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May 15th - 21st, 2016

Regional Updates

Jobco Organization

For ove a half century, Jobco Incorporated has combinedconstruction services, real estate deveopment and management expertise to exceed expectations. They demand excellence from themselves, their subcontractors and their suppliers, to deliver more value for their clients and people they serve.

“Mineola has been leading the way in Smart Growth development on Long Island. It allows our residents to enjoy the benefits of sound development and planning while maintaining our traditional suburban community standards”
-Mayor. Scott Strauss, Village of Mineola

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

“There will be plenty of parking and the location is ideal, walking distance to shops, restaurants and nearby the LIRR train station. With a dearth of affordable housing options on Long Island, Farmingdale Village is fortunate to have Zucaro Construction building apartments for all ages, including 10% of the units for workforce housing."
-Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, Village of Farmingdale

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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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Kickoff for Garvies Point Waterfront Revitalizaiton Projects

After more than 13 years, a $1 billion mixed-use project in Glen Cove had it's kickoff event this week, celebrating the opening of  what will be its publicly accessible welcoming center.

Long Island based development partners RXR and Posillico along with City of Glen Cove officials held the kickoff event this week, celebrating the Garvies Point project's recent approval with a 6-1 vote by the City planning board. It will include 11 story residential towers and three acres of parkland along the once-toxic Glen Cove creek. The first phase of the project will contain six buildings of 555 rental apartments and 25,000 square feet of retail space. Ten percent of the apartments will be offered as workforce housing per state law. The second phase will include 555 condos for purchase and 50,000 square feet of retail and office space. So far the second phase’s site plans have not been submitted to the planning board.

In addition to the added housing and retail space, waterfront amenities, a children’s playground, hiking and other smart growth strategies will be incorporated into the development, with 28 acres of publicly accessible parkland being built in about 18-24 months . The public parkland will  comprise of half of Garvies Point's footprint. You can learn more about the project here.

Hempstead IDA Approves $33 Million Tax Break for $2.5 Billion Project

The Town of Hempstead Industrial Development Agency approved a $33 million in tax breaks for developers to revitalize Hempstead Village this week, with the board voting 9-2 in favor of the motion. “My vision I wanted was to make Hempstead the destination point where people want to come and live,” Mayor Wayne Hall had said about the project. “This PILOT is different in giving people jobs. It gives us the same opportunity and financial assistance as in Mineola and Rockville Centre.”

Long Island-based Renaissance Downtowns and RXR Realty will ultimately receive tax breaks over 10 years, with an option to extend the tax break over another ten years, for the proposed $2.5 billion redevelopment of Hempstead Village. The first phase of the revitalization will be a five-story, 336-unit luxury apartment building to be built on a parking lot across from Hempstead Town Hall.  The building will be the cornerstome of the $2.5 billion vibrant mixed-use, walkable neighborhood project that will provide significant benefits to the Hempstead community. In all, a total of 5000 permanent full-time jobs are expected to be created when the project is completed, with close to $1 billion in annual economic benefits to the area, and over $39 million in added annual tax revenue. The initial phase of the project is expected to create 800 construction and 11 permanent jobs, $670,000 in new property taxes, and $182 million in new economic activity. Jobs will be offered to village residents first, with a priority given to MWBE entities.

A total of 14 vacant parking lots were transferred from the village to Renaissance and RXR at no cost, but the village did receive a $8 million community benefit agreement, which will be paid to the village over 10 years, rather that the originally proposed 20 year period. $2 million will be invested to renovate an existing parking garage as well.  “This is a lifeline to our village. We’ve been struggling for too long,” Hempstead Deputy Mayor and IDA member Luis Figueroa said about the project. “This is life and death to our village.”  The central business district currently has 33% of its properties off of village tax rolls.

Village Long Island attended all three meetings in support of the project. You can read more about the IDA approval here, and learn more about the Renew Hempstead program here.

Grand Reopening Mineola Memorial Park This Week

Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss announced this week that the village will be reopening Mineola Memorial Park Friday May 20 after completing a $2 Million restoration which includes the construction of a new, state-of-the-art concert amphitheater. To mark the occasion, there will be an opening ceremony at 7:00 pm followed by a free public concert featuring Cold Spring Harbor Band, one of the nation’s premier Billy Joel tribute bands. Friday’s performance will feature Billy Joel’s saxophonist, Richie Cannata.

“Our new amphitheater is meant to bring music and the arts to our suburban community,” stated Mayor Strauss. “Since this is one of the few new amphitheaters built on Long Island in decades, what better way to kick it off than by featuring the music of LI’s native son Billy Joel.”

Mineola Memorial Park’s restoration – at no cost to taxpayers –included the construction of a concert amphitheater, new tennis courts and playgrounds, and larger, more accessible space for public assemblies such as concerts. The Village of Mineola plans to host concerts, theatrical productions, and arts events featuring local talent in coming years.

The cost of the restoration was funded entirely from non-tax revenue generated by Development Incentive Bonus funding. DIB is an innovative zoning code adopted by the Village in 2007 that allows real estate developers to fast –track zoning approvals for projects within a defined DIB zone in the village’s downtown area targeted for improvements. Projects meeting the goals of the Village’s Comprehensive Master Plan, specifically those designed as Transit Oriented Development, can be considered for DIB approval in exchange for the developer committing to funding public amenities. DIB funds are paid to the Village and held in a segregated fund account until the Village Board determines what public uses would be appropriate.

“Mineola has been leading the way in Smart Growth development on Long Island. It allows our residents to enjoy the benefits of sound development and planning while maintaining our traditional suburban community standards,” stated Mayor Strauss.

In addition to the $2M Memorial Park restoration, in recent years Mineola’s DIB payments have funded the creation of the first new park in 40 years, improvements to athletic fields for youth programs, and acquisition of emergency preparedness and first response equipment.

You can read more about this week’s Grand Opening here

60-unit Affordable Luxury Apartments Being Built in Farmingdale Village

A 60-unit affordable luxury-style apartment complex is getting ready to be built in Farmingdale Village, transforming a abandoned vitamin store site into a useful development on the corner of Fulton Street and Conklin Street.

Robinelle Gardens, named after Zucaro Construction’s president Andrew’s family –his daughters Robin and Michelle, and wife Elena, will be a three story elevator property with a courtyard in between the two buildings, the west building “Robin” and the east building “Michelle”. There will be 39 one-bedroom and 21 two-bedroom, 2 bath units at the new complex. Farmingdale Village Mayor Ralph Ekstrand was excited about the new development, saying that “There will be plenty of parking and the location is ideal, walking distance to shops, restaurants and nearby the LIRR train station. With a dearth of affordable housing options on Long Island, Farmingdale Village is fortunate to have Zucaro Construction building apartments for all ages, including 10% of the units for workforce housing.”

“The layouts of the rental apartments are spacious, all units will have a washer and dryer, and the two bedroom units have two bathrooms and are set-up like two bedroom suites. This is Zucaro Construction’s first development project in Farmingdale Village and we are thrilled to be a part of the transformation and great momentum happening in the Village. Completion of Robinelle Gardens is expected by Spring 2017”, said Andrew Zucaro.

For more information, you can visit Zucaro’s website here

Amityville Village Proposes TOD Zoning by LIRR Station

Amityville Village trustee Nick LaLota will be proposing a transit-oriented development district to help bring residential development to an area near the village’s LIRR station, which is mainly industrial, in order to grow the tax base and bring foot traffic to retail businesses to Broadway, which is one block east of the train station.

Right now, there is no residential building allowed on industrial property in the village. If the proposed TOD district is approved, developers would be allowed to build higher and denser, with fewer parking requirements, while providing infrastructure improvements and open space preservation. Copiague underwent a similar zoning change last year near their LIRR station. “You’re trading industrial use for high-end residential use, and that is an upgrade for the village,” LaLota said. “I don’t know any residents who are begging to have a factory next to them.”

In a draft proposal of the zoning plan, the densest redevelopment would allow for buildings up to 4 stories high with 48 units per acre would be allowed for buildings 300 feet or less from the LIRR platform, with up to 80 percent of the lots being usable for the buildings. Currently, most of the village allow for only 12 units of housing per acre, and only 40 percent of the lot can be covered with buildings.  Redevelopment would be allowed on lots of 2 acres or more, and would have to be within 400 feet of the LIRR station. There are about 10 properties that fit that criteria, including general contractor LandTek, who have expressed interest in a high-end rental project of mostly studio and one bedroom apartments. The Village’s DPW site is also another property that may be considered.

If the proposal is approved by the board and is able to pass state environmental reviews, Amityville will join the already 105 TOD projects that have taken place on Long Island in the last decade, which have provided 12,000 housing units. “There are people who want single-family homes, but there’s a significant minority that wants to live downtown, with close access to the train,” said Vision’s director Eric Alexander. “And they will pay for it.” You can read more about the village’s proposal in Newsday

Improving Pedestrian Safety on Post Avenue is a Priority

Recognizing that pedestrian safety is important for all roadway users, the Village of Westbury is continuing to implement crosswalk improvements with the installation of mid-block pedestrian crossing signs on Post Avenue. “Our intent is to make Westbury a pedestrian-friendly community by improving our crosswalks and making them more visible,” said Mayor Peter Cavallaro in an email blast to residents.

Although New York State has a law making it safer for pedestrians to use crosswalks, it is sometimes ignored by both pedestrians and drivers, as is awareness of their surroundings. The Village reminded all users that regardless of whether or not there is signage at any of the Village's crosswalks, to please remember to slow down or stop for pedestrians using any part of a crosswalk.

Working to raise awareness of pedestrian safety, the Village continues to implement safety improvements on Post Avenue including, resurfacing/ color stamping crosswalks and installing crosswalk signs. There are plans to create additional crosswalks on Post Avenue in the near future. The Village also included reminders for both drivers and pedestrians to make streets safer. For more on those safety tips, click here.

New York State to hold Scoping Meetings for Proposed Third Track

To all residents and business owners in Floral Park, New Hyde Park, Mineola, Carle Place, Westbury and Hicksville - please attend the upcoming NYS scoping hearings for the proposed Third Track project.

There will be folks from other areas of Long Island that will weigh in on the project. It is critical that the impacted communities have their voice heard to determine if the project should go forward and if yes what the impacts and public benefits need to be. Interests from around the region should take a back seat to the needs of the local business districts and neighbors most impacted from this multiyear construction project.

To be clear Vision Long Island supports a Third Track, but any plan that is negotiated must be done with the communities most impacted from the construction project.

A press conference from NYS Senator Jack M. Martins and many elected officials called on the state to lay out their plan in advance of the hearings. "Without facts, without details, without accurate data,” said Senator Martins, “how do we expect communities to be able to not only pose the questions, but provide the comments necessary to have a proper scoping review and environmental impact study?" If that is not possible another round of community meetings needs to be put in place once a preliminary proposal is developed.

To the folks from outside the project area who do feel the need to weigh in please be sensitive to the impacts to the local communities and listen to their concerns without the preconceived bias that you might bring.

AECOM is conducting six meetings. Tuesday,May 24th at 10 AM and 6 PM at the Mack Stedent Center in Hofstra, and at 11 AM and 5 PM at the Inn at New Hyde Park, and Wednesday, May 25th at 11 AM at the Yes We Can Community Center in Westbury, and at 6 PM at Antun’s by Minar in Hicksville.  Check out the full schedule here and sign up to speak for the three minute segment to weigh in on this important project.

Alternative Waterwater Systems and Nitrogen Reductions Discussed in Suffolk County

This week, Vision joined about 100 stakeholders and governmental officials at Suffolk Community College’s Selden campus to learn about proposed changes to Suffolk County’s Sanitary Code and Construction Standards for inclusion of Innovative/Alternative Onsite Wastewater Treatment systems, as well as Suffolk County’s Subwatersheds Wastewater Plan. Representatives from Suffolk County, NYS DEC and the USEPA were on hand to present.

 The draft of the Innovative and Alternative Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (I/A OWTS) was presented and discussed, along with the need for the different systems. Pete Scully of Suffolk County explained that over 360,000 individual sites have cesspools in Suffolk County, with 209,000 in “priority areas” due to their contribution on nitrogen into groundwater that is faster than other areas. The IBM Smarter Cities Challenge recently said that it would cost Suffolk $8 billion in infrastructure upgrades to sewer the county, showing the need for a different approach; one of them being onsite treatment systems. The county had a pilot program of 19 of these systems from four different companies installed in various locations over the past year, and is expected to have a second phase of installations in the near future.

The systems would reduce nitrogen levels coming from individual homes, rather than connecting those homes to conventional sewers which may not be available, or would be too costly to connect to. The data from the pilot program is currently being collected, and will then be analyzed to see how these systems, which have been successful in other regions, perform here on Long Island. Construction standards were also discussed for homes, with required registration by homeowners to ensure that the systems are being maintained, and training/continual education requirements for installers.  The goal for passage of the code is July of 2016, with future amendments and framework to come by the end of the year. The Suffolk County Department of Health will be overseeing the installation and maintenance of the systems once installed.

The Subwaterwheds Wastewater Plan was discussed, with officials saying that it will be used to establish first order nitrogen load reduction goals for all of the County’s surface water, drinking water, and groundwater resources. The SWP will be an early action/initial step of the overall long-term Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan, aimed at pursuing proactive measures to reduce nitrogen pollution in Suffolk’s waters. A twelve-step task list was explained, which will basically map the sources of nitrogen in 200 subwatersheds, condense all existing data, and look at endpoints of nitrogen. Goals will then be developed to restore and protect surface water, further evaluate waterwater alternatives for ground and surface water, and perform a cost/benefit analysis. A draft priority map will be developed with load reduction goals and recommendations towards the end of 2016, with a final Subwatersheds Waterwater Plan issued in 2017.

In the meantime, you can view the conceptual draft scope of the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan here . The LINAP is currently under internal review, and will be presented for public comment in the near future.

Infrastructure Week 2016 Highlights Why Infrastructure Matters

This week was Infrastructure week, with over 60 events nationwide, 150 business, labor, and civic organizations and 7 days to tell America why- and how- “Infrastructure Matters”. Vision Long Island is an affiliate of Infrastructure Week.

Roundtable discussions, advocacy efforts, legislation days and workshops were attended throughout the country in order to elevate infrastructure as a critical issue impacting all Americans. The theme in 2016 – “Infrastructure Matters” – tells the story of what infrastructure means to Americans. It matters, in big ways and in small, to our country, our economy, our quality of life, our safety, and our communities. Roads, bridges, rails, ports, airports, pipes, the power grid, broadband… infrastructure matters to the goods we ship and the companies that make and sell them; it matters to our daily commutes and our summer vacations, to drinking water from our faucets, to the lights in our homes, and ultimately to every aspect of our daily lives.

Infrastructure week kicked off in Washington D.C. at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Hall of Flags during an invite-only event that was also available through a webcast to relay the important message of infrastructure needs to a wide audience. Topics at the kickoff event included remarks by leaders of private and public sectors, including Michael Ducker, President of FedEx Freight & Chairman of the Board of Directors, U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “This is a hugely valuable effort to bring attention to one of the most pressing matters on our nation’s agenda.” Nearly 32% of US major roads are either in poor or mediocre condition, and over 100,000 U.S. bridges require improvements or replacement, resulting in longer commutes and congestion. Ducker pressed further though to explain that a lack of infrastructure only hurts the overall economy of the country, with poor infrastructure adding $49 billion to the costs of doing business to the transport industry, creating a ripple effect to other industries. He felt that investments have not kept up with the need, and was hopeful that the recently passed FAST Act will help kick-start infrastructure investment.

Bridging the divide between business and labor was discussed with Thomas Donohue (President US Chamber of Commerce) and Richard Trumka (President AFL-CIO) during a panel discussion. “We’ve got some success at the end of last year with the FAST Act,” said Donohue, saying that it has been the first time that a long-term highway spending bill had been passed since 2005. “We have gone 23 years without increasing the federal fuel tax, we have heard every excuse that man can structure. Everyone that I know is for doing it because it will improve our infrastructure.” Four action items to improve infrastructure were discussed: Convincing the public that the infrastructure needs are real and pressing (with the DC Metro system cited as an example); convince the public that tax dollars spent on infrastructure are tax dollars well spent and are user fees; More money, both public and private are needed, with barriers for investment of nearly $250 billion of private investment funds available for infrastructure improvement removed; and “beating back simplistic solutions” and a connective and integrated system for improvements. Training of workers for infrastructure improvement jobs both current and in the future were also discussed as an opportunity to create much needed jobs, reduce accidents, and increase productivity to “more than pay for” the improvements.

Victor Mendez, Deputy Secretary U.S. Department of Transportation discussed  challenges that the country is not only facing now, but coming into the future.  In 2045, America is expected to have 70 million more people, and a 45-55% increase freight volume. Federal level alone cannot improve that, and Mendez is hoping that USDOT can continue to, and further help, support communities to improve infrastructure investments.  Public-private partnerships, as well as usage of growing technology and innovation were noted to move projects ahead, such as Denver Colorado’s commuter rail that was recently built through public=private partnerships. DOT’s Smart City Challenge was discussed also, awarding a city up to $40 million for infrastructure improvements. Wage and opportunity gaps throughout the country were discussed as well, with Mendez placing some of the blame for opportunity differences in the country on outdated infrastructure, hoping to encourage communities to consider the effects when considering rebuilding their infrastructure. “A few generations ago, we built a lot of our highways, railways, and airports through neighborhoods. If you look at the history, a lot of low-income and minority communities were in fact affected dramatically,” said Mendez. 

Panel discussion continued, with mayors from four regions throughout the country discussing achievements and lessons learned in America’s cities. City and local governments bear the most direct impacts of failing infrastructure, from congested and dangerous passenger and freight transportation systems to emerging risks to public health and safety. Yet in recent years, mayors and local leaders have emerged as some of the fiercest champions of innovation and investment to solve critical shortcoming to their communities’ infrastructure. The panel displayed how bold city leaders have been able to overcome hurdles, transform their communities, and provide lessons for peers and national policymakers. Mayor David Condon discussed Link Spokane, to bring together all of the different infrastructure aspects of the city (parks, roads, wastewater, utilities) to be one of the first cities in the country to treat their roadway as a utility. All of the mayors on the panel discussed the need to further educate the public on infrastructure needs and the need for more investment, as well as the unseen needs for infrastructure maintenance and improvements and job impacts. “They have to see the benefit in their everyday life; their expectation is that the toilet flushes and the water goes on,” said Mayor Condon.

The keynote address was delivered by Jeh Johnson, Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, discussing some of the challenges facing safeguarding critical infrastructure, and praising the partnerships and advocacy of Infrastructure Week. Threats to buildings and airports were discussed, and how increases of those travelers joining TSA pre-check will make infrastructure safer. Johnson also discussed his efforts to further streamline DHS to strengthen cyber security to help the needs of the country’s infrastructure.

This was the first time that Infrastructure week featured Congressional Co-chairs to help raise awareness around why Infrastructure Matters. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (WV), and Ben Cardin (MD), as well as Representatives Garret Graves (LA) and Sean Patrick Maloney (NY) . were nominated by leadership in each party on the committees of jurisdiction in each Chamber. The Co-chairs, along with other dignitaries, elected leaders, and executives participated in an open press briefing this week.

You can view the kickoff event in Washington DC and see the ways to participate in Infrastructure week by clicking here.

Community Leaders Presented Social Justice Leadership Awards

The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island recently awarded individuals at their 2016 Social Justice Leadership Awards Dinner, held at the Nassau County Bar Association, recognizing those who are committed to helping those less fortunate, to giving back to their community and to making the world a better place.

This year’s awardees included Vision’s Director Eric Alexander, Esther Fortunoff, Patricia Shih & Stephen Fricker. This year’s Young Activist Grant Award winner was Matthew Berman. The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island was founded in 1950, based on a non-theistic vision of uniting humanity over ethical and moral values.

The Social Justice Awards were be featured on FOIS1’s “Push Pause” segment, Our Community: Honors Leaders,  which you can see here. You can learn more about the Ethical Humanist Society of LI here.

Congratulations and thank you to all of the honorees!


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 Rescheduled for Thursday, June 16th

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! Thursday, June 16th 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.

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.

Help Wanted

Request For Proposals for 5 Acres in Baldwin Issued

The Town of Hempstead has issued a “Request For Proposals” (RFP) concerning the redevelopment of a Baldwin property on Merrick Road and Grand Avenue.

The Town of Hempstead Department of Planning and Economic Development has been working on a potential redevelopment project in the community for the past several years, and in anticipation of an improving economy, is seeking fresh proposals of approximately five acres adjacent to the intersection of Grand Avenue and Merrick Road.

RFP packages containing guidelines and instructions can be picked up in person at the Department of Planning and Economic Development, 200 North Franklin Street, Hempstead. To receive the RFP package other than in person, please contact George Bakich, Commissioner, in writing at the above address, or by email at

Submissions are  due no later than Wednesday, June 29th at 4:45PM.

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.

Long Island Business Councils Draws Business Owners from Across the Island

Special thanks to all of the small businesses that turned out to the LI Business Council meeting this week. Keynote speaker Bill Millet tackled "the Economics Benefits of Early Childhood Education" in the context of our global competitiveness. Freeport Mayor Bob Kennedy presented the post Sandy proposal for "Flood Gates" and updates from Suffolk Chamber's Gina Cafone Coletti and the Nassau Chamber's Julie Marchesella. Special thanks to Jorge Martinez and Bob Fonti for putting together an insightful meeting for all in attendance. Stay tuned for a full update next week.

Smart Talk

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

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