March labor numbers for Connecticut and Long Island were released Thursday. Connecticut’s labor report shows the state added 4,900 jobs in March, helping to restore some of the jobs lost in a sudden dive in January. On Long Island, employers added over 14,000 private sector jobs in March compared to a year ago.
A group of small businesses on Long Island is urging lawmakers to change a state law that forbids trade associations from joining together to buy group health plans. Business owners complain they are paying about 30% more for health insurance than larger businesses.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hosted a second beer, wine, spirits and now cider summit Tuesday to showcase one of the state’s few growth industries. Cuomo says the industry has created a few thousand new jobs in the state.
After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, some shops in the small Newtown neighborhood said business was down. A local business group is now trying to draw more customers to downtown Sandy Hook.