Opinion

Is it NIMBYism if it’s already in your backyard?

BY JOHN L. KOMINICKI History buffs know the Long Island Rail Road was built for one purpose: Getting people from Brooklyn to Boston. And it might have worked if a rival railroad hadn’t figured out the south shore of Connecticut was a better route. Bankrupt and with miles of empty track, the LIRR was forced to settle for the only other business around: Moving people to New York City and back again. It wasn’t much…


Gov. Andrew Cuomo visits with Cuban government officials.

OPINION: Cuomo didn’t have to go so far south

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was in Cuba this week to push his Global New York strategy, which seeks to expand trade and other business opportunities for Empire State companies. At his side: executives from a passel of prominent New York brands, including JetBlue, MasterCard and yogurt-maker Chobani. Big Pharma and biotech were especially well represented, with representatives from Pfizer, the NY Genome Center, Regeneron and the Roswell Park Cancer Institute also in tow. If the…


Howard Zemsky

VIEWPOINT: Shuffling in from Buffalo

Howard Zemsky, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s newly minted economic development chief, was on Long Island recently to hob and nob with pols and local business leaders. In a speech to a smaller-than-we-would-have-expected crowd at the Long Island Association, Zemsky reminded listeners that he’s really one of us – born in Brooklyn but raised in Woodbury, which qualifies – and that Long Island and Western New York share much in common. OK, not much, but this: The…