Smart Talk Jan. 15th – 21st, 2017

Check out this week’s Smart Talk with updates on Kings Park sewers, Third Track hearings, and more…

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January 15th – 21st, 2017


REGIONAL UPDATES

Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW

Local 338 was established in 1925 by a group of young men who set out to change conditions they experienced first-hand while working in the grocery stores. They received support from many organizations, including the United Hebrew Trades Council (UHTC), a Jewish Labor Federation. The union’s first office was located on the Lower East Side in Manhattan and was lent by the Teamsters.

Over the past few years, Local 338 has led many political and legislative efforts, including advocating for the passage of the Compassionate Care Act, which legalizes medical marijuana in New York State and will provide relief for those suffering from a number of debilitating and life-threatening diseases. In addition, they have been a part of campaigns centered on item pricing, wage theft protections and living wage provisions, which ensure that working people are able to provide for their families.

Today, they proudly represent over 15,000 working men and women. Their vision to better the lives of their members and all working people relies upon the unity and strength of their entire membership.

“May our focus be on our communities and our nation, that we will keep the spirit of building our neighborhoods, our communities and our country on strong pillars of interethnic respect, trust, accord and harmony,” – Dr. Isma H. Chaudhry, president of the Islamic Center of Long Island, speaking on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Funding for Kings Park Sewers Brings Revitalization Closer to Reality

Vision Long Island, the Kings Park Civic Association, Kings Park Chamber and numerous government officials were out with Suffolk County and the Town of Smithtown last week to thank New York State for their leadership and support in funding for their much anticipated sewering needs.

During the recent Long Island leg of the State of the State tour across the New York, the Governor made a most welcome pronouncement, stating that $40 million in state funds would be allocated for Kings Park and Smithtown sewer improvements. The funds will allow for a greater sewage capacity for both businesses and residents, and set the stage for future growth and revitalization. The Town of Smithtown has recently received a $200,000 grant from Suffolk County to help with sewering needs.

This funding for sewers have been a priority recommendation from local civic and business groups through the recent Visioning process for downtown Kings Park. Vision managed this program with the Kings Park Civic and Chamber, and produced a community based downtown revitalization plan that is the basis for economic growth for Main Street. The sewers have also been a key request of the 90 member Long Island Lobby Coalition for many years.

The estimated cost of the sewer system for downtown Kings Park, which is nearly 90% designed already, is $20 million, about the same estimate for Smithtown’s downtown sewers. An 8 year old engineering study conducted by Cameron Engineering had called for Kings Park and Smithtown to share one sewer system, Sewer District 6, by connecting to the already established waterwater treatment facility. However, connecting both downtowns to the existing plant, which had a $17.1 million upgrade to improve the quality of its discharge in 2009, would limit sewer capacity for each downtown.

“Under that plan Kings Park gets the short end of the stick,” said Linda Henninger, of Kings Park Civic Association and an active participant in the ongoing revitalization planning for Kings Park’s downtown. Henninger would like to see each hamlet have its own plant. “It would be better for Smithtown to have their own system so they could have more of Main Street sewered.”

“This is really the beginning of not only revitalization of our hamlet, which holds so much potential,” continued Ms. Henninger, “but we shouldn’t forget the positive impact it will have on the environment. Sewering is not only important for economic reasons, but also environmental. We’re very happy and look forward to rolling up our sleeves and continue to work hard for and with the community. The civic association is very excited about this funding. Economic revitalization of Kings Park hinges on this effort. This welcome news is the first step in revitalizing.”

“We are absolutely delighted that our community based vision plan has caught the attention of our state representatives and look forward to a brighter future in Kings Park,” said Tony Tanzi from the Kings Park Chamber of Commerce.

“New York State wastewater treatment funding coming back to Long Island to directly aid downtown growth is critical for the health and vitality of our business districts. Perseverance pays off, and it is great to see these local communities get what they have been asking for over these many years,” stated Vision’s Director Eric Alexander.

The press event included Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Town of Smithtown Supervisor Pat Vecchio, Kings Park Chamber of Commerce members, Kings Park Civic Association President Sean Lehmann, Kings Park School Superintendent Dr. Timothy Eagan, Suffolk County IDA’s Pete Zarcone, Town of Smithtown Planning Director David Flynn, Smithtown Chamber of Commerce’s Barbara Franco and Mark Mancini, Town of Smithtown Councilwoman Pat Biancaniello, Vision Co-Chair and Kings Park resident Trudy Fitzsimmons and over 100 others.

You can read more about the progress being made in bringing sewers to downtown Kings Park in Newsday and Long Island Business News

Babylon Votes to Ban New Restaurants and Bars in Village

In a puzzling and rare, if not unprecedented move, the Village of Babylon banned new restaurants and bars from opening in a recent unanimous vote by the Village board. It does need to be said that the Village has done an excellent job managing their successful downtown business district, has won a Smart Growth Award from Vision for their efforts, and has handled successful projects recovering from Sandy. It is also the right of duly elected Village officials to pass laws that have the support of their local community.

The precedence of banning restaurant uses Village wide is however troubling, as there  are many other tools that can be used to restrict their growth including regulating seat count, parking codes, traffic impact etc.. Although existing businesses may not want to see the pressure of new competition, the amount of vacancies in the Village is very low so there would not be a massive influx to the area. In addition, many downtowns that are a hub for food like Rockville Centre, Huntington, Patchogue and Farmingdale have added additional restaurants without the weakening of the existing customer base. The new restaurants add to the vitality of the area and give folks more reasons to frequent their location.

A similar moritorium was enacted in 2011 without success and several establishments have opened since that time. The Mayor did note that the one-year ban will not affect any existing bars, but has asked them to close earlier. The Village Board made the move in order to curb new restaurants and bars opening in vacant retail sports, with Mayor Ralph Scordino saying that the plan is aimed at having a balance, and will also help aide traffic congestion and parking issues in the village.

“We just want to get a better count on the volume of traffic and make sure that we have a diversified business district,” Scordino said, adding that “I think that it was becoming more of a bar, restaurant community rather than a vibrant downtown retail business district. So, we want to have diversity in our retail business area,” With this move, the mayor says that he hopes that more retail will come to the area, and that he hopes that establishments will come up with ideas to bring in more retail business.

You can check out more about this unique change in Babylon Village in FIOS1, and CBS.

Custom Roe Walkway Arch Beautifies Patchogue’s Downtown

A $19,000 grant received by the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce from Suffolk County allowed for the construction of a custom-made archway in downtown Patchogue recently, highlighting some of the multi-year work that has been undertaken to beautify the Roe Walkway.

With a total cost of about $75,000, the 23-foot high arch, which was custom made by Spirit Ironworks of Bayport, and adds to concrete work, lighting, fencing, planting beds, and murals along Patchogue’s busiest walkway. No local tax money was spent on this leg of the enhancement, as funding was provided by the county’s Downtown Revitalization Program, with Spirit Ironworks, Long Island’s sole source for blacksmith projects of the sort, undertaking the construction as they have in other projects in Patchogue such as the Lakewood Cemetery, as well as “Captain Bell’s Dream” in Bellport Village. Engineering and installation of the over 2,000 pound archway was taken care of by local personnel as well.

“This piece is beyond what I expected,” said Marian Russo, the CDA’s executive director. “Just the artistic vision that they brought to life, I’m so impressed. I’m speechless.” Russo said the original idea was to get a prefabricated archway. “But I’m glad we took the time and expended the money for a custom-made one. It’s going to be there for a very long time. Can you imagine all the pictures that are going to be taken under that arch?”

The addition is part of a $200,000 project designed to improve safety and appearance for those who visit and live in Patchogue, and matches another Village archway that was erected in 2015 on West Main Street.

You can read more about the upgrade to Patchogue Village’s downtown here.

Public Hearings Held for Third Track Project

Vision board members attended public hearings for the proposed $2 billion, 9.8 mile LIRR third track project between Floral Park and Hicksville were held this week, with more attendees in favor of the plan as compared to past public meetings.

The public meetings, held both in the afternoon and evening in three different locations, allowed an opportunity for the public to give feedback towards the project and to understand some of the changes that have been made to make the project a better fit for the community, including grade crossing eliminations, sound barriers, and no residential land needing to be acquired for the needed expansion.  The final Draft Environmental Impact Statement has been available,  with improvements and modifications to the plan for the third track defined within it. “The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) demonstrates many environmental benefits of this proposal,” said Vision board member and Executive Director of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College’s Neal Lewis.  “The DEIS mentions reducing air pollution; eliminating seven dangerous rail crossings that cause traffic congestion and noise from train horns; and it will enhance development in downtowns called ‘transit oriented development’ as train service becomes more reliable and frequent. “

The two existing tracks of the main LIRR line were laid in 1844 and 1890, with no expansion since; Long Island’s population has surged from 100,000 people in 1890 to over 3 million presently. Because of that restraint, a reverse commute is not possible. Construction of the third track would build 2,250 jobs, $910 in Gross Regional Product, and $910 million in personal income. After ten years, there would be 14,000 new jobs, 35,000 new residents on Long Island, $40 million in new sales tax revenue, $103 million in new property tax revenue, $3 billion in personal income and $5.6 billion in gross regional product. Additionally, 40% of the population increase would be those in the 25-44 year age bracket, which is what is trying to be retained on Long Island, with upgrades to communities in between rail stations including parking garages, sound walls to prevent noise issues as well as visual blight, and improving property values along the corridor.

The outreach efforts won over Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro, who previously raised strong concerns about the project’s impact on his village. At Tuesday night’s hearing, Cavallaro commended project officials’ “good faith job” in addressing his village’s concerns, and said Westbury is “supportive” of the project. “We look forward to working with the railroad and other staff members as we go forward,” Cavallaro said.

“The local community benefits outlined in the DEIS were developed with direct input and planning from local community leaders, Village mayors and local property owners and businesses. Their voices as the most important as they have to grapple with the impact of the project pre and post construction. Slowing the process down a bit will allow the impacted communities the ability to digest these proposals and ensure that mitigation is in place Vision has been a supporter of a Third Track, with proper community planning, input, and public benefits since it was in the concept stage in 2005.” Eric Alexander, Director, Vision Long Island

While the six public hearings were held this week, stakeholders that live in the area along the proposed third track corridor are still able to and encouraged to participate in the discussion and give feedback. The DEIS is available online, and public comment can still be submitted by mail, in person, or electronically by February 15th at 5PM. All comments received during this period will become part of the public record and be considered as part of the project studies. You can click here to submit comments online. To submit by mail or in person:

Edward M. Dumas
Vice President Market Development & Public Affairs
Long Island Rail Road Expansion Project
MTA Long Island Rail Road
MC 1131
Jamaica Station Building, Jamaica, NY 11435

Governor Cuomo Unveils FY2018 Budget Proposal

Governor Cuomo unveiled his $152.3 billion budget proposal this week after a week-long tour of localized State of the State addresses, which was received well by many for the effort to reach those on a local level, and shunned by others who preferred the traditional one-day address in Albany.

The 140-page Fiscal Year 2018 Executive Budget Briefing highlighted the fact that the State’s outstanding debt has declined for four straight years and is on track to decline a fifth consecutive year. Also mentioned was the State’s high credit rating, which is the second best possible, and the highest in over 40 years. The proposals outlined in the budget were said to be aimed towards assisting the middle class, a record level of support for our schools, including funding for pre-kindergarten, after school programs, and turning schools into community hubs. It proposes tuition-free college for middle class New Yorkers at State University of New York and City University of New York schools, and community colleges, while also doubling the tax credit for child care and continuing the groundbreaking work of the Medicaid Redesign Team that’s improving the health of New Yorkers at a sustainable cost.

It was noted that tax receipts have been down on the state, prompting a more fiscally conservative approach toward this proposed budget, moving ahead with state operating expenses at an increase of less than two percent, and balanced on a cash basis in the General Fund, as required by law. Boots to education support are proposed, with a $1 billion boost to school aid, and an extension of the current reduced tax rate being proposed for another 3 years. $1.4 billion in settlement monies are set to be invested into one-shot investments, with $100 million being designated towards downtown revitalization initiatives, with the remainder in other various projects, with $400 million being slated for a new round of investment in Buffalo. Little of the settlement windfall was slated directly for Long Island, which is struggling with public transit needs outside of the MTA system including a parity in funding for buses, and specific infrastructure needs that have not been addressed such as funding towards an ocean outfall pipe at the Bay Park sewer treatment plant.

$2 billion was set aside for clean water investment, as well as funding towards a $10 billion upgrade to JFK airport, with a sizable amount of funding for that initiative hinted to be financed through the private sector.  The state’s highest tax rate, 8.82%, towards those earning over $1 million a year was proposed to be extended by the Assembly last year, with that being thought of for this year. This has a great potential to strain relations between the Democratic-led Assembly and the Republic-led Senate, as the Senate Majority leader fears that the increase would push wealthy New Yorkers out of the state. However, relations between the two state houses and the executive branch have seem to be calm, with the Senate Majority Leader saying that reports of “bad blood” between the State Senate and the Governor may have been overstated.

The public can view briefing of the budget proposals online here, as well as see all of the budget’s components here

Slow Revenue Growth Troubles Local Governments, Long Island Sales Tax Revenue Up

Many of New York’s local governments are coping with slow or no revenue growth, making it difficult for them to maintain services while keeping pace with rising fixed costs such as health care, according to the 2016 annual report on the state’s local governments released earlier this month by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

“New York’s municipal governments are seeing sales tax revenue growth slow and state aid remain essentially flat while they and school districts are coping with tax cap and tax freeze initiatives that limit growth in property taxes,” DiNapoli said. “As local governments adapt to changing circumstances, my office will continue to support them with training, analysis and guidance.”

Local government spending growth has increased between 0.9 and 2 percent annually since 2010.  Spending by school districts remained below 1 percent for three years starting in 2011, but ticked up at a higher rate in the last couple of years, when compared to counties, cities, towns, villages and fire districts, due to increases in state aid to schools.

DiNapoli’s report found that local sales tax revenue growth fell from 3.6 percent to 1.8 percent in the first nine months of 2016 from the same period a year earlier. While revenue collections varied by region, counties are particularly reliant on sales tax revenues. Nassau and Suffolk Counties seem to have broken from that trend, however, with growth rates of 3.5% and 3.44% respectively in the 4th quarter of 2016, growing 2% and 1.8% for the year. Those amounts are higher than the average of growth in New York State of 1.4%.

“It is difficult at this time to precisely explain the slower growth in many counties. While Internet sales continue to outpace brick and mortar storefront sales, gasoline prices were about 12 percent lower in 2016 compared to 2015. Meanwhile, stagnant wage growth and higher costs of health care and housing could be placing downward pressure on retail sales, and therefore sales tax collections,” said New York State Association of Counties President William E. Cherry, Schoharie County Treasurer.

School districts, towns and villages rely on the property tax for approximately half of their revenues. The property tax levy limit that took effect in 2012 effectively restricts reliance on property tax revenues to fund increases in local spending. In recent years, the tax cap’s allowable levy growth factor has been less than 2 percent.

Unrestricted state aid for municipalities (AIM) has been frozen at $715 million for five years. However, large financial settlements with banks and other financial institutions have bolstered state revenues and some of the windfall has been targeted to programs that help local governments.

You can read the Comptroller’s 2016 Annual Report on Local Governments here, and sales tax figures for all New York State counties here

Opposition in Connecticut and Rhode Island may Derail Northeast Corridor Expansion

Plans to upgrade Amtrak’s northeast corridor between Washington D.C. and Boston, the busies commuter rail segment in the country, is coming off its rails as residents and electeds of Old Lyme, Connecticut and other surrounding areas are so far opposed to the idea due to concerns of decreased property values and safety issues.

The $120 billion plan put forth by the Federal Railroad Administration is this first proposed upgrade to the northeast corridor in about 40 years, and would cut travel time between Boston and New York by 45 minutes 2 hours and 45 minutes. Four new tracks would be laid on a 35-mile stretch in Connecticut, and 15 miles laid in Rhode Island. Opponents say that the new tracks would go through farmland, wetlands and private property at much higher speeds than the current 50 miles per hour that is permitted in some areas. The current Amtrak route is further south than the proposed new tracks, and is unable to accommodate higher speeds and additional trains. 1.4 million passengers rode between Boston and Washington D.C. in 2015, and it is estimated that demand for travel will increase by as much as 38% by 2040 when all modes of transportation are considered.

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal (D), said the plan is a “non-starter” in his state and called on the FRA to instead upgrade the existing rail. Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, also a Democrat, is opposed as well. “There must be other options to this harebrained, half-baked proposal,” Mr. Blumenthal said in an interview. Other states along the northeast corridor that are wanting to move ahead with the expansion are expressing frustration over Connecticut’s stance fearing that the FRA may move funding to areas south between Washington D.C. and New York instead.  “We need a corridor that provides more options and more trains for commuters,” said FRA Administrator Sarah Feinberg. “And a corridor that can efficiently and reliably serve a population that is growing quickly.”

The new plan, if it moves ahead, would add 22 new stations along the north east corridor, while still servicing those in Connecticut south of the proposed new tracks. The 50-mile segment in question would more than double daily train capacity along that portion from 42 to more than 100. The FRA said the agency must reach an agreement with state officials from Connecticut and Rhode Island and its congressional delegations before it can make changes to the corridor. It also needs funding from Congress and states along the northeast route.

You can read more about the proposed plan and the opposition in the Providence Journal and WSJ

Contact Your Assembly Member and Senator for Bus Funding

As the New York State budget is released, public bus advocates on Long Island have taken note that there is once again no mechanism towards a dedicated funding stream from the state for Nassau and Suffolk bus systems outside of the State Transportation Operating Assistance funds (STOA) which has a fixed formula for funding throughout the state. As proposed in this year’s recommended budget, $5 billion will be appropriated for transit assistance; $4.5 billion will go to the MTA, with a $30 million increase, and other transit systems receiving $502 million collectively.

Non-MTA transit in the downstate region continues to receive less than its fair share in funding towards local operating and capital costs. With the fiscal climate in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties being seen as uncertain and challenging, cuts to public buses are once again being proposed in Nassau, and have already been seen in Suffolk, as a means to balance the budget. Without a dedicated funding stream for Long Island’s transit system, continuality of operations and needed expansions will again be in question, jeopardizing the livelihood of some of Long Island’s most vulnerable- especially as the only state funding for Nassau and Suffolk are at risk of being reduced due to cuts to the system, perpetuating a downward spiral.

All Long Islanders are urged to contact their Assembly member and Senator, urging them to add dedicated funding for Nassau and Suffolk’s bus systems’ operational and capital expenses to this year’s budget.  You can find your Assembly member here, and your Senator here. Please email info@visionlongisland.org if you or your organization would like updates and to pledge support towards upcoming efforts to get Long Island’s fair share in public transit funding.

The 2017 Complete Streets Summit

Please join us for the 2017 Complete Streets Summit on Thursday, March 30th, from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM at The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, located at 7180 Republic Airport in Farmingdale.

This event consists of a contingent of chambers of commerce, civic associations, local governments, engineering and professional trade groups, transit advocates and members of the public who want safe streets for all modes of traffic. The group looks to coordinate Complete Streets planning efforts, communicate on fi nding opportunities for local projects, act as a clearinghouse for information and lobby with a united voice for safe roadways.

Past Complete Streets Summits, held at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College in Farmingdale, have been gatherings of government leaders, planners, engineers, nonprofi ts and other community stakeholders who support policy changes to design roadways for all uses – not just automobiles. The Summit was a chance to remind participants of the campaign’s significance.

Online registration is available here. You can also register by contacting Vision Long Island at 631-261-0242 or ck@visionlongisland.org.

Technical Assistance Grants for Affordable Solar Projects Available

NY-Sun is now accepting applications for the Affordable Solar Predevelopment and Technical Assistance program. This new funding opportunity supports the development of solar projects for multifamily affordable housing and community solar projects serving low-to-moderate income (LMI) households, with up to $200,000 for each approved proposal.

Many LMI households are unable to access benefits from conventional residential solar installations. To help expand access to solar benefits for LMI households, NYSERDA is seeking proposals for projects leading to:

  • The implementation and operation of solar installations for multifamily affordable housing buildings
  • Shared solar (community distributed generation) installations that will provide the benefits of solar to LMI households

Projects related to on-site solar installations for owner-occupied houses are not eligible for funding through this solicitation. However, NY-Sun provides support to LMI homeowners through the Affordable Solar Program.

Applications may be submitted by local governments, affordable housing, community organizations and service providers working to make solar accessible to LMI communities in New York. NY-Sun will accept and review applications on a rolling basis until all funds are exhausted. Visit the program webpage for more details and the application.

If you have questions about the solicitation, please email affordablesolar@nyserda.ny.gov.

DOE Solar in Your Community Challenge Grant

The Solar in Your Community Challenge is an 18-month, $5 million prize competition to support community-based solar programs and projects aimed at providing solar access to low and moderate income communities. The Challenge is aimed at supporting innovators across the U.S. to create scalable solutions that will bring solar to nonprofits, LMI households and local and tribal governments. Selected teams will be provided with seed funding as they complete milestones, receive technical assistance from an online marketplace of qualified experts, and compete to win final prizes from May 1, 2017 to October 31, 2018.

If you are interested in learning more about the Solar in Your Community Challenge and forming a team, please visit the program webpage. The application deadline is March 17, 2017. This program is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative and is administered by SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

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?

NASSAU

Baldwin


Bow Tie Grand Avenue

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

Bellmore

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Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore
516-783-7200

Freeport


Freeport Historical Museum

350 S Main Street, Freeport
Housed in a Civil War cottage, the museum chronicles Freeport’s history through the 20th century. On display are a spinning wheel from the town’s oldest house, vaudeville-era items, waterfront memorabilia, a 1930s television and a 1777 13-star flag. The museum holds a collection of historic postcards and high school yearbooks from the early 1900s to present day.
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
516-671-6866
www.glencovetheatres.com

Great Neck


Palace Galleries

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

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

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck
516-466-2020
bowtiecinemas.com

Hicksville


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

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

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

Long Beach


Long Beach Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

Manhasset

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Clearview Manhasset 3

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

Oyster Bay


Oyster Bay Historical Society

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

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

Port Washington


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

Tickets and more information available here

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

Rockville Centre


Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

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

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

Roslyn

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Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

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

Sea Cliff


Sea Cliff Village Museum

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

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

Seaford

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Seaford Cinemas

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

Westbury

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The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury

Tickets and more information available here

SUFFOLK

Amityville


Revolution
140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore


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

Cold Spring Harbor


Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

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

East Hampton


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


East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip


Islip Art Museum

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

Huntington Village


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


Heckscher Museum

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

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

huntington
AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

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

cinema arts centre
Cinema Arts Centre

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

Islip Village

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Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
631-581-5200
Showtimes at Islip Cinemas

Northport


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
http://engemantheater.com/

Patchogue


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
http://plazamac.org/

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

Riverhead


Suffolk Theater
http://www.suffolktheater.com/

 


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

Sayville


Sayville Historical Society

Edwards Street, Sayville
The museum is the headquarters to the Sayville Historical Society. The museum aims to foster historical spirit, encourage historical research and to preserve historical materials. The museum features products of both Sayville and other Suffolk localities. The Society holds 4 historic buildings, 1,500 items of clothing, 1,000 photographs, a map collection and numerous classic furnishings. Its collection is 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

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Sayville Theatre

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

Smithtown


Smithtown Township Arts Council

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

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

Southampton


Southampton Historical Museum

17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
The Southampton Historical Society was created to preserve the town’s history as well as history from the surrounding area. Its Rogers Mansion Museum features year round exhibits, a research center and education programs for children and adults. Current 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.

Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Celebrated

Vision was out this week at the 32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Breakfast in Islandia with over 700 community, business and government leaders joining in honor of Dr. King’s message.

Rev. Charles Coverdale from the First Baptist Church of Riverhead and longtime host of the Breakfast spoke about the need to stand boldly not simply in private but in public to address injustice, with opening remarks given by Dr. Isma H. Chaudhry, president of the Islamic Center of Long Island and an interfaith activist. “May our focus be on our communities and our nation, that we will keep the spirit of building our neighborhoods, our communities and our country on strong pillars of interethnic respect, trust, accord and harmony,” said Dr. Chaudry.

Congressman Lee Zeldin spoke of the importance to unite civil rights icons like Rep. John Lewis and our President-elect, saying that when they are divided, so is our nation. “Challenges exist, but so do solutions, community, unity, prayer and common purpose,” Zeldin said in his message “Dr. King believed that violence begets violence, and that racial tensions could only be truly overcome through peaceful discussion. All Americans, regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic status, or religion, must bind together in these trying times for our nation to move forward stronger.”

County Executive Steve Bellone suggested that while we have to acknowledge our incoming President we should call out outrageous comments or policies and not stand silent. Other elected officials in attendance included Suffolk County Presiding Officer Duwayne Gregory, Legislator Monica Martinez, Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent Demarco, Town of Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter, Town of Brookhaven Councilwoman Valerie Cartright, and Town of Huntington Councilwoman Tracey Edwards.

The celebration was the last under the committee’s founder and president, Julius O. Pearse, who announced his resignation. Pearse was the first African-American police officer in the village of Freeport in 1962, saying that he remembers the marches for civil rights, and being the target of discrimination, and the struggle to have King’s birthday recognized as a federal holiday.

Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee of Nassau County, Inc. is a non-profit organization which has given out more than $275,000 in scholarships to date.

Smart Talk

Editor:
Chris Kyle, Communications Director

Newsletter Contributors:
Eric Alexander, Director; Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director;
Elissa Kyle, Planning Director; Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator

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