Pearl Kamer, economist for the Long Island Association. (November 2009)

Pearl Kamer, economist for the Long Island Association. (November 2009) Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

With a new boss coming on at the Long Island Association, are other changes in the Island's largest business and civic organization at hand? Those who don't like change will be comforted to know that the LIA's veteran economist, Pearl Kamer, will be staying at her post.

Kamer, who joined the LIA from the Suffolk County Planning Board in 1995, is the Island's best-known economist.

"I go back a long way with Kevin Law," said Kamer.

Law, now LIPA's chief executive, last week was named the LIA's new president. He will take over Sept. 1. Law was chief deputy county executive under Suffolk Executive Steve Levy and was an aide to former Suffolk Executive Patrick Halpin.

Kamer said that over the next three months she will be working on a project close to Law's heart: energy. Her paper "Moving Toward a Green Long Island Economy: Implications for Job Growth" is to be issued in July or August. Kamer said she has other papers coming, on education and nonprofits.

"I am deeply immersed in the kind of research and issues Kevin will be concerned with," Kamer said. "I look forward to working with him."