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Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano’s inauguration to a second term on Thursday attracted a host of political heavyweights, including Sen. Charles Schumer, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and State Senate co-leader Dean Skelos.
But, when it came time to introduce Gov. Andrew M Cuomo, the administration turned to one of the region’s most influential private sector voices: Kevin Law, the chief executive officer of the Long Island Association, the region’s largest business group.
Cuomo has frequently relied on Law, a friend for more than two decades, as a liaison on Long Island issues.
Law served on the governor’s transition team for economic development, frequently introduces him at local events and was appointed by Cuomo as a co-chair of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council.
In his speech, Law recalled how 25 years ago, Cuomo, then the head of a nonprofit housing organization, successfully lobbied the GOP-led Brookhaven Town Board to build transitional housing for homeless women and children.
“I am happy to say that 25 years later, the project is still up and running and saving taxpayers money,” Law said.