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October 25th - 31st, 2015

Regional Updates

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“It is hard to believe that Super Storm Sandy happened 3 years ago. We are still in various forms of recovery on the south shore, some people are home, some home in the process of lifting, others home living in half finished homes and yet others are not home - it is heartbreaking. We continue to work to repair our community but there is still much work to do. In addition to focusing on recovery we must continue to work on resilience. We need to ensure that our communities are prepared for the future. I hope as we enter year four of recovery that we can work together to get everyone home and prepare for the future..”

- Kim Skillen of Neighbors Supporting Neighbors speaking on the 3rd anniversary of Superstorm Sandy

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3 Year Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy

This week marks the 3rd anniversary of Superstorm Sandy for Long Islanders, with many residents and businesses still recovering from the effects of the event.  Those affected continue to battle for funding for repairs and mitigation against future storms and to lower their flood insurance rates. Communities organizations also have been working nonstop to assist those in the recovery process while some recovery programs and forms of assistance are “sunsetting”.

So what has changed in the recovery process over the past year? Many homes have been reconstructed, elevated and repaired as the New York Rising program has been able to release more funds and program changes allow for more funding per award. Some homeowners have gotten tangled in additional red tape, with the NY Rising program not being able to fund some resident’s enclosed foundations, leaving large gaps in funding verses work to be completed. The buyout and acquisition program has released funding, with the State program buying out and acquiring some properties to return the land to its natural state or to allow redevelopment of the properties within the next three years. Some of the acquired homes, which were severely damaged post-Sandy have reportedly been fixed and put back onto the market without mitigation against future storms with elevation, which will cause additional problems in the future. Some people have walked away from their homes or businesses, frustrated and underfunded from the long recovery process. Others remain in limbo.

Community organizations continue to try to prepare their areas with preparedness events, disaster kit building exercises, all while leveraging dwindling donated funds and volunteer labor  to assist those that have fallen into funding gaps get back into their homes.  Seven community groups on Long Island are recognized by FEMA and NY State Department of Homeland Security as COADs (Community Organizations Active in Disaster), with more looking to embrace the concept to better prepare for future events. “We can’t take Sandy back. Through all of the destruction that was left came an amazing spirit of community, compassion and selflessness. As we look back to the events three years ago and see that there is much work left to help the area recover, it is important to also reflect on the good that has been done and the positive steps being taken to move Long Island forward to be more resilient,” said Jon Siebert of Friends of Long Island.  The Mastic-Shirley and West Babylon areas recently had Citizen Preparedness Corps trainings for residents to learn how to be more prepared in the event of disaster.

You can see how Nassau has been working on making the county’s infrastructure more resilient here, as well as some of the continuing struggles in the recovery process here.

Temporary Extension of Federal Transportation Funding

Both the US House and Senate passed yet another temporary extension of federal transportation funding this week, which will allow spending to continue until November 20th.

Lawmakers in both chambers have said the temporary patch will provide time for them to finish work on a long-sought multiyear highway funding bill. "This three-week extension will allow the House and Senate to go conference on our bipartisan long-term bill and get that signed into law before Nov. 20," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said moments before the quick vote on Wednesday. The Senate vote came the day after the House approved the temporary extension.

The Senate passed their version of a six year highway bill this summer, with the House recently passing another version of a long-term highway bill; the only problem is that both bills do not have a way to pay for funding after the first three years of the bill. Lawmakers are hesitant to increase the federal gas tax which has not had an increase from its current 18.4 cent per gallon rate since 1993. The fuel tax is a major source of the federal government’s transportation funding. 

The short-term bill also extends a Dec. 31 deadline for railroads to install an automated train navigation system, known as positive train control, to the end of 2018. The extension had previously been attached to both the Senate and House's multiyear highway bills after railroads threatened to partially shut down many of the nation's railways. “A PTC-related rail shutdown would pull $30 billion out of the economy in one quarter alone, and lead to 700,000 jobs lost in just in one month,” Rep. Bill Shuster said. “It is our responsibility to extend this deadline now and avoid hard to the economy.”

More can be read about the latest temporary extension here

LI Lobby Coalition claims Victory as Governor Signs CARE Act

Governor Cuomo signed the CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act into law this week, which will help many of New York’s 2.6 million people who provide unpaid care to family and loved ones. Vision Long Island posted an Action Alert last week, urging the Governor to sign the bill, which was passed unanimously by the Senate and Assembly, into law. The CARE Act was a part of the LI Lobby Coalition agenda.

"New York's new CARE Act will make a real difference in patient care and health outcomes," said Senate Health Committee Chair and bill sponsor Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). "Caregivers will be identified while the patient is still in the hospital, involved in the discharge plan and provided personalized instruction on post discharge care. This new law embodies the triple aim of health care: improving health, enhancing quality and reducing cost, and I congratulate all those who helped make it a reality."  The CARE Act takes effect in 180 days and will allow hospital patients to designate a family caregiver for inclusion in medical records, ensure the family caregiver is informed before the hospital patient is to be discharged, and ensure family caregivers are offered instruction and demonstrations by the hospital of health-related tasks they will be expected to provide for their loved ones at home, such as administering multiple medications and dressing wounds.

New York is the 18th state nationally to sign this sort of legislation into law. You can read more about the signing of this important bill here

Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers of Commerce Holds Inaugural Meeting

Vision Board and staff were out in support at the kickoff meeting of the Suffolk Alliance of Chambers of Commerce. The Alliance is a new collaboration from small business leaders and local communities across the County who wish to unite to bring a unified message for local businesses.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone addressed the group looking to work with downtown business districts to assist in their revitalization while protecting home rule. He also stressed the importance of keeping young professionals on Long Island in order to provide qualified professionals to frequent and work at local business. “We’re not going to create sustainable economic growth in this region if we’re a region that can’t attract and retain young people,” Bellone said.

Suffolk County Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory echoed that sentiment while providing an introduction that focused on County support for job development. Legislators that came out in support of this initial meeting included Rob Calarco, Kara Hahn. Leslie Kennedy, Tom Muratore and Steve Stern. There were nearly 100 in attendance representing the majority of small business groups in the County.

Special thanks to Brookhaven Coalition of Chambers President Barbara Ransome for early efforts at bringing the chambers together. Kudos to the Co-Chairs of the Suffolk Chambers - Gina Cafone Coletti and Bob Fonti for bringing the groups together toward a common agenda.

Vision Long Island is happy to see a local group of business people working to bring positive change to local communities in order to help drive the economic engine of Long Island. It is encouraging that so many elected officials from the county were willing to give their time and speak on a message of economic hope. Stay tuned for more updates as the Alliance beings its efforts to make change.

You can read more on this meeting at LIBN.

LIBC Discusses Minimum Wage

The Long Island Business Council recently met with New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, covering a wide range of topics, including the proposed $15 per hour minimum wage increase.  The state minimum wage is currently $8.75 and is set to increase to $9 for 2016. Under Governor Cuomo’s plan, the minimum wage would increase in annual increments, reaching $15 in New York City in 2019 and the rest of the state by 2021.

Flanagan does not oppose an increase, but does have concerns with the $15 per hour rate across the board. Business owners across the state have reservations about the proposed increase, fearing that wage increases will hurt their operations, forcing them to face three choices. “They’re either not going to hire people, they’re going to let people go or both,” Flanagan said. With the possibility of automation in certain industries, such as fast-food and super markets, some have concerns about job retention, including Garden City developer and former restaurant owner Irwin Krasnow. “The bottom line is McDonald’s and all of these places are going to fire their employees and replace them with iPads,” Krasnow said. “Then you’re going to order your own food, pay for it on your iPhone, and all of these employees that they’re trying to give more money to at a certain dollar per hour are going to lose their jobs.”

You can read more about the discussion at the recent LIBC meeting here

Kings Park Residents Come Out in Strength for Community Visioning

Kings Park residents along with the Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association came out in strength in order to participate in a downtown visioning session this past Saturday.  Over 300 residents participated in the process, which included a downtown walking tour, lots of interaction and feedback with folks on what they want to see in their downtown.

The group of residents first heard a presentation on the history of Kings Park's downtown area, which has had some struggles attracting new businesses and customers since the closing of a local psychiatric center in 1996. The goal of the visioning process was to move beyond the closing and focus instead on the downtown and what could be done to make it more attractive to current residents while also drawing in local tourists from other parts of the island. The general feeling in the room was optimism that Kings Park has the potential to meet that goal with the right steps.

After the presentation the group took a survey of amenities they would like to see in their downtown, while listing out some of the
"hopes and horrors" they have for the future of their community. It proved to be a lengthy discussion that was heavier on the hopes side, demonstating that the local populace was ready and willing for positive change in their village. This included a fair amount of focus on what exactly could be done to attract young professionals with affordable housing while maintaining the aesthetic that the residents have grown used.

As a final exercise the group was broken up into smaller working groups who came up with their own maps of where they would like to see certain improvements and amenities in the downtown. The presentations and maps all helped to shed light on the process and what exactly the local community wants in their downtown.

Vision Long Island is proud to be working with a dedicated group of individuals through the local Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association, who are working to improve their downtown. Stay tuned for more updates as the process continues to move forward.

Tour Looks for Potential Redevelopment on Main St. in Smithtown

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio recently toured Main Street in Smithtown in an attempt to identify potential locations for redevelopment and discuss the importance of sewering in an effort to begin to redevelop the downtown. 

“Wastewater infrastructure is key to attracting businesses and young people to the area to grow the economy as well as transforming Smithtown into a mixed-use, downtown community. Our shared vision for Main Street correlates with the County’s Long Island Innovation Zone plan, which is designed to connect Suffolk County’s existing and planned transit-oriented, walkable downtowns to the region’s world-class research institutions and transportation hubs. This plan focuses on attracting employers and young, high-skilled workers who have been leaving Long Island in record numbers,” said Bellone.

Downtown Smithtown has struggled over the past several years following the economic collapse of 2007. With about 30,000 vehicles passing through the downtown daily, a road narrowing project in 2012 cut pedestrian accidents down significantly (Route 25 is one of the region’s deadliest roads for pedestrians). Sewer line expansion from Kings Park to the downtown is estimated to cost around $30 to $40 million, and is key to future revitalization of the downtown.

Another meeting to discuss the future of Smithtown will be scheduled next month. You can read more here

Brookhaven Breaks Ground on New Renewable Facility

Brookhaven Town officials were on hand for the groundbreaking for a renewable energy generating facility in Manorville this week, with construction coming to completion this coming spring.  The Town’s compost facility will now host 3800 solar panels which will generate enough electricity to power 1000 homes. The clean power will be sold back to PSEG for usage on the grid.

So far, there are Town-owned sites were a Feed-In Tariff has been awarded for solar projects: the Manorville Compost Facility, Brookhaven Calabro Airport, Holtsville Ecology Site and the Brookhaven Landfill. The sites were selected after a review was conducted by PSEG Long Island, on behalf of LIPA to determine the likelihood of a successful project.  The Town will lease the sites to ACE, a solar developer, and anticipates receiving funds of approximately $4 million to $5 million over the life of the systems for these initial four locations and awarded capacity. ACE will cover the cost of all construction and maintenance and provide the power to LIPA through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the utility company.

“The Town of Brookhaven is continuing its statewide leadership on solar development. As the largest Township in the State of New York and with projects like the recently completed BP Solar at Brookhaven National Lab and other projects in the pipeline ready to be built, the Town stands to remain at the forefront in its promotion of renewable energy,” said IBEW Local 25 Business Manager Kevin Harvey. Once complete, the entire program could include up to 14 Town-owned sites with the capacity to produce enough electricity to power 8,400 homes for 24 hours a day, and the Town will receive an estimated $40 million to $50 million over the life of the Power Purchase Agreement. ACE estimates that Phase One construction at the four sites will create 150 full time direct jobs during peak construction times and average 70-80 continuous jobs, in addition to approximately 30 local support jobs.

You can learn more about the new facility here

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

Poe Festival Kicks Off

One of Long Island’s biggest Halloween parties will be taking place this weekend in Riverhead, as the Poe Fest kicks off this Friday for the annual 3 day event.  Dozens of Riverhead businesses are banding together, hosting readings of stories from Poe and other authors, trick or treating sites and more.

"It's a celebration of Halloween, but at the same time, of that very famous mystery writer, Edgar Allan Poe," says Raymond Pickersgill, president of the Riverhead Business Improvement District. A flash mob performance of Michael Jackson's Halloween classic, "Thriller," will return with three local ballet troupes leading the way down Main Street. There will be a kid-friendly “Poe’s Little Monster Party”, events at the Long Island Aquarium, and readings and plays at the Vail-Leavitt Theatre.

For information or to volunteer, you can call 631-654-1888 or email the organizers.  Event details can be found here, as well as on the Poe Fest Facebook page

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.

Blue Ribbon Friday in Huntington

To many the Friday after Thanksgiving, or Black Friday, is the official kickoff to the holiday season. But in Huntington, the day has been dubbed “Blue Friday,” thanks to the Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society and its Huntington Harbor Parade of Lights, an annual boat parade that draws thousands of landlubbers to the shores of Huntington Harbor.

The Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society will be presenting the 5th annual Parade of Lights on Friday, November 27th at 6PM. Boat owners can participate for a fee which helps the Preservation Society. Those without boats can watch the parade while visiting the harbor and supporting local shops.

For more information about this event, please email Laurell Frein at

Small Business Saturday on November 28, 2015

North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board, along with the North Hempstead Business & Tourism Corporation (BTDC), are urging residents to support Small Business Saturday on November 28, 2015, as part of a national effort to drive consumers to shop at local independently owned businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. For the second straight year, the Town is a proud sponsor of Small Business Saturday, a joint partnership between Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and the Small Business Saturday Coalition. 

“Downtowns are the lifeblood of our local economy, and it is our responsibility to help them flourish,” said Supervisor Bosworth. “We must continue to work to grow our downtowns because when our downtown corridors succeed, so do our towns and villages. I urge everyone to support Small Business Saturday.”

“’Buy Local’ is great to say, but does it really mean anything? The answer is YES - It means everything,” BTDC Executive Director Kim Kaiman stated. “Businesses play an important role within North Hempstead and supporting them can make or break a business’s chances of survival here in our town. Remember to not only support your local businesses on Small Business Saturday, but any time you think of making a purchase.”

In 2014, 456 city and town officials joined together to support Small Business Saturday, and the Town of North Hempstead will once again be of those municipalities. An estimated $14.3 billion was spent nationwide at small businesses on 2014’s Small Business Saturday.

For more information on Small Business Saturday log on to: 

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.

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

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Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

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

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

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

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

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

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website.


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

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

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

Port Washington

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

Tickets and more information available here

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

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

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


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

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

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


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury

Tickets and more information available here



140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

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

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

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

East Hampton

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

East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

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

Huntington Village

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

Heckscher Museum

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

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

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

cinema arts centre
Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
Showtimes at Islip Cinemas


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


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

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

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

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street, Patchogue

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street,
 Port Jefferson

Tickets and more information available here




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

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


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


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

Sag Harbor

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

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

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

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


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

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

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


Southampton Historical Museum

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

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

Vision Long Island Wishes You a Safe and Happy Halloween!

And while you're at, check out The Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns at Old Westbury Gardens (71 Old Westbury Rd.) in Old Westbury. The exhibit features more than 5,000 hand-carved jack o'lanterns created by professional artists and sculptors on display throughout a 1/3-mile trail. New for 2015: Larger-than-life animals, a dragon that is more than 50-feet-long, classic cars re-imagined using gourds, your favorite TV and movie stars and more. The event takes place Oct. 2-4, 9-11, 15-18 and 22-25; $26 adults, $22 children ages 3-12, free children 2 and younger;

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

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