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New York Real Estate Journal: Conference held on economic incentives for businesses; Presented by Hunt, Manetta and Cohen

Plainview, NY On Wednesday, October 29th, Anthony Manetta, Steven Elliot Cohen and David Hunt presented, “How to Secure the Economic Incentive Benefits Your Company Deserves,” at a conference that took place at Carlyle At The Palace. The event was sponsored by Astoria Bank.

The two-hour conference gave attendees an opportunity to become educated on subjects related to economic benefits offered by town, county and state departments. The attendees were able to learn the path leading to obtaining these economic benefits with regard to commercial real estate acquisition. “Understanding the steps to take in the process of acquiring economic benefits gives potential building owners the proper path to follow,” said Laura Greatsinger of Astoria Bank.

Manetta has worked within business development through his positions in the private and public sectors. Within the private sector, he is the founder and president of Standard Advisors Group, a corporate solutions provider focusing on commercial real estate advisory, government affairs, communications and corporate development. Prior to becoming the founder and president of Standard Advisors Group, he was the CEO and executive director of the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency (IDA). Manetta lead the turnaround of the Suffolk County IDA by focusing his attention on retaining and growing companies through tax incentives, privately active bonds and innovative programs aimed to improve the economic climate of the county.

Cohen has been practicing in the areas of commercial litigation and transactions, matrimonial and family law and real estate litigation and transactions, among other areas, since his graduation from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1985. He has successfully litigated cases throughout New York State and has appeared as outside counsel in federal and state courts from coast-to-coast. A public lecturer and a noted expert for local media, Cohen is admitted to practice before New York State courts and the United States Federal Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of NY.

Hunt has been involved with the rental, sale, appraisal and construction of industrial and commercial real estate, primarily on Long Island, New York since 1973. Hunt founded Hunt Corporate Services, Inc. in January 1981 as an industrial and commercial consulting and brokerage firm, and Hunt Construction Services, Inc. to provide construction and maintenance services for New York metro companies. The aggregate value of commercial and industrial properties Hunt has leased or sold in the New York Metro Area exceeds one billion dollars. The Costar Group and Real Estate Forum Magazine have individually named both the firm, and Hunt as a Top 20 Power Broker.

Anthony Manetta of Standard Advisors Appointed to HIA Board of Directors

HIA-LI Announces 2015 Newly Appointed Board Members

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., Dec. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Today HIA-LI, the recognized voice for business on Long Island, appointed three new board members to its executive team beginning in 2015. The new board members are recognized as strong leaders on Long Island including Kevin O’Connor, CEO and President of Bridge Bancorp, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bridgehampton National Bank;  Anthony Manetta, President and CEO of Standard Advisors Group; and Mike Voltz, Director of Energy Efficiency and Renewables for PSEG LI.

“HIA-LI is excited to begin the new year with three new board members who bring terrific leadership talents to the organization,” said Terri Alessi-Miceli, HIA-LI president. “In addition to our current board members, they will play a dynamic role in supporting the HIA-LI mission to provide a forum for business leaders to network, problem solve and obtain advice on critical issues facing their businesses.”

2015 Newly Appointed Board Members

Kevin O’Connor – CEO and President of Bridge Bancorp, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bridgehampton National Bank (BNB): Mr. Kevin M. O’Connor serves as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Bridge Bancorp, Inc. and The Bridgehampton National Bank. Mr. O’Connor serves as an Executive Vice President and Treasurer at North Fork Bancorp., Inc. He joined North Fork Bank in 1987 as an Assistant Vice President responsible for Financial and Regulatory Reporting. Mr. O’Connor manages the growth of both the investment portfolio and the bank’s wholesale funding activities. He is also involved in merger and acquisition strategies, product development and pricing, employee benefits, and municipal banking.

Anthony Manetta – President and CEO of Standard Advisors Group

Anthony Manetta is Founder and President of Standard Advisors Group. Prior to founding the firm he was CEO and Executive Director of the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency (IDA). He is a well respected leader on Long Island widely recognized for his efforts to help regional business planning and development.

Michael Voltz – Director of Energy Efficiency and Renewables for PSEG LI

Michael Voltz is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating energy efficiency and renewable programs on Long Island. Previously he has served in a similar role with Lockheed Martin and as director of program evaluation at LIPA. He is recognized as an energy manager with experience in both regulated and unregulated aspects of the electric and natural gas industry and over 30 years of experience with portfolio management, regulatory affairs, construction, operations, customer service and marketing functions in administration, district offices and power plants.

About HIA-LI

HIA-LI helps Long Island businesses prosper. For over 30 years, we have been the recognized voice for business on Long Island and a powerful force and economic engine for regional development. We provide a forum for business leaders to network, problem solve and obtain advice on critical issues facing their businesses. Our member companies represent tens of thousands of business professionals. We’re headquartered in and support one of the largest industrial parks in the United States. HIA-LI programs and events promote strategic partnerships, targeted networking, and information sharing and business advocacy. Members benefit from our committees, educational programs, career resources, research capabilities, mentoring opportunities and business advisory services. For more information, visit or call 631-543-5355.

Standard Advisors Group Goes Live

Anthony Manetta, the former CEO/ Executive Director of the Suffolk County IDA, announces new firm focused on delivering exceptional value for corporate engagements. Click here for the press release announcement.

Transaction Advisory Services for Private-Public Partnerships

There are a number of governmental sponsored programs that can provide incentives to help your company grow. Property, sales and mortgage recording tax savings, utility rate reductions, low interest loans, import/export benefits and grant programs could be accessed on the Federal, State, County and Town levels of government.

Having a professional firm manage your economic development incentives from program identification, financial analyses, making application, then monitoring compliance is important. We can advise your executive team throughout the process and ensure you are maximizing benefits through our comprehensive transactional advisory work.

If you are an executive or business owner contact Standard Advisors Group today for a confidential inquiry to see if we can help increase your competitive advantage.