first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An unidentified woman was fatally struck by several vehicles while walking on the Northern State Parkway in Dix Hills on Wednesday morning.New York State police said the pedestrian was hit on the westbound side of the roadway while in the lanes of traffic near Deer Park Road, exit 42, shortly after 6 a.m.The incident occurred near where 16-year-old Taylor Ann Cavalere was fatally struck by a car after walking onto the parkway shortly after she left an under-aged drinking party in April 2011.The westbound lanes of the parkway were closed during the morning rush hour commute while investigators were on the scene.Anyone with information regarding this incident please contact Investigator Richard Esposito at 631-231-6389.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 26-year-old man died after he crashed his car into a ravine in his hometown of Farmingville on Wednesday afternoon.Suffolk County police said Darrell Lacross was driving his Subaru BRZ northbound on North Ocean Avenue when he lost control, struck the guard rail, went airborne, hit several trees and landed in a ravine at 2:40 p.m.Lacross was pronounced dead at the scene.A passenger in the car, 26-year-old Patrick Baptiste of Virginia, was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was listed in serious condition.Sixth Squad detectives impounded the car, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnessed or have information on this crash to call them at 631-854-8652.last_img read more

first_imgEditor’s note: this article has been updated for timeliness.Look no further than the daily flood of government press releases for proof that many politicians favor a policy of mushroom management: keeping the public in the dark and feeding them BS.Sorting fact from spin can be a chore. Despite increased access to government data online over the years, some agencies are more transparent than others, information is tricky to secure and many people are unaware of their right to know. But, help has arrived.To cast light on these issues, journalists launched Sunshine Week more than a decade ago to combat increased government secrecy. As a primer, the Press has compiled a list of links to help demystify searching government data online and requesting records under New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). What the public does with all of this information is up to you, dear readers.“Government transparency isn’t just the concern of journalists,” said Lucy Dalglish and Steve Engelberg of the American Society of News Editors (ASNE), which started Sunshine Week, an annual, national initiative that highlights the importance of open government. “It’s for everyone.”Sunshine Week coincides with National Freedom of Information Day, which falls on the March 16 birthday of James Madison, a founding father who wrote the First Amendment.Sunshine Week follows recent Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) confrontations with Nassau and Suffolk police over the reduced amount of info provided in local police blotters. A 2012 Press story also found that of the 13 towns on LI, Babylon and Islip were the most reluctant to comply with FOIL requests. And LI government agencies scoring a ‘C’ in an unprecedented report card grading local compliance with open records laws—the result of a joint 16-month project between the Press and PCLI.Before filing FOIL requests to access government documents, members of the public can search to see if the info they seek—government worker salaries, campaign donations and even many court cases—is already available online through a number of handy databases.Want to see if an ex, tenant, employee or neighbor have been arrested? Some court records can be found online, although results vary on jurisdiction and the most detailed information still requires in-person requests to court clerks’ offices—especially in small town and village courts.But, the state Unified Court System website allows users to search cases online in a section dubbed e-Courts. Users can log in as members of the public to WebCrims to track current criminal cases by defendant name and WebCivil Supreme to search lawsuits by name of plaintiff or defendant—WebCivil sometimes includes PDF of court documents, too—but criminal cases are scrubbed from the website after sentencing. The main page also includes an attorney directory that can be useful.Those looking for a federal criminal defendant or lawsuit can sign up for the far-more-informative pacer.gov, short for Public Access to Court Electronic Records, and click “find a case.” Unlike the state courts, however, pacer charges 10 cents per page, so users need to enter billing information.Suffolk residents can read basic, recent—repeat: basic, recent—arrest and incident info in its raw form by reading the Media Supplimental Reports. The Nassau police website does not include such specifics. The FBI website posts frequently requested “hot topic” documents online.Curious how many sex offenders live nearby? The state Division of Criminal Justice Services has a database that allows users to search by name, county and zipcode here. But, that database only includes Level 2 and 3 sex offenders, the designation given to those more likely to be recidivists. Parents for Megan’s Law has a database that includes Level 1 sex offenders, the least likely to offend again.Interested in how your elected officials are spending tax dollars? The New York State Attorney General’s office created a website billed as a clearing house for state government info at nyopengovernment.com. So does the state Comptroller’s office at openbooknewyork.com. But, sometimes it’s best to go straight to the source—like searching lobbyists via the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics website at jcope.ny.gov.Want to know who’s greasing the palms of local lawmakers? Tracking campaign donations can be done on the state elections board website, elections.ny.gov, clicking “campaign finance” in the left column, then clicking “view disclosure reports” and choose a search by names of candidates or donors.But, that database works only for those looking to follow the money to their town, county and state elected officials. To track donors to members of Congress, visit the Federal Election Commission website at fec.gov Curious how much the government worker next door makes? For information that is lacking in the state’s websites—namely, public salaries—nonprofit groups, such as the Albany-based Empire Center for Public Policy, compile the info into searchable online databases. Their website, SeeThroughNY allows users to search public employee salaries, pensions, contracts and other info for various levels of government.Skeptical of how a nonprofit is spending its money? GuideStar.org is an online database of IRS-recognized nonprofit groups’ tax filings, which sometimes include staff salaries—although the filings can be dated and incomplete, depending upon the group’s bookkeeping.Unable to attend your local government meetings? State Senate and Assembly meetings as well as Nassau (a big red link appears on meeting days) and Suffolk (Users without Real Player will have to download it) county legislatures all live webcast their legislative meetings. More than half of the 13 towns do the same or something similar, except for Babylon and Islip, which air their meetings on Cablevision channel 18 instead.Towns that webcast their meetings and archive the videos online include North Hempstead, Smithtown, Southold, Brookhaven, Southampton and Shelter Island. The towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay started webcasting their meetings in 2016, but Hempstead doesn’t archive the videos like Oyster Bay, although the town sometimes takes weeks to post the videos. East Hampton town board meetings are broadcast live on LTV and then the video is archived on the town clerk’s website. In Huntington, videos of board meeting are posted online within 48 hours and users can click on the agenda item their interested in to be brought to the part of the video they want to watch. Riverhead doesn’t live stream their meetings, but videos are posted online afterward.Looking to search deeds, mortgages and judgments? The Suffolk clerk’s office allows users to search for records on its website, although more detailed records require a visit to the office during business hours, which are often more like bankers’ hours. The Nassau clerk does not have an online search function, but the Nassau comptroller posts county contracts on its website.Should none of these resources have the information sought, tips on filing FOIL requests for government documents can be found on the state Committee on Open Government’s website, which includes sample letters to use as a template. To save time and money, file requests as an email and ask for responses electronically—the government can charge 25 cents per page for paper copies of requested files.Have fun storming the castle!Full disclosure: Timothy Bolger previously chaired the Freedom of Information Committee for the Press Club of Long Island. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nitrogen pollution continues to threaten vulnerable marshlands that serve as natural buffers, causing losses of critical areas along the South Shore of Long Island and diminishing their ability to protect coastal communities, according to a study released by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Thursday.The scientific white paper bolsters what environmentalists (and the Press) have been warning about for years. Salt marshes were once thought to have an unlimited capacity to remove excess nitrogen from the environment. But not any more. The negative effects of nitrogen pollution have garnered greater attention in recent years due to the marshland damage caused by powerful storms, most notably Superstorm Sandy.“The report illustrates the noxious effect excess nitrogen pollution has on marshland systems that help to protect Long Island against storms like Sandy,” DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens said in a statement announcing the release of the study. “Based on this information, it is imperative that efforts to improve coastal storm resiliency include actions to significantly reduce nitrogen pollution.”Scientists blame marsh loss on several factors: sea level rise, sediment alteration, wave action and coastal development. But the greatest source of nitrogen pollution came from wastewater, according to a previous study of the Great South Bay, which the report cites.According to the report, 68 percent of the total nitrogen that entered the Great South Bay originated from wastewater emanating from septic systems and sewage discharged into the watershed.The DEC’s report noted that increased nitrogen exposure causes marsh grass to become greener and grow taller, but the roots are weaker and smaller. Eventually, the marsh grass grows too tall and collapses, “exposing soils to erosive forces.”“The destabilization of creek-edge and bay-edge marshes makes these areas much more susceptible to the constant tugging and pulling of waves, accelerating erosion and the ultimate loss of stabilizing vegetation,” the report stated.It continues: “This process results in the loss of the naturally resilient coastal barrier marshes—a barrier that protects shoreline communities from major storm surges and wave action along coastal areas.”Thus, according to the report, reducing the resiliency of our coastlines and making the Island more vulnerable to future storm surges.The DEC highlighted three projects that could limit nitrogen concentration, though their combined price tag would likely soar into the billions: adding an ocean outfall pipe to Nassau County’s troubled Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant, expanding the use of the Bergen Point wastewater treatment plant with a repaired outfall pipe, and extending sewers to cover densely populated areas of southern Suffolk County.The federal government has already agreed to provide Nassau County with $810 million to repair Sandy-ravaged Bay Park plant, but state and local officials are still lobbying for an additional $600 to $700 million to build an outfall pipe that would extend from Reynolds Channel into the Atlantic Ocean.Sandy’s storm surge overwhelmed the plant, contributing to near-crippling damage rendered by decades of mismanagement and neglect by county officials and causing a catastrophic failure that spewed sewage into local streets and homes, and spilled nearly 200 million gallons of treated and untreated sewage into Reynolds Channel and Hewlett Bay. The plant serves about half-a-million residents across the county.The DEC’s release of its white paper comes just four days before local and state officials are expected to hold the first of three public meetings discussing ways to improve wastewater management in Nassau and Suffolk.The first meeting will be held at the Nassau County Legislative Building on May 12; the second May 19 at SUNY Stony Brook; and the third on May 28 at a location that has yet to be determined.Read the report: Nitrogen Pollution and Adverse Impacts on Resilient Tidal Marshlandslast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The first trailer for Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden biopic “Snowden” was released online Tuesday.The teaser offers very little in the way of substance. Instead, we get dramatic music, varied shots of a weathered American flag hovering upside down, and a very brief synopsis of the NSA whistleblower’s career. There’s no sighting of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays Snowden, or Shailene Woodley, who plays Snowden’s girlfriend Lindsay Mills. The trailer ends with Stone providing his own edited version of the “Star Spangled Banner,” which reads: “One Nation/Under Surveillance/For Liberty/And Justice for All.”When it debuts on Christmas, “Snowden” will be the first fictional account of Snowden’s life and eventual rise from NSA contractor to famed whistleblower and world fugitive to hit theaters. Last year, Laura Poitras’ “Citizenfour,” claimed the Oscar for Best Documentary. The riveting story followed Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald to Hong Kong, where they first met Snowden two years ago. Check it out:last_img read more

first_imgView image | gettyimages.com Last night the joy in Metsville reached euphoric dimensions as the improbable became the unbelievable: The Mets had swept the Cubs in four straight games, winning the National League pennant. Now they’ll play either the Kansas City Royals or the Toronto Blue Jays in the World Series starting Tuesday.This amazing outcome for a team that unarguably sucked this summer had even seasoned observers saying crazy things as they tried to wrap their heads around it.In the post-game analysis on SNY, Mets former manager Bobby Valentine, whose grin is broader than the one permanently plastered on Mr. Met, said he was so happy that he felt like ripping his clothes off, which provoked such laughter off camera that the studio started to sound like a sports bar in Queens. Remembering how he once showed up in the Mets dugout wearing a fake mustache after he’d been ejected for arguing with an umpire, you wouldn’t put it past him.But you couldn’t blame him. Valentine was the skipper the last time the Mets reached this far when the Mets played the Yankees in the 2000 Subway Series—and the Yanks predictably triumphed.In another studio Keith Hernandez, the great Mets first baseman with the dapper mustache, could barely contain himself as he tried to control his emotions, keep his suit buttoned, and describe what he said was an historic night for the franchise—and he’d been part of the 1986 World Series, the last time the Mets won it.And that victory was never assured since Boston had taken an early 2-0 lead in the series before New York battled back. The Sox were about to clinch Game Six at Shea Stadium before the hometown crowd. The Mets were behind by a run in the bottom of the 10th inning with two outs and two strikes on Mets outfielder Mookie Wilson when his legendary squibbbler up the first base line slipped under the glove of Boston’s Bill Buckner. Following the advice of the immortal Mets sports radio announcer Howie Rose, we “put it in the books.”Granted, over the years, Mets fans have been through a lot themselves, which makes the victory all that sweeter. We never take anything for granted. The darkness is always lurking off the foul lines.Even last night, no lead was enough, especially when the Cubs had men on base. That’s the difference in confidence between Mets supporters and other fans.In the back of our minds we remember 2004, when the Yankees had a 3-0 lead over the Red Sox for the American League pennant. Back then Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry admitted that he’d be hard-pressed to choose between the Red Sox’s finally winning the World Series in what seemed like a gazillion years or his beating the worst president since World War II, George W. Bush.This time around we knew that baseball whiz Theo Epstein had left Boston to oversee the Chicago Cubs, bringing along Sox slugger Manny Ramirez to give hitting tips. How many times in the last few days have Boston fans evoked 2004, saying they’d like to watch a closer series? Are they kidding me? Let them root for the Blue Jays! We wanted it to end right there and then. But first we had no choice but to hang onto every pitch.In the fourth inning, the Cubs had the bases loaded with no outs, for crying out loud, and they were only down by four runs. We’d seen what they’d done to the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates. They had slammed them to the ground. Then Cubs’ Starlin Castro drilled a shot toward left field. In a nanosecond our captain, David Wright, leaped high in the air like the great ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and snagged it in his glove.It may have been the defensive play of the game, and it was done by a guy with spinal stenosis, a debilitating, painful condition that had sidelined him for months this season, even casting doubt on whether his career as a Met was over. Now, he’s going to the World Series to represent a team he’s played for since he first came to the Majors.And what about the guy who cried this season when he thought he’d been traded? Wilmer Flores heard the news from social media as he took his position at short stop, fighting back the tears, as fans at Citi Field applauded him for his service. His unabashed loyalty to a team he’d been associated with since he was 17 years old was cathartic. At the time, the idea that a player actually cared about being a Met when the team was barely above .500 seemed inconceivable. After all, this was a team that had been no-hit by a no-name pitcher from the San Francisco Giants when there were more SF fans than Mets fans in the stands.Last night in Chicago Flores caught a foul amid the bull-pen crowd gathered near the third-base stands, making a play reminiscent of Yanks’ Derek Jeter. It was a huge out. The metaphorical clouds of doom and gloom that had been gathering suddenly parted, at least temporarily. Soon, the team’s transformation from mediocre to superior was complete with an 8-3 win.Following his unparalleled Mets pitching peers—Noah “Thor” Syndegaard, Matt “The Dark Knight” Harvey, and the lanky, long-haired Jacob DeGrom—Long Island native Steve Matz pitched a great game. The 24-year-old rookie lefthander who starred at Ward-Melville High School almost got a hit down the right-field line himself. In his Major League debut back in June, he’d hit a two-run double, and went 3-for 3. When he was 11, Matz had reportedly first come to the attention of professional baseball when he was spotted by a scout at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, which many frustrated parents of Long Island Little Leaguers probably know as Baseball Purgatory. Now he’s living the dream, pitching his favorite team from childhood into the World Series.There are many things to savor from last night’s game, which condemned the Cubs to their 107th consecutive season without a championship. To them, we say, wait ‘til next year.First, hats off to Terry Collins, the oldest manager in baseball, at 66, who pointed out that he clinched the pennant on what would’ve been his parents’ 73rd wedding anniversary. He’d played for a decade in the minors, and became a manager in 1981, even getting fired along the way.As Collins told reporters in Chicago after the game, he got a note from his mom when he was 12 years old so he could skip school and watch the 1960 World Series between the Pirates and the Yankees. “Then I’m sitting there tonight (thinking), ‘Holy crap, now you’re in it, after all these years!’”Collins made a lot of great moves over the season to keep the team competitive. To the consternation of fans, he stuck with the slumping first baseman Lucas Duda in the playoffs—he’d been 3-for-24—and last night Collins was rewarded big time. Duda hit a three-run blast off Cubs’ Jason Hammel, who’d had him buried in a 3-2 hole. Up next was catcher Travis D’Arnoud, who also homered. The team had a four-run lead and the first inning wasn’t even over. But I don’t know any long-time Mets fans who dared to relax. It was too early for that.Weird things also happened last night in Chicago. When D’Arnoud was behind the plate, the Cubs Tommy LaStella fouled a ball off his face mask that plunked the Cubs Miguel Montero’s batting helmet as he stood on deck. Cubs veteran catcher David Ross blanked out that our pitcher, Steven Matz, only had two strikes when he ran off the field thinking his team was out of the inning. Maybe Ross forgot he was in the National League.And poor, pitiful, portly Kyle Schwarber, a former catcher whom the Cubs stuck in left field. He landed flat on his belly more than once, his white uniform stained green with Wrigley Field grass, his miscues helping the Mets pile on their lead.This team may have never trailed in the playoffs but that was the farthest thought from my mind when Yoenis Cespedes, the Mets phenomenal center-fielder with the thick bushy eyebrows, was spotted in the dugout, wearing a pennant championship T-shirt as well as his protective goggles for post-game champagne spraying. Cespedes hadn’t been seen since he’d left the game in the second inning with a sore shoulder. Good god, the game wasn’t over yet! Talk about a jinx, about hubris, about tempting fate! Put a duffel bag over that guy and hustle him back inside the locker room!But there were his teammates leaning over the railing, smiling, laughing, waiting to mob the mound. Bartolo Colon, our 42-year-old veteran pitcher, looked like a bemused Buddha as he contemplated his first trip to the Fall Classic. He’d come on to relieve Matz in the fifth-inning after three Mets players had let a shallow two-out pop-out drop amid them. Colon pitched perfectly, keeping the Cubs at bay.And then, when we thought there was nothing left for him to prove, Daniel Murphy hit a two-run homer in the top of the eighth-inning. It was Murphy’s sixth consecutive home run in the playoffs, not only a franchise record, but one for the history books! His achievement earned him the MVP trophy for the National League championship series. Afterwards, the Mets right-fielder Curtis Granderson told reporters that “I can tell my kids I played with Babe Ruth!” Some of us would nominate Granderson as the Mets MVP for the inspiring role he’d played all season long in keeping the team in the hunt for October.Asked for an explanation about his amazing home-run streak, Murphy said, “I can’t explain. Just ride it…” As he put it to another reporter, “Let the blessings flow!”Who thought he’d stay this hot? Nobody I know. After all, during the regular season, he only hit 14 home runs, his career high, and here he was aiming for the record books. When he came to bat in the eighth inning, who expected him to “go yard”? The Mets had six runs, the Cubs only one. But then lightning struck again—and Murphy hit a two-run homer beyond the ivy-covered walls of Wrigley Field. You just can’t make this up. No Hollywood producer would buy this script.But here they are, four games away from a ticker-tape parade down Broadway. Who would have believed it? Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island is home to two cities, more than a dozen towns, and a vast network of dozens upon dozens of villages and hamlets stretching from the Queens border in the west to Montauk Point in the east, sandwiched between the North Shore’s Long Island Sound and South Shore’s barrier beaches—all within Nassau and Suffolk counties.It is an eclectic mix, for sure, and includes countless commercial businesses and companies encompassing small mom-and-pops shops and boutiques, franchises, national chains, hometown restaurants, bars, pubs, music and events venues, municipal works and residential neighborhoods. Punctuating this smorgasbord of communities are a variety of lively downtowns—characterized as popular local centralized hubs comprised of all the aforementioned businesses and attractions renowned for their wide range of exceptional cuisines, shopping experiences, activities, nightlife and tourist destinations. The following is a list of some of Long Island’s most popular and well-known downtowns, along with some of their top highlights, all well worth a visit with friends, family members, loved ones, and/or simply perfect for solo excursions to explore, learn about, and ultimately, embrace.Here’s The Ultimate Guide to Long Island Downtowns:BABYLONA major Long Island Railroad hub that sits upon the Great South Bay, Babylon remains a coveted South Shore destination. With a rich history as a resort town purchased from the Sumpwam Indians in 1670, Babylon remains a quaint and bustling downtown that runs along Main Street and Deer Park Avenue full of shops, restaurants, and the picturesque Argyle Lake, whose white shallow waterfalls make for a popular wedding photo site. Loaded with local bars including Mary Carroll’s, Lily Flanagan’s, The Post Office Café, and Horace and Sylvia’s, and casual restaurants such as Swell Taco, a beach-themed taco restaurant, to Del Fuego, a Mexican-style restaurant and tequila bar with a sister restaurant in Patchogue, Babylon Village is brimming with young visitors who enjoy the thriving nightlife and friendly dining scene. For breakfast or lunch, look no further than Glen’s Dinette (order the Blue Monkey Pancakes) and Tricia’s Café. Upscale restaurants such as The Argyle, Monsoon, Barrique Kitchen and Wine Bar, and Gemelli’s (whose nearby delicatessen under the same ownership justifies a trip to Babylon alone) cater to the well-dressed foodie set. Spas, hair salons, ice cream shops, a candy store, a toy shop, coffee shops and other independent stores make Babylon a perfect walking town.HUNTINGTONHuntington Village is Long Island’s Manhattan. This North Shore 36-square-block cosmopolitan downtown area that comprises the village is bustling with boutique stores and restaurants along New York Avenue and Main Street that run the gamut of motifs and cuisines, from Argentine, Japanese, Mexican and Mediterranean, from upscale spots such as Prime Steakhouse, Cassis, and Besito to more casual burger fare. This cultural hub caters to Huntington’s artsy crowd with such popular destinations as: renowned music venue The Paramount (where Billy Joel has been known to drop in for an impromptu concert); independent bookstore Book Revue, which has featured discussions and book signings with such noted authors as JK Rowling, Ken Follett, and Tom Clancy, former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, as well as both presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump; the Hecksher Museum of Art; events sponsored by the Huntington Arts Council; and the Inter-Media Arts Center, a theater devoted to debuting independent films. The annual Long Island Gay Pride Parade is hosted in the village, which attracts a young, boisterous crowd. Try a famous cold cheese slice at Little Vincent’s—the culinary and shopping choices abound in this downtown gem!PORT JEFFERSONThe downtown area of this charming harbor town is replete with rich history, cultural heritage, and a storybook-like village. One of two ports with access to Connecticut, this is a maritime mecca, with restaurants, bars, entertainment and educational and social activities to spare. The newly developed Harborfront Park and Port Jefferson Village Center provides a central hub with appeal to every demographic that stumbles upon them, from those interested in Long Island’s history to children who love to lace up their ice skates all winter long. The Maritime Explorium offers an exciting, hands-on experience for young children. Theatergoers come from all across the Island to attend TheatreThree, which houses plays for children and adults alike, all year long. The Dickens Festival takes over the village every winter, transforming Port Jefferson into Great Britain a century past, with characters in period costume showcasing scenes from A Christmas Carol, on street corners. Foodies flock to Port Jeff to sample freshly caught seafood on outside patios in the summertime, in restaurants with harborviews, including Schafer’s, the Steamroom, and the Wave at Danford’s. Stroll Main Street and discover art galleries, ice cream and candy shops, a rice pudding bar (!), a tea shop, and gift shops to enjoy and get lost in. Sample local beers at Brewology, and Port Jeff Brewery, bite into the perfect burger at Billie’s 1890 Saloon, or indulge in some of the 100 artisan cheeses at C’est Cheese. There’s so much to see and do all throughout this amazing port.EAST HAMPTONA shopper’s paradise, East Hampton caters to the glitterati who reside on the East End, as well as the tourists who come to dine, shop, beach, and celebrity watch. Home to a ton of high-end boutiques and retail stores along its picturesque Main Street, this town is a tribute to beachfront luxury, featuring shops like Tiffany & Co., Gucci, a Missoni Home Store, Ralph Lauren, and Cole Haan. Restaurants abound, including the famed Nick and Toni’s, where you can glimpse Steven Spielberg chowing down during the summer. Check out Serafina, East Hampton Grill, or The Palm for an authentic Hamptons experience. Guild Hall, the premier arts, entertainment, and education center of the community, features fascinating theatrical performances, overseen by its president Alec Baldwin. Visit in September for the Hampton Classic Horse Show. In October, the Hamptons International Film Festival is a week-long red carpet event celebrating Independent films—long, short, documentary, and fiction—and honoring acclaimed films, actors, and directors who often go on to win Academy Awards soon after. A resort town perched among world-class beaches, East Hampton is a prime destination for vacation goers both international and local day trippers alike.RIVERHEADDowntown Riverhead has undergone tremendous revitalization in recent years, beginning with the construction of Atlantis Marine World aquarium in 2000, located on 3.2 acres along the Peconic River. The addition of the Hyatt Place East End and Resort Marina has cemented its place as a resort town, perfect for those who attend weddings at the aquarium or North Fork vineyards. This quaint downtown is now full of historical treasures and beautiful riverfront scenery, commerce, dining, and leisure. With an influx of superior restaurant options, from Pera Bell (whose sister restaurant is in downtown Patchogue) to Bistro 72 and Buoy One. Close to the shopping hotspot that is the Tanger Outlets, Riverhead has become a premier North Shore destination, especially along its Main Street. This is an extremely kid-friendly town, with the Atlantis Aquarium and Splish Splash water park attracting families from all over Long Island. This increasingly walkable shopping hub is home to dozens of recently opened shops, including clothing boutiques, jewelry stores, and East Enders, a trendy and extremely busy coffee shop. The Riverhead Business Improvement District introduced four “Alive on 25” street festivals, modeled after Patchogue’s popular “Alive at 5” summer events. For families, foodies, and festival-goers, Riverhead reigns supreme.GLEN COVESince its settlement by European colonists in 1668, The City of Glen Cove (one of two cities in all of Nassau County) has been known as a quaint, quiet, and relaxing locale that is home to nearly 30,000 people. No matter the time of day or your palate, there is always something cooking in downtown Glen Cove along Glen Street, School Road and Forest Avenue. For a hearty breakfast, local landmark Henry’s Confectionary has been serving up a great start to the day, since 1929. If you are looking for reasonably priced yet high-quality continental cuisine, check out the underrated American Café right next to Starbucks. For continental cuisine with a side of pizza (and perhaps a drink and even weekend karaoke), look no further than local hangout The Downtown Cafe. Those hankering for cuisine from the Far East can enjoy sushi, Japanese and Thai dishes at Asian Fusion or Tokyo Sushi, or Sweet Mandarin for some of the best Chinese that can be had on the Gold Coast. For tasty Italian fare, check out La Bussola. Andros Grill and Wild Fig serve up delicious Greek cuisine. On Tuesdays, the Glen St. Theater offers a $6 movie matinee special. The “Cruise Night” car show features the latest and greatest automobiles, while “Downtown Sounds” features numerous live acts and great tunes that is a great way to end the week and spend a summer night under the stars!GREENPORTVoted “One of America’s Prettiest Towns” by Forbes magazine, Greenport is one of the North Fork’s crown jewels, and basically one massive downtown in itself, although its primary hubs are Front Street and Main Road. Situated on the deep, protected harbor on the Long Island Sound, this old whaling port boasts a thriving downtown rife with waterfront restaurants, hotels, museums and galleries, and an abundant variety of boutique shops. You just can’t visit Greenport without stopping at Mitchell Field and taking a ride on the antique carousel. Restaurants run the gamut, from fine-dining establishments like the famed Claudio’s, Soundview Restaurant and the trendy Frisky Oyster, to casual dining such as 1943 Pizza Bar, Biere Bar and Restaurant and Deep Water Bar and Grille. The Maritime Festival takes over downtown Greenport every fall, kicking off with a cocktail party and culminating in a parade, kayak races, music, food, local wine, children’s activities, oysters, old-fashioned games and a sunset cruise.MASSAPEQUA & MASSAPEQUA PARKWhen Superstorm Sandy barreled into Long Island, Massapequa and Massapequa Park, especially its southernmost areas, like pretty much all of Long Island’s South Shore, were hit hard. Since then, this hamlet and village, respectively, have seen several new businesses open, joining their popular families of myriad restaurants and mom-and-pops shops lining Massapequa’s Broadway and Massapequa Park’s Park Boulevard. They both share an equally popular strip of eateries and boutiques lining Merrick Road, too, making this dynamic duo a powerful combination of commerce. Among some of these culinary and shopping destinations: the craft beer hub The Good Life and Tap Room, Irish fave Paddy’s Loft, pizza paradise Phil’s (with two locations), Long Island institution All American Burger, The Perk coffee shop, Gannon’s, Fulton Street Pub, Johnny McGorey’s and McCann’s, just to name a few. Both Massapequa and Massapequa Park are also renowned for their plentiful parks and nature preserves, where families can hike, fish, or simply relax, taking in their splendor. Their timeless charm and delicious food have been attracting customers from all over.BAYVILLEThe North Shore village of Bayville is home to absolutely gorgeous waterfront views and plenty of boutique stores, shops and activities along its main drag, Bayville Avenue. One of the most popular attractions in Bayville is the Bayville Adventure Park, featuring a mini golf, a fun house, an arcade, and an ice cream parlor. During Halloween season, the ghostly apparition of Bayville Scream Park appears, scaring the wits out of countless visitors. Some of Bayville’s many eateries, hotspots and breathtaking venues include: The Crescent Beach Club, Twin Harbors Restaurant, Mill Creek Tavern, Ralph’s Pizza and Souvlaki Place. Perhaps more than any other draws, however, are Bayville’s renowned beaches and picturesque backdrops along the Long Island Sound and the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge. These absolutely gorgeous locales provide the perfect settings for weddings, family outings, or just relaxing by the water.GREAT NECKGreat Neck Plaza is a robust downtown district made up of a mix of modern and historic buildings, condos, and apartment buildings, with nearby access to the LIRR. Careful zoning and planning has created a walkable downtown district along Great Neck Road that boasts an abundance of restaurants and retail shopping that has the feel of old Manhattan. With more than 260 retail stores, Great Neck Plaza is a haven for shoppers, while maintaining its unique historic architectural facade. There a number of unique specialty stores, ranging from MuddWorks, a coffee shop with homemade roasts which change daily, to Taeree’s Gift Shop, offering beautiful handcrafted jewelry, accessories, and handbags. Restaurants abound in this culinary center, from the famed Peter Luger Steak House and the sophisticated, urban chic Lola restaurant to more casual fare, such as Bare Burger and Mykonos, a fantastic Greek restaurant, and several Asian fusion eateries to choice from. Great Neck Plaza is a bastion of art, culture, food, and boutique shopping, close enough to the city for easy commuting but equipped with enough of its own to render Manhattan virtually unnecessary.MINEOLADowntown Mineola is filled with enough restaurants and bars along Mineola Boulevard to keep the hungry and thirsty satiated. With a culinary cross section of ethnic eateries spanning Portuguese, Italian, and Japanese, hitting price points from inexpensive to upscale fine dining, a night out in Mineola appeals to all. Check out Vicoco Wine Bar and Tapas restaurant for light Spanish fare with an expansive wine selection. For Italian specialties, try Nick’s Tuscan Grill, a staple for red sauce specialties with mighty portions and excellent service. Niji consistently creates fresh, flavorful dishes that are artfully prepared and phenomenally delicious. For drinks, stop by the Black Sheep Ale House, Murphy’s Bar and Grill, or Cornerstone Pub and restaurant for beer on tap and a young, lively crowd. This extraordinary village also boasts two other “downtown” areas: Jericho Turnpike and Old Country Road, both lined with even more restaurants, shops and businesses worth visiting, day or night.WESTBURYWestbury was recently the recipient of a $10 million grant to revitalize its downtown district, which stretches Post Avenue. Westbury’s location, walkability, affordable housing options, and arts and culture offerings are the foundation of a downtown that can serve as an anchor for the Island. Nearby, NYCB Theatre at Westbury and the Space at Westbury attract visitors of all ages, featuring up-and-coming artists, renowned acts, and plenty of tribute bands as well. Within walking distance of these venues, there are an array of notable restaurants, such as Galleria Dominick Ristorante, an intimate, yet casual Italian eatery, and Chi Dining Lounge, a chic, upscale space serving steaks, seafood, and brick oven pizza, among many others. Stroll the downtown and check out the charming features that are the ark of its revitalization, such as new vintage street lights, road signs, and flower baskets. Enjoy the clean look of the new facades on buildings. Shop. Eat. Listen to the great music!NORTHPORTHistoric downtown Northport is Long Island’s Mayberry. This shopping and dining destination, which stretches along Main Street, is right out of a Norman Rockwell illustration, with old-fashioned storefronts, antique stores, an ice cream parlor and restaurants that decorate the walkable landscape ending in waterfront Cow Harbor Park. Home to the annual Cow Harbor 10k race, Northport is a gathering center for those from all over the Island. Northport Village combines dining, culture and entertainment in a picturesque setting reminiscent of days gone past. Other events include Cow Harbor Day, Holiday House Tours, Winterfest and Summerfest concerts taking place at Heart of the Harbor Park bandstand. Restaurants abound on this strip, from fine dining to casual eateries. Maroni Cuisine is an Italian restaurant that inspires almost a cult-like status. Also check out Bistro 44 for contemporary American cuisine, Main Street Café, and Northport Feed and Grain for fantastic burgers and steaks. Heartichoke is one of the many quirky gift shops that can be found while strolling down Main Street. This shop is home to beautiful jewelry, accessories, and garden supplies. The Northport Sweet Shop is a vintage-style ice cream shop, which also serves breakfast, lunch, dessert, and is known for their homemade ice cream, and satisfying BLT sandwiches. Northport is also home to Sand City Brewing, serving a wide selection of craft brew and eats.GARDEN CITYGarden City is one of Long Island’s wealthiest—and prettiest—enclaves. This tree-lined historic town is supported by a significant commercial economy that includes Roosevelt Field Mall, The Long Island Children’s Museum, a Sony IMAX theater, and the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Nearby, are both Hofstra University and Nassau Community College. Garden City’s downtown is a walkable conglomeration of upscale restaurants, bars, spas, salons, and boutiques dotting Franklin Avenue, and is home to one of the most famous bistros on Long Island: Waterzooi. This is Long Island’s only Belgian Bistro, and it’s served more than 2.5 million pounds of mussels to date. Just down the street, Revel is a contemporary restaurant in an industrial space offering trendy cuisine aimed at a young, hip crowd. Likewise, Plancha Tapas and Wine caters to the upwardly mobile set, with an inventive cheese board menu and an expansive and impressive wine list. Garden City’s downtown is a gorgeous spot to dine with friends, enjoy a glass of wine, and people watch.PATCHOGUEThis trendy village located on the Great South Bay resides nearly equidistant between Manhattan and Montauk and teems with a vast array of restaurants and pubs, shops and boutiques, and live music venues along Montauk Highway, making it one of the most popular downtowns along the island’s South Shore. Among its many draws: the 1,200-seat Patchogue Theatre built in 1921 and renovated in 2000; traditional German restaurant and bar Bierhaus Patchogue; The Emporium and 89 North music venues; craft brew haven The Tap Room; That Meetball Place; Hoptron Brewtique; Blue Point Brewing Company; BrickHouse Brewery, housed in the oldest commercial building in the village; and many more. This extraordinary village is also known as a transportation hub, with access to the Long Island Railroad, ferry to Fire Island, and Suffolk County bus service, as well as connections to major highways and nearby regional airport, and own village bus that transports visitors throughout the community. Its Alive After Five street fair, featuring music, food, local craft brews, arts and more, attracts people from all across the island throughout the summer, and Patchogue is also home to the Great South Bay Music Festival, one of the largest annual music events in the region.BAY SHOREAlthough known as Merrick Road to western Long Islanders along the South Shore, the two-, sometimes four-lane artery becomes Montauk Highway as it winds east, and offers visitors to the South Shore hamlet of Bay Shore a wide range of retail shops, fine restaurants, bars, music venues, annual festivals and more. Among these: the fine waterfront dining hotspot The LakeHouse Restaurant; tapas paradise Tullulah’s; cozy coffee shop replete with couches and unique furniture the Milk and Sugar Café; seafood and cocktail haven the Salt & Barrel; the popular Changing Times pub; Mexican go-to spot Pico Tequila; casual dining and pub grub destination Corks and Taps; watering holes The Courtland and The Penny Pub; and so much more. Bay Shore is also home to the Great South Bay Brewery, one of Long Island’s most popular craft brew creators, which features a tasting room and hosts live music and events throughout the year, including its popular “Punktoberfest.” Bay Shore’s annual “Arts Festival by the Bay” draws tens of thousands of visitors each year.ISLIPThis South Shore hamlet along the Great South Bay boasts a smorgasbord of extraordinary restaurants, mom-and-pops shops, live music and arts venues, and much more, with a concentration of these and other daytime and nightlife hotspots along Montauk Highway. Islip is home to Tellers, a high-end chophouse renowned for its fine-dining and posh, celebrity-like atmosphere, and Verace, an equally upscale restaurant popular among jetsetters and those seeking luxurious environs and stylish pizzazz. Among its assortment of popular bars and pubs: Lily Flanagan’s, Maxwells, Bottoms Up, and The Viking. Some of its other go-to eateries include: Bubba’s Burrito Bar, Mango Tango Asian Fusion, Villa Monaco, Primi Italian Steakhouse, Pizza Parm, and many more. Among Islip’s other destination gems is Treme Blues & Jazz Club, offering Cajun-style tapas, gourmet meat and cheese platters, specialized cocktails, an eclectic list of wines, to-die-for desserts, and some of the best live music on the island!last_img read more

first_imgThe average age of credit union members in most countries is mid-to-late 40s, according to our new International Lessons for Young Adult Membership Growth technical guide. We asked successful credit unions around the world for lessons learned from serving the 18–35 age group. The technical guide showcases the top 12 growth strategies that work for credit unions in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Kenya, Mexico, Poland and the U.S. As current membership ages, success in attracting young adults will be crucial to the movement’s future.Today, the credit union community stands at 208 million members worldwide. World Council has set forth a challenge to the global movement: add 50 million new members by the year 2020. This goal will require us to respond to consumer demands and collaborate to overcome common barriers in serving and attracting members from Generation Y. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgAs urged by NAFCU, NCUA Board Chairman Debbie Matz has told association President and CEO Dan Berger the agency will be examining credit unions for reasonable, good faith efforts to comply with CFPB’s Truth in Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act rules as of Aug. 1.Berger, writing earlier this month about the looming compliance deadline, recalled the agency considered credit unions’ “good faith efforts toward substantial compliance” in the early days of CFPB’s ability-to-repay, qualified mortgage and mortgage servicing rules in 2014.Matz replied that is what NCUA will do this time around as well. To that, Berger noted thanks. “We appreciate Chairman Matz’s leadership and NCUA staff’s efforts to ensure as smooth a transition for credit unions as possible to the new TILA/RESPA requirements.”“NCUA examiners will be looking for reasonable and good faith efforts by credit unions toward substantial compliance with the new rule as of the effective date,” the NCUA chairman wrote. “NCUA recognizes that some credit unions may need time to perform conclusive system testing and work with their technology vendors to resolve any remaining issues that may occur from extensive testing and use, once their new TILA/RESPA mortgage disclosure systems become fully operational on August 1. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgWhether you’re a fan of the Las Vegas strip or not, you can’t argue with Steve Wynn when he said “Human resources isn’t a thing we do. It’s the thing that runs our business.”Credit unions everywhere are relying on evolving technology to attract and maintain members. But what is your credit union doing to empower human resources (HR) – the backbone of your organization?The goal of every HR department is to hire and retain the best candidates. Candidates that will be invested in your credit union and go above and beyond to get the job done. Candidates who will ensure member satisfaction and, ultimately, increase profitability.To be both cost- and compliance-conscious while keeping member service top of mind, your credit union need to get as much value as possible out of their existing technology investments. One of the most cost-effective options is to leverage the capabilities of your existing document management or enterprise content management (ECM) solution across your credit union.Here are three areas in HR where your ECM solution can help you the most.RecruitingYour ECM solution captures and stores applications and resumes as they are received. With that applicant information centrally located, everyone on the HR team has access to all the information they need, when they need it, to make smart hiring decisions, not blind bets – before the competition.Once the ECM solution captures applications, it automatically forwards them for quick decision making. And when you’ve chosen a candidate, document templates generate the offer letter, route it through approvals, and track changes by managers so your credit union quickly sends the offer letter. This allows recruiters to spend more time identifying the best candidates for jobs and less time organizing paperwork and supporting documentation to begin the search in the first place.OnboardingECM gives HR personnel the tools they need to better manage the onboarding process and provide new employees with smooth transitions and sweeting their honeymoon period. By providing HR with a holistic view of all related information in a single location, staff easily tracks the entire onboarding process and monitor tasks across departments. Through automation, increased visibility and centralized information management, new employees are ready for work on day one.Policies & proceduresWhen HR policies and procedures are stored on paper, ensuring employees review and acknowledge these documents is time consuming and prone to error. Using your ECM solution, HR departments efficiently create, distribute and track employee acknowledgement of policies and procedures while reducing associated administrative tasks such as filing, copying and mailing documents. With this documented proof of both policy distribution and employee sign off, organizations strengthen compliance and minimize liability while holding all dealers and players, er, I mean employees accountable.HR’s applicability for ECM has mainly grown due to legal and compliance reasons, such as protection against age-discrimination lawsuits or certifying an employee’s receipt of a required form. But it also involves the growing need for efficiencies in storage and processing of documents in personnel offices. From recruiting and onboarding to payroll and records management, ECM manages documents and processes so HR can focus on employees, not paper.Running a successful credit union has nothing to do with beginner’s luck. There are opportunities for process improvement within every single credit union. In the next part of this series, we’ll take a look at how as a connected credit union, you can leverage your ECM solution to transform your accounting processes. 67SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michelle Harbinak Shapiro Michelle Shapiro has more than a 15 years of experience in the banking industry to her role as Financial Services Industry Expert at Hyland Software. Her mission is to share … Web: www.onbase.com Detailslast_img read more