Long Island MacArthur Airport

Huntington re-ups with waste-to-energy pro Covanta

By GREGORY ZELLER // A New Jersey-based waste-to-energy innovator has extended its partnership with the Town of Huntington. Covanta Holding Corp., a global provider of waste and energy solutions, will continue operating the Huntington Resource Recovery Facility through December 2024, according to the terms of a new agreement between subsidiary Covanta Huntington and town officials. Opened in 1991, the HRRF is a solid-waste mecca for the towns of Huntington and Smithtown, processing 1,000 tons of…


No. 334: On waffles, NATO, Estée Lauder and ocean acidity – plus feeding healthier pets, one ingredient at a time

Mission accomplished: You set out on Monday to complete another summer workweek, dear readers, and here you are – it’s Friday, Aug. 24, and another well-earned weekend dawns. Listen to this: It’s also International Strange Music Day, an annual event designed to broaden musical tastes by getting people to listen to music they’ve never heard before. To that end, put your hands together for Swedish folktronica band Wintergatan, and the amazing marble music machine! Somehow,…


No. 277: The prodigal team returns, Hofstra ups its entrepreneurial game and yes, Florham Park is still in New Jersey

Time flies: Welcome to Jan. 31, dear readers, already one month down in 2018. Hard to believe it’s been 322 years since Aansprekersoproer, the bloody revolt by undertakers across Amsterdam sparked by Dutch funeral reforms (yes, this happened), and a year already since President Trump fired Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to defend his illegal travel ban. In between: Other Jan. 31 events of interest include the invention of condensed milk (1851); the ratification…


Marriott, Briad Group double down in Central Islip

By GREGORY ZELLER // Marriott International and an industrious franchisee have opened another innovation-packed, 125-room hotel in surprisingly central Central Islip. At first blush, the small hamlet of about 35,000 people – a predominantly urban center occupying the lower spectrum of the economic middle ground, with a 20-acre industrial park and a working-class attitude – doesn’t automatically register as a travel destination. But if Central Islip, tucked into the middle of the Town of Islip,…


Island airports land $2M in safety, infrastructure funds

By GREGORY ZELLER // Three Long Island airports will receive some much-needed infrastructure and safety improvements through a $20.5 million state spending package announced Monday. Suffolk County-owned Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Southampton will receive $995,000 to put toward a new air traffic control tower, the Town of Islip’s Long Island MacArthur Airport will receive $960,000 to offset the purchase of an 800-kilowatt diesel-powered generator and Brookhaven-Calabro Airport will get $54,722 for a new crack-sealing…


Long Island REDC rebounds with ‘Top’ $84.3M haul

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council is back on top, once again ranked as a “Top Performer” in Albany’s annual REDC sweepstakes with a hefty $84.3 million haul. That’s terrific news for the “priority” and “regionally significant” projects on the LIREDC’s 2017 wish list, which included funding for a waterfront revitalization effort in Greenport, a new technology-focused Digital Ballpark business incubator in the Wyandanch Village development and 31 other projects…


No. 263: Siemens smarties, lucrative leads, hanging with Chad and singing the socioeconomic blues

Welcome to Dec. 6: A red-letter date in history known best for the ratification of the slavery-abolishing 13th Amendment (1865) and the first recording of a human voice (Thomas Edison’s rendition of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” 1877). Happy birthday: Joyce Kilmer, Ira Gershwin, Agnes “Endora” Moorehead, Dave Brubeck, Wally “Mr. Peepers” Cox, Otto Graham, Larry Bowa, JoBeth Williams, Charles Bronson, Craig “Craigslist” Newmark, Will Shriner, Steven Wright, Judd Apatow and Zeller, yes, Innovate’s Zeller,…


New LIMA flights rekindle LIMBA’s hopes

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island MacArthur Airport is spreading its wings, and a longtime regional quality-of-life watchdog wants to make sure the airport’s climb doesn’t stall. Long Island Metro Business Action, a three-decade-old Ronkonkoma-based member organization focused on Island-wide socioeconomic issues, welcomed LIMA Commissioner Shelley LaRose-Arken to its Aug. 11 networking breakfast, part of a 2017 Breakfast Series cosponsored by Ronkonkoma law firm Campolo, Middleton & McCormick LLP. The commish, a former manager of…


New Frontier: Low-cost airline lands at MacArthur

Frontier Airlines will fly in and out of Islip beginning in August, one of several new routes added to the no-frills provider’s flight plan. The company announced Wednesday that it was adding Town of Islip-owned Long Island MacArthur Airport and T.F. Green Airport – owned by the Rhode Island Airport Corp. and located near Rhode Island’s capital city of Providence – to its schedule. The latter addition will be the nation’s only nonstop service between…


With help, East/West lands in Ronkonkoma (again)

By GREGORY ZELLER // “Space for lease” can be a tricky proposition, depending on the space you need to lease. Just ask East/West Industries President Teresa Ferraro, who in February led her certified woman-owned small business through an intra-Ronkonkoma move to its new 50,000-square-foot home – but only after a lengthy search for just the right fit. The pilgrimage was “a long time in the making,” according to Ferraro, who noted several relocation roadblocks. Chief…