Government

Comedian Cuomo doubles down on doubling up

By GREGORY ZELLER // In case New York’s 62 county executives thought Gov. Andrew Cuomo was joking – he wasn’t. The governor visited Suffolk County’s H. Lee Dennison administration building Wednesday morning to double down on two mandates he laid out during January’s state-of-the-state tour: an extension of New York’s “millionaire’s tax” and a call for county leaders to rally the state’s disparate local governments on a cost-sharing quest. Cuomo was in fine comedic form;…


Environmental leaders annihilate Trump’s EPA pick

By GREGORY ZELLER // While several of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet-level nominations have dismayed and even angered socioeconomic observers of all political stripes, one in particular is sounding alarms at Environment New York. The New York City-based advocacy group and public face of the Environment New York Research & Policy Center, which advocates often for Long Island-based environmental protections and clean-energy programs, immediately joined the chorus of environmental leaders condemning today’s announcement by the Trump…


Reaching out from LI’s only Foreign Trade Zone

By GREGORY ZELLER // With a fresh deal and room to grow, Long Island’s only designated Foreign Trade Zone is in expansion mode. The 52-acre Ronkonkoma industrial park – officially known as Islip Foreign Trade Zone No. 52 – contains three undeveloped parcels. They’re each under 4 acres, but collectively could accommodate some 120,000 square feet of additional professional space. So, with 35 different companies filling the zone’s 14 existing buildings to capacity, Brad Hemingway’s…


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Cuomo: Last stop for IDA transit-tax breaks

By GREGORY ZELLER // Legislation prohibiting local industrial-development agencies from abating taxes used to fund transit authorities has been signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Economic-development engines like the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency will still be able to offer incentives packages to attract out-of-state enterprises and discourage established Suffolk businesses from leaving for other regions – but the percentage of a mortgage recording tax earmarked for transit agencies is off limits, according to…


Albany continues whirlwind LI romance

By GREGORY ZELLER // A state administration that once seemed unable to find Long Island on a map continues to pay special attention to Nassau and Suffolk counties. One day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited Westbury to personally deliver a $10 million downtown-revitalization check, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul packed three Suffolk stops – in Port Jefferson, Stony Brook and Patchogue – into her daily itinerary. And that was a light day compared to the lieutenant…


U.S. Senate could boost LI manufacturers

By CARL CORRY // Small and medium-sized manufacturers on Long Island and elsewhere will have a better chance to thrive if bipartisan legislation to improve a nationwide manufacturer-support program survives its trip through Congress. The Manufacturing Extension Partnership Improvement Act, introduced in April by U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.), would expand and make improvements to the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The Hollings MEP is a public-private partnership managed by…