At a breakfast meeting of the partnership last Friday, State Senator Michael Gianaris said the governor is trying to create innovation hotspots to attract businesses to stay in New York.
These would be high-tech incubation areas around the state that would serve as small tax-free zones, tying in the local film industry and tech startups that are driving the area’s economy.
“I have had discussions with the governor’s office to create a Queens incubator in Long Island City,” he said, adding he would like to get Cornell University, which is opening a new tech campus on nearby Roosevelt Island, involved.
“One of the reasons why Western Queens did a little bit better over the last several years is because we have a vibrant industry,” Gianaris said, noting the film industry isn’t subject to the whims of the stock market. “We’re getting to the point where we’re getting complaints about street closures, which is a good thing.”
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer focused on issues like education and parking problems. He noted the construction of five new schools in his district to address overcrowding.
Along with a new park opening in Hunters Point South to address the lack of open space in the area, Van Bramer also noted a new $30 million library set to break ground this summer.
“It is an amazing place,” he said. “There is an excitement and vibrancy to it.”