NY regional councils give progress reports
The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council, represented by co-chairman Kevin Law, president of the Long Island Association, and Marianne Garvin, president and CEO of the Community Development Corp. of Long Island, were the last to give their presentation, detailing some of the initiatives undertaken during the past year.
Law described the council’s progress it made in opening the J. Kings-Long Island Farm Bureau agri-business park in Calverton, the state’s $2 million investment in Amneal Pharmaceuticals, a focus on STEM initiatives, funding of redevelopment in Wyandanch and Hempstead and more.
“These are things we’ve been talking about since 1991, and now we’re doing it,” Law said.
Long Island was one of four regions in the state that received more than $100 million in funding from the state’s Consolidated Funding Application process last year.
One-year progress reports that will track the improvements, adjustments and implementations of each council’s strategic plan are due to the state on Sept. 14. that report should also include the council’s 2012 priority projects.
The state is expected to award a second round of funding, up to $762 million, in the fall. the funding will include $220 million ($150 million in capital and $70 million in tax credits from the Excelsior Jobs Program) to implement regional strategic plans and continue to advance priority job-creating projects, and up to $542 million from state agency programs through the Consolidated Funding Application proess to support regionally-significant economic development projects.
“Over the past year, we have seen that regional collaborations and a locally-driven approach to job creation are effective in once again making New York work and putting New Yorkers back to work,” Cuomo said. “Today’s meeting shows the incredible progress we have made and the new programs planned for next year as we continue to build a New New York that supports business and creates jobs.”
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The gov’t program of picking winners and losers is not sustainable. Take money out of the private sector and give it to some regional collaboration of gov’t and business venture and it will fail. Gov’t does best when it gets out of the way. Make it easier for business to start and thrive. lower tax rates, reduce gov’t spending, reign in all those union benefits packages for gov’t employees, stop deficit spending and excessive borrowing in our name.
One of the biggest frauds being perpetrated on Long Islanders is the transfer of development rights. TDR’s – planners and fakers robbing private property rights.the Carmen River Watershed plan is floated again- read it this issue – and see the TDR’s moving from one parcel to another to change zoning rules/regulations.