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August 5th - August 9th, 2013


H2M Architects + Engineers

Organized in 1933 and founded on engineering excellence, hard work and integrity, H2M is proud of its long history of client service and its consistent ability to meet tough engineering, architectural and environmental challenges head-on.

Providing seasoned judgment, quality service, technical skill, vision, and resourcefulness, H2M remains committed to achieving goals in step with the market and in harmony with the environment. 

They includes over 260 professional engineers, architects, planners, designers, scientists, hydrogeologists, geologists, chemists, biologists, industrial hygienists, inspectors, surveyors, landscape architects, LEED accredited professionals, corrosion consultants, GIS specialists, CADD technicians and support staff.

One of H2M's ongoing campaigns is to give back to the community. And they do so whenever possible with time and contributions to numerous organizations and charitable foundations.

"The standards and guidelines set forth by Complete Streets will help us better plan road projects to make Nassau’s roads the safest they can be at all times for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers alike...[n]ot only doesthis law encourage residents to walk, bicycle and take public transportation, it also helps create a situation that will relieve congestion and pollution caused by motor vehicles.” - Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano on the passage of Complete Streets program in Nassau

"I was very pleased to finally vote on this legislation to do what 'should come naturally', meaning taking into account the feasibility of bicycle paths and walking paths and safety islands, to name a few safety issues.    We have been asking for this for quite a while and, hopefully, it will now become a normal part of road construction in Nassau County," - Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs

Both Vision Long Island and Tri-State Transportation Campaign worked hard to get the word out on Complete Streets. I am so glad this is coming to fruition. It has been a major goal for me for a long time. In meetings with cycling and traffic safety advocates, I became convinced that Complete Streets is important for safety and to reduce traffic and pollution.“ - Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton

"The importance of pedestrian and driver safety cannot be understated.  Both walkers and drivers must be alert when crossing an intersection.  This program will help increase awareness of this topic and hopefully save lives.” - Nassau County Legislator and Presiding Officer Norma L. Gonsalves

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Nassau Legislature passes Complete Streets Legislation

Center Picture: Vision Long Island Board member Bob Fonti and Executive Director Eric Alexander thanking Nassau County Exectuive Ed Mangano for passing Complete Streets legislation

The Complete Streets Legislation as proposed by Nassau County Executive, Edward Mangano, was passed by the County Legislature this Tuesday, August 6th.

Mangano stated that the purpose for this legislation is to "set forth standards and guidelines to help us better plan road projects to make Nassau's roads the safest they can be at all time for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers alike."

Ryan Lynch, the Associate Director for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, added that "from 2009-2011, 84 pedestrians were killed on the roads in Nassau County."  Diverging from that bleak statistic, Lynch noted that "the implementation of a Complete Streets policy will prevent these tragic fatalities."

The induction of the Complete Streets Legislation will make road elements such as bicycle lanes, pedestrian signals, and crosswalks a priority in road construction.  As a result of improved pedestrian infrastructure and safety standards, residents of Nassau County will feel more inclined to travel by foot or by bicycle than ever before.

Executive Director of Vision Long Island, Eric Alexander, has made a point that this call to action may also work the other way around.

The Complete Streets Legislation will cater to Nassau County's trends of "regional aging, a decline in car ownership among young people, and an increase in staycations, with more people walking or biking on our streets," so the requirement for their safety is "long overdue."

"I was very pleased to finally vote on this legislation to do what 'should come naturally', meaning taking into account the feasibility of bicycle paths and walking paths and safety islands, to name a few safety issues.    We have been asking for this for quite a while and, hopefully, it will now become a normal part of road construction in Nassau County," said Legislator Judy Jacobs.

Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton said, “Both Vision Long Island and Tri-State Transportation Campaign worked hard to get the word out on Complete Streets. I am so glad this is coming to fruition. It has been a major goal for me for a long time. In meetings with cycling and traffic safety advocates, I became convinced that Complete Streets is important for safety and to reduce traffic and pollution.“

Nassau County Presiding Norma L. Gonsalves said, “The importance of pedestrian and driver safety cannot be understated.  Both walkers and drivers must be alert when crossing an intersection.  This program will help increase awareness of this topic and hopefully save lives.”

Regardless of what the cause and effect is, Vision Long Island is in favor of Edward Mangano's Complete Streets Legislation as it correlates directly with our goal for walkable communities and smart growth.

For further reading, please view the Nassau County press release or visit the Tri-State Transportation blog.

Nassau County votes on funding for Bay Park Sewage plant

On August 5, the Nassau County Legislature met in order to vote on funding for the necessary improvements needed at the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant located in East Rockaway. The sewage plant, which was badly damaged during Hurricane Sandy, has been running on generators since the storm and residents of the area complain of noise pollution and an unpleasant odor that emits from the plant.

The treatment plant initially requested $722 million for repairs. Instead of granting the full sum of money the County has granted some smaller pieces of the total sum. The request at the meeting on Monday was for $326 million in order to improve the electrical system that has been in disrepair since the storm and frequently is a hazard for workers at the plant.

Over a dozen South Shore residents and representatives from Citizens Campaign for the Environment, the Bay Park Sewage Plant and Vision Long Island attended the meeting in order to speak on behalf of providing for funding the improvements.

Testimonies included descriptions of the negative impact pollution from the plant is having on the commercial fishing and restaurant industries as well as creating an inability to participate in recreational activities on the bay. All speakers expressed a decline in quality of life due to the lack of improvements being made to the plant and encouraged members of the legislature to visit the plant in order to understand the problems it is creating.

Concern over budget limitations caused the legislature to initially turn down the funding and then table it to be addressed at a later meeting.

Visit News 12 for the full video, or, for further reading, please visit Newsday and Patch.


Huntington Village releases parking study results

The Town of Huntington recently released a parking study that was done for Huntington Village to evaluate whether there is a need for an increased number of parking spaces. The study looked at a variety of time periods including weekday and weekend mornings, afternoons, and nights as well as days when events are occurring at the Paramount and in other parts of the village.

The results of the study concluded that before considering building a parking garage it is necessary to capitalize on the existing parking spaces. Recommendations for improvements included creating more signage to point people to less visible parking, promoting shared rides and the use of public transportation to employees of the village, extending the Paramount Shuttle and making it run more frequently, and creating better bike parking. Putting in multi meter parking that takes both cash and credit card is also being considered in order to make on street parking more convenient.

A parking garage is still being considered for one of the existing lots if the recommendations do not effectively improve parking. There is concern that if the parking garage is not designed and built carefully it will change the downtown village aesthetic of Huntington. Residents however, are worried that if parking is not improved and the garage is not built, there will be a negative impact on local businesses.

The study was completed by the Town of Huntington, the Huntington Chamber Commerce, the Huntington Business Improvement District, the Paramount Theater, the Town of Huntington Economic Development Corp, and Nelson-Nyygard. Hopefully this survey will inform stakeholders how to best improve parking in order to stimulate economic development and make it more convenient to visit Huntington Village.

To view the results, please visit the Town of Huntington website. For further reading, please visit the Patch.

Metro 303 opens in Village of Hempstead

Vision Long Island 2012 Smart Growth Housing Choice Award recipient, Mill Creek Residential celebrated the opening of Nassau County’s newest luxury rental community, Metro 303, with a special open house on July 16th. Vision Long Island was among many community stakeholders present at the event, including Hempstead Mayor Wayne Hall, the Village Board of Trustees, and Hempstead Chamber of Commerce.

Mill Creek Residential has over 30 years of experience in developing, acquiring and operating high-quality apartment communities all throughout the country. They were recently recognized as one of the Top 3 Builders in Multifamily Executive’s Top 50.  Their work includes 29 communities totaling nearly 10,000 apartment homes that were operating or under construction.

Located at the northern end of the Village of Hempstead, bordering the Village of Garden City and centrally located in the heart of Nassau County, Metro 303 is within easy walking distance to the Country Life Press Long Island Rail Road station to the north and the multi-modal Hempstead Long Island Rail Road Station and bus terminal.  It is also in an area easily accessible to Nassau County’s major centers of employment, recreational, shopping and entertainment destinations, and educational institutions including Adelphi, Hofstra and Long Island Universities.

Metro 303 features 166 upscale rental residences offering a mix of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom layouts within a four-story building with two levels of enclosed private parking for residents. The apartments feature  kitchens with islands and pendant lighting, 42-inch cabinets, wood plank style flooring, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, full-size washer and dryers, nine-foot ceilings and large walk-in closets. Many floor plan options include lofts, dens and outdoor private patios.

The property offers numerous on-site amenities, including an inviting and luxuriously appointed resident lounge with fireplace, game area, Wi-Fi, multiple flat screen televisions, an outdoor pool and sun deck, a top-of-the-line fitness studio with cardio theater and beautifully landscaped courtyards that feature fountains and outdoor fireside seating.

Metro 303 is also a LEED Gold certified building because it was designed and constructed to minimize its ecological footprint in five key areas of human and environmental health: site development; water savings and efficiency; energy efficiency; construction materials and resources; and indoor air quality. Sustainable elements throughout the community include its: located within easy walking distance to mass transit options; smoke-free living; landscaping using drought-resistant and indigenous plants, EnergyStar® refrigerators, dishwashers, washers and ventilation fans; high efficiency air filtration system for superior indoor air quality; high reflectivity roof material to reduce energy needs; and electric car charging stations.

“We have had an overwhelmingly positive response to the lifestyle and convenience offered at Metro 303 and the successful lease-up of the property has demonstrated the demand for new, upscale apartment living options in Nassau County,” said Ms. Rigopoulos. She also acknowledge the community support she received to make this project a reality. “This project would not have been possible without the proactive support and cooperation of the many stakeholders in the Village of Hempstead,” said Maria Rigopoulos, Managing Director for Mill Creek Residential.

Village of Hempstead Mayor Wayne J. Hall, Sr. described his support for the project saying, "I would like to congratulate Mill Creek Residential on the wonderful work it is doing in our Village."  He continued saying, "We are always looking to encourage growth among our local residencies and businesses, and the Metro 303 development provides an exciting opportunity for both."

For leasing information or to learn more about Metro 303, please visit or call 516-486-7700.

Farmingdale Village approves Apartments near train station

On Monday, August 5th, Farmingdale Village trustees voted to approve the proposed project by developer Staller Associates Inc. consisting of a 27-unit apartment complex near the Farmingdale train station.  The approval of the special-use permit would allow for denser housing than currently allowed by the existing zoning. The project will include a new 3½-story building and the conversion of an existing brick warehouse into apartments.

Throughout the hearing, village trustees received concerns by the residents regarding the design, traffic impacts, and potential for overdevelopment.

The trustees took note of these concerns and decided to move forward with the project.  Mayor Ralph Eckstrand expressed his support not only for the design, but on how this project of one of two that are vital components of the village's downtown revitalization.

Previously the Farmingdale planning board unanimously approved both the site plans and architectural designs  noting that although the design was not like that of the existing buildings, they agreed they fit the village's plans for revitalizing a downtown currently struggling to fill many closed stores and warehouses, and for both were approved unanimously.

Developer Cary Staller was pleased with the decision to move forward saying, "Farmingdale is working hard to improve the village and we are pleased to be part of that effort," explaining that this type of development attracts young people and would complement the existing building.

Plans to revitalize Downtown Valley Stream underway

Valley Stream is on the path to downtown revitalization as Alma Realty of Long Island City is finishing its construction of Sun Valley Towers, a 13,000 square-foot mixed used development near the south edge of downtown Valley Stream.  Near the development, Alma hopes to construct a bridge for pedestrian crossing across Sunrise highway to make travel to the development more convenient and safer for shoppers and residents.

Other progress is occurring eastward as a project named Hawthorne Court, owned by Zeus Cottage, will feature 90 rental units as part of a multiple-family development, and there is contemplation for 250 homes to be built near the Long Island Railroad Station on behalf of another developer.

While Valley Stream had adopted a floating mixed-use zoning ordinance back in 2005, smart growth development has been lacking in the village where its neighbors such as Rockville Centre have been thriving.

With the Green Acres Mall deterring businesses from thriving and high taxes preventing them from locating there in the first place the commerce center, Rockaway Avenue, has been relatively inactive through recent years.

David Sabatino, a local coffee shop co-owner with a masters degree in Urban Planning, believes that these oncoming projects may re-ignite the flourishing of local businesses in Valley Stream.

"We're bringing people to the downtown, and that's what's going to support the businesses here," he adds.

For further reading, please visit Long Island Business News.


Op-ed: Staying on Long Island

Elisabeth Muehlemann is entering her senior year at Colgate University in upstate New York. She interned with Vision Long Island this summer and we asked her to give us an opinion on what potential a young Long Islander sees when they look at their future in the region.

As a 21 year old about to graduate college I have a lot of decisions to make about my future. One of those important choices is where will I live? Prior to this summer,  when I took an internship at Vision Long Island, the possibility of moving off Long Island seemed like a definite, however, now that I have been exposed to all of the potential that our region has to offer, moving away seems less likely.  

I have always loved growing up on Long Island. We’re located close to the city and have access to great beaches, hiking, fishing, historical sites and interesting villages. As I consider my post graduate life, I have been faced with the facts that there are a limited number of rentals, we have some of the highest taxes in the state, and commuting around Long Island can be both inconvenient and expensive. Currently it is easier to find both jobs and housing off of Long Island which certainly contributes to the mass exodus of college graduates to other regions.

Fortunately, there are many individuals, both young and old that understand the loss of young people as a huge problem. There is an understanding that we need rental apartments, we need to improve our infrastructure, and we need to bring jobs to this area. Work that organizations such as Renaissance Downtowns, Destination Long Island, and Vision Long Island are doing greatly improves the potential for young people and retirees to stay. The improvement of downtown areas in close proximity to public transportation creates a market for reasonably priced housing, economic growth, and opportunities for socializing without getting in a car or on a train.

Talking about improving Long island is important but it is equally as important to see results. A problem has been identified and there are many who are willing to put in the effort to fix it but action needs to be coupled with that discussion. Sometimes even the best planning leads to inaction because no one is willing to take the most difficult step, which is actual implementation. There have been tangible improvements made to areas such as Patchogue and the ground breaking for the revitalization of Wyandanch was also very promising and created a high potential for results. Coupled with this development we also need to see a stronger effort made to protect our natural resources. We suffer from a high amount of water contamination in both our groundwater and bays that needs to be addressed in order to improve health and overall quality of life. Even with great downtown revitalizations, if we suffer from environmental health hazards due to infrastructure decline or contamination, people will not be able to live here.

I would gladly stay on Long Island if I could find a job and a reasonably priced apartment to live in. My parents, once they’re retired, would also love to stay in this area if they too could find a smaller more affordable home. There is a strong amount of momentum moving forward, and if we capitalize on Long Island’s assets and provide the necessary components to keep people here, we can become a region with economic and population growth instead of decline.

California Pizza Kitchen and Friends of Long Island hosting fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy victims

On August 30th, Friends of Long Island will also be hosting a fundraiser at all California Pizza Kitchen locations across the island. To participate, simply bring this flyer with you and 20% of your bill will be donated to Friends of Long Island.  All funds collected will go directly to affected communities helping families to get back in their homes.

Friends of Long Island: Communities Helping Communities post-Sandy is a diverse coalition of local community and business organizations focused on post-Sandy rebuilding. Approximately 18 different community groups make up Friends of Long Island representing Sandy affected communities from East Rockaway to the Hamptons. Although it has been almost 9 months since the storm, many south shore neighborhoods, residents and businesses still need all forms of assistance. The goal of these groups is to ensure public and private resources make it directly to local communities, and has pledged to raise $500,000 to this end.

You  can also send a donation to Friends of Long Island: Communities Helping Communities post-Sandy by clicking here.

Volunteers needed for Clean Up this Weekend!

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

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

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

Meetup on Irving Ave
Freeport, NY 11520
Saturday at 8am
For more information, please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128

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

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

With a goal to get at least 50-100 more Long Islanders back in their homes, the Friends of Long Island group has embarked on a fundraising campaign to initially raise $500,000 for building materials and labor. All donations will go directly to these communities to aide in recovery efforts. If you would like to support the relief efforts, you can send your donations to:

Vision Long Island Sandy Relief
24 Woodbine Ave
Suite 2
Northport, NY 11768


Farmingdale Village to host “Live Downtown” on August 11th

Farmingdale Village Downtown Master Plan Implementation Committee (FV DMP IC) hosts the first ever “live downtown” walkable event on Sunday, August 11th, featuring local music and talent, dining, and family entertainment.

The event will take place on Main Street, which will be closed down for the event, in Farmingdale, from Croxley’s to Corner Cafe and then again at the Library Cafe to Cara Cara. Front Street, Conklin, and Prospect Streets remain open.

On both dates, a bandstand will be set up from 4:00 to 7:00pm where live, local performances will take place. Also in attendance will be The Shark 94.3 to join in on the music during the event.

The village hosts various events throughout the summer, such as the Village Pops music Wednesday nights, which are ongoing, and the “Movies On The Village Green” taking place every Thursday night, beginning July 11th.

The Farmingdale Village Downtown Master Plan Implementation Committee will continue to plan, host, and sponsor various downtown events to promote local shopping, dining, and entertainment.

NYS DOT accepting applications for the Transportation Enhancement Program

Currently, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is accepting applications for the Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP).

TEP is a federal reimbursement program under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The TEP will fund projects not generally eligible for funding through traditional transportation programs. The program will fund transportation projects which show cultural, aesthetic, historic, and/or environmental significance, recognizing that factors which influence and affect transportation systems go beyond the condition of traditional infrastructure.

Projects must fall into one or more of the following categories: facilities for bicycles and pedestrians; scenic or historic highway programs; landscaping and other scenic beautification; preservation of abandoned railway corridors (including the conversion and use thereof for pedestrian or bicycle trails); or environmental mitigation to address water pollution due to highway runoff or to reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality while maintaining habitat connectivity. All improvements funded through this program must be available for public access and use.

Municipalities (county, city, town or village); state agencies other than the New York State Department of Transportation; and state or local authorities are eligible to apply for funding of up to $30,000,000. Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organizations but must be sponsored by one of the three groups mentioned above.

The deadline for the applications is August 16th, 2013. To submit an application or for more information, please contact:

Doug Burgey, Main Office
50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12232

You can also call (518) 485-9959 or email For more information, please visit the website. A workshop schedule and a list of NYSDOT Regional TEP Coordinators (Local contacts) can be found on the TEP website above.

National Endowment for the Humanities announces Bridging Cultures grants program

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced their Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges grants to encourage exploration of the ways in which cultures from around the globe, as well as the myriad subcultures within America’s borders, have influenced American society. With the aim of revitalizing intellectual and civic life through the humanities, NEH welcomes proposals that enhance understanding of diverse countries, peoples, and cultural and intellectual traditions worldwide. Applicants might also investigate how Americans have approached and attempted to surmount seemingly unbridgeable cultural divides, or examine the ideals of civility and civic discourse that have informed this quest.

Projects which are eligible for funding must: create opportunities for community college faculty members to study together while improving their capacity to teach the humanities; enhance or develop areas of need in an institution’s humanities programs; and give community college faculty access to humanities resources through partnerships with other institutions with appropriate resources.

Grants may be used to enhance the humanities content of existing programs, develop new programs, or lay the foundation for more extensive endeavors in the future.

About seven to nine applicants will be awarded funding of up to $120,000 each. Applicants can be any non-profit with a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS; state and local governmental agencies; and Federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Individuals are not eligible to apply. The planning and implementation of a project must involve a partnership between a community college or community college system and another institution with appropriate resources, such as a college or university, museum, research library, or professional association. The applicant of record may be either the participating community college or community college system or the collaborating institution.

The deadline is August 27, 2013, for projects beginning no later than September 2014. To apply, please contact:

Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges
Division of Education Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
Room 302, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue
NW Washington, DC 20506

You can call (202) 606-8380 or email, or visit the website for more information.

For more information on available state, federal, and private grants please visit the NYS Assembly website.

NYSERDA releases Program Opportunity Notice 2722

The New York State Energy Research and Development Association (NYSERDA) has just released this past week a new Program Opportunity Notice, PON 2722.

NYSERDA hopes that with PON 2722 the State of New York can begin to move towards the development and implementation of zero-net Energy Wastewater Treatment systems through the improvement of the performance, sustainability, and the resilience of municipal water and waste water treatment infrastructure.

Through PON 2722, NYSERDA hopes to achieve three goals: to support Zero-Net Energy waste water treatment plants (WWTPs) - plants where energy demand is balanced with energy generated from on-site renewable sources; evaluate WWTP energy efficiency opportunities, evaluate energy efficient process improvement alternatives, and demonstrate use of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) or similar tools.

Demonstration Projects (up to $250,000 per project)
• Demonstrations of innovative technologies including, but not limited to, alternatives to conventional activated sludge secondary processes; technologies to improve/facilitate anaerobic digestion gas production/use; energy-efficient nutrient removal; side stream treatment technologies to address high nutrient and organic loads generated from biosolids processing liquids; innovative low energy sludge processing technologies; and wastewater and/or biosolids energy recovery technologies.
Feasibility Studies (up to $25,000 per project)

  1. Energy Efficiency Technical Evaluation Feasibility Studies* – Studies including, but not limited to, developing baseline energy consumption data, and/or identifying opportunities for energy efficiency, demand reduction, and/or process optimization projects.
  2. Feasibility Studies to Evaluate Energy Efficient Process Improvement Alternatives* – Studies including, but not limited to, evaluations of alternative energy efficient nutrient removal, sludge processing, or disinfection alternatives.
  3. Feasibility Studies to Evaluate/Demonstrate Use of US EPA’s Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) or Similar Tools – Studies designed to understand potential climate change impacts, assess related risks, and evaluate adaptive options for municipal drinking water and wastewater systems in New York. Information on the CREAT tool can be found on the Climate Ready Water Utilities website at Information about projected climate impacts to NYS may be found at:

All proposals must provide a minimum of 50% cost- sharing.

Proposal Due: September 17, 2013 by 5:00 PM Eastern Time*

Proposal Submission -Proposers must submit two (2) paper copies of the proposal and one (1) digital copy of the proposal on CD. A completed and signed Proposal Checklist must be attached to the front of each copy. One (1) of the paper copies must have a Proposal Checklist that contains an original signature. Proposals must be clearly labeled and submitted to:
Roseanne Viscusi, PON 2722 NYS Energy Research and Development Authority 17 Columbia Circle Albany, NY 12203-6399

If you have technical questions concerning this PON, contact Kathleen O’Connor at (518) 862-1090, ext. 3422 or If you have contractual questions concerning this PON, contact Nancy Marucci at (518) 8621090, ext. 3335

No communication intended to influence this procurement is permitted except by contacting Kathleen O’Connor at (518) 862-1090, ext. 3422 or Contacting anyone other than this Designated Contact (either directly by the proposer or indirectly through a lobbyist or other person acting on the proposer’s behalf) in an attempt to influence the procurement: (1) may result in a proposer being deemed a non-responsible offerer, and (2) may result in the proposer not being awarded a contract.

*Late proposals will be returned. Incomplete proposals may be subject to disqualification. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that all pages have been included in the proposal. Faxed or e-mailed proposals will not be accepted. Proposals will not be accepted at any other NYSERDA location other than the address above. If changes are made to this PON, notification will be posted on NYSERDA’s web site at

Funding of up to $30 million is available through the CGC Program for capital projects and local planning and zoning

The second phase of the Cleaner, Greener Communities (CGC) Program is offering grant funding of up to $30 million for regional projects which support the goals outlined in Phase I of the program.

The CGC Program was announced back in 2011 in Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address, for the purpose of encouraging communities to create a public-private partnerships and develop regional sustainable growth strategies that reduce carbon emissions.  

This round of funding is the first in a series of three funding rounds, which are expected in 2014 and again 2015. A total of $90 million in potential funding will be available through Phase II, through proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the purpose of which is to lower GHG emissions in the Northeast.

A large portion of the Phase II funding is set aside for large scale, high-impact, and exemplary capital projects, or Category 3 projects. A portion is also set aside funding for local planning and zoning (Categories 1 and 2), recognizing a need for funding in these areas.  Applicants that do not pay into the System Benefits Charge (SBC) are eligible to participate in this solicitation.
The funding categories include:

Category 1 (Open-Enrollment): Up to $1 million available for communities to adopt streamlined permitting and other ordinances for photovoltaic systems and electric vehicle charging stations, with awards of up to $10,000 per project.  Applications for Category 1 will be accepted starting August 1, 2013 and until 4:00 PM Eastern Time on September 30, 2014, until funds are exhausted, or until the solicitation is revised by NYSERDA, whichever comes first.

Category 2 (Competitive): Up to $4 million available for communities to create or revise comprehensive plans, including updating zoning ordinances and addressing sustainability and resiliency, with awards of up to $400,000 per project.  Proposals for Category 2 are due by 4:00pm Eastern Time on August 12, 2013.

Category 3 (Competitive): Up to $25 million for large-scale, capital, sustainability projects contributing to community resiliency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with awards ranging from $1 million to $5 million per project. Proposals for Category 3 are due by 4:00pm Eastern Time on August 12, 2013.

For more information on the Cleaner Greener Communities Program, please visit the website. For technical questions concerning this program, please contact All CGC program resources and guidelines can be found at the following location:

Help Wanted

Intern with Vision Long Island!

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

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

What's happening in your downtown this weekend?



Clearview Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Freeport Historical Museum

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

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

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

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

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

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

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

glen cove
Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

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

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

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

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

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

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

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Long Beach Cinema

179 East Park Avenue, Long Beach


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay
The Earle-Wightman House built in 1720, gives a picture of life in Oyster Bay during the colonial period and its transition through the mid-20th Century. It features an 18th century garden, maintained by the North Country Garden Club, holds ornamental plantings as well as herbs used for cooking, medical purposes and fragrances. Exhibited are postcard, photograph, map and newspaper collections. Current exhibition, “Women Wearing History: The Force Behind Fashion”, details women’s influence on the textile and fashion industry in the 19th and 20th centuries.

For information, visit their website or call 516-922-5032

Port Washington

Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
232 Main Street, Port Washington:
No shows 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


Clearview Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

95 Tenth Avenue, Sea Cliff
The museum presents changing exhibits on the history and culture of Sea Cliff. It strives to raise community awareness by preserving artifacts, photographs and costumes relating to the unique historical background of the village. It contains 287 photos taken by Long Island postcard photographer, Henry Otto Korten. Currently exhibited, “Then and Now…” displays a range of artifacts and costumes over a 125 year span. Exhibits include the Connor Cottage, Victorian Kitchen, and a historical town diorama.

For information, visit their website or call 516-671-0090


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford



Clearview's Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore:
Nick Lowe- Friday, August 9th at 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

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

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

East Hampton

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton:
GUEST RENTAL: A Screening and Benefit Event- Battle for the Elephant - Saturday, August 10th at 7:00pm
St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble - Sunday, August 11th at 8:00pm

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:
WALK FM Radio Presents The Blues Brothers: Starring Dan Aykroyd & Jim Belushi - Friday, August 9th at 8:00pm
Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts “The Purple at the Core Tour” - Sunday, August 11th at 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

Heckscher Museum

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

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

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

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Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport:
Nunsense - Friday, August 9th at 8:00pm, Saturday, August 10th at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday, August 11th at 2:00pm

Tickets and more information available here


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue:
Miss Long Island and Miss Long Island Teen Pageant - Sunday, August 11th at 4:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue:
2U- Friday, August 2nd at 8:00pm
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, August 10th at 10:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

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

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson:
The Grog Prince - Friday, August 9th at 11:00am and Saturday, August 10th at 11:00am and 2:00pm
Rumplestiltskin - Friday, August 9th at 1;30pm
A Tribute to Johnny Cash - Friday, August 9th at 8:00pm
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, August 9th at 10:30pm
Heart of The King- The Very Best of Elvis - Saturday, August 10th at 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

Port Jefferson Historical Society
115 Prospect Avenue, Port Jefferson
The Mather House Museum, the headquarters of The Historical Society of Greater Port Jefferson, and features several exhibitions of local artifacts. The museum complex features the 19th century home, a country store, a marine barn, a tool shed, the Spinney Clock Museum and the Thomas Jefferson Perennial Garden. Exhibitions feature ship models, period furniture and paintings, vintage tools and clothing, antique dolls, taped oral histories, 250 antique clocks and other examples of life in the 19th century.

For information, visit their website or call 631-473-2665

Clearview Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington


Suffolk Theater
116 E. Main Street, Riverhead:
LONG ISLAND COMEDY FESTIVAL! - Friday, August 9th at 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead:
East End Dance Studios presents SPELLING BEE - Sunday, August 11th

Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor:
Kids Summer Theater Camp - Friday, August 9th at 9:30am
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM - Friday, August 9th at 8:00pm, Saturday, August 10th at 8:00pm, and Sunday, August 11th at 7:00pm
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.

Farmers Markets in or adjacent to Long Island's downtowns:


American Legion Hall, 2754 Grand Ave.
Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm
Through Oct. 26th

Belmont Park, 2150 Hempstead Tpke.
Saturdays, 11 am - 5 pm

Glen Cove
18 Village Square
Fridays, 9 am - Noon
June 14th - Nov. 22nd

Grant Park
Fridays, 8 am - 1 pm
Through Nov. 15th

Locust Valley
115 Forest Ave.
Saturdays, 8 am - 1 pm
Through Nov. 16th

Long Beach
Kennedy Plaza, Park Avenue
Wednesdays, 10 am - 4 pm & Saturdays, 9 am - 2 pm
Through Nov. 16th

New Hyde Park
1441 Jericho Tpke.
Saturdays, 8 am - 1 pm
Opens on June 17th

Oyster Bay
54 Audrey Ave.
Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm
Through Nov 16th

Port Washington
Town Dock
Saturdays, 8 am - Noon
Through October

Rockville Centre
Sunrise Highway & Long Beach Road.
Sundays, 7 am - Noon
June 2nd - Nov. 24th

Railroad Street, LIRR Lot @ Washington Avenue
Saturdays, 7 am - Noon
Through Nov. 23rd


9/11 Memorial Park, Route 110
Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm
Opens July 6th

East Hampton
American Legion Hall, 2754 Grand Ave.
Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm
Through Oct. 26th

1st St Lot of United Methodist Church
Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm
Through Oct. 12th

Route 25a, East of Route 110
Saturdays, 7 am - Noon
June 2nd - Nov. 15th

Huntington Jack Abrams School, 155 Lowndes Ave.
Sundays, 10 am - 2 pm
Through Oct. 27th

Town Hall Lot, Montauk Highway
Saturdays, 7 am - Noon
Through Nov. 23rd

Kings Park
Main Street, across from fire department
Sundays, 9 am - 2 pm
Through November

Cow Harbor parking lot, Northport Village
Saturdays 8 am to 1 pm
June 8th – Nov 23rd

7-11 Lot, 255 East Main St.
Fridays, 8 am - 1 pm
July 5th – Nov. 15th

Port Jefferson
Corner of Route 25A & Route 112, Steam Room Parking Lot
Thursdays, 10 am - 4:30 pm
July 4th - Oct. 17th

Town lot next to Aquarium at Peconic River
Thursdays, 11 am - 4 pm
July 11th - Oct. 24th

Sag Harbor
Breakwater Yacht Club lot, Bay & Burke streets
Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm
Through Oct. 26th

Broadway & Main Street
Saturdays, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Stony Brook
Ward Melville Heritage Org., Main Street
Wednesdays - Saturdays, 10 am - 5:30 pm
Through Oct. 31th

25 Jobs Lane
Sundays, 9 am - 2 pm
May 26th - Oct. 13th

Westhampton Beach
85 Mill Rd., next to historical Society
Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm
Through Nov. 16th

Riverhead - The 39th Annual Polish Town Street Fair & Polka Festival. Held on August 17th and 18th. The Street fair will be located on Pulaski Street, Riverhead, NY.

Ronkonkoma - Ronkonkoma Chamber 8th Annual Labor Day Street Fair. The fair will be held on Sunday September 1st between 11am-6pm. The event will take place on Hawkins Ave. from Portion Road south to Wittridge Road, Ronkonkoma, NY.

Nesconset - Nesconset Day Street Fair. The event will take place on Sunday, September 8th between the hours of 10am-5pm. The street fair will be held at the Nesconset Plaza Shopping Center on Smithtown Boulevard, Nesconset, NY.

Bellmore - 27th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival. Held between September 19th-22nd at the Bellmore LIRR, Bellmore, NY.

Garden City South - Garden City South Street Fair. The event will be held on Sunday September 22nd, between 10am and 5pm (rain or shine). The street fair will be located on Nassau Blvd, approximately 1 mile north of Hempstead Tpke. (Route24).

Copiage, Babylon Summer Concerts Series Kerrigan Road & Tanner Park, All concerts begin at 7:30

Friday, August 9 - The Cowsills


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