John Flanagan

Shamash departs, SBU economic development realigns

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook University is bidding farewell to its longtime economic-development guru – and saying hello to a new innovation-and-commercialization protocol, starting with a union of its mighty research and economic-development offices. University President Samuel Stanley Jr. announced Thursday that effective April 1, SBU’s Office of Economic Development will be consolidated within the university’s Office of Research – creating the new Office of Industry-Research Partnerships & Business Services and the new Office of…


Albany banks on Island Harvest consolidation, growth

By GREGORY ZELLER // A hefty New York State grant will help a Long Island food-insecurity charity secure a permanent warehouse and expand its operations. Island Harvest Food Bank, a leading regional hunger-relief organization, has secured a $1 million award from Albany’s State and Municipal Facilities Program, earmarked for the food bank’s ongoing capital campaign. Specifically, the grant will be used to purchase a permanent building to consolidate Island Harvest operations. The organization currently leases…


… and environmental justice for all

By ANNE LOTITO-SCHUH // New Yorkers are ready to lead the nation in the battle against climate change. Whether it is our homes being destroyed by intensifying storms, our flood insurance premiums rising, increased public spending on infrastructure intended to secure us from future storms or the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink, it is little wonder that New Yorkers, and specifically Long Islanders, understand the calamitous effects of climate…


SBU snags $25M grant for new engineering facility

By GREGORY ZELLER // Engineers, start your education. New York State on Thursday announced a major funding initiative that will help bring a cutting-edge engineering facility to the Stony Brook University campus. Albany will funnel $25 million to SBU, allowing the university to dive headlong into the initial planning and development phases of what Stony Brook is trumpeting as a $100 million, 100,000-square-foot mecca of engineering education. The university’s engineering programs already have a strong…


Opposition on board, Senate clears LIRR ‘third track’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Just days into the “summer of hell,” the Metropolitan Transit Authority, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Long Island Rail Road commuters all got some long-awaited good news Tuesday. State Senate Republicans have signed off on public funding for the LIRR’s roughly $2 billion “third track” effort, clearing a last hurdle for the perpetually debated plan to ease a 10-mile bottleneck between Hicksville and the Queens border – a critical pressure point for…


Island villages earn state clean-water funds

Two Suffolk County clean-wastewater efforts were among a flotilla of water infrastructure-improvement projects heralded this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. On Friday, the governor’s office announced that projects proposed by the Village of Northport and the Village of Ocean Beach were among 15 municipal water-infrastructure efforts included in a $33 million funding package spanning Long Island and the Hudson Valley. The Northport project, estimated at a total cost of $4.07 million, will receive a $1.01…


Babylon, Hempstead land clean water funds

A $1.8 million award for the Town of Babylon and a $450,000 stipend for the Town of North Hempstead were among the $75 million in state grants for water-infrastructure improvements announced Tuesday. The funds come from the New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2015, which provides $200 million in grants to be disbursed through three annual state budgets, starting with the fiscal year 2015-16 budget. The fund is administered by the state’s Environmental…