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Murray heading new RMF development group

Innovation is in integration at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, which has combined its zoning, land use and environmental law practice groups into a single unit. The group, chaired by partner E. Christopher Murray, maximizes RMF’s decades of development and zoning experience as an “integrated cross-disciplinary unit,” according to the Uniondale-based firm. Managing Partner Adam Silvers noted development and zoning applications are often “intertwined” with environmental litigation and regulatory challenges, requiring a team effort on most real…


A giant step on the road to precision medicine

By GREGORY ZELLER // This is your brain. This is your brain on antipsychotic medications. Any questions? Investigators at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, the R&D wing of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, have plenty. Among them: Can doctors use brain scans to predict how patients will respond to antipsychotic medications – even before medications are prescribed? Such predictability would allow providers to fine-tune prescribed meds and doses, a potentially enormous innovation in the…


Insurance plan, acquisitions boost NS-LIJ financials

More patients, the acquisition of two new hospitals and increased revenue from its health-insurance subsidiary helped the North Shore-LIJ Health System record a strong fiscal performance over the first half of 2015. An earnings report issued this week by the Great Neck-based health system notes an operating income of $52.7 million for the six months ending June 30, up from $38.1 million over the first half of 2014. The system’s “Discussion and Analysis of Financial…


Cuomo: Your billions for Upstate are paying off

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took to the Huffington Post on Wednesday to extol what he called “irrefutable” evidence that Buffalo, Rochester and the rest of Upstate New York are on the economic mend. While acknowledging that his plan for an Upstate renaissance had been widely considered a fool’s errand, Cuomo said “any objective source would admit significant progress has been made. Even the skeptics are startled.” “Just yesterday the Buffalo News Editorial Board said, “While…


Thrill of victory, agony of defeat? There’s an app for that

By GREGORY ZELLER // In the land of earned-run averages, yards per game and double-doubles, there’s only one thing fans like more than sports. Statistics. Make that two things: A good rivalry can also outshine the sport itself, whether it’s Yankees/Red Sox, Michigan/Ohio State or two best buddies locked in a $5 Nassau. A new app aims to bring the statistical glory usually reserved for the top 1 percent of humanity’s elite athletes to the…


ExcelAire at 30: It’s been quite a ride

By GREGORY ZELLER // Overhauled business models, an industry-reshaping terror attack, a corporate takeover, shifting international regulations, ever-evolving technologies … nobody said 30 years would be easy. But they have been successful for Long Island MacArthur Airport-based charter-flight manager ExcelAire, which started life as Eastway Aircraft Services back in 1985. Eastway didn’t become ExcelAire until 1997, switching first to ExcelAire Service Inc. and later to ExcelAire LLC. Until then, the fixed-based operator focused on the…


LI Compost lands anaerobic digester project

One of New York State’s most innovative and ambitious sustainable-energy projects will be centered on Long Island. An anaerobic digester – which converts food waste, grass clippings and other organic byproducts that would otherwise clog up landfills into clean energy, water and fertilizers – will be installed at Long Island Compost Corp.’s 62-acre Yaphank facility. The digester, which is projected to be operational by August 2016, will be operated by Westbury-based American Organic Energy, Long…


Happe-ness is a grit-free beach drink

By GREGORY ZELLER // Inventor Jeanne Cilmi is not reinventing the wheel. But her Happe Holder still dreams big. Standing 8.5 inches tall on four sturdy legs, the portable, elevated cup holder aims to keep beverages out of the grass and sand when you’re picnicking at the park or beach – a modest goal, Cilmi admits, though not an unimportant one. “I’m not curing any major illnesses here,” she said. “Just making a day at…


Living it up on good news and positive thinking

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you’d suggested back in 2009 that “Live It Up!,” a kinda-web, sorta-television Long Island video magazine, would be seen in 25 countries and draw 100,000-plus weekly TV viewers, Donna Drake might have expressed doubts. Then again, she might not. Relentlessly optimistic – think Katie Couric meets Gidget – Drake probably would have liked her chances. Her hook, as she sees it, is that she’s a “good-news journalist,” which are in…


State awards research funding to local hospitals

Three Long Island hospitals are among 26 statewide academic medical institutions receiving a total of $17.2 million in state research awards. The awards, announced Thursday, will be used to train new researchers to work on cutting-edge clinical projects. A dozen institutions are receiving Center awards of $1.26 million each, while 14 teaching hospitals will receive Individual awards of $150,000 apiece. North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset is receiving one of the 12 Center Awards, which…


Stony Brook Medicine welcomes largest-ever class

One-hundred-thirty-two first-year students received their first white coats this week – and, for the first time ever, complimentary stethoscopes – as the Stony Brook University School of Medicine welcomed its largest-ever incoming class. The Class of 2019 received physician-in-training coats and stethoscopes, courtesy of the school’s alumni association, during Stony Brook Medicine’s annual White Coat Ceremony, held this week. The incoming class also took the Hippocratic Oath for the first time. The highly competitive class…


Political insight and advocacy, millennial style

By GREGORY ZELLER // There had to be a better way. That was the thinking shared by Jeff Guillot and Alex Voetsch. Both worked in political capacities – Guillot for a Manhattan-based consultancy and Voetsch for the New York State Democratic Lawyers Council, a voting-rights and election-protection advocate. And both felt constrained by their respective “establishment entities,” as Guillot put it. They met as fellows of the New Leaders Council, a national nonprofit offering training…


The Debrief: David Calone, Jove Equity Partners

Chief executive of Setauket investment firm Jove Equity Partners, founder of the Long Island Emerging Technologies Fund, chairman of the Suffolk County Planning Commission, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives … and that’s when he’s not running a Colorado-based healthcare company recently ranked among the nation’s fastest-growing firms. It’s fair to say David Calone has a full plate – but nurturing Long Island’s innovation economy remains a top priority. In his words: BUSY MUCH?…


Getting a leg up on physical therapy

By GREGORY ZELLER // You’re doing your physical therapy all wrong. That’s not a stretch, says Nassau BOCES physical therapist Mary Ann Malizia, who claims a common exercise performed daily by tens of thousands of athletes and patients – and by the PTs, trainers and chiropractors assisting them – is done incorrectly, bad news for anyone recovering from leg injuries or hoping to prevent them. Most people stretching their hamstrings or calf muscles prior to…


Prototyping and production, right here on LI

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island tinkerers needn’t look to other domestic regions or overseas when they want to prototype or manufacture their designs – there are Island-based options that can turn their dreams into real-world products. Manufacturing services are “within very close reach” of Long Island inventors, who “don’t have to go elsewhere, especially overseas, to take an idea on a napkin to production,” according to Arto Cinoglu, vice president of Bohemia-based Dart Manufacturing….