Economic Development

Howard Zemsky

17 join Start-Up NY program, but none on LI

A host of new companies have joined the Start-Up NY program, giving Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s flagging jobs-creation program a needed shot in the arm. Taking heavy fire over the program, including a coalition of state lawmakers and activists demanding the program be suspended and audited by the state comptroller, Cuomo fired back Monday, announcing that 17 new companies have signed on and are “committed” to creating 343 new jobs across New York. None of the…


No Sandy funds for LI

In infrastructure, cautious gratefulness

BY GREGORY ZELLER // Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the award of $22 million in federal grants to rebuild New York bridges, reinforce sea walls and strengthen anti-flooding measures this week. Surprising approximately no one, Long Island was excluded from the list. The money, from a Federal Emergency Management Agency hazard mitigation fund, is going to three New York City projects and one spanning upstate Oneida and Herkimer counties, with none earmarked for infrastructure improvements…


Que vola, Havana?

Biotech, software, financial services, air travel and yogurt are among the New York business sectors joining Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on his inaugural trade mission to Cuba this week. “These industry leaders will serve as ambassadors for all that New York State has to offer and will help form the foundation for a strong economic relationship between New York and Cuba as legal restrictions on trade are eased in the future,” Cuomo said in a…