No. 223: Luminati grounded, Port CEO search a bust and Farmingdale has the meats

For you, Dad.

Happy Friday: It’s National Flip-flops Day, on which we honor the rubber version of the traditional Japanese zori sandals lugged home by American GIs after World War II. The Hiroshima Rubber Co. began exporting the popsicle-colored footwear to the United States in 1950.

The sandal’s name comes from the sound flip-flops make when walked in. That makes it an onomatopoeia. 101 more of them here, including several that helped make the late, great Adam West a star. (You can rumble through the list in a zip.)

Changes: Starting June 19, we’ll be delivering three newsletters a week, including a Monday event update, a Wednesday newser and then the traditional Friday roundup. Breaking news, of course, sent out as it happens. Same snarky repartee you’ve come to know and love.

In the interim: The Innovate calendar is here.

Breaking: Facebook has pulled its financial support of Calverton’s Luminati Aerospace putting the startup’s $40 million real estate deal in question, Amazon is buying Whole Foods, Nike will lay off 1,000 workers and cut shoe styles in what could be a robot-related production shift.

Fries with that? The Island added 20,000 private sector jobs in the year ending in May, led by a surge in hiring by the hospitality industry.

Tiara power: Impish Lee, the Sea Cliff-based online custom lingerie marketplace, is celebrating summer with a new line of Diana Prince-inspired underthings. (You know her better as Wonder Woman.)

Can you hear the drums Vornado: A company that owns buildings with Donald Trump and the family of Jared Kushner is a finalist for a $1.7 billion contract to build the FBI’s new headquarters.

Albany Watch: The Empire Center’s online budget app has been updated with the latest numbers.

And: A heartfelt send off to Sheridan “Sherry” Briggs.

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See ya: Altice USA is moving its headquarters to Long Island City, reportedly to the Citibank tower at 1 Court Square, just north of the Midtown Tunnel.

ICYMI: Billionaire industrialist Gene Haas has funded a scholarship program for Farmingdale State College engineering technology students.

Who you gonna call: Port Authority Chair John Degnan said the agency’s two-year search for a CEO has failed. (So maybe now they can give the job to the one guy who expressed interest – LI’s own Pat Foye.)

Old guard: The Guv wants to add 22 properties to the registers of historic places, including five Long Island buildings.

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NOTABLE FUNDINGS

+ Inturn, the NYC-based digital marketplace for excess inventory, has raised $22.5 million in a B round led, appropriately, by B Capital.

+ Yofumo, the Denver cannabis growing system that handles everything from product security to battling mold and yeast, raised $1.5 million in a mixed seed and angle round.

+ NYC-based Sure raised $8 million to continue growing its app, which helps consumers navigate the insurance markets.

Father’s Day solved: Farmingdale’s Main Street Meats was named one of the nation’s eight best purveyors of mail order steaks. (The 18-ounce, prime, bone-in, dry-aged Cowboy goes for $43.25. Larger sizes available for really awesome dads.)

Legislation on tap: North Carolina Rep. David Rouzer became the 218th co-sponsor of the Craft Beer Modernization and Tax Reform Act, which would reduce federal excise tax for brewers making less than 6 million barrels per year and increase the list of ingredients that do not need federal approval.

Sorta related: Our pals at Starfish Junction have two craft beer events set for this summer, including the Long Island Craft Classic and a fresh hops festival.

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Camel rides coming: Uber is apparently now being run by a committee of 14.

Wasn’t that in a Thor movie? More than 200,000 people have signed up to live in Asgardia, a future space-based country. The founders plan to launch personal data about the future settlers this summer.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.


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