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Aerospace Businesses Increase Presence Near MacArthur Airport

Southwest Airlines planes are seen at MacArthur Airport - Ronkonkoma, NY - Nov 9, 2010 - Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Southwest Airlines planes are seen at MacArthur Airport – Ronkonkoma, NY – Nov 9, 2010 – Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

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ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - There are signs of new life for Long Island’s once booming aerospace industry, WCBS 880 Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reported.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs On The Story

“We’ve seen recently within the town of Islip certain contractors, certain aerospace manufacturers actually expanding their space,” Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci told Xirinachs.

Croci cited CPI’s expansion at the Heartland Industrial Complex.

He held an aerospace summit at Long Island MacArthur Airport on Wednesday, where he organized CEOs in the industry and encouraged them to grow there.

“Americans will take risk. You just got to help them create the favorable conditions to make risk,” Croci said. “Business wants to expand. Let’s encourage that. Let’s not get in the way.”

He said Long Island leaders are doing all they can to strengthen the island’s once strong aerospace industry.

What do you think Long Island leaders should be doing to encourage the aerospace industry to expand? Sound off in the comments section below.