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June 25th - 30th, 2017


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Cameron Engineering & Associates, LLP is a full service multi-disciplined consulting engineering and planning firm founded in 1985. The Firm is comprised of experienced and qualified engineers, landscape architects, planners, facility operators, and environmental scientists dedicated to providing professional, timely and responsive services to our clients.

A comprehensive knowledge of municipal codes, government regulations, and industry standards is incorporated into all of their work. This assures that they provide quality engineering and up-to-date solutions. The principals and senior level management are continuously involved in the planning, control, implementation, and quality review of each project. Their timely submissions and quality engineering are the primary reasons for their clients to request their services on a repeat basis.

“Year after year, county budget cuts have led to service reductions for Nassau County's bus system. With 100,000 daily riders who rely on NICE Bus to commute to work, get to the doctor or buy groceries, we need a long-term solution that preserves comprehensive service and protects taxpayers.” - Jack Martins speaking on a proposal to provide funding for NICE bus

“It’s gratifying from a number of standpoints. Most importantly, were able to get a consensus and get all the stakeholders involved, moving in the same direction, which is the best possible outcome.” - Peter Florey from D&F Development speaking at the ribbon cutting of the Highland Green Residences

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Long Island Lobby Coalition Sees Steady Progress in Albany

The 90 member Long Island Lobby Coalition has made progress on priority items in our agenda in Albany this year.   However, there is still much work left to be done in order to address key issues for our region.  

Here is a preliminary summary of actions taken on our joint agenda this legislative session:

Victories:
$2.5 billion was included for the Affordable Housing fund in this year’s budget.
An additional $2.5 billion was included for clean water infrastructure.
Kings Park and Smithtown has received $40 million combined for sewage infrastructure.
The South Fork Offshore Wind Farm was officially approved by LIPA and now a key example of NYS's clean energy priorities. 
Continued funding in the budget for pharmaceutical drug testing and removal from drinking water.
The most recent budget included a small amount of additional funding for local bus systems.

Progress:
The NYS Senate has passed the Small Business Savings Accounts legislation which now advances to the Assembly.
The Secure Choice Act is currently in the committee phase in both the Assembly and the Senate.
NYS Senator Kemp Hannon has introduced legislation to attach a $0.50 surcharge per trip to ride sharing program to generate funding for local bus systems.
NYS is moving forward with guidelines for Dioxines and PSOA’s in drinking water as well as requiring testing by public water suppliers.
Fair Share for Bike / Pedestrian Safety did not see any direct funding in this year’s budget but pedestrian safety action plans were put in place with funding to be determined.

No Action:
The Small Business Promotional Campaign to benefit local businesses was not advanced.  
The Commuter Benefit Ordinance, which will allows for financial relief to mass transit commuters, has seen no action. 

For a copy of the LI Lobby Coalition's agenda you can click here.
For past press coverage on the Annual LI Lobby Day click here.

Governor Cuomo Declares State of Emergency for MTA, Orders Review of the Authority

At a press conference on Thursday, Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency for the MTA as riders were hit with service disruptions yet again.  The Governor also committed an additional $1 billion in capital spending to expedite improvements for the LIRR.

The declaration comes at a time of repeated delays and cancellations as well as looking forward to what is being dubbed “the summer of hell” when LIRR expects a number of track closures to facilitate long needed repairs at Penn Station.  The state of emergency will also help to expedite the contracting process for the MTA and speed up repair work and system upgrades.

Along with this came the announcement of other orders and improvements, including a 60-day review of the MTA’s capital plan by newly appointed MTA chairman Joseph Lhota.  The review will focus on needed upgrade priorities.  Cuomo will also task the Public Service Commission, MTA and Con Edison with a joint investigation into power outages that have led to delays.  If Con Edison is found to be at fault, they will be fined according to the Governor.

Vision Long Island is happy to see Governor Cuomo's leadership in shaking up the MTA. The new Chairman now has authority to move forward with an emergency action plan to speed up capital improvements along with associated agencies.

Long Island has been told for months that the 3rd track will solve all of LIRR's ills, and which may be eligible for capital improvement funds. That project should be supported, funded and built with local input and mitigation. There is obviously a much deeper problem with the existing system that needs to be radically updated and maintained which clearly needs to be the first priority.

We applaud the LIRR Commuters Council for being a fierce advocate on this issue. For those of us advancing Transit Oriented Development it doesn't make much sense when the transit is not reliable or in a state of constant chaos.

You can read more on this story here.

Nassau County Completes Feasibility Study for Improved Waste Water Treatment

Nassau County has completed a feasibility study to determine the possibility of repurposing a non-utilized water main from Valley Stream into a treated wastewater effluent outflow pipe.  The County has now issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to provide detailed design services for what is being billed as the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant Ocean Outfall – Effluent Diversion Project.

“The study into the viability of the aqueduct pipe that runs under Sunrise Highway is complete and engineers have stated the existing pipeline appears to be readily lineable for a force main and observed conditions were virtually unchanged from a 1977 inspection,” said Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. “The RFP for design services is the next step into implementing the utilization of this existing pipeline as a connection to the Cedar Creek ocean outfall pipe.”

Technical and cost proposals regarding this project are due on or before 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 21, 2017. A copy of the RFP (PW-S3B116-03C) may be obtained on the Nassau County website (https://eproc.nassaucountyny.gov/MainBidBoard).  The firm selected for this work will be required to provide proof of general and professional liability insurance in the minimum amounts of $2,000,000 and $4,000,000 per occurrence, respectively.

“This is truly exciting news. Using the existing aqueduct will save time and money and allow the bay to be restored much quicker. This critical infrastructure project for the south shore will breathe new life into our bays and renews our hope for the future,” said Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

“We are happy to see Nassau County advancing a creative solution for the South Shore's water infrastructure.  These problems have been talked about over the last 15 years but this administration should be commended for taking action by securing funding and moving the project forward," added Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander.

You can read the full text of the Press Release and the RFP here.

Former NYS Senator Jack Martins Announces Plan for Bus Service Funding

Former NYS Senator Jack Martins has announced a plan to provide bus service funding for NICE Bus.

Calling for a long-term solution, Martins laid out the a plan that would create a $0.50 per ride assessment for ride-sharing services.  This funding stream is estimated to provide $5 million per year in dedicated funding to NICE.  This funding would go a long way to protecting service against what has become an annual funding crisis and perpetual cuts to the system.

“Year after year, county budget cuts have led to service reductions for Nassau County's bus system,” said Mr. Martins.  “With 100,000 daily riders who rely on NICE Bus to commute to work, get to the doctor or buy groceries, we need a long-term solution that preserves comprehensive service and protects taxpayers.”

Martins has been working with State Senator Kemp Hannon to introduce a bill into the senate to codify the proposal.  You can view that legislation, Senate Bill 6680, here.

D&F Development and Town of Huntington Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Highland Green Residences

Vision Long Island Board Members and Staff recently attended the ribbon cutting for the Highland Green Residences, a project that has been a 15 year process with the support of the Huntington Town Board and local community.

“It’s gratifying from a number of standpoints,” said Peter Florey, principal of D&F Development. “Most importantly, were able to get a consensus and get all the stakeholders involved, moving in the same direction, which is the best possible outcome.”

The 117 unit project will include 72 one-, 39 two-, and 6 three-bedroom units. The overall project will include 93 units rented at 60% of the area median income.  Vision testified at the original hearings in 2002 but more recently worked with the developer to finally get their approvals in public hearings in 2015.

Vision Long Island commends Developer and Vision Board Member Peter Florey from D&F for shepherding the project through its multi-year process.  Other Vision Board Members who provided assistance include Richard Koubek from the Huntington Housing Coalition and Bob Fonti.  We would also like to thank Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, and Councilwoman Tracey Edwards who supported the project and joined in the ribbon cutting.

The Huntington Branch of the NAACP was on hand to support the project and work to preserve affordability in the units along with the good work of the LI Housing Partnership.

The City of Glen Cove Announces Temporary Ferry Service at Garvies Point to Help Alleviate LIRR Congestion

In a move aimed at providing relief to what local transportation officials are calling the “summer of hell,” Glen Cove Mayo Ralph Spinello has announced that a temporary ferry service for LIRR ticket holders will begin on July10th.  The service will take riders from Glen Cove to 34th Street in Manhattan.

People with monthly and weekly passes will be able to use those to ride on three ferries that will run from to 10 am and three return trips from 3 to 7 pm.  Mayor Spinello is currently working with Governor Cuomo’s office to decide between a 149- or 225- passenger craft to accommodate the predicted 500 to 600 passengers for each shift.  The Mayor also noted that the Governor’s office had reached out about implementing the temporary service recently and even brought several operators to view the area.

“We’re trying to help the governor to mitigate the problems that are going to happen for our local commuters,” Spinello said. ”This is just something temporary that the city is trying to do to help.”

RXR, the developer of Garvies Point, is also currently working to expand parking, but a plan will not be finished in time for the temporary service.  “It’s true that more parking needs to be built, and that’s part of our project as well,” said Frank Haftel, RXR Realty Garvies Point project manager.  Mr. Haftel also noted that RXR is working with city to potentially build a parking garage for the ferry.

The Glen Cove Ferry has been a past recipient of a Long Island Smart Growth Award.

The $4.5 million terminal held its ribbon cutting in 2016 and was completed using grants from the Federal Highway Administration.
You can read more on this story here.

Northwell Health and Community Ambulance Company Team up for ‘Community Safety Surge’

Saturday, July 8th, will mark the second “Community Safety Surge,” an event being held jointly by Northwell Health’s Southside Hospital and the Community Ambulance Company to promote safe practices for youths in the area.

The event will feature ambulances and police cars patrolling the Bayport, Bohemia, Sayville, West Saville, and Oakdale neighborhoods as they keep an eye out for young people on bikes, skateboards, and rollerblades.  Those they find wearing helmets will receive vouchers for free ice cream cones at Carvel and those without will receive a certificate for a free bike helmet.  They will also give vouchers to any children they find doing good deeds, but the program is mostly aimed as teaching bike, skateboard, and roller blade safety while also giving children a positive view of police and emergency services personnel.

It’s to make kids safe and give them a positive interaction with police and EMT workers,” said Jamie Atkinson, president of the Sayville-based Community Ambulance Company’s board of directors. “We want them to know that they can come up to the police and the ambulance company workers to ask questions.”

The program will include members of the Suffolk County and MTA police departments, Islip’s Youth Enrichment Services program, and the office of Suffolk County Legislator William Lindsay III.

You can read more on this story here.

Weekly Summer Street Fairs in Patchogue, Riverhead, and Bay Shore

The downtowns of Patchogue and Riverhead will once again host evening street fairs on Thursdays during the summer, alternating week that the events are hosted. Bay Shore will also be holding bi-weekly street fairs on Wednesdays.

Patchogue will host their 15th annual summer street fair, Alive After Five, which was a Smart Growth Award recipient. There will be  six stages of live music and entertainment, more than 90 craft & retail vendors, 11 food trucks, children's activities and amusements, a Chinese auction and much more! The events will be held on July 6th, July 20th, August 3rd, and August 17th, with a rain date of August 24th.

Riverhead’s Alive on 25, modeled after the success of Patchogue’s annual event, includes a classic car show by the Peconic River, local wine and craft beer, free music, kids activates, street vendors, local restaurants and food trucks, and more.  The events will be held on July 13th, July 27th, August 10th and August 24th, with a rain date of August 31st.

Bay Shore will be hosting Alive by the Bay is on Wednesday nights this summer on Main Street.  There will be live music, indoor & outdoor dining, local art, vendors, food trucks, beer, activities, fun for the kids and much more. The events will be held on Wednesday nights from 5:30PM-9PM on July 12th, July 26th, August 9th, and August 23rd.

You can learn more about the events and see some pictures and video from the past on Patchogue and Riverhead’s websites, and Alive by the Bay’s Facebook page. Riverhead's BID is also currently developing an app to help festival goers stay up to date, which you can read about here.

AARP Community Challenge Grant Due July 15th

AARP has announced great opportunities for Long Island communities to get funding from the AARP Foundation on Age Friendly and Sustainable Communities, with the AARP Community Challenge funding projects to help build momentum. If your idea is big, no project is too small. Projects can range from short-term activities costing a few hundred dollars to sizable efforts that might need thousands.

Projects need to deliver on one or all of the following drivers for change: Improving a community's built environment to benefit people of all ages and ability levels and connect to the social environment; expanding opportunities for all residents, such as through jobs, volunteerism, educational opportunities and training; driving community engagement and interaction across diverse community residents via, for instance, efforts in the domains of culture and art, local communications, public spaces and placemaking, sports, education, well-being, healthy living, etc.

Projects will be assessed on impact (60 points), invocation (10 points), and execution (30 points). Grantees will receive a Letter of Agreement, with the completion of the project due by November 1st.

The deadline to apply for the AARP Community Challenge grant is July 15th. For more details and to apply, click here

Suffolk County to Provide Septic Imrovement Grants

Starting July 1st, you may begin the process and submit your application for the Septic Improvement Program.

The Septic Improvement Program is available to qualified owners of residential property located within Suffolk County.

Grant funding, of up to $10,000, will be provided toward the purchase and installation of Suffolk County Department of Health Services approved Innovative and Alternative nitrogen removal onsite wastewater treatment system (I/A OWTS) and leaching structure, as well as toward attendant engineering and design services. An additional $1,000 may be available toward installation of Pressurized Shallow Drainfields for a maximum grant of up to $11,000. All other costs, including, but not limited to, costs above the authorized grant amount, irrigation repairs, electrical improvements unrelated to system installation or other improvements necessary for the installation are the responsibility of the property owner/applicant. Post-installation landscaping restoration is also the responsibility of the property owner/applicant.

Preferential consideration will be given to properties in environmentally sensitive areas.

Please note:

Submission of an application does not guarantee an award of a grant. The County reserves the right to change the terms and conditions of the Septic Improvement Program at any time. This program is highly competitive and applications will be prioritized by area and other eligibility requirements and will also be based upon the availability of funding.

In addition:

  1. Grant Awardees will be required to execute a grant agreement with the County of Suffolk.
  2. Grant Awardees must permit Suffolk County Septic Improvement Program representatives the right to enter onto the property to perform any site assessments related to the processing of applications.
  3. Information and documentation that is submitted with the application may be subject to independent verification by the County.

If you would like to speak to someone directly about the program and/or Grant Application, please call the Department of Health Services at 631-852-5811. Staff will be available to answer your questions Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm. You can also send an email to septicdemo@suffolkcountyny.gov.

Funding Available for Bicycle Projects, due July 21st

The PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program supports bicycle infrastructure projects and targeted advocacy initiatives that make it easier and safer for people of all ages and abilities to ride.

PeopleForBikes focuses most grant funds on bicycle infrastructure projects such as bike paths, lanes, trails, and bridges; mountain bike facilities; bike parks and pump tracks; BMX facilities; and end-of-trip facilities such as bike racks, bike parking, and bike repair stations/storage. Funded also are advocacy projects, such as programs that transform city streets, such as Ciclovías or Open Streets Days; and initiatives designed to increase ridership or the investment in bicycle infrastructure.

PeopleForBikes will fund engineering and design work, construction costs including materials, labor, and equipment rental, and reasonable volunteer support costs. For advocacy projects, they will fund staffing that is directly related to accomplishing the goals of the initiative. PeopleForBikes accepts requests for funding of up to $10,000. They do not require a specific percentage match, but do look at leverage and funding partnerships very carefully, and will not consider grant requests in which funding would amount to 50% or more of the project budget.

The Fall 2017 grant cycle is now open, with an online letter of interest is due July 21st, and full applications due on October 13th.
To learn more about the grant opportunity, click here

Governor Cuomo Launches Seventh Round of Regional Economic Development Council Competition, due July 28th

We wanted to share the announcement from the Governor’s office regarding the seventh round of the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs). Some important details to note:

The application process will start on Monday, May 1. As with prior REDC funding rounds, the application process is through the NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA). Information related to the CFA can be found here. All 10 economic regionscan compete for designation as a “Top Performer,” there will be five winners that will receive awards of up to $20 million in grant funds, while the remaining five regions,identified as "Regional Awardees", will receive up to $10 million in grant funds.

The application deadline is Friday, July 28 at 4:00 p.m.This years priorities include:Identify projects for the State Life Sciences Cluster; Support Downtown revitalization plans; Identify workforce development strategies and shrink the skills gap; Implementing strategies through the project pipeline; andMeasuring the performance and progress of the strategic plan and CFA projects.

Resources:
The REDC 2017 Guide Book
2017 CFA Resource Manual
2017 Application Manual
2017 CFA Workshop Schedule (check this list often, as workshops are added frequently)

Social Justice Grant Opportunity Now Open

The Pop Culture Collaborative is now accepting applications for their 'Pop-Up' grants program. These rapid response grants are available on a rolling basis throughout the year for any individual, organization or company working to harness the power of pop culture to create just, authentic narratives of people of color, Muslims, immigrants and refugees through TV, movies, sports, music and all forms of entertainment and mass media.

The Collaborative is a new, multi-million dollar philanthropic resource created by Unbound Philanthropy, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Ford Foundation, The JPB Foundation, and General Service Foundation—all organizations committed to growing and experimenting with pop culture narrative strategies as powerful tools for change in the real world.

They have designed these grants to help leaders in justice movements, the arts, entertainment, advertising, academia, and technology respond nimbly to increasingly common assaults on pluralism and inclusion in our society. 

Grants range from $5,000 to $30,000, and projects must have an imminent time-hook or a project timeline that can be completed within a four-month time frame. Individuals with fiscal sponsorship, non-profit and for-profits are all eligible to apply. Projects should aim to advance social change and authentic narratives in popular culture for people of color, immigrants, refugees and Muslims.

You can find full 'Pop Up' Grant Guidelines and Application Information here, and can submit your idea here. Every idea will be considered, and applicants will be notified if the program wishes receive a formal proposal.

NYS Climate Smart Communities Grant Program Funding Available

Funding will be available for inventory, assessment, planning and implementation projects that advance the work of municipalities in addressing climate change. Priorities for the 2017 round include specific adaptation actions that reduce flood risk and increase preparedness for future extreme weather conditions, specific mitigation activities related to transportation and reduction of food waste, and specific Climate Smart Communities certification actions that advance municipal ability in the future to implement adaptation and mitigation projects in the identified implementation categories.

A municipal resolution from the lead applicant authorizing application submission and documenting the availability of local match in the event of grant award must be submitted at the time of application.

For general information and questions on the Climate Smart Communities Program, please contact the Office of Climate Change, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Office of Climate Change, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233, 518-402-8448, climatechange@dec.ny.gov

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.

Vision Long Island Wishes You a Happy 4th of July!

We wish you a Safe and Happy 4th of July next week and encourage you to get out into your local parks and downtowns to celebrate the holiday! Here's a list of local fireworks shows happening across the island:

East Hills

What: Annual July 4th Parade, Festival and Fireworks Display
Where: The Park at East Hills (209 Harbor Hill Rd.)
When: Saturday, July 1, Parade: 10am-12pm, Fireworks begin 6pm
Why Go: The morning parade and festival will include a children’s comedy and juggling show and the nightly festivities will feature a DJ, barbecue dinner and fireworks at 9pm. It doesn’t get much more USA than that! Go

Farmingville

What: Freestyle Concert and Fireworks
Where: Pennysaver Amphitheater (1 Ski Run Ln.)
When: Saturday, July 1, 4-10pm
Why Go: Join the fun as 16 performers light up the stage for a memorable night of music and fireworks. Go

East Meadow

What: TD Bank Celebrates America Fireworks by Grucci Show
Where: Eisenhower Park (Merrick Avenue & Park Boulevard)
When: Saturday, July 1, 6-10pm
Why Go: Enjoy a spectacular early Independence Day celebration in the park by the world-famous Gruccis. Go

Sag Harbor

What: John A. Ward Independence Day Fireworks by Grucci Show
Where: Sag Harbor Yacht Club (27 Bay St.)
When: Saturday, July 1, 9:30pm
Why Go: View another Fireworks by Grucci show at Marine Park, Haven’s Beach or Sag Harbor’s Long Wharf, or watch from your boat! Go

Southampton

What: The Southampton Firecracker 8K Run & 3-Mile Walk
Where: 23 Main St.
When: Sunday, July 2, 8am
Why Go: Support the Southampton Rotary Scholarship Fund by running in this Fourth of July weekend race. Top three finishers in each male/female age group will receive ribbons. Go

Central Islip

What: BBQ, Baseball and Grucci Fireworks
Where: Bethpage Ballpark—Long Island Ducks (3 Courthouse Dr.)
When: Sunday, July 2, 5pm
Why Go: Kick off the night with an all-American barbecue, followed by the Ducks game at 6:45pm. Don’t leave after the final out, as Fireworks by Grucci will be putting on a spectacle starting at 9:30pm. Go

Orient

What: Orient Independence Celebration Fireworks by Grucci Show
Where: Orient Yacht Club (2110 Village Ln.)
When: Sunday, July 2, 9:15pm
Why Go: Orient Yacht Club hosts a Fireworks by Grucci performance you won’t want to miss. Go

Riverhead

What: Fireworks on the River Independence Day Celebration
Where: Peconic Riverfront (40 Peconic Ave.)
When: Monday, July 3, 6-9:45pm
Why Go: Not only is it a fireworks show; there will also be face-painters, balloon artists and all kinds of entertainment for the kids. Go

Massapequa Park

What: Annual Fireworks Display
Where: Mansfield Park (85 Walker St.)
When: Monday, July 3, 9pm
Why Go: Massapequa Park residents are invited to an exclusive fireworks show the night before Independence Day. Go

Port Jefferson

What: Fireworks at West Beach
Where: West Beach
When: Monday, July 3, 9:30pm-12am
Why Go: Never miss an opportunity to watch fireworks on a summer night on the beach. If you’re a Port Jeff resident, this one’s for you. Go

Long Beach

What: Fabulous 4th of July Race in Memory of Sean Ryan 4K
Where: Laurelton Boulevard
When: Tuesday, July 4, 8am
Why Go: Want to get out for a July 4th race? Look no further than Long Beach’s 4th of July 4K. Top finishers receive awards and a 1K fun run is open for ages 17 and under. Go

Bellmore

What: Bellmore Striders Independence Day Run
Where: Bellmore Fire House (230 Pettit Ave.)
When: Tuesday, July 4, 8:30am
Why Go: Looking for more of a challenge? Celebrate America with an early morning Independence Day 4-mile run. Enjoy refreshments after every mile and at the finish line. Awards and/or prize money will be given to top finishers. An 8am 1-mile youth race is also available. Go

Port Jefferson

What: Port Jefferson Fire Department 4th of July Parade
Where: Port Jefferson Village Center
When: Tuesday, July 4, 10am
Why Go: Show your patriotism in red, white and blue at the Port Jefferson July 4th Parade! Go

Old Bethpage

What: 1862 Independence Day
Where: Old Bethpage Village Restoration (1303 Round Swamp Road)
When: Tuesday, July 4, 10am-4pm
Why Go: Head to Old Bethpage for a historical Independence Day celebration, featuring brass band concerts, fiddle music, a parade and more. Go

Glen Cove

What: July 4th Celebration and Fireworks by Grucci
Where: Parade begins at Finley Middle School (1 Forest Ave.), Band and fireworks at Morgan Memorial Park (Germaine Street)
When: Tuesday, July 4, Parade at 10am, Band performance at 7:30pm, Fireworks at 9:15pm
Why Go: Decorate a bike for the children’s bike parade, enjoy live music on the green, and take in another dazzling show of light and sound at this Fireworks by Grucci performance. Go

Oyster Bay

What: Independence Day Celebration at Sagamore Hill
Where: Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (20 Sagamore Hill Rd.)
When: Tuesday, July 4, 11am-4pm
Why Go: From reenactments to pony rides, prepare for an All-American 4th of July experience at Theodore Roosevelt’s former home. The festivities will include old-fashioned games, band performances, lemonade and ice cream. Go

Montauk

What: Montauk’s Fireworks Dinner Cruise
Where: Montauk Chamber of Commerce (742 Montauk Hwy)
When: Tuesday, July 4, 6-11pm
Why Go: A 4th of July cruise to remember! Enjoy a buffet picnic dinner, beer and wine, live music and fireworks beginning at 9:15pm. Go

Babylon

What: Fireworks Over the Bay Boat Cruise
Where: Captree State Park (3500 E. Ocean Pkwy.)
When: Tuesday, July 4, 6:15pm
Why Go: This three-and-a-half-hour cruise offers a panorama of an unbelievable sunset over the Great South Bay. There are also views of multiple fireworks shows and access to a buffet that includes appetizers, sandwiches, salads, non-alcoholic beverages and dessert. Guests may bring their own beer or wine. Go

Valley Stream

What: Annual Fireworks Show
Where: Fireman’s Memorial Field (300 Emerson Pl.)
When: Tuesday, July 4, 6:30pm
Why Go: Every July 4th fireworks show is guaranteed to be a good time, and even better with music and entertainment preceding the show. Get all this at the Valley Stream Annual Fireworks Show. Go

Montauk

What: July 4th Fireworks by Grucci Show
Where: Umbrella Beach
When: Tuesday, July 4, 9pm-10pm
Why Go: Take in this incredible fireworks display with a view overlooking Ocean Beach. Be sure to get there early to secure a spot. Go

Farmingville

What: Star Spangled Blast at Bald Hill: Fireworks by Grucci Show
Where: Pennysaver Amphitheater (1 Ski Run Ln.)
When: Tuesday, July 4, 9:15pm
Why Go: Fireworks aren’t the same after the 4th, so don’t miss this Fireworks by Grucci event. Live music and a stellar show will be performed at this family-friendly affair. Doors open at 5pm. Go

Wantagh

What: July 4th Fireworks at Jones Beach
Where: Jones Beach (1 Ocean Pkwy.)
When: Tuesday, July 4, 9:30pm
Why Go: There’s nothing like 4th of July fireworks at the beach. Grab some friends, pack a blanket and enjoy the show. Go

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