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Mar. 15 – 21, 2015

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“In some of the most recent reports, Long Island is among the most expensive regions in the country. This presents challenges, especially when young people graduating college and starting careers and leaving Long Island… (We) don’t always need a 2500sf house with $15,000 taxes. Many want 1-2 bedroom apartment in downtown like Wyandanch rising or the project in Copiague”

Suffolk County Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory

“Both counties need revenue. If you don’t raise taxes, you can’t say no to every other opportunity…Near my office there are lots of apartments going up but they are not cheap.This is something we have to dwell on if we want to keep our young people from leaving Long Island.”

Nassau County Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves

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Surburban Millennial Institute Hosts Jobs Conference

Nearly 200 folks gathered at Hofstra University for the Suburban Millennial Institute’s Jobs Conference. The conference focused on millennial retention consisted of 3 panels: Work, Live, Play. The Garden City-based institute co-sponsored the free conference with the university’s National Center for Suburban Studies. How to generate jobs to keep young adults on Long Island was the key topic for all attendees.

The institute is a nonpartisan organization that focuses on finding public-policy solutions to make Long Island more desirable to young adults. A survey earlier this year by the Suburban Millennial Institute found that 30 percent of young-adult Long Islanders plan to leave the Island because of a lack of job opportunities. The conference brought together business executives, entrepreneurs and government officials to explore ways to stimulate job growth that will provide more employment opportunities for millennials, who range in age from 18 to 34.

Among the speakers were Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos speaking on economic development opportunities in Nassau, Vision Board Member Steven Krieger from Engel Burman speaking on development realities. Speakers on job opportunities included Dr. Brad Sherman from North Shore LIJ, Ryan Stanton with the LI Federation of Labor and others. The millennial voice came from Jean-Marie Smith from Destination Long Island, Jason Lee from the Urban League of Young Professionals, and Samantha Bifulco, 19, the founder of the 3-year-old TerraNut snack company in West Babylon. Vision’s Assistant Director, Tawaun Weber, moderated the Live panel on private sector jobs, housing, and development opportunities.

The keynote speaker was Congressman Lee Zeldin who spoke of the challenges he sees as a Long Island native and how it has affected his family, many of whom have moved away because of the high cost of living.

“Nationwide, the more diverse millennial population will eclipse baby boomers in the workplace by 2020, when they will make up 50 percent of the workforce,” said Joan Kuhl, president and founder of Why Millennials Matter, who kicked off the event.

Panelist Samantha Bifulco said, “Five to 10 years from now I plan to grow my business and create more employment opportunities.”

Each panel in their own way discussed job opportunities in growing field like technology and health care, affordable housing, start up opportunities for small businesses, transit oriented development, and quality of life factors such as dining and entertainment that would attract millennials to stay on Long Island.

For more coverage on this event, visit Fios1 and Newsday.

Presiding Officers Provide Regional Update

Vision Long Island Board of Directors recently received a visit from both the Nassau and Suffolk County Presiding Officers.  Each of them provided an update as to the status of their county and smart growth projects.

Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves led by mentioning the conference on aging population-economic development conference held by Comptroller George Maragos. She also spoke of the numerous apartment projects going up around the county, however many are not quite affordable. She explained that the housing need for young professionals still continues to be a challenge noting they need jobs and reasonably priced apartments.

She spoke on how Suffolk and Nassau County are working together in bi-county way through a taskforce on efficient governmental coordination. This includes working with Suffolk County on water issues and meeting with Senator Jack Martins for a discussion on possible solutions.  Right now, Nassau County is trying to find alternate to solutions what NYC plans to do with wells in the Lloyd aquifer.

In regards to the casino proposal at the Fortunoff site, she explained that she took her position in opposition after she received all in the information. Going forward, she made it clear that she will require that any proposal must have community meetings before plans happen. “Both counties need revenue. If you don’t raise taxes, you can’t say no to every other opportunity.” she said. Each year Nassau County is looking to plug the holes without taking away services people need. The Presiding Officer said that Nassau County has come up with additional ways to fill holes without cutting services like bus funding. The Nassau County Medical Center is also a concern but she believes they will be receiving federal money. The Presiding Officer made a commitment to work towards increased state and federal funding for the county.

Presiding Officier DuWayne Gregory committed to working bi-county at regional efficiencies. “In some of the most recent reports, Long Island is among the most expensive region in the country. This presents challenges, especially young people graduating college and starting careers and leaving Long Island .”

He noted that transportation is an important component of affordability. He spoke to the issues Suffolk is having with clear accessibility to bus stops especially during increment weather. However, there are efforts currently to identify and clear the snow covered bus stops. He understands that there are also accessibility needs in transportation for those with disabilities. Suffolk County is investing in it’s capital program for complete streets.

Presiding Officer Gregory explained that the county has to do what they can to keep ypung people here.  “(We) don’t always need a 2500sf house with $15,000 taxes. Many want 1-2 bedroom apartment in downtown like Wyandanch rising or the project in Copiague.” He noted that they are looking for anything the county can do to improve affordability. Currently any project is hooked up to county sewer, they must have 20% affordable component.

The presiding officer also mentioned looking in to bringing in development at brownfield properties where developers are willing to do the cleanup and development. Some of these properties have been sitting for years and in downtowns.

A robust dialogue ensued with topics like speed cameras, comprehensive plans, job development, and projects such as the 110 Bus Rapid Transit proposal. Both Presiding Officers confirmed their commitment to downtown redevelopment, millennial retention, and working together to bring in resources from Albany and Washiington.

DEC Hosts Webinar on NFIP Community Rating System

The federal government makes flood insurance available through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) when a community adopts and enforces floodplain management ordinances.

The NFIP Community Rating System (CRS) is an incentive program that encourages communities to exceed the minimum NFIP standards for development in the floodplain. Communities in compliance with the minimum NFIP floodplain management requirements may apply to join the CRS.

The CRS provides flood insurance premium discounts for property owners of 5-45% in communities that provide floodplain management activities beyond the minimum requirements in four categories: public information, mapping and regulations, flood damage reduction, and warning and response. A participating community accrues points with the completion of each approved activity and points may be awarded retroactively for improvements implemented prior to enrolling in the CRS program. A community may even be awarded points for compliance with regulations put in place by New York State!

Long Island’s Climate Smart Community http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/50845.html Coordinators are creating a CRS users group for Long Island. Please attend the inaugural meeting on March 23, 2015. FEMA’s CRS regional representative will be in attendance to answer enrollment and other CRS questions. Representatives from CRS enrolled communities and one that just applied will discuss their experiences, as well.

The new Long Island CRS users group will help current and future CRS program participants advance their community’s ratings and share ideas and experiences. The Long Island CRS users group will be a forum for communities and Long Island’s CRS FEMA representative to discuss the challenges met and successes achieved by Long Island communities.

On March 23rd, join in person at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College’s Suffolk Center http://www.molloy.edu/admissions/schedule-a-visit-to-molloy/suffolk-center or sign in for the webinar (details below). Please let us know how many representatives from your municipality will attend.  Contact Sarah Oral, interim CRS Users Group Coordinator and Climate Smart Communities representative, at soral@cameronengineering.com or at 516-224-5237.

Although this is a meeting of Nassau and Suffolk county municipalities, representatives of local governments in other areas are welcome to participate via WebEx to hear how the CRS program might apply to their communities.

WebEx information:

Topic: Community Rating System

Date: Monday, March 23, 2015

Time: 8:00 am, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

Meeting Number: 646 790 516

Meeting Password: Flood1


To join the online meeting (Now from mobile devices!)


1. Go to https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/j.php?MTID=ma7cc72bb3276647163dfebfb0317c62a

2. If requested, enter your name and email address.

3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: Flood1

4. Click “Join”.

Suffolk IDA Allocates $250,000 For LI Regional Planning Council Study

Suffolk County is footing the bill to study the economic impact of a proposed Transit-Oriented Development.

The county’s Industrial Development Agency (IDA) agreed to provide $250,000 to the Long Island Regional Planning Council to consider property tax alternatives, as well as the economic impact of the Ronkonkoma Hub project. Council Chairman John Cameron Jr. said he was concerned about property taxes undermining the economy. The funds will also be used to update an economic development strategy report used by local governments to apply for federal funds and improve the council’s Internet initiatives.

The Ronkonkoma Hub project is a 50-acre, $475-million transit-oriented development near the Ronkonkoma LIRR station proposed by East Setauket-based developer Tritec Real Estate.

Meanwhile, the funds will be part of the Long Island Regional Planning Council’s $639,000 2015 budget. Created by both Suffolk and Nassau County governments, the organization tackles regional issues like housing and education with the goal of promoting the well-being of Long Island residents.

Council officials also hope to receive another $250,000 from the Nassau County IDA. An IDA source said they were waiting for a detailed request.

Both counties’ IDAs provided the council $125,000 in 2013. Nassau County withdrew $200,000 in aid back in 2011 due to fiscal constraints, although the move threatened the council with Suffolk dropping support as well.

Both county executives have said funds for the council should come from the IDAs, not taxpayers. Those funds originate as fees charged to businesses seeking tax breaks.

For more about this story, check out Newsday (subscription required).

New Route for Ronkonkoma Hub Expands Sewer Connection

Suffolk County and Town of Islip officials held a press conference announcing their new pipeline route connecting the $475 million Ronkonkoma HUB project to the county’s Bergen Point sewer district.

This alternate route came as a way to ease resident concerns of the pipeline going through the residential area of the Village of Islandia.  The new plan would instead head south down Lakeland Ave. to Sayville and west through Oakdale to the facility.

The original plan would cost $24 million which county has, but the alternate route would cost close to $55 million.  However, while the new route it is almost double in cost, it will help with many of the cesspool issues plaguing residents in areas such as those on Idle Hour in Oakdale. Suffolk County Legislator William Lindsay gave the example of some residents who are not able to shower and wash clothes in the same day.

“We have all stated to explore alternate routes that would perhaps be able to touch more of the industrial areas throughout the town of Islip so that we could help to facilitate economic growth as well as environmental stability” said Councilwoman Bergen-Weichbrodt.

This additional funding will need to be a collaborative effort of town, county, and state efforts.

For more on this story, visit FIOS1.

Port Jefferson Planning Board Considers Apartment Projects

No votes were cast, but progress is happening in the Village of Port Jefferson as the Planning Board held hearings for two Smart Growth projects last Thursday.

A proposal to replace the former Harbor View Hotel was first on the docket. East Setauket-based Tritec Real Estate wants to replace the vacant 3.75-acre site with 112 market-rate apartments. In addition to 42 one-bedroom units and 70 two-bedroom units, the three-story building would house 168 parking spaces underneath.

Tritec also committed to restoring part of Mill Creek, extending a brick footpath and building a small bridge capable of holding cars on the south side of the property.

Mayor Margot Garant previously backed the project, saying the village coffers will see a 12-times increase on the $2,900 in taxes from the hotel. However, a Building Department official said Monday that no vote took place and the hearing was simply closed.

Later that evening, the board also considered another rental project. Hauppauge-based Northwind Group is looking to replace the dilapidated Islander Boat Center into 52 apartments.

The proposed three-story structure would also house parking under one- and two-bedroom apartments. However, Northwind has also agreed to donate to the Village a parking field as part of their public benefit package. Village officials are widening sidewalks at the expense of street parking to improve walkability.

The Building Department official said that hearing will remain open for their April 16 meeting.

For more on this story, check out Long Island Business News (subscription required).

24/7 Emergency Service Coming Back To Long Beach

A new 30,000 square-foot hospital will replace the defunct Long Beach Medical Center (LBMC).

Oceanside-based South Nassau Communities Hospital (SNCH) formally announced plans Wednesday to spend up to $40 million on a medical center with a round-the-clock emergency department and various other services.

The new facility is expected to open July 1 and will also replace a temporary urgent care center SNCH opened next door last summer.

Once complete, the new center will house a full-service, 16-bay, 911-receiving emergency department and provide a diagnostic imaging suite with CT-scan, MRI and X-ray machines.

Authorization from the state Health Department and other agencies could take up to a year, with construction itself lasting another two years.

South Nassau purchased the 162-bed LBMC for $11.7 million in October. But as architects started on plans to demolish and replace damaged parts of the hospital, South Nassau officials waited for assurance that FEMA will help cover the bill. SNCH officials confirmed plans to raze three buildings and four other structures on the campus. LBMC officials initially spent $20 million on repairs and construction finished in summer 2013, although SNCH officials later said most of the hospital remains irreparably damaged.

The lead proponet of reopening the medical center was pleased with the progress. Legislator Denise Ford praised the proposal, including the added jobs. “This will provide a beginning for a renewed and revitalized medical campus,” she said.

Back in January, FEMA committed to giving South Nassau $154 million towards redeveloping health services for Long Beach and neighboring communities. But the situation in Long Beach has been a mess ever since Superstorm Sandy hit the area in October 2012. State health Commissioner Nirav Shah refused to authorize reauthorize opening the hospital, which was losing $2 million annually since 2007, until they could develop a more sustainable business plan. In February 2014, Schumer called on FEMA to transfer $100 million in Sandy aid from LBMC to SNCH; that was finally approved last spring. The project was also delayed last fall when the New York attorney general’s office was tardy signing off on the bankruptcy sale.

Meanwhile, SNCH opened the urgent care facility next door last summer. Emergency care doctors work in the facility, but cannot accept trauma patients or ambulances. That requires designation as an off-site emergency room, which entails state health department approval.

For now, island residents in need of emergency medical care face a trip to SNCH in Oceanside or Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. But even once the new facility opens, acute cases like heart attacks will still be routed to other hospitals. “Even before the Long Beach Medical Center closed, such cases routinely bypassed the former hospital as per protocol,” South Nassau said in a statement.

Described as a hospital without beds, the new facility will actually be erected on property formerly occupied by Sandy-damaged houses. Bidding for the demolition on several wings of LBMC is almost complete, although questions remain about two newer wings.

For more on this story, check out Newsday (subscription required).

Show Irish, LI Pride In St. Pat’s Parade Tomorrow

Join the Village of Rockville Centre this weekend for an annual Long Island tradition.

The 19th annual St. Patrick’s Day will kick off at noon on Saturday. The route begins at parking field 12 and winds its way to St. Agnes Cathedral.

“What better way to come together as a community then a parade,” Mayor Francis X. Murray said.  “Its one of the most exciting days here in Rockville Centre.  The downtown shops are booming, the streets are full of Rockville Centre pride and we are able to give back to three worthy causes.”

The village’s parade has become one of the most successful and well-attended in New York State. Officially a not-for-profit organization, the parade partners with three charities that boast a national, Irish and Rockville Centre flavor. In the past 18 years, the parade donated more than $878,000 to 55 charities. This year’s partners are the Katie McBride Foundation, the Hance Family Foundation, and Dublin Children’s Pilgrimage.

Meanwhile, Rockville Centre native Bob Williams will have the honor of serving as the 2015 grand marshal. Williams served in the Army and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service. He’s also a practicing attorney with an office in the village for 28 years and served as village justice for 16 years. Outside of work, Williams is an active member in various community groups, including the parade’s original organization committee back in 1997.

Mixing Old, New Buildings Healthy For Neighborhoods

Combining buildings of all ages offers economic and social benefits, as per a recent study.

The “Older, Smaller, Better” study, conducted by nonprofit National Trust for Historic Preservation, examined Seattle, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. The study was inspired by urban studies activist Jane Jacob.

Jacob argued that old buildings provide cheap and flexible space for commercial and retail use while newer, more expensive buildings are where more established companies and the wealthy reside. Before these newer buildings become old and continue the cycle, small buildings add variety and diverse ownership to a neighborhood.

The study found that older business districts offer affordable space for entrepreneurs, while the creative economy thrives in older, mixed-use neighborhoods. In Seattle and Washington, D.C., smaller and older buildings were home to higher concentrations of creative jobs.

And in neighborhoods with a blend of old and new buildings, nightlife was booming – based on cell phone usage on Friday nights. These areas are also more walkable, popular with younger, more diverse residents and, in some cities, have higher proportions of non-chain retailers and restaurants.

Slow, new development within historic neighborhood is the recipe for success, according to the study’s authors. Rapid building or a shift away from mixed-use districts could prove harmful.

Researchers also recommended cities make it easier to reuse small buildings. Removing outdated zoning codes and parking requirements; and streamlining the approval process could replace empty floors and storefronts on older commercial buildings. Targeted incentives and financing programs would also go a long way with supporting small-scale projects.

For more on this story, check out Better Cities & Towns. Check out the full study here.


Even One Suicide Is Too Many

Twenty-three percent of young Latinas consider, attempt or commit suicide.

The Long Island Crisis Center is partnering with various community groups and elected officials to figure out why at an upcoming event.

Young Latinas: Girls at Risk is on for March 27 from 8:30-11 a.m. at the Molly College campus in Farmingdale.

Experts Dr. Luis Zayas and Dr. Carolina Hausmann-Stabile will serve as keynote speakers in a discussion to explore the reasons and develop solutions to support these young women.

The event is free, but registration is required by March 20 either online or by calling 516-826-0244.

Have A Heart For Island’s Homeless At Candlelight Vigil

Wear red and join Long Island Coalition for the Homeless at Farmingdale State College March 31 to support your homeless neighbors.

The annual “Have a Heart for the Homeless” candlelight vigil is designed to show that Long Island wants to eradicate homelessness and hunger even in our affluent society.

The event is slated for 6-8 p.m. in the multi-purpose room in Roosevelt Hall. Participants are asked to wear red; donations of new baby items, toiletries, cleaning supplies and non-perishable foods will also be collected at the vigil.

Face painting, balloon animals, story time, live music and entertainment, and free haircuts are planned again for the event.

For more information, contact the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless at 631-464-4314 or online.

2015 Complete Streets Summit on April 10th

This coalition is 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 finding opportunities for local projects, act as a clearinghouse for information and lobby with a united voice for safe roadways.

The second annual Complete Streets Summit, held at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College in Farmingdale, was a gathering of government leaders, planners, engineers, nonprofits 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.

“If we’re going to have a vibrant economy and a safe environment for all of us, then Complete Streets is part of the solution”, said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.

Friday, April 10, 2015 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Sustainability Institute at Molloy College 7180 Republic Airport, East Farmingdale, New York 11735

Fee for registration is $45.  Scholarships are available!

Please send the completed form to Vision Long Island, 24 Woodbine Ave, Suite 2, Northport NY

Contact us at 631-261-0242 or info@visionlongisland.org.  Sponsorships available.

Long Island Business Council’s Next Meeting April 16th!

The Long Island Business Council is a group of small business leaders who are dedicated to regulatory relief, tax and utility stabilization for the average small business owner in addition to infrastructure investment towards our downtowns. They take our message to Albany and Washington as part of the Long Island Lobby Coalition and other regional initiatives.

On Thursday, April 16th from 8:00am to 10:00am, The Long Island Business Council will be holding a worksession at the East Farmingdale Fire Department, located at 930 Conklin Street in Farmingdale.

This meeting will include a fiscal update on both state and local issues by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, and Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy.

Hon. Tom DiNapoli

New York State Comptroller

Hon. George Maragos

Nassau County Comptroller

Hon. John Kennedy

Suffolk County Comptroller

Breakfast will be available for attendees. As a member of the Long Island Business Council you can pre-register at any time, at no cost. The fee for non-members is $45.00.

Contact us at 877-811-7471 or at ck@visionlongisland.org to RSVP or for more information.

The St. Joseph’s College Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Management 

The St. Joseph’s College Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Management, and the Long Island Hospitality and Leisure Association invite you to attend the:


Friday, April 24, 2015 • 8-10 a.m.

McGann Conference Center, O’Connor Hall

Long Island Campus

155 West Roe Boulevard

Patchogue, NY 11772


Ken Walles

East Coast Management Ltd.

Oceanside Beach Resort, Montauk

Don Monte

Renaissance Downtowns

Rob Salvatico

Jaral Properties


Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci

Member of the NYS Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development


Mike Johnston

Principal, Concorde Hotel Group

President, Long Island Hospitality and Leisure Association

Mike Johnston has more than 30 years of hotel and hospitality industry experience, including numerous positions in corporate management, operations and human resources. He has served as general manager at city, suburban and airport locations, and has been personally involved in numerous hotel openings, acquisitions and repositionings.

Johnston possesses extensive knowledge in all aspects of the hospitality industry. As past president of the Long Island Hotel & Lodging Association and current chair of the board of directors for the Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, Johnston is a recognized leader within the industry with a long track record of success. The New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association recognized Johnston as Hotel Executive of the Year in 2009. Johnston is also a professor at Nassau Community College, teaching hospitality and tourism.

In addition to his wide range of industry experience, Johnston has spearheaded numerous charitable events in an effort to give back to the community and sits on numerous local and regional industry advisory boards.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information or to RSVP, contact 631.687.1285 or ihtm@sjcny.edu.

Contractors: Build Your Understanding Of Accessible Housing For Free

Don’t wait to sign up for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s free training next month.

The Touro Law Center in Central Islip will host one of 26 training sessions across the country on April 24.

Participants will be trained in Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST program. The event will

provide an overview of Fair Housing law and great information/resources will be made available geared toward government service providers, advocates, housing developers, architects, attorneys, contractors, grantees and sub-grantees.

The Central Islip session is sponsored by Long Island Housing Services and the Suffolk County Disabilities Advisory Board.

However, online registration is expected to close in early April.

Regional Freight Plan Amendment Public Review Period

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) is conducting a public review for an amendment to its Regional Freight Plan. The public comment period begins on March 2, 2015 and will end at 4 p.m. March 31, 2015. The freight plan has been amended to reflect new information that was produced after NYMTC’s current regional transportation plan, known as Plan 2040, was adopted by NYMTC’s Program, Finance, and Administration Committee in September, 2013. The comment period provides the opportunity for public feedback on the three task reports and the revised Summary Report’s Chapter Five, Special Reports.

The Regional Freight Plan now includes the results of NYMTC’s work on

  • Industry Specific Logistics
  • Truck Trips Analysis and
  • Freight Villages Market Analysis

The technical memoranda for these discrete tasks and the revised Regional Freight Plan Summary Report can be found on the NYMTC website at http://www.nymtc.org/project/freight_planning/freight_index.html.

Two public meetings will be held to present an overview of the amended Freight Plan, on March 18, 2015 at 3PM and 6:30PM. Both meetings may be attended in person or via webinar. To attend in person, RSVP at 212.383.7200 or Shawana.Brown@dot.ny.gov. The meetings will be held in NYMTC’s offices at 25 Beaver Street, Suite 201, NY, NY 10004.

To register for the 3PM webinar go to http://bit.ly/1EpQzfX

To register for the 6:30PM webinar go to http://bit.ly/1G4ypkY

Meeting ID, password and call in information will be provided upon registration

Comments are due in writing by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 to:

New York Metropolitan Transportation Council

Attn: Howie Mann

Nassau/Suffolk Transportation Coordinating Committee

Room 6A19

250 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY 11788


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.

Long Island Board of REALTORS Looking for a Legislative Liaison.

To learn more or apply, send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to info@visionlongisland.org. Put “Vision Long Island Internship” in the subject heading. For more information, call our office at 631-261-0242.

The Long Island Board of REALTORS® (LIBOR) currently has an opportunity in our Government Affairs Division for a Legislative Liaison.

The general job description is to augment the Government Affairs Division with an emphasis on expanding and intensifying the outreach program on the County and Township levels. The requirements include:

  • Experience in an elected official’s office
  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science/Communications or related areas
  • Knowledge of the legislative process at various levels
  • Understanding of the internal political system and the reality of how deals get done.
  • Must be perceived as non partisan and able to deal with both sides of the aisle
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills
  • The ability to work in a not for profit association environment
  • Administration skills
  • Experience in political fund raising is helpful
  • Travel throughout Nassau, Suffolk and Queens
  • Attend any related out of area meetings

Candidates should send their resume and salary requirements to: adellitalia@mlsli.com.

What’s happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin





Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore




Who-Ville Bar and Grille

339 Broadway, Bethpage


Tickets and more information available on Facebook


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.

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.

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

glen cove

Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove



Great Neck

Palace Galleries

117 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck

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

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

great neck

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.

Current exhibition: “The Other Side”- a look at William Floyd Estate, a National Park unit of Fire Island National Seashore. Long Island plantation and slave owner William Floyd.

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:

The Nick Tangorra Band

Fri March 20th 8PM

Tickets and more information available here

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.

Current exhibit: Growing Up in Sea Cliff

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



Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford





The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury

No upcoming events this weekend.

Tickets and more information available here




Afterburn  To The Pain, Muddy Pig Nipples and more

Fri March 20th 7:30PM

The Weekenders, Gianni Paci, Bad Head, Kodiak

Sat March 21st 3:30PM

Fingers Metal Shop Live! Judas Priestess (Judas Priest Tribute)

Sat March 21st 9PM

New York Academy of Music Student Recital

Sun March 22nd 1PM

SPIN DJ Academy Student Recital

Sun March 22nd 5PM

Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center

37 West Main Street, Bay Shore

All About Elvis– Documentary Film & Concert

Fri March 20th 8PM

Jimmie Vaughan

Sat March 21st 8PM

Three Generations of Swing Guitar– 3 performers

Sun March 22nd 7PM

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. Special Gallery through 2015: Sea Ink- American sailors and tattoo art. 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

12th Annual Student Film Competition & Awards Ceremony

Sun March 22nd 5PM

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 “Remembering Things Past”, featuring foreign-born artists working in America. 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

Kalin and Myles “The Dedication Tour” w/ Jacquie Lee, Anjali & Matt Hill

Fri March 20th 7:30PM

Marshall Tucker Band

Sat March 21st 8PM

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. Current exhibits include “Modern Alchemy: Experiments in Photography”, which focuses on 20th and 21st century artists and “Ferdinand Richardt’s Niagara”, which examines one of America’s most popular tourist sites . The museum also features educational experiences for students and adults and will exhibit Long Island’s best young artists in April.

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



The John W. Engeman Theater

250 Main Street, Northport

No events scheduled this week

Tickets and more information available here


89 North

89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue

O El Amor, Hello Brooklyn

Fri March 20th 7:30PM

The Fast Lane (Eagles Tribute) Breakdown (Tom Petty Tribute)

Sat March 21st 7:30PM

Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts

71 East Main Street, Patchogue

My Sinatra– Frank Sinatra 100th Birthday Celebration

Sat March 21st 8PM

Star Shine 2015Youth Talent Search

Sun March 22nd 3PM

Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium

9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue

TKA w/ That 70’s Band

Fri March 20th 8PM

Saturday Night Dance Party w/ T Pain, Smooth City

Sat March 21st 8PM

Patchogue Parade After Party– Strecker & Smooth City

Sun March 22nd 12PM

Tickets and more information available here


Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center

20 Terry Street Suite #121, Patchogue, NY 11772

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Love’s Labor Lost

Multiple dates and showtimes this weekend



Port Jefferson

Theatre Three

412 Main Street, Port Jefferson

The Adventures of Peter Rabbit, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, Annual Festival of One-Act Plays

Multiple dates and showtimes.

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

Bow Tie Port Washington

116 Main Street, Port Washington




Suffolk Theater

116 E. Main Street, Riverhead

Sinatra’s NY Big Band!

Fri March 20th 8PM

Roomful of Blues w/ Lo Fi 3

Sat March 21st 8PM

TIckets and more information available here

Vail-Leavitt Music Hall

18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead

No shows scheduled this weekend.

Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater

The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor

Fireside Sessions with Nancy Atlas

Fi March 20th 8PM

Equity Principal Auditions

Sat March 21st 10AM

Bob Dylan & The Band: A Tribute

Sat March 21st 8PM

7th Annual Classical Students for Katy’s Courage Benefit Concert

Sun March 22nd 3PM

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 constantly growing and tours of the Edward Homestead offer a view at the area 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. In commemoration of Southampton’s 375th Anniversary the Southampton Historical Museum has created an exhibit that spans the entire life span so far of Southampton’s history with the current exhibit “If These Walls Could Talk: Meet the Families of the Rogers Mansion”.

No other special events this week

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.

The Economic Value of a Unique Place

When it comes to communities, aesthetics and design are economics, because they are critical to creating a unique place. Ed McMahon makes his case in a fascinating 17-minute TED talk that should be watched by every tourism board and planner in America. McMahon makes the case that in today’s economy, quality of place matters, as people make decisions about where to invest, work, retire and vacation based on what a community looks like.

For more on this article, click here.

Smart Talk

Newsletter Editor: Mike Koehler, Communications Director


Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director; Elissa Kyle, Sustainability Director; Chris Kyle, Administrative Director, Jon Siebert, Consultant

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