Pictured from left to right are John Barrie with Suffolk Federal Credit Union, Supervisor Lesko,
Gloria Glowacki from the Stony Brook University SBDC, Congressman Bishop, and Charlie
Schreiber with Suffolk Federal Credit Union
Farmingville, NY – On Thursday, October 20, 2011, in front of about 50 large businesses that employ thousands of Long Islanders, Supervisor Mark Lesko and Congressman Tim Bishop announced the Business Retention Task Force to keep businesses on Long Island. In the wake of Arrow Electronics’ decision to move its headquarters after being wooed by Colorado officials, Supervisor Lesko and Congressman Bishop will be spearheading this effort to reach out to every major employer in the Town over the next month. The Business Retention Task Force will create an ongoing dialogue so local officials know about the needs of Brookhaven businesses.
The Business Retention Task Force will be asking the companies if they are considering leaving Brookhaven, why they are considering leaving, and what can be done to keep them here.
“It is a crime that other states are stealing Long Island businesses. In many cases, government finds out about the poaching of these companies in the press when it’s too late to entice them to stay. We need to retain our existing businesses and the Business Retention Task Force will find out if any major employers are being wooed by other states. This will give us a chance to competitive and determine what it will take to keep businesses and their jobs on Long Island,” said Supervisor Mark Lesko.
“We know that every day Brookhaven businesses are getting phone calls from states trying to poach our jobs,” Congressman Tim Bishop said. “We need to make sure they’re also getting calls from people trying to keep them here. I am excited to work with Supervisor Lesko and the Brookhaven business community on this important outreach effort and I will do everything I can to help retain and create Long Island jobs.”