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Because wealthy entrepreneuers need a hand, too

By GREGORY ZELLER // The “flip” came around 2014, after Ashley John Heather and his wife, Diana, welcomed their third child. Heather, a Brit who emigrated to the United States around 2000, had lived his entire U.S. life in New York City. But it was two years since he’d sold his successful e-commerce startup Dotbox to NYC holding company MDC Partners, about that long since he’d bought the house in the Hamptons, a few too…

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Shinnecock Nation taps Sahn Ward enviro experts

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Shinnecock Indian Nation has retained a topflight Long Island law firm to provide advice and legal representation on environmental matters. Uniondale-based Sahn Ward Coschignano PLLC will bolster the Shinnecock nation’s land-use and ecological chops, from a legal perspective, led by partner Miriam Villani. Villani, head of the firm’s Environment, Energy and Resources practice group, will work with the Shinnecock Environmental Department to develop laws and programs that assist the department’s…


Construction employment takes a summer hit

The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased by 5,600 in the year ending in August, a 0.5 percent increase to 1,157,400 positions. By comparison, the state’s year over year private sector growth rate was 1.8 percent and the nation’s was 1.7 percent. In a separate measure, Long Island’s private sector job count decreased by 9,200 between July and August, compared to an average loss of 1,400. Construction had a surprisingly weak month,…


4 more years for SBU clean-energy incubator

By GREGORY ZELLER // CEBIP is back in business. More accurately, the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program – a jewel of Stony Brook University’s commercialization ecosystem – will continue business uninterrupted, thanks to renewed funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Although NYSERDA has made no official announcement – and authority spokespeople declined to comment this week – Innovate LI has learned that the state has re-upped its financial support of…


Re-Nuble targets USDA over ‘organic’ certifications

By GREGORY ZELLER // A “waste-to-value” biotech with Long Island roots is taking its food-for-all message to the people – and is taking on the U.S. Department of Agriculture over critical “organic” certifications. Re-Nuble Inc., which operates out of facilities in Brooklyn and Long Island City but remains a “virtual tenant” of Stony Brook University’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program, is presenting Wednesday at Food Tank Summit NYC, a celebration and exploration of food and…


Eight Island schools ranked among top U.S. colleges

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island has plenty of big brains to drain. That’s according to U.S. News & World Report, which has issued its 2018 Best Colleges survey, a highly regarded rite of September that ranks some 1,800 United States-based colleges and universities based on school and student performance and a host of other critical metrics. As usual, Long Island posted a good-not-great performance on the annual higher-education report card – fairly strong, indicative…


Applied DNA enlists with Army’s bio-warfare defenders

By GREGORY ZELLER // Applied DNA Sciences is in the Army now. Already under U.S. Department of Defense contract on a number of different projects, the Stony Brook-based biotech has entered into a new Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s Edgewood Chemical Biological Center. Best known as a developer and distributor of in-house botanical-DNA-based security and authentication protocols, Applied DNA is lending its expertise in a slightly different…