The Empire Zones (EZ) Program, formerly known as the Economic Development Zones Program, was created by New York State in 1986 to stimulate economic growth in a number of the State's economically distressed areas. Through the enactment of this program, these target areas were designated "Economic Development Zones" (EDZ).  New legislation in 2000 renamed and enhanced the Economic Development Zones Program.  It became the Empire Zone Program and zone certified businesses could become Qualified Empire Zone Enterprises or "QEZE's."  This entitled a QEZE business to enhanced benefits.  During the 2005 budget process, additional changes were made on how benefits were calculated and the legislation expanded on certain qualifying factors, but some benefit terms were reduced.

Unlike most zones designated by census tracts, the Suffolk County/Town of Riverhead's zone was established based on the closure of the former Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant in Calverton. The area now known as Enterprise Park at Calverton.

The EZ program offers such areas through a variety of financial incentives and economic development benefits designed to attract new businesses and to enable existing businesses to expand, create new jobs and encourage private investment within the designated zones.. Specific benefits that the program provides are a combination of tax credits, reduced utility rates, authorization for special low-interest loans, and priority attention from State agencies for new and expanding businesses.

Not in a zone???

You may still qualify  for zone benefits under the new Regionally Significant Project category!

Meeting Notices

Zone board meetings are every third Tuesday at 9am in the Headquarters of Suffolk County National Bank.
(Meeting Schedule)

Downtown Riverhead Sub Zone
Epcal Sub Zone
Southampton Sub Zone
Wyandanch Sub Zone

Directions to the
Calverton Zone:

Long Island Expressway to Exit 71. Left onto Route 24, under overpass and take the second left onto River Road. Follow approximately three miles to the entrance on the right.

200 Howell Ave • Riverhead, New York • P: 631.727.3200 • F: 631.727.6712