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    Amber Court Assisted Living Llc of Westbury (Nassau County) received a tax break from Nassau County's Industrial Development Agency (IDA) to expand its facility on Brush Hollow Road. The company plans to build a two-story, 29,400 square foot addition next to the existing complex.  Amber Court received a 10-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement on its property tax bill and a $416,156 sales tax break on the purchase of furniture, equipment and fixtures for the new building.  The $5 million project will add 13 jobs to the company's work force of 101 people.  Amber Court employees earn an average of $33,000 per year, including the value of benefits, according to agency records. (Newsday/May 29, 2012)

    Mineola (Nassau County)-based engineering firm Sidney B. Bowne & Son signed contracts worth more than $600,000 last week for road design, renovation of buildings and relocation of parking at the Long Island Rail Road station in Wyandanch (Suffolk County).  The contract is part of a $500 million public-private redevelopment of downtown Wyandanch called Wyandanch Rising.  The first phase of the projected is expected to be completed in 2014 and includes a transit plaza, 50,000 square feet of commercial space and 150 rental and 90 condo units north of the train station, with construction expected to begin in the fall. Town officials estimate the phase will cost $100 million. (newsday.com/May 28, 2012)

    A cooking oil recycling plant in Hicksville (Nassau) that opened in January 2012 is ready to expand its workforce.  Grease Lightning, owned by Newark-based Unity Fuels, recycles 100,000 gallons of used cooking oil a week from restaurants and recycles it for biodiesel for vehicles.  Grease Lightning supplies customers with storage containers, collects the used cooking oil and processes it into recycled vegetable oil.  It is shipped out by rail next to the Hicksville plant, to be converted into a diesel fuel substitute called biodiesel.  The company employs 20 workers and would like to have 100 by the end of the year. (Newsday/May 23, 2012)

    The Town of Oyster Bay (Nassau County) received a grant of almost $408,000 - on top of more than $5.2 million already received as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - for a project to convert most of its transportation fleet to run on compressed natural gas (CNG).  The project includes the construction of a fueling station in Syosset, conversion of trucks to CNG and the purchase of six CNG ready vehicles.  The town has already converted 31 heavy duty sanitation trucks used for snow removal operations to CNG and purchased 13 CNG ready sanitation trucks.  Five trucks were repowered under a grant which came from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, bringing the fleet of CNG trucks to 49. (Newsday/May 22, 2012)

    The NYS Assembly is set to consider the Solar Jobs Act, a bill proposed by Assemb. Steve Englebright of Setauket (Suffolk County), which calls for the state to increase its capacity to generate solar electricity by 3,000 megawatts - enough to power 375,000 homes - by 2021.  Long Island stands to benefit greatly from the bill's passage.  The region has the highest percentage of "sunshine days" of any region in the state, and the LI Power Authority (LIPA) has already funded the state's biggest solar power projects, including a 32-megawatt solar farm at Brookhaven (Suffolk County) National Laboratory.  LIPA also helped fund 5,000 "solar roofs" on the Island, through rebates to residential rate payers.  The bill is expected to created many relatively high-paying jobs and already enjoys the support locally of the Nassau and Suffolk Building Trades Council, environmental group Citizens Campaign for the Environment and Local 25 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. (Newsday - May 21, 2012)

    A $1.7-billion NATO contract to build five Global Hawk spy planes will help stabilize Northrop Grumman Corp.'s workforce on Long Island, a company spokesman said.  Global Hawks are built partly in Mississippi and partly at a facility in California, but engineers throughout the company will work on the unmanned aircraft's software systems.  The company says that, while the NATO contract will not mean any new jobs, it will help retain the jobs of those employed.  Northrop Grumman has about 1,600 employees on Long Island, the majority of them in Bethpage (Nassau County).(newsday.com/May 20, 2012)

    The Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove (Suffolk County) is adding four new retail stores: Fossil, a vintage-inspired accessory and clothing retailer, Sur La Table, a kitchen and cookware store, and Teavana, a tea boutique, will open this June.  Garage, a clothing store catering primarily to teenage girls, will open in the fall. (Newsday/May 19, 2012)

    The Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. (GHBC) in Greenport (Suffolk County) is expanding, thanks to tax breaks from the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency (IDA).  The company sought $160,000 in tax breaks, including a $120,000 reduction in property taxes over 15 years to allow it to purchase a 3-acre property in Peconic (also Suffolk) for a bottling operation and tasting room.  Meanwhile, GHBC will continue to make beer in its original facility in a former firehouse in Greenport. (Newsday - May 18, 2012)

    Trendy clothing store Mystique Boutique of SoHo has opened a store on Northern Blvd. in Manhasset (Nassau County). (Newsday - May 18, 2012)

    (Update) On May 17 the Suffolk County Industrial Development (IDA) approved a $9.8 million incentive package of tax breaks for Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc., which has 4 buildings on the Island - Edgewood (Suffolk),   Brentwood (Suffolk), Islip (Suffolk) and Lake Success (Nassau).  The SCIDA approved $2.6 million in sales tax exemption on $75 million worth of equipment and a 15-year reduction in property taxes, valued at $7.2 million.  The company has 1,600 workers in Islip and 200 people in its Lake Success headquarters.  Broadridge made no firm promise to create jobs in return for the aid. The New York Power Authority (NYPA) offered Broadridge a $3.8 million break on its electric bill  over seven years.  LIPA is still considering a $2 million reduction over the same period. (Newsday/May 18, 2012)

    After two years of negotiations, the United Teachers of Northport and the Northport-East Northport School District approved a new four-year contract which is retroactive to July 1, 2010.  Union members, 751 members in all, including teachers, teaching assistants and nurses, agreed to a salary freeze for the first year of the new pact.  In the subsequent three years, members will receive "step increases" of 2.85% a year, but no cost of living increases.  The agreement also requires union members to pay 3% more for health insurance by the end of the contract. (Newsday - May 17, 2012)

    Total Defense, a computer software security company that got its start as a business unit within Islandia (Suffolk County)-based CA Technologies Inc., has recently moved into its own office in Hauppauge (also Suffolk).  Updata Partners, a private equity firm from Virginia, purchased Total Defense last July, but the company remained at CA.  A few weeks ago, Total Defense, which now employs about 50, 20 of whom are former CA employees, left CA for its own office in Hauppauge. 30,000 firms worldwide use Total Defense's software, according to a company spokesman. The company plans to hire another 50 people by year end. (Newsday/May 1, 2012)

    Previously Reported

    Lake Success (Nassau County)-based Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc., which distributes financial statements and investor documents for "almost all U.S. public companies" - is reportedly trying to decide whether to stay on Long Island or to relocate a large portion of its operation out of state.  Broadridge, which says it has received competitive bids from Florida, Texas, Virginia, and Ohio, reportedly wants to stay on the Island but is looking to reduce its costs.  So far officials from the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), New York State and the Town of Islip, where the company has four offices, have offered a seven-year reduction in the company's electric bill, a sales tax exemption on $75 million in equipment purchases and a 15-year property tax break on one of its buildings, as well as other incentives yet to be negotiated, but the company has not yet announced what its final decision will be. (Newsday - May 13, 2012)

    (Update) Melville (Suffolk County) - based Hain Celestial Group Inc. , maker of Celestial Seasonings teas, Terra Chips, WestSoy beverages and other foods, now says it will stay on Long Island in return for government aid to help the company open a research and development center and to move its corporate office from Melville to Lake Success (Nassau County).  The $10 million expansion project will take place with the help - in the form of a $4.5 million in state tax credits, a 16-year freeze on the company's property taxes and a sales tax exemption on furniture, equipment and fixtures - of the Nassau County Industrial Development Authority and the Empire State Development Corp. In exchange Hain promises to add 122 people to its current workforce of 250.(Newsday - May 11, 2012)

    The medical schools of Stony Brook (Suffolk County) University and New York University are entering into a licensing agreement with Nostrum Pharmaceuticals of New Brunswick, New Jersey to develop an experimental treatment for a lung disease called Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.  The deal fits into a larger effort by Stony Brook, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and other Long Island research institutions to commercialize their research. (Newsday - May 10, 2012)

    Starting June 19, Hampton Jitney and Response Marine will begin a 100-day trial of a new water taxi service between Sag Harbor and Greenport (both Suffolk County).  The ferry will run seven round trips a day Monday through Thursday and nine a day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  According to Newsday, this is the "first new passenger ferry service on Long Island in decades." (Newsday - May 10, 2012)

    A specialist in Catholic Canon law, Peter Borre, who persuaded the Vatican in March to reverse the closings of 13 parishes in Cleveland, has volunteered to assist parents of children at four of the six Catholic schools slated for closure by the Diocese of Rockville Centre (Nassau County) at the end of this school year to file an appeal with the Vatican in Rome. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said that, while the Long Island case "is a complicated local matter," in general, canon law "provides for recourse against administrative acts of ecclesiastical authority."  The schools involved in the appeal effort are St. Catherine of Sienna School in Franklin Square, St. Ignatius Loyola School in Hicksville, Sacred Heart School in Merrick and St. John Baptist De LaSalle Regional School in Farmingdale (all Nassau County).   Parents at two other schools being closed, Prince of Peace Regional School in Sayville and Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Lindenhurst (both Suffolk County), have not decided whether to take part in the appeal. (Newsday.com/May 8, 2012)

    Long Island will receive $60 million for infrastructure projects as part of the NY Works program announced by Governor Cuomo on April 3.  The projects mean "not only jobs in construction but the ripple effect - construction jobs bring more sales for retailers and more sales tax revenue as workers spend their money".(Newsday - May 8, 2012)

    The board of trustees in the Village of Farmingdale (Nassau County) approved a mixed-use, transit-friendly development in downtown Farmingdal, a major step towards the town's revitalization plan to promote economic development and economic growth.  Developer Anthony Bartone will build a three story building consisting of 115 apartments and 17,000 square feet of retail space at the cost of $30 million near the Farmingdale train station, to be called Bartone Plaza.  The development will also include an underground parking lot, a public pocket park and promenade linking the train station and downtown.  (Newsday - May 8, 2012)

    The NY State Department of Labor held a forum on May 4 in Rockville Centre (Nassau County) to showcase its NY Youth Works Program.  The program provides employers in areas with high unemployment a tax credit of $4,000 for each 16- to 24-year-old they employ for one year.  Areas on Long Island qualifying for the credit include the Towns of Brookhaven (Suffolk County) and Hempstead (Nassau County). (Newsday - May 5, 2012)

    Upton (Suffolk County) - based Brookhaven National Lab (BNL) has developed a partnership with the Long Island Capital Alliance to link researchers with business people in order to facilitate the launching of businesses based on BNL's work.  BNL and Capital Alliance will announce plans to showcase six technologies developed at the lab at a forum in Melville (Suffolk County) on June 8. (Newsday - May 2, 2012)

    Hauppauge (Suffolk County) - based Orbit International Corp. has a new contract with the U.S. Navy worth $5.7M to supply a component for the company's gunfire control system used in guided missile destroyers. The contract is part of the Navy's $16.6 billion AGIS Modernization Program to upgrade 84 older ships in a 20-year refitting schedule. (Newsday - May 1, 2012)


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    The U.S. Postal Service's Mid-Island Delivery Bar Coder Annex in Melville (Suffolk County), which employs one supervisor, four mail handlers, 15 maintenance employees and approximately 49 distribution employees, is among 229 mail processing facilities the Post Office intends to close by late 2014. The plant's automated machinery will be moved to the larger Mid-Island Processing and Distribution Center, also in Melville.  Some employees from the Bar Coder Annex may be eligible to take other USPS jobs.  It is not clear when that facility will close, but the first round of consolidations will continue through February 2013. (Half Hollows Hills Patch.com/May 21, 2012)

    (Update) The Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA), which took control of the county's finances over a year ago, voted 5-0 against approving a contract with Morgan Stanley & Co. worth $5 million that called for the investment bank to assist with the privatization of the county's sewer systems.  The vote dealt a serious - but not fatal - blow to County Executive Mangano's bid to privatize the sewer system. (Newsday - May 18, 2012)

    Women's clothing store Betsey Johnson Llc. will likely close all of its 69 retail stores in the United State, Canada and United Kingdom, including two Long Island stores, at Roosevelt Field in Garden City (Nassau County) and at the Tanger "Outlets at the Arches" in Deer Park (Suffolk County).  It is not clear how many jobs will be affected. (Newsday - May 15, 2012)

    (Update) The City of Long Beach (Nassau County) will lay off 67 workers - 25 full-time and 42 part-time - starting in mid-late May.  The layoffs - in the departments of public works -- which includes sanitation, street maintenance and water maintenance - transportation and fire - will proceed according to seniority.   An early retirement package, offered by the city in March, remains on the table.  The city has 1,656 full and part time employees. (Newsday.com/May 14, 2012)

    Port Washington (Nassau County) - based Pall Corp. has sold some of its blood and transfusion assets to Massachusetts-based Haemonetics Corp. for $550 million.  Pall  will transfer 1,300 world-wide employees to Haemonetics when the sale closes later this year.  The company has 500 employees on Long Island and 10,400 worldwide. (Newsday - May 1, 2012)

    Previously Reported

    Two weeks after announcing a potential reorganization of the town's Human Services Department, and after two hours of public testimony, the Islip Town Board voted 5-0 to put the controversial plan in motion.  The move will cut jobs and services to residents beginning November 1, but could save the Town $1.6 M in 2013, officials say.  It is unclear how many workers will lose their jobs. (Newsday.com/May 8, 2012)

    Insurance company MetLife will close its Reverse Mortgage Operation unit in Hauppauge (Suffolk County) and lay off 25 employees by July 31. (WARN Noice/May 7, 2012)

    German airline Lufthansa said that it will eliminate 3,500 administrative jobs company-wide as part of a wide-ranging effort to improve its profitability.  The cuts are equivalent to 3 percent of its 117,000 member work force.  Lufthansa's US Corporate Headquarters is located on Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow (Nassau County).  It is not clear how many local workers may lose their jobs. (nytimes.com/May 4, 2012)

    Arizona-based Microchip Technology Inc., a maker of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP devices, has agreed to buy Hauppauge (Suffolk County)-based Standard Microsystems Corp. (SMSC). SMSC, with about 315 workers on Long Island, sells integrated circuits, USB, Ethernet and wireless components to computer makers and automakers.   Its products form the core of entertainment and information systems for various models of Porsche, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Daimler, Jaguar and Volvo vehicles. The sale will take effect in the third quarter of this year. (Newsday.com/May 2, 2012)

    On April 30 the Nassau County Police Department began the process of merging eight precincts into four.The Second Precinct in Woodbury mostly absorbed Levittown's Eighth Precinct. (A small crew will remain in the Eighth precinct house to staff a new community policing center there.) By the end of the year only the precincts in Woodbury, Seaford, Williston Park and Hewlett will remain.  The precinct mergers are a key part of County Executive Mangano's plan to solve the county's budget dilemma.  He estimates the plan will save the county $23.2 million annually. (Newsday - May 1, 2012)

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