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October 2nd - 8th, 2016

Regional Updates

Harris, Bloom, & Archer

The Melville, New York, law office of Harras Bloom & Archer LLP is known for providing sophisticated legal representation to sophisticated clients. The Long Island real estate law and litigation attorneys work with diverse clients in a wide range of real property, land use and zoning andbusiness litigation matters, and have contributed to the success of many notable projects in Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens County, Hudson Valley, New York City and the surrounding areas.

"I believe that it is Suffolk County’s obligation to provide affordable, accessible, and equitable mass transportation to all residents. The proposed bus cuts will cause real hardship to residents throughout the county. Many residents depend on the bus as a sole source of transportation to get to doctor appointments, grocery stores, and shops...I urge the County Executive to modify existing routes to strike a balance between total elimination and cost reduction." - Hon. Sarah Anker, Suffolk County Legislature

"Cutting the bus service in Suffolk county is a bad move for the community. We all know that we need to find ways to deal with the budget shortfall but not at the expense of the families who depend upon the Suffolk bus system." - John R. Durso, President Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW;
President Long Island Federation of Labor

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Testimony Given to Halt 10 Suffolk Bus Route Cuts

Vision was out this week testifying at the Suffolk County Legislature to stop the cuts to their bus system. There are 10 routes proposed to be cut on October 10th.
Nearly 200 people attended earlier hearings in opposition. Seniors, students, working people, disabled, and poor folks will be impacted in their travel to schools, workplaces, hospitals, downtowns and other institutions. This system truly connects Suffolk residents to a slew of communities and services.

While the Suffolk County budget has structural deficits, there are offsets in the current County budget that could be have been made at the meeting Wednesday to stave off these cuts. Unfortunately the legislature couldn’t reopen the budget at this meeting; only the County Executive could have. Deputy County Executive Jon Schneider was present at the meeting, and did petition the Legislature to act on a completely unrelated item. Several Legislators did say to the Deputy County Executive they felt that there were more important budgetary matters to address that day, including the bus cuts, however bus cuts were not brought up by the Executive’s office at the meeting. The good news is that there are at least 8 Suffolk Legislators who are opposed to the cuts including Kate Browning, Al Krupski, Bridget Fleming​​, Leslie Kennedy, Kevin McCaffrey​​, Sarah Smith-Anker​​, Legislator William R. Spencer​​, and Tom Muratore​​. Hopefully this group can appeal to the administration to move forward a resolution to stop the cuts to the bus riders.

While long range planning is important it shouldn't occur at the expense of critical transportation services. The irony is that in the eight downtowns that are serviced by the bus system, and whose routes are scheduled to be dropped, over 1,000 units of transit oriented development housing have been approved.

The Long Island Bus Riders’ Union is encouraging all Suffolk County residents, businesses, students, and chambers of commerce to contact County Executive Steve Bellone’s Office by October 10th to ask that the bus cuts are held off on for the rest of the year. The Office’s number is (631) 853-4000, or you can email or you can sign the petition HERE.


The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council released its 2016 update, The Strategic Economic Development Plan for Long Island this week, which updates its 5-year strategic plan. Included in this document are the Progress Report, Round Six project recommendations and a rollout of the first Downtown Revitalization Initiative awardee, the diverse Village of Westbury.

Since its inception six years ago, the LIREDC has won four “top competitor” awards, bringing home $425 million in state funds for 470 initiatives. Included in those awards were $109 million for a total of 141 transformative projects, with the awards leveraging nearly $1.8 billion in private investment. Examples of investments in innovation and industry clusters, workforce, infrastructure, and tourism were highlighted, with figures showing that Long Island’s growth was higher than the New York State average over the past five years. Over the same period, unemployment has dropped three percent to 4.2%, which is lower than the national average, although it was noted that job growth has not been uniformly distributed across all wage levels and has not kept pace with statewide rates of increase.  The rate of Long Island exports has also jumped up 21% from 2012 to 2014, much higher than the 9% throughout New York . Although tourism was up, with visitors to Long Island spending $5.3 billion in 2014 and supporting 75,000 jobs, the rate of poverty increased as it has across the state. Long Island’s poverty rate is was at 6.6% in 2014, which is less than half of the state’s rate of 15.6%.

Summaries of the first 5 rounds of projects were given, with 86% of the projects either completed at this point or on time for completion. Strategies for job creation in high-wage growth sectors- advanced manufacturing, information technology, health care, life sciences, and green technologies- has been developed, with a higher commitment in Round 3 for un/underemployed workers who do not plan on attending for year colleges. Several of Round Six’s priority projects- supporting the training of healthcare workers and aerospace engineers- respond to major labor needs and skill gaps in the growing industries. 

Infrastructure improvements were summarized for some of Long Island’s downtowns, with investments in Wyandanch, Patchogue, Riverhead, and Coram paying off. A total of 47 downtowns have at least one project moving ahead from LIREDC, with a total of 71 projects underway.   Some of the proposed priority projects for Round 6 include a new Wyandanch LIRR train station, green pedestrian connections at the Nassau Hub, a downtown Riverhead East End Market, the Babylon Village Theater renovation, a mixed-use building at Wyandanch Rising, a Bus Rapid Transit station in the Village of Patchogue, upgrades to Port Jefferson Village’s inclusive downtown play park and an urban renewal study of Upper Port Jefferson. 

You can review the entire Strategic Economic Development Plan for Long Island by clicking here

FEMA Gives $4.6 Million for Schools from Sandy

This week, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $4,600,000 in federal grant funding to the Island Park School District, the Lawrence School District, and the City of Long Beach for repairs made as a result of damage caused by Superstorm Sandy, which occurred nearly four years ago.

 The Island Park School District will receive $1,479,372.48 in federal funding for repairs to Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School, which sustained up to four feet of flooding during Sandy. The Lawrence School District will receive $1,455,083.75 for repairs to Lawrence High School, which was forced to close after Sandy due to extensive flood damage and corroded electrical wiring. The City of Long Beach will receive $1,681,928.48 for repairs to the City’s Municipal Garage.

“This federal investment will help educate our students in a safe and learning-friendly environment and that’s why I’m pleased to announce FEMA funding to help pay for Sandy-related repairs at Island Park’s Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School and Lawrence High School,” said Senator Schumer. “Moreover, federal funding to help pay for repairs to the city of Long Beach’s municipal garage will help make sure local taxpayers are not left on the hook for these much-needed expenses.”

“This funding represents the continued commitment from our federal government to support our recovery efforts and ensure that taxpayers, local governments and school districts aren’t forced to bear the costs of badly needed repairs,” said Representative Kathleen Rice. “As we approach the fourth anniversary of Sandy, I’m pleased that we helped secure these funds for the Island Park and Lawrence School Districts and the City of Long Beach, and I’ll keep working to make sure all of our communities get the resources they need to fully recover.”

You can read more about the funding given for three Long Island school districts in Newsday, and hear more about the flawed FEMA audit from a video on News 12

Village of Great Neck Plaza Rolls Out Parking App

In an ongoing effort in the downtown retail area of the Plaza to make parking easier and more user-friendly, the Village of Great Neck Plaza has recently entered into an agreement with Parkmobile, a leading technology vendor that provides parking payments using smartphones. The app can now be used in the Village's three municipal parking lots, with hopes to expand to the approximately 1,200 street meters.

"It is our hope this will be a welcomed convenience for shoppers and people visiting our community. For those who don't want to use Parkmobile's services, parking patrons will be able to continue to pay the traditional way using quarters and $1 bills," said Village Mayor Celender. With Parkmobile's mobile app, which is available free for iPhone, Android, Windows, Blackberry and Amazon users, starting a parking transaction takes just a few seconds to download and register for residents and visitors. Once registered, paying for a parking transaction through the Parkmobile app, Internet or a toll-free number takes a matter of seconds. Users can also opt-in for a text message to receive alerts and reminders 15 minutes prior to their parking session expiring. From there, users can purchase more time for their space, provided they haven't reached the maximum parking duration, of either 2-hours or 4-hours, depending on their parking spot.

Those that do not have a smartphone can also use Parkmobile's service through their automated phone system, a toll-free 1-877-727-5730, or their website at All of the options for paying for parking will be located on the Parkmobile meter stickers on Plaza multi-space meters and posted signs to be installed very soon in municipal parking lots. The Village is planning on rolling out this pilot program first in municipal parking lots, then to the street meters if this is successful.

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

Huntington Station Revitalization Receives Suffolk IDA Assistance

The Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency took steps forward last week, approving a preliminary package of tax incentives that would jumpstart a large Huntington Station redevelopment.

Renaissance Downtowns, partnering with RXR, are hoping to launch a $5.12 million project which will be the first phase of a larger downtown redevelopment initiative. The Northridge Project’s first phase would include a 22,599 square foot mixed-use building on town-owned property at the intersection of Northridge Street and New York Avenue, bringing retail, residential, and commercial space to the area. Speaking of mixed-used projects such as Northridge, IDA Executive Director Tony Catapano said, “they provide a great boost to the economy and community.  The economic opportunities a project like this can provide a community are significant, especially when you consider its proximity to mass transit and main thoroughfares.”  Renaissance Downtowns at Huntington Station, which is conglomeration of Renaissance Downtowns and RXR specifically for this project, has partnered with Huntington Township’s Economic Development Corporation, local property and business owners, and community residents, for the development Huntington Stations plans for revitalization.  Approval of those plans was unanimously approved by the Huntington Town Board in 2013, and will have a badly needed transit-oriented downtown around the busy Huntington Station Long Island Rail Road stop. The first phase calls for 16 rental apartments and 6,200 square feet of retail and commercial space on the ground floor, with an expected completion date sometime next summer.

Renaissance Downtowns at Huntington Station would receive a property tax abatement of $660,082 over 15 years with a total of $1.4 million in property tax paid over the next 15 years, $30,041 in mortgage tax exemption, and just over $200,000 in sales tax exemptions for construction materials. A community benefit agreement was signed with 25% of contracting, construction and permanent jobs going to those in Huntington Station. There will also be a fund made to support community-based programs across Huntington Station. There should be about 16 full-time jobs created from the project. “IDA assistance helps Renaissance Downtown at Huntington Station make this a viable project, while still offering the residents of Huntington Station a significant benefits package,” said Kelly Morris, Suffolk IDA deputy executive director, in a statement. “The project will prove to be another example of how lowering costs for businesses in the short term leads to increased economic activity and a more expansive tax base in the long term,” she added.

You can read more about how the project is able to move steps closer towards development in LIBN, and learn more about the project here

Study Says Building Bike Lanes Adds Longevity

According to a new economic assessment, every $1,300 that New York City investing in building bike lanes in 2015 provided benefits equivalent to one additional year of life at full health over the lifetime of all city residents.

New York City built 45.5 miles of bike lanes in 2015, with an investment of about $8 million. This increased the probability that residents would ride a bike by 9 percent, the researchers calculated. Based on a population of 8.5 million, they compared the direct and indirect costs and benefits of building those additional miles of bike lanes versus maintaining the status quo before they were built. Adding bike lanes to motor vehicle roadways reduces the risk of injury and raises the probability of ridership, which increases physical activity and decreases pollution from the vehicles riders would otherwise be using, they found.

“I definitely think there's room for expansion of bike lanes, the city spends $67,000 per QALY (quality-adjusted life year) for Medicaid and we think spending $1,300 per QALY buys you a lot more life for a lot less money," said Dr. Babak Mohit of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York, who was co-author of the study.

You can check out the abstract of the study, or purchase as full version here

Huntington Hosts Long Island Fall Festival

The largest of its kind in the Northeast, the Long Island Fall Festival has become the premiere event for family fun. Presented by the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Huntington, this event is held annually during Columbus Day weekend and attracts tens of thousands of families from all over the New York Tri-State area to the 25 acres of Heckscher Park in Huntington, NY.

This community event highlights the best Huntington has to offer – from its civic-minded businesses, cultural institutions and service organizations, to its restaurants, pubs and retailers. Truly a celebration of community spirit, this weekend event offers something for everyone. Attractions include: four stages of entertainment, a world-class carnival, hundreds of arts and craft vendors, international food courts, beer and wine tent, a farmer’s market, and numerous activities designed especially for young children.

This year’s fair will run from October 7th-10th. Admission to the public is FREE. Along with street parking, public can take a shuttle bus from the Huntington LIRR for $1 round trip. You can click here for more information, and for discounts on rides.

Long Island Business Council Hosts Candidates Forum

On Thursday, October 13th, the Long Island Business Council will be holding a Congressional Candidate’s Forum to hear solutions from our elected leaders on helping local small business. The event will take place from 8 to 10 AM at the East Farmingdale Fire House, located at 930 Conklin Street in Farmingdale. The Long Island Business Council is a group of small business leaders who are dedicated to regulatory relief, tax and utility stabilization for the average small business owner in addition to infrastructure investment towards our downtowns, taking our message to Albany and Washington as part of the Long Island Lobby Coalition and other regional initiatives.

To date, the Candidate's Forum will include Hon. Lee Zeldin, US Congressman; Anna Throne-Holst, Former Southampton Town Supervisor; Hon. Jack Martins, New York State Senator; Tom Suozzi, Former Nassau County Executive; Hon. DuWayne Gregory, Suffolk County Presiding Officer.

This meeting will include candidates running for Congress speaking on their platforms and federal policies. Breakfast will be available for attendees. Members of the Long Island Business Council can pre-register at any time, at no cost. The fee for non-members is $45.00. Please RSVP to the meeting by or by calling 1-877-811-7471.

Connection Day 2016 Brings Together Long Island’s Leaders

The Fair Media Council has announced the Connection Day 2016 event on October 21st from 7:30AM-4:30PM, designed to make Long Island’s leaders stronger, and to represent Long Island to the media while bringing the next leaders out to attend.

Conveniently located at Briarcliffe College in Bethpage, the event brings together a breakfast panel discussion on the media coverage of the upcoming Presidential Election moderated by WCBS News & Programming Director Tim Scheld, more than 15 breakout sessions to choose through throughout the day, and luncheon speaker Bill Keller, former Executive Editor of The New York Times and now Editor in Chief of The Marshall Project, which is leading the national conversation on the state of criminal justice in America. In addition, Eric's Director Eric Alexander will be moderating a panel on "Pitching the Media."

With too many highlights of the upcoming event to mention, you’re urged to visit here and take a look at the lineup and order tickets while they are available.

Hercules on the Harbor Run Benefits Stony Brook Hospital Cancer Research

The Hercules on the Harbor 10k is a challenging course with many ups and downs that covers both on and off-road terrain which highlights many of Stony Brook's landmarks, including the beautiful village green, the scenic marina and harbor, the spectacular Avalon Park & Preserve, Harmony Vineyards, the Stony Brook Duck Pond, the Grist Mill, and the charming residential community. The course offers both novice and seasoned runners memorable moments that will keep them returning year after year.

The Hercules on the Harbor 10K is a timed event as well as a USA Track and Field Sanctioned course that will have live music along the course route to encourage runners to conquer some of the more challenging inclines. It is a rain or shine race.

Proceeds from this event will support the Stony Brook Hospital Cancer Research Center. Registration will be available between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on October 23rd, the morning of the 10K race, for $45 per participant. Awards go to the top 3 Male and Female Overall runners. There will also be awards for the Top 3 Male and Female runners in each 5 year age groups (Under 14 through 85+)

You can check out more about the race here, and also see the upcoming training runs on Facebook.

28th Annual Keys for the Homeless Conference

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless’ 28th Annual Keys for the Homeless Conference, In the Trenches of Homelessness: Many Faces Hopeful Solutions, will be taking place on October 28th at Touro Law Center in Central Islip. The Keys Conference is a unique opportunity to meet and network with corporate and non-profit housing developers, funding sources, service providers, government officials, representatives from government agencies, and vendors in various fields. 

This year’s Keynote Speaker will be New York Times Best Selling author Regina Calcaterra. Over a dozen of workshops covering several of the most pressing issues facing Long Island will be taking place, with some of the workshops offering CEU credits. Several awards and scholarships will be given.

Early bird registration ends September 26th, and there are various discounts for students and sponsorships available. You can click here for a full list of workshops and awardees, and to purchase tickets.

Race2Rebuild 5k for Sandy Residents in Long Beach

Join Race2Rebuild in Long Beach, in partnership with the City of Long Beach, to mark the fourth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy and support continued recovery. Run/walk the 5K and kids run one mile on the beautifully restored Boardwalk.

Race2Rebuild brings families home after natural disasters. After the race, participants meet the family that they support, volunteer, and help rebuild their home. There are three ways to participate:

You can help fundraise for the Race2Rebuild Team Long Beach by clicking here

You can sign up as a race volunteer for the October 29th event here

You can register to race/walk for the October 29th event here

Upcoming Huntington Community Summit on Rental Housing

The Huntington Township Housing Coalition and the League of Women Voters of Huntington will be hosting a Community Summit on Rental Housing on Saturday, November 19th from 8:30AM-12PM.

Keeping Our Young People in Huntington: The Need for Affordable Rental Housing and Downtown Revitalization  will continue the Town-wide conversation on the need for affordable rental housing that began with Ruland Road and then the HTHC public education campaign, raise awareness and strategize next steps to secure Town Board support.

The Opening Plenary, Cool Downtowns Are Needed and Possible, will feature Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri as the Keynote Speaker, describing the success Patchogue’s revitalization with its emphasis on affordable housing. The Reaction Panel, moderated my Dr. Richard Koubek of the Suffolk County Welfare to Work Commission, will include Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone, Jennifer Cassidy of the HTHC, Peter Elkowitz of LIHP, Mitch Paley of LIBI, and Robert Scheiner from the Huntington Chamber of Commerce.

Three breakout sessions (Youth Flight from Huntington, Political and Decision-making Resources for Creating Affordable Rental Housing, and Density and Multifamily Housing: Coping with Sewage, Traffic and Water Conservation) will take place before the Closing Plenary.

Admission to this event, which will take place at the Cinema Arts Centre, is free. For more information or to register, please click here

Say NO Suffolk Bus Cuts

We need everybody, Suffolk residents (bus riders or not), out of Suffolk people that just care about not hurting people, businesses, civic leaders, Chambers of Commerce, Municipal leaders, to please sign and share this. If you are a government employee and fear retribution, feel free to disallow your name to be used, or sign Government Employee.

This truly affects everybody, and happy to explain in further detail. People often ask how they can help and be involved, well here you go. Those that do not sign, I will really question your intentions and values.

Please take a few minutes, consider signing, and calling Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone as well to let him know your feelings at (631) 853-4000. There is voicemail over this long weekend.

You can see a video of the rally here


2016 Transportation Alternatives Program Solicitation Announced

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

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

Down Payment Assistance Program Extended for Suffolk County

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone was joined by Legislator Kara Hahn and Community Development officials to announce the extension of the Suffolk County Down Payment Assistance Program this week. The financial program assists first time homebuyers with down payment funds in order to obtain homeownership.

“Having access to homeownership can be critical to the long-term stability of families and helps strengthen communities,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.  “Yet, for many first time homebuyers, coming up with down payment funds is an insurmountable obstacle that can deny them the chance to own a home.  This program helps to address that issue.”

Assistance will provide up to $10,000 in grant funding to eligible first time home buyers – helping an additional 35 Suffolk County families. A first-time homebuyer is defined by HUD as a person or persons who have not owned a home in the past three years.  Since the program’s inception, Suffolk County has helped more than 1,700 families with down payments on their first homes. The area, known as the consortium area, includes all of Suffolk County, with the exception of Babylon and Islip Townships.

“It is important that we have young people stay here in Suffolk County, to work here, to live and recreate,” said Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn. ” I’d like to thank the folks from Community Development to make this a reality for individuals to stay. And it’s great to see that our residents are utilizing of this program.”

Some of the eligibility requirements outside of the “first-time homebuyer” provision include having an income of 80% or less than the area median income, having at least $3000 cash at the time of their application, a documented minimum income of at least $30,000 a year, and being able to qualify for a mortgage. The maximum purchase price for a single-family home, co-op or condominium for the program is $356,000.

Applications for the program are being accepted through November 30, 2016.  Residents inside of the consortium area can download the application and view eligibility criteria and other information about the program through the Community Development tab on the County’s website,  Applications will be accepted by mail only and can also be requested from the Community Development Office at (631) 853–5705. You can also check out News 12 for media coverage regarding the announcement.

Park & Trail Partnership Program

Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), with support from Governor Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, are pleased to announce the second round of competitive grants through the NYS Park and Trail Partnership Program. This program is open to Friends organizations that support New York State parks, trails and state historic sites and is administered by PTNY, in partnership with OPRHP.

The Park and Trail Partnership Program is a $500,000 capacity-building matching grants program funded through the NYS Environmental Protection Fund. The program is designed to enhance the preservation, stewardship, interpretation, maintenance and promotion of New York State parks, trails and state historic sites; increase the sustainability, effectiveness, productivity, and volunteer and fundraising capabilities of not-for-profit organizations that promote, maintain, and support New York State parks, trails and state historic sites; and promote the tourism and economic development benefits of outdoor recreation through the growth and expansion of a connected statewide network of parks, trails and greenways.

Applications are due by December 2nd, 2016, and there is a 25% match for the grant. For more information and to apply, click here

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

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

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

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

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

Help Wanted

Young Volunteers Needed to Help Habitat Suffolk

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

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

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

Intern with Vision Long Island!

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

What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Freeport Historical Museum

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

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

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

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

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

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

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Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

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

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

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

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

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

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website.


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

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

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

Port Washington

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

Tickets and more information available here

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

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

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


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

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

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


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury

Tickets and more information available here



140 Merrick Road, Amityville
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Bay Shore

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

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

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

East Hampton

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

East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

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

Huntington Village

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

Heckscher Museum

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

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

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

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


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

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

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

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street, Patchogue

Port Jefferson

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




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

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


Suffolk Theater


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

Sag Harbor

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

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

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

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


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

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

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


Southampton Historical Museum

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

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

Creative Crosswalks Helping to Increase Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian crossings are generally pretty boring. Sure they serve a vital function, but most of them are just unimaginative strips of white lines across gray stretches of tarmac. For Bulgarian artist Christo Guelov however, crossings aren’t boring at all. Well, not when he’s finished with them anyway.

The artist is turning crossings in Madrid into colorful pieces of art as part of his project called Funnycross. Using striking colors and geometric designs, Guelov breathes life into otherwise stale public installations. “Funnycross uses zebra crossings to intervene in the urban landscape,” writes the artist. “The metaphor “A bridge between two shores” is the starting point of this artistic intervention.” It’s not just about the aesthetics though – the artist also hopes that the boldly colored crossings will improve the awareness of both drivers and pedestrians.


Smart Talk

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

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