How will the new IDA chief help Nassau?


William Rockensies of West Hempstead was appointed to chair the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency, which is a public benefit corporation that aims to support and promote economic and employment development across the county.

As chairman, Rockensies will continue to support the expansion of existing businesses and incentivize new businesses to find a home in Nassau, while generating jobs that aid in the long-term growth of the county’s tax base.

“Mr. Rockensies has all the tools to facilitate the continued prosperity of the NCIDA and we look forward to seeing the organization thrive under his guidance,” County Executive Bruce Blakeman said in a news release.

Rockensies is a senior vice president at H2M Architects + Engineers, where his primary responsibility is director of the Melville-based firm’s construction services division. 

“The role of the Nassau IDA and its impact on our economy have never been more important,” he said in the release. “Rising costs of both project financing and construction as well as the fact that today's companies have limitless options of where they call home means we have an obligation to our residents to ensure that companies know Nassau County is open for business.”

His previous civic involvement included serving as commissioner of engineering in the Town of Hempstead, as a civil engineer within the Village of Freeport’s Public Works Department, and being a commissioner of the Cathedral Garden Water District. 

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— Tayla Lippman