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Biotech, other projects receive LI council's endorsement for state aid

Long Island's MacArthur Airport, seen here on Dec.

Long Island's MacArthur Airport, seen here on Dec. 12, 2011, Winthrop-University Hospital and other Long Island businesses will compete for $750 million in grants and tax credits from New York State. Credit: Charles Eckert

Long Island's Regional Economic Development Council has released recommendations for 27 local businesses, research centers and public works projects to receive millions in state aid, including efforts to boost the region's fledgling biotech industry.

The recommendations -- which also include initiatives to support manufacturing, fishing and agriculture -- will compete with projects endorsed by nine other councils across the state for a portion of up to $750 million in grants and state tax credits. All told, officials are hoping to receive up to $105 million to support more than 200 projects in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

"We are hoping the governor makes a very favorable decision for Long Island," Kevin Law, the council's co-chairman and president of the region's largest business group, the Long Island Association, said Friday. "We are optimistic for some good news."

Winners will be announced late this fall by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who established the contest in 2011. Since then Long Island has secured a total of more than $326 million for about 350 projects.

Long Island's economic development council, composed of 23 business and academic leaders appointed by the governor, chose the projects from 254 applications submitted by companies, local governments and nonprofit organizations. That is up from 196 submissions in 2014.

The council's primary focus was biotechnology, which officials have long hoped would boom on Long Island, thanks to discoveries at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Stony Brook University and other research facilities.

The council's requests include funding to build labs for handling chemicals and biological materials at Stony Brook University, develop vaccines at Farmingdale State College and buy research equipment at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola.

Other projects include funding to help an automotive parts manufacturer in Deer Park, American Racing Headers, to expand its exports to the Middle East and elsewhere; and to build a federal inspection station at Long Island MacArthur Airport to receive direct international flights.

The 27 projects the council recommended for state aid include:

Stony Brook University LIHTI Wetlabs: Stony Brook University will create additional shared wet lab space for new biotechnology startup companies at the Long Island High Tech Incubator on campus.

Farmingdale State College Next Generation Vaccine Development: Farmingdale State College, Nassau Community College, Start-Up NY firm Codagenix Inc. and Broad Hollow Bioscience Park will establish a biotech research consortium by creating laboratory space and adding new equipment.

Stony Brook University Cyclotron and Radiochemistry Lab: Stony Brook University will expand the Cyclotron and Radiochemistry Laboratory to support clinical research and drug discovery.

Accelerate Long Island: Accelerate Long Island, a nonprofit technology accelerator initiative, will provide equipment grants to promising startup technology companies.

Winthrop-University Hospital: The hospital will add new lab and research equipment and additional parking to its Mineola Research Institute.

American Racing Headers: This specialty automotive parts manufacturer will acquire new machinery and equipment and expand its operation to grow exports in the Middle East and enter new international markets.

Long Island MacArthur Airport: The Town of Islip will renovate an existing building on its MacArthur Airport property to accommodate a federal inspection station that will allow international flights from Europe and the Western Hemisphere to fly directly into the airport.

BNL Discovery Park: Brookhaven Science Associates will create a public-private research campus and regional hub for scientific innovation, economic development and STEM education in the Town of Brookhaven.

Nassau HUB: Nassau County will design and construct infrastructure at the 77-acre Nassau HUB to support current redevelopment of the Nassau Coliseum and to attract high-tech and biotech businesses to the site and eventually lead to more than 8,000 new jobs.

Suffolk County Nicolls Road Hiking Biking Trail: Suffolk County will design and engineer a Hiking and Biking trail to complement the Nicolls Road multi-modal corridor.

LGBT Community Center: The LGBT Network will renovate a state-of-the-art, eco-friendly community center for Long Island's LGBT community

Manna Fish Farms: Company will install a pod array off the coast of Eastern Long Island to moor up to two dozen mesh-enclosed galvanized steel geodesic "Aquapods" in the Atlantic Ocean, to raise striped bass.

Suffolk County Agricultural Tourism Visitors Center: Suffolk County will build an agricultural tourist center in the Suffolk County Farms in Yaphank to be used as a welcome center and administrative offices for Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Hofstra Entrepreneurship Incubator: Hofstra University will renovate the School of Business and establish the Center for Entrepreneurship Incubator participating in Start-Up NY.

NYIT Start-Up Space: New York Institute of Technology, partnering with Nassau County will establish a Start-Up NY Cyber Security Research and Development incubator in Port Washington.

Molloy Collaboratorium: Molloy will design and renovate space at a Baldwin elementary school to create The Collaboratorium, a joint project between Molloy College and Baldwin School District that will chart a path for students from high school to college to the job market.

North Shore-LIJ Health System Center for Learning: The North Shore-LIJ Health System will expand its Center for Learning and Innovation. The expanded space will allow NSLIJ to accommodate the retraining and development of current and new employees.

Huntington Opportunity Resource Center workers training program: Aligning with Opportunity Agenda goals, Saint Joseph's College will partner with the Town of Huntington to facilitate greater workforce development in the distressed community of Huntington Station.

Wyandanch-Huntington Station health care training initiative: Suffolk County Community College will provide health care training in the Opportunity Agenda community of Wyandanch and the distressed community of Huntington Station.

Tesla science museum: The Tesla Science Center will renovate the old Tesla laboratories at Wardenclyffe so that it can open a museum dedicated to famed inventor Nikola Tesla. The site will include a dedicated facility equipped for educational programs and business mentorship.

Viva L'Arte: This project will result in the construction of a new contemporary building on a vacant lot on Main Street in the center of historic downtown Riverhead to create the Viva L'Arte Cultural Tourism/Education Center & Gallery that will feature fine Italian sculptures as well as art by local artists.

D'Addario and Co.: A global leader in musical instrument accessories, will relocate production back to Farmingdale facilities with addition of new equipment and jobs.

Avery Biomedical Devices: Commack-based company will expand, adding new equipment and jobs.

North Harbor Trading: Company will establish a high-pressure processing facility that will greatly enhance the shelf life of Long Island grown products, agriculture, and food products.

U.S. Luggage: United States Luggage Com., a manufacturer of high-end luggage located in Hauppauge, will expand its operation, acquire new machinery and equipment, furniture and fixtures, and complete renovations to its exiting facility.

Grumman Studios: Grumman Studios in Bethpage will renovate and improve sound stages to attract new TV, film, and live productions.

Voxx International Corp.: Hauppauge-based company will retain more than 200 jobs and invest in a new corporate headquarters

Arkwin Industries: Westbury-based company will invest more than $3 million and retain 250 skilled aerospace jobs.

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