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September 4th-10th, 2016

Regional Updates

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“This is bad for Suffolk County. It’s bad for the economy. It’s balancing the budget on the backs of some of the poorest people in the county... And it’s the wrong thing to do.” - Hon. Jay Schniederman, Supervisor, Town of Southampton


“There’s no question that to many people public transportation is their sole form of transportation, and we need to continue to provide those services” - Hon. Bridget Fleming, Legislator, Suffolk County



“Cutting bus service now will only stop the progress that has been made to increase ridership and public transit connectivity.  The only solution is to hold off on the cuts until there is a full and proper analysis of the system’s ridership and the effects of cuts, find offsets in this year’s budget to keep existing service, and to properly negotiate with the state for equitable funding of the system in comparison to other NY regions.” - Jon Siebert, Vision Long Island

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Over a Hundred Residents Demand Halt to Suffolk Bus Cuts

Vision was out this week at the Suffolk County Legislature in Riverhead to testify in opposition to Suffolk County's proposed cuts to their bus system. The County is proposing elimination of 8 routes on October 3rd serving the downtowns of Copiague, Lindenhurst, Port Jefferson, Riverhead, Mastic/Shirley and Southampton. These communities have collectively approved over 1,000 units of downtown housing in recent years where transit is an important component, with additional housing on the horizon in the areas.

Other stops on the chopping block include Stony Brook University, Suffolk Community College in Selden, Parks, Beaches and Brookhaven Town Hall. Many of the routes have at least one connection to the Long Island Rail Road system, allowing riders to travel further east or west to work, go to doctor appointments, or for recreation.

Among those who testified against the cuts were Suffolk Legislator Al Krupski, Legislator Bridget Fleming, Legislator Sarah Anker, Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine and Town of Southampton Supervisor Jay Schneiderman members of the Sound Beach Civic Association, residents from Eastport, Medford, Mastic, North Shirley and Mastic Beach, Jobs with Justice LI, LI Bus Riders Union, Transit Workers Union, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, and Vision Long Island, students from Stony Brook, Suffolk Community College, human service advocates from SILO, disabled riders, seniors and working people were all present. One elementary school student contributed some funds to the Suffolk County DPW hearing officers. Not one of the 100 in attendance spoke in defense of the cuts.

In short all agreed to stop the cuts. Many including Vision proposed offsets in the existing County budget in the short term as well as serious efforts to renegotiate with NYS officials for future funding. The county is trying to cut into a large deficit, with the proposed bus cuts saving $1 million for the year, and $4 million next year. A Request for Proposals for an onboard Origin to Destination and Demographic Survey for Suffolk County Transit is out, and due October 21st- 18 days after the proposed cuts. The cuts would amount to 131,580 rides per year, based on 2014 ridership numbers, leaving those who depend on service either scrambling to find alternative routes (if available), walking to other routes, paying higher taxi fees, potentially losing employment, unable to get to or from school, or paying extra child care costs due to extended travel times. There is also a possibility of job loss for drivers and mechanics as well, and no estimate on the impact to social services due to any job loss.

There is an opportunity for those were not able to attend the meetings in Riverhead or Hauppauge to submit written testimony by mail by this coming Wednesday to have comments submitted as testimony. Written testimony may be submitted up to five (5) days following the hearing by mail to Suffolk County Transit 335 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank NY 11980. You can read more about the proposed cuts in Newsday.

New York Receives $5.1 Million in Railroad Safety Funding

This week, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer announced $5,162,417 funding U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds to improve the safety of 53 rail grade crossings along Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) lines. The funds are being provided through the $25 million Railroad Safety Infrastructure Improvement Grant Program.

‎"When it comes to improving rail safety we must take an all-of-the-above approach that includes prioritizing a culture of safety, improving education, and making smart upgrades to dangerous grade crossings,” said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. “Today's investment by the FRA in some of New York's most dangerous crossings will help this cause tremendously."

Last year Schumer introduced the Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Act of 2015, which would provide new resources to the Federal Railroad Administration for safety upgrades at rail grade crossings. Schumer said that while this announcement is good news for New York, and improvements he fought for, he will not rest until his larger legislative safety package passes Congress.

In 2013, 2,096 accidents at grade crossings killed over 200 people nationwide. In New York, there are over 5,000 rail grade crossings.  Between 2005 and 2014, there were 341 Railway Grade Crossing Incidents that resulted in 59 fatalities and 96 injuries in New York.

According to ‘Operation Lifesaver,’ a national nonprofit organization dedicated to rail safety education, a person or vehicle is hit by a train every three hours. Ninety-five percent of all fatalities on U.S. railroads are due to people trying to beat a train at a crossing or walking on railroad tracks. Across the country, there are 140,000 miles of railroad track and 212,000 rail-highway grade crossings. Approximately half of public rail crossings are ‘active’ crossings, which have either protective gates or flashing lights to warn whether a train is coming. FRA safety data shows that nearly half of crossing collisions are at active crossings.

The $5,162,417 in federal funds, provided by the FY 16 Railroad Safety Infrastructure Improvement Grant Program, include:
·      $1,910,785 in grant funds to install CCTV cameras to record grade crossing movements at 43 identified grade crossings within Metro-North and LIRR territory to investigate specific incidents and analyze operations for targeted modifications to improve safety.
·         $1,904,132 in grant funds to install upgrades to three grade crossings to mitigate hazardous conditions between highway and rail traffic. The LIRR project will improve two public highway grade crossings in Deer Park and Oceanside, with preemptive safety equipment and undertake roadway/traffic control improvements.

You can read more about the boost to improve rail safety for the area here

$8 Billion in Funding for Long Island Transportation Projects Adopted

Vision Long Island heard from Keynote Speaker U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx at the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council’s (NYMTC) Annual meeting this week, where the Council adopted the 2017-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

"With 70 million more people in our nation using our roads and transit by 2045 we should invest more in our transportation system,” Said Secretary Foxx. “Unless a second wave of sanity takes over Congress, projects like the Hudson River Tunnel will continue to be funded in a patchwork fashion. The US Senator from NY Charles Schumer has stepped up on this project, however, along with the US Senator from NJ Corey Booker. A complicated project like this one speaks to the types of challenges we face in redoing and optimizing our existing transportation system "

TIP includes $8 billion in funding for Long Island and for Long island related projects. Included in the Regional Transportation Plan for Long Island is the Nassau HUB Transit Initiative, which has been stalled for many years through past administrations. The HUB Transit Link includes a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service to the Village of Hempstead, Village of Mineola, Hofstra University, Nassau Coliseum, Nassau Community College, Museum Row, and Roosevelt Field. BRT projects give right of way to buses, allowing a smoother, faster ride between major destinations, which also alleviates traffic congestion.

Other Long Island projects include updated funding for the Long Island Railroad Second Track project that is underway, and the next phase of the Smart Growth Award Winning Route 347 Greenway project. You can view the TIP that was adopted here

NYS Pedestrian Safety Plan DetailsAnnounced

Governor Cuomo recently announced the results of a two week pedestrian safety enforcement campaign throughout New York State over the summer as part of a $110 million comprehensive pedestrian safety initiative.

“This multi-pronged effort is setting new standards that will help make our roadways safer for motorists and pedestrians alike,” said Governor Cuomo regarding the initiative. During the two-week campaign, which was funded by grants from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, local police agencies in 26 communities across Upstate New York and Long Island patrolled busy pedestrian corridors, handing out warning notices, tickets and informative tip cards to both motorists and pedestrians found violating the law.

Police issued 1,416 warnings to both pedestrians and motorists and issued 520 tickets for pedestrian safety related offenses and 765 tickets for other offenses. Police also provided information to pedestrians and motorists, with the Suffolk County Police Department handing out 3,000 pieces of pedestrian safety information and the Buffalo Police Department handing out 1,500 pieces during the two-week blitz.

The enforcement action is one part of a campaign to proactively address widespread safety issues through the Three E’s – engineering, enforcement and education. The initiative, being implemented cooperatively by the State Department of Transportation, Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and State Department of Health, includes the creation of an in-depth Pedestrian Safety Action Plan. Data analysis found that approximately 300 pedestrians are killed and 15,000 are injured by motor vehicles each year in New York State.

The multi-agency approach to improving pedestrian safety calls for the following:

  • DOT will work to minimize the potential for pedestrian crashes by implementing low-cost countermeasures at 2,000 crosswalks without traffic signals and 2,400 signalized intersections. 
  • GTSC will provide education for law enforcement and organize annual pedestrian safety law enforcement blitzes.
  • DOH will develop public service announcements, engage local traffic safety boards, schools and others in public outreach, and provide training for safety organizations.

You can read more about the enforcement aspect of the collaborative campaign,

New Suffolk Law Encourages Bringing Your Own Bag Shopping

Suffolk County voted to place a five-cent fee on single-use plastic and paper bags this week, making it the first New York State County to approve such a measure to encourage usage of reusable bags and reducing the amount of plastic and paper bags being improperly discarded.

“We know from cities and countries around the world that by giving consumers the choice to pay a small fee or to save money and the environment by bringing their own bag, the vast majority of people will choose reusable over disposable” said Adrienne Esposito, Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment in a press release. “In Washington DC, Ireland, England, we have seen small fees on plastic and paper bags lead to 60-90% reductions in single-use bag use. We are very excited that Suffolk will now be a state and global leader in the fight against plastic bag pollution we and applaud Legislator Spencer and the Suffolk County Legislature on the passage of IR 1649.”

According to data released by the EPA, between 500 billion and 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed annually worldwide, with only 5 to 7 percent of plastic bags being recycled, in part, due to the fact that it costs more to recycle a bag than to produce a new one. Since most plastic bags don’t biodegrade over time, they break down into smaller chunks of “petro-polymers” (oil), contaminating soil and waterways, or can kill sea life by ingesting the plastic.

Additionally, Americans consume more than ten billion paper bags each year, requiring 14 million trees to be cut down annually for the paper production. The production of paper requires large amounts of water, energy and chemicals to be used into the process; this is on top of the environmental impacts of shipping both paper and plastic bags for consumption.

Beginning on January 1st, 2018, stores in Suffolk that are defined as “covered” stores will charge 5 cents per single-use bag, with the five cents being retained at the establishment, not going to the County. Patrons will have the option to bring their own bag, and will not be charged the fee. Additionally, paper bags will have to contain at least 40% recycled content. A little more than a year after the fee is imposed, and every year after, the Health Department will analyze the reduction in single-use bag usage in the county, see how effective the law has been, look at the waste and litter reduction benefits of the law, look at cost savings from pollution, and enforcement of the law. Violations of the law are set at $500 per offense. There will also be a Public Education Working Group commissioned by the Legislature to conduct outreach efforts and educate the public on the new law.

You can read more about the new bill in Newsday, and click to read the “Bring Your Own Bag” bill and Education and Effectiveness bill

Village of Great Neck Plaza Rolls Out Parking App

In an ongoing effort in the downtown retail area of the Plaza to make parking easier and more user-friendly, the Village of Great Neck Plaza has recently entered into an agreement with Parkmobile, a leading technology vendor that provides parking payments using smartphones. "It is our hope this will be a welcomed convenience for shoppers and people visiting our community. For those who don't want to use Parkmobile's services, parking patrons will be able to continue to pay the traditional way using quarters and $1 bills," said Village Mayor Celender.

With Parkmobile's mobile app, which is available free for iPhone, Android, Windows, Blackberry and Amazon users, starting a parking transaction takes just a few seconds to download and register for residents and visitors. Once registered, paying for a parking transaction through the Parkmobile app, Internet or a toll-free number takes a matter of seconds. Users can also opt-in for a text message to receive alerts and reminders 15 minutes prior to their parking session expiring. From there, users can purchase more time for their space, provided they haven't reached the maximum parking duration, of either 2-hours or 4-hours, depending on their parking spot.
Those that do not have a smartphone can also use Parkmobile's service through their automated phone system, a toll-free 1-877-727-5730, or their website at All of the options for paying for parking will be located on the Parkmobile meter stickers on Plaza multi-space meters and posted signs to be installed very soon in municipal parking lots. The Village is planning on rolling out this pilot program first in municipal parking lots, then to the street meters if this is successful.

“The Plaza is implementing this program as a means to make paying for parking easier, more customer-friendly and incorporating technology, which is the way consumers now want to purchase items. With the Parkmobile app, parking patrons can easily manage their time appropriately and avoid having to run out of an appointment or lunch date to pay their meter," Mayor Celender said. There is a convenience fee, payable to Parkmobile, which customers must agree to pay before completing their paid parking transaction. For more information regarding this new app-based meter payment program, you can contact Village Hall at (516) 482-4500, or visit their website where there are download instructions and a link to Parkmobile videos.

Senate to Move $10.6 B Water Resources Development Act Ahead

Lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill this week, with less than four weeks of government funding remaining, with a new spending bill due by September 30th.

The $10.6 billion Water Resources Development Act is one of the items up for discussion, authorizing ports and navigation projects across the country, and for the first time this year it includes money to help cities and towns upgrade drinking water infrastructure in response to the lead-contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan. Sponsored by Senators Boxer (California) and Inhofe (Oklahoma), the bill is a rare sign of agreement between one of the most conservative and most liberal members of Congress, having wide bipartisan support and expectations for receiving an overwhelmingly majority of votes in the Senate. About $5 billion of the bill is intended for the upkeep of ports, dams, locks, levies and canals managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. Additional spending was added to help the residents of Flint and other communities affected by tainted water, making improvements like installing new pipes and lead-monitoring systems. New York State Governor Cuomo signed legislation this week mandating testing for lead in drinking water for New York schools.

The bill, as written, would authorize $4.9 billion for drinking and clean water infrastructure over five years, with $220 million in direct emergency assistance to address drinking water crises in communities such as Flint. Hopes are that the House, who is proposing a more modest $5 billion bill, will be able to agree with the Senate version of the bill, bringing relief and improvements where needed. You can read more about the bill and the progress here.

Malls Closing Across the Country With Declining Visits

A change in buying patterns across the country has turned into questions and concerns about what will become of the abandoned real estate, as well as how to recoup lost jobs.

According to an analysis from real estate research firm Cushman & Wakefield, visits to malls have plummeted by 50 percent between 2010 and 2013, with a deeper drop in mall visits expected to be seen in data that is coming out soon. This could have some terrifying implications for communities, according to Howard Davidowitz, chairman of a national retail consulting firm. “When a mall closes, it’s a blight in the community for a very long time. Empty stores mean ugly holes where jobs are lost and taxes aren’t paid.”

This year alone, 10 Sears, 68 Kmarts, and 100 Macy’s stores have announced closure nationwide, as well as other anchor stores. With fewer anchor stores, smaller specialty shops, food destinations and other retailers will receive less foot traffic, as consumers tend to visit neighboring stores in a mall when being attracted in by the anchor stores. There are thoughts that some of the abandoned space will be repurposed to house gyms, e-commerce warehouses and medical clinics, however the lost jobs from the closures of the anchor stores, and other surrounding stores, may take a long time to recover.

According to a study by Green Street Advisors, it’s estimated that 15 percent of America’s malls will shut down within the next decade, amounting in hundreds of malls being closed, and thousands upon thousands of jobs lost. Some estimates have double the rate of closure.  You can read more about the closures and the effects that the closures will have on communities here

Farmingdale Cultural Arts Day September 10th!

The Farmingdale Cultural Arts Day will be held on Saturday September 10th at the Gazebo “On the Village Green”, 361 Main Street, starting at 10AM. Cultural Arts Day will feature Music, Dance and Theater performances, in conjunction with the 6th Annual Art in the Park exhibit! The Art in the Park sale and exhibit will feature original works in oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, mixed media, drawings, photography and sculpture.
Cultural Arts Day Schedule of performances and activities includes:
10:00 AM: Art Show opens to the public
11:00 AM: Step by Step Dance Studio, Youth Dance Performance
12:00 PM: Broadhollow Theater, Children's Theater Performance
1:00 PM: Nico Padden Musical Performance
2:00 PM: Dance Obsession of Farmingdale, Adult Dance Performance
2:45 PM: Art Show Awards Presentation
3:00 PM: Two Dave’s Acoustic Performance (Dave Saul/Dave Kotliar)
5:00 PM: Lonesome Moonlight String Band
6:00 PM: Farmingdale High School Chamber Orchestra
7:00 PM: Farmingdale School of Rock

The event is free to attend, bring your family, friends, chairs or a blanket to watch performances (some seating will be provided). The rain date is Saturday September 17th. For more information, you can call Village Hall at 516-249-0093, email, or join the event on Facebook.

Jane Jacobs Film to Premiere at Toronto Film Festival

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City will be premiering this September 8th through 18th 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.

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

Tri-State Transportation Campaign to Honor Bold Transportation Projects

Tri State Transportation Campaign will be holding its 2016 benefit on Tuesday, September 27th. This has been a year of big and bold transportation projects. Transportation has headlined budget addresses, daily news articles, legislative hearings, press conferences, and our water cooler conversations. Let’s celebrate our region’s progress and vision this year amidst festivities and good company!

This year’s honorees will include CTfastrak, Connecticut’s first bus rapid transit system, AECOM, an innovator on major transit projects in New York and around the globe, and Senators Loretta Weinberg and Bob Gordon, champions of the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

The event will be held on Tuesday, September 27th from 6pm-9pm at Studio Arte, 265 W 37th Street at 8th Avenue in New York City. For sponsorship and ticket information you can click here

Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Workshop Webinar

NYMTC and NYS DOT are planning projects for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Two simulcast locations have been arranged in the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) planning area for the Wednesday, September 14th TAP Workshop Webinar being held in Poughkeepsie in the lower Hudson Valley from 10 am to 1 pm. The simulcast locations are:

NYS Office Building
250 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Conference Room 6A-16

NYS Department of Transportation office
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
Rm 818

To facilitate the development of applications, the NYS Department of Transportation is hosting webinars/workshops around the State and providing opportunities to review pre-applications with Department staff. Recordings of these webinars will also be posted for potential project sponsors to view.
For more information, click here

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 October 19th. The Army Corp Engineers will also be holding a number of public meetings within the next 60 days to receive feedback on the draft.

Tentative dates and locations for public hearings are :

  • September 14, 2016 for the Babylon area, which will hosted at Town Hall; 
  • September 20, 2016 for the Brookhaven area, which will be hosted in Patchogue at the national park ferry service terminal; 
  • September 27, 2016 for the Southampton area, which will be hosted at the library or college; and 
  • September 28, 2016 for the East Hampton/Montauk area, which will be hosted at the Montauk Firehouse. 

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

Louisiana Needs Your Help

Louisiana suffered a devastating blow once again this month as twenty parishes were drenched with historical flooding, with over 7 trillion gallons of rain overfilling rivers and flooding homes. The unnamed storm is being called the worst US natural disaster since Sandy in 2012, dumping over 20 inches of rain in some areas, with other areas getting closer to three feet of rainfall.

Over 100,000 homes are estimated to be damaged by flooding with over 60,000 being so badly damaged that residents cannot return. 30,000 people were rescued, and thousands are still in shelters. One of the most frightening statistics is that 110,000 have registered for FEMA assistance, with less than a quarter of that amount filing a flood insurance claim- clearly outlining that there will be significant needs and gaps.

As Long Island creeps closer to the 4th Anniversary of Sandy, communities are once again coming together to provide assistance to Louisiana. Several initiatives to assist have started to be planned, with assistance planned in the future as well. Ways you can help:

ER 4 LA Pub Crawl Fund Drive- Sat October 1st 3pm-8pm
5 bars in East Rockaway will be participating, with 100% of proceeds (minus transaction fees) benefitting local efforts in Louisiana. Your $40 ticket includes five (5) up to $6 drink vouchers, one (1) for each of the participating locations, food specials, and an event T-shirt. Each voucher is also an entry to raffles for each location and one large prize. There will also be raffles and additional prizes. For more details and for early-bird registration, click here. For those who cannot attend and would like to donate to this fund, there is an option for that on the event page.

Ongoing Drive- Nassau County/Western Suffolk

Fill the Truck Supply Drive- September 3rd from 8am-2pm at Stop & Shop, 575 W. Montauk Hwy, West Babylon

Several organizations are working together to bring rehabilitation supplies and funds down to Louisiana. Drop off locations, items requested, and more information contact Jon Seibert.

State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grants Opened Sept 1st

Have you ever wanted to help your community with a problem but didn't know where to start?   Maybe it's a run-down park or to help the impoverished in your community. Now, YOU have the power to fix it. State Farm Neighborhood Assist helps identify and address key issues faced by neighbors throughout the United States.

State Farm Neighborhood Assist is a crowd-sourced, philanthropic initiative that lets communities determine where grant funding is awarded.  The submission phase is open from Sept. 1-Sept. 15 and you may submit one entry into each of the three program categories: Education, Safety, and Community Development.  It's best to submit early - a maximum of 2,000 submissions will be accepted, so there is a possibility of the application window period ending early.  All you have to do is submit the cause; you don't have to "run the program."

After the submission stage ends, State Farm Youth Advisory Board (YAB), a group of college and high school students from across the country, will narrow down the submissions to the top 200 finalists. Once the top 200 causes are identified, they are voted on by you and your community. The voting stage is Oct. 26-Nov. 4 and each person gets 10 votes per day, every day, during that period. Winners will be announced November 30.

The top 40 causes with the most votes will each receive a $25,000 grant from State Farm. For more information about the program and to apply, click here

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.

2016 Transportation Alternatives Program Solicitation Announced

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has issued a Notice of Funding Availability for project proposals under the Transportation Alternatives Program, or TAP. ( )

TAP funding supports bicycle, pedestrian, multi-use path and transportation-related projects and programs as well as projects that reduce congestion and will help meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act. Applications for this funding opportunity must be received by October 21, 2016. For additional information on TAP, including eligible project activities, contacts and other program requirements, please refer to the program guidance and application resource materials.
To facilitate the development of applications, NYSDOT will be hosting four webinars/workshops around the State and providing opportunities to review pre- applications with Department staff.  NYSDOT will also posting the webinars for potential project sponsors to view. 
Please note that an associated solicitation for the Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) that is mentioned in the NYSDOT announcement will not be undertaken for the NYMTC planning area.
Comments and questions regarding the TAP solicitation may also be submitted via email to

$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

Young Volunteers Needed to Help Habitat Suffolk

Habitat Suffolk’s BUILD IT BRIGHTER is a program for students ages 11-15 who would like to get involved with Habitat Suffolk but who aren’t quite old enough to build on site yet. This workshop is intended to host 10 lucky volunteers ages 11-15 and parents or guardians who would like to stick around for the fun!

There will be two sessions, one for building butterfly houses on October 13th, and another to build Mail Caddies for Habitat homes on November 10th. Both workshops will be held from 6pm-8pm at Habitat’s Suffolk ReStore on 2111 Lakeland Avenue in Ronkonkoma. The cost is $20 per student.

Spots are very limited, so early registration is encouraged by emailing Wendy at

Intern with Vision Long Island!

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

What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Freeport Historical Museum

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

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

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

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

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

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

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Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

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

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

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

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

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

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website.


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

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

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

Port Washington

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

Tickets and more information available here

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

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

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


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

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

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


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury

Tickets and more information available here



140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
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.

A Third of Millennials Live at Home

A recent study published by Pew Research Center and Stateline showed that almost a third of young adults aged 18 to 34, also known as the Millennial Generation, lived with a parent in 2014, making it the most common living arrangement for that age group for the first time in modern history.

Multiple reasons are behind the trend, lingering effects of the Great Recession, high housing costs, a lack of affordable housing, and student debt among them. Whatever the causes, millennials in some states are living with their parents in far greater numbers than in others.

The Tri-State area took the top 3 spots of the percentage of Millennials living with at least one parent, with New Jersey at 43.9%, Connecticut at 38.8%, and New York at 37.2%. Closely behind were the populous states of Florida (37.2%) and California (36.7%).

The high cost of rental housing in New York City and surrounding areas, including Long Island, is one reason that younger folks will return home, according to Dowell Myers, a professor of urban planning and demography at the University of South Carolina. High rental costs, sometimes exceeding 50% of a worker’s income, and the high cost of home ownership also playing a role. “Millennials were doubled up at entry levels of their housing life cycle, blocked by older peers who were unable to turn over their apartments for better homes,” Myers wrote in a study he published this year. Oddly enough, Millennials are the most educated generation ever, however in areas where housing is extraordinarily expensive, a college degree is not necessarily a ticket out of a childhood bedroom.

Other reasons for the shift may be due to cultural and ethnic traditions undergoing a resurgence: In the New York metropolitan area, most adult children of Italian heritage live with parents. “Co-residence” rates are also high for people with Irish, Dominican, Puerto Rican and African-American roots in the New York Metro area as well.

You can view the full study here, and also check out an interactive map of the states’ rankings here

Smart Talk

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

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