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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…


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…


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State’s annual eco-dev competition set to start

The state kicked off its annual regional economic development council competition, which this year includes an extra $1.5 billion for upstate projects. As in previous years, the competition will split $750 million between New York’s 10 regional councils, with three top winners receiving $105 million each and others landing about $90 million per region. The program will also award three $500 million awards, to be disbursed at a rate of $100 million per year for five…