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Supervisor Carpenter, State Officials Celebrate LIE Welcome Center Grand Opening

Islip, NY – Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter recently joined NYS Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul at a ribbon-cutting marking the grand opening of the Long Island Welcome Center in Dix Hills. The 15,200 square foot state-of-the-art Welcome Center at Exit 51-52 Eastbound on the LIE, includes a Taste NY Market, a farmers’ market, and an interactive I LOVE NEW YORK Kiosk experience for Long Island visitors to learn about the region’s popular destinations and history.

“I want to thank Governor Cuomo for recognizing Long Island’s unique tourism economy, and for investing in this Welcome Center. This building will showcase the wide variety of attractions that Long Island has to offer, which will help local businesses reach new customers and grow Long Island’s reputation as a major tourism destination,” said Supervisor Angie Carpenter.

The Taste NY Market will showcase a broad selection of fresh made breakfast and lunch items, including soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts using ingredients sourced from Long Island growers. In addition to the Taste NY Market, the Welcome Center will be the home to an outdoor farmers’ market open on Saturdays and Sundays through the season that will provide locally-grown and produced foods to visitors, spotlighting Long Island farms and encouraging agritourism throughout the region.

The New York State Police and the Suffolk County Police Department have fully operational satellite offices at the Welcome Center for enhanced security. These offices not only enhance security at the location, but also position officers to more quickly respond to emergencies from the center, with direct access to the Long Island Expressway. The center is monitored 24/7 by video monitoring by staff, and law enforcement departments will have direct access and constant communication with the Department of Transportation’s nearby Traffic Management Center. 

Upon entering the Welcome Center, visitors encounter a giant Long Island floor map pinpointing regional attractions. Throughout the Welcome Center, regional artifacts and a large video wall immerse travelers in regional heritage. Five state-of-the-art I LOVE NEW YORK touchscreen information kiosks provide travelers with the opportunity to learn more about the Long Island tourism region. An interactive map provides suggested destinations based on the user’s interests, allowing them to browse regional attractions, from historical sites to local wineries, and create an itinerary, which they can take with them via email. Visitors may complete a Travel Profile Quiz, which will create a list of recommended locations to visit, or test their knowledge of the area with a series of travel trivia. They can also check out the award-winning I LOVE NEW YORK app, with various services and information about the region’s attractions.

A Department of Motor Vehicles self-service kiosk will also debut at the Welcome Center, making it the first time ever that a kiosk will be permanently located outside of a DMV office. Customers will have the opportunity to renew their vehicle registrations quickly and efficiently, as well as conduct other DMV transactions, without having to visit a DMV office.

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