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LI council to update Cuomo on $161.3M in building projects

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will meet Wednesday in Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will meet Wednesday in Albany with members of the nine state regional councils, including the Long Island Regional Council, who will give progress reports on local building projects. (May 9, 2013) (Credit: AP)

Members of the Long Island Regional Council are expected to be in Albany Wednesday to provide a progress report on local building projects.

They will join counterparts from the other nine councils across the state in a public event with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

The local report will focus on how $161.3 million in state aid, awarded over the past year and a half, is being spent. A video is expected to highlight efforts by Hofstra and Stony Brook universities to boost engineering and computer science graduates, and Islandwide efforts to help the poor and young participate in the technology economy.

Council members are hoping Cuomo will provide details of the next competition for state business aid, in its third year. Officials said the application deadline for real estate developers, governments and businesses for assistance will probably be in June.

Stuart Rabinowitz, Hofstra president and Long Island council co-vice chairman, said last week he would emphasize to Cuomo that Long Island created more jobs than any other region for fewer state dollars, based on data from the first competition.

The Island was one of the big winners in 2011 but was a runner up in 2012, much to the disappointment of Rabinowitz and other council members.

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