Vision Long Island Celebrates 20 Years of Smart Growth

Vision Long Island Celebrates

20 Years of Smart Growth

Vision Long Island was honored and humbled to see the turnout for Vision Long Island’s 20th Anniversary on Thursday, February 15th. The warmth and fellowship from the over 500 supporters, colleagues, friends and family from all eras of our two decades was literally overflowing.

We started the evening with a cocktail hour that featured a brief program, including a 12 minute video that contained 30 diverse community, business, environment and labor leaders from our history. We then headed to the ballroom that had a “Taste of Long Island’s Downtowns” with a range of cuisines that kept folks happy. The house band, “The Electric Dudes,” couldn’t have been better rocking out mellow and danceable hits that kept the crowd energized.

Over 30 elected officials joined us and Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Suffolk Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen, Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, NYS Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick, Lisa Santeramo from Governor Cuomo’s Office and John Cameron from the LI Regional Planning Council Board joined us onstage. NYS Comptroller, Smart Growth Award winner and longtime friend Tom DiNapoli had a conflict but shared a video message to the crowd as well.

Vision’s Director Eric Alexander sang a couple of brief songs with one being a tribute to the founding group of the Vision Huntington where they joined the stage for a special presentation.

Great raffle prizes, including international Southwest Airlines tickets, were also a highlight. An 80 page journal documenting the myriad number of accomplishments on complete streets, downtown revitalization, TOD redevelopment, infrastructure investment, coalition building and community planning was available for attendees.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors, board members, dedicated staff, vendors, downtown businesses, community partners, attendees and all of the folks who have supported us through the first leg of our journey. There is still much to accomplish, but we are happy to take a moment to acknowledge the substantive work that has been done. Thank You to everyone who has made these past 20 years possible!


Thank you to our Generous Sponsors!


Thank you to our Food Vendors and Raffle Donors!