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Long Island, March 2011

Business Expansions

Company County # Jobs Article Date Comments
Forest Labratories Suffolk 10(Est.) 03-25-2011 Thanks in part to $2.16 million in tax abatements from the Suffolk County Industrial Development Authority, Commack (Suffolk)-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Forest Laboratories Inc. will stay on Long Island. The company, which had threatened to move out of state if it did not receive the tax breaks, will merge its nine local facilities into four buildings in Commack and Hauppauge. The company pledged to create 10 jobs over the next three years and preserve its current 679. (Newsday, March 25, 2011)
Heartland Town Square Suffolk 1000(Est.) 03-29-2011 The mixed residential and commercial development on the grounds of the former Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center in Brentwood (Suffolk) known as Heartland Town Square may have a new lease on life. Developer Gerald Wolkoff, who owns the adjacent Heartland Business Park, is seeking approval from the Islip Town Board and Suffolk County Planning Commission to move ahead with phase one of the three phase project that may eventually encompass 1 million square feet of retail space, 9,000 apartments with 20,000 residents and 3.4 million square feet of office space. The development as planned would have a population density 40 higher than that of Queens and add an estimated 2,220 new students to Long Island's largest school district. (Newsday, March 29, 30, 2011)
Ronkonkoma Train Hub Project Suffolk 100(Est.) 03-29-2011 Representatives from Woodbury (Nassau)-based architechture firm Spector Group joined with Brookhaven (Suffolk) Town Supervisor Mark Lesko to tout Spector's proposed "mixed-use development" of residential and commercial properties on 50 acres surrounding the Ronkonkoma (Suffolk) LIRR station. 14,000 riders use the station daily. If approved, the development would generate temporary construction jobs and another group of office and insitutional jobs longer term. (Newsday, March 29, 2011)
Sysco Corp. Suffolk 185(Est.) 03-23-2011 Sysco Corp, the nation’s largest food distributor, will build a 400,000 square-foot refrigerated warehouse in Central Islip (Suffolk) to serve as a distribution center for Long Island and the metropolitan area. The company promises to create 185 new jobs within two years. Islip’s Industrial Development Agency is approving $7.3 million in financial assistance and a property tax abatement of $4.7 million – a 34% reduction over a 14-year period. Officials say over 2,000 people could be employed for the construction period. Eventually 300 unionized workers will work in the warehouse. (Newsday, March 23, 2011)
US Air Force Tanker Contract - Boeing Suffolk 286(Est.) 03-17-2011 Six Long Island companies that are Boeing subcontractors, chief among them Telephonics Corp. in Farmingdale (Suffolk) and Cox & Co. Inc. in Plainview (Nassau), are expected to benefit from the U.S. Air Force's award of a $35 billion contract to replace 179 tanker refueling planes to Boeing. The release did not name the four others companies but estimated that the award would support 286 “direct and indirect jobs” on Long Island. (Newsday, March 18, 2011)

Business Contractions

Company County # Jobs Article Date Comments
Central Islip Union Free School District Suffolk 154 03-26-2011 The Central Islip (Suffolk) School District is laying off 154 teachers. The teachers received notices March 25 advising them they would lose their jobs on June 30. (Newsday, March 26, 2011)
Huntington Union Free School District Suffolk 93(Est.) 03-30-2011 Huntington (Suffolk) school district officials said that, if the budget is passed, the result could be the reduction of 27.1 full-time teachers and 58.5 non-instructional positions, an assistant coach, two librarians, and four school psychologists. (Newsday, March 30, 2011)
Longwood Central School District Suffolk 54(Est.) 03-08-2011 Longwood School District in Middle Island (Suffolk) told 48 teachers and six administrators of possible layoff at the end of the school year due to the shortage of money in the budget. The district is seeking a salary freeze for all bargaining units. Longwood has 795 teachers and 40 administrators serving 9,200 students. (Newsday, March 8, 2011)
Northrop Grumman Suffolk 100(Est.) 03-31-2011 Citing the need to contain costs, Northrop Grumman announced plans to close its Melville (Suffolk) plant, affecting over 100 employees. The plan involved laying off 59 radar and surveillance equipment manufacturing workers by the fall of 2012 and moving 47 “management workers” to the company’s facility in Bethpage (Nassau). Northrop plans to shift the communications and manufacturing jobs to its plant in Baltimore. In response US Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, and Rep. Steve Israel asked Northrop CEO Wes Bush to instead identify Long Island companies to take over the company’s local manufacturing work in order to preserve local jobs. To date the company has not responded to the legislators’ request. (Newsday, March 31, 2011)
Smithtown Central School District Suffolk 99(Est.) 03-22-2011 Smithtown (Suffolk) school officials plan to close one of the districts nine elementary schools for the 2012-13 school year. The district is considering teacher layoffs and increased class sizes to achieve further savings. Approximately 99 of the district’s 845 teachers received tentative layoff notices. (Newsday, March 22, 2011)
Stony Brook University Medical Center Suffolk 700(Est.) 03-01-2011 Stony Brook (Suffolk) University Medical Center says Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposals will mean 700 job cuts ranging from top executives to nurses and maintenance and the closure of key programs. The cuts would result from the loss of the $55 million subsidy that the hospital receives through the SUNY system. Stony Brook has 5,500 workers and has added 1,500 jobs over the past ten years. (Newsday, March 1, 2011)

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