Kevin Law

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…


With $800 million at stake, let the games begin

It’s on: Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday officially opened the seventh round of the annual Regional Economic Development Council competition, a statewide funding contest in which each of the state’s 10 economic-development zones wins, but some win more. This year, the 10 REDCs will be combing through individual project pitches and preparing master proposals for their slice of the chunkiest state pie yet: more than $800 million in economic-development resources, including grants, tax breaks and…


Meanwhile, Albany tells science: We’ve got your back

By GREGORY ZELLER // Even as the Trump Administration levels its big guns at national funding for scientific research, New York State is doubling down on its commitment to life sciences. Leaders of business and medical-research organizations across the state are hailing Albany’s 10-year, $620 million plan to turn New York into one big life-sciences cluster. The economic-development strategy was championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and adopted by the state Legislature this week as part…


Commuters sign on, big time, to third-track plan

By GREGORY ZELLER // Governor Andrew Cuomo has a lot of company on his ride along Long Island Rail Road’s “third track.” One day after the governor reiterated his commitment to the long-debated LIRR expansion project in a state-of-the-state address as Farmingdale State College, the Right Track for Long Island Coalition – a partnership of major organizations, institutions, businesses and individuals stumping for the railroad expansion plan – has released a pro-third track petition signed…


LI rainmakers applaud Albany’s life-science focus

By GREGORY ZELLER // A day before sharing his 2017 social and economic vision for Long Island, Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered some music for the Island’s ears. Cuomo, who on Monday delivered the Buffalo and New York City versions of his 2017 State of the State proposals, is scheduled to bring his annual SOTS tour east on Tuesday. But first, his office reaffirmed the governor’s plans to pump $650 million into the state’s burgeoning life-sciences…


LI businesses charged up by low-cost juice

The New York Power Authority has approved another round of low-cost power allocations through the ReCharge NY program, with Long Island companies reaping the lion’s share of this round’s benefits. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced Thursday that NYPA’s Board of Directors has awarded reduced electricity rates to 11 Long Island companies through ReCharge NY, which Cuomo signed into law in 2011 to provide low-cost power to businesses that commit to job creation and new capital…


LIREDC takes victory lap around Adelphi’s Nexus

The Long Island Regional Development Council brought home “only” $62 million in state economic-development funds in the 2016 REDC competition, but it can lick its wounds while watching its six-year, half-billion-dollar haul do its work. That includes an LIREDC-backed project that came to fruition this week on Adelphi University’s Garden City campus, where the school officially cut the ribbon on its state-of-the-art, 100,000-square-foot Nexus Building. The $76 million centerpiece of Adelphi’s grounds – which houses…


LIREDC can’t win ’em all, but finds solace in $62M

By GREGORY ZELLER // While $62 million is nothing to sneeze at, it’s fair to say the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council was hoping for more. The LIREDC – a four-time “Top Performer” in Empire State Development’s annual funding contest, which marked the completion of its sixth round Thursday with an Albany awards ceremony – had submitted an ambitious agenda filled with 112 projects covering biotechnology, synthetics manufacturing, aerospace and half-a-dozen other key industries,…


Cuomo hailed as LI Welcome Center opens doors

By GREGORY ZELLER // The congratulations were plentiful and the praise for Gov. Andrew Cuomo thick, though rainmakers heralding the opening of the new Long Island Welcome Center Thursday morning had good reasons to celebrate – 7,800 of them, in fact. That’s the number of daily visitors, arriving in more than 5,000 vehicles, predicted to check out the rest-stop deluxe, located on the eastbound Long Island Expressway between exits 51 and 52. And that makes…


Praise for Westbury’s $10M downtown award

By GREGORY ZELLER // Downtown Westbury will get a $10 million lift through Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Cuomo, who’s been touring New York’s 10 economic zones this week handing out $10 million stipends to reward downtown planning proposals, visited The Space at Westbury theater Thursday afternoon to pump up community-revitalization efforts in the village’s downtown area. The Downtown Revitalization Initiative, first announced in Cuomo’s 2016 State of the State address, is a comprehensive…


Feds set wind-energy lease sale for LI waters

By CARL CORRY // More than 80,000 acres of federal waters about 11 miles off the coast of Long Island will be made available to lease for off-shore wind-energy development, the Obama administration announced this week. The proposed lease area of 81,130 acres off the Rockaways comprises the New York Wind Energy Area, which the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management identified earlier this year in consultation with the New York Intergovernmental Renewable…


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…


Support grows for Cuomo’s third-track plan

The ranks of the Right Track For Long Island Coalition are swelling. The coalition – a partnership of major organizations, institutions, businesses and individuals united to support Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed Long Island Rail Road enhancements – this week announced the addition of 30 new member organizations. The coalition now claims to represent “over 500,000 Long Islanders” on board with Cuomo’s plans to build a 9.8-mile “third track” between Floral Park and Hicksville, a historically…


Answering our ‘pent-up need’ for new industry

By JOHN L. KOMINICKI // A proposed $300 million center on bioelectronic research would get a $50 million jolt if Albany follows recommendations made this week by a group of business and government leaders. The group, which includes both country executives, Long Island Association chief Kevin Law and five other members, was formed to suggest ways to spend $550 million in state funding that has been earmarked for “transformative” projects downstate. Topping their list was a…


State team to visit local eco-dev projects

By GREGORY ZELLER // As it prepares to submit requests for another $100 million or more in state aid, the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council is proudly showing off some of its brightest accomplishments to date. As part of a region-by-region tour of economic-development council projects, a team of high-profile state officials is visiting Nassau and Suffolk on Wednesday, checking in on some of the highest-profile projects funded by the annual REDC awards. Kevin…