Economic Development

State seeks development plans for Republic

Empire State Development is seeking proposals to develop more than 40 acres of land at East Farmingdale’s Republic Airport. Albany’s main economic-development engine has issued an RFP to revitalize 41.5 acres at the New York Department of Transportation-airport, spread across five parcels. Respondents to the request may submit proposals for all five parcels, which range in size from 5 to 18 acres, or for any combination of individual parcels, including single-parcel plans, according to ESD….


LI facing housing, workforce, brain drain crisis

By GREGORY ZELLER // Even under the “most optimistic scenario,” Long Island will remain woefully short of rental housing over the next two decades, fueling a mounting loss of young people, a just-released study concludes. The Long Island Multifamily Housing Study, conducted by NYC-based HR&A Advisors, and the nonprofit Regional Plan Association for the Rauch Foundation’s Long Island Index, concludes that existing plans for 26,000 multifamily units across the Island will still leave the region…


Ecoclean boosts Copiague expansion

Doubling down on a green cleaning-products manufacturer planning a Copiague expansion was an easy call for the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency. The IDA, which in December approved a 10-year, $160,600 aid package that would help Farmingdale-based Ecoclean Solutions Inc. relocate to a new Copiague complex, last week voted to tweak that package, sweetening the pot to $258,700 in tax breaks over 12 years. Ecoclean Solutions, which produces environmentally friendly cleaning products under the Green…


Battle lines drawn, once more, over IDA powers

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s that time of the year again: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is gunning for centralized control of local economic development, and Brian McMahon is firing back. McMahon, executive director of the New York State Economic Development Council, is actually a fan of many of the governor’s economic-development efforts. He’s been involved with economic development for 30 years, McMahon noted, “and I’ve never seen more momentum and positive activity on economic-development issues.” But…


Chinese glass maker eyeing Shirley for plant

The Brookhaven IDA is considering support for an $18.9 million architectural glass plant in Shirley. China’s Beijing Wuhua Tianbao Glass Co., better known as WTHB Glass, has proposed building the facility on 4.23 acres of vacant land near the Long Island Expressway. Privately held WTHB claims to be China’s largest producer of the solar reflective, laminated, curved and fire-resistant glass used in the construction of office towers and large apartment structures. The plant would total about 45,000 square feet and…


Cliffs Notes for the State of the State

By JOHN L. KOMINICKI // Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his State of the State address on Wednesday, the bones of which had been drip-marketed via 14 “signature proposals” trotted out over the past eight days. Here’s some catch-me-up notes in case you missed the speech: Prop 1: A $15 minimum wage for all, beginning with 28,000 workers in the state university system. Point to know: Yes, there actually are state workers earning less than $15 an…


And how about some faster broadband?

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget 2016 agenda swelled by another $500 million on Friday, as the governor announced a proposal to improve high-speed Internet access across New York. The 10th initiative unveiled in Cuomo’s weeklong spending spree would “dramatically improve broadband availability for millions of New Yorkers and lead to more than $1 billion in direct investments and consumer benefits,” the governor said in a statement. Actually, the $1 billion in direct investments is already in…


Mobile ticketing, nicer stations, connectivity

Mobile ticketing may soon make travel on the Long Island Rail Road a little easier. Included in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed $8 billion MTA makeover – the eighth proposal in his statewide, $50 billion-plus Christmas in January tour – is quicker incorporation of mobile ticketing payment methods across the MTA system, including the LIRR. Cuomo’s plan: Introduce mobile ticketing to LIRR passengers within six months, with the railroad fully mobilized by the end of 2016….


Cuomo unveils giant LI infrastructure package

Long Island builders and planners are understandably thrilled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ambitious plan to pour hundreds of millions of dollars into Long Island’s infrastructure – though local leaders acknowledge there are many political dogfights waiting between here and fruition. Cuomo’s proposals, unveiled Tuesday before an appreciative audience of MTA officials and regional rainmakers at the Long Island Association’s January meeting, covers everything from sewers to airports, a controversial third track for the LIRR and…


Stony Brook-LIFT bid wins $5M state contract

By GREGORY ZELLER Stony Brook University and the Long Island Forum for Technology have been awarded a five-year funding deal to foster manufacturing in the region, with a focus on next-gen technologies and the life sciences. Called the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the program combines federal and state dollars to offer each of the state’s 10 economic development zones about $1 million a year. Hofstra University and ADDAPT had also submitted bids. LIFT has held the…


For SCCC startups, space is the final hurdle

By GREGORY ZELLER // Suffolk County Community College was approved for the Start-Up NY program this week, but it could be some time before there’s space for the state-run economic-development effort at any of SCCC’s three campuses. Managed by Empire State Development, Start-Up NY offers tax breaks and other support to high-tech companies that launch or relocate around New York colleges and universities. SCCC’s approval followed a lengthy debate between the college, Suffolk County and…


Harvest Bakery lands Suffolk IDA support

The Suffolk County IDA approved a benefits package to assist an expansion of Harvest Bakery, a manufacturer of home-style bakery products for local vendors and wholesale distribution, at 865 Waverly Ave. in Holtsville. The company plans to acquire the 24,000-square-foot building and renovate it for food preparation, manufacturing and bakery product storage. Harvest was founded in a garage in Bohemia 18 years ago by Robert Marconti and Jose Gonzalez, who have since grown the company to include 23…


State adds 16 to Start-Up NY program; none here

Sixteen new companies have been added to the Start-Up NY program, with next-level technological endeavors once again setting the tone. Start-Up NY creates zones around colleges and universities where businesses that commit to creating net new jobs in New York State can operate 100 percent tax-free for 10 years – paying no state income tax, business or corporate state or local taxes, sales tax, property tax or franchise fees. The companies also partner with sponsoring…


LI wins $98.3M in state eco-dev contest

Long Island was awarded $98.3 million in state aid for construction and other projects that boost job creation in the state’s annual economic development competition, making it one of the so-called “top performers” in the program. The state funding covers 121 Long Island projects, including $3 million for Nassau Hub site improvements, $2.25 million to develop new vaccines at Farmingdale State College and $1.6 million to help Winthrop University Hospital expand its diabetes and obesity…


Hot Spots program hot stuff for startups

Stony Brook University on Friday officially launched the region’s Innovation Hot Spot program, a state initiative that offers tax breaks, mentoring, education and business development help for startup companies housed in, or affiliated with a half dozen of the Island’s incubator programs. Administered by Empire State Development and run locally by SBU, the program exempts participating companies from state corporation and sales taxes for five years and provides reduced-rate patent services, help with grant writing…