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Bellone: Let's Make Suffolk Next Research Triangle

County executive candidate announces economic platform in Medford Monday.

Democratic for Suffolk County executive Steve Bellone laid out his economic agenda Monday afternoon, calling for measures — including making unused public land available for private enterprise — to turn the county into "America's next research triangle." 

“We have all of the ingredients and everything that we need right now to make Suffolk County an economic powerhouse,” said Bellone, the current supervisor, from inside Medford’s Advanced Energy Systems. 

, who's taking on in the race to replace Steve Levy, said the region already has "incredible assets," such as and Brookhaven National Laboratory, to help facilitate its push to become a nationwide technology leader.  

, who spoke following a tour of AES alongside CEO Anthony Favale, made several references to North Carolina’s “Research Triangle,” an area made up of numerous high-tech companies and research-oriented universities. 

said to get Suffolk County moving in the same direction he would create “Innovation Zones” to attract and retain high-tech businesses. 

Ideally these zones would be on publicly owned parcels that are currently off the tax rolls, thus allowing the county to offer “the lowest tax rates on businesses Long Island has ever seen,” said.

Among the other facets of ’s economic agenda: pumping money into start-ups from a new Suffolk Innovation and Research Fund and expediting the permit process “to get businesses up and running faster than anywhere in our region.”

“We have to recognize that the greatest impediment to economic development on Long Island today is government,” said Bellone, calling for county agencies to be “more business friendly” and operate as efficiently as possible. 

Bellone said there were four major challenges currently facing Suffolk County: high costs, a lack of diversity in housing stock, young people continuing to leave in record numbers and not enough creation of high-paying jobs. 

“Those four challenges are feeding off of one another,” Bellone said, “and strengthening each other in a way that poses long-term systemic risk for our economy.”

Brookhaven Town Supervisor Mark Lesko, who established the new initiative to bring institutions — including Brookhaven National Lab, Stony Brook University and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory — together to commercialize scientific ventures, said he was onboard with Bellone’s agenda.

“I think Steve’s idea is absolutely what government needs to be doing,” said Lesko, a Democrat. “It’s groundbreaking, it’s innovative and I think it’s going to be a wonderful complement to Accelerate Long Island.”

George McKnight November 07, 2011 at 12:04 AM
@ Kim I say stay the hell out of it. Those houses built since the fifties were good enough for me ( I live in one now) and still are for most everyone else. If you don't fined exactly what you want remodel it like the rest of us. There a plenty of neighborhoods that need people to move back into them and recreate what they once were. Because you don't like whats on the market now, its not the governments job to build houses that make you happy, thats up to the private sector. As for tax dollars build a reserve and pay down any debt we may be carrying. We don't need welfare programs we need tax reduction.
Jonathan Dees November 07, 2011 at 01:13 AM
Bellone - full of Baloney!
George McKnight November 07, 2011 at 01:17 AM
I don't believe its what the market wants. People don't want to add to the already flooded housing market. If Government is holding back building, its because the their market and community want to sell off what is already there. Building more and driving down the current home prices even further is not a good practice. I would rather not see Suffolk county turn into a Nassau. We have enough congestion.
William Murray November 07, 2011 at 02:30 AM
I say no more housing until we get rid of the houses already on the market. Thanks for your professional opinion.
Linda Otta November 07, 2011 at 03:16 AM
Agree with George, William & and Jonathan. Enough already!

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