Steve Bellone

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…


Predicting pushback, gov advances consolidation plan

By GREGORY ZELLER // With the federal government set to deliver a crippling tax blow to Long Islanders, Gov. Andrew Cuomo backed word with deed Thursday, setting in motion his master plan to lower this region’s astronomical property-tax rates. Harkening to promises he made earlier this year during his annual State of the State tour, the governor signed the Middle Class Recovery Act, authorizing Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and other statewide county execs to…


Comedian Cuomo doubles down on doubling up

By GREGORY ZELLER // In case New York’s 62 county executives thought Gov. Andrew Cuomo was joking – he wasn’t. The governor visited Suffolk County’s H. Lee Dennison administration building Wednesday morning to double down on two mandates he laid out during January’s state-of-the-state tour: an extension of New York’s “millionaire’s tax” and a call for county leaders to rally the state’s disparate local governments on a cost-sharing quest. Cuomo was in fine comedic form;…


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…


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…


In Suffolk, a call for an innovation connection

By GREGORY ZELLER // The ambitious master plan Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone unveiled Tuesday – new public transportation options linking Suffolk’s burgeoning downtowns and major research centers – has plenty of regional support. But even ardent backers can’t ignore the project’s estimated price tag. Bellone’s sweeping plan, dubbed the Long Island Innovation Zone, includes a dedicated rapid-transit bus lane running from Stony Brook University to the Village of Patchogue that parallels a new hiking/biking…


Bellone kicks off economic development conference

Suffolk County doesn’t lack the transformative ideas that could position it for an innovation economy, but it has so far lacked the regional coordination that has been the hallmark of successful new economies elsewhere, County Executive Steve Bellone said Tuesday. Bellone, kicking off an economic development conference at Stony Brook University, challenged Long Island leaders at all levels of government to work together to keep young Long Islanders here and attract their counterparts from other…