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Source: Long Island Business News

Paterson to meet with LI groups


Posted: October 8, 2009
Originally Published: October 7, 2009

Gov. David Paterson will be on Long Island on Thursday, meeting with a coalition of civic, community and business groups to address the region’s economic issues.

“This is a big deal,” said Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment. “I’ve been doing this 25 years and I’ve never known a government to say, ‘I’ll come to your office, you tell me what I can do to help.’ We are the ones in the trenches. We are the ones in the community every day. I hope this will be a great new model of government and the beginning of a new, enriching dialogue.”

The meeting, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at the Citizens Campaign for the Environment headquarters in Farmingdale, is a follow-up to the “Long Island Lobbying Day” in Albany in June, said Eric Alexander, executive director of Vision Long Island.

The purpose of the meeting is to brief Paterson on issues including stimulus funding, sewage needs, energy, transportation, small business needs, economic development and universal design.

The meeting will last about an hour and each issue will be discussed, Esposito said.

“We don’t expect miracles,” she said. “We do expect and are hoping this will be the beginning of enhancing our ability to solve these problems.”

The meeting will be attended by leaders of the AARP Long Island Chapters, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce, Long Island Federation of Labor, Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Long Island Software and Technology Network, Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce, Suffolk Community Council, Tri-State Transportation Campaign and Vision Long Island.

“I think this shows a collaborative spirit and it shows that (Paterson) is listening to the concerns of Long Island,” Alexander said. “We have not seen this level of attention to organizations that really are working on a community level in the past. Past governors been attentive to lobbyists and business interests, but getting to the interests of small businesses, of community organizations and other not-for-profits, that shows a real commitment.”