Initiatives within the area are shifting ahead, together with the Ronkonkoma Hub, expansions to the Lengthy Island Rail Street and different initiatives. Nonetheless, there are challenges – amongst them: property tax burdens, congestion, corruption and different points.
That was the message Friday morning on the Lengthy Island Affiliation’s sold-out state of the area government breakfast on the Crest Hole Nation Membership in Woodbury. The occasion drew almost 800 enterprise and authorities leaders from the area, who got here to listen to their county executives’ updates.
“We’re underneath assault from Washington proper now,” Suffolk County Government Steve Bellone mentioned throughout his handle.
He was talking concerning the new federal legislation that caps state and native taxes, noting, “1000’s of Lengthy Islanders face a impolite awakening once they do their taxes this yr,” including “it’s disgraceful and have to be reversed.”
However the “greatest problem,” he mentioned, was water high quality. “If we don’t defend it, we’re mortgaging our future,” he famous, referring to efforts to fortify the county’s sewers.
He spoke too of boosting financial growth by connecting belongings to one another, together with the Ronkonkoma prepare station with Lengthy Island MacArthur Airport, a Nicolls Street hall linking Patchogue to Stony Brook College, opening a prepare station at Brookhaven Nationwide Lab, and creating hike-and-bike and nature corridors to enhance high quality of life – together with different transit-oriented growth initiatives.
“Lengthy Island is on the transfer, however we’ve our challenges,” he mentioned, referring to “aggressively prosecuting circumstances towards MS-13” and combating the “scourge of opioids.”
However, he mentioned, “we’re making progress on all the problems,” including, that mixed with Lengthy Island’s belongings, “the sky’s the restrict.”
Talking about just lately wrapping up the Nassau’s property tax reassessment venture, County Government Laura Curran mentioned “lots of people suggested me towards” tackling it straight on the primary yr in workplace. However she mentioned checked out it because the “monster underneath the mattress” that will develop into scarier the longer it was pushed apart.
“It was a time-consuming achievement,” she mentioned.
As for the Nassau Hub, Curran referred to the bipartisan help from the legislature, that would supply the “framework to rework” the almost 70-acre parcel.
She spoke of working with BOCES to “assist prepare younger folks of the roles of tomorrow, revamped downtowns in areas that embrace Hicksville, efforts to gather gross sales tax on Web purchases and alternatives to develop housing alternatives ‘the place it is sensible.’”
LIA President and CEO Kevin Legislation mentioned the area would quickly be saying its priorities for 2019, which would come with advocating for the complete reinstatement of federal earnings tax deductions for SALT, and supporting a New York state 2 % tax cap. And he mentioned the group opposes offshore drilling however helps offshore wind.
On the breakfast, Legislation welcomed the “Lengthy Island Six,” talking of the newly elected Democratic senators from Lengthy Island. He additionally launched New York State Legal professional Common Tish James, who mentioned she appeared ahead to working with the leaders “on this room.”