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Nassau County Coronavirus Economic Advisory Council

On March 17, 2020, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran established a Coronavirus Economic Advisory Council to assess the countywide impact on both small and large businesses. The membership of the Council, representing leaders of Long Island’s business community, is listed below.

As part of this effort, Hofstra University, represented on the Council by President Stuart Rabinowitz, is supporting the County Executive and the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency in a data collection strategy to assist in addressing and mitigating the economic impacts of the pandemic. We are asking businesses and private nonprofits of any size or sector to take ten minutes and respond to the survey below to assist the Coronavirus Economic Advisory Council in assessing the impact of the coronavirus on their operations, finances, and employees.   This information will be provided to Nassau County to inform advocacy for economic relief. Your answers will help assess the economic impact of COVID-19 on your business or nonprofit. Responses are requested by April 1, 2020. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes.

We thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Stay well and follow @NassauExecutive, @idaNassau, and @HofstraU, and visit New York State Empire State Development’s website https://esd.ny.gov/ to stay informed on the latest COVID-19 updates.

Take the Economic Impact Survey

To better understand the economic impact of the coronavirus, and to formulate as sound a response as possible, Nassau County needs accurate information and will also be conducting a study. First, the county will seek projections of various best-to-worst case scenarios so that it can best prepare for a range of contingencies. The county also will acquire and analyze economic data in real time so that it can more precisely assign resources and prepare requests for state and federal aid.

Council Members

  • Co-Chairs: Stuart Rabinowitz, Hofstra University and Richard Kessel, Nassau County IDA
  • Phil Andrews, Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce 
  • Jamie Bogenshutz, YES Community Counseling Center
  • John Cameron, Long Island Regional Planning Council
  • Charles Chan, Local Business owner
  • Kevin Dahill, Nassau Suffolk Hospital Council & Suburban Hospital Alliance of New York
  • John Durso, Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
  • Wayne Grossé, Bethpage Federal Credit Union
  • Dennis Grossman, Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce
  • Zeeshan Hamid, New York South Asian Chamber
  • Kevin Law, Long Island Association
  • Loren Lostritto, Steel Equities
  • Kristen Jarnagin, Discover Long Island
  • Alan Mindel, Samar Hospitality 
  • Richard Monti, Crest Hollow Country Club
  • Jonathan Otto, MetroCapital Realty
  • Bennett Rechler, We’re Group
  • Kyle Strober, Association for a Better Long Island
  • Luis Vasquez, Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Scope of Work

As part of this effort, we will retain an external partner to immediately assist with assessing the economic impact of COVID-19. The Nassau County IDA has issued a scope of work for a suitable firm with experience in developing and implementing a mechanism to project, track, calculate and summarize lost revenues and jobs across every industry and categorize findings by industry. Due date for responses to this scope of work: close of business on Monday, March 30, 2020.  Email proposals to Nassaueconomicimpact[at]gmail.com. View more details on the scope of work.

Resource List

We are aware of the following resources in the New York region that provide support to businesses challenged by the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Please click on the links to learn more.