Despite the emergence of app based driving services such as Lyft and Uber, there is still a sizable market for limousine companies. Limos Long Island, located at 838 Old Country Rd. in Westbury, is owned by three people who have decades of Experience in the business: Dayna Molinelli of West Babylon, Joseph Lavin of Patchogue and Charles Sykora of Baldwin.
Westbury is the right place for Limousine Company
By Frank Rizzo
Originally printed in The Westbury Times thewestburytimes.com
What separates her firm from the gig services, according to Molinelli, is that with those vehicles “you don’t know the what driver you are getting. All of our drivers are employees, not independent contractors, so we are able to keep a better grasp on who’s driving our customers and provide a better service for them.”
Wedding receptions, tours, special occasions and airport service are all part of the companies offerings.
Molinelli listed the vehicles in the fleet, most late models, and the firm added 14-passenger and 8-passenger vans.
Limos Long Island has been in Westbury since July 2018 and when Molinelli was asked how the firm had been received, she replied, “Very well. People seem to like us. I have a very good staff. Our reservation agents have been with us from the beginning and a lot of them worked with me at a prior company. They are very good to our customers, and a lot of our customers know them like family.”
As for moving to Westbury, Lavin pointed out that, “It’s centrally located to everything. Courts, schools, Parkways.”
Limos Long Island has a unique on-time guarantee, a challenge given Long Island traffic and the frequently jammed major airports.
“It works for the most part,” Lavin said. “You put pressure on yourself and everybody around you to make sure that you fulfill the guarantee.”
The customer base varies, with church groups and vineyard tourists, As well as corporate accounts. The multi-passenger transit vans that Limos Long Island owns have safety harnesses. Only one stretch limousine remains. Lavin said the state has tightened the rules on those, especially after the deadly upstate accident in 2018 that killed 20 people. Stretch limos are not as popular as they used to be, Lavin observed, and Ford stopped making the town cars that were once ubiquitous. Lavin said that Limos Long Island was about to pick up a new car, a Cadillac XTS.
“It’s a regular sedan, but people like it,” Lavin said. Molinelli said that being on a busy thoroughfare like old country Road has led to walk in business.
“We’ve seen growth where we would not have thought we would see it.”
To learn more, or book your own car call 516-400-3364.
State assemblyman Ed Ra (third from the left) and Hempstead councilman Tom Muscarella (third from right) congratulate Limos Long Island owners Dayna Molinelli (fourth from right) and Joe Lavin (fifth from right). Second from left is Valentina Janek of the Long Island Writers Club, who organized the reception to thank Limos Long Island for allowing her a cubicle in their offices and host the club’s meetings.