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LIA, builders group form jobs, housing alliance

Kevin Law, president and chief executive of the

Kevin Law, president and chief executive of the Long Island Association. Credit: Newsday, 2012 / Audrey C. Tiernan

Long Island's largest business organization says it has joined forces with a group representing builders in a bid to boost the economy, create jobs and provide more housing.

The Long Island Association and the Long Island Builders Institute have formed a "strategic alliance," the LIA said in a statement Thursday.

With this year's legislative sessions beginning in Albany and Washington, D.C., the two groups plan to advocate for policies and laws "that will improve the region's business climate and reduce the tax burden on the business community," the association said in the statement.

Among the priorities are support for development; a range of housing options, including rentals; expansion of sewer capacity; and changing environmental regulations and permit requirements. In addition, the alliance proposes requiring that anyone appealing a municipality's land-use decision submit a bond, which would be forfeited to pay the developer's costs if the appeal fails.

The collaboration "will help our region grow the economy and add essential affordable and multifamily housing units, particularly as we rebuild from Hurricane Sandy," LIA president and chief executive Kevin Law said in the statement.

"A strong Long Island economy creates new jobs and needs new housing options for our region," LIBI chief executive Mitchell Pally said in the statement.

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