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New LIRR tracks mark ambitious ‘Empire Station’ plan

By GREGORY ZELLER // Governor Andrew Cuomo’s annual “budget proposal” tour rolled on Monday, with a whopper of a plan for Long Island commuters. Billed as “the 30th proposal” of the governor’s annual State of the State multibillion-dollar masterplan, the Empire Station Complex – unveiled by Cuomo during a speech before the nonprofit Association for a Better New York – would create a modern transit hub on Manhattan’s West Side. The plan centers on the…


In the iced tea business, some like it hot

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the When You’re Hot, You’re Hot file comes the PeKANT Tea Co., a sort of Nestea plunge for the hot-pepper set. Cofounders Michael Circosta and Michael Romano, both longtime regional sales reps for Massachusetts-based medical-device titan Boston Scientific, are now about three years into their spicy entrepreneurial adventure, which crosses its teas with molten-hot habaneros – adding a tongue-numbing, surprisingly refreshing kick to the traditional sweet tea. It sounds counterintuitive…


Cuomo to MTA: Cut LIRR fares during ‘summer of hell’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Andrew Cuomo wants the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to give Long Island commuters a break. The governor on Monday called on the MTA to reduce fares for Long Island Rail Road passengers who can’t travel to Midtown Manhattan’s Pennsylvania Station because of Amtrak’s scheduled track-repair work this summer. Amtrak’s emergency repair work is slated to begin in July and run through September. While it’s ongoing, some LIRR trains will terminate at either…