WYANDANCH - A pledge by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) to allocate $1 billion for development projects in the state has many Long Island communities excited about the possibilities.

In Wyandanch, a project that would usher in new downtown stores, apartments and a village green could receive funding from the governor.

Other projects that could be included on the list competing for state funds include a transportation hub near the Ronkonkoma train station and MacArthur Airport, as well as a ferry terminal and housing project in Glen Cove.

John Durso, president of the Long Island Federation of Labor, says the more projects that get approved, the better for Long Island's trade unions. Durso says one in three people who belong to the unions are unemployed.