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LI Small Businesses Face Daunting Outlook By Dan O’Regan

Even before some businesses on Long Island were destroyed in the wake of Superstorm Sandy last month, a cloud hung over the future of Long Island’s economy. According to a recent poll conducted by The Hartford, 33 percent of small businesses are optimistic about the future of the economy. With many businesses impacted by Sandy since that poll was conducted, is there hope for the future of LI’s small businesses? Danny Panagatos, who runs The Express Diner in East Meadow, is one of the lucky small-business owners on LI who was able to keep his doors open after the storm. The eatery didn’t lose power and was able to offer locals a place to charge their phones and grab a hot meal. Despite getting lucky, Panagatos said things have been better. “Business today is nothing compared to the good old days,” said Panagatos, recalling the ’80s and ’90s, when smoking was legal in diners and the thriving local night scene brought a steady flow of patrons shuffling through his doors. Panagatos said he would be much more optimistic if President Barack Obama wasn’t in office. He said he voted for Republican challenger Mitt Romney because he’s not thrilled with the job Obama has been doing so far. In post-Sandy LI, some businesses less fortunate than The Express Diner are severely damaged or completely destroyed. But, according to Michael Zweig, professor of economics at Stony Brook University, most businesses on LI should be alright once the recovery effort gets into full swing. “It’s pretty bad out there,” said B10

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VOTE

Your Opinion Matters By KaITlyN Kincaid What is so great about the Bethpage Best of L.I. election process is that you pick the nominee pool— everyone has an equal opportunity to be represented. It’s democracy at its best. This year’s nominees have been compiled into a master ballot available at BestOf.LongIslandPress. com, and the polls are open through Dec. 15. During this time, everyone can vote for whatever local store, restaurant, business or person they feel should hold a Bethpage Best of L.I. title. You are allowed one vote per IP address, per day for each category. These categories are divided into sections such as Arts and Entertainment, Food & Drink, Nightlife & Spirits, Health and Wellness, Weddings, Pets, Restaurants and others to make it easy to find a specific place you’re looking for. Once the voting ends, the results are added up and double-checked for fraudulent voting or obvious abuse (those votes are then removed). After this process, the results are added up again. UPickEm, a third party administrator, runs the Bethpage Best of L.I. voting pages. So cast your votes now and remember: In order to find out who’s the best, you need to tell us!

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making the cut

How to Get Nominated for 2014 By Jaclyn Gallucci As you vote for this year’s Bethpage Best of L.I. nominees, you may find yourself scrolling through the ballots only to see that your personal favorite didn’t make it. “Blasphemy!” you say. Well, no worries. if you don’t see your favorites on this year’s ballot, the new year is almost here, and before you know it, we’ll be accepting nominations for the next Bethpage Best of L.I. And that’s where you, dear reader, come in. It’s your job to nominate your favorites, to ensure that they’ll be considered. After all, how will they be able to find the very best ice cream on our little island? Keep them in the dark no longer! Beginning on July 1, 2013, and running through Aug. 31, 2013, visit BestOf.LongIslandPress.com, where you can nominate your favorites. Then tell all your friends to do the same—because the more nominations, the better chance a business has to be included on the ballot.

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