public Works (DPW) to apply for $1 million in federal Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) funding. Word on whether or not the application was accepted will be expected in June.

The additional service will be implemented as a one-year pilot period, after which a report will be created on the feasability of continuing it. The new service is an extension of the pilot program implemented two years ago that allowed for Sunday bus service between Memorial Day and Columbus Day on two East End routes. That service was subsidized by a 25 cent fare increase on those ride.

“We are building upon the successful pilot program for Sunday bus service we launched two years ago on the East End,” said Legislator Schneiderman. “Sunday is a busy day for retail and service-oriented businesses. Employees need to get to work and employers need a workforce they can depend on.”

The bill was co-sponsored by Legislator Al Krupski of Cutchogue, who noted that, “Many businesses on the East End, including in my North Fork legislative district, rely on public transportation to get workers to their jobs, especially during the summer season.”

This bill will help improve the lives of students, workers and community members that do not own a car and will have the opportunity to take advantage of one more day of public transportation. Expanding bus service could also help take cars off the road and provides opportunity and access for thousands of Suffolk County residents.

The passage of the bill is the result of the work of many organizations including: Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Vision Long Island, Legislator Jay Schneiderman, and the Welfare the Work Commission of the Suffolk County Legislature. It is also due to the hard work of the Bus Riders' Union, Ana Giraldo, and Richard Koubek, the community outreach coordinator, for their tireless advocacy.

Vision Long Island supports the passage of this bill and applauds the County government for helping to expand service for those who need it.

For more information please visit the Tri-State Transportation blog, Long Island Business News, and the Suffolk Times.

EmPower Solar Student Competition offers $1,000 scholarship and trip to U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon, deadline May 24th

EmPower Solar is encouraging Long Island and New York City students to recognize the benefits of solar power through a multi-faceted competiton that encompasses a combination of STEM and creative components. Teams of 2-4 students will submit an original research-based essay and creative video project to EmPower Solar and compete for an all-expense paid trip to California and a $1,000 per person scholarship.

Deadline for participation: May 24th, 2013
Deadline for submission: July 1, 2013
Trip Dates: October 10-13, 2013

For details about the competition click here.
To download the permission agreement form click here.

About the U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon:

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a program that aims to help the visiting public learn about the benefits of applying sustainable, energy efficient, and cost-saving features to their own homes. Collegiate teams of university students compete in various contests, including architecture, engineering, energy balance, and market appeal.

The 2013 U.S Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 will take place on October 3-13, 2013, at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California. Winners of the EmPower Solar Student Competition will attend the DEO decathlon from Thursday, October 10 to Sunday, October 13, 2013. This event will showcase 20 highly efficient, solar-powered houses in a specially constructed solar village at the Orange County Great Park. 

The LICH is looking for nominations for its “Unsung Hero” Award, deadline July 1st

The Keys for the Homeless Planning Committee has announced its call for nominations for the “Unsung Hero” award, which name two awardees, one of which will be chosen by the community, who have a passion for helping people in need. The award will be presented at the Keys for the Homeless Conference on October 25, 2013 at Touro Law Center.

This award recognizes direct care and/or line staff individuals or volunteers who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of others. The person must show enthusiasm, dedication, and a history of working with and/or assisting persons in need.
The deadline for nomination submission is July 1, 2013 (postmarked, if mailed). You may send any completed nominations to the following address:

Unsung Hero Award
LI Coalition for the Homeless
38 Old Country Road
Second Floor
Garden City, NY 11530

Only complete nominations received by the deadline will be considered. Nominations may also be faxed to the number above or emailed to; however, due to potential issues with spam filters and similar, it is the sender’s responsibility to confirm receipt by LICH.  If you fax or email a nomination and do not hear back that they have received it, please call to ensure delivery.  Emailed or faxed submissions MUST BE SENT BEFORE July 1, 2013.

For more information, please feel free to email

“Source the Station” revitalization plan receives praise from the community

This past Tuesday, the residents of Huntington Station were revealed the latest revitalization plans, a presentation which took place at Town Hall, to turn the area into a vibrant, downtown with restaurants, shops, and live entertainment.

The Huntington Station Development Strategy was presented by Renaissance Downtowns, the master developer behind the plan. The presentation was followed by a brief question and answer session and though the residents had plenty of inquiries regarding issues such as parking,  long term plans, vacant stores, and an estimation on when the plan would be completed, the plan received positive reviews. Many even showed up in their “Source the Station” t-shirts.

"I wanted to hear what they had to say and offer some ideas of my own," Tom D'Ambrosio said. "I like what I heard."

"Just imagine what this could be," Huntington Station resident Kimberly Hawkins said. "It's going to be an energetic, vibrant downtown that will boost up the area's economy."

The master developer's Source the Station website was one of the factors that helped garner community support, with roughly 800 members in total. If you go to the website, it asks its members to propose and vote on suggestions to revitalize the neighborhood. Voter submitted ideas included bookshops, restaurants and cafes, and retail center near the LIRR stop, and some food stands.

"We are taking a very collaborative approach," said Ryan Porter, vice president for planning and development for Renaissance Downtowns. "This is an ongoing iterative process with the residents, the town and other stakeholders."

There is, unfortunately, mistrust among the business owners and residents in the area in the government and the developers. The promise of revitalization has been made before, but none were followed through. Porter acknowledged these issues and ensured the public that his team will work hard to put these plans in motion.

Town Supervisor Frank Petrone said he is impressed with Renaissance and its process of engaging the community and the product that effort produced. "But more important than the product, is the comments from people in the community," he said. "Many that you have never seen before, they are not the regulars or the soapbox stars."

For further reading, please visit Newsday or the Huntington Patch.

The reviews are in: New roundabouts in Huntington are a hit!

Drivers in Huntington may have noticed a couple of recent additions just north of the village on New York Avenue. The town has installed two brand new roundabouts in order to improve flow of traffic through what had been a couple of real bottlenecks along the heavily travelled road. As a follow up the local Huntington Patch recently asked residents what they thought of the new new circular additions and, for the most part, the comments have been very positive.

Here are a few select comments:

Babaloo stated, "The traffic circles on NY Ave work better than I ever imagined. The day they removed the traffic lights and opened the circles, traffic flowed with virtually no wait. A few people are a bit timid, but in time, they will get the hang of it. Sorry it wasn't done years ago. Nice job..."

Patch user Rachel noted, "YES they are perfect! I used to have to wait at that light for over 10 minutes if someone wasn't paying attention and now there is ZERO wait time. It is fantastic, I wonder why it wasn't done sooner!"

L P said, "I had my doubts, but I LOVE them No idea why the NY Ave pair work so well, and the Gerard street one is always the scene of conflict I think TOH should maybe have instructional signs of some sort Roundabaouts are relatively unusual here."

Regina Della Penna chimed in, "Absolutely think they are the best thing to happen to driving! Shaves at least 5 minutes off my commute! We need one at the intersection of Washington/Mill Dam/Lone Oak/Fleets Cove."

Jim R. also had a positve review, "Love them, they are fantastic. But I agree that people need to realize that you have to YIELD to the traffic in the circle. In addition, when in the circle, do not stop to allow cars to enter."

Seems as though residents are starting to the get the hang of driving in roundabouts! Vision is happy to see these improvements in place and is proud to have fought for the creation of Huntington's original roundabout on Gerard Street right outside the Huntington Post Office.

Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander noted that this is "Good news for the walkability and efficiency of our roadways. The Roundabouts in Huntington on NY Ave. are up and the early reviews are positive. Of course there are many other Roundabouts around our region in Patchogue, Middle Island, Huntington and Great Neck."

To join the conversation head on over to the Huntington Patch.

Robin Hood Foundation profiled on 60 Minutes

Robin Hood Foundation’s executive director David Saltzman and co-founder Paul Tudor Jones were featured on last week’s broadcast of 60 Minutes, which highlighted some of foundation’s grantees and their incredible work and provided viewers to take a closer look at their approach to combating the issue of poverty.

The Robin Hood Foundation is a charity which finds, funds, and partners with various programs that demonstrate they are an effective remedy to poverty. All proceeds and donations go directly to helping New Yorkers in need rebuild better lives.

Among the topics discussed was their successful 12-12-12 benefit concert at Madison Square Garden. The concert raised $50 million to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The event was organized within a matter of weeks and featured some of the biggest acts in history, such as Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, and Bruce Springsteen.

You can watch the full story in its entirety on CBS News. You can also find additional reporting on 60 Minutes Overtime.

Federal Government to make funds available for Sewage Plant upgrades

The federal government announced last Thursday that it will begin distributing funds to local areas in the form of loans and grants administered through the EPA and aimed at repairing and strengthening sewage plants with New York slated to receive approximately $340 million. The plan comes as a result of the estimated 11 billion gallons of raw sewage that flooded waterways and streets across the northern East Coast during Superstorm Sandy.

Long Island was included in that total with the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant on Nassaus's South Shore knocked out of service for over 40 hours with a result of around 100 million gallons of untreated sewage flowing into Hewlett Bay. The plant was not returned to full operations for 44 days, causing approximately 2 billion gallons of partially treated sewage to flow through the plant.

The Bay Park plant will apply for a grant through New York State's Revolving Funds Program according to a spokesman for Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. Mangano also released a statement saying, "We are presently working with a federal-state-county team that will clearly compete for those dollars to help mitigate our sewage treatment plants, implement clean water projects and help clean debris from our waterways."

A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone stated that they are working with New York State to identify eligible projects for funding including installation of flood walls, watertight doors, backup generators, and relocation of electricalt systems or even whole treatment facilities.

Not everyone thinks so highly of the plan however, according to Angela Anderson, director of the Climate Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Citizens, equating it to a band-aid. "Handing out grants on a piecemeal approach is not the long-term answer,"she said, "The federal government needs a nationwide plan to provide funds to all coastal communities, not just the ones hit hard by Sandy, to adapt to the changes global warming is bringing."

Vision Long Island welcomes the influx of funding to help strengthen local infrastructure in a manner that will prevent spills such as the one that occured at Bay Park.

You can read more on the funding over at Newsday, and at the EPA's newsroom.

Federal grants available from the Department of Transportation and National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced a fifth round of the popular TIGER transportation grant program. DOT is seeking surface transportation projects that have a significant impact on the nation, a region, or a metropolitan area.

The DOT is authorized to award $473.847 million in TIGER Discretionary Grants pursuant to the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (Pub. L. 113-6, March 26, 2013).  This appropriation is similar, but not identical to the appropriation for the “TIGER” program authorized and implemented pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the “Recovery Act”). Because of the similarity in program structure, DOT will continue to refer to the program as ‘‘TIGER Discretionary Grants.’’ As with previous rounds of TIGER, funds for the FY 2013 TIGER program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area or a region.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to look through Frequently Asked Questions, webinars and other guidance at the Application Resources page.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2013

The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC), announces the posting of the U.S. Forest Service FY 2014 Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share grant program. This year, there are three grant categories:

  • Making Urban Trees and Forests More Resilient to the Impacts of Natural Disasters and the Long-term Impacts of Climate Change
  • Green Infrastructure Jobs Analysis
  • Utilizing Green Infrastructure to Manage and Mitigate Stormwater to Improve Water Quality

The request for proposal, instructions, proposal template, and required application forms may be downloaded:

Applications are to be submitted to by 11:59 PM EST July 15, 2013. Interested public may also download a copy of the application and instructions from reference: CFDA 10.675.

For more information or assistance, contact: Nancy Stremple, Executive Staff by phone 202-205-7829 or by email

Announcement of a new transportation enhancement program application round

The Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP) is a federal reimbursement program under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), administered by the New York Department of Transportation (NYSDOT).

In recognition that transportation systems are influenced and impacted by more than the condition of the traditional highway and bridge infrastructure, this program enables funding for transportation projects of cultural, aesthetic, historic and environmental significance.

Eligible projects must fall into one or more categories established by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The categories are listed on the "What Types of Projects Are Eligible" link on this Web site. Additionally, the project must have a transportation relationship with the surface transportation system and must be available for public access and use.

This program enables many sponsors and applicants to participate. Applications for this program must be submitted by sponsors as described on the "Who Can Sponsor Enhancement Projects?" link on this Web site. The TEP requires the project sponsor or applicant to up-front the cost of the project and request reimbursement. Each project requires a minimum matching share of 20% of the total project cost. Innovative finance features are available to minimize the cash outlay for applicants and sponsors.

On May 2, 2013, New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald announced that applications are being accepted for funding of transportation projects through the Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP).

Municipalities and not-for-profit groups are eligible to apply for funding. Applications submitted by not-for-profit organizations must be sponsored by a governmental entity.

Eligible projects must fall into one or more of five (5) federally established eligibility cateories. See "What Types of Projects Are Eligible" link on this website.

Thirty million dollars will be available for this application round.

Applications must be submitted to a NYSDOT Region on or by August 16, 2013. Awards will be announced by the end of the year.

This will be the last round of TEP, as the new surface transportation act, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), ended the Transportation Enhancement Program as a standalone program.

For further information on funding, rules & requirements, the Guidebook for application preparation, a fillable application form, a list of NYSDOT Regional TEP Coordinators, and, when available, workshop schedules, please visit the website.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announdes funding for installation of end-use wind energy systems

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announces the availability of approximately $13.8 million in incentives to encourage the installation of end-use wind energy systems for residential, commercial, institutional or government use. The incentives, of up to $100,000 per site/customer, will be paid to Eligible Installers who install new approved grid-connected wind energy systems using qualified equipment, in accordance with the eligibility requirements. An on-site wind energy system is connected on the customer’s side of the electric meter and electricity generated by the system offsets the customer’s electricity purchases.

  • Eligibility: Installers must demonstrate that they have adequate training and experience installing wind energy systems, including wind turbines and towers, and must be authorized by the wind turbine manufacturer or distributor to be an installer of the Eligible Wind Turbine. Installers must be approved by NYSERDA before they may submit an application on behalf of a customer.
  • Funding: Approximately $13.8 million
  • Deadline: The program will continue through December 31, 2015 or until funds are fully committed, whichever comes first.
Contact: NYSERDA PON 2439
17 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-6399
Phone: 1-866-NYSERDA (697-3732)

New Grants for Nassau and Suffolk County First Time Homebuyers

Community Housing Innovations (CHI) Offers Assistance to Families Earning nearly $100,000

- Applicants Eligible Up to 90% of AMI -

April 12, 2013: In 16 years, Community Housing Innovations (CHI) has provided over $11 million in down payment assistance grants to over 450 first time homebuyers with incomes up to 80% of the Area Median Income.  Today, however, thanks to an award of $640,000 from the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation, the nonprofit agency is expanding its First-Time Homebuyer Assistance Program on Long Island to households up to 90% of AMI, which is currently $96,320 for a family of four. The move to assist higher income households is part of an ongoing effort by the organization to increase work force housing options and to recognize an underserved market – namely, first-time homebuyers making too much money to be considered low-income, but who are still unable to afford the expensive housing market in Westchester.

The CHI Homebuyer Assistance Program offers grants of up to $25,000 each for households at or below 90% of AMI, with the actual amount based on the need of the applicant. Each grant will include a mortgage with a recapture obligation balance that will decline to zero after 10 years.  To qualify, the property must be within Nassau or Suffolk County and may be a house, coop or condo. Reflecting the state’s commitment to improve existing housing, at least 51% of the value of the grant must be applied to renovation work to restore the home and implement energy efficiency initiatives.

In order to be eligible for the grants, prospective homebuyers must attend a first-time homebuyer orientation seminar and complete an application documenting that their overall gross household income does not exceed the maximum income guidelines. The 2012 maximum income  for Westchester is $67,469 for an individual; $77,056 for a two-person family; $86,733 for three-person family; and $96,320 for a four-person family, etc. The homebuyer must be able to contribute at least 3% of the purchase price into the transaction. Orientation is scheduled for Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood. Anyone interested in obtaining a grant must go to CHI’s website at and register for an orientation before applying.

“Nassau and Suffolk County have a critical need for affordable and workforce housing,” stated Alexander Roberts, Executive Director of Community Housing Innovations. “In addition to assisting low and moderate income families, which have been the cornerstone of our down payment assistance program, with a somewhat higher income limit, CHI can also help two income families who currently exceed most thresholds for assistance.”

For more information on Community Housing Innovation’s Homebuyer Assistance Program, call Julie Stern, Senior Manager, Homeownership, 914-595-0979 or

Island Harvest food collection, Stamp Out Hunger on May 11th

This week, Island Harvest is partnering with the National Association of Letter Carriers to collect food for people who are in need on Long Island.

Over 300,000 people here on LI who are struggling with hunger who depend on the food from Island Harvest each year. Island Harvest is asking for everyone to spread the word and make donations. On Saturday, May 11th, put out a can or case of food or personal care items by your mailboxes so that a letter carrier can pick it up. They will then bring it to a donations warehouse where volunteers will help sort out and wrap the packaged food.

Donations for food drop during the spring and summer time, but it is a crucial time for donations. Kids are out school and don’t have access to school lunch programs and people often forget to donate food during these seasons. This food drive enables Island Harvest to fill the shelves of food pantry’s all over the island so they are prepared for the summer increases they are expecting. If you would like to volunteer please visit

For more information, please contact Randi Shuben Dresner President & CEO of Island Harvest  by phone 1.516. 294.8528 x 138 or 1.631.873.4775 x 202 or by email You can also visit their website.  You can also text  HUNGER RELIEF to 266266 -  to make a contribution to Island Harvest.

Volunteers needed for Clean Up this Weekend!

Dear potential volunteers who have not yet signed up for a community for this weekend.

Vision Long Island is organizing another physical clean-up crews to assist local communities damaged by heavy flooding for this weekend.

Thanks for your past help of Sandy  impacted residents but much work still needs to be done.  I know that with the holiday season, it may be hard for you to come out but any time you could donate would be greatly appreciated.

This weekend we will be continuing our cleanup efforts in the following communities:

Saturday at 9am
For location, please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128

Saturday at 9am
For location, please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128

St. Andrew's Church
250 Neighborhood Road
Mastic Beach, NY 11951
Saturday and Sunday at 10 am
Skilled labor preferred for rebuilding.
For more information please contact Victoria Lissy at 631-617-7273

Community Beautification projects such as landscape and design efforts and street clean
Saturday and Sunday 9am to 4pm
Register by emailing or visit Kennedy Plaza 9am to 12pm.

Please provide your own supplies needed for clean-up:  Industrial bags, rakes, hammers, shovels, gloves, masks, heavy boots.  We may have many of these items available but it is safer to have them ready to go just in case.



Public Relations Professionals of Long Island Presents the 23rd Annual Awards Gala on May 14th

Each year, notable Long Islanders are honored by the Public Relations Professionals of Long Island (PRPLI) at a celebratory Awards Gala. This year, the event is being held on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 6:00 at The Chateau Caterers in Carle Place, honorees and their supporters will truly enjoy a night to remember.

Vision Long Island is being honored for the "Long Island Achievement" Award. Executive Director Eric Alexander will be receiving the award for his efforts and dedication to rebuilding communities and helping local residents hard hit by Superstorm Sandy.

PRPLI is the premier organization for public relations, marketing, and communications practitioners. Recognized as one of the most prestigious award programs on Long Island, the celebratory Gala helps support the organization's mission to provide a platform for its members to network, learn, mentor, and advance in their careers. Proceeds of the event will also benefit PRPLI student scholarships.

Other Honorees Include:
Rising Star: Kalli Dionysiou, Harrison Leifer DiMarco
Jack Rettaliata Lifetime Achievement: Robert Zimmerman, Zimmerman/Edelson, Inc.
Mentor: Jeff Morosoff, Hofstra University
Media: Kristine Wolf, New York Real Estate Journal
PR Campaign of the Year: Theresa Statz-Smith, Long Island Arts Alliance

Tickets are still available for the event, there are also student and member discounts. Sponsorships are also available. If you have any questions, please contact or visit the event website.

Community Conversations meeting to take place on Tuesday, May 14th

On Tuesday, May 14rh, Community Conversations will be holding their next meeting titled Suburbs for the Next Generation: What do we value most?

The meeting will feature a panel to be facilitated by James McGowan, the Executive Director of Off Campus Administration at Adelphi University. Panelists will include John Cameron of the Long Island Regional Planning Council, Dana Friedman, president of the Early Years Institute, and Thomas L. Rogers, the District Superintendent and CEO of BOCES.

The event will take place at the Northport Public Library, located at 151 Laurel Avenue in Northport. Come on down to join the conversation, and don't forget to visit their Facebook page located here. You can also view the flyer for the event here.

Help Wanted

Intern with Vision Long Island!

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

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

What's happening in your downtown this weekend?



Clearview 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.

For information, visit their website or call 979-233-3526

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

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

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

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

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

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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.

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Long Beach Cinema

179 East Park Avenue, Long Beach


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:
Spotlight Gala (Take 2) featuring Stephanie J. Block - Friday, May 10th at 7:00pm
Tony DeSare: Making Love Songs - Saturday, May 11th at 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

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

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


Clearview 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



Clearview's Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center

37 West Main Street, Bay Shore:
Stanley Jordan Trio - Friday, May 10th at 8:00pm
Carl Palmer Band - Saturday, May 11th at 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor
The museum explores the relationship between Long Islanders and the sea through. It details the history of the regional whaling industry, whale conservation and the history of Cold Spring Harbor as a maritime port. A new exhibit, “Right Whales”, highlights the biology, history and decline of the Right Whale. Exhibits featuring New York’s only fully-equipped 19th century whaleboat, ship logs and correspondence as well as whaling and maritime artifacts. Art programs are available for all ages.

For information, visit their website or call 631-367-3418

East Hampton

Guildhall, John Drew Theater

158 Main Street, East Hampton:
No shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

50 Irish Lane, East Islip
The museum is the leading exhibition space for contemporary art on Long Island, featuring work from international, national and emerging local artists. It is said to be the best facility of its kind outside of Manhattan. Current exhibits feature “Jam Session”, a holiday exhibit featuring paintings and sculptures influenced by music. The museum’s store features one of a kind jewelry, crafts and art work. Educational opportunists are also offered at the museum through its Cultural School of Arts.

For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402

Huntington Village

The Paramount

370 New York Ave, Huntington:
Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing ROCKIN’ FIGHTS 8 - Friday, May 11th at 7:30pm
Todd Rundgren - Sunday, May 13th at 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

Heckscher Museum

2 Prime Avenue, Huntington
Located in Hecksher Park, the museum features collections of European and American paintings which spans over 500 years of Western art. Photography has become a growing part of the collection as well. Current exhibits include “A Way with Words: Text in Art”, which displays the incorporation of text in visual art and “Coming of Age in America : The Photography of Joseph Szabo”, which portraits adolescence of Long Island through time with a look at summers spent at the beach. The museum also features educational experiences for students and adults and will exhibit Long Island’s best young artists in April.

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

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

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Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip


The John W. Engeman Theater

250 Main Street, Northport:
No shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts

71 East Main Street, Patchogue:
The Bacon Brothers - Saturday, May 11th at 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

The Emporium

9 Railroad Ave, Patchogue:
Summer Saturdays VIP Party - Saturday, May 11th at 6:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

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

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three

412 Main Street, Port Jefferson:
From the Fires: Voices of the Holocaust - Friday, May 10th at 9:00am
Friday Night Face Off -Friday, May 10th at 10:30pm
Comedy Club - Saturday, May 11th at 8:00pm
Spelling Bee -  Sunday, May 13th at 3:00pm
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

Clearview Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington


The Suffolk Theater
118 E. Main Street, Riverhead:
Dueling Pianos! - Friday, May 10th at 9:00pm
Club Encore - Saturday, May 11th at 9:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

Vail-Leavitt Music Hall

18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead:
MONDO VAUDE - Saturday, May 11th at 7:30pm
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater

The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor:
Take Two Film Fest - Friday, May 10th at 7:30pm
Martha Speaks LIVE! - Saturday, May 11th at 11:00am
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

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

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


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

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

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


Southampton Historical Museum

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

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

“We need to be speaking about issues collectively. We have very bright and enthusiastic and engaged community members and there is a spirit of collaboration that is happening on this island." - Jed Morey, publisher of Long Island Press, speaking at the Long Island Business Councills most recent meeting

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