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North Hempstead reaps record revenue from TV-film production

Co-stars Mark Feuerstein, who plays Dr. Hank Lawson,

Co-stars Mark Feuerstein, who plays Dr. Hank Lawson, and Reshma Shetty, who plays Divya Katdare, in a "Royal Pains" scene filmed at a home in Sands Point on Thursday, June 5, 2014. Photo Credit: Chris Ware

Revenue collected by the Town of North Hempstead through permits for television and film productions reached a record $86,064 in 2014, officials said.

Ryan Mulholland, a spokesman for the town, said the total represents a more than 100 percent increase, up $43,890 over 2013, and that 70 permits were granted to filmmakers last year compared to 38 in 2013 and 22 in 2012.

Productions included television shows such as USA Network's "Royal Pains" and CBS' "Blue Bloods," filmed last year at various North Hempstead locations, along with films including "Louder Than Bombs" and "The Outskirts."

"The filming industry continues to be drawn to North Hempstead because we are a beautiful and diverse area that is infused with unique downtowns and storefronts, waterfront homes, historical mansions and bucolic scenery," Supervisor Judi Bosworth said in a news release. "Filming here in North Hempstead benefits the local economy and showcases all we have to offer."

Town Clerk Wayne Wink said in a prepared statement, "North Hempstead has it all -- waterfronts similar to the Hamptons, mansions reminiscent of Newport, downtown business districts that rival any Main Street in the country -- all within 20 miles of New York City."

Mulholland said the increase in revenue is due in part to a new New York State tax incentive that encourages television and film makers to use New York's "incomparable" scenery as settings.

He noted that, according to New York State officials, the incentive helped make 2014 an exceptional year for filming in New York, with 49 applications for the Film Production Tax Credit Program, which netted $1.85 billion in spending in New York and added more than 119,000 jobs to the state's economy.

He noted that in addition to the $86,054 collected by the town through permits, residents and businesses within the town benefit economically.

"Not only has North Hempstead more than doubled the direct revenue through permitting fees from the previous year, but our local communities in North Hempstead have also seen a direct impact through local spending and hiring from and by this industry," according to Kim Kaiman, executive director of the North Hempstead Business and Tourism Development Corp.

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