Andrew Cuomo

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 –…


Albany pumps $10M into a new downtown Hicksville

By GREGORY ZELLER // Hicksville has won the regional round of New York State’s second-annual $100 million downtown-redevelopment contest. The Nassau County hamlet in the Town of Oyster Bay will pocket $10 million in a ceremony scheduled to be hosted Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Hicksville beat out nearly two dozen Long Island municipalities vying for the regional award, which is managed by the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative, one of many competitive-funding programs launched by…


Opposition on board, Senate clears LIRR ‘third track’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Just days into the “summer of hell,” the Metropolitan Transit Authority, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Long Island Rail Road commuters all got some long-awaited good news Tuesday. State Senate Republicans have signed off on public funding for the LIRR’s roughly $2 billion “third track” effort, clearing a last hurdle for the perpetually debated plan to ease a 10-mile bottleneck between Hicksville and the Queens border – a critical pressure point for…


Cuomo raises a glass to craft-beverage industries

Good news for Long Island Wine Country and the Island’s other burgeoning craft-beverage industries: Albany is updating “archaic” laws to allow vineyards and microbreweries to sell any New York-made “farm alcoholic beverage” by the glass. Recognizing that variety is the spice of the craft-beverage life, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed two measures modernizing the state’s 80-year-old Alcoholic Beverage Control Law. Together, the bills allow farm wineries, microbreweries and “cideries” to sell any Empire State-produced…


Three LI sites earn state brownfield designations

Three blighted Long Island areas are among a dozen new statewide Brownfield Opportunity Areas announced this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. As BOAs, the 12 sites – including properties in Huntington, Riverhead and Southampton – will receive priority status for state grants and tax credits designed to support revitalization efforts. “Each of these sites possesses tremendous potential for economic development and job creation,” Cuomo said in a statement announcing new opportunity areas. “These designations will…


Cuomo ramps up LIRR third-track initiative

Four community meetings and a new informational website are among the progressive efforts trumpeted Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo regarding his Long Island Rail Road expansion project. Billing them “major steps forward” for the long-debated project, which aims to improve train traffic through a historically bottlenecked 9.8-mile stretch in Nassau County, Cuomo announced the four public meetings – scheduled for May 24 and 25 in New Hyde Park, Hempstead, Westbury and Hicksville – and other…


LI in line for $4.2M in terror-fighting funding

Long Island will receive more than $4.2 million in federal funds to support new counter-terrorism and emergency-preparedness initiatives. All told, nearly $60 million in federal money is being disbursed to counties around New York through a pair of U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant programs. Understandably, the biggest chunks of the federal funding are heading to New York City, which will be awarded roughly $37.5 million. The $1.95 million Nassau County will collect is the…


New tech for victim-services efforts

Four Long Island programs are among several New York victim-assistance programs upgrading their technology through a new round of federal grants. More than 100 crime-victim service providers will share roughly $1.5 million in federal grants, primarily for the purchase of new tech facilitating quicker compensation for victims’ medical bills and lost wages. The grants will be distributed by New York’s Office of Victim Services, which administers state and federal funding to 175 nonprofits, hospitals and…


Broadband is something we’re pretty good at

The bad news: Most of the funds from a $500 million state program to improve broadband Internet access across New York won’t come to Long Island. The good news: Long Island doesn’t need the help. Nassau and Suffolk counties are far ahead of the curve regarding high-speed Internet access, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who Tuesday announced the launch of the New NY Broadband Program’s Consolidated Funding Application Portal. Only 4 percent of Long Island’s…


The Economic Justice Tour, Long Island, Feb. 23, 2016

The Mario Cuomo Campaign for Economic Justice rolled through Long Island on Tuesday. The Yes We Can Community Center in Westbury was one of the first three stops on the campaign’s “Drive for $15” bus tour, which hit the gas Tuesday morning in Manhattan and also rallied supporters at an afternoon stop in the Bronx. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is using the tour to “restore economic justice,” according to his office, by energizing his push to…


Cuomo: State effort to isolate the Grumman Plume

By GREGORY ZELLER // A $6 million state study will go deeper than ever into Long Island’s drinking water supply. Speaking Thursday at Stony Brook University, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a number of state-funded environmental initiatives targeting regional drinking water. Among them: $2 million to kick-start a new Center for Clean Water Technology at SBU, and “the best, most extensive study ever done” on the Island’s potable supply, Cuomo said. The proposed study would involve…


Cuomo taps Rosado for state secretary

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has nominated former El Diario publisher Rossana Rosado to replace the retiring Cesar Perales as Secretary of State. Rosado has been in and out of government since 1992, when she was appointed vice president of public affairs at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation where she served during both the Dinkins and Giuliani administrations. Prior to that, she worked as a producer at WPIX where she won an Emmy for a series of…


A greenlight for Cuomo’s green energy fund

With its sights set on global warming and superstorm threats, the New York Public Service Commission on Thursday approved Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed $5 billion Clean Energy Fund. The fund, to be administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority over the next decade, is meant to “accelerate the growth of New York’s clean energy economy, address climate change, strengthen resiliency in the face of extreme weather and lower energy bills for…


Proposed ethics rules would include … the op-ed

By GREGORY ZELLER // Media experts and public relations pros are lighting their First Amendment torches as New York’s ethics watchdog looks to redefine “lobbying.” An advisory opinion by New York’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics envisions a world in which all communications between PR consultants and the press on public-policy issues constitute lobbying. This month’s opinion updates a November proposal by the commission requiring more consultants to register with New York State as lobbyists….


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…