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May 7th - 14th, 2016

Regional Updates

Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana LLP

Founded in 1976, Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana LLP is one of Long Island's most acclaimed and distinguished full service law firms. The Firm has always enjoyed a solid reputation for successfully representing clients in real estate, land use and zoning, tax, trusts and estates, tax certiorari, corporate, construction, commercial and litigation matters. Areas of expertise have expanded to include banking, bankruptcy, employment and labor, municipal incentives/IDA, entertainment, and more. Throughout the Firm's growth, one thing has remained constant — its focus on obtaining results for clients. Headquartered in Uniondale, NY, the Firm is conveniently located for clients in Nassau, Suffolk and New York City. Personal attention and quality representation that is both practical and cost-effective are hallmarks of the Firm's policy towards clients.

“If we are going to revitalize Huntington Station, we’re going to have to provide the correct development that will encourage continued revitalization and the community sees that and were very supportive.”
-Hon. Frank Petrone, Huntington Town Supervisor

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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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Zoning Approved for Huntington Station Mixed-use Project

After literally decades of government planning, disinvestment and a sometimes divided community mixed use development projects are starting to lift off in Huntington Station with the Zoning Board of Appeals granting all needed variances for Gateway Plaza to move ahead.

A total of 66 market-rate housing units were given the go ahead for development that will be on New York Avenue and Olive Street in Huntington Station. Developer Renaissance Downtowns will also have the first floor of the three-story building featuring 16000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. Variances were needed after town officials rejected the plan in February because it did not fully comply with town code, including less available parking spaces than code requires, as well as upper levels being outside of the footprint of the building. The board found that the project would not produce any “undesirable change” in the character of the neighborhood or be a detriment to nearby properties.

Now that the plan as design has been cleared by zoning, Renaissance Downtowns can now submit the full site plan to the planning board, and then work on getting construction documentation completed. “Then hopefully we’re in a position to have all permits in place to break ground toward the end of this year or at the latest at the beginning of next year,” said Ryan Porter, vice president of planning and development for Renaissance Downtowns.

You can read more about the new mixed-used development’s progress in Newsday

Redevelopment for Village of Hempstead Discussed at Recent IDA Meeting

Vision board and staff were out earlier this week at the Town of Hempstead IDA hearing in support of two downtown Hempstead redevelopment projects. The room was packed with mostly supporters of the project that will bring jobs, housing, support for the existing independent retail base and needed investment into the community. 

Over the course of four hours the Hempstead IDA hear testimony, occasionally heated, concerning the proposed $2.5 billion downtown redevelopment project in Hempstead Village.  The project requests $20 million in tax breaks over the course of the next two decades for Plainview-based Renaissance Downtowns to build a 336-unit apartment building.  Supporters point to a need for economic boosts and new jobs in the downtown while opponents raised worries concerning the timeframe for completion and density.

The first building is expected to create approximate $670,000 worth of revenue through property taxes and an additional $182 million in economic activity according to a recent economic study.

“My vision I wanted was to make Hempstead the destination point where people want to come and live,” said Hempstead Mayor Wayne Hall. “This PILOT is different in giving people jobs. It gives us the same opportunity and financial assistance as in Mineola and Rockville Centre.”

The IDA board will make it's final determination at their meeting on the eigthteenth, so keep an eye out for a full write up after that.

You can read more on this development here.

New Performing Arts Theater to Open In Babylon Village Downtown

A new performing arts theatre will be opening in an old moviehouse in Babylon Village, adding to the vitality of the community that is providing customers with local restaurant options and an arts attraction.

The former Bow Tie cinemas, purchased by father and son team Dylan and Mark Perlman, will undergo a $16 million renovation, using their backgrounds to make an innovative indoor entertainment venue, right on Main Street. The elder Perlman, with his education background, and his son Mark, who is an actor, will team up to create a venue that includes comedy shows, productions, and concerts, as well as a tuition-based education program. The educational opportunities will include training for actors and stagehands, as well as experience for those who want to study engineering, lighting, and production.

The renovation plans are also aiming to increase seating from 549 to 700, and possibly a drop-in screen for movie nights as well as a bar. 15 to 18 full time jobs will be created, as well as part-time jobs. The IDA has made a property tax abatement available over 12 years, as well as mortgage tax recording and sales tax savings. Babylon IDA CEO Matthew McDonough was excited about the project coming online after about a year of planning. “The South Shore downtowns – Bay Shore, Patchogue – a large part of their success is because they have a theater,” he pointed out. “A packed show would mean people would be in the streets, visiting local restaurants.” You can read more about the improvement to Babylon’s downtown here

$10 Million for a Long Island Downtown Revitalization Discussed at Hofstra

Vision joined NY State’s Economic Development Council at Hofstra University this week for the Long Island Region Economic Development Council’s meeting with about 100 NY state government, municipal, non-profit and educational stakeholders, including Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.

Stephen Ridler from NY State Department of State outlined a downtown redevelopment program grant opportunity to greatly benefit downtowns across the state, including Long Island. First proposed in 1999 and then abandoned, $100 million statewide has been set aside for a dedicated downtown fund this year. Ten grants for $10 million each (one for each Regional Economic Development Council) will be awarded around the state with LI in line to receive one grant.
The goal of the of the program is to create thriving downtowns. In conformance with the NY State Smart Growth Infrastructure Act, with the criteria for scoring the application includes smart growth principles. The process to be eligible is not incredibly daunting at this stage either. “We aren’t looking for you to have a fully-baked list of projects,” said Ridler. ““We are looking for what you want to become . . . Tell your story and why we should invest in you.”

Although there will only be one downtown selected for the $10 million grant, opportunities will still be available outside of this dedicated funding to assist with projects to build up downtowns, in terms of sewering, energy, developments near LIRR stations and other projects. “We have the ability to recommend priority projects” for other state grants and tax credits, said Stuart Rabinowitz, council co-vice chairman and Hofstra president. “It provides an opportunity, if it’s a really good, strong project . . . to maybe smooth out the fact that there will be one downtown in one county” winning $10 million.

Proposals are due on May 20th, with certifications and announcement of the downtowns that will be selected coming by year’s end- work will begin on the downtowns shortly thereafter, with the projects running through the state agencies that are most connected to the proposal. Only municipalities are able to submit for funding. Five Long Island townships, one city, and four villages were in attendance for the meeting.
Vision spoke at the meeting to praise the NYS EDC and Lieutenant Governor for putting the beginnings of a substantive downtown fund in place for local communities, with 40 Long Island communities with revitalization programs underway and over 100 transit-orient development projects approved referenced. You can learn more by checking out press coverage of the meeting in Newsday, and learn more about the Downtown Revitalization Initiative here

New York Metropolitan Transportation Council Holds Public Workshops on Long Island

Vision was out at the first of many work sessions shaping the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council’s (NYMTC) Regional plan this week. 

NYMTC is the areas local Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) that controls the flow of federal transportation dollars to the region. The plan covers goals for system improvements in rail, bus, freight, auto, walking/biking, human service, resiliency and financing transportation. Vision’s Director, Eric Alexander said of the plan, “Gerry Bogaz and the NYMTC team have a very thorough analysis of where the region is going and are doing a great job of pulling different layers of government together. While we have numerous regional plans for LI this one is worth participating in”. Voting members for the council include members from Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Putnam, and Westchester Counties, as well as representatives from the MTA, NY City DOT and Department of Planning, and the NY State DOT. Advisory members include departments from state and federal transportation, planning and environmental agencies.

Although the public input workshops have already been conducted on Long Island in three sessions, there will be two upcoming workshops in Manhattan towards the end of the month on May 23rd and May 26th. Those who cannot attend can also click here to submit public input. The plan for Long Island can be downloaded here.

Urban Planners Are Blind To What Jane Jacobs Really Saw

This op-ed appears in full in the Wall Street Journal, which you can read in full here. Below is a short sample:

Legendary author and urban theorist Jane Jacobs passed away last week at the age of 89. Her classic 1961 book, "The Death and Life of Great American Cities," delivered a damning indictment of postwar city planning and urban renewal efforts, revolutionizing the way we think about and plan our cities.

A working mother with no formal education in urban planning, Jacobs became an icon in the 1960s when she mobilized citizens to fight the redevelopment and highway-construction plans of New York City planning czar Robert Moses, who wielded almost unchecked power over the city's urban development during the mid-20th century. She famously led the effort that defeated Moses' plan to build an expressway through Manhattan's Washington Square Park and West Village, which would have displaced nearly 10,000 residents and workers and destroyed thousands of historic buildings.

Given urban planners' almost universal reverence for Jacobs, it is ironic that many have largely ignored or misinterpreted the central lesson of "Death and Life" -- that cities are vibrant living systems, not the product of grand, utopian schemes concocted by overzealous planners.

Modern planners have contorted Jacobs's beliefs in hopes of imposing their static, end-state vision of a city. They use a set of highly prescriptive policy tools -- like urban growth boundaries, smart growth, and high-density development built around light-rail transit systems -- to design the city they envision. They try to "create" livable cities from the ground up and micromanage urban form through regulation. We've seen these tools at work in Portland, Ore., for more than three decades. But the results have been dismal and dramatic. The city's "smart growth" policies effectively created a land shortage, constricting the housing supply and artificially inflating prices. By 1999, Portland had become one of the 10 least affordable housing markets in the nation, and its homeownership rate lagged behind the national average. It has also seen one of the nation's largest increases in traffic congestion and boasts a costly, heavily subsidized light-rail system that accounts for just 1% of the city's total travel. Not exactly how they planned it.

Read more here.

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.

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.

Federal Highway Administration Opens National Trails Training Grant

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has opened up its National Trails Training Grant program, and is now accepting applications. There will be one award given, ranging between $150,000 and $750,000.

The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to provide technical assistance to enhance trail planning, design, construction, maintenance and management on all kinds of trails on Federal, State, local and private lands. Non-Federal entities, including State and local governments, foreign governments, colleges and universities, corporations, institutions, partnerships, sole proprietorships, and trade associations that are incorporated or established under the laws of any State, and Federal laboratories are available to apply.  

There is a minimum of a 20% match required to be eligible for the grant. For more information, check here. Applications must be submitted no later than May 23, 2016.

The Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Awarding $1.5 million

The Aetna Foundation, American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties will be partnering in the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge, which will be administered by CEOs for Cities.

The goal of the Healthy Cities and Counties will be to promote healthy behaviors; focus on community safety; provide abundant space where people can work, live and play; enable people to have enjoyable social experiences and ample work; and promote environments that are clear of pollutants and provide communities with access to healthy food and clean water.

A total of $1.5 million in prizes will be awarded to cities, counties and federally recognized tribes that are most able to show measurable changes in health and wellness over the next several years. Applications are due by May 31st.

The National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies' Award Applications Open

The National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA) will be accepting applications for both the Green Infrastructure Awards Program, as well as the 2016 Excellence in Communication Award.

For those interested in the 2016 Green Infrastructure Awards Program, the project description needs to include a site plan or diagram, and descriptions of the project’s environmental impact, economic impact, outreach efforts, results, maintenance (monitoring, upkeep, costs and reporting) and conclusion.  This year’s award winners will be announced at the NAFSMA Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon on August 22-25, 2016.

The 2016 Excellence in Communication Award will recognize Excellence in Communications in the categories of “Public Awareness of Flooding and/or Flood Prevention and/or Emergency Preparedness” and “Improving Water Quality.”  

Information for both opportunities can be found here, along with the applications and links to apply for both electronically. The deadline to apply for both the Green Infrastructure Awards Program and the 2016 Excellence in Communication Award is May 17th.

Help Wanted

Sunpower By Empower Solar is Now Hiring for Various Positions

SunPower by EmPower Solar is growing and hiring for several entry- and Associate-level positions.

Current opportunities include:

  • Accounts Receivable Clerk
  • Customer Experience Representative
  • Installation Professionals
  • Marketing Field Associates
  • Photography Intern/Freelancer
  • Sales Administrator
  • Sales Professionals
  • Site Auditor

Candidates that are interested are encouraged to visit SunPower by Empower Solar’s website to learn more about each individual position’s job details and application requirements. For more information, please contact Tara Bono, Marketing Manager by email.

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.

Public Relations Professional Honor Two Long Island Leaders

Vision was out at the Public Relations Professionals of Long Island Annual Awards event this week, honoring two longstanding leaders on Long Island.

David Winzelberg from Long Island Business News and longstanding government and private sector liaison Michael Harrison were awarded, with both having worked tirelessly to make sense of the often painful, conflicting, bureaucratic and nonsensical aspects of public issues on Long Island. Their recognition was long overdue.

The event hosted a great crowd by a wonderful organization connecting people across many different fields. Vision won an Award from these folks a couple of years back and it was and still is an honor.

Smart Talk

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

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