Brookhaven Town Supervisor Mark Lesko recently accepted a position as the executive director of Accelerate Long Island because the initiative is “the key to the future of the region.”

He said in an interview at Times Beacon Record Newspapers that when he first takes his new position, he will work to identify Long Island’s assets that would aid in its development into the next Silicon Valley.

Lesko recently announced his plan to resign from his role at Brookhaven Town as from Sept. 14 after he presents his 2013 budget. He will then take the lead at Accelerate Long Island, an economic growth initiative led by the Long Island Association that includes collaboration between Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Hofstra University and the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, among others.

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