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“This location is a poor place for a Walmart since they hurt surrounding businesses and it is so close to two communities that are trying to revitalize or build their downtowns [Patchogue and North Bellport].” Vision Long Island Sustainability Director Elissa Kyle

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Please join us for the 2014 Smart Growth Awards!

Friday, June 13th, 2014
11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
The Crest Hollow Country Club
Woodbury, NY

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

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

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


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

Congratulations to this year's winners!

Regional Leadership
Hon. Ed Mangano
Nassau County Executive

Regional Leadership
Robert Scheiner
H2M Architects + Engineers

Community Revitalization
Bernadette Martin
Friends & Farmers

Operation Splash

Great Neck Sewer District

Transportation Choices
Sunday Bus Service
Hon. Jay Schneiderman

Suffolk County Legislature

Sense of Place
Bayshore Revitalization
Greenview Properties

Housing Choices
Wincoram Commons
Town of Brookhaven, Conifer Realty,
Coram Civic Association, CDC of Long Island

Strengthening Existing Communities
Downtown on Main, Smithtown
DC5 Properties

Mixed Use
Envision Valley Stream
The Village of Valley Stream

Compact Building Design
Sag Harbor

Community Leadership
Neighbors Supporting Neighbors, Babylon

Community Leadership
Sandy Support, Massapequa Style

Community Leadership
11518 East Rockaway


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Patchogue Walmart Hearing Draws Hostile Crowd

A proposal to open a Walmart in East Patchogue was met with hundreds of unhappy residents and business owners earlier this week.

More than 200 attended Monday’s Brookhaven Planning Board meeting to critique plans to build the discount department store near Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center. Most of those signed up to address the board opposed the proposal.

Residents like Lawrence Scinto said the 98,000 square-foot store could worsen pollution, affect the Fish Thicket Nature Preserve across the street, leach customers from existing retail and deteriorate traffic to the point it impacts emergency response times to the nearby hospital. A traffic study said Walmart would add 378 cars to the evening rush hour.

“Traffic is gonna be a nightmare. It’s already at its maximum now,” Daniel Wirshup said.

Walmart representatives said they would create 250 part- and full-time jobs with the store and invest $1.25 million on traffic improvements.

Happy to see the community turn out, Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander said opening the store could damage the push to install sewers and erect mixed-use housing near the Bellport LIRR station.

“The Walmart proposal has the potential to cannibalize nearby downtown business districts like Patchogue and hurt revitalization efforts like the North Bellport TOD initiative,” Alexander said.

Members of the Patchogue Chamber of Commerce and others also voiced similar concerns. A chamber member described Walmart's proposal to reduce traffic by eliminating a sidewalk over a bridge as "dumb growth," while another woman said local stores within a mile of a Walmart have a 25 percent chance of closing after the first year and 50 percent after the second year.

Suffolk County’s Planning Commission voted against the application in December, saying it did not fit in that location. However, the Brookhaven Planning Board can still approve construction with a supermajority of five votes instead of four.

Vision also provided testimony at the hearing.

“This location is a poor place for a Walmart since they hurt surrounding businesses and it is so close to two communities that are trying to revitalize or build their downtowns,” Vision Long Island Sustainability Director Elissa Kyle said.

For more on this story, check out News 12 and Newsday (subscription required).

Fence A Sign Of Progress For Boutique Huntington Hotel

Construction of the Huntington Hotel could finally start in the not-too-distant future.

Chain-link fencing was recently erected around Old Town Hall in downtown Huntington. The site has long been expected to become the cornerstone of a 55-room boutique hotel.

The Huntington Town Board awarded the project, led by property management firm Emerson J. Dobbs, a certificate of approval on May 6. That provides necessary permission to build in a historic district.

Officials created the historic overlay district in 2008. In 2010, they voted unanimously to place Old Town Hall within that district and to offer special permission to operate a boutique hotel – which is not normally permitted in C6 zoning.

Dobbs attorney James Margolin recently said the approval was one of the last pieces of paperwork. The Town Planning Board issued conditional site plan approval in February 2013 and a building permit has already been filed.

Plans call for Old Town Hall to be the cornerstone of the proposed hotel, with the building restored to its original condition from 1910. A larger, three-story building would then be constructed over the existing parking lot north along Stewart Avenue to Gerard Street. While the former Town Hall boasts brick with a limestone façade, the new building will be constructed with limestone and a brick façade. Both buildings would be connected by a glass atrium.

When guests walk into the Old Town Hall to check in, eat breakfast or have a drink at the lounge, they would see three grand, arched windows and a broad set of stairs connecting the buildings.

All of the guest rooms will be housed in the second building. According to the floor plan, each floor will house 18 rooms. Six will run parallel with Gerard Street in the back of the structure, while two sets of six rooms will run parallel with Stewart Avenue.

For more on this story, check out the May 15 issue of Long Islander News.

Reform Could Reduce Water Transportation Drought

New transportation legislation could cut red tape drying up America’s water transportation networks.

The House of Representatives voted 412-4 Tuesday in favor of bipartisan reform sponsors claim is designed to eliminate bureaucracy, streamline the infrastructure project delivery process, promote fiscal responsibility and promote economic growth.

Originally proposed by Congressman Tim Bishop (D-NY) and other Transportation and Infrastructure Committee members, the bill known as Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) has attracted attention for eliminating earmarks. If approved, it would eliminate trying infrastructure funds to specific projects selected by lawmakers.

Of course the bill will also shake up water transportation projects going forward. Where studies would drag on for 15 years, they would be limited to just 3 years. The bill would consolidate or eliminate unnecessary studies and streamline environmental reviews.

“Investment in our water and wastewater infrastructure is essential to the health of our communities, both economically and environmentally,” Bishop said.  “This legislation will create well-paying jobs in the construction industry, help us create a more sustainable infrastructure system, and allow us to better protect our coastlines from future storms like Superstorm Sandy.  It also serves as an example of the good we can accomplish by setting aside partisan differences and working together toward a common goal.”

If approved, it would establish a new process for future proposals to be reviewed with Congressional oversight. Sponsors would bring their projects to their regional Army Corps of Engineers for review, who in turn would send supported projects to Congress for review before including them in future water bills.

The legislation would also deauthorize $18 billion of inactive projects previously approved in the 2007 water legislation, include sunset clauses in new approvals to prevent future backlogs, leverages private sector investments to enhance federal funding and supports underserved, emerging ports.

“This legislation supports our water transportation network to keep our Nation competitive, improve the flow of commerce, and provide a foundation for job growth,” Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) said.  “WRRDA is also the most policy and reform-focused measure of its kind in decades, and the most fiscally responsible water resources bill in history.  It cuts red tape, reforms the federal bureaucracy, accelerates project delivery, and more than fully offsets authorizations for needed infrastructure improvements by deauthorizing unnecessary, outdated projects.  This is legislation that’s good for the economy, good for jobs, and good for America.”

Transportation Advocates Urge Suffolk To Tap Capital Funds

The Suffolk County Legislature listened to transportation advocates earlier this week petition for more resources.

Deaths and accidents are still occurring, nonprofit Tri-State Transportation Campaign Associate Director Ryan Lynch said, but the funding isn’t there. Complete Streets, he added, can make a difference.

According to Governor Cuomo’s Traffic Safety Committee, 52,000 New Yorkers were injured in almost 90,000 crashes during 2010-2012, while Tri-State analysis of federal data found 122 pedestrians were killed along Suffolk County roads in that timeframe, including 16 alone on Jericho Turnpike.

Meanwhile, Lynch testified federal and state agencies are looking to cut funding. The current federal transportation bill – MAP-21 – cut dedicated walking and bicycling infrastructure investments by 30 percent. The New York State Department of Transportation’s (DOT) 2014-2017 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program approved last year plans to spend only 0.98 percent of its transportation funds. That marks a 40 percent, or more than $100 million, cut for bicycling and pedestrian projects compared to the 2011-2014 plan. The DOT has planned to cut spending on walking and biking projects by 24 percent over the next four years, resulting in just 0.57 percent of regionally allocated transportation dollars being spent on these projects.

Suffolk County passed and signed Complete Streets legislation in 2012, a law designed to redesign area roadways to calm traffic and provider safer roads for pedestrians, bikers, public transit and all users.

But the federal and state transportation cuts put more pressure on local governments to fill in the gaps, Lynch said. Tri-State, AARP and Vision Long Island urged the Suffolk County Legislature to amend the proposed Suffolk County Capital Program to include funding to create a Complete Streets Implementation fun. Vision Assistant Director Tawaun Weber recommended no less than $1 million for four years.

Investing in infrastructure like raised crosswalks, pedestrian safety islands, protected bike lanes and landscaped medians can force drivers to slow down and improve general safety on Suffolk County roads.

“We hope our legislators can prioritize safe street infrastructure and this capital program,” Lynch said.

How Smart Growth Can Rebuild Post-Sandy LI Stronger

In the wake of Superstom Sandy, planning officials from both Suffolk and Nassau Counties teamed up with EPA, FEMA, MTA and New York Department of State officials to rebuild Long Island more resilient to the next storm. They called it the Smart Growth Resiliency Partnership.

And on Tuesday at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College in Farmingdale, they held the Accepting the Tide: A Roundtable Discussion on Integrating Resilience and Smart Growth on a Post-Sandy Long Island conference.

Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Legislator Kevin McCaffrey, State Smart Growth Planning Director Paul Beyer and NY Rising CRP Director Jamie Rubin spoke at the event. They were joined by Sustainability Institute Director and Vision Long Island board member Neal Lewis and a host of other experts to discuss the progress.

Panels covered how Smart Growth fits in the wake of Sandy, how green infrastructure is effective in New York City, integrating mixed-use and transit-oriented development, resources necessary to making resilient Smart Growth work on Long Island and specific steps for the future.

Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander was in attendance. Half the crowd came from state agencies and national organizations, Alexander said, which gave interesting perspectives to consider.

Feds Approve $400 Mil Sandy Funds For LI Sewage Projects

Long Island is in line to get another $400 million in sewer aid.

News broke Thursday that a portion of the $16 billion federal CDBG funds available for Superstorm Sandy recovery via Disaster Relief Appropriations Act would go to improving water quality in Nassau and Suffolk County.

In Nassau, $150 million will be allocated towards the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant. Those funds will be used for a nitrogen-removal system. Excessive nitrogen levels feed algae to grow faster than the ecosystems can handle, blocking sunlight that causes other plants to die and consume oxygen. Nitrogen pollution can also lead algal blooms that are toxic to humans.

Effluent – treated sewage – from the Bay Park plant is released into nearby Reynolds Channel. The South Shore body of water is already at risk, environmentalists say, from the channel’s inability to flush new water in and out. There’s not shortage of calls for an outfall pipe that would dump effluent into the Atlantic Ocean, which can circulate water far more effectively.

“Putting nitrogen in Reynolds Channel is like pouring poison in the water,” Senator Chuck Schumer said.

Meanwhile, Suffolk County will receive the other $250 million for various sewage projects. County officials have not announced specific sources for the funds, but they do have comprehensive plan that could use serious financial assistance.

“Hurricane Sandy highlighted a serious environmental problem in low-lying South Shore communities: rising nitrogen pollution fed from failing septic systems that caused a water quality crisis in the region. That’s why I supported Suffolk County in their pursuit of federal Sandy funds for four critical sewer projects, and raised it to the attention of HUD Secretary [Shaun] Donovan," Schumer said. "I am pleased with the news that they will receive at least $250 million dollars, and will continue to fight for more.”

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone unveiled a $1 billion plan to fight nitrogen pollution back in March. He proposed taking 12,000 South Shore homes off septic tanks and connecting them to new sewer systems – a $750 million endeavor. Those homes near Carlls River in North Babylon and Deer Park, Connetquot River in Oakdale, and Forge River in Mastic, Mastic Beach and Shirley could reduce nitrogen pollution by 25 percent.

About 70 percent of nitrogen is believed to come from homes and three-quarters of Suffolk is unsewered. Environmentalists call septic systems that dump raw sewage into tanks in the ground antiquated. Sewer systems and treatment plants eliminate bacteria, nitrogen and other pollutants before discharging effluent – treated wastewater – into bodies of water like the Great South Bay.

The second major component of Bellone’s plan calls for repairs to an outflow pipe at Bergen Point Sewage Treatment Plant. The pipe, which channels effluent from the plant into the Atlantic Ocean, nearly failed during Sandy. That carries a $242 million price tag.

When he announced his plan, the county executive said he would apply to tap the second round of the New York Rising funds for housing, community, reconstruction and infrastructure needs – valued at $2.097 billion. The total amount in the third round has yet to be announced.

Vision Long Island has lobbied and given testimony in support of federal Sandy aid for wastewater treatment systems across Long Island.

For more coverage of this story, check out Newsday (subscription required).

Number Of Bike Commuters Wheeling Into Right Direction

Bicycling is popular. The studies, reports and statistics show it’s up across the board.

The question is just how much.

According to an article by the Atlantic earlier this month, smaller and midsize cities support bike commuters than larger cities.

Between 1990-2012, the number of commuters cycling to work has tripled in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, Denver and Minneapolis, as per a 2011 Rutgers study. Large cities have led the way with new bike paths and lanes, more convenient bicycle parking, bike-to-school days and bike-sharing systems.

But while Portland, Ore. led all large cities with a 6 percent bike share of commuters, it also lagged behind several smaller cities like Davis, Calif. at 19 percent, Boulder, Colo. at 12 percent and Santa Cruz, Calif. at 9 percent.

The last two National Household Travel Surveys, from 2001 and 2009, find substantial growth in bicycling across the country. The number of bike trips in communities with 500,000-1 million people grew by 64 percent and the number of bike trips in metro areas with 250,000-500,000 people grew by 42 percent.

According to the Atlantic, smaller cities typically have shorter distances per trip. They also have lower volumes of motor vehicles, which makes those trips less stressful.

The surveys also found the largest increase in riders has been men ages 20-64. The number of women and senior citizens is significantly behind, and the number of children riding is actually lower than before, possibly due to parental safety concerns.

The level of interest in bicycling is likely to continue rising based on current and planned infrastructure investments, according to the article. Demographic shifts towards fewer households with children and a renewed interest in central cities suggest more short trips will be made by bicycle.

At the same time, many cities need to consider investing in their infrastructure. American cities lag behind European counterparts in creating bike-safe roads. Those changes can include neighborhoods with reduced traffic speeds and expanding the Safe Routes to School programs – a national campaign to build more sidewalks and bike lanes while reducing speeds and distracted driving.

Crowds Expected For Italian-Based Street Painting Festival

The annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival is a major event in downtown Riverhead, and organizers expect this year’s festival to be a masterpiece.

The 18th annual festival, scheduled for May 25 on East Main Street, is fashioned after the Italian street painters "I Madonnari", a street chalk art form dating back to the 16th century. It’s expected to draw 5,000 for street painting, art demonstration, live music, art sales, face painting and more family-friendly entertainment.

Street painters 15 years and older are encouraged to register in advance. Pre-registered street painters will be matched with a sponsored square on a first-come-first-serve basis. Street painting squares may also be purchased for $20 on the day of the event. Materials are included.

Vendors looking to sell arts, crafts, soaps, jams and other homemade goods must apply with East End Arts by May 15.

For more information about the event or to volunteer, check out the festival’s website.

Sustainability Institute Sponsors Vegan Living Program

The New York Vegan Living Program (NY VLP) is an educational program for the vegan-curious. Every Spring, they hold a series of talks, activities and classes, which covers the hows and whys of vegan living, nutritution, cooking, ethichal and environmental implications, and living in a not-yet-vegan word.

Vegan Living Program  Educational  Sessions:
All sessions  except June 29th  are  open  to the public, but to be a Pledge or Coach you must attend  all five!
Sat., May  31,  1-3pm - Introduction to Veganism (Open  to the public)
Sun., June 8, 1-3pm - Vegan Nutrition with guest Registered Dietitian (Open  to the public)
Sat., June 14,  1- 3pm - The Environment (with guest speaker, Sustainability Institute’s Demosthenes Maratos), and  Living Vegan In a Not-Yet-Vegan World (Open  to the public)
Sat., June 21,   1- 3pm - Field Trip to For the  Animals  Sanctuary (Limited spaces, RSVP a must) Sun., June 29,   5- 7pm - Graduation Celebration (Pledges and  Coaches only)

Register online as a Vegan Pledge, Vegan Coach, or for more information, visit and click on "Long Island, NY".

Farmers’ Market on the Village Green in Farmingdale June 1

Eat Local Long Island is opening an expanded Farmers’ Market in Farmingdale Village on the Green starting Sunday, June 1.

“The Farmers’ Market was previously located adjacent to A Taste of Long Island for the past two seasons and we are thrilled to expand the market and offer residents and the community a great new spot to meet, shop local and enjoy great, fresh offerings, as well as a casual shopping experience at the Village Green”, said Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.

Jim & Courtney also operate the Farmers’ Market: Eat Local Long Island. “We look forward to a great Farmers’ Market on the Green, located next to the Fire House and Village Hall. Going into its third year, the market will be bigger and better with about 20 vendors on Sundays starting June 1st from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., rain or shine through Thanksgiving weekend (unless thunderstorms)”. Moving the market
to Sundays on the Village Green makes this more of a community, social happening, we hope everyone comes to check out all the great locally grown and made produce, food and more”, added Jim Thompson.

Local food artisans and vendors, with locally grown and produced, seasonal farm fresh produce, agriculture products and more will be at the market on Sundays.

Zucaro, Adopt A House Holding Home Lifting Seminar

On June 3, from 7-9 p.m., Zucaro House Lifters and Adopt A House will be holding a seminar to discuss the steps of a basic house lift as well as considerations for type of house (crawlspace vs. slab, or both). Attendees will learn about the house lifting process and will have the opportunity to ask questions directly to our staff, including lifters, following the presentation.
Project consultants from Zucaro House Lifters will be on hand to schedule individual appointments for estimates.

The location will be determined by interest and announced closer to the date so keep an eye on the event page located here.

RSVP Now For North Hempstead’s Downtown Conference

Registration is now open for the Town of North Hempstead’s Downtown Revitalization Conference.

Slated for June 6 at the Harbor Links Clubhouse in Port Washington, the event is an opportunity to learn about downtown improvements, financing improvements, using the arts to improve economic development and more.

Vision Long Island Assistant Director Tawaun Weber will participate on the opening panel, while Vision Board member David Berg is scheduled to participate in the “Planning Your Downtown Improvements” panel. Several mayors and elected officials are also expected to sit on panels.

JobCo Organization's and Vision board member Michael Pontillo is the keynote speaker at lunch.

For more information, contact Roy Smitheimer at 516-869-7614 or via email.

‘Angel Walk’ Honors Wantagh Teen Killed On Sunrise Hwy

Join Sandi Vega in remembering her daughter and sending other teenagers to college.

The Brittany Vega Angel Walk, scheduled for June 8 at Wantagh Park, is an event to promote community safety.

Brittany Vega was a 14-year-old Wantagh High School student. She was crossing Sunrise Highway by foot on her way to school in September 2010 when she was killed. A parked car obstructed the sight of both Vega and a 36-year-old driver, setting the scene for the teen to be launched 70 feet from the crosswalk.

She went into cardiac arrest and died on the scene, despite nearby motorists pumping gas. The driver, who turned around to investigate the noise before finding Vega, was not charged by police.

The Brittany Vega Angel Walk is a way to turn her tragedy into something positive by focusing awareness on community safety. It will include a 2-mile walking course, community resources, live music, refreshments, activities for kids and more.

Vega’s mother, Sandi, has since been collecting funds in her daughter’s name to send Wantagh High students to college. As of Monday, more than $3,100 had been collected.

The teen was known as a bright, musically-gifted friend to many. An honor student and recipient of the Girl Scouts’ Silver Award, Vega was able to read music since she was 9. She had been walking to meet her art teacher before school began when the accident occurred.

For more information about the event next month, check out the flier or contact Sandi Vega at 516-557-3536 or Heidi Felix at 516-448-6688.

Small Business Conference At Stony Brook University June 17

Join 1,000 other small business owners at the Long Island Community and Economic Development Conference this summer.

Presented by New Millennium Development Services and SUNY, the conference is Long Island’s premiere procurement event for small businesses with a focus on both women- and minority-owned employers and veteran companies. This event can increase a business' visibility, offer opportunities to build credibility in the marketplace and grow their list of potential partners - all keys to successful businesses.

Plenary sessions and workshops are on the slate, along with networking opportunities with contract decision-makers from governmental agencies, major corporations, and educational institutions. Breakfast and lunch are included.

This conference is scheduled for June 17 at Stony Brook University’s Charles Wang Center.

For more information, call 516-223-3855 or visit them online.

Youth Advisors To Be Honored at Humanist Society Luncheon

The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island will honor a trio for their service in support of youth education and activism.

Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander, Tara Klein and Derek Smith have been announced as honorees for the organization’s Founder’s Day 2014 celebration. A luncheon has been scheduled for June 22 at the society’s Garden City office.

Alexander, Klein and Smith serve as advisors for the Youth of Ethical Societies (YES) program. A group of high school students focus on a few major issues of importance to the teens. Members discuss and plan during meetings, leading to toy drives, clean ups and other community action. Adult advisors moderate the meetings, but teens are given the reins.

The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island is an organization that supports humanist beliefs, values and activism. They hold programs and events, including YES. The month of May marks the beginning of the ethical culture movement in May 1876 when Felix Adler founded the New York Society for Ethical Culture in Manhattan. Founder’s Day is their time to celebrate the people who bring their special talents and dedication to the society.

Reservations are required as space is limited and must be received by June 10. Guests should expect to make a donation, $50 for adults and $15 for children. For more information, contact the Ethical Humanist Society via email and check out this flier.

$50 Million Open For Alternative Transportation Projects

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Transportation are now accepting applications to financially assist alternative transportation projects.

Under the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), projects that create other forms of transportation or enhance transportation infrastructure can vie for $50 million in federal funds.

Projects will be selected through a competitive solicitation process and rated on established criteria that includes environmental enhancement; connectivity to an existing transportation system; encouragement of smart growth; impact on local or regional economies; availability of matching funds and level of community support.

Creating on-road and off-road trail facilities for non-motorized transportation would be eligible according to the state, as would community improvement activities and environmental mitigation activity.

Winners will receive up to 80 percent of total expenses in Federal Highway Administration money. They are responsible to secure the remainder.

The deadline for all applications is June 11. More information about TAP is available on the state’s website.

A series of webinars has been announced to train potential applicants. They’re expected to focus on information about this funding, and an explanation of requisites and requirements. Two TAP/Fed Aid 101 webinars will be held on March 18 at 12:30 p.m. and March 19 at 10 a.m. Registration for the first event can be found here in use with password TAP101. Registration for the second event can be found here with the password TAP10319.

Suffolk County Now Accepting Applications
For Twelfth Round Of Downtown Revitalization Grants

Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone and the Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Citizens Advisory Panel are pleased to announce the availability of the Downtown Revitalization Round 12 Grant Applications. Eligible applicants must be local business or community groups partnering with a local municipality (town or village).  The application incorporates the Panel’s intent to support projects that will have an important and sustainable impact on downtowns and business districts.  All applications will be reviewed and scored via a merit based grading system.

Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on June 13.  

The Round 12 application is available here and instructions are available here.

State Supports Economic Development With $750 Mil

Announced earlier this year as part of his budget, Governor Andrew Cuomo officially launched the fourth round of the Regional Economic Development Council program this week. Up to $750 million are available in state economic development funds.

"New York’s economy is on a come-back in large part because we have adopted a grassroots approach to economic development that is creating jobs and growing new industries across our state,” Governor Cuomo said. “The Regional Councils are working and we plan to continue that success with the fourth round this year. I look forward to seeing the new projects that the regions come up with as we continue to grow our economy and put New Yorkers back to work.”

Applications for the latest round opened to businesses, nonprofits, municipalities and the public on Thursday. The program is designed to create bottom-up regional economic growth by funding local projects designed to create jobs and support communities.

More than $2 billion have already been invested via Regional Economic Development Councils. The first three rounds funded more than 2,200 projects supporting more than 100,000 jobs statewide. Recipients of the third round were announced shortly before Christmas, with Long Island faring well. Ninety-eight Long Island projects received grants, tax credits and other funding totaling $83 million – the single most of all 10 regional economic development committees in the state for the third round. That included $2.5 million for the Glen Cove Waterfront; $1 million to Glen Cove, the Piazza; $1.5 million for Bus Rapid Transit in Suffolk County; $1 million for Kings Park sewers; $1.34 million for Riverhead sewers; $1 million for Wyandanch Rising; and half a dozen smaller awards.

In round IV, $150 million in capital funds, $70 million in Excelsior Tax Credits and $530 million from state agency programs are on the table. To win the funding, participants will have to focus on implementation of regional strategic economic development plans, encouraging economic growth through job creation and investment, and identifying global marketing and export strategies. The latter is part of Cuomo’s 2014 focus on international business.

Five regions identified as top performers last year will compete for two $25-million capital awards in 2014; the other five will compete for three $25-million awards. Long Island received the third most support through the first three rounds. Each region is also eligible for as much as $10 million in Excelsior Tax Credits to support job growth.

Applications, available here, are due by June 16 at 4 p.m. For more information, read the 2014 REDC Guidebook here.

NYSERDA Opens $30 Million Cleaner Greener Funding

Applications are now being accepted for $30 million in Cleaner Greener Communities funding.

Public benefit corporation NYSERDA announced Phase II implementation grants are now open. The program is designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions and is funded with proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Entries for Category 1 - incentive applications – will be accepted via open enrollment until funds are depleted or Sept. 20, 2015. Category 2 – planning initiatives – and category 3 – sustainability projects –will be accepted until June 16.

As much as $5 million will be available for Category 2 projects, designed to prepare a community, region or project for a more sustainable future. These awards will range from $25,000-$250,000 per project with no less than 25 percent cost share.

For technical questions, contact the Cleaner Greener Communities team. For more information about this funding, visit Cleaner Greener Communities online. Empire State Development is also holding a pair of meetings on Long Island to answer questions. The first meeting was May 14, but the next meeting is May 30 at Stony Brook University's Wang Theater from 1-4 p.m.

LI Coalition For Homeless Announces Helen Martin Scholarships

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless recently announced the creation of the Helen Martin scholarship.  The scholarship will grant $1,000 to two individuals who currently are or were previously homeless in order to seek higher education.  Award winners will be notified via mail over the summer and announced at the Annual Keys for the Homeless event on October 31.

Applications must be received by noon on June 19. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

You can download the application here and read the requirements here. Any questions can be directed to mail Dylan Levene at, or Greta Guarton at

Donate The Tools, Supplies Students Need To Learn

The Supply Our Students Drive is hosted by the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless (LICH). Each year, they pack hundreds of backpacks with school supplies collected during this drive. The back packs are distributed through a network of homeless shelters in late August. Last summer, over 1200 back packs were distributed to kids in need on Long Island. With your help, they can distribute more back packs this year than ever before.

Please help them collect NEW school supplies to fill backpacks for children in need. Host a drive in your community, business, school, or office!  They will provide collection boxes and informational flyers about the event, and will pick up the boxes. Drives are being conducted now through August 10th.  Please let them know if you’re interested in conducting a drive!

 Please direct all questions to Dylan Levene at 516-742-7770 x 11 or

Help Wanted

Intern with Vision Long Island!

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

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

What's happening in your downtown this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Who-Ville Bar and Grille

339 Broadway, Bethpage
Tickets and more information available on Facebook


Freeport Historical Museum

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

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

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

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

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

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

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

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Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

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

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

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

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

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

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website.


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:
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

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

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


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
Jim Jefferies - Friday, May 23 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus - Saturday, May 24 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here




140 Merrick Road, Amityville
The Rising and Crowes Addiction - Friday, May 23 at 7 p.m.
Slick Rick - Friday, May 23 at 10 p.m.
One Click Waiting - Saturday, May 24 at 2:30 p.m.
John Brown's Body - Saturday, May 24 at 8 p.m.
That 70's Band - Saturday, May 17th at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Bow Tie Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

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

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

East Hampton

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
Reading and book signing with Bob Colacello - Sunday, May 25 at 5 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

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

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

Huntington Village

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
Rusted Root and The Wailers - Friday, May 23 at 8 p.m.
The Monkees: Mike Nesmith, Mickey Dolen and Peter Tork - Sunday, May 25 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Heckscher Museum

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

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

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

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Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
45 RPM and Desert Highway - Friday, May 23 at 8 p.m.
Dave Diamond, Half Step and The Electrix - Saturday, May 24 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Fantasy Land - Sunday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

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

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, May 23 at 10:30 p.m.
BINGO! - The Winning Musical - Friday, May 23 at 8 pm and Saturday, May 24 at 8 p.m.
The Sorcerers Apprentice - Saturday, May 24 at 11 a.m.
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

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington


Suffolk Theater
116 E. Main Street, Riverhead
Long Island Comedy Series - Friday, May 23 at 8 p.m.
Free Green Day/Clash punk tribute show - Saturday, May 24 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Paula Poundstone - Saturday, May 24 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

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

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


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

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

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


Southampton Historical Museum

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

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

Don't Forget On Memorial Day

It's a day off from work and school, the unofficial beginning of summer and a great opportunity to reconnect with friends and family over a burger and brew. This is how America celebrates Memorial Day in the twenty-first century. But when the holiday officially observed nationwide almost half a century back, it sparked debate about creating a long holiday or solemnly observing Memorial Day every May 30. The conversation still lingers, and we've seen how the holiday has evolved.

And perhaps enjoying ourselves and this great country every last Monday in May is not a terrible and shameful act. Afterall, servicemen and women give their all to defend America, it's people, resources, history and cultures. Instead of feeling guilty about holding that backyard barbecue on Monday, offer a heartfelt toast to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. And at 3 p.m., pause the festivities and join your fellow countrymen in observing the National Moment of Remembrance.

Check out Memorial Day events happening across Long Island on Monday!
Amityville - parade along the Broadway Triangle at 11 a.m.
Babylon - parade along Deer Park Avenue and Main Street at 11 a.m.
Baldwin - parade along Grand Avenue at 9:30 a.m.
Bay Shore - parade and service along Union Boulevard at 9 a.m.
Bellmore-North Bellmore - parade and service along Bedford Avenue, Oak Street and Newbridge Road at 9 a.m.
Brookhaven - parade and ceremony along Beaver Dam Road, South Country Road and Fireplace Neck Road at 9:30 a.m.
Coram - Mass at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery at 11 a.m.
East Rockaway - parade along Ocean Avenue, Centre Avenue and Atlantic Avenue at 10 a.m.
Freeport - parade and ceremony along Merrick Road at 10 a.m.
Huntington - wreath ceremony at Town Hall at 9:30 a.m.
Mastic Beach - parade along Commack Road, Mastic Beach Road and Washington Road at 11 a.m.
Mineola - parade and service along Westbury Avenue, Roslyn Road and Jericho Turnpike at 11 a.m.
Northport - parade along Main Street at 10 a.m.
Smithtown - parade along Main Street at noon
Valley Stream - parade along Rockaway Parkway, West Merrick Road and Hicks Street at 9:30 a.m.

Smart Talk

Newsletter Editor: Mike Koehler, Communications Director
Contributors: Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director; Elissa Kyle, Sustainability Director; Chris Kyle, Administrative Director

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