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Experienced Hands Take The Wheel At The LIREDC

Kevin Law

The powerful Long Island Regional Economic Development Council has anointed its new leadership, selecting from within.

With longtime co-chairs Stuart Rabinowitz and Kevin Law off on new adventures, the LIREDC announced Thursday that Farmingdale State College President John Nader and Bethpage Federal Credit Union Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs Linda Armyn will take the council’s reins, effective immediately.

Officially, Nader succeeds former Hofstra University President (now President Emeritus) Rabinowitz as the LIREDC academic co-chair, while Armyn succeeds Law, the executive vice president of East Setauket-based Tritec Real Estate and former Long Island Association president who’s serving as chairman-designate of the Empire State Development Corp. Board of Directors while awaiting final confirmation.

Rabinowitz and Law had led the council since 2011, riding herd over an annual competitive application process that netted more than three-quarters of a billion dollars in state investments through Albany’s REDC system.

Law noted Thursday that it’s been a “privilege” to work with the other professionals on the council, and said he’s “confident the LIREDC is in great hands” with Nader and Armyn at the wheel.

“[Both] are experienced, skilled visionaries, uniquely qualified to lead the council and supercharge our momentum to bring Long Island to the next level,” Law said. “Long Islanders will be well served by their insight, integrity and consensus-driven approach.

“Together, we’ve supported inclusive economic growth that benefits all Long Islanders,” the ESD chairman-designate added. “I look forward to supporting the council’s efforts in my new role with [Empire State Development].”

Read the full article in Innovate Long Island.