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Hempstead, Southampton earn downtown-demo dollars

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two Long Island downtown-redevelopment efforts will be bolstered by a cool million, each, in state funds. Round Five of the Restore New York Communities Initiative doles out a total of $81 million to 71 statewide projects, including $1 million stipends for demolition projects in downtown Hempstead and downtown Southampton – both clearing the way for modern multi-use developments. The latest round of competitive RNYCI funding was dispersed in the FY2017 state…

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Albany touts advances of MWBEs, new support

Good news to help you celebrate National Women’s Small Business Month: The percentage of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises among the private businesses holding New York State contracts is on the rise. The utilization rate for MWBEs participating in state contracts increased to 27.2 percent during the 2016-17 fiscal year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced this week, with companies owned by minorities and women winning more than $2.2 billion in state-sanctioned work. New York’s MWBE…


Noting $21B in damage, Cuomo (kinda) blasts Trump

By GREGORY ZELLER // Is Andrew Cuomo running for president? The governor has been customarily coy about a potential 2020 White House bid, and with an increasingly sticky 2018 re-election campaign to navigate first, there’s certainly no rush on an official declaration. But Cuomo hasn’t been shy about taking the current administration to task over what he sees as flaws in President Donald Trump’s decision-making, logic, even motives. And when a big-name politician in a…


Patriot Day package: $40M for NY counterterrorism

Statewide counterterrorism programs, including several based on Long Island, are being bolstered by nearly $40 million in federal funds. Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced a series of federal funds earmarked for critical efforts already underway between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, designed specifically to secure transit systems and ports. The governor announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency funds on Patriot Day, marking the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks –…


BNL: Staff cuts not related to Trump, 2018 cuts

By GREGORY ZELLER // The “voluntary force reduction” announced Tuesday by Brookhaven National Laboratory, which seeks to reduce the Upton lab’s workforce by roughly 6 percent, is not a reaction to President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 Department of Energy budget cuts. And it’s nothing new: A similar volunteer employee-buyout action enacted in 2015 generated 80 responses, 70 of which were accepted by BNL. Instead, the Self-Select Voluntary Separation Program – which invites eligible employees to…


Predicting pushback, gov advances consolidation plan

By GREGORY ZELLER // With the federal government set to deliver a crippling tax blow to Long Islanders, Gov. Andrew Cuomo backed word with deed Thursday, setting in motion his master plan to lower this region’s astronomical property-tax rates. Harkening to promises he made earlier this year during his annual State of the State tour, the governor signed the Middle Class Recovery Act, authorizing Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and other statewide county execs to…


Meanwhile, Albany tells science: We’ve got your back

By GREGORY ZELLER // Even as the Trump Administration levels its big guns at national funding for scientific research, New York State is doubling down on its commitment to life sciences. Leaders of business and medical-research organizations across the state are hailing Albany’s 10-year, $620 million plan to turn New York into one big life-sciences cluster. The economic-development strategy was championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and adopted by the state Legislature this week as part…