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August 14th - 20th, 2016

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“A major improvement project such as this one . . . will help bolster the local economy. Downtown businesses tend to be locally owned and a thriving downtown can provide a tremendous boost to the local economy” - Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano speaking on Freeport's revitalization of North Main Street


“The Nassau County Legislature’s vote is a major boost for the economic vibrancy of the Glen Cove community. We applaud the Nassau County Legislature for recognizing the opportunity this project represents for the Glen Cove community and for ultimately choosing to support our effort to restore the waterfront to productive use.” - Scott Rechler, RXR chairman and CEO speaking on the approval of legislation for Garvies Point

“On behalf of the residents of the Village and all of the stakeholders in our community, I thank the Governor for selecting Westbury for this grant. It is gratifying to know that, out of all of the deserving communities that could have been selected, our community, and the revitalization efforts we've made to date, are worthy of recognition. We've worked hard with all of our stakeholders to make Westbury the very best it can be and the additional resources will certainly assist us in taking the next step toward our goal of being one of New York's and Long Island's most attractive, sustainable and vibrant places to be." - Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro speaking on a grant awarded by NYS

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Freeport Breaks Ground to Revitalize North Main Street

Vision Long Island joined Nassau County and Village of Freeport elected officials this week for the groundbreaking of the long-awaited $7.5 million North Main Street redevelopment project in Freeport. The project, a joint effort between Nassau County and the Village of Freeport, has been two years in the making.

With the goal of revitalizing the one-mile stretch of the road from the Freeport Long Island Rail Road station to the border of Roosevelt, the intention then was to create more safe places for kids, reflect more of the immediate neighborhood’s residential character, calm traffic, and increase parking. “This venture required two years of planning and development including design, specifications, review and awarding of contracts,” Mayor Kennedy said. “Today we are beginning a long awaited and needed development.”

The project will be split into two phases, with the first phase including the installation of 31 new light poles on both the east and west side of North Main Street, 32 decorative arms that will have a Village of Freeport sign and LED light fixtures. In addition, a total of 39 new benches, 70 trees with ornamental bases and 29 decorative trash receptacles will adorn the street. The second phase, expected to begin next spring, will include improved traffic signals and the construction of curb extensions and bulb outs on ten corners in order to make crossings safer and shorter for pedestrians, as well as improve visibility for vehicular safety.

To date, $1.5 million has already been spent of paving North Main Street, and $4.6 million worth of funding has been committed to the project by Nassau County, with federal money included in that pledge. “A major improvement project such as this one . . . will help bolster the local economy in a downtown that continues to serve as a model for revitalization and growth in Nassau County,” Mangano said at the groundbreaking, adding that the locally owned businesses that are often located in downtowns “can provide a tremendous boost to the local economy”.

Past efforts used Federal, County and Village funds to create a $300,000 visioning plan to create housing for seniors and young adults, spur economic development and bring jobs. However a SEQRA process was never advanced and alternate zoning was never created so investment from the private sector never materialized.

You can read more about the project that brings hope to larger revitalization efforts north of Freeport’s LIRR station in Newsday and LIBN.

Westbury Village Hosts Kick-Off for $10 Million Downtown Revitalization Initiative

Mayor Peter Cavallaro and members of the Westbury Village Board of Trustees, Village staff and Vision staff met with representatives from the NYS Department of State and the real estate and economic development consultant team who will be working with the Village to develop the strategic plan for the $10 Million NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) awarded to the Village last month.

A total of 122 municipalities across the state had applied for the grant, including around 20 on Long Island. Ten $10 million grants were awarded, one in each Regional Economic Development Council. Applicants were evaluated on its existing viability, the ability to sustain year-round activity, having community support for downtown improvements, having the ability or past history of job growth in or in close proximity to its downtown, as well as other factors. Built into the award is up to $300,000 in planning funds for private sector experts to work with a local planning committee to draft a Strategic Investment Plan that will identify specific economic development, transportation, and housing and community projects.

The Kick-Off meeting included a tour of the Village to familiarize the team with the commercial and residential areas, new multi-family real estate development, availability of public and commuter parking lots, as well as the proximity of the LIRR Station and The Space at Westbury performing arts venue to the downtown district. Discussed were ways to work on developing the south side of the Village’s business district as well as other areas. “We would like to bring redevelopment efforts there and possibly attract a major employer or research center,” Mayor Cavallaro said.

The state would like to see the area’s assets and resources quantified by the consulting firm, BJH Advisors of Brooklyn, and have the needs of the downtown prioritized by the first quarter of 2017. Helping with that process will be a local steering committee formed by the Village that will have residents, business owners, government officials and other stakeholders to weigh in on the needs of the downtown.

You can read more about the first steps being taken to help Westbury achieve its goal of being one of New York's and Long Island's most attractive, sustainable, diverse and vibrant places to live and work in LIBN, and read more about New York’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative here.

Nassau Legislature Approves Amended Funding Plan for Garvies Point 

The Garvies Point project in Glen Cove cleared another hurdle this week as the Nassau County Legislature voted 13-5 in favor of an amended IDA agreement for the $1 billion waterfront redevelopment. The mixed-use development will now be able to contribute a smaller portion of payments in lieu of taxes to Nassau County. Vision and members of the Glen Cove community testified in support of this project at the Legislature and the vote carried 13-5 with all of the republicans led by Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves and two of the democrats Carrié Solages and Laura Curran in support.

A total of $21.3 million will be allocated from the Garvies Point project to the county over 40 years, which is 6.4 percent of total payments in lieu of taxes from the development. Ordinarily, the county would receive 7.7 percent of the PILOT, however the 1110 unit development will still prove to be very beneficial when compared to the vacant site that exists now; around $400 million is expected in tax revenue, a creation of 540 permanent jobs, and an annual economic benefit of $50 million to the City of Glen Cove which will include $24 million in local spending by new residents. About 75,000 square feet of retail and office space and over 22 acres of publicly accessible waterfront esplanades and parks will occupy the 56-acre site that has now been decontaminated after years of heavy industrial use.

“The Nassau County Legislature’s vote is a major boost for the economic vibrancy of the Glen Cove community,” Scott Rechler, RXR Realty chairman and CEO, said in the statement. “We applaud the Nassau County Legislature for recognizing the opportunity this project represents for the Glen Cove community and for ultimately choosing to support our effort to restore the waterfront to productive use.”

Although the City of Glen Cove has given approval for phase one of the project, some Sea Cliff residents opposed the amended agreement, as well as the heights of the buildings, and also voiced concerns over potential environmental impacts and increased traffic.

You can read more about the amended PILOT in Newsday and LIBN. You can also check out Garvies Point’s Facebook page four the latest updates about the project.

Islip Planning Board Votes to Recommend Portion of $4 Billion Heartland Town Square Development

After over a dozen years of delays and engineering and design changes, a portion of the 450-acre Heartland Town Square project in the Town of Islip has taken a step forward, with the Planning Board voting to recommend a portion of the project to the Town Board.

Four of seven Planning Board members, including Board Chair Edward Friendland, voted to recommend an amended portion of the project to the Town Board, who will then vote on approval; two Planning Board members were absent, and one abstained. The recommended 133-acre part of the project, about a third of the overall property obtained by developer Gerald Wolkoff, will help measure the impact of Heartland to the Town as it develops. The intended $4 billion mixed-use project would include 9,000 apartments, 1 million square feet of retail and and 3 million square feet of office space when built out.

Planning Board member Joseph DeVincent, who voted in favor of recommending the first phase to the Town Board,  said that he was pleased to see the changes that Wolkoff has made to the proposed plan over the years. Changed also was the amount of square footage proposed for the first phase by reducing the building height to five stories. “The Town Board would continue to have the discretion to prevent further development in the event of traffic issues,” DeVincent said. “The town board could continue to require additional infrastructure support ... or scale back the density. Where I couldn’t support this before, I’m very impressed by the changes.” The proposed plan for Heartland Town Square includes internal buses and shuttles would help bring residents and visitors to local mass transit, minimizing traffic impact and carbon footprint of the development on the former Pilgrim State Hospital grounds, which would be situated 52 minutes from New York City.

Special acknowledgement should be made to Planning Board chair Joe DeVincent for negotiating changes that make the project better for all parties. Vision was out to testify at many of the hearings through the years and the local community support for the project has been critical.

There is no date set for the Islip Town Board to vote on the Planning Board’s recommendations. You can read more about the progress with the project in Newsday, and check out some of the features of the Heartland Town Square project here

Valley Steam Considers Changes to Downtown’s Appearance to Spur Growth

Five years after the Village of Valley Stream’s master plan was created, new standards are being proposed to further enhance the commercial district’s Renaissance. “This really sets the tone for the future,” says Vinny Ang, former Village Clerk.

Originally intended for just Rockaway Avenue, the new guidance would create uniform look for the all commercial areas in the Village.  The goal would be to have a uniform awning wrap from one end of the buildings to the other, keeping the integrity of the original façade’s design and give the corner importance to its location, and having it more look like other Long Island downtowns. Included also for new businesses would be signage made of wood, with old-fashioned gold carved lettering, more landscaping, and planters. Existing businesses would be grandfathered in, and would not be required to conform to the new regulations.

When the master plan was drafted, the Connecticut-based planning firm that drafted it conducted a survey of area residents, with less than fifteen percent saying that they were happy with the varieties of stores available downtown, with smaller shops desired. Nail salons, insurance agencies and other like businesses could be replaced by a movie theater, bookstore or a grocery store, giving the downtown more of a unique identity and help it spring ahead. Also part of the master plan was to increase housing opportunities within walking distance in order to generate foot traffic for businesses in the downtown, which has begun, bringing people within walking distance to local shops. “That’s what Valley Stream needs,” Ang said, “and that’s what we’re striving for.”

The proposed guidelines, having been considered by the Building Department, Zoning Board and the Architectural Review Board, will now head to the Board of Trustees within the next two months. You can read more about the steps that Valley Stream is taking to implement their master plan and revitalize their downtown in the Herald.

Governor Announces $33 Million in Wastewater Infrastructure Grant Awards

Governor Cuomo announced $33 million in grants to support 15 critical municipal water infrastructure projects last week, including over $4.1 million for two Suffolk County projects. These grants are part of the third round of NYS Water Grants funded through the state’s Water Infrastructure Improvement Act.

The $33 million allocated statewide will leverage $120.2 million in government and private water-quality investments, with 14 of the 15 projects also receiving partial funding through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, a federal-state partnership that floats low-interest loans to help municipalities comply with federal and state water-quality requirements.

“Investing in water infrastructure today is key to growth and prosperity tomorrow,” Governor Cuomo said. "These grants will help local governments advance important projects that will protect natural resources, ease strain on budgets and property taxpayers, and help create stronger communities in the Hudson Valley and on Long Island.” The Village of Northport received $1,018,400 towards a $4,073,600 project, and the Village of Ocean Beach received $3,098,455 towards a $12,393,821 project.

The FY 2017 State Budget includes $100 million in grants for water infrastructure improvements. This additional funding allowed the Environmental Facilities Corporation to broaden eligibility for wastewater projects and provide a total of $175 million in grants for round two. In addition, the maximum grant amount for drinking water projects was increased from $2 million to $3 million, or 60 percent of eligible projects costs – whichever is less. 

You can see all of the awarded projects by reading the Governor’s press release. More information on how to apply for these loans is available here (for wastewater projects) and here (for drinking water projects).

NY Attorney General Announces Recommendations to Correct National Flood Insurance Program

Upon the announcement of indictments involving an engineering company and an employee in relation to insurance claims after Superstorm Sandy, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a report identifying several fundamental flaws in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which includes recommendations to increase transparency and accountability.

During the investigation into the damage assessment process post-Sandy, where thousands of homeowners claimed to be underpaid by the NFIP, several fundamental flaws related to both the scope of coverage and the process to assess damage were scrutinized. The report, “Murky Waters: Increasing Transparency and Accountability in the Wake of Superstorm Sandy,” found inadequate training and certification of engineers and poor administration of the claims process. These deficiencies stalled and undercut millions of dollars in claims received for policy holders.

Recommended by the Office of the Attorney General were several reforms to the NFIP program to counteract the problems seen nationally, including providing policyholders with all documents created during the course of the flood claim administration process, implementing a national certification process for all engineers retained to provide structural damage assessments, and ensuring the transparency of fees paid to engineering experts by implementing a standardized fee schedule for all engineering services.

One of the most significant findings and recommended actions in the report was a concern of the Long Island Lobby Coalition pertaining to a lack of clarity in the scope of coverage under the Standard Flood Insurance Policy. Thousands of homeowners struggled and continue to struggle with insurance claims post-Sandy, with many policy holders being underinsured due to the fact that that they do not understand what their NFIP policies cover, do not cover, and what supplemental policies are available to fill the gap. The report by the Attorney General agreed that there is a lack of clarity in the scope of coverage under the Standard Flood Insurance Policy, and recommended an increase the transparency and clarify the scope of flood insurance coverage and any applicable exclusions, to provide consumers with a better understanding of what is and is not covered under their flood policy, through the creation of a plain language disclosure sheet.

FEMA officials were requested to review and comment on each of the proposed recommendations, and has committed to undertaking measures to implement reforms. Specifically, FEMA has indicated that, “to the extent legally feasible,” they are in the process of rewriting their manuals and communications “using a plain English standard” with “clear definitions”.

You can read more about the steps that the Attorney General’s office has taken to correct issues with the National Flood Insurance Program in this press release, and view the Attorney General’s report to FEMA here.

Mixed-Use Town Centers Gain Popularity

A newly opened mixed-use development in Columbus, Ohio has been attracting a lot of attention after planners and architects have claimed that it has influenced a number of trends in land use and community design. Built on over 1,300 acres of empty land, the development, titled Easton, currently consists of over 3.7 million square feet of retail space in 280 stores and 4.2 million square feet of office space in 21 buildings, alongside hundreds of units of hotel rooms and apartments.

Construction on the tightly aligned outdoor districts began in the 1990s, and the units have since become models for “reintroducing density as an attractive and profitable real estate design principle.” Easton’s design was inspired by the same principles that were used to build towns before 1900. “Before automobiles, this is how America was built,” said the chairman of the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at George Washington University, Christopher Leinberger. “It petered out after World War II, when we built the drivable suburban model. Only in the early 1990s did we realize there was an embryonic market for urbanism.” Yaromir Steiner, one of the many people who contributed to the design and development of Easton, added, “You could say that the period from 1950 to 1990 was an urban planning aberration. We are finally correcting all of this.”

The mixed-use development has also seen robust financial returns. So far, 1.7 billion dollars have been spent to construct Easton’s many districts. Overall, the entire project returns 138 million dollars annually in sate, city, county, and school tax revenue. Furthermore, the development attracts over 30 million visitors a year and generates more than 1 billion dollars each year in retail sales. Over 32,000 people work within Easton’s stores, restaurants, and offices, as well.

Adam R. Flatto, the president and chief executive of the New-York based Georgetown Company, Easton’s master developer and financial partner, also sees the benefit to new developments constructed following the principles of Smart Growth. “People respond to Easton as a social experience. They enjoy being here.” Since the construction of Easton, over 120 new mixed-use town centers have been built across the nation, defying the trend of declining retail store sales.

Over 400 acres of the land bought for Easton remain available for development, on which over 2,000 new apartment units will be built during the next decade. Flatto attributes the success of Easton and similar developments to the manner in which they fit “the live-work-play evolution occurring throughout the country.”

You can read more about the national trend of building new mixed-use town centers similar to the new Ronkonkoma Hub project, in The New York Times.

2016 Wyandanch Plaza Arts Fair

The Wyandanch Plaza Association will be presenting the 2016 Wyandanch Plaza Arts Fair on Saturday, August 20th, bringing cultures and building community through an appreciation of the arts.

This free event will feature Sol Y Sombra performance and lessons, Brady Rymer & The Little Band that Could (Long Island Music Hall of Fame), Wyandanch’s Venettes Cultural Workshop, traditional Haitian Dance performances and lessons, MasterChef Junior contestant AJ and more.  The movie Zootopia will also be playing at 8pm.

The opening ceremony will be held at 12:30 at the Transit Plaza, 40 Station Drive, Wyandanch.

Village of Great Neck Plaza Summer Concert Series

The Village of Great Neck Plaza will be continuing their 2016 Summer Concert Series through August, with two more free concerts. The summer concert series takes place on Tuesday nights, starting at 8pm, at Firefighter’ Park (Jon’s Park).

The August 23rd show will feature Wayne Holmes, “The Genius of Ray Charles”, and the August 30th show will include The McLean Avenue Band, “Ireland in the Park”.

In the event of inclement weather, the Great Neck Social Center located at 80 Grace Avenue, will be utilized as an indoor concert hall. To find out if a concert has been moved, contact Village Hall on the day of the concert, or call their voicemail after 4:45PM at (516) 482-4500

Farmingdale Live at Five on Main Events this Summer

Farmingdale Live at Five On Main is a free summer program offering a number of music nights to people in downtown Farmingdale Village. The event will take place four times throughout the summer, with dates set for August 25th from 5pm to 9pm. Three bands will perform each night along Main Street between Prospect Street and North Front Street. The event will focus on more than just music; many merchants, restaurants, and clubs will be participating to provide the public with a number of options for dining and shopping. Three of the four nights will also feature a movie night on the Village Green, weather permitting.

No traffic will be allowed on Main Street on either side of Conklin Street from 4pm to 10pm, allowing for a two block pedestrian area for the events. Free parking will be available in Village parking lots, which are located along Conklin, on Main Street, north and south of the street closure, in the former Waldbaum’s parking lot, along neighboring streets, or in the Train Stations Lots after 4 pm. Similar events are also being held in Patchogue (Alive After Five), on August 4th, and August 18th, and in Riverhead (Alive on 25) on August 11th, and August 25th.  Farmingdale and Riverhead's events are modeled after Patchogue's Alive After Five event (now in its 15th year), which was recently awarded a Smart Growth Award.

More information about participating merchants and supporters and rain dates is available on Farmingdale's Live at Five’s website.

Long Island Premiere of The Rounds in Lindenhurst

The Babylon Arts Center in Lindenhurst will be presenting the Long Island Premiere of "The Rounds"on August 26th and 27th at 7PM. The play is presented by EggSalad Productions, a community of diverse artists dedicated to social justice through experimental performance and creation of purposeful art.

The Rounds is a timely play that exhibits internal conflicts associated with individual/communal experiences with addiction & mental-illness and the relationships that exist within the shared struggle of addiction and the desire for recovery. The Rounds is written by Justin Moriarity; Directed & Adapted by Jonathan Schwolsky; with Music Composed & Performed by (Long Islander) Mike Deering.

Tickets are $15, and can be purchased online here. For more information on this live production, click here

Blue Claw Festival in Mastic Beach

The 12th Annual Blue Claw Festival, hosted by the Mastic Beach Property Owners’ Association, will be held in Mastic Beach at Marina One on Sunday, August 28th from 11 AM to 6 PM. Attendees have the opportunity to enjoy fresh steamed shrimp, crabs, crab-cakes, clams, beer, wine, and soda. Admission is free and attendees will have the chance to enjoy music and dance performances presented on the show mobile and children’s activities such as face painting and sad art. A large selection of vendors with food and arts and crafts will be present as well.

To learn more about the event, visit the Mastic Beach Property Owners’ Association’s website.

Westbury Concert Series

The Village of Westbury will be hosting its free evening concert series at the Piazza Ernesto Strada in the Village of Westbury Square on the corner of Post Avenue and Maple Avenue. Free parking for attendees will be available in the Village Madison Avenue parking lot behind Rite Aid. All of this year’s concerts will be held on Fridays from 7pm to 9pm. Featured performers include Dance Visions NY, North Shore Pops, and Sonido Clasico. The series will also include an art event to complement the music. Handmade cards and Paint Night are just a couple of the activities to be held in conjunction with the concerts.

For more information, you can visit the Greater Westbury Council for the Arts’ website.

Long Island’s 4th Annual Car Free Day

You can join the efforts to increase the use of sustainable transportation this Thursday, September 22, 2016 on Long Island’s 4th Annual Car Free Day. Last year, almost 3,000 Long Islanders pledged to go car free, saving 78,000 miles in driving and 39 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Car Free Day was celebrated in over 2000 cities in 40 countries around the world in 2015. To participate in this year’s event, all you have to do is promise to be either car-free or car-lite on Car Free Day by signing an online pledge form. You also receive the chance to win free prizes once you have made the pledge. 511NY, MTA, NICE, Suffolk Transit, HART, Long Beach Municipal Bus, and the Nassau-Suffolk Bicycle Coalition all have information about getting around town without using a car. Vision Long Island is a proud sponsor of this successful event.

For more information on this international event, you can visit Long Island’s Car Free Day website here.

Veterans’ Job and Information Fair- Assistance Needed!

The Amityville Community Resource Center will be hosting a Veteran’s Job & Information Fair on September 27, 2016 from 10 AM - 4pm. The Information Fair will be held from 10-4pm and the Job Fair from 12-4pm. Veterans can get free haircuts and business clothing from their boutique.

Assistance is needed from service providers, schools and vendors to participate in the information fair, and from employers with jobs available. Community members and organizations are encouraged to participate before the event by collecting new or gently used business and casual men’s clothing, business attire for women, and back to school clothing for children.

For more information on the Veteran’s Job and Information Fair, please contact Greta Guarton at 631-464-4314 x113 or, or visit

Jane Jacobs Film to Premiere at Toronto Film Festival

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City will be premiering this September at the Toronto International Film Festival

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, is a film about cities through the lens of Jane Jacobs, author of the 1961 book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Directed and Produced by Matt Tyrnauer, Produced by Robert Hammond, Corey Reeser, and Jessica Van Garsse.

In 1960 Jane Jacobs’s book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in many fights in mid-century New York, to stop “master builder” Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in Jacobs’s prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order. This film sets out to examine the city of today through the lens of one of its greatest champions.

You can learn more about the premiere here.

Upcoming Public Hearings- Suffolk County Bus Cuts Starting in October

Suffolk County Transit will be moving ahead with bus route cuts, with plans to axe 10 routes effective October 3rd in order to bring a $78 million deficit into order. The cuts would be some of the largest in the 36 year history of Suffolk County Transit.

The routes that are scheduled to be cut are: S35, S71, S90, 1B, 5A, 7D/E, 10A, and 10D/E. Several of the routes proposed to be cut service one or more LIRR train station, one or more bus transfer areas, as well as colleges, parks and beaches, and Brookhaven Town Hall.

Public hearings on the cuts will be held Thursday, September 8th at 3 p.m. at the Suffolk Legislative Auditorium in Hauppauge, and Friday September  9th at 3 p.m. at the Legislative Auditorium in Riverhead. You can read more about the upcoming bus cuts in Newsday, or contact Vision Long Island at (631) 261-0242 for more information.

Comment Period Open for South Shore Coastal Storm Risk Management Project

The Army Corps, with the passage of the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, has been awarded the funding to complete ongoing coastal storm risk management projects. As such, they have prepared a Draft General Re-evaluation Report/Environmental Impact Statement for coastal storm risk management project that is intended to minimize erosion and increase hurricane protection from Fire Island Inlet to Montauk Point (FIMP). The $1.2 billion project, which has already replenished beaches on Fire Island, is expected to take place over the next several years, with 30-50 years of contingency plans.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “The release of this Draft General Re-evaluation Report/Environmental Impact Statement is an important milestone, decades in the making, which moves New York State and the Army Corps of Engineers one step closer to the construction of the project.  I look forward to continuing to work with our federal and local partners to complete this comprehensive storm damage reduction project so we can better protect citizens, businesses and economy of Long Island.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is opening a 60-day review period for the public to submit written comments to assist in the agency’s evaluation of the project changes. Public comments can be submitted by e-mail to either or by September 30th. The Army Corp Engineers will also be holding a number of public meetings within the next 60 days to receive feedback on the draft.

Further instructions for submitting comments and the report and its associated documents are available on New York District’s website.

Over $200 Million in Funding Available for Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects

New York State has  more than $200 million in expired earmarks and grants available that can now be spent due to provisions in the current federal transportation funding bill, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST). This money includes over $18 million for projects involving bicycles and pedestrians, as well as other roadway improvements. Parks & Trails New York has assembled a website that explains both eligibility requirements and a map illustrating where each earmark may be used.

Long Island has several million dollars that were earmarked for projects over 10 years ago, with the projects either not coming to fruition, being partially complete, or being funded by other sources.  Instead of losing out on those earmarks, funding will be able to be repurposed for other projects within a 50 mile radius of the original project location., that are eligible for Surface Transportation Block Grant  funding, and that will be complete on or before September of 2019. The maximum Federal share of funding for the new project must be the same as the share of the original project.

New York State has to notify the Federal Highway Authority of its decision to repurpose the money by August 29, 2016, so the deadline is quickly approaching. You can contact your bicycle and pedestrian coordinator if you have an eligible local project for which you would like to receive funding. For more information or if you have any questions, please call Parks & Trails New York at 518-434-1583, or email Ron Epstein of NYSDOT at

National Endowment for the Arts Grant

The National Endowment for the Arts has an Our Town grant program that aims to support creative placemaking in downtown communities. In order to be eligible for the grant, there must be a partnership between arts organizations and the government, other nonprofit organizations, and private entities. Projects of two types will be considered: Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning and Design Projects which represent the character and quality of a community, and Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking, available for organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work. Matching grants range from 25,000 to 200,000 dollars.  The deadline is September 12, 2016

To learn more about the grant, and apply, visit the National Endowment for the Arts’ website.

Applications Being Accepted for Environmental Excellence Awards

The Federal Highway Administration is now accepting applications for the 2017 Environmental Excellence Awards.  These awards are meant to recognize projects that use FWHA funding to not only comply with environmental regulations, but to achieve environmental excellence.

 Nominations are accepted for any and all projects that have used FHWA funding to create an environmentally conscious transport solution. Applications will be accepted until September 15, 2016. Any questions may be directed to

For more information about the nomination process, you can visit their website.

New York State Homes and Community Renewal Grant

The Housing Trust fund is currently accepting applications for approximately 26.9 million dollars of State and Federal funds for projects relating to housing activities including housing rehabilitation, homeownership, manufactured housing rehabilitation or replacement, well and septic replacement, and lateral connection assistance that primarily benefit low- and moderate-income persons. Eligible applicants include non-entitlement villages, towns, cities or counties throughout New York State. The 2016 Application for CDBG Housing Activities will be available on the NYS Homes and Community Renewal website and is due no later than 4:00pm on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

You can contact the Office of Community Renewal within NYS Home and Community Renewal at (518)-474-2057 with any questions, or visit their website.

$16 Million in Grant Money for Energy-Efficient Housing Construction

As a part of Governor Cuomo’s goal to reach 50% renewable energy by 2030, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is offering $16 million dollars for the design and construction of energy-efficient housing. It has been projected that buildings that take advantage of this support will see yearly savings of 9 million dollars.

"Ensuring New York's buildings are constructed to the highest standards of energy efficiency is crucial to both our long-term sustainability and prosperity of the state,” said Governor Cuomo. "Smart choices about efficiency can simultaneously save money and protect the environment. This investment promotes that principle in order to build healthy communities and save consumers hundreds of millions of dollars."

Half of the 16 million dollars will be offered to builders of low-rise buildings, including single family homes, and the other half is meant for builders of mid- and high-rise buildings that consist of apartment units. Applications for this grant money will be accepted through December 29, 2017, or until funding runs out.

More information about the grant and the application process can be found on NYSERDA’s website.

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.

Full-time COC Compliance Manager Position Available in Amityville

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is seeking applicants for a Full-Time Continuum of Care (COC) Compliance Manager in their main office located in Amityville.  This position requires a strong ability to research and understand policies and regulations; strategic planning; compliance monitoring, training and coordination of multiple groups and activities.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Maintain thorough knowledge of housing programs’ regulations and environmental review process;  assist Executive Director in monitoring and evaluating CoC programs and the provision of technical assistance as appropriate; coordination with Associate Director and HMIS staff for COC-related reporting; preparation of statistical reports pertaining to homelessness and housing; support Associate Director in development and implementation of initiatives to end homelessness, including facilitation and chairing of subcommittees as appropriate.

Local travel will be also required for this position. Benefits after probationary period will be available. These include paid time off (vacation, holiday, sick, personal), medical insurance for the employee (premium paid by LICH), and Simple IRA plan (with employer match). A criminal background check will be required before employment is offered.

Interested parties should submit a resume and salary requirements via email. For more information about this position, please click here . Please do not call Long Island Coalition for the Homeless regarding this position.

What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Freeport Historical Museum

350 S Main Street, Freeport
Housed in a Civil War cottage, the museum chronicles Freeport's history through the 20th century. On display are a spinning wheel from the town’s oldest house, vaudeville-era items, waterfront memorabilia, a 1930s television and a 1777 13-star flag. The museum holds a collection of historic postcards and high school yearbooks from the early 1900s to present day.
Open Sundays 2PM-5PM.
For information, visit their website or call 516-623-9632

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

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

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

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

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

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Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

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

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

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

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

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

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website.


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

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

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

Port Washington

Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
232 Main Street, Port Washington

Tickets and more information available here

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

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

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


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

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

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


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury

Tickets and more information available here



140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor
The museum explores the relationship between Long Islanders and the sea through. It details the history of the regional whaling industry, whale conservation and the history of Cold Spring Harbor as a maritime port. A new exhibit, “Sea Ink” explores tattoo art and its nautical origins. Exhibits featuring New York’s only fully-equipped 19th century whaleboat, ship logs and correspondence as well as whaling and maritime artifacts. Art programs are available for all ages.
For information, visit their website or call 631-367-3418

East Hampton

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
Tickets and more information available here

East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

50 Irish Lane, East Islip
The museum is the leading exhibition space for contemporary art on Long Island, featuring work from international, national and emerging local artists. It is said to be the best facility of its kind outside of Manhattan. Current exhibits feature “Print Up Ladies” which is a survey of contemporary works created by female artists, and “Inked” by Kathy Seff. The museum’s store features one of a kind jewelry, crafts and art work. Educational opportunists are also offered at the museum through its Cultural School of Arts.
For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402

Huntington Village

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
Tickets and more information available here

Heckscher Museum

2 Prime Avenue, Huntington
Located in Hecksher Park, the museum features collections of European and American paintings which spans over 500 years of Western art. Photography has become a growing part of the collection as well.

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

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

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Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
Showtimes at Islip Cinemas


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street, Patchogue

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street,
 Port Jefferson
Tickets and more information available here




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

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


Suffolk Theater


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

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

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


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

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

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


Southampton Historical Museum

17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
The Southampton Historical Society was created to preserve the town’s history as well as history from the surrounding area. Its Rogers Mansion Museum features year round exhibits, a research center and education programs for children and adults. Current exhibit: Current exhibit: “If These Walls Could Talk: Meet the Families of the Rogers Mansion”.  Its research center allows for visitors to conduct research with a professional research assistant. Collections feature antique furnishings, a classic parlor room and dining hall and photographs of the 1938 historic hurricane.

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

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