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Long Island retailers pin hopes on Small Business Saturday

November 25, 2018

Long Islanders descended on downtown business districts looking for deals on Small Business Saturday.

At the Babylon Bean Coffee House, shoppers wrapped around the counter to buy hot drinks and tasty goods, including pies from Audrey’s Baked Goods of Sayville. Seated at a table, Gabriella Guevara and Gabby Blanco, both 19, of Bay Shore, said they came to Babylon for a change of scenery and to patronize a local coffee house.

“I feel like it gives you more of a cozy feel,” Blanco said. "At Starbucks, everyone is on the go. This may be a lot more tight, but it’s more welcoming read more ››

Town of Babylon Residents Get a Lyft Thanks to the IDA

November 21, 2018

Babylon’s Industrial Development Agency Partners with Lyft to Offer Ride Credits on Small Business Saturday
Use Promo Code TOBIDA for a $10 Credit to Travel to or within the Town of Babylon

Babylon, NY (November 19, 2018) – The Babylon Industrial Development Agency (IDA) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Lyft—a leading ride-sharing and group-ride service company—to celebrate Small Business Saturday within the Town of Babylon. The promotion, which will take place on Saturday, November 24 between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., is geared toward connecting Town of Babylon read more ››

Mannix: How 812 projects infused $12 billion into LI economy

October 9, 2018
Long Island Business News

The New York State Comptroller’s Office recently released its annual performance report on the State’s 109 Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs). The report details, among other things, the number of projects, tax abatements and job creation performance for all IDA projects active during 2016.

On behalf of, and in conjunction with, the heads of Long Island’s seven other IDAs, I’m pleased to say the comptroller’s report concluded that Long Island’s IDAs performed extremely well.

There were 812 projects being supported by Long Island IDAs in 2016. Combined, those 812 projects read more ››

D'Addario Foundation turns free music program into chamber orchestra

October 1, 2018

A program to help Copiague students learn string instruments that was about to fold is instead raising the bar.

The D’Addario Foundation since 2013 has been giving nearly two dozen Copiague elementary and middle school students free lessons on violin, viola and cello. Starting this month, the foundation is intensifying the program by forming the Ascenté Chamber Orchestra. The students will now be practicing in pairs instead of large groups and will perform more difficult pieces as an ensemble.

“It will be highly personalized and I can work toward their individual level,” said read more ››

Affordability crisis for home buyers

September 6, 2018

The statistics about home prices are alarming ["Price tags for homes in fat lane," News, Aug. 19].

In Suffolk County, new buyers will spend 56 percent of their average wage on a median-priced home, nearly double what the Department of Housing and Urban Development recommends. Additionally, young adults have seen a 22 percent drop in wages since 1970, hindering their ability to achieve the upward mobility possible in their parents' generation. Long Island is not facing an affordability gap; it is facing an affordability crisis.

Every year, Long Island loses $700 million in read more ››


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