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September 27th - October 3rd, 2015

Regional Updates

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“It is still unclear what type of impact this storm will have on our region however, at this point it appears heavy rain and some winds throughout the next five days are likely. As we learned with Superstorm Sandy, it is better to be overly cautious and to have a plan in place.” - Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.


“Superstorm Sandy taught us that given our location as an island, we are vulnerable to the Atlantic Ocean and susceptible to the powerful and destructive nature of hurricanes and tropical storms such as Joaquin. It is critical that residents be prepared for it and take all warnings seriously.” - Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano

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Long Island Communities Prepare for Upcoming Storm

Long Island is getting to prepare for yet another potential storm on the heels of the third anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.  Government agencies, utilities and community organizations have spent a good portion of the week preparing for Major Hurricane Joaquin’s potential impact to Long Island.

Suffolk and Nassau County’s Offices of Emergency Management were activated mid-week in order to best prepare the areas for a large, multi-day rain event that has been occurring. This rain event may cause urban and coastal flooding across the island before Joaquin starts heading north in the Atlantic Ocean. “It is still unclear what type of impact this storm will have on our region however, at this point it appears heavy rain and some winds throughout the next five days are likely. As we learned with Superstorm Sandy, it is better to be overly cautious and to have a plan in place,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. The City of Long Beach constructed berms in the most vulnerable areas in order to protect residents and businesses still recovering from Sandy, and Governor Cuomo put the NY National Guard on standby.

“Superstorm Sandy taught us that given our location as an island, we are vulnerable to the Atlantic Ocean and susceptible to the powerful and destructive nature of hurricanes and tropical storms such as Joaquin,” said Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano in a statement. “It is critical that residents be prepared for it and take all warnings seriously.”

Local community organizations have been communicating to the public via social media and preparedness seminars in order to ensure that the public is aware of the threat and personally prepared. “Friends of LI groups will be in communication with each other to discuss what is being done on the community level to prepare and how to respond in case any relief will be needed,” said Jon Siebert, Friends of Long Island Program Consultant via social media. The community groups that continue to help residents recover from Sandy will continue to discuss current needs of the communities via conference call nightly until the event expires.

You can read more about some of the ways the area is planning in the event of a weather emergency here

Sen. Schumer Works Towards Infrastructure Funding Deal

US Senator Chuck Schumer has been discussing ways to move a major infrastructure bill forward in the Senate with Senator Rob Portman of Ohio and Senator Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, which would be the first time that a major, long-term infrastructure bill would be passed in Congress in several years.

The bipartisan agreement between Republicans and Democrats would reform the international tax code in order to spur revenue for the Federal Highway Trust Fund, which is facing a $168 billion deficit over the next 10 years.  Some areas in New York face the decision to block off and close roads due to the high cost of repair as the Highway Trust Fund generates less revenue, partially due to vehicles being more efficient as well as no increase in the tax amount. The gas tax has stayed at 18 cents per gallon since 1993.

President Obama has been supportive of Congress passing a long-term infrastructure bill. A temporary bill was signed by the President recently, but that temporary extension expires on October 29th of this year.  "We can't have bridges collapsing and potholes not being filled because Congress can't come up with an adequate plan to fund our infrastructure budget for more than three or five or six months at a time," Obama said.

You can read more about the potential in finally creating a long-term infrastructure bill and some of the ways that it might occur here

New State Tax Cap May Affect Local Capital Projects

"Under the tax cap, the best we can do is maintain the services we have," said North Hempstead Deputy Supervisor Aline Khatchadourian, who said the town is under a directive from Supervisor Judi Bosworth to have no layoffs and to stay at or under the state imposed property tax cap.  Some municipalities across Long Island are facing the same tough decisions; whether to adhere to the state mandated tax cap or to push off important infrastructure and public safety needs for their areas. In Huntington, Supervisor Frank Petrone said a plan to create a downtown parking garage is delayed, as is a plan for improving many of the town's parks. "No new initiatives," said Petrone, who had hoped to hold two referendums this year for the parking garage and improvements to public parks.

The need for flexibilities or further exemptions in order to take care of infrastructure needs was discussed at the recent Smart Growth Working group meeting. In total, local governments spent $1.2 billion on capital needs for transportation, water and sewer systems in 2012, which was down 8 percent from 2010 according to the state comptroller.  Unfortunately, according to the comptroller’s office, municipalities should spend just under $4 billion a year on capital investments. Some of the projects that have been shelved due to a lack of revenue are additions of police officers, new parking garages, parks improvements and delays in a replacement of an antiquated animal shelter. In Babylon Town, module trailers at the landfill are “run down and in poor condition,” according to Supervisor Rich Schaffer. A new building for the employees will now be delayed until 2017 due to the cap.

You can learn more about how municipalities are dealing with the tax cap here

St. Joseph's College Announces Attainable Homes Institute

The Institute for Attainable Homes, a project of the Center for Community Solutions at St. Joseph’s College, received the endorsement of County Executive Steve Bellone at a press conference to announce this new initiative on Monday, September 28th.  The institute also received a $40,000 grant from the Long Island Community Foundation.

Attainable Homes plans to address the shortage of affordable and sustainable housing throughout Long Island.  Their goal is to reverse the trend of people (young adults, families, retirees and businesses) leaving Long Island by supporting the growth of sustainable communities through the development and revitalization of homes and neighborhoods.   The group also looks to ensure that Long Island remains a welcoming destination for new residents and businesses.  We see economic development and community partnerships as integral components of any viable affordable housing plan. Jo Anne Durovich, Department Chair and Director of the new Institute for Attainable Homes noted they look forward to supporting local initiatives to make homes more attainable for all Long Islanders.

St. Joseph's College developed the Institute for Attainable Homes in partnership with the Long Island Community Foundation and intends to continue the very important work that was begun several years ago through their Affordable Housing Task force and to build on those accomplishments.  Our Institute for Attainable Homes is part of the college's Center for Community Solutions and will be the responsibility of Durovich, former Congressman Tim Bishop and their community partners.  Their goal will be to address issues regarding affordable housing, community revitalization and sustainable development throughout Long Island and to be a clearinghouse for distribution of information and data regarding these issues.

During the first year, they expect to devote much of our energy to strategic planning and setting the direction of the Institute.  In addition, the institute is planning several community events that they hope will begin to expand the regional conversation about affordable housing.

“Our goal should be to get a significant amount of people in homes or get the banks to agree to give us 50 zombie homes at attainable prices,” said Bishop. “I’m hoping we can convince them that if they sell the home for less, they’re on board for giving a local contractor a job, giving a family a place to live and work, fueling the economy and providing an area driven down by property values a leg up, so everyone wins.”

For more on this story, visit the Long Island Advance.

Without More State Aid, Suffolk Bus Might See Cuts

Suffolk County’s proposed budget includes a $10 million in cuts to the Suffolk transit system, largely due to the lack of funding from New York State, according to Gil Anderson, commissioner of county public works.

In a meeting with the Suffolk Legislator’s Public Works, Transportation and Energy Committee this week, Anderson had said that as many as 10 fixed bus routes might be cut at a time where there is a call by many to increase funding for public transportation. County Executive Steve Bellone’s budget proposes cutting funding by $6 million for fixed bus routes and $4 million towards SCAT, which provides accessible transportation for the disabled. A large part of the funding issue is Suffolk’s disproportionate amount of state funding for bus service in comparison to other counties. In 2014, Suffolk covered 50% of its $57 million budget with NY State coving 35%. Nassau, on the other hand, received over 50% of its $113 million operating budget from the state with the county paying only two percent of its overall cost.

Deputy County Executive Jon Schneider urged some legislators who did not like the idea of a cut to the transit program to find cuts elsewhere or to consider fare or property tax hikes in order to continue the level of service that the transit system currently has. "Given the fiscal realities, at some point, we need to start drawing our line," he said, noting that Suffolk has asked the state to increase funding for the past three years. For now, Anderson said that county staff will be looking into which routes currently have low ridership and the most expensive operating costs in order to cut them. The list, which is not yet available, would be sent to legislators when it is complied.

More can be read about the proposed bus cuts here.

Smart Growth Saturday Participants Tour Local Dowtowns

Fresh off of last spring’s events, Vision Long Island headed up tours in local 3 downtowns for the fourth Smart Growth Saturday. Participants visited real places with projects underway and well managed Main Streets, showing the progress of downtown renewal across Long Island. There are many other downtowns across Long Island doing great work including this round of tours in the Village of Valley Stream, Village of Amityville, and Sayville.

Vision Long Island was in Sayville as part of theSmart Growth Saturday tours. Participants were able to experience the small town Main Street feel of downtown Sayville. Chamber Past President Bill Etts led the tour highlighting some of the long time businesses, parks, community spaces and connections to the waterfront attractions.

Although there are many up and coming downtowns on Long Island, Sayville is on of Long Island’s oldest main streets.  Throughout the tour led by Chamber President Bill Etts, participants were able to get a sample of the old town feel of Sayville.  Along mainstreet, they were able to see several historic sites as well as long time businesses.  Etts pointed out how the main street businesses host several annual events as an economic driver to attract outside business. Throughout mainstreet, there is a diverse business community that essentially provides the needs of local residents including a general store, restaurants, pharmacies, cleaners, and banking services.  He specifically spoke of ways the businesses utilize having ferry access to cater to the needs of those who heading to Fire Island during the summer season. 

The tour also visited community spaces including Gillette Park and the Common Ground. After September 11th, residents were inspired to create a reflective garden dedicated to those who were lost. The Common Ground includes walkways of personalized stones, gardens, memorial benches, the Peace Labyrinth and a pavilion. It was designed as a place where people are encouraged to meet as neighbors and connect as a community.  Musical and cultural events are held at the pavilion, and workshops at Common Ground.

This historic downtown is not without its challenges.  Etts explained that while the community is happy with their 1-2 story downtown, infrastructure challenges like the lack of sewers prohibit attracting more businesses like restaurants and housing density unlike their sewered neighbors to the east in the Village of Patchogue. However, having both a train station and ferry service in close proximity to their downtown helps to make Sayville a destination and the community is working with local officials to ensure recent funding from Sen. Schumer can be applied to potential growth.

Vision Long Island toured downtown Amityville and saw many new businesses as well as new developments.  Starting at Village Hall that was recently renovated to LEED Gold standards, Mayor James Wandell welcomed the group to Amityville.  Joining us on the tour were Councilwoman Jacqueline A. Gordon of the Town of Babylon, a representative of Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre’s office, Village Clerk and President of the Amityville Chamber of Commerce, Dina Shingleton, members of the Bay Village and other Civic organization in Amityville, among others.  Village Attorney Richard Handler led the tour.  The group walked up Park Avenue towards Broadway and saw several new businesses that have opened recently including an architectural salvage and design shop called “Anchor & Co.” and a shoe and clothing store called “Flipflopogram” as well as the Amityville Mens Shop which has been in business for a hundred years.  Other new businesses on Broadway including “Amity Ales” and the “Kitchen Co-op” show an emerging food scene building upon the numerous breakfast eateries and other ethnic food shops and restaurants.

Next the group headed east on Oak Street and saw the site of a soon to be constructed multi-family apartment development.  Three dilapidated houses were demolished and the village worked with the developer to utilize the municipal parking lot next door to reduce the amount of parking provided onsite which helps to reduce the cost of the units as well as encourage residents to reduce car usage.  Further down Oak Street and past the historic cemetery, the group headed up Wellington Place to see the Wellington Park Villas.  Though a gated community, this development brings housing close to both downtown and the train station helping to support local businesses.  The development overlooks Peterkin Park which is part of a series of waterbodies that eventually head south into the canals off of South Oyster Bay.

Finally the group headed back to Broadway and south towards many of the more historic buildings within the downtown.  Passing along the way Berger Brothers, one of the two longstanding camera shops in the village and the old Amityville Theater building which has been looked at as a potential site for an ArtSpace development. Some of the programs that the local churches provide for the community were highlighted and the group was able to see the interior of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church which was built in 1888.  The tour ended at the Lauder Museum, home of the Amityville Historical Society which has one of the largest memberships on Long Island.

The Smart Growth Saturday tour in downtown Valley Stream included beautiful weather, a chance to see their "Community Fest" on Rockaway Ave. as well as a well maintained downtown business district.    Four development projects were toured including the completed Hawthorne Court, Brook Point by the Gibson train station, new office and mixed use buildings including a gym and rooftop tennis courts on Rockaway with new companies siting to be close to the train station and the downtown. 

A tremendous amount of planning and day-day management in place to really improve the Village. Kudos to Valley Stream Mayor Ed Fare, Barbara DeGrace and Vincent Ang and D&F's Peter Florey who all did a great job showing us the Village on a busy day.

Infrastructure $$ on the Horizon…….

Long Island’s New York State Senate delegation and the Governor’s office will be making some important decisions on our region’s infrastructure.  State Senators secured $400 million in this year’s budget and the Governor provided $150 million of the $5 billion in settlement funds for a total of $550 million in new money.  Not quite the “Buffalo Billion” but significant to advance projects in local communities. 

US Senator Chuck Schumer has led the way with record breaking Federal investment in sewers with over $1 billion for Bay Park and nearly $400 million in Suffolk County including the Mastic and Shirley communities. 

The good news is that the NYS Senators have informally been taking input from varying municipalities, business groups and their constituents for best ways to use these resources. 

To support job growth Nassau County Exec. Ed Mangano wants investments at the Nassau HUB, Suffolk County Exec. Steve Bellone is targeting the I-Zone transportation project from his Connect Long Island plan. 

Municipalities and the 75 member LI Lobby Coalition have been pushing for the Bay Park Outfall Pipe and a long list of sewer, parking, transportation and post-Sandy resiliency projects.  An informal survey of 27 municipalities found over 90 municipal projects ready to go in 52 communities ranging from downtown sewers, road, safety and parking improvements, post-Sandy microgrids, emergency management and waterfront upgrades. 
Select regional business leaders, builders and academia have backed investments in high tech research at local colleges among other infrastructure priorities.

Clearly the Senators and the Governor have a great deal to consider.  Here are some thoughts:

1) Make clear the criteria and the selection process so the public trusts whatever projects are prioritized and ultimately chosen. 

2) Make room for hyper local projects that leverage private investment and are ready to go.  This speaks to prioritizing sewers, parking and transportation assistance in downtowns that have plans for growth and need local infrastructure.

3) The quality of our region’s water is an environment and economic asset. The Bay Park Outfall Pipe is a regional project that has overwhelming support from the businesses and residents of Nassau’s South Shore.

4) Loosen restrictions that will help leverage State investments locally.   The NYS Tax Cap acts as a deterrent for local municipalities to invest in their infrastructure. Allow an exemption for increased investment in local capital projects. 

Due to years of public education and outreach folks actually support infrastructure projects.  Let's make the most efficient use of these resources to aid our communities and grow our local economy.

This editorial appears in the October 2nd edition of the Long Island Business News.

Westbury’s Business Improvement District’s Annual Street Fair - Postponed to October 24th

Westbury’s Business Improvement District’s Annual Street Fair will be held on Saturday, October 24th from 10AM-5PM on Post Avenue (Rain Date Sunday, October 4th).  Dozens of vendors and local merchants will be on hand alongside animal rescue groups. The event attracts about 10,000 attendees annually.

There will be an Inflatable Kiddie Carnival, live music, art from the Westbury Council for the Arts, as well as various foods and snacks in the Food Court. Those interested in becoming a vendor can call (718) 456-8822 or click here. For more information about the annual event, click here.

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.

Vision's Director Honored at LISTnet's LISA Awards on October 8th

LISA is the biggest Technology Event of the year on Long Island. This year we are honoring Long Island Technology executives, the people that run the companies and organizations that make Long Island one of the leaders in Technology.

As those that have attended LISA before know this is the Long Island Tech Community’s night to shine. You can expect to mingle with business leaders and key decision makers from some of the top technology, healthcare, universities and other companies on Long Island while enjoying the unrivaled food, drink and hospitality of the Garden City Hotel.

This year's event will include a keynote address by past LISA award winner Burton M. Goldfield, President & CEO of TriNet.

This year's winners include David Antar from A+ Technology Solutions, Anil Kapoor from SVAM International, Eugene Sayan from Softheon, Dennis Labriola from Impact, John Pellman from Mednet Technologies, John Perri from Comview, Ed Eisenstein from United Networks Associates, Luis Gonzalez from Interconnecta, Dr. Richard Hayes from Hofstra University, Dr. Hubert Keen from Farmingdale State College (SUNY), Dr. AnnMarie Scheidt from Stony Brook University, David Calone from Jove Equity Partners, Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander, and Risé Jacobs from Astoria Bank

The event will take place on October 8th from 6 to 9 pm at the Garden City Hotel. You can register to attend here.

Port-to-Port Art Exchange

The Greater Port Jefferson-Northern Brookhaven Arts Council and The Art Guild of Port Washington are joining Nassau and Suffolk Counties through Art in joint exchange exhibitions this month. Similar to the first Port-to-Port Art Exchange between Port Jefferson and Bridgeport CT in November of 2013, this event not only opens opportunities for art lovers to see work from different communities, it allows artists from these different regions to connect with each other.

Artists from GPJAC will have their works on exhibit at Elderfields, the historic manor that houses The Art Guild of Port Washington, located at 200 Port Washington Boulevard, Manhasset. Hours at Elderfields are Wednesday and Friday through Sunday 1PM – 5PM or by appointment.

TAG artists will be on display at the Port Jefferson Village Center at 101A East Broadway, Port Jefferson. Hours at PJVC are 9AM-9PM seven days a week.

Receptions, which are open to the public, will be hosted at The Art Guild of Port Washington-200 Port Washington Boulevard, Manhasset 11030 on Saturday October 10th from 3PM-5PM and at Port Jefferson Village Center- 101A East Broadway, Port Jefferson from 3PM-5PM on Sunday, October 18th.
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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 

8th Annual Educational & Energy Efficiency Trade Expo

National Grid, Con Edison and Master Plumbers Council will be holding their 8th Annual Educational & Energy Efficiency Trade Expo on Tuesday October 20th at Russo on the Bay in Howard Beach from 1:30PM to 8:30PM.

The trade show will be open for the duration of the event, with two separate workshop tracks lasting an hour and a half a piece, followed by dinner and networking. Workshop topics include the updated 2015 Energy Code in NYC, energy reduction, NYC Administrative Code updates and more. Credits are available for workshop attendance.

Tickets are only $25 per person when you register online ahead of time, or $35 at the door. For more information or to register as either an exhibitor or attendee, please click 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

27th Annual Keys for the Homeless

The 27th Annual Keys for the Homeless event will take place on Friday, November 13th from 8AM-2:30PM at Touro Law Center in East Islip. This year’s theme will be “Building Community Roots to End Youth & Family Homelessness” and is sponsored by Long Island Coalition for the Homeless and Stony Brook University’s School of Social Welfare.

By popular demand, a third workshop session has been added to give attendees more training opportunities (some workshops give CEU credits). Some of the workshops include The Military Experience: A Family Perspective, Possible Solutions to Poverty on LI, Motivational Interviewing in Working with Homeless Veterans, and Runaway and Homeless Youth: Assessing and Accessing Resources. The Key of Excellence Award, two Unsung Hero awards and Helen Martin Scholarship Awards will be handed out at the event.

Early registration is $75, and there are discounted rates for students. You can find more information on this event, as well as see sponsorship and journal information at Long Island Coalition for the Homeless’ website

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

NYS Releases RFP to Build Affordable Homes

Governor Cuomo announced that $20 million is available for the construction of new affordable housing units damaged by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee this week. The funding will come from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery out of the $4.4 billion allocation from HUD’s CDBG-DR program.

“These communities have witnessed first-hand the damage caused by extreme weather and we must ensure we build back stronger to adjust to this new normal",Governor Cuomo said. This funding will help ensure that affordable housing in these areas is safer and more resilient against whatever Mother Nature throws our way.” Funds will be administered by the non-profit Community Preservation Corporation, which will oversee the development of approximately 150 to 200 rental units. At least 51% of the new units will be made available to those who have low to moderate income, and will target small properties of up to 20 units each. Eligible projects could include the adaptive reuse of vacant buildings in low-desnity areas that may not be serviced by housing programs.

Both Nassau and Suffolk county housing developers are eligible to apply for funding. Proposals must be received by November 2nd, 2015. You can find out more about the opportunity in the Governor’s press release, or view the RFP here.

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.

Storm Preparation Messages from County Execs


The Nassau County Office of Emergency Management has outlined evacuations routes from Coastal Evacuation Areas. Residents should familiarize themselves with evacuation routes and secure their property in the event of a hurricane. To review Coastal Evacuation Areas, evacuation routes or learn additional hurricane preparedness information, please visit the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management website at

Residents should develop a Family & Friends Sheltering Plan in the event they are asked to evacuate their home. If you are advised to evacuate, here’s what to do:

-A Family & Friends Sheltering Plan is recommended for anyone who resides in Nassau County south of Sunrise Highway or north of Route 25A. You should contact a friend or family member that lives outside the zone & make arrangements as this provides the most comfortable way to weather a severe storm.
-Bring your Emergency Go-Kit
-Turn off all utilities
-Take your most reliable vehicle and avoid taking multiple vehicles that create gridlock
-Utilize evacuation routes listed at

Residents should assemble an Emergency Go-Kit, keep it by their front door in a duffel bag and include enough supplies for everyone in the household for 5 days, including:

-First aid kit. Pack a “how to” guide as well.
-Essential prescription and nonprescription items and medical information.
-Battery-powered flashlight and radio (or crank radio), extra batteries and a 12-hour glow stick. 
-A change of clothes, plus rainwear, sturdy shoes and protective gloves for everyone. 
-Personal items, eyeglasses and personal care items. 
-Important documents in a waterproof container: drivers’ licenses, wills, birth/marriage certificates, insurance policies, deed or lease papers, recent tax returns, credit card and bank account numbers, social security cards, passport and home inventory list 
-Make sure you have special items for infants, elderly persons, and pets or loved ones with special needs.


It is important to underscore again that the County is preparing for the worst but we are praying for the best. It is entirely possible that the final path of Joaquin will not impact Suffolk County. I will continue to provide updates throughout the day and weekend on this page as to what we are doing as changes in the forecast occur.

We suggest – regardless of what happens with Joaquin – that residents are always prepared during hurricane season by doing the following:

- Visit to sign up for the Code Red emergency notification system, a high-speed notification service that allows theSuffolk County Fire Rescue and Emergency Services to deliver customized messages directly to Suffolk County homes and business.

- Create a Smart911 safety profile on to give 9-1-1 operators valuable information about yourself, family members, your home, pets and even vehicles that will automatically display on the 9-1-1 call taker's screen when you make an emergency call to save valuable seconds or even minutes during an emergency.

- Build an emergency kit with one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, non-perishable food, medications, copies of important family documents, a first aid kit, a flashlight and extra batteries.

- Make a family communication plan. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to be the "family contact" in case your family is separated during a flood. Make sure everyone in your family knows the name, address, and phone number of this contact person. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.

- Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. Visit the Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services site on to find out if your home is in a storm surge zone.

- Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.

- Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.

Smart Talk

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

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