Long Island Association lists 61 priorities for job growth

LIA president Kevin Law said the group's priorities

LIA president Kevin Law said the group's priorities include "creating jobs, spurring private investment and rebuilding from superstorm Sandy." Photo Credit: Newsday/Audrey C. Tiernan

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More apartments and sewers, federal immigration reform and conversion of the former Shoreham power plant site to renewable energy manufacturing are among the top priorities of Long Island's largest business group.

The Long Island Association Thursday released a list of 61 "priorities and initiatives" for this year. Many are designed to address population changes in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

"Long Island's demographics clearly show we are getting older and losing our younger generation," the group said in a preamble to the list. "Our changing demographics may be the single greatest challenge facing Long Island today. We need to start growing again."

Some LIA goals will likely spark controversy with development opponents, including calls for additional rental housing, higher building density in communities and a Long Island Sound crossing to link the region with New England.

The group also endorsed federal immigration reform to increase the number of H1B visas for technology workers and to keep skilled immigrants from being deported.

LIA president Kevin Law said it was "committed to creating jobs, spurring private investment, rebuilding from superstorm Sandy, increasing the amount of rental housing and maintaining the opportunities and qualities of life essential to keep Long Island growing."

The LIA has proposed that all government employees covered by the state pension plan pay 25 percent of their health insurance premiums. It also called for an end to the state's estate tax and a reduction in the state's capital gains tax.

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The LIA said it would work with others to establish a single election day for voting in special districts for water, sanitation and other services. It backed a proposal from Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano to have towns and cities take over tax assessment duties from the county.

Find the full list of priorities at http://bit.ly/1fN5QgI.

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