New ‘virtual deals passes’ aim to help revitalize Patchogue and five other L.I. downtowns


A new initiative to help downtowns across Long Island was introduced on Thursday.

The program called Downtown Deals Travel Pass is a collaborative effort between the local tourism group Discover Long Island and Nassau and Suffolk counties’ IDAs.

Its goal is to provide “economic stimulus through incentivized marketing efforts for small businesses, restaurants, and attractions,” reads a statement from Discover Long Island.

To do this, locals and visitors can sign up for a virtual pass online, which will showcase what is going on in particular Main Streets.

The first downtowns on Long Island to benefit from this are Patchogue, Farmingdale, Huntington, Great Neck, Rockville Centre, and Greenport.

Here’s how it works.

Click here for a free sign-up for the pass. A link will then be sent to your phone where can click and see the latest happenings and deals in the local villages and hamlets.

This is Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone remarks on the idea:

“Our businesses, restaurants and attractions have been left reeling from the effects of COVID-19 and it is vital that we safely welcome and incentivize guests to come back to our now re-open downtowns in order to stimulate recovery efforts across the region,” he said. “Long Island’s vibrant downtowns are cherished among our communities and coveted by visitors and this new Downtown Deals Travel Pass provides a new tool to identify the businesses that make them so unique and encourage guests to visit.”

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