01/25/15 10:00am
The North Fork Promotion Council kiosk in Laurel. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The North Fork Promotion Council kiosk in Laurel. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

More than 6,000 visitors stopped by The North Fork Promotion Council’s two information kiosks in Laurel and Greenport in 2014. The nonprofit organization launched a new activities website last year and it will have a presence at the New York Times Travel Show at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan this weekend.

But it hasn’t gone far enough in its mission to market this region to those with disposable income living in New York City and beyond, according to members at the organization’s annual meeting on Wednesday evening. (more…)

01/23/15 11:00am
01/23/2015 11:00 AM
Governor Cuomo giving his State of the State address the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany Wednesday. (Credit: Courtesy Flickr photo)

Governor Cuomo giving his State of the State address the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany Wednesday. (Credit: Courtesy Flickr photo)

Small business owners across the North Fork could soon benefit from tax reductions that would make income tax rates the lowest in New York State history, according to a proposal outlined by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State address Wednesday.

The proposition would help small businesses incorporated in New York State by reducing the net income tax rate from the current rate of 6.5 percent to 2.5 percent over a three-year period, amounting to a four percent reduction by 2018.

(more…)

01/18/15 2:00pm
01/18/2015 2:00 PM
Looking for work? Check out the Times/Review classified section.

Looking for work? Check out the Times/Review classified section.

Looking for work, or know someone who is?

Times/Review classifieds offers local companies a place to advertise their job openings each week, and this week close to two dozen positions are available from a bookkeeper, to a carpenter, to a real estate agent. (more…)

01/13/15 8:00am
01/13/2015 8:00 AM
Robert James Salon owner Ray Pickersgill in his downtown shop. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Robert James Salon owner Ray Pickersgill in his downtown shop. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

One of New York State officials’ last acts of 2014, effective Dec. 31, was to raise minimum wage 75 cents to $8.75 an hour.

The nearly nine percent increase makes New York one of 19 states, plus the District of Columbia, to have increased their rates by Jan. 1.

In New York, this was the second in a series of three incremental boosts that will raise minimum wage to $9 an hour Dec. 31, 2015.

Locally, business owners and leaders had mixed reactions to the increases.  (more…)

01/09/15 3:14pm
01/09/2015 3:14 PM
Aldo Maiorana inside his Greenport coffee shop on Thursday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Aldo Maiorana inside his Greenport coffee shop on Thursday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Chef Taylor Knapp has left First and South restaurant in Greenport and will soon host a weekly pop-up restaurant under the name “Paw Paw” at nearby Aldo’s Cafe. The first dinner will be held on Monday, Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, at the Front Street coffee shop, according to owner Aldo Maiorana and Knapp. That event is already completely booked.

Read more on northforker.com.

01/08/15 8:58am
01/08/2015 8:58 AM
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company co-owners John Liegey (left) and Rich Vandenburgh at their booth during the beer festival this summer. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Greenport Harbor Brewing Company co-owners John Liegey (left) and Rich Vandenburgh at their booth during the beer festival this summer. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

“If you build it, they will come.”

Considering it worked for Kevin Costner in “Field of Dreams,” Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. co-owners Rich Vandenburgh and John Liegey figure it can work for them as well. In fact, it already has.  (more…)