Morgo, Guardino to lead review of projects vying for $350 million in NYS aid

Publication: Newsday
By: James T. Madore

A former Hempstead Town supervisor and an ex-Suffolk County economic development commissioner will lead a group to review local building projects for $350 million in state funding, which has been reserved for use on Long Island, officials said.

Rich Guardino, who served on the Hempstead Town board for 21 years, including five as supervisor, and Jim Morgo, Suffolk’s former economic development chief, will chair a new “work group” of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council. Since 2011, the council has helped determine how state business grants and tax breaks are distributed across the region.

“We’re going to look at everything that’s out there and make some recommendations,” Guardino said on Tuesday. “This is a unique opportunity for Long Island that doesn’t come around very often.”