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Donald Trump, Long Island and the war on science

By GREGORY ZELLER // There’s worry, if not panic, among the scientists at the heart of the Long Island innovation economy. Certainly, none are surprised that President Donald Trump, in his first proposed budget, took square aim at the federal funding that is the lifeblood of the nation’s scientific research programs. This is, after all, a president who calls climate change a hoax, champions coal and selected a former ExxonMobil CEO as his secretary of…


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…


Trump and environment: States must pick up slack

By MIRIAM E. VILLANI // We can expect many changes as the country transitions from the Obama administration to a Trump administration. One of several issues that will receive a lot of attention is the environment. It is still early and not possible to know what the Trump administration will do with regard to environmental protection and energy regulation. However, Trump made certain promises during his campaign and has started to outline his plans. He’s also…


President Donald Trump and your taxes

By EDWARD McWILLIAMS// Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States on Nov. 8 after an election season that focused heavily on taxes – both the president-elect’s refusal to release his personal returns and his plan to change the U.S. tax code. In addition to winning the presidency, the Republican Party also retained its majority in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. With the president and Congress politically and ideologically…


Activists to ‘mobilize’ if Trump attacks environment

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you thought the campaign was a battle, just wait until the presidency – and that’s just on the environmental front. With the world coming to grips with the stunning results of Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election, at least one New York-based environmental watchdog is already preparing for a showdown with President-Elect Donald Trump. New York City-based Environment New York – a citizen-powered environmental advocacy organization and the public face of the Environment…


Survey: Voters trounce Trump tax plans

More taxing news for the Donald Trump campaign: Americans overwhelmingly prefer Hillary Clinton’s tax plans to Trump’s, according to a new survey released by personal finance platform Wallethub. With questions about his own tax history dogging the Republican nominee, the 2016 Tax Fairness Survey reveals that nearly three-quarters of Americans – at least, three quarters of an “online survey of a nationally representative sample of 1,040 Americans,” according to Wallethub – prefer the Democratic nominee’s…


Half of U.S. unicorns founded by immigrants

Immigrants launched more than half of U.S.-based startups valued at $1 billion or more according to a new study by the non-partisan National Foundation for American Policy. The 44 companies are collectively valued at $168 billion and have created an average 750 U.S. jobs each, according to the study. Immigrants also make up more than 70 percent of key management and product development positions at the companies. The three highest-valued unicorns with immigrant founders include…


The Debrief: Kevin Law on Jeter, Trump and taxes

Few individuals play as influential a role in the Long Island economy as Kevin Law, president and CEO of the Long Island Association, chairman of business booster Accelerate Long Island and co-chair of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council. We chatted about unemployment, infrastructure and Derek Jeter. In Kevin’s words: OK, JETER FIRST: We’re thrilled that Derek Jeter will be the guest speaker at our LIA fall luncheon in October. We had Mitt Romney…