Gov. Andrew Cuomo

11 Island instructors join New York’s ‘master’ ranks

By GREGORY ZELLER // The New York State Master Teacher Program has opened its books to welcome a host of new instructors, including 11 representing Long Island school districts. With a heavy focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the statewide professional network – which seeks to identify and reward the state’s best K-12 instructors – has added 214 additional “masters,” including 26 with STEM-content certifications and 14 others certified in “technology education,” covering a…


States weigh legal response as Trump guts Obamacare

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s not quite “Cuomo to Trump: See You in Court.” But in a scathing rebuke Friday of the Trump administration’s attempts to shatter Obamacare by executive decree, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo swung the door to a litigious civil war wide open. One day after signing an executive order allowing the sale of some health insurance plans that are exempt from certain Affordable Care Act regulations – including rules ensuring coverage…


In REDC love fest, CSHL kicks off $75M makeover

By GREGORY ZELLER // There was another major advance for biochemistry Thursday at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, but this one didn’t involve gas chromatographs or infrared spectrometers or a single test tube. Just a shovel. With Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a host of regional and state representatives on hand, the world-class scientific research facility officially broke ground on the renovation of its Demerec Laboratory, one of four CSHL laboratories being remade with a big assist…


Albany touts advances of MWBEs, new support

Good news to help you celebrate National Women’s Small Business Month: The percentage of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises among the private businesses holding New York State contracts is on the rise. The utilization rate for MWBEs participating in state contracts increased to 27.2 percent during the 2016-17 fiscal year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced this week, with companies owned by minorities and women winning more than $2.2 billion in state-sanctioned work. New York’s MWBE…


Noting $21B in damage, Cuomo (kinda) blasts Trump

By GREGORY ZELLER // Is Andrew Cuomo running for president? The governor has been customarily coy about a potential 2020 White House bid, and with an increasingly sticky 2018 re-election campaign to navigate first, there’s certainly no rush on an official declaration. But Cuomo hasn’t been shy about taking the current administration to task over what he sees as flaws in President Donald Trump’s decision-making, logic, even motives. And when a big-name politician in a…


Leibowitz: Congratulations, RGGI, now hit the gas

By HEATHER LEIBOWITZ // Officials and stakeholders from nine northeastern states gathered this week in Baltimore to discuss a new plan to cut pollution from power plants by another 30 percent by 2030 – an improvement of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, building on the RGGI’s success by further limiting pollution and investing more in energy efficiency and renewables. The nine states – New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont,…


With new HQ looming, Amazon adds 2K in NYC

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island may (kinda) still be in the running for Amazon.com Inc.’s ballyhooed second headquarters, but new administrative digs for the e-commerce titan – and thousands of good-paying jobs – have landed slightly west. Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced that Amazon will expand its New York City presence with a new office at 5 Manhattan West. Jeff Bezos’ 1994 startup is slated to invest $55 million bringing the 359,000-square-foot space up to…


Environmentally, economically, Climate Alliance soars

By GREGORY ZELLER // Good news for the environment: The members of the United States Climate Alliance – now 14 states, and counting, plus Puerto Rico – are collectively on track to meet their portion of U.S. commitments under the Paris Agreement. Bad news for President Donald Trump: The economies of USCA states are growing faster than those in non-USCA states, “demonstrating that fighting climate change and creating jobs go hand-in-hand,” according to Gov. Andrew…


Albany makes shell of an investment in Island waters

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York State is throwing $10.4 million into Long Island coastal waters in an effort to improve water quality and bolster seaside economies by restoring native shellfish populations. Governor Andrew Cuomo visited the Halesite Fire Department in Huntington Wednesday to announce the dedicated grant program, which includes five new sanctuary sites in Suffolk and Nassau and expanded public shellfish hatcheries in both counties. As shellfish like clams and oysters are natural…


Albany rings bell for Restore NY, round five

Hempstead will host an informational meeting for Long Island municipalities craving a slice of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest competitive-funding pie. With $80 million up for grabs in Round 5 of the Restore NY Communities Initiative, the Empire State Development Corp. – Albany’s main economic-development engine – has scheduled three workshops around the state to educate would-be applicants on the urban-revitalization program. All three informational workshops, including a Sept. 29 meeting at Hofstra University, are scheduled…


Nothing to fear, unless you’re a radiological terrorist

By GREGORY ZELLER // Pay no attention to that imposing fleet of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard and New York State Naval Militia vessels massing off the East End. Governor Andrew Cuomo wants you to know that the sudden buildup of maritime forces – and the presence of some 100 personnel from 23 local, state and federal agencies, many specializing in radiological detection – is proactive, not reactive. Cuomo’s office on Wednesday announced the start…


Smooth transfer: Ousted Foye on board at MTA

There’s landing on your feet, and then there’s Pat Foye. Fired Tuesday as executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Long Island resident was hired Wednesday as the new president of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, with official word coming from the MTA early Thursday. Joseph Lhota, MTA chairman, announced Foye’s hiring along with the appointment of Veronique Hakim as the authority’s new managing director. Along with MTA Chief Development…


Shifting to parks, Cuomo touts Jones Beach upgrades

By GREGORY ZELLER // Like millions of other annual visitors, Gov. Andrew Cuomo went to Jones Beach on Wednesday. But unlike most of those day-trippers, the governor was on a mission. The restored Jones Beach Marine Dining Room – now known as The Landing at Jones Beach – took center stage as Cuomo touted not only the grand reopening, but hundreds of millions of dollars in state-park improvements being made across New York. For the…


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…


CEBIP battery barons inch toward 76West title

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook battery business with European roots has made the cut in a state clean-energy contest. StorEn Technologies, which is peddling a proprietary vanadium-flow battery for stationary energy storage, is one of eight finalists in the 76West Clean Energy Competition, which is spun out of the state’s Southern Tier Soaring initiative – a $3.1 billion investment in business development and community growth across New York’s southernmost economic zones. The competition…