Long Island

Bald Eagles Make Comeback On Long Island

Jul 21, 2015
Photo by Jim Colligan, courtesy of The Nature Conservancy

From the pebble and seashell shore, Mike Laspia lowered his binoculars and looked toward a long stand of oaks and maples. He raised them again, and then lowered them again.

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A new study shows New York’s economic recovery since the Great Recession has been uneven across the state.

Over the last seven years, sales tax revenue has increased steadily in New York City, while the rest of the state, including Long Island, has struggled. That’s a problem for communities like Suffolk County that rely on sales tax revenue to pay the bills.

Mark LaVigne, the deputy director of the New York State Association of Counties, said Long Island’s elected officials don’t want to raise property taxes to make up for the sales tax revenue.

Bellone Introduces 'Innovation Zone' Plan

Jun 17, 2015

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has announced a $350 million plan to upgrade the county's infrastructure to attract and keep more young people on Long Island. The plan is called the Long Island Innovation Zone.

It includes money for affordable housing in the downtown areas of Ronkonkoma, Patchouge, and Yaphank. Bellone said the plan also includes increased Long Island Railroad service between those downtowns and universities and research centers.

(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

A new study says the immigrant population on Long Island makes up about a fifth of its economic output.

The study was released this month by the Fiscal Policy Institute in New York, a nonpartisan economic policy think tank.

David Dyssegaard Kallick, a Senior Fellow with the institute, said the study details how immigrants contribute to Long Island's economy.

The Long Island town of Brookhaven has plans to buy and demolish seven houses damaged by Superstorm Sandy.  The shoreline houses are currently owned by the state of New York. After the December 2012 storm, the state determined they were at high risk of flooding and bought the homes from their owners.

The shoreline cottages sit on marshland in Mastic Beach, a village in Brookhaven. The Long Island Nature Conservancy plans to partner with Brookhaven to demolish the homes and return the area to its natural state as marshland.