Nassau County Executive Laura Curran delivers State of the County Address

Vision Board and staff were out at Nassau Coliseum for the State of the County address from Nassau County Executive Laura Curran

The County Executive’s speech provided updates on the Nassau HUB redevelopment and a pledge to invest $1.5 billion in the project in an effort to revitalize the area and Nassau as a whole.  As part of that, she reiterated support for a live, work and play agenda that includes housing, employment and quality of life.  She highlighted the forward-thinking development of the plan and how it would create a community in the heart of the County that would serve a multitude of services.

“The reimagining of the HUB,” said Ms. Curran, “and its proposed transformation from a sea of pavement into an innovative community not only signifies forward-thinking development but also a new era in Nassau County.”

Executive Curran highlighted young people who are looking for a different lifestyle as well as an older generation looking to stay on Long Island.  She cited the HUB as a new model for a different kind of suburbia that checks these boxes.  This was all part of her ongoing support for downtowns and transit-oriented development in the County.

“Our young people want a different neighborhood vibe,” she said in her speech.  “They are attracted to walkable downtowns with apartments, restaurants, and entertainment.  Our seniors want affordable housing options to stay in Nassau County, but without the responsibilities of single-family home ownership.”

She would also take the time to thank the many local Village Mayors who have been approving Main Street projects, many of whom Vision has worked with over the last decade.  These efforts have served to move forward with the revitalization of many local communities.

“Many villages and local communities are meeting the challenge of retaining our young people and growing the tax base,” she said.  “They have already recognized that the suburbs of the past don’t adequately address the needs of future genrations.  [Villages] have focused on developing transit oriented housing and retail options in vibrant, walkable downtowns.  With greater building density where it makes sense, and proximity to the LIRR stations for easy commutes, apartments are rapidly filling up, with waiting lists.  So to Mayors Ralph Ekstrand, Peter Cavallaro, Scott Strauss, Fran Murray, and Jean Celender: Congratulations on your vision and the courage to implement it.”

The address would go on to spotlight the Western Bays Water Quality Initiative, improvements to parks, health services at NUMC, improving public safety, and repairing and repaving roads.  She would make sure to highlight property taxes as too high, and noted that her administration is making efforts to bring them down so as not to saddle future generations with undue burdens.  She also talked about her support for the Belmont Park Redevelopment project.

Lastly, the County Executive spoke of increased transparency at the Nassau IDA that hasn’t stopped the progress of 4300 Jobs and 78 million in net benefit from these developments to the County.  Executive Curran has pledged a new era of transparency across her administration going forward.

“Economic benefits, when used properly, are beneficial to the County,” she said.