LICA Fall Legislative Breakfast Wrap Up


LICA was thrilled to welcome a packed room of partners, guests and elected officials, to our 2021 Fall Legislative Breakfast Event held last Friday, at the LI Hilton in Melville. This was LICA’s first in-person event since March 2020 due to COVID, and LICA was pleased to have so many supporters join us, in addition to our special guest speakers - NYS Dept. of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon and NYS Senate Transportation Committee Chair Senator Tim Kennedy.

The event opened with the pledge of allegiance, led by Long Island Builders Institute’s (LIBI) past chairman and president Sal Ferro of Alure Home Improvements and the current Republican candidate for a seat on the Huntington Town Council. Welcoming remarks and insights on the current state of the industry and the road ahead, were given by LICA Executive Director Marc Herbst.

Following Herbst’s opening, LICA made its annual award presentations to local elected officials in attendance. This year, each official received a roadside safety kit complete with triangle safety sign, flashlight, jumper cables, first aid kit and more. The honored officials included (see photo. Top row -L to R): Sea Cliff Trustee James Versocki, State Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages, State Senators Jim Gaughran, Kevin Thomas and Mario Mattera, Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter, Suffolk County Legislator Kevin McCaffrey, State Assemblyman Steve Stern, and Massapequa Park Trustee Dana Durso. (Middle Row-L to R): Nassau County Legislator Debra Mulé, Nassau County Legislator Thomas McKevitt, State Assemblywoman Gina Sillitti, North Hempstead Councilwoman Viviana Russell, North Hempstead Town Clerk Wayne Wink, State Assemblywoman Judy Griffin, and Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. (Front-L to R): Huntington Highway Superintendent Kevin Orelli, State Assemblymen Michael Durso and Keith Brown, LICA Executive Director Marc Herbst, Suffolk County Legislators Steve Flotteron and Nick Caracappa, and Huntington Councilman Ed Smyth.

Other officials who were also in attendance, but were not available at photo time included: Suffolk County Legislator Susan Berland, Suffolk County Presiding Officer Rob Calarco, State Assemblywoman Jodi Giglio, Oyster Bay Councilman Lou Imbroto, State Assemblyman Ed Ra, Suffolk County Legislator Jason Richberg, Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joe Saladino and Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer. Click here to see more photos from the event.

Two important publications were also released at the meeting: The 2021 LICA PAC Guide which provides an overview and commentary on both major-party candidates running for each of the 58 local political races this November. This was the second year LICA produced this guide, after having received much acclaim for the guide after its inaugural debut last year. LICA also produced the 2021 Long Island Local Road Investment Analysis report, which looks at historical infrastructure investment of the 24 largest municipalities in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, for the past five years (2016-2020). Both of these documents can be viewed online at: and

LICA would like to thank everyone who attended, including many labor partners, members of the MTA/LIRR and several business leaders from across Long Island. Lastly, we are extremely grateful to this year’s event sponsors: Posillico, Haugland Group and I.U.O.E. Local 138. We truly appreciate their support.

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