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Policy Priorities

Here are the LIA’s Top Priorities

The Long Island Association (LIA) is the leading business organization in the region. With the support of our members, we amplify the voice of the business community. To achieve our vision for an economically thriving Long Island, we will advocate for the following policies and initiatives in the year 2022 on the federal, state, and local levels.

To view a PDF of the Long Island Association's 2022 Policy Priorities and Appendix, click here. 

Advocate for Long Island's economic recovery from the pandemic.

  • Our lives are forever changed by our collective experiences as a result of Covid-19; including how we operate our businesses, how our children learn, and how we receive healthcare. The LIA will support efforts to revitalize our economy and mitigate the negative impact of the pandemic.
  • Support the viability of Long Island's world class hospitals and our frontline workers.
  • Curb the growth of inflation and ease supply chain bottlenecks.

Support small businesses - the backbone of Long Island's economy.

  • Ensure that any public health regulations also keep our economy open and avoid any shutdowns.
  • Provide relief to small businesses of all sectors that are still navigating the operational limitations of Covid-19.
  • Support the New York State budgetary proposals that would provide a total of $1 billion in assistance to small businesses and advocate for our region's fair share of any grant funding.

Make Long Island more affordable and address our high cost of living.

  • Advocate for the federal reinstatement of the State and Local Tax Deduction (SALT).
  • Cultivate an environment that attracts and retains young professionals to live, work, and raise their families here.
  • Support the expansion of safe and accessible child care.
  • Advocate for more diverse housing options (including rental, multi-family, and home ownership), including near downtowns and transit centers.
  • Oppose any new taxes or fees that negatively impact the business community.
  • Oppose federal and state single-payer healthcare legislation.

Create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive economy.

  • Encourage businesses to diversify their workforce and corporate boards by hiring and appointing more people of color and women, which will contribute to their company's growth and overall success.
  • Support participation for businesses founded by people of color, women, and veterans in federal, state, and local contracting opportunities.
  • Support equality and diversity on Long Island and speak out against racial steering, segregation, and speech that breeds hatred, especially against undocumented immigrants, which hurts the perception of our business region.
  • Ensure equitable distribution of new economic public investments in marginalized communities.

Support investments in our infrastructure to modernize and upgrade our roads, bridges, transit network, sewer and water systems, and broadband.

  • Ensure that Long Island receives an equitable share of funding from the federal infrastructure package.
  • Support the game-changing transformative projects identified by the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council (LIREDC), especially the Nassau Hub and the Ronkonkoma Hub.
  • Support the LIRR and ensure the Third Track and East Side Access launch on-time.
  • Expand sewers, which is key to improving water quality, protecting our environment, and attracting businesses in our downtowns.
  • Bridge the digital divide in low income communities with reliable broadband access.
  • Capitalize on the potential of Long Island MacArthur Airport by attracting more carriers and destinations.

Protect and preserve our environment and develop clean energy, which will simultaneously boost our economy.

  • Support the state’s efforts to address climate change by fostering a clean energy economy, including the continued development of offshore wind, solar, hydrogen, battery storage, electric vehicles, and other opportunities to decarbonize our energy portfolio.
  • Advocate for the South Fork Wind, Sunrise Wind, Empire Wind, and Beacon Wind projects; and new offshore leasing spaces in the New York Bight.
  • Reevaluate the electric utility model on Long Island, including whether or not the system should be fully municipalized, fully privatized, or remain in a public-private partnership with certain improvements.
  • Ensure that supply chain opportunities in the clean energy industry will be available for the small business community.

Turbo-charge the economy by cultivating innovation.

  • Support the continued development of our Research Corridor, a network of Long Island's world renowned research and academic institutions that is fueling technological innovation.
  • Connect the business community with students from our K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and workforce development programs, and support opportunities for union jobs.
  • Support the manufacturing sector and the growth of international trade.
  • Advance the growth of startup companies and commercialization of research.

Support commonsense public safety measures, which fosters a positive business climate.

  • Support the efforts of the Nassau and Suffolk County Police Departments, and other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, to address and reduce crime and eradicate gangs, and support additional reforms to state bail laws and strengthen gun control laws, in order to maintain our low crime rate and the region’s high standard of public safety.

Read the full set of the Long Island Association's 2022 Policy Priorities, including additional advocacy priorities in the Appendix to keep Long Island a special place to live, work, and play. Click here for PDF. 

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