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No. 33: Uber at $50B, a chocolate cure and how dude are you?

LOOKING TO THE SUBURBS: There’s an inconvenient truth tucked into the environmental sustainability plan for New York that Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled last month: The city needs the suburbs to solve its housing problem. With rents soaring and too few new apartments for the city’s growing population, the ‘burbs hold vast potential for multifamily housing along the veins of the region’s public transit network. The problem? More than 100 governments in counties, cities, towns and…


No. 32: Bye NBTY, a Calone update and Vincent gets a new ear

OUTSOURCED: Ronkonkoma-based supplement maker NBTY will shut down its Amityville plant and outsource production to a California firm, eliminating 214 local jobs, Newsday’s Aisha Al-Muslim reports. The Amityville site had received IDA support, which the Babylon Town agency said it would seek to recover. NBTY employs about 2,600 on Long Island. CALONE UPDATE: Venture capitalist David Calone, whose campaign for the 1st congressional seat was reported here Monday, has organized a jobs advisory council of big tech…


No. 31: A new blog, fuel from fungus and strange doings down under

TGIW: A good midweek everyone and welcome new readers. It’s May 6, the day the Hindenburg crashed, the first Republic P-47 took wing and “Friends” said cheers. Don’t forget to send tips, news, ideas, calendar items, criticisms and corrections to editor@innovateli.com. DEEP THOUGHTS … AND SOME KOMINICKI: The Long Island Index has launched a new blog featuring the sage views of Rauch Foundation head Nancy Douzinas, thought-provoking cartoons from Pulitzer Prize winner Walt Handelsman and a bit of…


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No. 30: Revenge of the Nerds, Disrupt NY and the $1,700 electronic toilet seat

PATENTLY NOT NEW: About 40 percent of all new patents are combinations of old ideas, and that’s pretty much always been true, according to a new look at the USPTO’s files. Well, always true since 1790. Science Daily JUST YOUR TYPE: Working on a resume? Pass up the tired Times New Roman – “it’s like wearing sweat pants to a job interview,” bemoans one expert – and embrace Helvetica. No-fuss, professional, lighthearted, honest. Unless you’re running long….


No. 29: Hot startup, NY’s best beer and the faux-flatulence app you won’t find on Apple Watch

THE SIRENS’ CALL: Top state officials may now use police lights and sirens on their personal cars, according to a just-adopted emergency regulation. The rule speeds things up for the commissioners of Environmental Conservation, Transportation and Homeland Security and the guv’s secretary and operations chief. First Girlfriend Sandra Lee was not included. Capital New York. PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN GREEN HOUSES: Farmingdale State College has opened a smart energy house to showcase green technologies, including solar panels, a…


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No. 28: NFL cons, Bellone scolds and a $10M clean energy prize. Sort of.

ARRESTING PERFORMANCE: Scientists analyzed five years of NFL draft data and discovered that the performance of players who had an arrest record but no charges was better than those without an arrest. And they cost less. http://bit.ly/1AfrTUz TO THE MOON, PLANNERS: Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone opened a county economic summit yesterday by chiding officials on their “Ralph Kramden approach” to economic development. Thoughtful planning is a long, hard road that requires concerted strategies, not get-rich-quick styled solutions, he…


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No. 27: Adams out, Biopreneurs in, plus a sip of 170-year-old bubbly

ADAMS’ ALBANY ADIEU: Ken Adams, the former Empire State Development chief who was shuffled over to the finance department in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s post-election inner-sanctum makeover, will leave government service in June. His replacement, Jerry Boone, currently heads the Civil Service Commission. The posting requires Senate approval. Mehul J. Patel, chief of staff at Empire State, adds COO duties there, while Axel Bernabe, a partner at Constantine Cannon, will serve as assistant counsel to the governor…


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No. 26: Schein on Stanley Bergman, killer weed for Wallkill and loud love in Brooklyn

TGIF: A good Friday everyone, and welcome to new readers. Don’t forget to send tips, news, story ideas, calendar items, releases, promotions, job postings, criticisms and corrections to editor@innovateli.com. ROOT FOR THE HOME TEAM: Students from Molloy College, Stony Brook University and Farmingdale State College will face off today in the state finals of the NY business plan competition, which includes 75 schools from 10 regions and $500,000 in prizes. Molloy College student Mike Russo earned top honors…


No. 25: Mission impossible, inside innovation and Googling Nessie

TGIW: A good Wednesday and welcome to our newest readers. This roundup is for you, so please tell us how we can make it better. Send tips, news, ideas, calendar items, releases, promotions, job postings, criticisms and corrections to editor@innovateli.com. OPINION MISSION LONG ISLAND: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was in Cuba this week to push his Global New York strategy, which seeks to expand trade and other business opportunities for Empire State companies. At his side: executives from…


No. 24: Pitches, liquid biopsy and what to drink when you turn 100

TOP O’ THE WEEK Good Monday, innovators, and welcome all new readers of this roundup. There’s a lot of you. It’s April 20, on which date Miro was born, the Bay of Pigs invasion failed and the Curies refined radium. Top that. The radium thing, we mean. THE MONDAY DEBRIEF If working together is so bad, why does the Diamond District do so well? That and other hard questions – and many of the answers…


No. 23: Seed fund, med patches and that final Sopranos scene

Welcome to the weekly roundup for April 17. It’s National Bat Appreciation Day, and they deserve it: Nature’s only winged mammal can eat 1,000 mosquitoes in 24 hours. Move over, Andrew Zimmern. TOP NEWS ACCELERATE LANDS SEED FUNDING New York State has awarded $1.5M to a new seed fund designed to invest in downstate companies commercializing research from local laboratories and universities. The fund, to be administered by Accelerate Long Island and the SUNY Research…