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    (Update) Construction of Donald Trump's proposed Jones Beach (Nassau County) boardwalk catering hall and restaurant - to be called "Trump on the Ocean" - is expected to begin next year and finish late in 2014 after the developer and state officials resolved a five-year impasse.  The parties reached an agreement that settles three lawsuits and allows Trump on the Ocean, which has been stalled since 2006, to go forward.  Trump expects the project is to generate "hundreds" of jobs.  (Newsday - June 30, 2012)

    (Update) The Container Store, a Texas-based chain that designs, sells, and installs storage and closet organizers, will open a store in the Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City (Nassau County) on August 11.  The company plans to hire 60 workers.  (Newsday - June 30, 2012)

    (Update) The LI Power Authority (LIPA) approved a new program aimed at encouraging the construction of solar power plants on Long Island via a mechanism called a solar feed-in tariff.  Under the program - which will cost LI ratepayers about 44 cents per month on average - LIPA will provide a steady market for the solar electricity by promising to purchase it from generators for 22 cents per kilowatt hour.  LIPA trustees expect the program to generate "up to 50 megawatts" of "combustion-less" electricity - enough to power more than 600 homes - and to create hundreds of jobs. (Newsday - June 30, 2012)

    The Empire State Development Corp. approved $1.2 million in grants for projects on Long Island that it says will create 120 new jobs and save 1,069 existing ones.  Accelerate Long Island, a recently founded not-for-profit which coordinates efforts to support software and biotech start-up companies, received $500,000.  Hi-Tech Pharmacal, a rapidly expanding pharmaceutical company based in Amityville (Suffolk County), received $500,000 to expand its facility in return for a promise to keep or create 290 jobs.  And Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County received $182,900 to assist in its effort to restore the Peconic Bay scallop population. (Newsday - June 27, 2012)

    Senator Charles Schumer is seeking a $120 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to fund Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory (both in Suffolk County) to develop a battery to power electric cars and store energy generated from wind, water and sun.  Officials expect the project, if approved, to create approximately 270 jobs. (Newsday - June 26, 2012)

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    (Update) A State Supreme Court Judge granted a request from Suffolk's Association of Municipal Employees to bar Suffolk County from abolishing the jobs of 30 county-employed security guards on July 1. The short-term restraining order means that the guards will remain on the payroll until at least July 11, when county attorneys will present their case.  The union is seeking a permanent injunction to block the guards' layoffs on grounds that firing them in favor of a private firm violates the guards' collective bargaining agreement. County Executive Bellone said the county could save up to $600,000 a year by replacing municipal guards with contracted workers at a lower wage. (Newsday.com/June 19, 2012)

    (Update) After more than two years of planning and construction Sysco Food Services of Long Island, now the Island's largest food distribution facility according to the company, opened in Central Islip (Suffolk County) on June 15 with 235 employees.  The company has promised to eventually increase its workforce to 300 at the $92 million plant, built with $7.3 million in economic development assistance from the Town of Islip.  Starting July 30th Sysco expects to begin shipping 35,000 cases of food and beverages daily to restaurants, hotels, nursing homes, caterers and industrial facilities. (rebusinessonline.com - June 19, 2012)

    Generic drug maker Amneal Pharmaceuticals Llc plans to add 400 jobs over five years at its factory in Yaphank (Suffolk County) in an effort to increase its sales overseas.  The Brookhaven Town Industrial Development Agency and the Long Island Power Authority will aid in the expansion with tax breaks and energy discounts.  Amneal, which employs 752 people on Long Island, has a factory in Hauppauge and a warehouse in Commack (both Suffolk County) in addition to the Yaphank plant. (Newsday - June 16, 2012)

    (Update) The jobs of another 42 Suffolk County employees will survive for at least another six months past the June 30 layoff date the county announced last year, thanks to a last minute deal between the county executive and the legislature. Among the jobs saved are seven public health nurses, six workers in the Woman, Infants and Childrens' program, three workers in the Office of Aging, and a half dozen public works employees.  The move, which allocates six months worth of "interim" funding for the positions, lowers the number of layoffs scheduled for June 30 -- originally 470 -- to about 270. (Newsday.com/June 15, 2012)

    (Update) The City of Long Beach (Nassau County) laid off 63 workers - including blue- and white-collar employees and fire department staff in May, but thanks to a concession package - included a one-year pay freeze - approved byThe Civil Service Employees Association, 38 of these workers will get their jobs back.  The city also guaranteed no further layoffs for two years and hired back "the majority" of the 42 non-union part-timers laid off in May, albeit with even fewer hours than before. (Newsday - June 9, 2012)

    (Update) Upscale retailer Henri Bendel opened at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station (Suffolk County) on June 8.  The store focuses on women's fashion accessories.(Newsday - June 8, 2012)

    (Update) Stony Brook University broke ground June 8 on a $8.3 million marine sciences center on its Southampton (Suffolk County) campus.  The new center, to be built by contractor E.W. Howell of Plainview (Nassau County) will include laboratories, a classroom and conference room, as well as a tank that covers the ground floor to be used both as an aquarium and to help heat and cool the building.  New York State will provide $6.9 million toward the construction costs.  Stony Brook's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences program enrolls over 500 students. (Newsday - June 8, 2012)

    New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) is developing an Entrepreneurship & Technology Innovation Center based in its School of Engineering and Computing Sciences in Old Westbury (Nassau County). The center will cost $1.7 million to build and is expected to generate or preserve 800 jobs. NYIT will receive $400,000 in state aid originally awarded in December 2011 as part of $101.6 million grant to the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council.  The center will concentrate on information technology and cyber security, bioengineering and health analytics, energy and green technology. (Newsday - June 7, 2012)

    National Grid and the United Way of Long Island have begun offering a six week green jobs training program for veterans. Students learn about installation, green construction and weatherproofing. 17 veterans graduated in May; the next class will start in August. (Newsday - June 4, 2012)

     

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    (Update) Nassau County Budget Director Eric Naughton instructed officials to begin preparing a list of positions to be eliminated in what would be the county's third round of layoffs in a year.  It was unclear when the layoffs would begin.  Naughton blamed the need for layoffs - he did not cite a specific number of jobs, but announced a target of saving 3.5 percent over 2012 levels - on the county legislature's failure to authorize the county to borrow $41 million to pay tax refunds from 2011.  Most of those who would be affected by the layoffs are members of the Civil Service Employees Association.  The Police Department - whose employees belong to a different union - expects to meet the target without layoffs. (Newsday - June 27, 2012)

    (Update) One by one, components of a Suffolk County deficit-cutting plan that County Executive Steve Bellone proposed nearly three months ago as part of his 2013 budget - including a fare hike for Suffolk's disabled minibus riders, a surcharge on Fire Island ferry tickets, cuts to tobacco-education programs, a wage-subsidy for nonprofits, and state approval for a local traffic violations bureau - have been abandoned, weakened or delayed.  Bellone now says that, without union concessions, the most important of which would require unionized county employees to pay into their health care, as nonunion workers will begin doing in November, he may have to lay off hundreds more county workers, on top of the more than 230 that are to leave July 1. (Newsday.com/June 25, 2012)

    (Update) Long Island could lose 952 aviation jobs, most of them paying an average annual salary of more than $100,000, if federal officials move regional air traffic control operations elsewhere in New York or to New Jersey.  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to centralize its metro-area operations in an air traffic control facility to be built somewhere within 150 miles of NY City.  The Integrated Control Facility, which relies on satellite-based navigation rather than the older, ground-based radar, would replace existing air traffic control operations in Westbury (Nassau County) and Ronkonkoma (Suffolk County).  The Ronkonkoma facility, known as NY Center, employs 343 air traffic controllers; TRACON in Westbury, 189.  The two facilities also employ hundreds of managers, technicians, computer specialists, and administrative and support staff.  FAA managers say 30 percent of the controller workforce at the two LI centers is eligible to retire, and that many would do so if forced to move to a new facility outside of Long Island. (Newsday.com/June 25, 2012)

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    The Oyster Bay town board has approved an early retirement incentive that it says will save the town as much as $10 million annually.  About 280 employees -- those aged 55 or older with at least five years of service -- are eligible.  Under the plan, retirees would receive $1,000 per year of service as well as individual and family lifetime health benefits, accrued sick pay and pensions.  Those opting to retire during the first of two open periods must file with the state by Aug. 15, and retire by Sept. 1. Eligible workers, who are both union and nonunion, come from across all town departments. (Newsday.com/June 19, 2012)

    By this September Bed Bath & Beyond plans to consolidate both it office in Farmingdale and the Garden City headquarters of Buybuy Baby (both location in Nassau County) to the parent company's corporate office in Union, New Jersey, affecting 340 employees.  The company offered all employees the opportunity to relocate and to work in the new location, but is not clear how many accepted the offer.  An $8.5 million grant from the New Jersey Economic Development Department reportedly fueled the move. (Newsday - June 12, 2012)

    45 social service groups in Nassau County may lose funding on July 1 - resulting in the elimination of programs including child crisis hotlines and after-school tutoring for at-risk youth - as a result of a partisan battle between County Executive Ed Mangano and Democrats in the County Legislature how to pay for $41 million in tax settlement owed to commercial real property owners. The Democrats refuse to let Mangano borrow the money unless Republicans agree to a "fairer" redistricting plan.  Meanwhile, legislative Republicans have diverted $8 million in revenue from the county's red-light cameras that has been ear-marked for social services groups since 2009. (Newsday - June 4, 2012)

    Verizon Communications Inc. is offering buyouts to 1,700 workers, mainly call-center employees and technicians, as it continues to shrink its wireless business. Employees who aceept the buyout would leave in the first weeks of July. If not enough people accept the offer, layoffs are a possibility. (Long Island Business News/June 4, 2012)

    Nassau Health Care Corporation (NuHealth) has laid off more than 20 employees at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow.  This brings to nearly 350 the number of employees that NuHealth has laid off in a little more than a year.  The affected workers include licensed practical nurses, doctors, as well as a wide range of other occupations. (Long Island Business News/June 1, 2012)

    As part of a plan to upgrade and consolidate air traffic control centers across the country beginning in 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will merge two local air traffic control centers, in Ronkonkoma (Suffolk County) and Westbury (Nassau County), into a new state of the art facility that will track planes via satellite.  Local officials are understandably concerned about keeping those 430 jobs, which pay an average of more than $100,000 a year, on the Island, but the FAA has said only that the new facility will be "somewhere within a 150-mile radius of New York City".  Local legislators are lobbying hard to ensure that "somewhere" is on Long Island. (Newsday - June 1, 2012)

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