Siena Institute

Local government a hindrance, not help, CEOs say

More than 90 percent of Long Island CEOs think government does a poor to middling job of helping business, although more than half still think the region is a good to excellent place to soldier on in, according to a new survey. Sponsored by the LIA and conducted by the Siena College Research Institute, the survey suggests that seven in 10 business leaders believe the region’s high cost of living, traffic congestion and lack of…


Metro consumer confidence ticks up

Consumer confidence in the metro area is at its highest level in seven years, but still lags the nation as a whole, according to the latest Siena Institute economic survey. The Siena survey pegged local consumer sentiment in December at 89.3, or 3.3 points below the United States a whole. New York State posted a score of 85.2; the upstate region was at 79. “As we enter a new year, consumer sentiment in New York…