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Melville architects H2M build onto New Jersey team

By GREGORY ZELLER // Melville-based consulting and design firm H2M architects + engineers has drawn up a key addition in the Garden State. On Friday, H2M announced the acquisition of New Jersey-based civil engineering/land surveying expert Schommer Engineering Inc. SEI’s planning and design team will move into H2M’s office in Parsippany, NJ, and will focus on the real estate, municipal water and industrial markets, the Melville mothership said in a statement. Terms of the deal…


‘Scary optimism’ as local business girds for 2017

By JOHN KOMINICKI // Long Island business leaders gave the local economy a resounding thumbs up on Thursday, predicting growing revenues, profits and pricing power at an annual economic forecast breakfast hosted by accounting firm AVZ. The less good news: 58 percent of business managers responding to AVZ’s accompanying economic poll said they have no plans to hire additional workers in 2017, and 5 percent said they expect to cut staff during the year. Another…


Why the Flint disaster couldn’t happen here

By GREGORY ZELLER // Drink up, Long Island: A large-scale lead contamination like the one infecting the public water supply in Flint, Mich. can’t happen here. That’s the good word from the Long Island Water Conference, the association of Island public water suppliers pumping more than 375 million gallons per day to LI homes and businesses. Comprised of 45 suppliers, including the Western Nassau and Suffolk County water authorities, the conference has been hip-deep in…