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Business Expansions and Contractions - Long Island Region September 2013

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17 companies seeking state aid for expansion projects from the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council would create more than 1,100 jobs over the next few years.  The businesses include AL Energy Solutions LED, Chembio Diagnostic Systems and Lanco. Together, they employ 1,682 people in Nassau and Suffolk counties, officials said.  Last week, the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council recommended the state provide $16.7 million in state tax credits to help the companies grow.  The total cost of the building projects is $220.4 million, including the aid being sought from Albany. The council's endorsement is the first step toward receiving help from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's administration. Projects are judged on a 100-point scale with the local council awarding up to 20 points and state officials deciding the other 80.  Tax credits are awarded in a statewide competition, with Long Island eligible to win up to $10 million. The winning projects will be announced in the fall. 

Of the promised hiring, 35 percent, or 400 jobs, would be at C&S Wholesale Grocers.  The supplier of food, produce and other items to supermarkets and Target stores wants to build a 500,000- square-foot automated warehouse somewhere in Suffolk County, according to a spokesman for Empire State Development. He said 300 warehouse workers and 100 truck drivers would be hired.  C&S' local customers include grocers Waldbaum's, Stop & Shop and Pathmark.  The $130-million proposed facility would mark C&S' return to Long Island.  Five years ago, the Keene, N.H.-based company closed its 526,000-square-foot warehouse in Central Islip (Suffolk), saying it would continue to supply area stores from distribution centers in Pennsylvania and Connecticut.  About 400 employees were laid off, and the union representing some of them charged C&S was shifting work to nonunion warehouses.  A C&S official did not respond to requests for comment last week.  The C&S project, which seeks $3.6 million in state aid, is the biggest in dollar terms and projected job creation. 

No. 2 in dollar terms in U.S. Nonwovens Corp., a manufacturer of cleaning supplies, based in Brentwood. Company executives said they were mulling whether to expand in Commack (Suffolk) or in another state, such as Pennsylvania or South Carolina.  The local development council endorsed $2 million from New York State for a $16.65-million factory at 360 Moreland Rd. in Commack. The 180,192-square-foot plant would be U.S. Nonwovens' sixth location in Suffolk.  In return for state tax credits, the company would add 120 people to its payroll of 546. Its electric bills have already been reduced by the state Power Authority, and no property taxes are owed on three company buildings for another few years under the state's Empire Zones Program.-In June, the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency offered nearly $2 million in tax breaks to U.S. Nonwovens if it expands here. (Newsday - September 29, 2013)

U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Steve Israel, D-Huntington (Suffolk), said in a joint statement that $1.2 million from the U.S. Economic Development Administration would be funneled into the Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center on the Old Westbury (Nassau) campus of the New York Institute of Technology's School of Engineering and Computing Sciences.  The center's goal is to boost the regional economy by focusing on IT, cyber-security, bioengineering, health analytics and green technologies. As a conduit for strategic partnerships between industry, government, academia and investment, the center is projected to create 65 jobs and save another six, according to the statement.  The center is being created with the assistance of an advisory board that combines industrial, governmental, financial and academic expertise. The board includes representatives of IBM, CA Technologies, AT&T, Motorola Solutions, Goldman Sachs and Pegasus Global Holdings, among others, according to NYIT.  (LI Business News - September 27, 2013)

Stony Brook University officially opened its new 15,000-square-foot Marine Sciences Center at its Southampton (Suffolk) campus today.  The new two-story facility, home to the university's school of marine and atmospheric sciences, is outfitted with a state-of-the-art 2,500-square-foot indoor seawater lab, which can recreate and maintain seawater of any marine ecosystem on the planet.  The total cost of the project, which replaces three smaller buildings, was estimated at $8.34 million in June 2012 when the plans were first unveiled.  Almost $7 million of that cost was provided by New York State, with Stony Brook University picking up the remaining balance.  (LI Business News - September 27, 2013)

Two business groups and Suffolk County Community College are planning a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of manufacturing to Long Island's economy, officials said.  Despite a long-term decline in local factory payrolls, manufacturing remains a big employer and source of revenue from outside Nassau and Suffolk counties, the officials said. They plan to seek more governmental aid for training factory workers and new equipment.  The initiative is being led by the college, Hauppauge Industrial Association and Aerospace and Defense Diversification Alliance in Peacetime Transition. The trio held an organizational meeting on October 2; another is planned for next month.  (Newsday - September 26, 2013)

Fuel supplier OK Petroleum is planning a $6.6-million headquarters and warehouse in Hauppauge (Suffolk), officials said on September 25.  The seller of gasoline, home heating oil, motor oil and other automotive products wants to construct a 63,449-square-foot building on five acres along Commerce Drive. It will add 10 workers to its staff of 47 over the next two years.  In return for OK's pledge to increase hiring and investment, the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency agreed to provide $777,669 in tax breaks, including $579,743 off property taxes over 10 years.  Employees, on average, earn $70,958 per year, records show. Some are represented by Local 223 of the Amalgamated Industrial and Toy and Novelty Workers of America.  (Newsday - September 26, 2013)

Contract Pharmacal Corp. last week signed an agreement to buy 145 Oser Ave. in Hauppauge (Suffolk).  The 70,000-square-foot building is near Contract Pharmacal's six other facilities. It makes generic over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and dietary supplements for pharmaceutical giants and retailers.  The move comes as the company embarks on its third expansion in five years: conversion of a mezzanine area inside 135 Adams Ave. to production. That $2.5-million project will add at least 40 workers to a payroll of 900.

Separately, Rochem International Inc. wants to buy a 60,061-square-foot building at 45 Rasons Ct., also in Hauppauge.  The ingredients supplier to drug manufacturers, including local players, has outgrown its 10,660-square-foot office and warehouse in Ronkonkoma (Suffolk).  John Mucci, operations vice president, told the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency that Rochem hopes to produce drug ingredients locally; most now come from China, where 12 of the company's 39 employees are based. It expects to add five workers by 2016.  Suffolk IDA agreed to provide $335,403 in tax breaks, including a cut in property taxes over 10 years.  Noting the multiple expansions by local drugmakers, IDA board member Grant Hendricks said, "This industry is our future." (Newsday - September 26, 2013)

Continuing its Long Island expansion, Bethpage Federal Credit Union on September 23 signed leases for former Capital One branches in Baldwin and Albertson (both Nassau) and is gearing up to open three more locations.  The 26-branch credit union hopes the two roughly 3,500-square-foot stand-alone locations will be up and running by January.  (LI Business News - September 25, 2013)

The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council has put the finishing touches on the list of priority projects it will submit to the state for funding consideration.  In total, 30 projects were chosen by the council as priorities for the region, 16 of which have been designated as part of the opportunity agenda - a new category of the competition that funnels state financial support for job training and education to at least one community from each of the state's 10 regions.  Council members in May selected Wyandanch (Suffolk) for that designation, tying it into the ongoing Wyandanch Rising project.  Wyandanch Rising itself has been submitted for $2 million in funding under the council's opportunity agenda plan. Another $1 million is being requested for 15 Wyandanch-focused projects, including education and affordable housing initiatives.

Other projects submitted for funding as priority plan designees include the 850-residential unit Meadows at Yaphank, EPCAL sewage treatment upgrade in Calverton and sewers for the Kings Park business district (all Suffolk), and a feasibility study for a proposed shared parking structure at the Nassau Hub.  (LI Business News - September 24, 2013)

Simone Healthcare Development Group has purchased an office building in Hewlett (Nassau) and will redevelop it into a medical office by for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Manhattan.  The building will have roughly 13,000-square-feet of space.  (Newsday - September 24, 2013)

On September 23 the Nassau County Legislature unanimously approved a 49-year lease with developer Bruce Ratner for his $229 million plan to renovate the Nassau Coliseum and transform its surrounding plaza into a retail and entertainment district.  Ratner's proposal calls for a renovated 13,000-seat arena, up to seven restaurants, a bowling alley, movie theater, an ice-skating rink, outdoor amphitheater, retail space and a monument -- costing at least $1 million -- to Nassau veterans.  Development will occur exclusively on the 12-acre Coliseum plaza.  The other 65 acres on the Hub property will be available for surface parking.  Nassau, however, is seeking state funds to build parking garages for 6,500 vehicles - expected to cost more than $150 million to build - at the site, which would free up land for other development.  In his pitch, Mr. Ratner predicted the transformed Coliseum would generate $9.6 billion in county economic activity over 30 years and more than 2,700 jobs. (Newsday - September 24, 2013)

Bronx-based Simone Healthcare Development has acquired a former Verizon service facility in Hewlett (Nassau) and will turn it into a medical office.  The company has leased the facility to Manhattan-based Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to an industry source. Mount Sinai plans to open a medical office offering primary, specialty and urgent-care services at the Hewlett building sometime next spring.  (LI Business News - September 23, 2013)

South Shore communities wrecked by superstorm Sandy are starting to rise again.  Homeowners are combining insurance payments or federal aid with personal savings and loans to repair or rebuild their homes. The threat of more devastation from future storms is overridden by the economics of Long Island's real estate market and homeowners' refusal to abandon a lifestyle by the sea. Building permit data, obtained through Freedom of Information Law requests from local governments, shows growing momentum toward repairing and rebuilding as the anniversary of the Oct. 29 storm approaches. Homeowners, contractors and local officials confirm the spike in construction.  (Newsday - September 22, 2013)

The Long Island Rail Road and local private-sector unions have reached a Project Labor Agreement to reduce the LIRR's labor costs on seven major construction projects by nearly 11 percent, saving an estimated $6.5 million over the next five years - while protecting thousands of local union construction union jobs.  The agreement, negotiated between the LIRR and the Buildings and Construction Trades Council of Nassau and Suffolk Counties, is a first for the MTA and the LIRR. In addition to reducing costs, the pact includes a "no strike" clause; provides opportunities for minorities and women to enter trade-union apprentice programs; and includes nondiscrimination provisions in union hiring and job-placement practices. It also aids in securing union positions for returning veterans.    This agreement will be immediately enacted on the $137.7 million first phase of the rail road's Double Track project, which will run from Ronkonkoma to Farmingdale. It will improve service and reliability on one of the LIRR's busiest branches, spur economic activity and improve rush hours.  (LI Business News - September 20, 2013)

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and leaders of the 6,100-member Suffolk County Association of Municipal Employees said September 18 that they've reached a tentative deal on a new, four-year contract featuring a no-layoff promise, but provided very few details.   The administration's agreement would be retroactive to the start of this year and go through 2016. According to Bellone and AME president Dan Farrell, it pledges "additional job protections and modest raises," as well as the no-layoff clause.  Bellone, a Democrat, said the deal would provide the county unspecified "structural savings" by "making new employees more affordable." AME officials later said this means new hires would wait longer to gain step pay increases, and that current worker raises won't come until the third year of the deal.  (Newsday - September 19, 2013)

The nonprofit Adults and Children With Learning and Developmental Disabilities' Charles Evans Health Services Center opened September 18 at a new $10 million facility in Bethpage (Nassau).  The organization currently serves 1,700 patients in Bethpage but expects to increase the total with the new facility.  Behind the new building, the organization is constructing an eight-bed residential building for disabled people who need round-the-clock nursing care. The $1.6 million facility is scheduled to open by the end of the year. Two additional residential buildings are planned.  (Newsday - September 19, 2013)

The Hempstead Village Board has approved a $107,000 contract with Hempstead (Nassau)-based ABBA Leadership Center to establish a jobs and business referral center -- as part of the village's $2 billion downtown redevelopment project.   The contract requires ABBA to work with Crescent Consulting, a Peekskill-based minority-owned management consulting services firm that would run a separate local contracting referral center.  The center hopes to fill some of the 10,000 construction jobs expected to be created by the village's revitalization project.  The revitalization project's master developer, Renaissance Downtowns UrbanAmerica, will contribute $140,000 a year for three years for each of the two centers, along with $18.5 million in zoning fees over an eight-year period.  (Newsday - September 19, 2013)

Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, the South Florida-based "Italian soul food" concept, will open its fifth Long Island restaurant at 420 Northern Blvd. in Great Neck (Nassau) on September 22.  Anthony's will soon open two others here in Greenvale (Nassau) and Bohemia (Suffolk).  (LI Business News - September 18, 2013)

Centereach (Suffolk) -based Spirit Pharmaceuticals wants to purchase a manufacturing facility of its own and intends to create 40 jobs when the new facility opens, by year end 2014.  The company currently contracts out the manufacturing of packaging for its generic pharmaceuticals.  Spirit is looking in the Town of Brookhaven to be close to its sales operations.  Town officials are likely to give Spirit several benefits through the town's industrial development agency once the company finds a suitable location.  Benefits would include a 10-year reduction of property taxes and sales tax and mortgage recording tax abatements.  (LI Business News - September 16, 2013)

Long Island muffin-maker Uncle Wally's bought six acres of industrially zoned land in Shirley (Suffolk) and plans to build a 50,000- to 75,000-square-foot production facility on the site, which is just around the corner from its 60,000-square-foot headquarters on Natcon Drive.  Uncle Wally's CFO Michael Petrucelli said the company would add about 25 jobs to staff the new building, which it hopes to complete by this time next year. The firm has had discussions with the Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency about tax breaks for the project.  (LI Business News - September 16, 2013)

Hempstead Town (Nassau) zoning legislation that would allow Roosevelt Field mall to expand would significantly impact traffic, air quality and noise, and endanger pedestrians, critics say.   Town officials and mall owners, who plan to discuss a proposed regional shopping mall zoning law at a public hearing September 17, deny those claims.  The proposal would change the town code to reflect a floor-area ratio -- the ratio of a building's floor space to the size of the land on which it sits -- for Roosevelt Field mall in Garden City to 70 percent and Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream to 75 percent. (Newsday - September 15, 2013)

(Update) Peconic Bay Medical Health System today held a formal grand opening for The Gertrude and Louis Feil Campus for Ambulatory Care today in Manorville (Suffolk).  The new building opened on Sept. 3. It is the first of what is slated to be a four-building ambulatory care center.  The entire complex will consist of more than 25,000 square feet of medical and ambulatory care treatment and office space, in addition to an existing CVS pharmacy and several stores.  The new building provides urgent care, primary care, urology, internal medicine and orthopedics.  The second building will include a center for digestive disorders and a general surgery practice. Plans for the other buildings are currently under way.  (LI Business News - September 12, 2013)

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone wants the county legislature to approve a $28-million package of grants and loan guarantees to build affordable housing and upgrade sewage treatment facilities in communities from Wyandanch to Tuckahoe.   The Riverhead Advanced Wastewater Treatment facility, which would be upgraded to remove more nitrogen and expanded to handle wastewater from an additional 500 housing units, would get the largest single award, an $8.09 million grant and up to $4.057 million in loan guarantees.  Another $6.21 million has been set aside for upgrades to the village of Northport's existing sewage treatment plant, along with the replacement and relocation of a deteriorating main and pump station on the harbor bed.  And the Town of Babylon will receive $1 million to create new sewer infrastructure around the Wyandanch Long Island Rail Road Station. Another $4.45 million will be provided by the county for the construction of new roadways, public space and related infrastructure in downtown Wyandanch. The remaining $5 million or so in funds will be used for projects in Patchogue, Coram, Lake Ronkonkoma and Tuckahoe.  The legislative committees will review the proposals and the full legislature could vote on them as soon as Oct. 8.  (Newsday - September 10, 2013)


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Manhattan-based Madewell, a casual apparel retailing division of J. Crew, will open a 3,180-square-foot store in Manhasset (Nassau) in November. (LI Business News - September 9, 2013)

Plainview (Nassau)-based Renaissance Downtowns - the master developer for the Huntington Station (Suffolk) redevelopment - calls for a multistory hotel with between 125 and 150 rooms, located across New York Avenue from the Long Island Rail Road's Huntington station.  A catering space at the boutique hotel is also in the works, perhaps to make up for the defunct Huntington Townhouse, which was torn down in 2011 to make way for a Lowe's Home Improvement store. (LI Business News - September 9, 2013)

Ten economic development projects across Suffolk are slated to receive funding as part of a county initiative to invest in shovel-ready projects.  County Executive Steve Bellone announced today he has set aside $28.79 million - mostly coming from the county's Asset Stabilization Reserve Fund - to act as grants and loans for these projects.  Just under half of the money - $12.14 million - will go toward upgrading the Town of Riverhead's advanced wastewater treatment facility and the construction of a new plant designed to accommodate economic development efforts. The increased capacity will allow downtown Riverhead to expand upward - currently 500 units of housing are planned in and around the downtown area. (LI Business News - September 9, 2013)

Franchisees Carlos and Helene Jorge in July opened the TCBY frozen yogurt chain's first new store here in nearly a decade, on Covert Avenue in Stewart Manor (Nassau). (LI Business News - September 9, 2013)

Newsday reports that the Brookhaven Highway Department is planning to repair boardwalks in the communities of Cherry Grove, Davis Park, Ocean Bay Park, Water Island and Fire Island Pines on Fire Island (Suffolk).  The repairs should be completed by next summer.  Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer have told highway officials that FEMA will reimburse the department $4.2 million. That should cover 90 percent of the repair cost.  The boardwalk repairs will supplement a $700 million federal project announced this week to safeguard the South Shore of Long Island from future storms. (LI Business News - September 6, 2013)

Suffolk officials have stated that the nine stretches of roads in the Hauppauge Industrial Park slated for sewer installations will see work completed, including the restoration of pavement, by Nov. 5.  Under this phase of the $42 million sewer expansion being performed by Farmingdale -based Posillico, sewers are being installed along stretches of New Highway, Parkway Drive South, Ricefield Lane, Adams Avenue, Wireless Avenue, Laser Court, Oser Avenue and Commerce Drive.  The project includes expanding an existing sewer plant that must remain in service throughout the construction. Once fully completed, the Hauppauge Industrial Park's sewage treatment capacity will go from approximately 450,000 million gallons per day to 1.6 million gallons per day.  (LI Business News - September 6, 2013)

Three employers hope to fill a variety of jobs during recruitment sessions hosted by the Suffolk County One-Stop Employment Center.  On September 9, Manpower Group, the temporary-staffing company, will recruit for more than 30 assembly-line positions at a "prestigious manufacturing company in Melville" for all shifts.  It will recruit at  the center's Hauppauge location at 725 Veterans Memorial Hwy. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  On Sept. 18, Target hopes to staff 50 positions for its new store in Huntington Station. The jobs include sales, cashier, Starbucks cafe positions and overnight work. The company will also recruit at the One-Stop's Hauppauge location, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  On Sept. 23, Premier Home Health Care Services Inc. hopes to fill some home-health aide jobs during recruitment at the center's Riverhead location at 300 Center Dr. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  (Newsday - September 6, 2013)

(Update) Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo has set a November date for its Long Island debut. Uniqlo, which has stores in Manhattan, will open its doors on Nov. 8 at the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove (Suffolk).   To mark the expansion, the company has created a new app for Apple products that enables users to access behind-the-scenes videos, job openings and special promotions.  Uniqlo is hiring several hundred full-time and part-time employees to staff the new stores.  Openings can be viewed at  (Newsday - September 6, 2013)

As part of its Long Island expansion, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is offering the services of cancer surgery experts at its outpatient Commack (Suffolk) site, although surgery won't be performed there. (LI Business News - September 3, 2013)

A Brooklyn-based developer, Tricon Development, has entered into contract to purchase and demolish the Long Island Science Center building in downtown Riverhead (Suffolk), making way for a 70,000-square-foot, five-story, 48-unit apartment complex.  Known as Blue River Estates, the five-story residential complex will serve as a higher-end sister to the 52-unit Summerwind Square, located on the other side of Peconic Avenue. (LI Business News - September 3, 2013)

Two local real estate veterans - a broker and a builder - plan to open 20 Better Homes real estate offices in Nassau and Suffolk counties, including three before the end of 2013. Partners Anthony Vitale and Jerry Gucciardo will open their first office in a 3,000-square-foot former Prudential office on East Main Street in Huntington (Suffolk) next week, under the name Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Atlantic Shores. Offices in Stony Brook and Sayville (also Suffolk) are slated to follow. (LI Business News - September 2, 2013)


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(Update) Nassau Community College's adjunct faculty union has officially ended its strike, with the group's leaders vowing to lobby county lawmakers to strip negotiating authority from the school's trustees.   Contract negotiations between the college's administration and the Adjunct Faculty Association remain at an impasse over pay raises. The adjuncts have been working without a contract since 2010.  Leaders of the adjunct union, in an open letter, asked Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and members of the legislature to repeal part of Ordinance 307, created in 1977, that gave the college's board the sole responsibility to negotiate with its faculty unions.  Nassau Community College's adjunct faculty union has officially ended its strike, with the group's leaders vowing to lobby county lawmakers to strip negotiating authority from the school's trustees.  (Newsday - September 25, 2013) 

Target Corp. plans to hire about 70,000 seasonal workers for the holiday shopping season, down about 20 percent from a year ago. The Minneapolis-based retail chain said that its own permanent employees wanted to get first dibs on working extra hours for the holiday season.  Target Corp. said it also wants to respond more quickly to the peaks and valleys of customer traffic, which have become more pronounced for many stores as shoppers time their buying for when they believe they can get the best deals.  Holiday hiring typically ramps up next month. Target's hiring strategy follows an announcement by Kohl's Corp., which said that it plans to hire about 53,000 seasonal workers for the holiday season. That's slightly more than last year.  Coming off a slower-than-expected back-to-school season, analysts and stores are bracing for a tough holiday shopping period, which traditionally accounts for as much as 40 percent of stores' annual revenues.  (Newsday - September 21, 2013)

Mira Health, the Farmingdale (Nassau) vitamin maker at the center of a recent supplement recall, quietly went out of business earlier this month after federal regulators expanded their investigation to include every product the company manufactured for the past three years.   The sweeping request was part of an extensive federal probe into the tiny company, which had been cited in recent months for producing vitamins and other supplements tainted with anabolic steroids.  Marc Ullman, the Garden City lawyer who has represented Mira Health Products throughout the investigation, confirmed the company's Sept. 1 closure but offered few details.  (Newsday - September 20, 2013)

Wells Fargo plans to lay off an additional 1,800 employees from its mortgage department, after cutting about 2,300 jobs from the same unit in August.  The San Francisco-based bank is cutting jobs in the mortgage department because fewer people than it expected are refinancing their mortgages. The jobs are in locations across the country.  The affected employees were given 60 days' notice, Wells Fargo said. The bank said that is looking for other positions for those people within the company.  Wells Fargo & Co. is largest originator of residential mortgages in the U.S. and ranks as the nation's second biggest bank by deposits. It had over 275,000 employees overall as of June 30.  (LI Business News - September 19, 2013)

The Long Island Power Authority will "shrink from the public eye" come January, but continue operating with up to 50 employees even after PSEG Long Island takes over, LIPA chief John McMahon told Suffolk lawmakers earlier this month.   In a presentation to the Suffolk Legislature on Sept. 4, McMahon said LIPA's current staff of 92 would be reduced to between 30 and 50 employees. That's more than the minimal staff of about 20 discussed in early versions of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's effort to reform LIPA.  The final bill signed by Cuomo in July said LIPA staffing would be "kept at levels only necessary to ensure that the authority is able to meet obligations" relating to bonds, notes, statutes, contracts and activities.  (Newsday - September 17, 2013)


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(Update) Facing precipitous drops in number of Long Island births - and insurance reimbursements - and steep climbs in malpractice-insurance rates, many hospitals are closing their maternity wards. Several ob/gyns are likewise steering away from obstetrics and focusing more on gynecology.  Such consolidations are creating a new medical landscape, with larger regional health-care facilities handling most births - potentially signaling the end of deliveries at the local hospital.  The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System plans to close Plainview Hospital's 15-bed maternity ward, 10 years after it closed the Glen Cove Hospital maternity ward and eight after it closed the maternity unit at Valley Stream's Franklin Hospital.  In 2004, Catholic Health Services of Long Island cited high costs when it closed the maternity ward at New Island Hospital, now known as St. Joseph's Hospital. (LI Business News - September 9, 2013)

Lobstermen are bracing for the start of the Long Island Sound fishery's first-ever seasonal shutdown.  The closure is set to begin September 8 and extend to Nov. 28 in an attempt to give the Sound's depleted lobster population a chance to rebuild.  The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission required the state to take steps to reduce the total lobster harvest by 10 percent in 2013. The timing was requested by lobstermen to coincide with the drop in wholesale prices. (LI Business News - September 5, 2013)

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