The Long Island Association's mission is to advocate for policies, programs and projects that benefit Long Island and to support economic development and infrastructure investments on Long Island in order to create jobs, spur private investment, reduce the property tax burden, improve the overall business climate in our region and create better access to and from New York City, all of which will improve the local economy and strengthen our business community.
Non-profit and non-partisan, the LIA helps businesses succeed so they can create and retain jobs here. It also identifies the issues our entire region faces so Long Island itself can be successful; taxes, housing, energy costs, education, transportation, economic development and many others.
The LIA acts as the voice of the business community, encouraging government - at all levels - to do what is right for Long Island. Long Island is a great place to live, work and do business, but we need to keep it that way.
It all began back in 1976. Our country was going through a terrible recession. Our local economy was devastated. At the time, our founder Vincent Costello was forced to close his air conditioning and heating contracting business. Looking for a means to support his wife and 10 children, Vinnie stumbled upon a business opportunity, a retail hardware store.