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IDA eyes better (maybe not bigger) StartUp Connect

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of the hottest nights of the year at The Paramount is coming Oct. 3, with nobody whatsoever set to take the stage. But don’t let the lack of smoke machines, classic heavy metal bands or Jim Breuer fool you. It’ll be standing-room-only in the Founder’s Room when the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency stages its annual StartUp Connect event, an always-engaging moshpit of innovators and investors rocking with potential. Now…


Suffolk IDA steps up as Spellman expands global HQ

By GREGORY ZELLER // An expanded global headquarters and as many as 10 new hires are in the cards for the Spellman High Voltage Electric Corp., which has received an economics-incentives package from the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency. The IDA on May 2 granted the company some $652,000 in combined tax breaks, primarily through a 10-year reduction in property taxes, to facilitate the modernization of Spellman’s existing headquarters facility on Wireless Boulevard in Hauppauge….


Handy IDA package helps maintenance manager move

By GREGORY ZELLER // Leveraging a $5 million company investment and looking to preserve nearly five dozen jobs, the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency has stepped up like a boss. Actually, the IDA stepped up for a Boss, as in Boss Facility Services, a Ronkonkoma-based facilities-maintenance contractor that’s looking to purchase and renovate a 31,000-square-foot building on Adams Avenue in Hauppauge. That transaction becomes a little easier thanks to the Suffolk IDA, which has issued…


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…


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….


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…


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…


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…


Suffolk IDA package gives relocating PT firm a leg up

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Whitestone-based physical therapy network has received a shot in the arm from the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency. The IDA on Thursday offered preliminary approval for an economic-development incentives package that will allow PPT Management LLC, a multistate provider of physical rehabilitation and hand-therapy services, to close its administrative offices in Queens and Nassau County and establish a new corporate headquarters in Melville. PPT Management, which was founded in 1998…


Suffolk IDA engineers deal for new national HQ

A corporate consolidation in Melville is in the works, thanks in part to the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency. The agency on Thursday issued preliminary approval for a transaction that will help Grace Industries LLC establish a national corporate office – a $17 million company investment that will consolidate several of the civil engineering firm’s existing offices in the new Melville HQ. Grace Industries, a subsidiary of the Plainview-based civil engineering conglomerate Haugland Group, currently…


Light the lights: Broadway National eyes new stage

By GREGORY ZELLER // Broadway National is changing venues. The three-decade-old property-management firm with the big-name clientele is taking its big-stage flair from Ronkonkoma to Hauppauge, thanks to a new incentives package preliminarily approved this week by the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency. Launched in 1989 in the garage of founder William Paparella as sign manufacturer Broadway Neon Corp., Broadway National Group LLC is a bona fide hit. The company now offers a diverse set…


Suffolk IDA backs an old friend in Hauppauge

A Hauppauge-based tech consultancy will expand its global headquarters and business operations, with the help of the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency. The IDA on Thursday granted preliminary approval to a transaction that will help Flexible Business Systems, which provides professional IT and cybersecurity support for client companies without indigenous IT departments, purchase and renovate a 40,000-square-foot-facility on Motor Parkway. Terms of the incentives package were not disclosed, but the expansion effort amounts to a…


Preliminary approval for high-tech, housing tax deals

Dozens of high-paying tech jobs and affordable rental housing for those who aren’t paid quite that much are in the mix with two transactions preliminarily approved Thursday by the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency. The IDA took a step toward green-lighting an incentives package for Melville-based technology products and services provider NeuLion Inc., which specializes in the broadcasting, distribution and monetization of live and on-demand digital video content. With the agency’s help, NeuLion plans to more than double…


Suffolk IDA tax deal backs longtime label-maker

A decade-long tax-incentives package will allow a longtime Farmingdale-based label-maker to grow its Long Island operation. The Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency on Tuesday approved a 10-year, $332,000 package filled with tax abatements and other goodies for Precision Label Corp., a circa-1990 manufacturer and distributor of pressure-sensitive labels, printed packets and rebate cards for the pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and wine industries, among others. The tax breaks will allow the company to relocate from its 16,500-square-foot space in Farmingdale to…