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October 11th - 16th, 2015

Regional Updates


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“It’s very easy to talk about the uber-sized projects and lose sight of the small, municipal things that actually make a qualitative difference in people’s lives.”

- NYS Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan speaking to the Long Island Business Council members this week


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LIBC Hears Update from NYS Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan

On Wednesday, over 100 business leaders gather in attended of the Long Island Business Council meeting where NYS Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan was the guest speaker.  The Senator covered support for small businesses, the need to protect local municipal control, prioritize smaller scale infrastructure projects supported by local communities, partnerships with local governments and meet the quality of life needs of the public.

NYS Senator John Flanagan, who is currently serving as the temporary President in addition to Majority Leader, spoke on efforts to strengthen the property tax cap in order to force municipalities to make more efficient and cost effective choices.  Flanagan also spoke on how the tax cap has helped to encourage local governments to communicate and negotiate better in order to fit within the confines of the cap.  He compared this with New York’s state budget, which has been under a 2% self-imposed state spending cap for the last five years, and expressed hope that such a cap will be codified.

The Senator went into detail on spending and the budget process, laying out how sudden increases in certain sectors could squeeze out other priorities and a need to balance the budget fully within a sensible increase.  Flanagan noted that the governor is moving to lay out what priorities should be discussed now as opposed to waiting until right before the process is to be kicked off.  Stating that while he appreciates this process, Senator Flanagan also made it clear that he feels the Governor has made it more difficult to make decisions to provide funding for not-for-profits, smaller projects, and in other sensible spending areas.

Finally, Senator Flanagan discussed the recent push by the Governor to raise the minimum wage, stating that the rise may lead to lower employment and excessive strain on business owners.  He expressed the need to examine underlying issues such as savings for small business to offset wage increases and to examine the difference between a wage paid to a teenager for a summer job and an adult seeking to support his or her family.  He also tied this to the rise of technology and automated point of sale systems, making them more attractive to business owners as an alternative to paying their employees a higher wage.

"Critical to those efforts is the Senate’s leadership in reducing the tax burden our business community faces and reducing the overwhelming regulations that inhibit growth", said Senator Flanagan.

Flanagan closed out but addressing questions from the group and noting that he is committed to working with the governor on their common interests, however there is still a lot of work to be done in the area of communication and transparency. 

Vision Long Island Director Eric Island spoke on behalf of the LI Lobby Coalition which presented the Senator as well as other officials with a list of 90 projects in 52 communities from 27 municipalities that could be considered for the upcoming $550 million of NYS investment. The LI Senate delegation and the Governor's office will be making decisions on this funding soon.

Adrienne Esposito of Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment advised that among the requests for funding, the Lobby Coalition and others are calling for additional funding for the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant.  The plant which treats over 42% of Nassau County’s sewage needs funding to move its outflow pipe from the bay to the ocean.  As it stands, the pipe lets out into the bay which as significant weakened the wetlands that protect the surrounding communities.  Some funding has been allocated to the project bringing it close to fruition, however the group is advocating for an additional $150 million to allow for the projects completion.

Several other speakers addressed the group providing updates including environmental issues, state funding available for projects throughout the island, the Small Business Savings Account Legislation, progress of the newly formed Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers, cuts to Suffolk County Bus Service and new efforts by the Nassau County Fire Marshall's office.

Elected officials including NYS Senator Phil Boyle, Nassau Legislator Vincent Muscarella, and Oyster Bay Councilman Anthony D. Macagnone and Freeport Deputy Mayor Jorge Martinez joined us as well.

Number of Construction Jobs for local projects on the Rise

As the nation’s oldest suburb continues to grow and change, the construction industry (one of the highest paying on Long Island) is now at the highest employment level in the last 25 years.  There were 80,500 construction jobs in August according to the NYS Department of Labor database, which is double the total in 1992.

According to some developers, the large amount of construction jobs is attributed to a much needed boom in multifamily housing and mixed-use projects. "There is no question that the residential building industry is on the upswing," said Mitchell Pally, chief executive of the Long Island Builders Institute in Islandia. "It does not mean that we are building larger numbers of single-family homes. We're building multifamily developments, assisted-living facilities, we're building mixed-use developments." Projects such as the Ronkonkoma Hub and the revitalization of Nassau Coliseum are estimated to create over 12,000 construction jobs collectively. Recovery from Superstorm Sandy is also helping spur job growth in the region, adding 7,000 construction jobs in August as compared to the year before Sandy.

These increases are keeping pace with the national average, where the rate of unemployment for the construction industry is at a 15 year low of 5.5%.

Vision Board member, Mill Creek's Jaime Stover, is quoted on his developments in Mineola, and projects we planned and/or supported in downtown Farmingdale, Coram, Seaford, Ronkonkoma and Wyandanch are also included.

You can read more about some of the downtown projects that have brought construction jobs to Long Island here

NYC Agrees to Contribute $2.5 Billion towards MTA 5 Year Plan

Much needed funding for capital improvement projects has finally come as NY City agreed this past weekend to chip in $2.5 billion to the MTA’s $26.8 billion, 5 year plan. There was a lot of debate over the past few months as to whether or not NYC was paying its fair share towards improvements, including   the East Side Access project, a second set of tracks between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma and station upgrades on Long Island. Funding of the plan was a priority of the Long Island Lobby Coalition this year.

Mayor DeBlasio and Governor Cuomo have been debating about the amount that NYC should pay towards the plan, with Cuomo originally asking for the city to contribute $3.2 million. New York City’s contribution towards MTA funding has not increased for decades, with cuts to the contribution allowed when the city was in financial crisis. The State will be contributing $8.3 billion to the plan, with the remaining most likely being funded from bonds issued by the MTA.

Governor Cuomo was excited about the progress, saying that the “MTA Capital Plan is what we need to make the system smarter and more resilient, facilitating major upgrades, expansions and building crucial pieces of equipment so that riders are not forced to accept the failures of outdated infrastructure. This plan will mean a safer, stronger, more reliable transit system for people all over New York, and is crucial in supporting our growing economy.”

You can read more about the progress from the Wall Street Journal, Newsday and from the Governor’s press release

Garvies Poing Project Slated to Start Next Year

After five years of hearings, detailed plans and agreements, the $1 billion Garvies point project is slated to get started next year. The project includes 1100 housing units split between condos and rentals, retail space, waterfront esplanade, parks and access to a constructed ferry terminal. Vision has supported varying versions of this plan at City Council and Planning Board meetings.

The Glen Cove planning board recently gave approval with a 6-1 vote on the 56-acre project, which will include 11 story residential towers and three acres of parkland along the once-toxic Glen Cove creek. Originally a 12 story, 250 room hotel was part of the proposed project being developed by RXR Realty and Posillico, but that has since been removed. The first phase of the project will contain six buildings of 555 rental apartments and 25,000 square feet of retail space. Ten percent of the apartments will be offered as workforce housing per state law. The second phase will include 555 condos for purchase and 50,000 square feet of retail and office space. So far the second phase’s site plans have not been submitted to the planning board. Some residents of Sea Cliff opposed the plan due to the height of the buildings. The towers were chopped down to 11 stories from the previous 12 stories after residents of Sea Cliff were afraid that their views of the waterfront and sunsets would be blocked.

You can read more about the planning board approval of the first phase of the project in Newsday or LIBN

NYC Residents Create Their Own Bike Lanes

Four people decided that NYC DOT’s turnaround time to come back with a plan for bike lanes on Chrystie Street was taking too long and decided to make their own bike lanes with traffic cones and flowers last week.
The “Transformation Department” had a budget of $516 to purchase 25 cones and a dozen sunflowers to keep cars out of the bike lane- whether they were to be standing, driving or illegally parked. Riders were excited about the temporary fixes, including rider Dave Abraham who has been advocating for a safer Chrystie Street. “It’s a godsend,” Abraham said. “While we wait for DOT to figure out long-term permanent design fixes that will enhance safety, there is no reason short-term measures like this should not be pursued.”

“We may check in on the cones and flowers this week, but we also encourage anyone riding on Chrystie Street to re-position cones that may have moved since this morning’s installation,” the Transformation Dept. said. “If someone wants to buy new flowers, go for it!” Temporary bike lanes have popped up in NYC and Boston in the past to help with safety concerns while the local governments find permanent solutions.

You can read more about the grassroots project here or follow the Transformation Department’s Twitter account.

National Survey Finds Millennials Prefer Walking as Mode of Transportation

The 2015 National Community and Transportation Preference Survey found that millennials, those aged 18-34, prefer walking as a mode of transportation by 12 percentage points over driving. Millennials are also shown to prefer living in attached housing, living within walking distance of shops and restaurants, and having a short commute, and are the most likely age group to make use of public transportation according to the report.

The annual survey of 3,000 people found that Americans prefer walkable communities more so than they have in the past. Forty-eight percent of respondents reported that they prefer to live in communities containing houses with small yards but within easy walking distance of the community’s amenities, as opposed to living in communities where they need to drive to stores and services. Also, 60 percent of adults surveyed live in detached, single-family homes, 25 percent of those respondents said they would rather live in an attached home and have greater walkability, highlighting the desire for mixed-use developments and affordable living conditions that are in high demand on Long Island.

The poll also found that millennials show a stronger preference than other generations for expanding public transportation and providing transportation alternatives to driving, such as biking and walking, and increasing access to public transportation.

You can check out the study here

National Disaster Resiliency Competition Public Hearing

On June 22, 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that New York State was selected to advance to Phase 2 of the National Disaster Resiliency Competition (NDRC). As part of this second and final phase, the State has identified specific projects and programs for which it seeks funding through the competition. These projects and programs were developed in consultation with eligible counties and state agencies and includes activities in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The State’s Application, Benefit-Cost Analysis and Summary can be found here. Long Island’s public hearing for the State’s NDRC Application will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 6PM-8PM at Freeport Village Hall, 46 North Ocean Avenue, Freeport. Comments can also be submitted online by October 21st at 8PM.

NYSACC to Host 2015 New York State Conference on the Environment

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

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

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

8th Annual Educational & Energy Efficiency Trade Expo

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

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

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

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

Westbury’s Business Improvement District’s Annual Street Fair will be held on Saturday, October 24th from 10AM-5PM on Post Avenue (Rain Date Sunday, October 25+th).  Dozens of vendors and local merchants will be on hand alongside animal rescue groups. The event attracts about 10,000 attendees annually.

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

Arty Party 2015, Stars Over Freeport Honors Vision Long Island Director

Can you imagine living in a community that doesn’t have easy access to the arts, where it costs too much—or you must travel too far—to enjoy and appreciate the creations of the human spirit? For forty-one years, the Long Island Arts Council at Freeport has been committed to the idea that the power of the arts is to touch the mind and enrich the soul of the individual and community through sponsoring, advocacy, and education.

Through a wide variety of programs they support and present arts of every description to their local communities. Programs include High 5 Long Island, which provides students low-priced tickets to cultural events, and the Summer Sunset Concert Series, which offers free concerts for families on the Nautical Mile.

The Long Island Arts Council at Freeport’s Arty Party 2015, Stars Over Freeport, is our annual primary fundraising event where we honor people who make a difference in our communities, and raise funds to support our programs. This year, this gala celebration will be held on Thursday, October 29, at the Coral House in Baldwin.

They are pleased to announce the 2015 honorees…
✩ Herbert Deutsch, The Arts Recognition Tribute (ARTY) Award
✩ Alexandra Marinaccio, Artist of the Year Award
✩ Eric Alexander, Citizen of the Year Award
✩ Paul Eberst, Business Person of the Year Award
✩ Dylan Skolnick & Charlotte Sky, Alexander Schanzer Memorial Smart with Art Award

2015 Celebration of Diversity

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

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

St. John's Episcopal Church Annual Holiday Fair

St. John's Episcopal Church will be hosting thier Annual Holiday Fair on Saturday, November 7th, from 10 AM to 4 PM loated at 12 Prospect Street, Huntington, NY. Funds raised will go to support the church ministry outreach and local charities.

The event will include:
·         Multiple Vendors
·         Holiday Boutique
·         Baked Goods
·         Raffle Baskets
·         Vermont Cheese
·         White Elephant
·         Antiques
·         Hand Crafted Items
·         Professional Thrift Shop
·         And more!

For more information, contact them at 631-427-1752 or

27th Annual Keys for the Homeless

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

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

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

2015 Annual Smart Growth Summit-Nov. 20th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20th Annual Port Jefferson Charles Dickens Festival

Planning for the spectacular 20th Annual Port Jefferson Charles Dickens Festival has begun planning for the Second Annual Festival of Trees at the Port Jefferson Village Center. A magnificent display of holiday trees decorated by YOU will be on display through the month of December located on the second and third floors of the Port Jefferson Village Center.

Professional interior decorators and florists who make a living with their creative know-how, as well as civic associations, schools and those who have a knack for holiday crafting, are invited to share their expertise and enthusiasm by decorating one of the many available Festival displays. With an expected crowd of over 24,000 festival visitors as well as sharing the location of one of the only outdoor ice rinks on the North Shore, the Festival has much to offer its decorators, organizations and businesses alike in regards to exposure at this high quality, community-wide event.

Please contact Jill Russell at 631-418-6699 or to find out more about decorating a tree and becoming a Festival of Trees sponsor.

Help Wanted

NYS Releases RFP to Build Affordable Homes

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

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

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

2015 NYS HOME Local Program

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

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

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

Town of North Hempstead Business and Tourism Development Corporation Grants Available

Town of North Hempstead Business and Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) Chairwoman Judi Bosworth and Executive Director Kim Kaiman announced this week that the BTDC will be offering matching fund grant opportunities to not-for-profit organizations (including civics and chamber of commerces) and business improvement districts to beautify downtowns. 

“We want to work with our local businesses to make the downtown living and shopping experience the best it can be,” Chairwoman Bosworth said. “It is my hope that, through this program, we can beautify our commercial corridors and attract consumers to allow the businesses in our Town to thrive."  The Downtown Beautification Program will assist the Town’s chambers of commerce and civic associations with revitalization of commercial and mixed-use downtown districts, allowing matching fund grants of up to $10,000 per Council District for eligible downtown beautification projects such as tree planters and other landscaping, street furniture, trash receptacles and signage.

Eligible applicants must develop a detailed plan that must be submitted as part of the application process. The deadline is November 30th, 2015. To apply or for more details, please call (516) 869-7739 or click here

Help Wanted

Intern with Vision Long Island!

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

What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Freeport Historical Museum

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

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

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

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

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

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

glen cove
Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

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

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

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

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

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

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website.


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

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

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

Port Washington

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

Tickets and more information available here

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

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

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


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

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

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


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury

Tickets and more information available here



140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Big Laughs in Bay Shore Comedy Night!
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

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

East Hampton

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

East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

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

Huntington Village

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
Phantogram w/ Son Little
Tickets and more information available here

Heckscher Museum

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

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

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

cinema arts centre
Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
Showtimes at Islip Cinemas


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
The Producers


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

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

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

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street, Patchogue

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street,
 Port Jefferson

Tickets and more information available here




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

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


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


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

Sag Harbor

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

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

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

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


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

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

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


Southampton Historical Museum

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

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

As Suffolk County Considers Bus Cuts, Riders and Advocates Call on County and State to Boost Support for Public Transportation

Business, faith and transit advocates invite you to join bus and paratransit riders on Tuesday, October 20th to urge Suffolk Legislators to maintain county funding for Suffolk County’s buses. Two weeks prior, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced a budget proposal that would cut $10 million from the buses, an amount that has been requested of the State and has not been delivered. Suffolk County contributes over 50 percent to its transit-operating budget annually.

The proposed budget plan would cut $6 million from fixed route buses and $4 million from SCAT (Suffolk County Accessible Transportation) – this equates to an elimination of nearly 10 bus routes. After witnessing the positive impact of expanded Sunday bus service, implemented in 2014, riders and advocates will make their case about why the preservation of bus funding is fundamental for the economic development of Suffolk County. They will also call on the State to do their part by increasing their financial commitment to suburban transportation, which has remained stagnant.

Who: Long Island Jobs with Justice, Long Island Bus Riders’ Union, Vision Long Island, Tri-State Transportation Campaign

Where: Riverhead Legislative Auditorium, Evans K. Griffing Building (300 Center Drive, Riverhead)

When: Tuesday, October 20th, 1pm


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

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