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LI hospitals, universities take part in take-back effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // Several Long Island institutions will take part in a nationwide effort to rid medicine cabinets across the land of unused, sometimes dangerous unused prescription medications. Five Northwell Health facilities on Long Island will take part in April 28’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, a chance for people to safely remove unused and expired prescriptions from their homes. Also lending itself to Saturday’s cause will be Garden City’s Adelphi University, which will…


Cuomo doubles down by speeding up emissions effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // Governor Andrew Cuomo is hitting the gas on his ambitious environmental agenda. The governor on Friday announced a dramatic acceleration of his energy-efficiency plans for New York State, including a comprehensive strategy to achieve significant greenhouse gas-emission reductions over the next seven years. Targeting annual efficiencies equivalent to the amount of energy required to power nearly 2 million homes, Cuomo’s revamped plan includes $36.5 million in new state investments that, according…


Final review: The Long Island Index strikes a balance

By GREGORY ZELLER // Like any great adventure story, the Long Island Index saga has concluded with plenty of drama – specifically, with the Index’s final-ever regional report, a cautionary tale filled with conflict and even a stare-off-into-the-sunset ending. Fifteen years after taking its first dive into Long Island’s socioeconomic clime, the project of the Garden City-based Rauch Foundation on Thursday released its final report of regional indicators – an amalgam of the latest data…


V-50 … Vengo! In a Blink, next-gen vendor expands

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Long Island vending machine company with an innovative hook and a multimillion-dollar pedigree has expanded its dealings with a thriving multistate customer – and deployed its next-gen retail tech across one of the Island’s busiest campuses. Bethpage-based Vengo Labs LLC announced Thursday an “expanded partnership” with New York City-based Blink Holdings Inc., a 2010 startup dba Blink Fitness, with more than 90 health-and-fitness clubs open or in development in New…


Stuff we’re thinking about going to

  April 25 The Secrets of Productivity 8:30-11 a.m., Stony Brook Small Business Development Center The Stony Brook SBDC presents a free workshop featuring author and 25-year business coach Andrea Feinberg, who will reveal the secrets of enhanced productivity and overall wellbeing for both business and life. Registration and more information. April 25 Sewer Update Networking Meeting 6-8:30 p.m., Courtyard by Marriott, Ronkonkoma  The MacArthur Business Alliance welcomes Deputy Suffolk County Executive Peter Scully, the…


Huntington Hospital chills out with new air-cooled AC

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Long Island hospital has replaced its older air-conditioning system with a network of air-cooled “chillers” – an energy-efficient upgrade expected to create big annual savings. Huntington Hospital, part of the New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health system, announced Wednesday it has installed four 400-ton, large-capacity, air-cooled Carrier chillers, replacing the hospital’s traditional water-cooled environmental-control system. The $4.7 million project – designed to “provide more efficient cooling to … patient care areas…


Eye, eye: Queens eyewear distributor coming to Suffolk

A Queens-based distributor of high-end reading glasses and sunglasses is relocating to Farmingdale. Creative Group Inc., currently located in Ridgewood, has agreed to buy a 21,500-square-foot warehouse in Farmingdale and move its operations to the new property during the second half of calendar year 2018, according to a statement issued Tuesday by Suffolk Industrial Properties LLC. Suffolk Industrial Properties, which specializes in industrial sales and leases in the western portion of Long Island’s easternmost county,…


Digital Remedy merger, new COO microcast a wider net

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Growing in More Ways Than One File comes Digital Remedy, a New York City digital advertiser with a Long Island pedigree, an impressive new acquisition and its first-ever chief operations officer. The white-labeled ad operations and sales solution for publishers, advertisers and influencers announced Tuesday that it has acquired CrowdHere, a San Francisco-based “curated collective of new media filmmakers and creative futurists” that gives Digital Remedy a key new…


With Patient Innovations, the wait may be over

By GREGORY ZELLER // Patient Innovations does not have modest goals. Citing a sad legacy of waiting-room delays and other gross inefficiencies costing healthcare providers both time and money, the 2013 startup is out to change the healthcare world. And if it generates a billion-dollar payday along the way, so much the better, says cofounder Ken Greenberg. Pardon Greenberg’s optimism, which may be influenced by his success as cofounder and CEO of award-winning, circa-1992, Hauppauge-based…


Debrief: CSHL’s Whiteley fills shoes, answers needs

A seasoned veteran of scientific- and medical-research commercialization, Andrew Whiteley stepped up this month to take over Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s technology-transfer operations from Teri Willey, who served five years as CSHL’s vice president of business development and technology transfer and is off to her next adventure, running an Indiana-based VC fund. Whiteley, who in 2015 was named the laboratory’s first-ever Executive in Residence, assumes control of a dedicated team focused on licensing, business formation,…


CSHL podcast up for a Webby Award (or two)

A Long Island-based podcast is in the running for a top Internet honor – two, actually. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s “Base Pairs” podcast, hosted by Andrea Alfano and Brian Stallard, has been selected as a finalist for the Webby Awards People’s Voice Prize and as a finalist for a Webby Award for Best Science and Education Podcast. Presented annually by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, the Webby Awards denote excellence on the…


Top physicist Gates to keynote SUNY Research Day

By GREGORY ZELLER // A noted theoretical physicist and strong proponent of diversity in the laboratory will keynote SUNY-Old Westbury’s annual Student Research Day. Sylvester James Gates Jr., the Ford Foundation Professor of Physics at Brown University, is slated to deliver the opening remarks when the Old Westbury college hosts “2018 Student Research Day: Movement & Motion” on April 17. Gates retired in 2017 after teaching and conducting research for 33 years at the University…


New parent for veteran Ronkonkoma machinist

By GREGORY ZELLER // An established Long Island machine shop with three decades of professional output has been acquired by an Ohio-based aerospace manufacturer – but will continue operating in its longtime Colt Court home, albeit under a new flag. DRT Power Systems LLC, on Ohio-based manufacturer with a number of shops in its national portfolio, has added another in Ronkonkoma-based H&H Technologies, a circa-1990 precision machinist offering a full slate of manufacturing-related services. Financial…


Filling a modest plate, sweetly, at startup Foodcubate

By AMY ONORATO // The food industry is Anna Kotler’s bread and butter. The 20-year marketing veteran built her career working on brand development for food-focused Fortune 500 companies like Campbell’s Soup Co. and Conagra Brands Inc. – but when it came to defining her own recipe for success, Kotler wasn’t satisfied with the corporate climate’s structured lifestyle. “After working for those big packaged-food companies, I wanted a little more flexibility in my schedule,” Kotler…


‘Adaptive reuse’ makes its mark on Long Island (sorta)

By GREGORY ZELLER // “Adaptive reuse” is on the rise, bringing new life to outmoded infrastructure and new hope to struggling regional economies. That’s the big takeaway from a new “topical report” by Canadian commercial real estate services firm Avison Young, which maintains dozens of satellite offices across the United States and its north-of-the-border home country, including a big one in Melville. The report, “Adaptive Reuse Projects: What’s Old is New Again,” is basically an…