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September 13th - 19th, 2015

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Federal and State Government to Bring $388 Million to Suffolk County for Sewage Expansions

This past week it was announced that FEMA will provide $388 Million worth of state and federal funding to Suffolk County in order to improve sanitary services to local residents.

In a move that's being hailed as a response to Superstorm Sandy, FEMA has announced that it will provide the funds for expansion in order to better prepare Long Island residents for future storms that may tax already overworked sewage systems. The initiative, which was approved under FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, is a major step forward in expanding Suffolk county's sewer capacity. Beyond that, however, the plan will provide new life for long overdue revitlaization that efforts that have stalled due to a lack of sewer infrastructure.

“The fact that a significant chunk of this is going toward the Mastic and Shirley community is very significant,” said Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander. “For the state and federal governments to step forward – with Chuck Schumer, primarily, getting this done – is a very big deal for these communities. People have been working to redevelop the Montauk Highway region for years, and sewers have always been the missing piece to that equation. This is key to that revitalization effort.”

Though many look forward to the revitalization efforts, the true purpose of these funds will be to help shore up local systems in the event of a direct hit from a another Super Storm. US Senator Chuck Schumer, who has acknowledged that Sandy revealed the vulnerability of our sewage system, lauded the funds as the beginning of a more modern system for Suffolk residents.

“We asked FEMA and HUD to provide over $300 million to help with the Suffolk sewers,” Senator Schumer said. “These federal funds will improve water quality, preserve vital wetlands and make Suffolk more resistant if, God forbid, another Sandy occurs.”

A majority of Suffolk residents rely on on-site septic systems, many of which failed and contaminated local waterways while releasing nitrogen pollution during the 2012 superstorm. The proposed mitigation project will address that by starting with a $24.2 million design and environmental review phase. This phase is aimed at creating a master plan that will include cost estimates, timetables, technical specifications, and a cost-benefit analysis. In the end, the plan will try to connect approximately 3,500 residential customers, more than 70 commercial ones, and around 180 "non-vacant parcels" to existing water conveyances and treatment systems. The plan will also include an all new water-collection and conveyance system for the Forge River watershed. This phase will followed by a $364.3 million construction phase.

You read more on this at Innovate LI.

Federal and Local Officials Call for Bay Park Sewage Plant Funding

Federal, State and Local policymakers, residents, environmental groups and other stakeholders are still waiting to see if $210 million of FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant money that has been awarded to New York State will be allocated towards a much needed ocean outfall pipe for the Bay Park Sewage treatment plant, which was heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy in October of 2012. The funding has been available since June; however there is still no word from Albany whether all or some of that funding will be appropriated towards the proposed project.

As of now, 50 million gallons of treated effluent are dumped into Reynolds Channel in Long Beach from the plant daily. Although the amount of nitrogen going into the bay daily is less than when raw sewage and partially treated sewage dumped into the Bay for weeks after Sandy hit Long Island, the amount of nitrogen being dumped into the bay is still too high. $150 million has been allocated for denitrification at the plant, however an outfall pipe, which dispose of the effluent 2 ½ miles into the ocean would help restore the bays to a healthy state, increasing commercial fishing opportunities and protecting fragile wetlands which protect the area against storm surge. As it stands, 70 percent of the nitrogen in Reynold’s Channel is attributed to the treatment plant.

The outfall pipe project, which has estimates of about $550 million, is not eligible for CDBG-DR funding through HUD since it was not in existence before Sandy hit. Senator Chuck Schumer and Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky have called on Albany to dedicate the entire $210 million towards the outfall pipe’s funding; however the Bay Park Outfall Pipe Coalition (which Vision is a member of) attended a meeting with Governor Cuomo’s Secretary Bill Mulrow last month and were told that there were “various priorities” for the $210 million sitting on the table. (You can read more about that meeting here). Albany’s most recent budget had a $5.4 billion dollar boost from bank settlements.  Although funding for the critical project was requested by the Long Island Lobby Coalition in February, no funding from the budget was appropriated towards the outfall pipe.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano is expecting to meet the acting Commissioner Marc Gerstman on funding options for the outfall pipe after a new estimate is given for the project. According to Mangano, the cost is “likely” to drop due to engineering changes.  Nassau is able to take out $50 million in no interest loans and receiving a $30 million grant for the project, but that will continue to leave a large funding gap. Cuomo says that funding should come from the Federal government.

More can be read about the latest status in the quest to have a healthy bay here. More can be read about the reasoning behind the ocean outfall pipe here

HUD and FEMA Cease Clawbacks from Sandy Victims

Residents and businesses recovering from Sandy received some more positive news this week the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that they will not look to “clawback” some of the NY Rising funding from some who receive increased payouts from their insurance carriers. Before the announcement, much of what could have been recouped may have been repayable to NY Rising as a duplication of benefits.

About ten percent of those who received payouts from their National Flood Insurance Policies asked FEMA to review their cases. After over a year of advocating for flood insurance companies to reopen cases for underpayment and federal lawsuits, FEMA decided to do so. One problem for residents was that they were already receiving funding from NY Rising, and did not see the value in reopening cases an having any funds taken back by NY Rising or HUD.  With this week’s announcement, which came as the original deadline date to reopen cases was extended one month, those affected by Sandy who are receiving additional insurance payouts  can now keep up to $20,000 in grant funding that would otherwise need to be returned as a duplication of benefits. Even though it is against federal law to not pay out grants for something that has already been paid by an insurance policy, loan or grant, the HUD Secretary does have the power to modify that policy. "These families have suffered enough and shouldn't be further victimized through no fault of their own," said Harriet Tregoning, HUD's principal deputy assistant secretary for community planning and development.

As of now, residents have received, on average, a $16,000 additional payout of their flood insurance policies, which is below the threshold of $20,000 for grant repayment. For the 25% of policies that have been reviewed and are over the threshold, the policy holders can try to explain to HUD why both payments would be necessary for work to be complete in order to not have to pay back some of the funds received over $20,000.

Melissa Luckman who directs the Disaster Relief Clinic at Touro Law School in Central Islip, said that while most recovering from Sandy will be excited about the news, some will be upset. "If they had told people this when the process first opened," she said, "a lot of people would have done this process on their own and not hired lawyers."

Touro is still able to help residents at no cost in reopening their Sandy claim, so that the residents will not need to hire an attorney. They can be reached at 631-761-7198. Those who would like to reopen their claim need to contact FEMA by October 15th. Information to help with that can be found here; more about HUD not asking for grant monies back can be read in Newsday or Crain’s 

BOOST and StartUp NY to Bring New Businesses to Suffolk County

Vision Long Island joined the Suffolk IDA this week in Huntington for their 3rd Annual Start-Up Connect event which focused on connecting entrepreneurs and start-up business owners with investors, government resources and the larger business community.

Start-ups learned more about programs and incentives available to those that are looking to start or expand their businesses in Suffolk County. The new BOOST program was one of the highlighted avenues, which can assist with significant reductions in fees, a potential in real estate tax reductions and sales tax savings on new equipment and materials purchases for those with projects that will not exceed $1 million.  This program is geared towards companies in Information Technology, Life and Bio Sciences, Green Technology and Energy. “The BOOT program will provide the launching pad for smaller innovation companies to grow and develop in Suffolk County,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, using Work Market’s expansion in Huntington as an example.

Several case studies of businesses that were successfully assisted were able to be examined, and information given towards programs such as Startup NY, ReCharge NY and NYS State Excelsior Program were available for those looking to do business in Suffolk. Those who were unable to attend this year’s event and would like more information can go to Suffolk IDA’s website, or call 631-853-4802

Suffolk Marathon for Veterans Draws Huge Support

About 3500 including 173 active military and veteran runners converged on Heckscher State Park in East Islip this past Sunday for the inaugural Suffolk County Marathon and half-marathon, raising over $100,000 for local veterans services. The route went mainly up Montauk Highway, going through Oakdale, Sayville, Bayport, Blue Point and Patchogue’s downtowns. The half-marathon looped back toward Heckscher in Oakdale by St. John’s University.

Participants of both the marathon and half-marathon received a medal and a ticket to the Taste of Long Island Festival, with live music, local craft breweries, food and produce, and award winning wines. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, who spearheaded the efforts to get the marathon up and running, was blown away by the support from the communities. “The Suffolk County community - home to the largest veteran population of any county in New York state - showed today that we support our troops and veterans.” Bellone has lost over sixty pounds since he began running, completing his first NY City marathon November of last year while raising over $10,000 for veterans. Some Suffolk County Legislators participated as well, forming a “relay” through the south shore downtowns in the half-marathon.

The county will be conducting an “after-action review” in the next few weeks to evaluate ways to better improve any traffic issues for next year. Some churchgoers were concerned with the impact due to road closures. North/south crossings over Montauk were available in several locations along the route and were able to cross in intervals when runners were clear. You can check out the winning times here,  coverage and photos of the event from the Patch, Newsday and News 12, as well as the course maps and more information about the event on the Suffolk Marathon website. Congratulations to all who participated!

NYS EDC and the LI REDC Recmmend 27 Projects for Economic Development Funding

Governor Cuomo announced $16.7 million in funding for 25 projects statewide this week, including over $1.1 million for Long Island for two projects, amounting to 6.6% of the awarded amount for this round. The same day, the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council released their recommendations for 28 projects for the region out of 254 submitted, with some having the support of Vision Long Island for their Smart Growth principles and local community support. LI REDC will be competing with 9 other regional councils for funding.

Among some of the proposed projects that were recommended for funding that Vision supports are:

Nassau HUB: Nassau County will design and construct infrastructure at the 77-acre Nassau HUB to support current redevelopment of the Nassau Coliseum and to attract high-tech and biotech businesses to the site and eventually lead to over 8,000 new jobs.
Suffolk County Nicolls Road Hiking Biking Trail: Suffolk County will design and engineer a Hiking and Biking trail to complement the Nicolls Road Multimodal Corridor.
Molloy Collaboratorium: Molloy will design and renovate space at a Baldwin elementary school to create The Collaboratorium, a joint project between Molloy College and Baldwin School District that will chart a path for students from high school to college to the job market.
Huntington Opportunity Resource Center workers training program: Aligning with our Opportunity Agenda goals, Saint Joseph's College will partner with the Town of Huntington to facilitate greater workforce development in the distressed community of Huntington Station.

Announced the same day as the recommendations were two projects awarded round four of funding. Those receiving funding on Long Island will be Peconic Land Trust ($1 million) to assist farmers who wish to make capital investments in their operations, giving up to 100 grants of up to $25,000 for assistance. Additionally, $112,290 will be given to MPI Consulting to subsidize cost for equipment purchases to increase productivity in their aerospace and defense industry which will help MPI retain 21 and creating two additional jobs.

The winners of the latest round of funding will be announced in late fall of this year. Since the contest rolled out in 2001, more than $326 million has been awarded to Long Island. You can see a complete list of projects that the LI REDC recommended here and see what projects were awarded a share of over $16 million in Round 4 funding here

NY and NJ Governors to Share in Cost of Gateway Tunnel

A month after saying that “it’s not my tunnel” and asking the federal government to pay a “lion’s share” to cover the expense of the Gateway Tunnel which will be owned by Amtrak and New Jersey transit, Governor Cuomo set a joint letter to President Obama with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, offering to pay half of the cost of the new rail tunnel under the Hudson River.

The Obama administration was not only pleased with the response from the two Governors, but said that it would seek out to expedite any environmental reviews to get the project moving forward. "Today the governors of New York and New Jersey have taken a big step forward: they've come to the table," U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. "We will engage with local officials immediately to initiate the work necessary to assign more reliable cost figures and eligibility for federal grants within existing programs. We will work towards the goal of an equitable split between the states and the federal government."

Senator Chuck Schumer, who called on the Governors of both states to work together to make the project a reality applauded the progress. Finally, there is light at the beginning of the tunnel! It is significant and welcome progress that New York and New Jersey have moved away from their position that there should be no state or local financing and have moved to 50%. We will work with our delegation partners and the administration to maximize any and all federal and Amtrak grants and financing to get shovels in the ground ASAP. And we will work with New York, New Jersey and the feds to create an entity that can effectively guide this effort through what is certain to be a long and complicated process.

Total project cost is estimated to be between $14 and $20 billion dollars and will aim to relieve congestion for commuters between NY and NJ. Challenges will include receiving federal funding while competing with other areas of the country, the lack of a long-term transportation bill in Congress and an extensive environmental review process. Policymakers are hopeful though. "It's going to take cooperation, creative thinking and sacrifice from all parties," said U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. "This initial proposal represents a step in the right direction."

More can be read about the latest step in moving this project ahead in Newsday

Farmingdale Downtown Festival

Farmingdale, N.Y. – Jim Faith, producer of the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue and the Port Jefferson American Music Festival, is again teaming up with the Village of Farmingdale to organize the Farmingdale Downtown Music Festival, to be held on Saturday & Sunday September 19th-20th, 2015.

Farmingdale Village is excited to announce the return of this free, end-of-summer, 2 day Music Festival. Over 25 performers including headliners and emerging artists will be performing on 3 stages throughout the weekend. The festival is free to attend, and show times as well as artists schedule and events will be announced soon.

Headliners include the band that the New York Times calls: “One of the best bands in Americal”, Grammy Nominee and Louisiana legend: Buckwheat Zydeco. Buckwheat & his band will perform on Saturday.

On Sunday, the fest is proud to present one of the most important voices in rock history, and who the Detroit News wrote: “His voice was one of the most powerful sounds to come out of the 60’s.” R&R legend, high octane, super charged: Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels.

The festival will also feature a healthy lineup of emerging artists in rock, folk, blues, country and more. An educational and fun KidZone tent and stage for the younger music lovers, as well as arts and craft vendors, a live art wall, and food & beverages will round out the fun weekend”, said Jim Faith.

Bring the family, friends and a lawn chair and come enjoy this free family music fest. The festival will be held on Main Street, from Front Street to Fulton Street.

For further information visit, farmingdalemusicfest, or call J Faith Presents at (631) 331-0808.

For vendor, performance or production information please contact Jim Faith at (631) 331-0808.

“Farmingdale Village looks forward to bringing back this great community event – our second Music Fest,” said Mayor Ralph Ekstrand

Car Free Day September 22, 2015

Car Free Day is an international event celebrated every September in which people are encouraged to get around without cars and instead ride a train, bus, bicycle, carpool, subway or walk. This year, Long Island will once again join in by celebrating its 3rd Annual Car Free Day on Tuesday, September 22, 2015.

Car Free Day gives us the opportunity to consider the negative impact of single occupancy vehicles. Using cars less by using alternative modes such as transit, carpooling, bicycles, walking and telecommuting helps reduce traffic, conserve energy, reduce harmful emissions, reduce parking problems and save money!

To participate in this event, all you have to do is pledge to be car free or car-lite on September 22, 2015 by filling out the pledge form. It’s that simple! Once you pledge you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win great prizes! Already car free? That’s great and since you’re doing the right thing, you will also get the same chance to win prizes when you fill out the pledge form.

Car Fee Day is an event celebrated in over 1500 cities in 40 countries around the world. It’s celebrated in different ways but with the common goal of taking cars off the road. The benefit to society is a day with less traffic congestion, a greener environment and reduced energy use. Vision Long Island is again a cosponsor of the event. We encourage Long Islanders to participate.

Help us make the 3rd annual Car Free Day LI a great success – pledge today

Long Island Economic Development Conference

On Thursday, September 24th, Grow your business with the largest economic development conference on Long Island.

In One Day, Take Advantage of Networking With Some of New York State's Largest Buyers from Government Agencies and Major Corporations... Including SUNY Campuses & Hospitals, Nassau and Suffolk County's Buying Departments and Their Prime Vendors Looking To Provide Supplier Diversity Opportunities.

We expect approximately 1,000 in attendance and 150 exhibitors. Don't miss this incredible opportunity. Click below to get started.

We proudly welcome both County Executives as a major part of this phenomenal event.

They will join our list of speakers, discussing business growth opportunities throughout New York State and Long Island Region. Don't Miss this opportunity!

September 24, 2015 8am-5pm at the Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury, NY.

To register to attend or exhibit at the event, visit here.

Smart Growth Saturday Downtown Tours!

Fresh off of last spring’s events, Vision Long Island invites you to join us in local downtowns for the fourth Smart Growth Saturday! Visit real places with projects underway and well managed Main Streets, showing the progress of downtown renewal across Long Island. We have chosen these communities for this event and we recognize that there are many other downtowns across Long Island doing great work and we look forward to future tours.

Tours will gather at 11 am for an initial presentation and will leave before 11:30. Tours are free, but RSVPs are required as space is limited. RSVP to 631-261-0242,, or online here.

Valley Stream- Meet at the Chase Bank (235 Rockaway Avenue) at 11 am. Tour will be led by Mayor Ed Fare. Tour a revitalized Rockaway Avenue, new development projects, Village Green Park, access to train station and other amenities.

Lynbrook- Meet at Lynbrook Movie Theater (321 Merrick Road) at 11 am. Tour will be led by Village Clerk John Giordano and will include: downtown including the renovated movie theater, and shops along Atlantic Avenue.

Sayville- Meet at Marc Williams Furniture Store (66 North Main Street) at 11 am. Tour will be led by the Chamber of Commerce past President Bill Etts & Town of Islip officials and will include historic Main Street, Gillette Park, the Sayville Movie Theater and Maritime Museum

Amityville- Meet at Village Hall (21 Ireland Place) at 11 am. Tour will be led by Village of Amityville officials and will include: Broadway and Park Av. shops, historic buildings, Village Triangle and Gazebo, Delano Nature Trail, LEED Certified Village Hall and the Lauder Museum

Vision will share & invites those on tours to post photos on Twitter & Instagram #SmartGrowthSaturday

New York State Homes & Community Renewal

New York State Homes & Community Renewal (HCR) will be hosting an important meeting in order to provide feedback towards fair housing choice obstacles on Thursday, October 1st from 6 to 7:30 PM at the Nassau County Legislative Chambers, 1550 Franklin Avenue, Mineola.

 HCR is currently conducting its Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) which is a report required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).    The purpose of the AI is to identify the various factors that may interfere with fair housing choices and make recommendations to overcome impediments to fair housing in the State.  The recommendations included in the AI will influence how the State sets its funding goals and priorities during the next Five-Year Consolidated Planning process .

This meeting will give you an opportunity to: learn about the obstacles to fair housing choice identified through this public engagement process; learn about preliminary recommendations to further promote fair housing; and provide your feedback on both the findings and recommendations.
If you are unable to attend, please visit to review the findings and share your comments.  For further information, please contact Jen Topa at

Dowling College Gala - October 7th

2018 is coming!  That is the year that Dowling College will celebrate its Golden Jubilee.

Leading up to this event will be several events recognizing Dowling College as a Long Island leader in higher education.  The first event will be held on Wednesday, October 7 at Oheka Castle in Huntington. The price is right and the venue is outstanding!

The reception starts at 7PM, followed by dinner at 8PM. Tickets are $50 per person or a table of ten for $500. Tickets can be purchased here.

Please contact Dr. Clyde Payne, Assistant to the President for Special projects at 631-244-3404 or at with any questions.

NYSACC to Host 2015 New York State Conference on the Environment

The New York State Association of Conservation Commissions (NYSACC) will be hosting the 2015 New York State Conference on the Environment at the Coltivare event center in Ithaca, NY on October 15th - 17th.

This annual conference’s theme will be Collaboration, featuring examples from local municipalities, colleges and environmental groups, and examine the latest environmental trends, techniques and approaches in New York State. Field trips to Ecovillage, the energy producing wastewater treatment plant and Cornell’s Lake Source Cooling project will come the day after a dinner event at a new farm to bistro restaurant.

Registration and further information for this event will be available in the next few weeks here 

2015 Celebration of Diversity

The 2015 Celebration of Diversity will be taking place on Wednesday, November 11th at 5:30PM at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Dedicated to funding diversity-related scholarships and research at the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, the annual Celebration of Suburban Diversity banquet brings together Long Islanders from across the multicultural spectrum, as well as individuals with disabilities and gay and lesbian communities. The evening is dedicated to the idea – and ideal – that we can be stronger for our differences if we come together to appreciate them.

For more information, please call (516) 463-9770

2015 Annual Smart Growth Summit-Nov. 20th

As a community, business or government leader on Long Island, we would like to invite you once again to join us at the 14th Annual Smart Growth Summit, being held on Friday, November 20th from 8am-4pm at the Melville Marriott.

Last year’s event drew nearly 1,200 civic, chambers, developers, environmentalists, design professionals, business leaders, young people and over 70 federal, state, county, town and village elected officials from Long Island and the region.

The Smart Growth movement is busy approving 10,300 units of transit oriented development, revitalization programs in over 50 Long Island downtowns, 40 traffic calming projects, new Main Street office space,  lively restaurants/bars nightlife, and countless events featuring the arts, culture and live music.  Recent increased Federal, State and County infrastructure investment in our sewers, rails, buses and roadways has also been critical to the success of the redevelopment projects.
The Summit is the event where we share ideas, network on projects, financing, regulations and spotlight successes while managing roadblocks.

The 14th Annual Smart Growth Summit will feature networking, a trade show, nearly 20 workshops, a youth summit and plenary sessions on regional and local issues facing mixed-use development. Some sessions may include: downtown revitalization, wastewater infrastructure, financing Smart Growth, transit-oriented development, clean energy, youth leadership, regional projects, fair housing/segregation, off Island case examples, solid waste and many others to be announced in the coming weeks based on input from the broader movement.

Our goal is to once again have over 1,200 leaders working together. So here is where we need your help: please plan to join us and consider sponsoring the event.  

For sponsorship and registration information click here (limited scholarships are available for community & youth leadership). If you have any questions, please call us at 631-261-0242.

If you are one of the thousands of Long Island leaders who have joined us in the past, please do so again. If you are new to the event and the Smart Growth movement, please consider partnering with us this year. Either way, we need your leadership, presence and voice to make great places a reality on Long Island.

Help Wanted

Coastal Program Grants now Accepting Applications

The Coastal Program, a grant opportunity from the US Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Services, is accepting applications for grants up to $500,000. This grant is open to all who fit the criteria.

The Coastal Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands in order to identify geographic focus areas and develop habitat conservation priorities within these focus areas.

There is no cost sharing or matching required for this grant. Interested parties can click here for the full program description and apply. The current closing date for this opportunity is September 30th, 2015.

Further information and concerns should be directed to:
Michael Murray
(703) 358-2031 

2015 NYS HOME Local Program

The Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC) Office of Community Renewal (OCR) announces the availability and requests proposals for approximately $16.5 million of Federal Fiscal Year 2014 and 2015 NYS HOME Local Program funds, set aside for use by Local Program Administrators (LPAs). 

The NYS Home Local Program is a federally funded program administered by the HTFC OCR. The program is designed to fund a variety of residential housing activities to expand the supply of decent, safe, and affordable housing throughout the State of New York. Applications will be accepted for residential housing activities in the following categories: Homeowner Rehab, Homebuyer, Homeowner/Homebuyer Rental Rehab and Tenant based Rental Assistance. 

Applications are due by 4:00pm, Friday, October 16, 2015.  The Request for Proposals (RFP) and all related documents are available on the HCR website at:  Please check the website for updates and/or corrections regarding this RFP.  We welcome your applications to assist low and moderate income New Yorkers to have an affordable and sustainable housing option.

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.

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
Big Laughs in Bay Shore Comedy Night!
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
Phantogram w/ Son Little
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

cinema arts centre
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
The Producers


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
Songs in the Attic w/ guests from The Billy Joel Band


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.

Smart Growth Working Group Panel Provides LI Update

Vision was out yesterday working with the LI Smart Growth Working Group, members of the LI Lobby Coalition and others tackling funding for upcoming infrastructure projects.

The session "LI Infrastructure: Looking Forward...." featured a panel including CCE's Adrienne Esposito and NYS Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky tackling the Bay Park Ocean Outfall Pipe. U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer's office gave a review of the plethora of projects the Feds are investing in from Bay Park to Mastic with others in between. 

Nassau County Planning's Sean Sallie and Suffolk County Deputy County Exec Peter Scully outlining their County's infrastructure plans. A wide range of projects were covered by Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone and Islip Councilman Steve Flotteron proposed downtown sewer expansion. To close GPI's Denise Carter reviewed many transportation projects for the region.

Numerous municipalities sent their projects over to prepare for the meeting and one takeaway is that there are well planned, creative and community supported initiatives. The second point is that the 2% tax cap limits the ability of local municipalities to bond for key capital projects.

Lastly the group was trying to make sense of the unallocated $550 million of NYS funds dedicated to local projects. Continued dialogue with NYS Senators and the Governor's staff will continue to ensure that municipal priorities get proper consideration.

Great to see nearly 100 professionals engaged in the discussion and working towards follow up. Special thanks to Neal Lewis from Molloy for hosting the event!

Stay tuned for a full write up in next week's Smart Talk!

Smart Talk

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

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