DogBert wrote:. The GM plant closing in tarrytown didn't help.
When you reflect upon it, the retreat of US Domestic auto production facilities from the East and West coasts over the past few decades is a bit stunning. Tarrytown, Linden, Edison, Newark Delaware, Wilmington Delaware, Baltimore MD, Norfolk VA and so on (let alone plants that closed in the '80s or earlier like Mahwah). Domestic production plants (include Honda, Toyota, VW etc) seem to be Mississippi Valley oriented (including Ohio, Texas, and Alabama), with a few in South Carolina and Georgia.
Anyway, another manufacturer will be closing on Long Island, Triumph Structures of Westbury (Aircraft components), shifting production to other facilities out of NY State. So the 30 jobs coming to Oceanside (Nassau) from Bell Bagels is now counterbalanced by 90 decent jobs vanishing from Westbury (Nassau). Wonderful.
In the meanwhile, the Hempstead Towns Supervisor is moving to fire all members of the town IDA for granting unnecessary
tax breaks for Green Acres Mall expansion (which everyone pretty much knew would have happened without said breaks, much like the tax break for Honda to open a new dealership on Sunrise). This is a bit personal with me, as I own property in the area, and those tax breaks the IDA granted contribute to an increase in the property tax on that property.
Right now the Long Island IDAs look powerless to bring in companies which will create new decent paying jobs, and instead seem to operate under a "Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash" for their buddies mode by twisting the definition of "retail" as tourism...
Meaning...Good luck increasing outbound export of non-waste-based rail freight from Long Island.