Kevin Law will step down as CEO and president of the Long Island Association business group on April 1 to take an undisclosed job in the private sector, he said on Tuesday.
Law, 60, said he will continue to live on Long Island and remain involved in civic affairs. His 10½-year tenure as LIA chief is the second-longest in the influential group’s 95-year history.
"It’s been a privilege and an honor" to lead the LIA, Law said in an interview. "But it’s time for a new challenge for me. I’ve had a great career and I’m not done yet. I still have a lot of energy, a lot of gasoline in the tank," he said.
Law said he’s "considering a couple of offers in the private sector" and hopes to announce a new job next month.
LIA chairman Lawrence J. Waldman praised Law’s ability to get local and state politicians to appreciate the concerns of businesses of all sizes. He said Law had planned to move on before the pandemic struck last year but stayed to help in the region’s economic recovery.
"Kevin’s done a great job; I knew he would," said Waldman, who helped bring Law to the LIA in 2010. The two had worked together at the Long Island Power Authority, where Law was CEO and president.
Waldman said the LIA’s executive committee will meet soon to discuss the search for Law’s successor. The LIA has seven employees and revenue of $2.6 million per year.
Law, an attorney, said he will continue to represent Suffolk County on the MTA board, chair the Stony Brook University Council and serve on the LIA board.
Asked about the LIA’s accomplishments under his tenure, he said he is most proud of the billions of dollars brought to the region for the Long Island Rail Road’s Third Track project and research institutions.
Law has been tapped by three governors and six county executives to lead initiatives in the past 30 years. "I’m never going to stop fighting for Long Island. I love this place," he said.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo called Law "a true New Yorker who never stopped working to advance the needs of the people and businesses of this great region.... I have known Kevin personally and professionally for decades and I'm proud of all we've accomplished together."
The pair first worked together in the 1980s on a homeless shelter in North Bellport that also provides health care and employment opportunities.
Hofstra University president Stuart Rabinowitz said, Law "is highly respected by all the powerful people who are in a position to affect our region’s well being. He will be sorely missed and so very difficult to replace." Rabinowitz helps lead the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council with Law.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said, "Kevin is down to earth…with such a wide range of knowledge. His contributions have been incredibly helpful when it comes to the [Nassau] Hub, downtown development and making the case of why it's important [for government] to be business friendly."
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone agreed, saying Law had helped "transform the region by playing a central role in every initiative or project of significance" in the past 10 years, including approval of the first offshore wind farm.
"While we will certainly miss Kevin leading the LIA, I have no doubt that he will continue to be an effective, prominent voice for Long Island," Bellone said.