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Former Schumer aide named head of Long Island business group

The Association for a Better Long Island (ABLI) announced that the organization’s incoming executive director will be Kyle Strober, currently serving as U.S. Senator Charles Schumer’s Long Island Regional Director.

On January 1, Strober he will replace retiring Desmond Ryan, who during his 25 years as the ABLI’s executive director, has been responsible for making the organization a leading voice in the region, spurring economic growth and strengthening Long Island’s quality of life.

ABLI president, Laureen Harris, a partner in the law firm of Cronin, Cronin, Harris & O’Brien, P.C., stated, “Over the decades, Des Ryan has created an organization that has been aggressive and effective in confronting reactionary forces that would harm the region’s future.

“Now, after decades in his role, he is handing that responsibility over to one of the best and brightest of his generation, Kyle Strober, and the ABLI leadership couldn’t be more pleased.”

While managing Long Island operations for Senator Schumer, Strober has worked directly with Long Island’s congressional delegation, New York State Senators and Assemblymen, county and town elected officials, mayors, trade and union leaders, CEOs and regional administrators of various federal agencies that directly touch the region.

He has been at the center of initiatives and policy positions addressing various issues affecting Long Island including MacArthur Airport, the Long Island Rail Road, the Long Island Power Authority, Brookhaven National Laboratory, storm resiliency, the Bethpage plume, aircraft noise, the prescription drug epidemic, and other public policy issues.

Strober said, “Given his role, his legacy, his expertise and the respect Long Island leadership has for Des Ryan this is not about replacing him at the ABLI. Rather, my job is to build on what he has created to ensure the organization remains a respected force in the debate over how best to protect, enhance and strengthen Long Island.”

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