Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Time running out, supporters rally for ambitious CCPA

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s a virtual race against the clock in Albany, where the current legislative session has less than a month to go and a landmark climate-equity bill hangs in the balance. The Climate and Community Protection Act (S2992/A3876) – designed to rapidly ween New York off fossil fuels, invest nearly half of the state’s climate funds into low-income communities and set higher wage standards for “green” jobs – would instantly anoint the…


No. 407: Lincoln tinkers, Doyle detects, Alessi hustles and Northwell pays out – plus, the USPTO cometh

  Variety show: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another exciting week of inventing, incorporating and investing. It’s May 22 out there, and we’re shouting out first to new newsletter subscribers August, Maribel, Louis, Gretta, Tom, Imran, Daniel, Art, Doug, Clint, Ross and Nina. You sound like a fine multicultural group, which is fitting, since you join us on this 26th anniversary of the UN’s International Day for Biological Diversity. Break out…


No. 403: On Truman, workforce development and Adelphi diversity – plus, casting a new Spellman

  Fair to middling: A pleasant Wednesday to you, dear readers, as we reach the midpoint of our latest busy workweek. Before we dive in, welcome new newsletter subscribers Donna, Sammy, Eric, Pearlene, Luke, Shaun, Hamlet, Catherine, Andre and Marshall. If any of you had the house of Zhao beating the house of Zhi (ending the Battle of Jinyang in the State of Jin on this date in 453 B.C.), collect your 100 bronze Yibi…


Coalition challenges Albany’s pipe ban, lauds NESE

By GREGORY ZELLER // Citing a “looming threat” to the Long Island economy – including potential delays for the vaunted Nassau Hub, Ronkonkoma Hub and Belmont Park reconstruction projects – regional power players are demanding action from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. An impressive coalition – representing the Association for a Better Long Island, the Long Island Builders Institute, the New York State Laborers’ Union and SEIU 1199 (United Healthcare Workers East),…


No. 401: Manufacturing optimism, planning to win and crusading in capes – plus, the importance of summer schooling 

  May day! Don’t panic, dear readers – it’s merely the first of May and the midpoint of another busy week of socioeconomic innovation (being Wednesday and all). For the record, with a long (and sometimes dark) history extending back thousands of years, May Day is not all maypoles and pies. Let freedom ring: Here in the 21st Century, May 1 marks Armed Forces Day in Mauritania and Constitution Day in both Argentina and Latvia….


Albany bags plastics, as single-use sacks get the sack

By GREGORY ZELLER // It tolls for thee, plastic bags. Governor Andrew Cuomo rang the death knell Monday for single-use plastic bags in New York State – outlawed as of next March, even for holdouts content to spend a nickel per bag at the supermarket checkout. No more, as of March 2020, when the single-use sacks – which “do not degrade and often wind up as litter on lands and in waters,” according to the…


No. 398: The shadows of Mercy, the lessons of JLABS and an arthritis shocker (plus: garlic breath!)

  Holy cow, what a week: Good Friday morning, dear reader, and a good Good Friday morning to those of the Christian persuasion, and a peaceful Passover, too. Whatever your holiday of choice, the blessed end of another busy workweek is upon us. It’s April 19 out there, and on the subject of special observances, a safe and happy Landing of the 33 Patriots Day to our many readers in Uruguay. Double Dutch: Today is…


‘Quintessential’ leader McCall retires from SUNY board

By GREGORY ZELLER // With some 50 appointed university and college presidents and two appointed chancellors under his belt, H. Carl McCall is taking a victory lap. The chairman of the State University of New York Board of Trustees announced his retirement this week, after 12 years on the board and eight as its chair. The 83-year-old icon – a former New York state comptroller under Gov. Mario Cuomo, New York State Senator from Manhattan…


No 393: Cuomo’s big budget, Wei Yin’s smarter entrepreneurs and the prototypically helpful MTRC

  Welcome to the show: Hello and happy Wednesday to you, dear reader, as we speed toward the back nine of another busy workweek. Welcome especially new newsletter subscribers Ron, Mindy, Lauren, David, Nicholas, Christine, Dianne, Liz and Connie. Lace up, kids – you join us on National Walking Day, the American Heart Association’s first-Wednesday-of-April reminder to stretch those limbs once in a while. A.K.A. “Think Twice Day”: April 3 is also National Don’t Go…


Cuomo, Island allies ready to rumble over tax cap

By GREGORY ZELLER // With one of his biggest legislative accomplishments – and most significant Long Island-centric reforms – facing imminent extinction, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and political allies rallied Sunday in Nassau County. New York State’s 2 percent annual property tax cap, a temporary measure that took effect in 2012, expires in 2020. Earlier this month, Cuomo vowed to reject any new executive budget that didn’t make the tax cap permanent – and he renewed…


Island’s first large-scale digester to feed energy needs

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you’ve had a bellyful of landfill waste, hang on – Long Island’s first stand-alone large-scale anaerobic digester is finally on its way. The Long Island Power Authority’s Board of Trustees has approved an energy contract with a new food waste-recycling facility in Yaphank, claiming to be capable of reducing Island-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 85,000 metric tons annually – the equivalent of removing 18,000 cars from regional roads, according to…


NYSERDA sets parameters for battery energy storage

By GREGORY ZELLER // With next-generation battery energy-storage systems gaining mainstream steam and Gov. Andrew Cuomo hitting the gas on new sustainability options, NYSERDA is officially setting some ground rules. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has announced the release of the Battery Energy Storage System Guidebook, Albany’s first – if not quite definitive – say on how such systems will be permitted to work across the Empire State. The guidebook is…


Lawmakers, labor to Albany: Invest $53M in FSC plan

BY GREGORY ZELLER // The right stuff has put Farmingdale State College into a tight spot. A number of them, actually, as the school with Long Island’s second-largest undergraduate enrollment (trailing only Stony Brook University among four-year colleges and universities) begins to burst at the seams, victim of its own “remarkable affordability, unique program mix and exceptional employment outcomes,” according to Farmingdale State. The results of that winning formula speak for themselves. The college, founded…


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…