The Executive Committee of County Executive Mangano’s newly formed Nassau 200 Millennial Think Tank held its inaugural meeting this past week, voting to begin a study on Millenial Housing on Long Island.
The mission of the 16-member committee – which is comprised of a group of young leaders chosen to advise the County on initiatives important to those born between 1979 and 1995 – is to further the County Executive’s goal of curtailing the “Brain Drain” on Long Island. The Nassau 200 initiative builds on the administration’s already aggressive efforts to attract and retain young professionals in Nassau.
The group’s first meeting focused on Millennial Housing in Nassau County, with the launch of an Executive Committee study into how to address the issue. Topics also discussed included various ways to move the think-tank initiative forward. Members voted to hold 3 events a year and circulate quarterly emails to Nassau 200 participants. The 2016 events will include “Starting a Business,” Networking, and a Speaker Series/Art Show.
Committee members, outside of Nassau county government, include young representatives from National Grid, MTA, the public relations field and two worldwide universities.
County Executive Mangano thanked the committee members for their time and talents, and said he hopes they will advise his cabinet in generating new ideas and building new initiatives, to help “encourage young people to live and work in Nassau County.” He added that the initiative would also assist millennials and young families to meet employers’ needs for a skilled and educated workforce.
Not long after taking office in 2010, County Executive Mangano began to partner with the private sector to create new housing opportunities for Nassau’s young people. The administration incentivized local developers to create residences in our downtowns – also known as Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) communities – so that residents could easily take a train ride to Manhattan, shop in their villages and support local small businesses.
“More than 3,500 new housing opportunities have opened or are under construction in the County, with more than 1,500 new rental opportunities being constructed through our initiative to convert vacant office space into apartments near transit centers,” Mangano said. He added that the TOD opportunities throughout Nassau, include those in Mineola, Farmingdale, Manhasset, Great Neck, Roslyn, Westbury and in Mitchel Field for veterans and active duty military.
The members of the Nassau 200 Executive Committee, include: Adam Ramadan; Alex Kushnir; Christi Kunzig; Eileen Downing; Faiza Talib; Jennifer Molloy-Martinez; Kristina Kroot; Laura Munafo; Louis Imbroto; Mubeen Chughtai; Natalie Longsworth; Navjot Singh; Timothy Dispensa and staff members Amanda Laikin, Doug Pascarella, Bill Florio, and Director of Special Projects Peter DiSilvio