Long Island Music Hall of Fame Moving to Permanent Home

. August 6, 2011 . 0 Comments

Brookhaven Town Board Approves License for LIMHOF to Move Into Historic First National Bank, Brookhaven’s former Tax Receiver Office Building in Port Jefferson Village

Councilman Fiore-Rosenfeld has announced the Town Board approval of the new License Agreement with the Long Island Music Hall Of Fame (LIMHOF) allowing them to operate a museum/education center in the historic First National Bank Building (former Tax Receiver’s Office) in Port Jefferson.

Councilman Fiore-Rosenfeld stated, “I am thrilled that the Long Island Music Hall of Fame will have finally found a home in Brookhaven in the wonderful village of Port Jefferson. What a brilliant setting LIMHOF will have for a museum in this circa 1900 landmark building which is a magnificent architectural treasure in the heart of Port Jefferson.” He went on to say, “our island has such a rich musical history, Gershwin, Billy Joel, Guy Lombardo, Louie Armstrong just to name a few, putting LIMHOF’s collection of musical memorabilia on display so that the next generation of Long Islanders can learn about this outstanding culture on Long Island is exceptional; one would be hard pressed to find a more appropriate place to open this museum.”

“Councilman Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld has been working hard to bring the Long Island Music Hall of Fame to Port Jefferson village and I am glad that the old tax receiver building will no longer be vacant. I wish the Long Island Music Hall of Fame good luck in their new home in downtown Port Jefferson,” said Supervisor Mark Lesko.

Jim Faith, Chairman of the LIMHOF Board of Directors said, “on behalf of the LI Music Hall of Fame board of directors, we are excited to work in harmony with the Town of Brookhaven and Village of Port Jefferson to finally see our dream of a brick & mortar, Long Island Music Hall of Fame Museum, come to fruition. The many artists, musicians and bands that have created the rich music history of LI will finally have a home to preserve their legacy”.

A process which was started in 2007 with talks between the Councilman and Supervisor, Long Island Music Hall of Fame, Parks Department and the Finance Department is finally coming to fruition. Working with the support of the Village of Port Jefferson, its Business Improvement District and Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Port Jefferson Historical Society, the plan is to allow the non-profit Long Island Music Hall of Fame to operate a museum/education center devoted to the musical history of Long Island (from Gershwin to Billy Joel) in this Town-owned building in Port Jefferson Village.

Long Island Music Hall of Fame is a non-profit IRS 501(c)(3) organization, with NYS State Education Chartered authority to educate and develop a museum. The License Agreement grants to the LIMHOF the ability to operate within this Town owned building for 15 years with an option for a 5 year extension. Given the public use the non-profit education component and access to this building the Town will only require a nominal $10.00 fee. LIMHOF will be responsible for all other operational expenses such as Executive Director, other staff salaries, utility costs, any additional capital building needs such as construction of exhibit and office spaces and any proposed musical training room. LIMHOF will also be responsible for any specialty equipment such as special electrical, humidity control, and special alarm system.


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