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October 17th - 24th, 2015

Regional Updates

Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C. 


Founded in 1968, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek has since emerged as the preeminent Long Island law firm. For over 47 years, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek has consistently evolved and expanded to meet their clients’ changing needs. As specialized as they are diverse, they have built cornerstone groups that represent all major practice areas of law including: corporate & securities, financial services, commercial litigation, health care, real estate, employment, and trusts & estates. They service a diverse and sophisticated clientele that includes large and mid-sized corporations, privately held businesses, institutions and individuals. With more than 60 attorneys, superior knowledge of the law, polished business acumen and proven credentials, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek has earned a reputation for excellence and success.   It is this ongoing achievement that makes them an acknowledged leader among their peers and the preferred choice among business leaders.

We met some really beautiful people. They weren't looking for a hand out... But just a hand up.They were extremely grateful that we came down to show some love and understanding. It was a short trip but I think we helped get these Forgotten communities on the Map.We were able to serve BBQ to over 1200 victims and handed out about $6500.We have been in constant contact with their community leaders and have been giving daily duidance to help them further move forward.

-Tommy Asher, Island Park Business & Residential Chamber Trustee

"The collective work being done by several community groups, hundreds of volunteers and private companies helping hundreds affected inSouth Carolina, while continuing to assist Sandy affected residents, was nothing short of remarkable."

- Jon Siebert, Friends of Long Island Program Coordinator

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Mildred Little
Feb. 12, 1927 - Oct. 15, 2015

On October 15, 2015, Mildred Little passed away due to complications after a stroke. Ms. Little had been a community activitist for over 50 speaking out on a wide range of issues facing her community.

Little was known as a "go to" person by the neighborhood and was directly involved in many community organizations.  She also involved with the NAACP, the League of Women Voters and the Progressive Civic Association, as well as others. Thrughout the mid-1990s and early 2000s, she served on the zoning board of appeals.

Felt as a great loss to the community, Little's efforts will continue in those she has influenced such as North Hempstead Councilwoman Viviana Russell who was encouraged to run by Little.

“Sad to see the passing of Ms. Little who was a leader in her community in fighting environmental contamination, unsafe housing conditions and all forms of neighborhood issues. Even in the last decade she was a strong independent voice in the revitalization efforts on Prospect Ave. Her leadership left a stamp on folks well beyond New Cassel and many lives were improved by her work. She will be sadly missed", said Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander.

For more about the life of Mildred Little, visit Newsday.

Sandy Groups Continue to Help on LI and South Carolina

Community organizations throughout Long Island were as active as ever last week as the three year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy draws near. In an effort to “pay it forward” to residents of South Carolina who have just started to recover from historic flooding, two separate trucks of relief supplies made the journey down with volunteers to Georgetown, Andrews and Lake City, South Carolina, while rehabilitation of a Sandy home was underway in Lindenhurst.

A group of Island Park residents, who had sprung into action after Sandy in their own neighborhood, gathered up the cash and gift cards they had received from other parts of the county, and as many of those necessities as they could, and drove to Moore, Okla., when they heard about the devastating tornado there in May 2013. Little more than a month later, when there was devastating flooding along the Erie Canal, they did it again. Last Friday, those same good-hearted people — partnering with Island Park Kiwanis, the Island Park Business and Residential Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Long Island, Vision Long Island and Matty Smokes BBQ and Catering (and its traveling barbecue pit) — left for South Carolina to distribute those same necessities to victims of the catastrophic flooding there. They were “sent off” on their journey by Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky, Nassau Legislator Denise Ford and Mayor McGinty. “I am proud of the communities that I represent as they are finding ways to help those impacted in South Carolina. Even as we rebuild, we will help our friends who are just now facing the aftermath of the storm and flooding,” said Legislator Ford, one of many Nassau politicians that continue to help those in need post-Sandy.

East Rockaway’s truck departed Saturday, with multiple drives and donations efforts stretching across Nassau County in order to assist our neighbors to the south with relief supplies, hygiene products, food, cleaning materials and gift cards. Some of the areas had seen little if any assistance since flooding occurred in early October as the state and local governments of South Carolina scramble to restore hundreds of washed out roads and bridges. “I am so proud of both the Island Park and East Rockaway communities for paying it forward by assisting storm victims in South Carolina. In the aftermath of superstorm Sandy’s devastation, the South Shore received an outpouring of support from all over the country, including vital supplies,” said Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky. “Now, almost three years later, our communities are giving back by driving down to South Carolina with clothing, food and other items. Hurricane devastation hits close to home for many of us and I am glad that we can play a small part in alleviating some of South Carolina’s most dire needs right now.”

Lindy Manpower, in partnership with PSEG volunteers, Neighbors Supporting Neighbors Babylon, Babylon Township and Friends of Long Island packed up and ripped out a Sandy damaged home in Lindenhurst that would have otherwise fallen through the cracks last Friday and Saturday. Plans are underway to perform mold remediation to the home through a private contractor so that the groups can return and make repairs to the flooring, insulation and sheetrock to the structure, allowing the resident to reclaim some of the living space that Sandy took back three years ago. Another house in Long Beach is currently being assessed for work, as the resident needed to abandon her first floor of her home to become FEMA compliant and mitigate against future loss.

Friends of Long Island leaders will continue to assist South Carolina residents in the recovery process this week by request with a series of conference calls aimed at helping their community organize their relief efforts and know what to expect as the recovery process slowly starts to get underway for them.

You can check out some of the coverage of Long Island’s continuing efforts from Newsday, FIOS1, the Herald and Facebook

Assessing Benefits of Neighborhood Walkability to Single-Family Property Values

A study by six researchers at the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University, "Assessing Benefits of Neighborhood Walkability to Single-Family Property Values," shows an increase in property values in walkable neighborhoods.

The study of nearly 22,000 single-family home sales in Austin, Texas showed that areas with a Walk Score of over 90 showed  "a 1 percent increase in walkability yielded a $1,329 increase in property values; a 1 percent increase in sidewalk density generated a $785 increase in property values.” Those neighborhoods that were “somewhat walkable” showed property value increases as well, although considerably less as the Walk Score decreased.

The study, which can be viewed here, corresponded with similar studies that revealed that each additional point of Walk Score is associated with between $700 and $3,000 increase in home values.  This study, like many, do raise concerns over housing affordability in cities, however a decrease in transportation costs in walkable neighborhoods does offset some of the housing cost. (The cost of car ownership is approximately $9,000 annually).

You can view your neighborhood’s Walk Score here.

As Clock Winds Down, House Passes a 6 Year $325 Billion Transportation Bill

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a $325 billion, six year transportation bill on Thursday as the clock ticks towards the looming October 29th deadline to either pass a long-term highway bill or continue to pass temporary stop gates. Supporters of the measure said Thursday's committee vote is the first step toward Congress passing a long-term highway bill for the first time in 10 years.

The measure, titled the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, would spend $261 billion on highways, $55 billion on transit and approximately $9 billion on safety programs. Congress will have to find a way to pay for the last three years of funding, with gas tax increases or by taxing oversees corporate profits. The federal gasoline tax rate of 18.4 cents per gallon has not increased since 1993 when gasoline averaged just over $1 per gallon nationally. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated it will take about $100 billion, in addition to the annual gas tax revenue, to pay for a six-year transportation funding bill.

House Republicans have been pressured to pass a long-term highway bill since they rejected a similar Senate approved funding measure this past summer. The proposed bill would maintain the current level of funding with adjustments for inflation. The other alternative would be continuing the trend of short-term highway bills, which New York Senator Schumer is not fond of.  “That’s not a way to run a highway system. The increases are much too small given the needs of our infrastructure and given the needs for jobs in America.” The United States’ infrastructure is currently rated as a D+, and lags behind many other countries.

Some, including John Olivieri, National Campaign Director for 21st Century Transportation at the United States Public Interest Research Group, are skeptical of the bill, as it only provides funding for the first three years of its duration, forcing Congress to scramble come 2018 for funding sources. Currently there is a $16 billion a year gap in revenue from the highway trust fund and the expenditures towards infrastructure. The need for investment, however, is clear. “When it comes to transportation, our nation needs at least two things; more funding for critical transportation infrastructure needs, particularly with regard to public transit, and a commitment to reforming our broken transportation system, so that it provides a long-term sustainable funding mechanism. This bill, so far, does neither,” said Olivieri. “Beyond that, it is also important that we give local communities more control over transportation dollars, which is critical to meeting their specific needs. Whether it is repair of local roads, increasing the reach of transit, or making streets safer for biking and walking, it is important these needs are met.” 

More can be read about the committee’s new bill and the step towards a long-term highway bill here.

Suffolk County Transit Could See a $10 Million Cut in Upcoming Budget

Vision Long Island joined LI Bus Riders Union, Jobs with Justice, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, and Suffolk transit riders this week in Hauppauge to oppose proposed funding cuts to the Suffolk Transit system. County Executive Steve Bellone has proposed a $10 million cut to the system in the upcoming proposed budget, with $4 million of that being cut from the SCAT service which transports disabled residents. Equitable funding in for Suffolk has been a priority of the Long Island Lobby Coalition for the past few years.

Suffolk may cut up to ten fixed routes if the Legislature does not find a way to fund the $10 million gap, jeopardizing Sunday buses, the ability for riders to get to work and to spend their money locally. "This is a service that is imperative for a lot of people to get to work, to get to doctor's appointments, to get to live their lives, essentially," says Aaron Watkins Lopez, of the Long Island Bus Riders Union. At the press conference before the Public Works, Transportation & Energy Operating Budget Committee meeting where testimony was given, Legislator Krupski was open to ideas to think outside of the box to make the transit system more solvent in the future, including the introduction of smaller buses or vans on routes that have less ridership. According to Lopez, maintenance of buses is a major issue, with engine replacements for the 40 foot buses costing upwards of $100,000. There were also discussions of the possibility of another fare hike of twenty five cents; the last fare hike was in April of this year. Suffolk is facing a $50 million plus shortfall in projected sales tax revenue that may force cuts to the bus system, while hindering future sales tax revenues by not providing connectivity for residents to spend money locally in Long Island’s downtowns. "While we may not feel it the day after buses are cut, we're definitely going to feel it a year after buses are cut," Anita Halasz, executive director of Long Island Jobs With Justice. “People use the buses in order to support our local economy. And when those buses are no longer there, our local economy will not be able to thrive as much."

Suffolk continues to receive less funding from the state for the transit system in comparison to other counties.  According to the Legislature, Nassau County gets $63 million from the state, more than double the bus transit dollars Suffolk gets. They also say Suffolk Transit's ridership has risen 30 percent over the last 15 years. “Over the past decade, Suffolk County’s subsidy has increased by nearly 560 percent while state transit aid has increased by 22 percent,” Deputy County Executive Jon Schneider said.

You can read more about the potential cuts from Newsday, News 12, and Suffolk Times.

Pacthogue Village Crosswalk Gets A Personal Touch

Pedestrian safety, art and community pride all came together recently in Patchogue Village courtesy of ArtSpace resident Dave Rogers with the creation of “The Growth of Patchogue”, a compliment to an illuminated crosswalk just west of New Village at the Four Corners.

The lighted crosswalk system has finally been installed across Main Street by the library after sitting in storage for several years. Through a Patchogue Arts Council grant and competition, a Rogers was commissioned to design artwork which is burned into the roadway. The designer will be receiving a small stipend for his work, which marks the first project of this kind on Long Island. “The mayor liked the idea and PAC liked the design. No other village or town has this. And we’ll have it in lights,” he said. “A bunch of artists submitted, and they actually picked my design,” he said. “So I was lucky enough that I had the idea and they picked my design, which was a great plus for me.”

The crosswalk, which links the Patchogue Library to the south and the Patchogue Theater to the north, will hopefully not be the only one on Long Island.  “I hope other villages and towns get jealous and call me,” Rogers said. Others are in fact taking a look at the concept to apply to their municipalities, including Mastic Beach Village Mayor Maura Spery, who is intrigued by the ingenuity of the project and will be looking into the feasibility of adding it in the area.

You can read more about this project here, and can contact the artist directly for more information via email.

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

Gateway Nights in Huntington Station

Source the Station, the Town of Huntington, and the HS BID are collaborating on an event to create a downtown destination event at Gateway Plaza (1000 New York Avenue) on Friday, October 30th from 5pm-8pm. Parking for this free event will be at the New York Ave and Church Street parking lot.

There will be live music, free pumpkin painting, and Jonny Ds selling food and beverages. This Gateway Event will showcase Huntington Station as a safe, fun downtown evening destination. This will be the first such event with hopes to repeat these events more often in the spring of 2016.

You can RSVP for the event here and check out what Source the Station has been working on for Huntington Station here

Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse Webinar

The Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse will be holding a webinar on Friday, October 30th from 2PM to 3:30PM, focusing on the implementation strategies, the resulting increases in walkability and bike-friendliness, and the economic and fiscal benefits of each project.

The webinar will feature the experiences of eight U S. cities and towns in creating or increasing the walkability and bicycle-friendliness of their downtown areas. Small towns, medium sized cities and large cities will be profiled, with a 5-member panel from across the country weighing in on best practices throughout the country.

Registration for the free webinar is required, and can be completed in one minute here

2015 Celebration of Diversity

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

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

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 located 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.

Aid AARP is Urging Governor Cuomo to Sign the CARE Act,

AARP is urging New York organizations to write to Governor Cuomo in support of signing the CARE Act, which was unanimously passed by both the Assembly and the Senate, into law.  The Governor’s State of Opportunity Agenda included a call for the basic provisions of the bill. The CARE Act had been a priority of the Long Island Lobby Coalition.

This bill would assist family caregivers in being better prepared to care for their loved ones upon discharge from a hospital in several ways; allowing a hospital patient an opportunity to designate a caregiver in the patient's medical record, requiring a hospital to notify the designated caregiver when their loved one is being discharged, discussing the patient's plan of care with the designated caregiver prior to the patient's discharge, and requiring a hospital to offer to provide instructions to the designated caregiver in certain aftercare tasks prior to a patient's discharge to his or her home.

A sample letter that can be emailed to with “S.676-B (Hannon)” included in the subject line can be found here

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless Conducts Annual Winter Drive

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless conducts an annual winter drive in order to ensure the safety and needs of those that are homeless on Long Island, living on the streets.  Each year, volunteers pack “homeless kits” that include warm clothing, toiletries (travel size), and non-perishable foods.  These kits are distributed to individuals that are living on the streets both during our annual homeless count in January and also during ongoing street outreach efforts throughout the winter months.

Homeless service agencies, school districts, local community groups, local businesses and families and individuals can all help collect necessary items for those that are homeless on Long Island.

Drives are being conducted now through January 8th. If you’re interested in conducting a drive!  Contact Gabrielle Fasano at 631-464-4314 x 117 or To volunteer or inquire about the 2016 Homeless Point-In-Time Count, please contact Mike Giuffrida at 631-464-4314x 111 or


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.

Cuomo Announced $7 Million for Airport Improvement Projects

Governor Cuomo announced $7 million in funding is available for airport improvement projects across New York State this week. These grants, coming from the Governor’s Aviation Capital Grants Program, will go toward supporting airport infrastructure and economic development projects across the state.

“For many, our airports are the gateways to New York and a significant part of economic growth and job creation,” Governor Cuomo said. “This funding will help ensure that our airports remain more accessible and convenient for travelers and remain key economic drivers for years to come.”

Funding will be made available through a competitive process aimed at enhancing safety as well as the operational and economic health of the State’s commercial and general aviation airports. This investment will also leverage additional federal, state and local funding and will be used for projects that improve terminals and hangars, address safety conditions, and provide income-generating opportunities.
LaGuardia Airport is currently undergoing a modernization with increased taxiway space and expanded transportation access, with a $4 billion price tag for the first half of construction. Applications must be submitted by email no later than 8PM on November 3rd to be considered.

Applications and instructions can be found here.

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.

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