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Analyzing the ‘power’ of Hauppauge Industrial Park

By GREGORY ZELLER // Regional rainmakers are hitting the gas in a multifaceted effort to rev up one of Long Island’s top economic engines. The Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Island and the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency on Friday announced a new partnership focused on Hauppauge Industrial Park, the 1,400-acre industrial cornerstone currently generating more than $870 million in annual income and property taxes. Some analysts think it can do even better – and…


Long Island, state employment rates tick up

Long Island followed state trends by making modest employment gains in December, but statewide job growth remains weak. That’s the word from the New York State Department of Labor, which on Thursday reported the statewide unemployment rate decreased to 4.6 percent in December 2017, down from 4.7 percent in December 2016, with the state’s private-sector job count rising by more than 111,000 positions. The Island followed suit, with local employment growing by 4,900 jobs between…


Long Island (kinda) still in the running for Amazon HQ2

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island still has a pulse in the heart-revving race to host Amazon’s fabled “HQ2.” The Seattle-based e-commerce and cloud-computing titan on Thursday announced 20 “candidates” still in the running to host its much-anticipated, heavily desired second North American headquarters, following a thorough vetting of what Amazon counted as 238 proposals from across the United States, Canada and Mexico. “New York City, NY” made the cut. And several specific locations submitted…


Hauppauge innovator ups its video-surveillance game

By GREGORY ZELLER // Making good on a promise by CEO Pat Lavelle, Voxx International Corp. has unveiled a new line of “innovative public safety products” focused heavily on video surveillance. In reporting the Hauppauge-based manufacturer and global distributor’s third-quarter FY2018 financial results Jan. 9, Lavelle noted “several new product introductions on the horizon across all of our business segments.” Voxx International quickly followed up, kicking off 2018 with the release of new dashboard-mounted cameras,…


Brimes: $400K (and 20 KW) from wave-energy history

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Hauppauge energy company riding the waves of a leading-edge clean-gen technology is closer than ever to a critical pilot project in the waters off the Philippines. But with a signed letter of intent from one of the Southeast Asian island country’s largest utility companies to provide up to $600,000 to the cause, Brimes Energy still needs about $400,000 in working capital to proceed with its ambitious plans. That’s the breakdown…


Digital Donations adds new piece to evolutionary puzzle

By GREGORY ZELLER // There’s a unique theory of evolution in effect at Melville tech developer Digital Donations, not following humanity’s ancient origins but formulating the species’ not-too-distant future – at least, the part concerned with electronic payments. This particular evolutionary chain represents the theoretical machinations of Keith Orlean, who in 2014 launched Digital Donations to capitalize on the payment-processing expertise he’d gathered over a dozen years as president of Digital Processing Solutions, a prior…


Homeland Security coming for Westbury hackers

By GREGORY ZELLER // A multistate hacking effort centered in Westbury has attracted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s attention – and agents are coming. But no arrests are imminent: When Westbury nonprofit We Connect the Dots hosts its Back-To-School Code-a-Thon later this month, it will welcome DHS representatives as partners in an educational data dump for high schoolers on potential cybersecurity careers, including government work. The federal agents are among several tweaks marking the…


Feinstein study offers new spinal cord injury insights

New hopes for victims of spinal cord injuries can be found in findings published this week by a team representing two of Long Island’s most innovative research institutions. Lead researcher Ona Bloom, an associate professor at the Manhasset-based Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra University, has found that white blood cell genes are present at different levels in people with spinal cord injuries – a…


NY State Police deploy first unmanned aerial drones

By GREGORY ZELLER // Look out above: The first-ever New York State Police aerial drones are online and on the job. Albany announced Wednesday the official launch of the new State Police Unmanned Aerial System program, with remote rangers swooping into action above numerous Western, Central, Southern and Capital Region counties. Four drones are scheduled to take flight this month – one each for State Police Troops A, D, F and G – with 14…


B’haven planners OK smaller Middle Island solar plan

The Town of Brookhaven Planning Board has approved the Middle Island Solar Farm’s phasing plan – at least, a scaled-down version of what company officials still consider “a significant renewable-energy project on Long Island.” The company had originally proposed a nearly mile-long array of 67,000 solar panels for a 100-acre wooded lot – zoned for industrial uses – along Moriches-Middle Island Road, slightly east of Brookhaven-Calabro Airport. That solar farm would be capable of generating…


Applied DNA catches Irish robber blue/green-handed

By GREGORY ZELLER // Already the bane of Swedish car thieves, Applied DNA Sciences has now notched its first armed-robbery criminal conviction in Ireland. The latest international adventure for the Stony Brook-based anti-theft and product-authentication specialist and its ever-evolving roster of vertical markets takes us to the Emerald Isle, where evidence gathered through the biotech’s SigNature DNA platform has helped convict a thug involved in a violent theft. According to Applied DNA, the case involves…


With ‘pop up,’ The Spur serves a tantalizing appetizer

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Spur is now open for business, and pleasure. At least, what founder Ashley Heather calls a “pop up” version of the Hamptons’ first-ever shared-office space, which will officially open the doors of its new 10,000-square-foot “private co-working and entrepreneur’s club” this summer but for now is gathering strength inside the friendly confines of the Southampton Social Cub. The Spur – the physical embodiment of i-hamptons, a Southampton-based “community and resource…


FSC tops Island schools in annual ‘Best Value’ rankings

By GREGORY ZELLER // A national hub for college applicants has ranked Farmingdale State College among the nation’s best schools for its price. Online aggregator Best Value Schools places FSC No. 29 on its new top-100 list of 2018’s Most Affordable Universities/Colleges in America. Among other qualities, Best Value Schools notes Farmingdale State’s “manicured” 380-acre campus, proximity to New York City, moderate enrollment and roughly 40 distinct academic programs – a “not overwhelming” selection reflecting…


In East Asia, wisdom for Smithtown med-tech innovator

By GREGORY ZELLER // Global ambitions and some sizzling Asian economies have a Smithtown med-tech innovator poised for a very happy New Year. Fresh off a December trek from Singapore north into Hong Kong and China, partners Christopher and Gregory Montalbano – the second-generation brains behind Smithtown-based MIDI Medical Product Development – are planning several Far East forays in the coming months, including partnerships with some of China’s most advanced manufacturers. Describing East Asia as…


Uniondale law firm tightens name, broadens focus

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Addition by Subtraction Department comes Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP, the Uniondale law firm formerly known as Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana. The 42-year-old firm announced its tighter handle Tuesday, part of rebranding initiative that also includes a new logo, a clever tagline (“Firm Advantage”) and fresh marketing and advertising initiatives, as well as a redesign of the firm’s website (coming soon). Partner John Terrana, chairman of the…