The Long Island Association’s Priorities and Initiatives for 2019 include the critical issues, policies and projects we will advocate for on behalf of the Long Island business community this year. We are committed to achieving these objectives in order to create jobs, spur private investment, promote economic development, create affordable housing, reduce the federal, state and local tax burden and improve the overall business climate in our region. The LIA will continue to collaborate with other organizations on Long Island and throughout the state to build support for these initiatives.
Top Priorities for 2019
- Make the New York State property tax cap permanent and support a 2% cap on state spending growth in light of the loss of federal income tax deductions for state and local taxes (“SALT”).
- Support efforts to make Long Island the offshore wind capital of our country. Support the Governor’s call for 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind; a port for the manufacturing and assembly of wind turbines; the new National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium at Stony Brook University and efforts to use the Dowling College campus in Shirley and/or EPCAL in Calverton for manufacturing of Purpose-Built Unmanned Aircraft to support the offshore wind industry.
- Oppose any new single payer state health insurance system that would impose unnecessary or onerous costs, mandates and burdens on the business community
- Support continued state funding for the creation of a Research Corridor from Brookhaven National Laboratory to the New York Genome Center in Manhattan, increased funding for federal research agencies that collaborate with our world-class local assets and facilities, and support the proposed Center for Autism and Therapeutic Modalities at Molloy College, the Wellbridge Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Research Center at Calverton, and a new school of engineering at Stony Brook University.
- Support the state’s efforts to redevelop Belmont Park. Address the community concerns about traffic with an enhanced and expanded LIRR station and rail service in both directions for the New York Islanders’ proposed new arena at Belmont. Support relocating and combining all downstate horse racing at Belmont Park.
- Advocate for the full reinstatement of SALT deductions as the federally approved cap on them will inequitably impact our region.
- Support Brookhaven National Laboratory’s efforts to secure an Electron-Ion Collider (eRHIC), a world-leading research machine that would explore the subatomic world—bringing with it a multi-billion dollar investment by the federal government on Long Island—along with a major investment by New York State to upgrade the laboratory’s current infrastructure in support of this next-generation 21st-century research facility.
- Participate in an Island-wide campaign to advocate for a fair and accurate 2020 Census as the data is used by the federal and state governments to allocate money to our region; businesses rely on the demographic information to find customers and workers; and congressional representation is dependent on the findings.
- Support the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project to meet the demand for natural gas for new development projects in our region.
- Oppose federal plans to permit oil and gas drilling off the coast of Long Island, which would considerably damage our environment and our economy.
- Support our new Nassau Hub Coalition’s efforts to help secure local approvals and state funding for the redevelopment at the Nassau Hub, including the creation of a live, work, play Innovation District with a Biotech Park surrounding anchor tenant Northwell Health; a BRT system to Hempstead and Mineola LIRR stations; affordable housing; and green pedestrian crossings to Hofstra University, Nassau Community College and RXR Plaza as well as a structured parking facility to maximize the usage for the remaining acreage surrounding the newly renovated Nassau Coliseum.
- Build regional support for the expansion of Long Island MacArthur Airport with new airlines and destinations, and strengthen its connectivity to the LIRR station at Ronkonkoma. Also, support Suffolk County and Town of Islip efforts to redevelop the south side of the Ronkonkoma Hub adjacent to the airport, including a privately financed sports, entertainment and health care hub, along with a state-of-the-art convention center.
- Support efforts to ensure Nassau and Suffolk County residents and businesses benefit from Amazon’s move to Long Island City, including partnering with the company in our region’s efforts to foster an innovation economy.
- Support more investment in sewage infrastructure and 21st century septic systems in the region that allows for mixed-use and transit-oriented development projects, especially those that will increase the supply of rental housing on Long Island.
- Support legislation to move tax assessment responsibility from Nassau County to the towns and cities in Nassau County as is done in Suffolk County.