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Long Island Association and Long Island Builders Institute Form Strategic Alliance

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Melville, NY
January 17, 2013
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Matthew Cohen 631-493-3002


Long Island Association and Long Island Builders Institute Form Strategic Alliance

New Collaboration Will Promote Economic Development and Housing

            The Long Island Association and the Long Island Builders Institute have established a strategic alliance to enhance the organizations' efforts to spur economic growth, create new jobs and increase the availability and affordability of housing on Long Island. As the 2013 legislative session begins in Albany and a new Congress takes office in Washington, the LIA and LIBI's collaboration will increase the region's clout to ensure favorable policies to improve the real estate market on Long Island.

This partnership will advocate for policies and legislation that will improve the region's business climate and reduce the tax burden on the business community. Key priorities for the upcoming year include: supporting regionally significant development projects; advocating for diversified and increased housing stock, including rental units; advancing efforts to expand sewer capacity; improving SEQRA and other regulations and permitting requirements; and requiring a bond be submitted by the party appealing a land use decision.

"A strategic alliance of the LIA and LIBI will help our region grow the economy and add essential affordable and multifamily housing units, particularly as we rebuild from Hurricane Sandy," said Kevin Law, President & CEO of the Long Island Association. "The LIA looks forward to partnering with LIBI to advocate for pro-business, pro-housing policies that will keep Long Island a great place to live, work and do business."

"The Long Island Builders Institute is honored to pursue a new strategic alliance with the Long Island Association to work together to create a stronger and more vibrant Long Island economy," said Mitchell Pally, Chief Executive Officer of LIBI. "We look forward to working with the larger business community on a joint legislative and government relations program which will create new synergies between the needs of the housing industry and businesses on Long Island. A strong Long Island economy creates new jobs and needs new housing options for our region and our joint success will be of benefit to all of our residents."

The two groups have been discussing the alliance for some time and this decision builds upon the alliance the LIA formed with the Association for a Better Long Island in 2010.

"The LIA and LIBI are two of the leading organizations on Long Island. Together, we can marshal our resources to ensure that Long Island is listened to in Washington and Albany and that our region has a business-friendly environment," said Kirk Kordeleski, Chairman of the Long Island Association.

"As chairwoman of the LIBI Board, I am very much in support of the joint effort between LIBI and the LIA so that we can address many building issues and concerns that we all have in common," said Clara Datre, Chairwoman of the Long Island Builders Institute. "By cooperatively working together, we will be able to get our voice out there more effectively because of our numbers."