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Nassau County Exec Candidates Talk Green, Business

If Nassau County returned him to office, former County Executive Tom Suozzi pledged to embark on more planning for Nassau’s downtowns. His opponent, incumbent County Executive Ed Mangano, promised to continue developing the 77-acre Hub for pedestrians and businesses.

Both men fielded questions during the Nassau County Executive Candidate Forum on Sustainability, hosted by the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, at Hofstra University on Wednesday, Oct. 2. Co-sponsors included Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Operation Splash, Tri-State Transportation Campaign and Vision Long Island.

Questions came both from a four-person panel consisting of Citizens Campaign for the Environment Executive Director Adrienne Esposito, AvalonBay Senior Development Director Christopher Capece, AECOM Director Jennifer Rimmer and Sierra Club Senior New York Representative Lisa Dix, as well as a crowd in the Student Center Theater.

The Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant has been one of the hottest topics in Nassau politics this season, after nine feet of water swamped the facility during Superstorm Sandy. Knocked out of commission, raw sewage flowed into nearby homes and water.  Mangano outlined the steps the administration has taken to secure the funds towards a comprehensive upgrade including an initial $262 million investment in the plant.  He supports an ocean outflow pipe to keep treated effluent out of Reynolds Channel. Suozzi partially supported the outflow pipe depending if it is cost-effective to complete.

When asked how they would promote solar energy development, Suozzi suggested mimicking federal legislation that loans funds to residents and businesses to build solar energy systems. Mangano said they were investigating both solar and wind power. He also referenced $1 million in annual savings from converting all traffic lights to LEDs.

Mangano told the panel his administration is investigating seawalls, among other ways to prevent damage from the next major storm. He also suggested retasking an advisory panel for sewage plants with other resiliency efforts. Suozzi said that all options should be considered to bring people together and proposed putting his environmental coordinator on the county payroll again.

At the Hub, County Executive Mangano referenced the Complete Streets legislation the county passed in August as well as the current HUB plan and recently approved deal that renovates the arena with no public money.  He referenced the phase three redevelopment that will build out the sprawling parking lots.  “We’re fully engaged in making the Hub a walkable community,” Mangano said. Suozzi said the current plan is a start; he also wanted to connect the Nassau Coliseum to surrounding projects at Hofstra.

Suozzi consistently referenced the many awards he has received from CCE, the Sierra Club and the EPA as well as the need to bring people together.  He also suggested bringing back the now defunct Nassau Planning Federation to create plans with the existing local Town’s and Villages.  He claims that he does not support consolidation and elimination of smaller levels of government as he did when he was in office. 

Mangano advocated using existing unused office buildings towards multifamily residential development .  He referenced 1,000 units of housing that were converted in four projects in Nassau’s downtowns during his tenure.  The challenger said Smart Growth is the key to developing business in Nassau County. The commercial tax burden is higher in Nassau than Suffolk, he added, and increasing density is the only way to expand the tax base and attract new business.

More Exercise In Smart Growth Neighborhoods?

A recent study conducted by the American Journal of Preventative Medicine may provide proof that Smart Growth communities lead to more exercise.

Released earlier this month, the study suggests that children living in these neighborhoods are more likely to exercise around home than children in traditional communities. Scientists examined 147 children aged 8-14 in a Smart Growth development in California and eight nearby conventional neighborhoods in 2009-2010, with the data analyzed in 2012.

The report discovered that youths in traditional communities saw 46 percent less moderate-to-vigorous physical activity within their neighborhoods – quantified as 30-500 meters from their home – than their Smart Growth counterparts. If all of the study’s participants resided in the latter and spent six hours in their neighborhood, the numbers suggest the amount of reported activity would increase by 10 minutes.

Shorter travel distances commonly found in Smart Growth neighborhoods means residents are more likely to walk or bicycle than drive, according to the study. It also referenced fewer restrictions like cost of transportation in getting to sources of physical activity.

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Long Island is among the bottom third in access to recreational facilities that engage in physical fitness or sports, but within the top half of access to parks. In Nassau County, 54 percent live within half a mile of a park, but there are just 15.1 recreational facilities per 100,000 people. That rate drops to 13 in Suffolk County, where 37 percent of residents live near a park. Recreational facilities do not include YMCAs and intramural/amateur sports clubs, parks or public areas.

However, the study also revealed that moderate-to-vigorous physical activity both inside and outside the neighborhood tends to be very close for both community styles. The daily median value for non-home, non-school activity was 28.7 minutes in Smart Growth and 26.33 minutes in conventional. Considering the 60-minute minimum recommendation, neither group gets enough exercise. Younger children do tend to be more active than older youths.

The World Health Organization said exercise is a major problem both in North America and across the globe. In America, 58 percent of children ages 6-11 and 92 percent of youths aged 12-19 failed to reach the recommended 60 minutes. In New York State, one-third of all children are overweight or obese, Suffolk Health Department Director of Prevention Education & Training Lori Benincasa said, and more than half do not get the recommended amount of physical activity.

And yet, Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer (D-Centerport), who also maintains a private practice in Huntington village, agreed that community design plays an important role in youth exercise levels.

“It’s almost a common sense thing and I think [the study’s authors] made an attempt to quantify the affects,” Spencer said.

The legislator said that no matter where families live, parents need to instill the importance of exercise. Accessibility is important, he added, but only if residents are motivated to go.

“Forty years after we know smoking to be a deadly killer, there are people starting to smoke every day. There still has to be a buy-in,” Spencer said, confident communities with nearby facilities would eventually embrace them.

Time For Mayors To Lead The Way?

At a time when most of the federal government is inactive with politicians butting heads, political theorist Benjamin Barber is advocating for mayors to lead the way.

Barber released a speech last week arguing that city mayors, not federal politicians, are the lifeblood of democracy in America.

“The road to global democracy doesn't run through states. It runs through cities. Democracy was born in the ancient polis. I believe it can be reborn in the global cosmopolis,” he said.

The world, Barber said, remains divided into sovereign nation-states challenged at solving global issues. At the same time, the world has moved into the 21st century, a period of interdependency and communication.

Barber also said the famous venues of democracy were cities, not nation-states. He referenced the Place de la Bastille, Zuccotti Park, Tahrir Square and Tiananmen Square in Beijing. These cities, he added, are places where people live. Nation-states, Barber continued, are abstractions where residents pay taxes, vote and watch representatives rule without public input.

With nearly 78 percent of the developed world living in cities, Barber called man an “urban animal.”

“Maybe it's time for mayors to rule the world, for mayors and the citizens and the peoples they represent to engage in global governance,” he said.

The New York Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials (NYCOM) backs any effort to support mayors, although they stopped short of calling for their members to rule the world. NYCOM Executive Director Peter Baynes said local municipalities work best when state and federal officials do not interfere.

“We run the whole gambit. I would content that big or small, it comes down to the same issues of local control and local representation,” Baynes said.

NYCOM includes 64 villages in Nassau County and 32 villages in Suffolk County, as well as New York City.

Both Baynes and Barber agreed that mayors are better real-world, problem-solvers. They figure out how to get potholes fixed, upgrade sewer systems and keep mass transit running. The mayor of Jerusalem in the 1980s and 1990s, Teddy Kollek found himself besieged by religious leaders arguing about access to holy sites. After listening, he told them to stop their sermons and let him fix their sewers.

“Mayors by definition have to work in the real world. They can’t do what’s going on in Washington right now. The services provided at the lower level are felt every day,” Baynes said.

The NYCOM leader also said local municipality leaders cannot afford to work in the conceptual future like those in the state and federal governments.
 
“I think if state government, national government and larger organizations used that same focus mayors are required to utilize, I think their governments would be better off,” he said.

When 184 countries gathered in Copenhagen with the ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability a few years back, Barber said, they focused on why their sovereignty did not permit them to address climate change. But when 200 mayors also attended, they found ways to work with other mayors. Los Angeles reduced carbon emissions by cleaning up its port and Bogota introduced a transportation system that saved energy.

The answer, Barber said, is rediscovering democracy on a global level. The United Nations isn’t working, he added, but a global parliament of mayors could be the solution. The U.S. Conference of Mayors and National League of Cities already exist, Baynes added, the latter of which NYCOM is a member of.

Mangano Dishes On Coliseum, Bay Park With LI Business Council



The Nassau Coliseum, health insurance and sewers were the hot topics among Long Island business leaders gathered at The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College on Tuesday.



More than 120 attended the Long Island Business Council (LIBC) to hear Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer speak.



But it was Barbara Fonti, surprised with flowers by husband and LIBC leader Bob Fonti, who attracted attention early. Fonti gave a brief synopsis of the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – now that signups are open. Coverage, she said, actually begins Jan. 1, 2014 and individuals have plenty of time to sign up. All businesses with at least 50 employees are required to offer insurance, although many will be eligible for tax credits. Individuals who do not have insurance for more than three months in 2014 will pay up to $95 more in taxes, a figure that jumps to $695 in 2016 and more with the cost of living in future years.



Scott Martella, a representative for Governor Andrew Cuomo, later spoke on the Affordable Care Act. Trying to avoid taking sides on the controversial law, he advertised the state’s official health plan marketplace.

The Nassau Coliseum was at the top of Mangano’s list when he arrived. Recently approved by the Nassau County Legislature, the new project will provide family and sports entertainment with tenant Forest City Ratner paying rent, utility and construction costs. Bus Rapid Transit and bicycle lanes are being considered for the 77-acre Hub property, Mangano said, although funding has been a challenge for on-site structured parking. And with Nassau County used more frequently by the film industry, he said the Hub project could attract more industry businesses to Long Island.



Mangano also continued to ask the Legislature to fully fund Bay Park Sewage Plant repairs. He previously asked permission to borrow $977 million, but lawmakers could agree only on $262 million. Nine feet of water bombarded the plant during Superstorm Sandy, which Mangano said destroyed the electrical system of the already neglected plant. Obtaining parts through six states and setting up generators, the plant is running again, albeit temporarily.

In Suffolk County, Spencer said the Legislature was considering a heat and power project at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The plant would generate electricity and recapture lost heat to provide the thermal energy the labs need. That combined facility, he said, could significantly reduce energy costs.



For more coverage of the LIBC meeting, check out Newsday (subscription required).

Harbor Isle Housing Development Decision Delayed

No decision has been made about 172 possible units of housing in Island Park, but there’s been no shortage of discussion.

Hempstead’s Town Board closed the public hearing to lift restrictive covenants for AvalonBay to build the Battery at Harbor Isle & Avalon Yacht View Tuesday, but reserved decision on the $90 million proposal.

If approved, the project would convert a contaminated former oil storage and distribution site into 140 apartments and 32 condos along the water in Harbor Isle. The AvalonBay community would also include boat slips.

Community members, union representatives and others, like Vision Long Island, expressed conflicting thoughts to the Town Board. Many who live in Harbor Isle, which contains 491 single-family houses, complained that renters are transients who care little about their neighborhood.

Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander, however, said the rough economy has left many would-be homeowners renting until their finances recover or banks lower their standards for mortgages.

“These are the harsh economics we’re in right now. We want to see a range of options,” Alexander said.

Questioned by the board, he admitted the 0.6-mile walk to the Island Park LIRR station is slightly longer than preferred. But Alexander also said the project would create opportunities for the Town of Hempstead to improve Harbor Isle as a downtown, like continuing sidewalks across driveways and setting garages back.

“There’s a connectivity that can exist,” he said.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 25 also voiced their support on Tuesday. Representing 2,000 employees, the spokesman reflected on the “hard times.”

Posillico Development initially purchased the contaminated Cibro oil site in 1999. In 2008, the Town of Hempstead approved a zoning change from industrial to residential, and permitting 172 condos. The board modified the previous covenant to allow for 10 percent of the units to be rentals in 2010, but Posillico went back to Hempstead this year looking to build eight apartment buildings.

Check out this article in Newsday for more information (subscription required).

Short-Term Delays For Long-Term Improvements On 347

Drivers take note, part of Route 347 will be closed in Hauppauge.

One of three eastbound lanes on Nesconset Highway will be closed to traffic from 6:30-11 a.m. weekdays from Brooksite Drive to Route 111 until Friday, Oct. 4. Plans initially called for a closure until spring 2015, but were changed late last month.

This construction is part of a $30.5 million safety and beautification project. It’s also part of a larger $600 million project, 13-phase project to improve the 15-mile route from Islip into Port Jefferson. Route 347 handles about 70,000 vehicles daily and services the Towns of Islip, Smithtown and Brookhaven.

State contracted-crews have been paving the last few weeks to add a continuous third lane along Route 347.

When complete, the highway also include reduced speed limits, new bus shelters, solar-powered lighting, high visibility cross walks, raised planted medians, and bike and pedestrian paths separated from the road.

Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander said the project creates green growth.

“We didn’t need another suburban death trap on our roadways,” Alexander said.

Work on this phase is expected to be finished in 2015. The larger project is not expected to be complete until 2031.

Visit the DOT online and this CBS story for more information about the project.

Poet Unveiling Latest Work In Hometown Of Babylon



Long Island poet Billy Lamont is dropping his latest release this weekend, with plenty of local flavor.

Lamont will unveil “Beyond Babylon” at the historic Babylon Town Hall on Saturday, Oct. 5. The Babylon Citizens Council on the Arts has announced a special live music and performance art from 6-8 p.m. 
“Babylon is my Hometown and this CD is about raising my son Zion in Babylon,” Lamont said.

The poet has dedicated the performance to those affected Superstorm Sandy. Victims of Sandy are invited as special guests, and artwork done by residents affected Sandy will be on display.

Lamont has appeared on MTV, at the Cornerstone festival and the Lollapalooza tours.

Tickets are being sold for $5 at the door, located at 47 West Main Street in Babylon Village. For more information about the event, call the Babylon Citizens Council on the Arts at 631-586-3696. For more information about Lamont, visit him on Facebook.

Volunteers needed for Clean Up this Weekend!

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

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

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

FREEPORT:
Meetup on South Brookside Avenue
Freeport, NY 11510
Saturday at 9 a.m.
Look for the Red Shirts!
For more information, please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128

LINDENHURST:
Saturday at 9 a.m.
For location, please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128

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

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

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

SIMPLY CONTACT INFO@VISIONLONGISLAND.ORG OR CALL 631-804-9128 SO WE KNOW WHO IS SIGNING UP

Munch On Brunch For The Coltrane Home

Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana will join the Friends of the Coltrane Home in Dix Hills for a benefit this weekend.

A brunch supporting the John and Alice Coltrane Home is scheduled for Oct. 6 from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at EN Brasserie in Manhattan.

Noted philosopher Dr. Cornel West and music historian Ashley Kahn are expected to speak at the event, while the Ravi Coltrane Quartet, starring the legendary saxophonist’s son, will perform.

Tickets are being sold for $215 a piece or $2,000 for a table of six. To buy tickets, visit the event website. For more information, visit the Coltrane Home’s website.

See Glaciers On The Big Screen

Grab a seat, dig into some popcorn and enjoy the film.

The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College is screening award-winning documentary “Chasing Ice” as the latest flick in their Sustainable Living Film Series on Oct. 24.

“Chasing Ice” is the story of photographer James Balog’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. His videos compress years into seconds, capturing ancient mountains of ice disappearing.

The screening, which runs form 6-9:30 p.m., includes a vegan buffet, beverages and popcorn. Admission is $5. To RSVP or for more information, contact the Institute at (516) 323-4510.

Conference Teaches How To Help LI's Homeless

Richard LeMieux was the epitome of success. He started his own publishing business, was happily married, owned a large home and took $40,000 vacations to Greece.

But when the business failed and depression set in, LeMieux found himself on the streets. He lived in a van, his dog, Willow, the only company in his life.

LeMieux is also the author of “Breakfast at Sally’s” and will be the keynote speaker at the 25th annual Keys for the Homeless Conference on Oct. 25. Held at Touro Law School in Central Islip, the event is hosted by the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless to educate and inform.

A series of workshops are scheduled for the morning and afternoon. Topics include compassion fatigue, engaging the chronically homeless, veterans’ services, financial literacy, nutrition and homelessness, and using social media to coordinate services.

Several awards will also be presented during the conference. The Key of Excellence Award will be given to Frank Amalfitano of the United Veterans Beacon House, the Leonard I Saltzman Unsung Hero Awards will be received by dentist Raymond Mascolo and Christine Velia of Concern for Independent Living, while the Corporate Partner Awards go to Kenneth Church, Jr. of Delacour, Ferrara & Church AIA and Aaron Yowell of Nixon Peabody. Chan Kang of Walt Whitman High School and Kareema Walters of Brentwood High School will receive the Helen Martin Scholarship Awards.

For more information or to register, visit the Coalition online.

Come Celebrate Long Island’s Diversity

A non-partisan research group is inviting Long Islanders to celebrate their diversity.

National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University announced their fifth annual Celebration of Suburban Diversity is to be held on Nov. 26 at Hofstra.

The institution strives to promote the study of suburbia's problems, as well as its promise. Local, national and international issues are all examined, as the suburbs have emerged at the nexus of dynamic demographic, social, economic and environmental change in New York and throughout the world. The National Center for Suburban Studies seeks to identify, analyze and solve the problems of suburbia, especially in areas of sustainability, social equity and economic development.

John Durso, president of Long Island Federation of Labor and Local 338, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. Durso will also be honored, as will humanitarian David Huang, Jewish Community Relations Council members Arthur Katz and David Newman, cardiology expert Jennifer Mieres from the North Shore-LIJ Health System, retired physician Darrell Wayne Pone and author Gloria Nixon Pone.

Cocktails and hors d’oeurves from around the world begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. The evening’s festivities include multicultural performances and the presentation of Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s High School Diversity Essay Scholarship Award.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Ina Katz at 516-463-9939 or ina.katz@hofstra.edu. Tickets are being sold for $250 a piece, and sponsorships begin at $1,000.

Twenty Years Of The Tri-State Transportation Campaign

It’s been 20 years since the Tri-State Transportation Campaign began their mission to reduce car-dependency in the Tri-State area.

They advocate for connecting transportation with land use, focus on improving mass transit, encourage adding infrastructure for pedestrians and bicyclists, and rallying public participation in the planning process. Tri-State even presented the LIRR “Laggy” awards for three stations that cost riders the most in late and canceled trains.

But on Nov. 7, the non-profit is celebrating their 20th anniversary with an evening of wine and hors d’oeurves. Tri-State is holding a benefit at the Top of the Garden in New York City from 6-9:30 p.m.

Four lifetime Tri-State Board members will also be honored for their service to the non-profit during the event. Richard Kassel, Charles Komanoff, James J.B. Tripp and Jeffrey Zupan have all been on-board since 1993. Three New Jersey Complete Streets champions will also be celebrated.

Individual tickets to the benefit cost $150. Sponsorships are also available, the top billing runs $10,000 and includes 10 tickets to the event. To buy tickets or for more information, visit Tri-State’s website.

State Announces $1 Million Grants For Historic Properties

The New York State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is offering $13.6 million in grants to historic properties damaged by Superstorm Sandy, up to $1 million for each project.

Federal law allocated $50 million for the Historic Preservation Fund, with New York as one of 11 states receiving funding. The SHPO is offering non-matching grants for technical assistance and emergency repairs to properties listed on or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, or a contributing resource within a listed or eligible historic district.

Only hurricane-related damage is eligible for grant assistance. In addition, work may complement, but not supersede, work eligible for reimbursement by FEMA. Work must also meet the secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties and be approved by the SHPO. Under certain circumstances, eligible activities that are underway or complete may be eligible for reimbursement.

The list of eligible applicants includes: not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and state agencies, as well as and properties owned by religious institutions eligible for pre-development costs only.

In addition, the property must be located in one of the following counties: Suffolk, Nassau, Kings, Queens, Bronx, New York, Richmond, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster.

Permitted projects include: pre-development activities, including historic structure reports, condition assessments, plans and specifications and other related surveys and studies; archeological stabilization; building restoration, rehabilitation and stabilization; and restoration, rehabilitation, preservation and stabilization of a documented historic landscape.

No match is required to apply for the grant, although it is encouraged. Each project may receive no less than $10,000 for predevelopment costs and $25,000 for capital costs. The project must be completed within 18 months of being awarded a grant, which will be used to reimburse expenses.

Applications are due by Oct. 25. For program guidelines and application forms, please visit the SHPO online or call Stacey Matson-Zuvic at (845) 786-2701, ext 220.

State Offering $50,000 Grants To Small Businesses

Own a business that was impacted by Superstorm Sandy?

The state’s Small Business Storm Recovery Program is doling out funds to merchants who need assistance getting up and running again.

Grants in excess of $50,000 are available, with the first wave having already been approved.

These funds are designed to replace physical items like machinery, moveable equipment, inventory, furniture and fixtures, as well as help with the day-to-day expenses entrepreneurs need to run their businesses. In addition, business owners who already purchased these physical items can be reimbursed via these funds. In both cases, the grants would cover “uncompensated costs” above and beyond those covered by insurance proceeds, grant programs and other government resources.

Merchants should contact their local Small Business Development Center office to begin the process. The regional centers for Nassau and Suffolk Counties are located at Farmingdale State College and Stony Brook University, respectively, although there are seven offices on Long Island.

State officials have already been reaching out to business owners with applications for other grants and low-interest loans. More information about these offerings is available on the state’s website.

Funds are expected to be available in the near future for real property repair and rehabilitation. Applying for and/or receiving financial assistance from any of these grants or loans will exclude businesses from applying for this funding down the road.

Affordable Housing Grants Now Available

A partnership between New York and Connecticut is opening funding for developers to create affordable housing near public transportation.

The New York-Connecticut Sustainable Communities Consortium and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation announced they are accepting applications for grants and loans.

The program will provide $25-$75,000 to advance projects that have local support, fill a regional housing need and support the livability principles of the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities. This funding is available to both for-profit and not-for-profit developers for pre-development expenses.

The deadline to file an application is Oct. 11. Questions concerning the application will be accepted through Sept. 24 and responses will be posted by Sept. 27.

For more information or to apply, visit their website.

Advocacy Group Awarding Grants To Park Stewards

Parks & Trails New York is issuing $3,000 grants to improve parks throughout New York State.

The not-for-profit advocacy group has announced a new round of Growing the Grassroots Capacity Building Grants. This funding can be used to increase community support for park and trail planning, long-term sustainability of parks and trails, and improve their reach.

Any local or regional organizations classified as a 501(c)(3) with their primary mission of maintaining a specific New York park or trail is eligible to apply.

An informal webinar will be held on Oct. 16 and applications are due no later than Nov. 12.

For more information on these grants, contact Parks & Trails New York Director of Programs and Policy Fran Gotcsik at 518-434-1583 or online.


Vincent Polimeni
- A Friend To Smart Growth

The man behind a proposed tunnel between Long Island and Westchester, Vincent Polimeni died on Sept. 28. He was 70.

A resident of Centre Island, Polimeni was known as a major developer on Long Island. One of his most famous ideas was the 16-mile Cross Sound Link. Built under the Long Island Sound, a series of tunnels would have connected Oyster Bay to Rye. A $25 one-way fare would have significantly reduced travel time and kept New York City out of traveler’ paths.

Polimeni International also helped create the Winston apartment development in Mineola. The project created about 300 apartments within a block of the Mineola LIRR station. It also included a makeover of the neighboring 117,000-square foot office building. Poliemeni received a Smart Growth award for this project in 2008.

The developer was an original bidder on the Hub project surrounding the Nassau Coliseum. Polimeni submitted a proposal to develop the 77 acres around a town center in conjunction with the Cordish Group, the developer of the Baltimore Inner Harbor.

A businessman by trade, Polimeni showed generosity to his fellow Long Islanders. One of his philanthropic initiatives involved sending the Central Islip High School Choir to Europe for a Mozart celebration. He collected thousands at a commercial development he owned in Islandia, privately assuring that he would personally fund the difference.

He is survived by his wife, son, two daughters and brother. Funeral services were held earlier this week. Donations can be made to Autism Speaks in his honor.

Help Wanted

Intern with Vision Long Island!

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

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

What's happening in your downtown this weekend?

NASSAU

Baldwin


Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin
516-223-2323
bowtiecinemas.com

Bellmore

bellmore
Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore
516-783-7200

Freeport


Freeport Historical Museum

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

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

Garden City


The Garden City Historical Society

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

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove


Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

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

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

glen cove
Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove
516-671-6866
www.glencovetheatres.com

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
516-466-2020
bowtiecinemas.com

Hicksville


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

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

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

Long Beach


Long Beach Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

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Long Beach Cinema

179 East Park Avenue, Long Beach
516-431-2400

Manhasset

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Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset
516-627-7887
bowtiecinemas.com

Oyster Bay


Oyster Bay Historical Society

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

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

Port Washington


Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
232 Main Street, Port Washington:
No events this week.
Tickets and more information available here

Rockville Centre


Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

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

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

Roslyn

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Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn
516-756-2589
bowtiecinemas.com

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

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Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford
516-409-8700
seafordcinemas.com

SUFFOLK

Babylon


Bow Tie Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon
bowtiecinemas.com

Bay Shore


The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Barnaby Bye - Friday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor


Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

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

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

East Hampton


Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
The Met: Live in HD-Tchaikovsky's EUGENE ONEGIN - Saturday, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m..
Tickets and more information available here


East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip


Islip Art Museum

50 Irish Lane, East Islip
The museum is the leading exhibition space for contemporary art on Long Island, featuring work from international, national and emerging local artists. It is said to be the best facility of its kind outside of Manhattan. Current exhibits feature “Jam Session”, a holiday exhibit featuring paintings and sculptures influenced by music. The museum’s store features one of a kind jewelry, crafts and art work. Educational opportunists are also offered at the museum through its Cultural School of Arts.

For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402

Huntington Village


The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Friday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Heckscher Museum

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

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

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AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington
888-262-4386
amctheatres.com

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Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington
631-423-7611
cinemaartscentre.org

Islip Village

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Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
631-581-5200

Northport


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
Twelve Angry Men - Friday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Patchogue


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Joplin's Pearl Featuring Amber Ferrari - Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m.
Atlantic Wind Symphony - Sunday, Oct. 6 at 3 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.


The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Rubix Kube - Friday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, Oct. 5 at 10 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street Suite #121, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-438-0083
plazamac.org

Port Jefferson


Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
Les Miserables - Friday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 6 at 3 p.m.
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, Sept. 27 at 11 p.m.
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

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington
516-756-2589
bowtiecinemas.com

Riverhead


Suffolk Theater
116 E. Main Street, Riverhead
Long Island Italian American Comedy Night - Friday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m.
My Sinatra - Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

 


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
No events planned this week.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor


Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
The Picture Show sponsored by Peconic Landing presents Gene Kelly - Friday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m.
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


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

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Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville
631-589-0232
sayvillecinemas.com

Smithtown


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


Southampton Historical Museum

17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
The Southampton Historical Society was created to preserve the town’s history as well as history from the surrounding area. Its Rogers Mansion Museum features year round exhibits, a research center and education programs for children and adults. Current exhibits include “Shopkeepers of Southampton: Photographs by Davis Gaffga”, which gives a detailed look into historic businesses which helped shape downtown and community. Its research center allows for visitors to conduct research with a professional research assistant. Collections feature antique furnishings, a classic parlor room and dining hall and photographs of the 1938 historic hurricane.

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

West Sayville


Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

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

NASSAU

Baldwin
American Legion Hall, 2754 Grand Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Oct. 26

Elmont
Belmont Park, 2150 Hempstead Tpke.
Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Glen Cove
18 Village Square
Fridays, 9 a.m.-Noon
June 14-Nov. 22

Hewlett
Grant Park
Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov. 15

Locust Valley
115 Forest Ave.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov. 16

Long Beach
Kennedy Plaza, Park Avenue
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Through Nov. 16

New Hyde Park
1441 Jericho Tpke.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Opens on June 17

Oyster Bay
54 Audrey Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov 16

Port Washington
Town Dock
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-Noon
Through October

Rockville Centre
Sunrise Highway & Long Beach Road.
Sundays, 7 a.m.-Noon
June 2-Nov. 24

Seaford
Railroad Street, LIRR Lot @ Washington Avenue
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
Through Nov. 23

SUFFOLK

Amityville
9/11 Memorial Park, Route 110
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Opens July 6

East Hampton
American Legion Hall, 2754 Grand Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Oct. 26

Greenport
1st St Lot of United Methodist Church
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Oct. 12

Huntington
Route 25a, East of Route 110
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
June 2 - Nov. 15

Huntington Jack Abrams School, 155 Lowndes Ave.
Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Through Oct. 27

Islip
Town Hall Lot, Montauk Highway
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
Through Nov. 23

Kings Park
Main Street, across from fire department
Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Through November

Northport
Cow Harbor parking lot, Northport Village
Saturdays 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 8-Nov 23

Patchogue
7-11 Lot, 255 East Main St.
Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
July 5-Nov. 15

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

Riverhead
Town lot next to Aquarium at Peconic River
Thursdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
July 11 - Oct. 24

Sag Harbor
Breakwater Yacht Club lot, Bay & Burke streets
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Oct. 26

Sayville
Broadway & Main Street
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Stony Brook
Ward Melville Heritage Org., Main Street
Wednesdays - Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Through Oct. 31

Southampton
25 Jobs Lane
Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
May 26-Oct. 13

Westhampton Beach
85 Mill Rd., next to historical Society
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov. 16

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