Gov. Andrew Cuomo

In unique recycling effort, all decks on hand

By GREGORY ZELLER // The last of the concrete deck panels from the “retired” Tappan Zee Bridge have been delivered to their new homes. According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, a total of 135 deck panels – each measuring 3 feet wide by 50 feet long by 8.25 inches thick, and weighing in the neighborhood of 50 tons – have been delivered to nine specific municipalities and the NYS Department of Transportation. The recycled panels,…


No. 331: A retail first at Roosevelt Field, phone calls from outer space and why dumping debris in LI waters is good (sometimes)

Hump-hopping: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we speed through another exciting (and mercilessly damp) week of socioeconomic innovation. It’s Aug. 15 out there, and today we observe the 73rd anniversary of Victory Over Japan Day. Sorta. (It could be Aug. 15, the date Japan officially announced its surrender, but it could also be Aug. 14 – the surrender date in the States, because of time zones – or possibly Sept. 2, the date Japan…


With artificial reefs, loving that sinking feeling

By GREGORY ZELLER // A 744-acre site located three nautical miles off Long Island’s South Shore will become a haven for all manners of aquatic life, thanks to the deployment of recycled materials. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the deployment of materials to create a new marine habitat at Hempstead Reef, which is now part of the largest artificial-reef expansion in state history – and part of Albany’s ongoing efforts to develop a more…


Central Islip snags $10M prize in Albany’s annual DRI

By GREGORY ZELLER // Following wins by Westbury in 2016 and Hicksville in 2017, Central Islip has earned the nod – and the $10 million prize – as the Long Island regional winner in Albany’s yearly downtown-revitalization competition. The 10 regional winners in the third-annual Downtown Regional Initiative contest – a statewide competitive-application process that doles out $10 million stipends to spruce up distressed downtowns in each of New York’s 10 economic-development zones – were…


No. 329: Edison and Zapata meet the Rain Man, and a Stony Brook startup is filling in 3D printing’s blanks 

Welcome to Wednesday: And the midpoint of another sweltering summer workweek. It’s Aug. 8, and baby, it’s hot out there. Maybe this will cool you down: There are only 138 shopping days until Christmas. Put a smile on that face: It’s also Father’s Day in Mongolia and Taiwan and International Cat Day everywhere – and in the United States, Happiness Happens Day (it’s real), which was started in 1999 by the Secret Society of Happy…


No. 328: They’re feeling a little high at SmartCoparent and Luminati … and that’s before Albany legalizes pot

End run: The finish line is in sight, dear readers – the conclusion of another busy workweek and the beginning of another well-earned weekend. Enjoy the ride: Before we wrap up this sultry week in socioeconomic innovation, a warm welcome to new newsletter subscribers Disha, Murat, Isaac, Carolina, Joel, Chad, Brendan, Scottie J, Steve, David, Chris and Jon. Please keep your hands inside the car at all times. And a special hello this Aug. 3…


LI schools snag $12.6M in state facilities funds

By GREGORY ZELLER // Seven-figure stipends are flowing to private colleges and universities across Long Island as part of a hefty package of state grants supporting statewide campus-infrastructure projects. All told, Albany has announced more than $67.1 million in grants for capital projects at 39 institutions of higher learning through the latest round of the state’s Higher Education Facilities Capital Matching Grant Program. Each of the awards was greenlighted by the HECap Board, which provides…


New York risks losing offshore wind jobs, leadership

By JOHN DURSO and ROSS GOULD // They say you need to lead, follow or get out of the way. In New York, we’ve never been good at the last two. But we are in danger to being relegated to those positions, if we don’t act affirmatively and decisively on a plan to grow our offshore wind capabilities – and, in turn, our available and high-paying jobs – on Long Island. Last week, the New…


No. 322: On P.T. Barnum, Sinatra, Julius Caesar and Han Solo – and why Stony Brook’s CEBIP is shaking with excitement

It’s Friday the 13th: And there’s absolutely nothing to be afraid of, dear readers – in fact, it’s time to celebrate, with another productive week of socioeconomic innovation in the books and another weekend upon us. Triple play: As a bonus, this particular Friday the 13th also includes a very rare supermoon solar eclipse. With the moon as close as it will get to Earth this year and in its New Moon phase (meaning it’s…


For ‘vehicle-to-grid’ startup, all roads lead to CEBIP

By GREGORY ZELLER // Technological tinkering comes easily to Ryan McIntosh, a do-it-yourself type with a mind for business and a clear affinity for mechanical constructs. Less clear to the self-described inventor and New Jersey City University graduate – he earned a degree in business administration, though “I was born an engineer” – are the finer points of patent law and commercialization. But he’s no dummy in this regard, either. And as McIntosh and his…


In Holtsville, a crowning clean-gen achievement

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s food-and-beverage king has completed an ambitious solar installation promising royal benefits – for itself, and for the regional power grid. Along with its partners at New York City-based EnterSolar, major league distributor J. Kings Food Service is celebrating its new 771-kilowatt rooftop solar installation, permanently affixed atop the 44-year-old titan’s Holstville headquarters. The distributor and the circa-2005 energy company were set to commemorate the solar system’s completion with a…


No. 319: Attack of the ladybugs, rise of the Northport Hotel and how to enjoy a (really) long weekend, courtesy of Smirnoff

Yeah, baby: Marinate those sirloin tips and grab yourself a frosty one, dear readers – you’ve made it to the precipice of another glorious weekend, this leading into a blessed holiday week (and for a fortunate few, a rare and precious five-day weekend). To wit: British beverage baron Smirnoff, suggesting it’s “un-American” for the Fourth of July to fall on a Wednesday, is paying people to take off July 2 and 3 and make it…


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,…


No. 315: Governor Cuomo’s spending habits, Captain Kirk’s weekend plans and live from The Spur sports desk

Survival instinct: Well done, dear reader – you’ve made it to the end of another busy workweek. Your instincts are formidable indeed. It’s June 15 out there, and while the exact date is unknown, today is the traditional anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s famous kite-with-a-key-in-a-lightning-storm experiment. Take your pick: It’s also Arbor Day in Costa Rica, Engineer’s Day in Italy and National Beer Day in the UK. We’ll be in the pub. History lesson: School’s about…


Taking a hands-on approach to new hands-off laws

BY KEN CERINI, CPA // In light of the high-profile cases in recent news, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed new legislation targeting sexual harassment in the workplace. The new law went into effect April 12 and requires New York State employers to adopt sexual harassment-prevention policies and to conduct annual training on them. It also requires employers to eliminate the use of nondisclosure provisions, unless preferred by the complainant. The new law also prohibits arbitration…