Suffolk County IDA

20 years and still smartening up at Vision Long Island

By GREGORY ZELLER // Before downtown redevelopment was cool, there was Vision Long Island. Today, it seems, everyone is doing it: “Transit-oriented development” is in, Albany doles out $10 million checks to stir the pot and some 40 Long Island downtown districts are in some revivalist phase – a “coalition of the willing,” according to Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander, who remembers a time not long ago when things were a little different. “When…


No. 353: Don’t be scared, it’s just our Halloween edition (featuring spacemen, blood machines and ghost chickens)

  In the spirit: Welcome to Wednesday, fearless readers, the midpoint of another busy week of socioeconomic innovation and the start of another holiday season. It is, of course, Oct. 31, a date that needs no introduction – though whether Halloween is a pagan ritual dating back to Celtic Druids, as many believe, or actually a Christian creation is open to some debate. Boo: Either way, the first jack-o-lanterns were made from turnips, the fear…


Suffolk IDA delivers tax breaks for Deliver My Meds

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island patients, including the elderly, may acquire their home-delivered pharmaceuticals at a much faster clip, with the assistance of the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency. The IDA has issued preliminary approval of an economic-incentives package that will help the owner of a series of local pharmacies in Brooklyn and Long Island grow a new corporation designed specifically to receive, prepare and ship prescription orders, all from a new facility on…


No. 344: Blowing in from Denmark, droning on at PSEG and star trekking in Garden City (plus, your Cocoa Puffs origin story) 

Friday morning and the mood is high: Welcome to the end of another busy workweek, dear readers. It’s Sept. 28 out there, and the first full weekend of autumn is upon us. Friday night and the lights are low: To get you in the proper mood, check out this list of the top 15 Friday songs, courtesy of our friends at MetroLyrics. Freedom rocks: It’s International Right to Know Day, the 16th anniversary of a…


Long Island pet-chow firm will stay, thanks to IDA

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s largest pet-food company seems likely to remain a Long Island company, thanks to man’s best friend – at least, a good friend of regional enterprise. The Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency has issued preliminarily approval of an economic-development package that would help Deer Park-based Health Extension Pet Care – doing business as Holistic Health Extension – purchase, renovate and equip a new headquarters building. According to the IDA, the…


No. 342: Bill Murray ages, IDAs erupt, China conquers the world and cider rules (and cider donuts, mmmm…)

The end is nigh: And so’s the beginning, as another workweek sets and a well-earned weekend dawns. Congratulations, friends, you made it. It’s Friday, Sept. 21, and a busy one at that – the International Day of Peace (established in 1981 by a unanimous U.N. resolution), Independence Day in Armenia, Belize and Malta and the last full day of Summer 2018, with the sun crossing the Earth’s equator into the Southern Hemisphere at 9:54 p.m….


No. 334: On waffles, NATO, Estée Lauder and ocean acidity – plus feeding healthier pets, one ingredient at a time

Mission accomplished: You set out on Monday to complete another summer workweek, dear readers, and here you are – it’s Friday, Aug. 24, and another well-earned weekend dawns. Listen to this: It’s also International Strange Music Day, an annual event designed to broaden musical tastes by getting people to listen to music they’ve never heard before. To that end, put your hands together for Swedish folktronica band Wintergatan, and the amazing marble music machine! Somehow,…


No. 320: Calling ET, incentivizing the HBD, hopping the Huntington shuttle – and happy birthday, Dalai Lama!

Well, that was quick: Whether you vacationed the first or second half of the week, or merely slept in on Wednesday’s national holiday, here we are, dear readers – the end of a sweet, sweaty and abbreviated workweek. It’s July 6 out there, and if you had Epaminondas defeating Cleombrotus I in the Battle of Leuctra on his date (or thereabouts) in 371 B.C., you’re a winner. Finger-lickin’ good: It’s also National Fried Chicken Day,…


Hamptons Business District lands key tax deal

By GREGORY ZELLER // The evolving Hamptons Business District has received another substantial shot in the arm. The Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency has issued preliminarily approval of a new tax-abatement package that will help developer Rechler at Gabreski LLC construct its third building at the expanding Westhampton Beach business hub, located on the grounds of the county’s Francis S. Gabreski Airport. According to the IDA, the developer is investing $10.8 million in a construction plan at…


No. 319: Attack of the ladybugs, rise of the Northport Hotel and how to enjoy a (really) long weekend, courtesy of Smirnoff

Yeah, baby: Marinate those sirloin tips and grab yourself a frosty one, dear readers – you’ve made it to the precipice of another glorious weekend, this leading into a blessed holiday week (and for a fortunate few, a rare and precious five-day weekend). To wit: British beverage baron Smirnoff, suggesting it’s “un-American” for the Fourth of July to fall on a Wednesday, is paying people to take off July 2 and 3 and make it…


Suffolk IDA backs Northport inn, without reservations

By GREGORY ZELLER // An upscale hotel-restaurant on Northport’s Main Street is a step closer to reality, thanks to the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency. The Suffolk IDA on Thursday approved a tax-abatement transaction that will assist 225 Northport LLC with the construction of a 24-room “boutique hotel and restaurant” at 225 Main St., current site of a dated, 17,610-square-foot building used primarily as office and restaurant space. The hotel/restaurant will encompass more than 25,000…


Size matters plenty at HIA-LI’s big annual show

By GREGORY ZELLER // Marking its 30th year – and the 40th anniversary of the organization responsible for it – this year’s annual HIA-LI Business Trade Show and Conference may be the biggest yet. Already self-billed as Long Island’s largest business-to-business trade show (few can argue), the Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Island’s annual showcase – set for Thursday in Brentwood – is slated to feature a record number of exhibitors (375-plus at last count)…


No. 308: Turtles and horses, Disney and The Who, collegiate innovators and Colorforms for grown-ups

Almost there: That long weekend is so close you can taste it, dear readers – but for now it’s only Wednesday, and the midpoint of another busy week in Long Island socioeconomics. It’s May 23 out there – World Tortoise Day, as a matter of fact, an absolutely real event “shellebrating” the efforts of California-based nonprofit American Tortoise Rescue. Tortoise-shell frames would take another 200 years: But it was May 23, 1784, when founding father…


IDA brings Commack senior rentals closer to home

By GREGORY ZELLER // Senior citizens in Commack are still waiting to score, but the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency has already earned an assist. The Suffolk IDA on Monday announced preliminary approval of an economic-development incentives package that will help bring a long-awaited, $26 million revitalization project to fruition – though the project, which would replace an old motel with an age-restricted rental community for residents 55 and older, still requires final approvals from…


No. 307: Big Brother beached, commencements classed-up and a big first for Hofstra/Northwell nurses

Nicely done: Kudos, dear reader, on once again rising above the mayhem and reaching the end of another busy work week. It’s May 18 out there – International Museum Day, for those keeping score. War, and remembrance: The then-Kingdom of Great Britain declared war on France on this date in 1756, kicking off the Seven Years War; on the same date in 1803, the United Kingdom declared war on France again, this time ticked off…