Patchogue Village Named One of 13 Great Places in America 1953

The American Planning Association (APA) has announced that it has named Downtown Patchogue Village, New York, as one of four Great Neighborhoods on APA’s annual Great Places in America list, which starts the countdown to National Community Planning Month in October.

The Great Neighborhoods, Great Streets and Great Public Spaces of 2019 are places that are unique and exemplary in their success stories of revitalization, cultural identity, and strong community connection. In the program’s 12th year, APA Recognizes 13 Great Neighborhoods, Streets and Public Spaces and Patchogue is honored to be named as one of the honorees for its amazing downtown transformation.

“The transformation that has occurred in Patchogue is nothing short of groundbreaking when you consider how much progress has been achieved in such a short amount of time,” said County Executive Steve Bellone. “This downtown revitalization was made possible by a community-driven approach from the ground up led by Mayor Pontieri. Today, Long Island is front and center on the map as we can replicate the success in Patchogue to other communities across the region. Suffolk County will continue to support the Village and will leverage transportation investments to generate additional affordable housing and attract new job opportunities.”

APA’s Great Places in America program recognizes the streets, neighborhoods and public spaces in the United States demonstrating exceptional character, quality and planning—attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire others around the country.

“Being considered a Great Place in America tells the story of a community that embraced change. The strength of any community is driven by its diversity, its commitment to the future and residents’ willingness to volunteer to make their Village a better place,” said Mayor Paul V. Pontieri Jr. “By creating a vibrant downtown, the Village of Patchogue has become a place for professionals and young families to live and grow.

Downtown Patchogue Village was once considered a “ghost town,” and the New York Times lamented “the community’s deteriorating fortunes” since it was no longer able to depend on tourism, local industry, or traditional retail, and was in desperate need of a complete economic revitalization. For 20 years, the Village and County turned to planning innovations like transit-oriented development, investments in local infrastructure, and early adoption of multifamily housing. Today, Downtown Patchogue Village has reinvented itself as a regional dining, shopping and entertainment destination.

A member of the Executive Board of the local NY Metro Chapter of the APA, Alex Wallach, authored the nomination earlier this year. Alex, who is also a Patchogue resident explained, “When I moved to Patchogue in 2017 I fell in love with the sense of community. There were so many stories about what Patchogue had been and how over the years it has transformed into what it is today.”

“The neighborhoods recognized this year demonstrate the importance of planning in creating vibrant and sustainable communities,” said Kurt Christiansen, FAICP, APA President. “Patchogue Village is a national example of how innovative planning practices can fundamentally transform a community.”

“What makes Patchogue stand out to us is the extra mile this community has gone to get positive results,” he said. “Through opposition this successful redevelopment of an older downtown has now revitalized the community and now it not only can survive, but it can thrive. The impact of what has been done will last generations. Quite often we do not celebrate our successes, this is an opportunity to celebrate the hard work and the amazing things planners can do with the support of the community.”

The community will come together to celebrate Downtown Patchogue Village’s designation as a Great Neighborhood in America at 11 a.m. during Fall Fest on October 19, 2019 at the Historic Patchogue Theatre. Following the reception, there will be a walking tour of downtown Patchogue and an after-party hosted by the Patchogue Young Professionals at the Blue Point Brewery.

In addition to Patchogue Village, APA has also recognized the following Great Neighborhoods in 2019:

  • Downtown Lee’s Summit  – Lee’s Summit, Missouri
  • Short North Arts District – Columbus, Ohio
  • Historic Downtown Delaware – Delaware, Ohio

Since launching the Great Places in America program in 2007, APA has recognized 303 neighborhoods, streets and public spaces around the country. Designees are selected annually and represent the gold standard for a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for the future.

For the sixth year, members of the public can suggest their favorite public space, neighborhood, or street to earn a “People’s Choice” designation. Throughout October, individuals can offer suggestions via APA’s social media channels using the hashtag #APAgreatplaces. APA will select five finalists that the public can vote on via APA’s website. The “People’s Choice” winner will be announced October 30, 2019.  

For more information about APA’s Great Neighborhoods, Great Streets and Great Public Spaces for 2019 and previous years, visit

Learn more about APA’s National Community Planning Month by visiting


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Bring Home the “Teacher’s Pet”, Free Back to School Adoptions 113

In celebration of the start of the new school year, the Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will offer free adoptions throughout the month of September for dogs and cats over the age of four years-old. The normal adoption fees of $137 for a dog and $140 for a cat will be waived and include free neuter or spay, vaccinations, microchip, license, heartworm test, flea and fecal.

Here are a few of the adoptable pets currently at Brookhaven Animal Shelter:


Those who are interested in adopting a dog or cat should visit the Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center located at 300 Horseblock Road in Brookhaven. It is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please visit or call 631-451-6950.


Town Partners with Long Island Housing Partnership to Provide Affordable Housing 168

 On August 27th, Brookhaven Town, working in conjunction with the Long Island Housing Partnership (LIHP), conducted a lottery at Brookhaven Town Hall to select 20 applicants who will be provided with an opportunity to purchase new, affordable condominiums at Country Pointe Meadows in Yaphank. These homes are offered for sale to eligible households that earn 80 percent or less of the area median income and will feature two bedrooms and one bath.

Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said, “I want to thank the Long Island Housing Partnership and Beechwood Yaphank LLC for working with the us to help make the dream of home ownership a reality. Brookhaven Town code ensures all housing developments must have at least 10 percent of its units dedicated to providing workforce or affordable housing, and this makes it easier for hard working families to remain on Long Island.”

Pictured left to right are LIHP President and CEO Peter Elkowitz; LIHP Senior Vice President James Britz; Supervisor Edward P. Romaine; Brookhaven Town Commissioner of Housing and Human Services Alison Karppi and LIHP Executive Assistant Linda Mathews.



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