Gov. Andrew Cuomo

In this ‘Green Mile,’ the Island has a healthy head start

By JEFF GUILLOT // It’s been roundly embraced by progressive presidential candidates and panned by conservatives as a pipe dream dripping with bongwater. But regardless of your position on the package of legislative initiatives collectively known as the Green New Deal, Long Island’s longstanding commitment to environmental protection could put us in a unique position to reap the benefits of this dialogue. Regardless of whether or not this idea ever finds its way to the…


Airlines rise to $13 billion heights in JFK terminal plan

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two global air-travel stalwarts are doubling down on John F. Kennedy International Airport. Texas-based American Airlines and London-based British Airways will invest a combined $344 million in expansion and customer-focused improvements at the international travel hub, which ranks as the world’s 22nd busiest, the nation’s sixth busiest and the metropolitan area’s single-busiest airport. Marking a big forward step for his comprehensive, $13 billion modernization strategy for the Queens airport, Gov. Andrew…


No. 374: On Sully, ‘MacGyver,’ Pluto and Nomorobo … and the Oscars go to New York!

  Over the hump we go: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another exciting week of innovative entrepreneurism. It’s Jan. 23 out there, and to our readers on Pitcairn Island, a safe and joyous Bounty Day to you (celebrated every Jan. 23 to commemorate the burning of the HMS Bounty by her infamous mutineers in 1790). Write up: To everyone else, please enjoy National Handwriting Day, an actual event that encourages us…


No. 372: Cuomo balances, DeCarlo dares and Island water districts clean up (plus: designing a smarter smartphone)

  Middle ground: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another exciting (and chilly) workweek. It’s Jan. 16 out there, and if you had General Siyaj K’ak’ conquering the pre-Columbian Mayan city of Tikal in the name of King Spearthrower Owl of Teotihuacán on this date 1,641 years ago, well, that’s pretty amazing. Two-hundred cacao beans for you. Easy pray: Marking the 1786 signing of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, this and…


LI water districts drink up anti-contamination funds

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Role Reversal Department comes Stony Brook University, which is handing out the grants for a change. More specifically, the Center for Clean Water Technology at Stony Brook University is spreading the joy, awarding a total of $753,535 to Long Island water districts knee-deep in the fight against drinking-water contamination. The state-funded Center for Clean Water Technology was created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2015 to marshal public and private…


With $15 per hour in sight, minimum wages tick up

By GREGORY ZELLER // The New Year brings new minimum wages across New York State, including a $15-per-hour top tier that bests any state-sanctioned minimum wage in the country. Not every minimum-wage New Yorker will earn that premier paycheck, thanks to Albany’s sliding-scale approach to wage hikes, a wonder wheel of wages that, as of 2019, extends that $15 rate to employees of small firms (10 employees or fewer) in New York City. Big NYC…


No. 367: Cashing out the thruway, powering up Yaphank and putting the heart in your winter solstice

It’s a wonderful weekend: You’ve done it, dear reader – you’ve completed the week and, for all intents and purposes, the year. Welcome to the Friday of the last full work week of 2018, the start (for many) of a long and festive holiday weekend and the end of a blistering year of socioeconomic innovation. Yule thank us later: Also known as Yule, The Longest Night and Midwinter (which seems odd to us, considering it’s…


Lower-tier LI consoled by $68M in 2018 REDC awards

By GREGORY ZELLER // If $68.3 million for workforce development and affordable housing programs is losing, Long Island will take it. That’s the Island’s haul in the 2018 Regional Economic Development Council competition, announced Tuesday by Empire State Economic Development Corp. President and CEO Howard Zemsky. Zemsky, also commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development, presented all 10 winners of the annual statewide development competition, each representing one of 10 economic-development zones….


LIU poll: Climate change is real, and it’s not too late

By GREGORY ZELLER // Great swaths of the country may still register as “the base,” but a vast majority of Americans break from President Donald Trump on the key topic of climate change. That according to Brookville-based Long Island University, which this week released a new Hornstein Center poll showing nearly 80 percent of Americans are climate-change believers. Not only that, but the poll shows that more than three-quarters of Americans believe humans have contributed…


No. 364: Planning HQ2, digitizing Robert Moses and still taking giant leaps for mankind, a half-century later

  All downhill from here: Over the hump we go, dear readers, as another wintry Wednesday arrives (though it’s still not winter) and we race through the midpoint of another busy workweek. Ride share: Before we get to it, welcome new newsletter subscribers Alida, Greg, Michael, Marc, Carmela, George, Nina, Stanley, Stacy, Brittany, Sarah, Christopher, MJ and Cristian. What a fine-looking group! Please keep your hands in the car at all times. Not taking sides:…


No. 361: Meteors! Mark Twain! Carter DeLuca relocates! And some very fine fellows lead LI’s labs

  The month that wouldn’t die: It’s eight days since Thanksgiving and still November, dear readers, a calendar quirk that makes this Nov. 30, and Friday, and the end of another busy week of socioeconomic innovation. It’s also the 531st anniversary of Reinheitsgebot, the German beer-purity law requiring that beer be brewed from only water, malt and hops. Please commemorate responsibly. Route canal: In other water-related Nov. 30 news, ground was broken today (in 1824)…


Amazon warrior Cuomo defends deal, crushes critics

By GOV. ANDREW CUOMO // Editor’s note: This article has been edited for length. The full text of the governor’s op-ed is available here.   The Amazon transaction is an historic transformative moment for the entire New York City region. I have done enough development work during my career to know there is no large development project that is accomplished without controversy, especially in a city like New York and especially in this polarized, hyper-political time. While…


Partners pump $18M into Jones Beach education center

By GREGORY ZELLER // The comprehensive revitalization of Jones Beach State Park will continue with the construction of a multimillion-dollar conservation-and-sustainability educational facility. The Jones Beach Energy and Nature Education Center will be a public resource for all seasons, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, which announced this week that a public-private partnership would pour some $18 million into the creation of the new center – part of an effort designating the state park’s western…


No. 356: Blacks in golf, women in Johns Hopkins and advanced aerospace manufacturing in Riverhead – thank you, veterans

Finishing strong: It’s Friday, dear readers – welcome to the end of another busy week of socioeconomic innovation and related delights. It’s Nov. 9 out there, and if you had the Jews aiding the Muslims – as charged by Egica, king of the Visigoths, at the Seventeenth Council of Toledo on this date in 694 AD – nice job. A hundred gold solidus for you. Salute: If today’s the ninth then Sunday’s Nov. 11, when…


No. 353: Don’t be scared, it’s just our Halloween edition (featuring spacemen, blood machines and ghost chickens)

  In the spirit: Welcome to Wednesday, fearless readers, the midpoint of another busy week of socioeconomic innovation and the start of another holiday season. It is, of course, Oct. 31, a date that needs no introduction – though whether Halloween is a pagan ritual dating back to Celtic Druids, as many believe, or actually a Christian creation is open to some debate. Boo: Either way, the first jack-o-lanterns were made from turnips, the fear…