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    Canadian company Pet Valu, a retailer of specialty pet supplies, is seeking sites between 2,000 and 5,000 square feet in neighborhood shopping centers anchored by organic grocers or leading supermarket chains on Long Island as part of the chain's 30-store expansion this year.  The stores offer more than 7,000 premium, holistic and organic pet foods, treats and supplies. (LI Business News, September 26, 2012)

    Woodbury (Nassau County)-based CLK Commercial Properties has refinanced its office building on Broad Hollow Road in Melville (Suffolk County) and plans to spend about $2 million on capital improvements there. The company has also signed some new tenants. (LI Business News, September 25, 2012)

    New York State's ReCharge NY program has selected 38 businesses across the state - including 8 on Long Island - to receive low-cost energy from a 910-megawatt power reserve set aside for business expansion and attraction. The following businesses on Long Island will participate:

    • Calico Cottage, a fudge factory in Amityville (Suffolk), has pledged to create 20 new jobs.
    • Crescent Duck Farm in Aquebogue (Suffolk), has pledged to create two new jobs.
    • GKN Aerospace Monitor, an aircraft parts manufacturer in Amityville (Suffolk), has pledged to create 25 new jobs.
    • Global Tissue Group, a tissue paper manufacturer in Medford (Suffolk), has pledged to create 20 new jobs.
    • Tebbens Steel, a metal fabricator in Calverton (Suffolk), has pledged to create four new jobs.
    • U.S. Nonwovens Corp., a fabric mill in Brentwood (Suffolk), has pledged to create 100 new jobs.
    • United Baking Co., a retail baker in Shirley (Suffolk), has pledged to create 17 new jobs.
    • Wenner Bread Products, a commercial bakery in Bayport (Suffolk), has pledged to create 20 new jobs.

    The program offers power contracts for up to seven years. Half of the power- 455 MW - is low-cost hydropower from the New York Power Authority's Niagara and St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt hydroelectric projects. The remaining 455 MW is economical power secured by NYPA from market sources. (LI Business News, September 24, 2012)

    (Update) Microsoft will open a new retail store at the Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington Station (Suffolk) on September 24.  The store will serve as a place where customers can "experience the products and find technical support." Technicians and sales associates will also offer training and provide service for Microsoft products, all part of an effort to attract more customers. (Newsday - September 24, 2012)

    Jamba Juice, a California chain that sells a variety of fruit and vegetable smoothies, with add-ons such as juice, yogurt, milk, and vitamin and protein "boosts" wants to open up to 20 stores on Long Island.  The first store will open on Nesconset Hwy in Stony Brook (Suffolk) in late October.  The second store will be either in Huntington (Suffolk) or Hicksville (Nassau).  The company hopes to have three stores in operation by the middle of next year.  Each store will need to hire about 15 workers. (Newsday - September 20, 2012)

    New York State will make $6 million in federal grant funds available to companies that hire the long-term unemployed.  The program will provide wage subsidies to businesses that hire new employees who have been unemployed more than 27 weeks. Companies can work with the state's Department of Labor and Empire State Development to vet their hiring practices.  In addition to the funding, the state will also create a mobile re-employment response team to target areas with the highest rates of long-term unemployment.  These teams will set up shop over one or two days at libraries, schools and community centers and provide such services as skills matching and counseling, as well as workshops on résumé writing, interviewing and the like. (LI Business News, September 18, 2012)

    The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council (LIREDC) has selected 16 projects out of 200 that applied for funding as priorities for the region.  The proposals will compete for a pot of money separate from the $785 million that the state has set aside for the REDCs' standard funding process in 2012.  The 16 priority projects include:

    • The creation of a smart grid infrastructure on Long Island;
    • Adding a third building to the Broad Hollow Bioscience Park in Melville (Suffolk);
    • The construction of an $80 million medical research and education facility at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola (Nassau);
    • The creation of a center for biomedicine on the campus of Stony Brook University (Suffolk);
    • Infrastructure improvements at the Ronkonkoma Hub (Suffolk);
    • Continued funding for Wyandanch Rising (Suffolk);
    • Developing a mixed use project on the site of the former United Artists Theater in Coram (Suffolk), now known as Wincoram Commons;
    • Improving the sewer system in Hempstead Village (Nassau);
    • Creating a mixed-use committee at the Meadows at Yaphank (Suffolk);
    • Constructing a 500,000-square foot refrigerated warehouse at the Brookhaven Rail Terminal (Suffolk);
    • The construction of 225,000 square feet of hangar space and 72,000 square feet of office space at Republic Airport in Farmingdale (Nassau), to be run by SheltAir;
    • Commercial fishing infrastructure improvements to two commercial fish processing , packing and distribution facilities in Montauk (Suffolk), the largest fishing port in New York State;
    • Creating STEM initiatives at Hofstra University in Hempstead , Adelphi University in Garden City and Molloy College in Rockville Centre (all Nassau)
    • Encouraging more Long Island students to become engineers by having Farmingdale State College (Suffolk) and the New York Institute for Technology in Brookville (Nassau) develop their own EngINE initiative.

    The regional council also adopted a change to its strategic plan to permit it to designate properties as regionally significant projects, regardless of what is built there. Six properties on Long Island were given this designation: Belmont Park, the Nassau Hub, Glen Cove Harbor, the former Cerro Wire property in Oyster Bay (all Nassau), and the former site of the Shoreham power plant and EPCAL in Calverton (both Suffolk).  On September 14 the council will disclose how much funding each project is seeking. (LI Business News, September 13, 2012)

    Barket, Marion, Epstein & Kearon, a "boutique" law firm specializing in criminal defense and civil rights, has opened offices in Garden City (Nassau).  The firm will take on criminal defendants, civil rights claims and select personal injury matters in the greater New York City area. (LI Business News, September 12, 2012)

    Another Checkers restaurant, the company's 15th on Long Island, recently opened on Sunrise Highway in Massapequa (Nassau).  Another will open in Bethpage (Nassau) in October.  The franchisees must open three more restaurants after that in order to satisfy their contract, but they have not yet selected locations for these last three. (Long Island Business News - September 12, 2012)

    The Town of Brookhaven (Suffolk) will issue a request for qualifications from planners and developers to "renew, revitalize and improve the safety" of about 30 acres of commercial property around Stony Brook's Long Island Rail Road station (Suffolk) next to Stony Brook University.  The town said it wants to emulate the "quaint college downtowns" found in places such as Princeton, N.J. and Hanover, N.H.   It is not yet clear if any housing will be a part of the redevelopment, despite a need.  The responses from the request for qualifications are due Oct. 25. The planning committee will evaluate responses and make a recommendation to the town board by the end of the year. (LI Business News, September 11, 2012)

    Clothing retailer Dressbarn has opened its 20th Long Island store, at the Centereach Mall on Middle Country Road in Centereach (Suffolk). (LI Business News, September 7, 2012)

    Empire State Development has just issued a request for proposals to redevelop 36 acres of parking lots at the Belmont Park racetrack in Elmont (Nassau) into a hotel and adjacent retail, office or educational use.  The state has designated an 8-acre parcel for a hotel and the remaining 28-acre piece for a mix of retail, office and/or educational uses. The southern end of this property will be for recreational use, defined by the state as "a park, sports fields, indoor recreation facility, arena or stadium."  Proposals for the hotel and other development are due to Empire State Development by 2 p.m. on Oct. 17. (LI Business News, September 6, 2012)

    Melville (Suffolk)-based Comtech Telecommunications Corp. has received a $1.2 million order for solid-state, high-power amplifiers.  The order comes from an unnamed domestic contractor that will use the amplifiers in transportable satellite communications systems for the U.S. military. (LI Business News, September 6, 2012)

    The CVS Pharmacy at Carleton Avenue and Montauk Highway in East Islip (Suffolk) is adding another 3,300 square feet to its existing 11,130; the new building will include a drive-through. (LI Business News, September 6, 2012)

    Advanced Urology Centers of New York, which bills itself as the largest independent provider of urology services in the nation, has opened a larger facility in Bethpage.  The firm has 45 locations in the NY metro area.  The new, 10,000 square foot building at 480 Hicksville Road will house physicians' offices, procedure rooms and imaging equipment. (LI Business News, September 5, 2012)

    Long Island's population has remained flat over the last few years, due at least in part to a "limited economic recovery," according to the latest population survey conducted by the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA).  Despite that fact, the survey found that residential electric usage per household on Long Island has increased by 1,653 kilowatt hours since 1998, enough electricity to power an average home for 66 days.  LIPA said technology is leading to more electric use, even as conservation and energy efficiency slow what otherwise would be an exponential increase in demand. (LI Business News, September 5, 2012)

    Lake Success (Nassau)-based North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System‘s Center for Young Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric HIV Care and its Center for AIDS Research and Treatment have received a three-year federal grant worth nearly $2 million from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program to treat women, adolescents and children with HIV.  The system plans to use the money to facilitate access to care and provide support services to about 2,000 HIV-positive clients in Nassau and Queens Counties.  The Center for Young Adults and Adolescents last year worked with 113 HIV positive infants, children and adolescents ranging in from newborns to 24 years of age. It also provided care for 1,725 adults ages 18 or older in 2011. (LI Business News, September 5, 2012)

    Roughly one out of six executives plans to hire full-time, professional staff later this year, while only one out of 20 plans to reduce personnel, and the vast majority are confident about their company's prospects for growth, according to a newly released survey in the Robert Half Professional Employment Report.  The quarterly survey is based on telephone interviews with more than 4,000 executives and senior managers nationwide. (LI Business News, September 5, 2012)

    Seattle-based Starbucks has leased a 1,740-square-foot space at the Gallery at Westbury Plaza in Garden City (Nassau). The company has more than 13,000 cafes worldwide and plans to add nearly 300 new stores to its portfolio and remodel 1,700 existing ones this year. (LI Business News, September 5, 2012)

    Previously Reported

    (Update) As part of Suffolk County's ongoing battle to close a $250 million budget gap, the county legislature has agreed to sell the John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility in Yaphank to Sam and Israel Sherman for $23 million.  The Shermans, who own 13 other nursing homes including SunHarbor Manor in Roslyn (Nassau County), have promised to offer jobs to all current Foley staff.  The Association of Municipal Employees, which represents the Foley employees, has vowed to sue to block the sale.  According to LI Business News, the Shermans operate all of their existing nursing homes under contracts with either SEIU1199 or The United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW). (Long Island Business News.com/September 14, 2012)

    In a separate move Suffolk legislators also voted to approve the $20 million sale of a 230 acre county parcel in Yaphank for expansion of a rail hub.  The rail project is expected to create 300 jobs and reduce truck traffic on Long Island highways. (Newsday/September 13, 2012)

    Cummins Power Systems, which manufactures, sells and repairs engines and engine products, opened a distribution branch in Ronkonkoma (Suffolk County).  Over the next five years the 52,000 square foot facility will hire about 30 for jobs ranging from maintenance technicians to sales. (Newsday - September 14, 2012)

    Rue21, which sells "specialty clothing" to youth, wants to open 12 new stores on the Island and is looking for appropriate sites.  The company already has two Long Island stores, in Massapequa (Nassau County) and Deer Park (Suffolk County). (Newsday - September 13, 2012)

    Gold Coast Bank, founded in Islandia (Suffolk County) in 2008, will open its fifth branch on Long Island in Mineola (Nassau County). (Newsday - September 13, 2012)

    Hauppauge (Suffolk County) - based dealer and servicer of forklifts, overhead doors and industrial racking Hilo Materials Handling Group, says business is up 9% from a year ago.  The company attributes some of the uptick in its business to "pent-up demand and a healthier industrial sector" on the island.  In 18 months, Hilo has gone from 45 employees to more than 80. (Long Island Business News - September 13, 2012)

    Community National Bank plans to open its 11th branch in Hewlett Harbor (Nassau County) by early 2013.  Community, which was founded in 2005, has seen its assets grow at a rate of almost 20% annually, to almost $700 million. (Long Island Business News - September 13, 2012)

    Staffing firm GreyStone Staffing is moving from Massapequa (Nassau County) to Melville (Suffolk County).  The company has been in business in Massapequa for 24 years. (Long Island Business News - September 12, 2012)

    (Update) The Islip Town Industrial Development Agency unanimously approved the extension of a $1.04 million tax abatement for Broadridge Financial Solutions, a company with factories and warehouses in Edgewood and Brentwood, (both Suffolk County) which provides shareholder communications for financial companies.  The town's 15-year tax-break extension came on top of more than $15 million worth of inducements already offered by the county, the state and the LI Power Authority.  Broadridge, which employs about 1,600 on Long Island, had threatened to move to Florida or Virginia if the tax breaks were not forthcoming. (Newsday - September 12, 2012)

    Edgewood (Suffolk County)-based aircraft parts maker CPI Aerostructures Inc. received a 5-year contract from the U.S. Air Force to manufacture windows for Black Hawk helicopters.  CPI, which employs 157 full-time according to Newsday, has received $63.8 million in orders so far this year, up 3% from a year ago. (Newsday - September 11, 2012)

    Fortune Magazine named Amityville (Suffolk County) -based generic drug manufacturer Hi-Tech Pharmacal (HTP) number 22 on its list the 100 fastest growing companies in the US.  The growth of HTP's revenue, profit and total return averaged 22, 29 and 69 percent respectively over the past three years. (  Newsday - September 11, 2012)

    (Update) Upscale department store Bloomingdale's opened The Outlet Store as planned at The Gallery at Westbury Plaza in Garden City (Nassau County).  The store will offer reductions of from 35 to 80% off the prices Bloomingdale's normally charges for its upscale brands. (Newsday - September 6, 2012)

    The Bethpage (Nassau County)-based Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) has purchased a 25,000 square foot building in Plainview (also Nassau) to be the future site of the Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technology Innovation Center.  The center, slated to open in the fall of 2013, will offer courses and the use of the center's equipment to manufacturers with the aim of promoting greater knowledge about these substances.  Composites, typically made of either carbon or glass fibers, are widely used in planes and military equipment and even now in bridges, tunnels, cars and trains because of the materials' strength and light weight.  LIFT received a $15 million grant from the state to buy and renovate the building and to purchase equipment. (Newsday - September 5, 2012)

    A report entitled "A Clean Energy Vision for Long Island", authored by Synapse Energy Economics and funded by the Long Island Community Foundation and the Rauch Foundation, says that Long Island can produce or secure enough renewable energy - solar, wind or hydropower - to satisfy all residential electric demand in the LI Power Authority's coverage area (Nassau & Suffolk Counties) by 2020 and nearly ALL the region's electric needs by 2030.  According to the report, much of the region's renewable electricity would come from off-shore wind farms.  The implementation of energy efficiency measures, designed to cut usage, would also be key to reaching the goals.  The report comes out just as LIPA is in the process of making important decisions about where it will derive it electricity in the future. (Newsday - September 4, 2012)


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    (Update) Despite efforts by local politicians and others to keep the Federal Aviation Administration's two radar facilities in Westbury (Nassau) and Ronkonkoma (Suffolk), the FAA has sent a survey to its local employees, asking if, given a financial incentive and a lower cost area to live, they would agree to move.  Other questions ask what factors would keep employees from moving (which might occur as soon as 2017), and where the workers would prefer the new facility to be located.  Possible choices include Nassau, Suffolk or the Albany area.  About 600 controllers now work at the FAA's two Long Island sites; Long Island could lose more than 950 aviation jobs altogether if the FAA decides to move regional air traffic control centers off the Island. (Newsday - September 23, 2012)

    The Manhattan-based Fortuna Realty Group has bought the Garden City Hotel (Nassau) and announced plans to lay off the entire staff and then rehire some of them.  The ownership and management changeover is expected to take place "by the end of the week."  It was not clear how many of the current employees the new owners will rehire. (Newsday.com/September 19, 2012)

    (Update) Aircraft manufacturer Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation amended the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notice it filed with the state Labor Department on July 5 to extend the closing date of its in Melville (Suffolk) plant until February 22, 2013.  The plant had originally been slated to close on November 30th of this year. (WARN notice, September 4, 2012)

    Previously Reported

    Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano's 2013 budget calls for spending cuts for departments serving youth, seniors and the disabled.  Most departments would see little change in their budgets, but Mangano's budget cuts Human Services by 23 percent, and the Board of Elections by 14 percent.  Housing and Community Development and the Parks Department, on the other hand, would see their budgets grow by 54 and 6.3 percent, respectively.  While the proposed budget does not call for any layoffs in 2013, it cuts the county payroll by 2.6 percent, thanks to a retirement incentive offered to correctional officers this summer and to the layoffs of an unspecified number of county employees to take place before the end of 2012. (Newsday.com/September 18, 2012)

    The National Hockey League has locked out players from the New York Islanders and other teams after failing to reach a new collective bargaining agreement on Saturday.  Vulnerable in a long standoff are vendors, parking attendants and security personnel who work primarily on game days.  Nassau Coliseum has 2,000 full- and part-time union workers, said John Durso, president of the Long Island Federation of Labor.  It is unclear how long the lockout will last. (Newsday.com/September 16, 2012)

    With a tight budget planned for next year, the Town of Islip (Suffolk County) is looking to trim expenses, and the East Islip shellfish hatchery's annual budget may be cut.  The town board is considering a range of proposals that include privatizing the facility outright or running it as a public-private partnership. (Newsday - September 13, 2012)

    Brookhaven Town (Suffolk County) Supervisor Mark Lesko unveiled a proposed budget that slashes spending and lays off 149 full- and part-time employees, including the entire park ranger program and its eight rangers.  Other proposed spending cuts include eliminating the adult day care and respite programs, and services for women, veterans and the mobility-challenged.   Youth services would be reduced to focusing solely on drug treatment, mental health and suicide prevention.  The town board will vote on the budget on November 15. (Newsday.com/September 13, 2012)

    Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell is not calling for layoffs but says "I can't take that off the table. We're exploring every option.  Our wish is to avoid layoffs."  Southold's current contract with its non-police civil service employees expires at the end of the year, and in exchange for some union concessions, the town agreed to a no-layoff provision that expires Dec. 31. Russell said he expects to submit his new spending plan Sept. 28. (Suffolk Times/September 13, 2012)

    (Update) 47 Nassau County Corrections Department officers, including 10 supervisors, all members of the Sheriff's Correction Officers Benevolent Association, have accepted the county's retirement incentive package and will leave the force by the end of the year.  The retirees will be replaced in early 2013 by new employees to be paid $30,000 a year.  Then new hires will also contribute more to their pension than current employees.  The officers staff the East Meadow jail, which has 1,500 inmates and a workforce of 980. (Newsday - September 8, 2012)

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