Double Track

LIRR ‘Double Track’ pulls in well ahead of schedule

By GREGORY ZELLER // Just two years after Gov. Andrew Cuomo accelerated plans for a Long Island Rail Road overhaul, the long-awaited “Double Track” project has been completed – more than a year ahead of schedule. Cuomo on Friday announced the completion of the LIRR Double Track, roughly 18 miles of track added between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma, expected to ease congestion and allow for reverse-peak service expansions as necessary. The 18 miles of track –…


Central Islip snags $10M prize in Albany’s annual DRI

By GREGORY ZELLER // Following wins by Westbury in 2016 and Hicksville in 2017, Central Islip has earned the nod – and the $10 million prize – as the Long Island regional winner in Albany’s yearly downtown-revitalization competition. The 10 regional winners in the third-annual Downtown Regional Initiative contest – a statewide competitive-application process that doles out $10 million stipends to spruce up distressed downtowns in each of New York’s 10 economic-development zones – were…


Cuomo rides the rails at LIA luncheon

By GREGORY ZELLER // A day after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was lustily booed at Citi Field after snagging a foul ball, New York’s own Andrew Cuomo gracefully fielded a pop-up – and brought down the house – at a Long Island Association luncheon. Playing to an extremely favorable crowd at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, Cuomo was interrupted by several ovations as he reported progress on multiple fronts in the state’s…


Big plans, but Hub still hinges on Suffolk sewers

By MICHAEL FAIRLIE // Progress is coming in drips and drabs, but the lack of sufficient sewer systems remains the No. 1 impediment to the ambitious Ronkonkoma Hub redevelopment project. That was the main message Wednesday, when the MacArthur Business Alliance – a 23-year-old networking organization promoting commercial, industrial and not-for-profit interests across Suffolk County – hosted a meeting at Ronkonkoma’s Courtyard by Marriott to update interested parties on the project’s progress and potential effects….


Albany continues whirlwind LI romance

By GREGORY ZELLER // A state administration that once seemed unable to find Long Island on a map continues to pay special attention to Nassau and Suffolk counties. One day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited Westbury to personally deliver a $10 million downtown-revitalization check, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul packed three Suffolk stops – in Port Jefferson, Stony Brook and Patchogue – into her daily itinerary. And that was a light day compared to the lieutenant…


Gov: Billion-dollar boost for LI tourism

By CARL CORRY // Saying Long Island is primed for a $1 billion boost in annual tourism, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced two contracts for the Long Island Rail Road Double Track project and touted a new welcome center under construction on the LIE. Cuomo crashed a meeting of the Long Island Association to announce two design-build contracts that will advance the Double Track project, which is meant to increase capacity of the Ronkonkoma…