Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine Discusses “Long Island’s Solid Waste Crisis” at LIMBA

On April 2, Ed Romaine, Supervisor, Town of Brookhaven, will be the guest speaker at LIMBA’s (Long Island Metro Business Action) virtual meeting. The topic will be “Long Island’s Solid Waste Crisis.” Among the topics that will be discussed are solutions to getting rid of solid waste in Long Island.

Mr. Romaine, who has been Brookhaven’s Town Supervisor since 2012, has had an impressive track record on environmental issues. As supervisor, he introduced legislation to protect the Carmans River, which was unanimously approved by the Town Board. Before being elected Town Supervisor, he served as Suffolk County Legislator from 1986 to 1989 and again from 2005 to 2011. As County Legislator, he authorized Suffolk’s first-ever Clean Water Act and preserved countless acres of open space across eastern Brookhaven, the North Fork, and Shelter Island.

In 1989, Mr. Romaine was elected Suffolk County Clerk. He served for 16 years in that position. As County Clerk, he took an active role in increasing productivity and improving access to official county government records. He is recognized as a pioneer in government technology and was chosen New York State County Clerk of the Year in 2001.

Mr. Romaine earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Adelphi University and a Master’s degree in History from Long Island University.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Please visit the LIMBA website to register for the event. Registration is free, but spots for this discussion will be limited.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, or for a list of upcoming events, call (631) 757-1698 or visit https://limba.net/.

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About LIMBA

Since 1968, LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has been Long Island’s catalyst for economic investment and improvement, sponsoring lively breakfast forums featuring Long Island business activists and government officials. Its mission is to promote and address issues that affect the quality of life on Long Island. For more information, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

Interstate Maglev Project President James Jordan Discusses “Maglev for America” at LIMBA

On March 19, James Jordan, President, Interstate Maglev Project, will be the guest speaker at LIMBA’s (Long Island Metro Business Action) virtual meeting. The topic will be “Maglev for America.”

The issue of Maglev technology is close to Ernie Fazio, Chairman, LIMBA, who has tirelessly campaigned to bring Maglev to Long Island. He has proposed the concept of a Maglev train that would run between Greenport and Ronkonkoma at speeds of 160 miles per hour. The train would run every 40 minutes, making only four stops.

“The Biden administration has plans to improve our rail system and I am convinced they will,” Mr. Fazio said. “But because we are a very big country, we need to do better than European rail systems, and we can. Maglev is a system that will be less expensive to build, less expensive to power and faster than anything they have built in Europe. This is exciting technology that the Japanese Rail company copied from our scientists and incorporated into their Maglev version. It is a brave new world of ground transportation.”

Mr. Jordan served as a legislative aide to then-U.S. Senator John C. Stennis. During his tenure, he was introduced to superconducting Maglev Technology. He also served in the U.S. Navy as the director of the Energy R&D office for the Chief of Naval Operations. Mr. Jordan is the co-author of The Fight for Maglev: Making America the World Leader in 21st Century Transport and Maglev America: How Maglev Will Transform the World Economy.

He is a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned a Master’s in Business Administration at Harvard University.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Please visit the LIMBA website to register for the event . Registration is free, but spots for the discussion will be limited.

For more information, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

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About LIMBA

Since 1968, LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has been Long Island’s catalyst for economic investment and improvement, sponsoring lively breakfast forums featuring Long Island business activists and government officials. Its mission is to promote and address issues that affect the quality of life on Long Island. For more information, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

 

St. Joseph’s College President Dr. Donald Boomgaarden Discusses “The Challenges Faced By Higher Education During Uncertain Times” at LIMBA

On March 5, St. Joseph’s College President Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D., will be the guest speaker at LIMBA’s (Long Island Metro Business Action) virtual meeting. The topic will be “The Challenges Faced By Higher Education During Uncertain Times.”

Under Dr. Boomgaarden’s leadership and in response to the COVID pandemic, St. Joseph’s College (SJC) took a number of proactive steps to acknowledge the very real challenges facing college students. Last spring, tuition rates were frozen for the 2020-2021 academic year and the amount of emergency financial aid disbursed was increased. In addition, the College created an emergency fund for students in immediate financial distress. For prospective students currently in high school, SAT scores were made optional when applying for spring 2021 admission. While continuing to adhere to all guidelines and best practices, SJC spent more than $2 million to outfit the campuses with the necessary equipment for the continued health and safety of its community, and has been offering a multifaceted approach to classes since Fall 2020 that gives students four options for learning and course instruction: remote, hybrid, on-ground and online.

“At St. Joseph’s, we focus on developing the whole person, instilling a love of learning, a spark of curiosity and a firm, moral foundation that prepares our students not only for their future careers, but also for lives of deep meaning and service,” said Dr. Boomgaarden. “Even in today’s uncertain climate, we are confident in our services and commitment to helping our students find gainful employment upon graduating from St. Joseph’s.”

Dr. Boomgaarden currently serves on the steering committee of the Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education (LIRACHE), in which he is also chair to the Superintendents and College President’s Partnership, and as chair of the Lower Hudson Valley Consortium of Catholic Colleges and Universities. He was recently appointed Board Chair of the Association of Colleges of Sisters of St. Joseph and has been named one of the most influential Brooklynites by “Brooklyn Power 100” for two consecutive years.

He previously served as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Scranton. Before that, he was the Dean of the College of Music and Fine Arts and David P. Swanzy Distinguished Professor of Music at Loyola University New Orleans. A historian of opera, music aesthetics and harmonic theory, he is the author of “Musical Thought in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Germany,” and published articles and reviews in scholarly journals, including the Journal of Musicological Research and Journal of Music Theory.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Please visit the LIMBA website to register for the event. Registration is free, but spots for the discussion will be limited.

For more information, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

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About LIMBA

Since 1968, LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has been Long Island’s catalyst for economic investment and improvement, sponsoring lively breakfast forums featuring Long Island business activists and government officials. Its mission is to promote and address issues that affect the quality of life on Long Island. For more information, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

Ryan Madden of the Long Island Progressive Coalition Discusses “Reimagining LIPA and The Municipalization of Power” at LIMBA

On February 19, Ryan Madden, Sustainability Organizer, Long Island Progressive Coalition (LIPC), will be the guest speaker at LIMBA’s (Long Island Metro Business Action) virtual meeting. The topic will be “Reimagining LIPA & the Municipalization of Power.”

A graduate of Binghamton University, Mr. Madden earned a B.A. in Political Science and Environmental Studies. Prior to his work in sustainability, he focused on electoral politics, campaigning for national and local candidates in his hometown of White Plains and in Binghamton. During his last year in college, Mr. Madden worked for the Energy Conservation Corps of Cornell Cooperative Extension promoting NYSERDA’s Green Jobs Green New York energy efficiency program.

Mr. Madden joined LIPC in September 2015 as a Community Organizer for PowerUp Communities. As the Sustainability Organizer, he leads LIPC’s efforts for energy democracy and climate justice locally and statewide.

For over 42 years, LIPC has worked at the state, local, and national levels to advocate for some of the largest problems our society is currently facing. They pride themselves on taking initiative when it comes to fighting for some of society’s largest issues, such as community wealth, racial injustice and climate change. However, they recognize that creating widespread change is challenging. Therefore, LIPC’s mission is to educate their clients and the general public on ways to take a stance to effectively bring about change.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Please visit the LIMBA website to register for the event. Registration is free, but spots for this discussion will be limited.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, or for a list of upcoming events, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

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About LIMBA

Since 1968, LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has been Long Island’s catalyst for economic investment and improvement, sponsoring lively breakfast forums featuring Long Island business activists and government officials. Its mission is to promote and address issues that affect the quality of life on Long Island. For more information, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

Long Island Builders’ Institute Chief Executive Officer Mitch Pally Discusses “The Outlook for the Redevelopment of Underutilized Shopping Centers” at LIMBA

LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has announced that Mitch Pally, Chief Executive Officer, Long Island Builders’ Institute (LIBI), will be the guest speaker at the business networking group’s next virtual meeting on Friday, February 5. The topic will be “The Outlook for the Redevelopment of Underutilized Shopping Centers.”

Since 2010, Mr. Pally has served as LIBI’s Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, he worked for the law firm Weber Law Group, where he was Partner in Charge of the firm’s Government Relations practice group and concentrated his practice in land use and real estate. Before that, he was Vice President of Government Relations for the Long Island Association, a position that he held for more than 20 years. In addition, he served as the Suffolk County representative of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Board of Directors from 2004 to 2018.

Formed in 1941, LIBI is the largest residential and mixed-use trade association in New York State. The organization is comprised of building industry professionals who are dedicated to making Long Island a better place to live and work by creating a balance among the economy, the environment and achieving the goal of homeownership. LIBI represents builders; remodelers; commercial, residential and multifamily developers; and rental buildings, as well as general contractors and professionals serving Long Island.

“We welcome Mr. Pally to speak to our group on this very relevant topic,” said Ernie Fazio, Chairman, LIMBA. “The COVID-19 lockdowns put many stores out of business and left behind empty shopping centers in their wake. We will find out if the retail market can make a comeback and, if not, what other uses are available for these vacant properties.’

“The redevelopment of underperforming shopping centers, both neighborhood and regional, provides our Long Island communities with a great opportunity to allow for the inclusion of new housing options within already developed areas without knocking down any trees,” Mr. Pally said. “Since we are not creating any new land, the ability to redefine such existing developments, within today’s retail climate, is a perfect way for all of Long Island to be able to redefine what it means to live, work and play in the community.”

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Please visit the LIMBA website to register for the event. Registration is free, but spots for this discussion will be limited.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, or for a list of upcoming events, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

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About LIMBA

Since 1968, LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has been Long Island’s catalyst for economic investment and improvement, sponsoring lively breakfast forums featuring Long Island business activists and government officials. Its mission is to promote and address issues that affect the quality of life on Long Island. For more information, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

Jerry Kremer and Anthony Figliola of Empire Government Strategies Present “Pandemic and Politics: What to Expect in 2021” at LIMBA

LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has announced that Jerry Kremer and Anthony Figliola will be the guest speakers at the group’s upcoming virtual meeting on Friday, January 22, 2021. The topic will be “Pandemic and Politics: What to Expect in 2021.”

Legalization of marijuana, higher taxes, city against suburban legislators and progressives against moderates — all of these issues will dominate the 2021 Albany session. Who could better explain the battles to come than Mr. Kremer, who served as State Assembly Ways and Means Chair, and Mr. Figliola, Executive Vice President of Empire Government Strategies?

“The coming session will be unlike any other in recent years with battles on new taxes, budget cuts, and other dramatic reforms,” Mr. Kremer stated. Mr. Kremer is head of Empire Government Strategies, one of the state’s fastest-growing lobbying firms, and Chair of the Municipal and Regulatory Department at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, a law firm based in Uniondale.

Mr. Kremer served in Albany for 23 years and is the only legislator from Long Island to ever head the prestigious Ways and Means Committee. He appears frequently on News 12 and ABC News. He writes weekly columns for three Long Island newspaper chains and is the author of Winning Albany, Untold Stories About the Famous and Not So Famous. He is the author of Albany’s automobile Lemon Law and a number of other prominent pieces of legislation.

Mr. Figliola has more than two decades of experience in government affairs, communications and economic development. He is considered one of the foremost experts on the federal CARES Act and has helped countless numbers of clients wade through bureaucratic red tape in many areas of government. As a public official, he helped secure over $820 million in capital incentives for Long Island businesses and local governments.

From 2006 to 2008, he served as Deputy Supervisor of the Town of Brookhaven. He was responsible for overseeing more than 2,000 employees and a $200 million budget. He managed a portfolio of expanding business, generating more than $1 billion in capital investments and expansion and workforce development programs. His efforts were responsible for creating or protecting over 10,000 jobs.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Please visit the LIMBA website to register for the event. Registration is free, but spots for this discussion will be limited.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, or for a list of upcoming events, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

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About LIMBA

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968, LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has been Long Island’s catalyst for economic investment and improvement, sponsoring lively breakfast forums featuring Long Island business activists and government officials. Its mission is to promote and address issues that affect the quality of life on Long Island. For more information, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

New York State Senator James Gaughran Joins LIMBA For A Virtual Discussion on the Rollout of the COVID-19 Vaccine

LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has announced that James Gaughran, New York State Senator, will be the guest speaker for the group’s virtual meeting on Friday, January 8, 2021. Senator Gaughran will discuss plans to vaccinate local residents from COVID-19.

Senator Gaughran, who was first elected to the State Senate in 2018, represents the Fifth State Senate District, covering the North Shore of Long Island. He is the Chair of the Local Government Committee.

In 1983, at 26 years old, Senator Gaughran was elected to the Huntington Town Board, making him the youngest Councilman in the town’s history. As a Member of the Town Board, he wrote one of the state’s first ethics laws requiring local officials to disclose all sources of outside income and any possible conflicts of interest. He also ended decades of corrupt garbage collection practices by creating municipal solid waste districts, authored numerous zoning and environmental laws and, as the only Democrat, became the fiscal watchdog over the town’s budget.

In 1987, he was elected Suffolk County Legislator, representing the 17th Legislative District in the Town of Huntington. He authored a Charter Amendment, which took away the Legislature’s ability to amend the capital budget anytime they wanted for pet projects. As Chair of the Public Safety Committee, he reformed the Suffolk County Police Department with new, community-based policies. He also co-sponsored the Suffolk Water Protection Act, which led to preserving the Central Pine Barrens and other critical watershed areas in Suffolk County.

Senator Gaughran also served as a Member and Chair of the Suffolk County Water Authority from 2008 to 2018. He implemented smart management practices which reduced the payroll by 6% over four years. This helped the Authority earn a bond rating of AAA by Fitch and Standard & Poor’s.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Juris Doctor degree from Hofstra University Law School.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Please visit the LIMBA website to register for the event. Registration is free, but spots for this discussion will be limited.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, or for a list of upcoming events, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

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About LIMBA

Since 1968, LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has been Long Island’s catalyst for economic investment and improvement, sponsoring lively breakfast forums featuring Long Island business activists and government officials. Its mission is to promote and address issues that affect the quality of life on Long Island. For more information, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

Long Island MacArthur Commissioner Discusses Improvements and COVID-19 Travel Recovery at LIMBA

LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has announced that Shelley LaRose-Arken, Commissioner, Long Island MacArthur Airport, will be the guest speaker at the business networking group’s next virtual meeting on December 18. She will also be joined by Deputy Commissioner Robert Schneider and talk about the improvements that have been made to MacArthur Airport in recent months and how smaller airports are recovering faster from the COVID-19 pandemic than larger airports.  

Ms. LaRose-Arken has been the airport’s commissioner since 2016. Since then, she has overseen the reconstruction of the ramp at the west concourse, the installation of TSA’s 3-D checkpoint scanner, the implementation of a new recruitment effort to bring new carriers to the airport and the implementation of health and safety measures during the COVID 19 pandemic. More than $30 million in infrastructure improvements are complete or underway.  

Most recently, the airport celebrated the grand opening of a 31,800-square-foot hangar and office facility for Hawthorne Global Aviation Services. Future plans include the construction of a state-of-the-art Ground Transportation Vehicle Center and pedestrian walkway where travelers will have access to rental cars, buses, ride-shares and courtesy shuttles upon arriving at the airport.

Prior to joining MacArthur Airport, Mrs. LaRose-Arken was Manager of Republic Airport in Farmingdale. She earned a degree in aviation management and flight technology at Florida Institute of Technology and is a commercial, instrument, multi-engine rated pilot.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Please visit the LIMBA website to register for the event. Registration is free, but spots for this discussion will be limited.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, or for a list of upcoming events, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

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About LIMBA

Since 1968, LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has been Long Island’s catalyst for economic investment and improvement, sponsoring lively breakfast forums featuring Long Island business activists and government officials. Its mission is to promote and address issues that affect the quality of life on Long Island. For more information, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

 

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart Discusses the State of Policing at LIMBA

LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has announced that Geraldine Hart, Commissioner, Suffolk County Police Department, will be the guest speaker at the business networking group’s next virtual meeting on November 20. She will talk about the state of policing and relations between the police and the community.

Ms. Hart is the first woman to be appointed Police Commissioner in Suffolk County. Prior to her position as Police Commissioner, she spent 21 years at the Federal Bureau of Investigation Long Island office. Her most recent role with the agency was Senior Supervisory Resident Agent, in which she led Long Island’s gang task force. She now focuses on overseeing operations to dismantle MS-13 and end the opioid crisis in Suffolk County. She earned a Juris Doctor degree at St. John’s School of Law.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Please visit the LIMBA website to register for the event. Registration is free, but spots for this discussion will be limited.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, or for a list of upcoming events, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

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About LIMBA

Since 1968, LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has been Long Island’s catalyst for economic investment and improvement, sponsoring lively breakfast forums featuring Long Island business activists and government officials. Its mission is to promote and address issues that affect the quality of life on Long Island. For more information, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

Town of Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter Joins LIMBA For A Virtual Discussion on the Latest Developments in the Town

LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has announced that Angie Carpenter, Supervisor, Town of Islip, will be the guest speaker at the business networking group’s next virtual meeting on November 6. Ms. Carpenter will discuss the latest developments in the town.

Ms. Carpenter brings more than 20 years of government experience and her extensive financial knowledge to her position. In 1993, she was elected Suffolk County Legislator. During her time in the county Legislature, she served on almost every legislative committee, where her leadership generated countywide initiatives in public safety, education, economic development, consumer protection and cultural affairs. In addition, she served as Deputy Presiding Officer for two years.

In 2005, she was elected County Treasurer. In her position, she worked aggressively and increased interest earnings with all designated depositories and recommended changes to the state’s Real Property Tax Law.

In March 2015, Ms. Carpenter was sworn in as Islip’s first woman Town Supervisor in its 300-plus-year history. She replaced Tom Croci, who was elected to the New York State Senate. In November 2015, she was elected to a full four-year term and was re-elected in 2019.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Please visit the LIMBA website to register for the event. Registration is free, but spots for this discussion will be limited.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, or for a list of upcoming events, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.

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About LIMBA

Since 1968, LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has been Long Island’s catalyst for economic investment and improvement, sponsoring lively breakfast forums featuring Long Island business activists and government officials. Its mission is to promote and address issues that affect the quality of life on Long Island. For more information, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.