Government

State of the State 2018: Cuomo tears into Trump, TCJA

By GREGORY ZELLER // He’s Andrew Cuomo, and he approves this message. With a deft comedic touch, impressive stamina and a decidedly presidential timbre, Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered a no-holds-barred 2018 State of the State Address Wednesday, blasting “federal” targets, touting seven years of statewide socioeconomic progress under his watch and laying out an ambitious New Year’s agenda. The governor’s 90-minute address rocketed from business-development programs to clean-energy initiatives to environmental-remediation efforts to the new…

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Meanwhile, Albany tells science: We’ve got your back

By GREGORY ZELLER // Even as the Trump Administration levels its big guns at national funding for scientific research, New York State is doubling down on its commitment to life sciences. Leaders of business and medical-research organizations across the state are hailing Albany’s 10-year, $620 million plan to turn New York into one big life-sciences cluster. The economic-development strategy was championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and adopted by the state Legislature this week as part…


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;…


Environmental leaders annihilate Trump’s EPA pick

By GREGORY ZELLER // While several of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet-level nominations have dismayed and even angered socioeconomic observers of all political stripes, one in particular is sounding alarms at Environment New York. The New York City-based advocacy group and public face of the Environment New York Research & Policy Center, which advocates often for Long Island-based environmental protections and clean-energy programs, immediately joined the chorus of environmental leaders condemning today’s announcement by the Trump…


Reaching out from LI’s only Foreign Trade Zone

By GREGORY ZELLER // With a fresh deal and room to grow, Long Island’s only designated Foreign Trade Zone is in expansion mode. The 52-acre Ronkonkoma industrial park – officially known as Islip Foreign Trade Zone No. 52 – contains three undeveloped parcels. They’re each under 4 acres, but collectively could accommodate some 120,000 square feet of additional professional space. So, with 35 different companies filling the zone’s 14 existing buildings to capacity, Brad Hemingway’s…


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Cuomo: Last stop for IDA transit-tax breaks

By GREGORY ZELLER // Legislation prohibiting local industrial-development agencies from abating taxes used to fund transit authorities has been signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Economic-development engines like the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency will still be able to offer incentives packages to attract out-of-state enterprises and discourage established Suffolk businesses from leaving for other regions – but the percentage of a mortgage recording tax earmarked for transit agencies is off limits, according to…


Albany continues whirlwind LI romance

By GREGORY ZELLER // A state administration that once seemed unable to find Long Island on a map continues to pay special attention to Nassau and Suffolk counties. One day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited Westbury to personally deliver a $10 million downtown-revitalization check, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul packed three Suffolk stops – in Port Jefferson, Stony Brook and Patchogue – into her daily itinerary. And that was a light day compared to the lieutenant…