Cuomo announces $750 million in state economic development grants

Dec 12, 2013

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during the 2012 regional economical development council awards in Albany, N.Y. (file photo)
Credit AP Photo/Mike Groll

The money will fund 824 projects around the state, including several on Long Island.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday the decision on which projects to fund came at a regional level.

New York state spends about $7 billion on tax incentives and business subsidies each year.

The projects on Long Island include $2 million for a new innovation and discovery facility at Stony Brook University,  another $2 million for research at Brookhaven National Laboratory and a Robotics lab at Hofstra University, as well as more than $1 million in infrastructure improvements at Enterprise Park in Calverton.

Regional Economic Development Councils, or REDCs, were put in place in 2011 to help coordinate this kind of spending.

But as the Innovation Trail’s Kate O’Connell reports, concerns remain about the transparency and accountability of the state's subsidy programs.