The Long Island Association’s Priorities and Initiatives for 2018 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, reduce the property 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 18 Priorities for 2018 1. Advocate for the full reinstatement of federal income tax deductions for state and local taxes (“SALT”) as the recently approved cap on deductions will inequitably impact our region. Also, support a study to reexamine how the New York State Income Tax Code and Long Island government could be restructured to deal with the reduction of the SALT deductions and continue to promote economic development as a way for state and local governments to generate revenues through growth in the economy.
Support making the New York State property tax cap permanent and support a 2% cap on state spending growth in light of the loss of SALT deductions.
Support the Long Island Builders Institute’s proposed legislation that would require a bond be submitted by the party appealing a land-use decision pursuant to Article 78 of the New York State CPLR in order to protect project sponsors from associated costs relating to delays caused by these appeals of municipal decisions.
Assist the new Nassau County Executive and new Hempstead Town Supervisor with redevelopment at the Nassau Hub, including the creation of an Innovation District with a Biotech Park and a BRT system to the Hempstead and Mineola LIRR stations 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.
Support the state’s efforts to redevelop Belmont Park, with an enhanced and expanded LIRR station for the New York Islanders’ proposed new arena at Belmont, while advocating for the team to play its home games at the Nassau Coliseum until the new arena is built, and for relocating and combining all downstate racing at Belmont Park.
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 $30 million in state funding previously approved for the Center for Bioelectronic Medicine as proposed by Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute of Medical Research, which will be geographically re-designated to Manhasset, and support Long Island University’s initiative to open the region’s first College of Veterinary Medicine, along with the proposed Center for Autism and Human Functioning at Molloy College.
Support acceleration of the Long Island Rail Road Expansion Project from Floral Park to Hicksville (Third Track) and support additional investments in the LIRR, including electrification of the system to a new station near Brookhaven National Laboratory in Yaphank and eventually to Riverhead, as well as to Port Jefferson and Patchogue. The Long Island Association’s Priorities and Initiatives for 2018 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, reduce the property 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.
Build regional support for the expansion of Long Island MacArthur Airport with new airlines and destinations, a Federal Inspection Services facility to allow for international flights 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.
Support the Governor’s efforts to continue evaluating a new Long Island Sound crossing such as a bridge or tunnel to improve traffic on and off Long Island and better connect our economy to New England and encourage the federal government to pay for it as part of the National Infrastructure Program expected to be proposed by the President in 2018.
Build on the success of the LIA’s Women’s Collaborative by supporting equal pay for equal work and educating businesses about workplace sexual harassment and sexual discrimination, while encouraging more women to enter careers in the STEM field and advance to C-Suite executive positions.
Support efforts to ensure that the state’s new paid family leave policy and proposed regulations to establish a 14-day advance notice for employee scheduling do not create additional burdens on businesses and encourage the state to allow for exemptions for small businesses.
Support the acceleration of the state’s analysis of the effect of the next minimum wage increases statewide (currently scheduled for 2019) to determine whether a temporary suspension, elimination or longer phasein of the scheduled increases is necessary, or if additional tax credits and/or the exclusion of employees under the age of 21 are appropriate.
Support the Gateway Program to expand and renovate the Northeast Corridor rail line between New York and New Jersey, and the Regional Plan Association’s proposal to take the existing Gateway plan and extend it beneath the East River to Queens to allow riders to travel from New Jersey to Long Island.
Support and promote actions that will make child care and early education more affordable and accessible to all working families on Long Island that will lead to additional economic development opportunities, workplace productivity and retention of more young professionals and families. Also, advocate for equitable state funding for pre-kindergarten education for Long Island.
Support implementation of a new, comprehensive energy master plan for Long Island to guide energy policy decision making in the region while promoting diverse energy supplies and projects, including the Governor’s call for 800 MW of offshore wind and other forms of renewable energy projects, the expansion of natural gas by increasing domestic production, boosting imports and distributing it via existing and/or new petroleum pipelines, the importation of more hydropower from Upstate and Canada, and incentives for biofuels.
Curb soaring Medicaid costs for county governments by requesting the state take over each county's local share, as is done in most states. This would help stabilize the finances for both Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
Support efforts to upgrade and improve our telecommunications infrastructure, including the expansion of small cell technology to increase capacity for wireless devices and bringing gigabit broadband service to our region, which will attract new innovative businesses to Long Island, help existing businesses meet and exceed the needs of their clients and customers, generate additional job growth and expand the capabilities of our universities, hospitals and research institutions.
Support the implementation of the state’s $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act, approved in 2017, and ensure Long Island receives its fair share of funding in 2018 for investments in clean drinking and surface waters, new sewers and upgraded septic systems and other environmental protection measures. Also, 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.
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