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Good sports Hofstra, Northwell team up (once again)

By GREGORY ZELLER // Hofstra University athletes will now receive primary medical care directly from New York State’s largest healthcare provider. The Northwell Health Orthopaedic Institute – part of New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health, the state’s largest healthcare provider by number of practitioners and number of patients – will “coordinate and provide primary care” for Hofstra’s men’s and women’s teams, Northwell Health announced this week. The university’s 300-plus student-athletes, who compete annually in 17 different…


One year later, Hicksville’s downtown gears up

By GREGORY ZELLER // Nearly a year after it was named the regional winner of Albany’s second-annual $100 million downtown-revitalization contest, Hicksville’s new downtown is beginning to take shape. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office this week announced the start of four “transformational projects” for downtown Hicksville, a census-designated hamlet within the Town of Oyster Bay, via the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award Hicksville won in August 2017. The “strategic, transit-oriented development investments” will increase access…


Hamptons Business District lands key tax deal

By GREGORY ZELLER // The evolving Hamptons Business District has received another substantial shot in the arm. The Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency has issued preliminarily approval of a new tax-abatement package that will help developer Rechler at Gabreski LLC construct its third building at the expanding Westhampton Beach business hub, located on the grounds of the county’s Francis S. Gabreski Airport. According to the IDA, the developer is investing $10.8 million in a construction plan at…


Suffolk IDA backs Northport inn, without reservations

By GREGORY ZELLER // An upscale hotel-restaurant on Northport’s Main Street is a step closer to reality, thanks to the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency. The Suffolk IDA on Thursday approved a tax-abatement transaction that will assist 225 Northport LLC with the construction of a 24-room “boutique hotel and restaurant” at 225 Main St., current site of a dated, 17,610-square-foot building used primarily as office and restaurant space. The hotel/restaurant will encompass more than 25,000…


In the iced tea business, some like it hot

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the When You’re Hot, You’re Hot file comes the PeKANT Tea Co., a sort of Nestea plunge for the hot-pepper set. Cofounders Michael Circosta and Michael Romano, both longtime regional sales reps for Massachusetts-based medical-device titan Boston Scientific, are now about three years into their spicy entrepreneurial adventure, which crosses its teas with molten-hot habaneros – adding a tongue-numbing, surprisingly refreshing kick to the traditional sweet tea. It sounds counterintuitive…


National board tabs LI hospital for rare stroke honor

By GREGORY ZELLER // The nation’s oldest and largest healthcare accrediting body has bestowed a rare designation upon Stony Brook University Hospital. The hospital announced this week that it has earned Comprehensive Stroke Center certification from The Joint Commission, making it the first Suffolk County hospital and one of only 200 national hospitals – out of more than 5,800 eligible institutions – to earn the distinction. The elite Comprehensive Stroke Center designation indicates the hospital’s…


Veteran, rookie SBU researchers earn major honors

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two Stony Brook University researchers – one with an extended résumé of scientific accomplishments, one just warming up – received some major recognition this week. R. Sekar, a professor in the Department of Computer Science in the university’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been named a SUNY Empire Innovation Professor for his cybersecurity work, which draws on disciplines ranging from programming techniques to networking to artificial intelligence. The SUNY…


DoD taps Hauppauge maritime-combat specialist

By GREGORY ZELLER // The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a lucrative software-engineering contract to an innovative Long Island company focused on maritime combat. Hauppauge-based Advanced Acoustic Concepts, a self-described “leading provider of undersea warfare solutions,” will provide software for mission modules on the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships – fast, powerful boats built specifically to fight in shallow waters, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command contract…


Anid’s big promotion marks huge forward step for NYIT

By GREGORY ZELLER // Nearly a decade of successful leadership at one of NYIT’s most innovative schools has earned Nada Anid a major promotion. New York Institute of Technology President Hank Foley announced Thursday that Anid, dean of NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences since 2009, has been promoted to vice president and will head up NYIT’s new Office of Strategic Communications and External Affairs. The promotion is effective immediately, with Anid continuing to…


At FSC, skin-deep startup joins Start-Up NY’s ranks

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Empire State Development Corp. has opened its books and welcomed another Long Island company into the Start-Up NY family. Farmingdale State College announced this week that startup biotech BF Innovation, which moved into FSC’s Broad Hollow Bioscience Park earlier this year, has been accepted into the Start-Up NY program, which boosts new and expanding businesses with tax breaks and innovative academic partnerships. BF Innovation plans to invest $1 million and…


Beer here: As craft beverages multiply, Island innovates

By GREGORY ZELLER // Drink up, Long Island – it’s beer season. The craft-brewing subculture will be the first to note that every season is beer season, and an autumn-tinged pumpkin ale or a winter stout satisfies just as well as an icy cold IPA at the beach. But with warm weather, barbecues and other summer trappings comes a particular high point in the annual cycle of suds – and on Long Island and elsewhere,…


Debrief: He’s Keith Hernandez

Though a particular fandom knows him best for a brief but bright cameo on the classic sitcom “Seinfeld” (26 years ago!), millions still revere Keith Hernandez as a field general and the steadiest bat of the world champion 1986 New York Mets. Millions more know him now as part of the Metropolitans’ highly regarded broadcasting team, and Hernandez – who collected 11 Gold Glove Awards, five All-Star Selections, two World Series titles and a National…


Pinning down patient comfort with Gamma Knife Icon

By GREGORY ZELLER // The latest precision instrument for targeting brain tumors – and only brain tumors – has come to Long Island. But the precision delivery of radiological treatments directly to malignant tissue is not the big breakthrough here – or perhaps even the most appealing upgrade for patients. Northwell Health’s Department of Neurosurgery and Department of Radiation Medicine have both installed cutting-edge stereotactic radiosurgery systems known as Gamma Knife Icon – another cutting-edge…


Extra, extra: The Delphian is LI’s best collegiate read

By GREGORY ZELLER // Add some Adelphi University gold to the old gag about “black and white and read all over.” The Delphian, official student newspaper of the Garden City-based university, has been named Long Island’s best college newspaper of 2018 by the Press Club of Long Island, out-paging a host of periodicals published by larger Island schools. The PCLI dished out more than 200 first-, second- and third-place awards to professional and student journalists,…


With the Long Island Gems, networking lightens up

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Long and Winding Road File come the Long Island Gems, a story of power women, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, a born-again marketing veteran and a Long Island networking group like no other. It’s been a rough stretch for Valentina Janek, following a decade-plus of steady professional and extracurricular progress. Janek logged 13 successful years at Manhasset-based CMP Media (now CMP Technology, a piece of London-based UBM Ltd.), where she focused on…