Ruskin Moscou Faltischek

No. 304: The Piano Man ages, the yacht club sets a new course and Feinstein’s codebreakers show some real nerve

Happy National Bike to School Day: And a glorious National School Nurse Day to you, dear readers, part of what we trust is a peaceful and joyous National School Nurse Week. It’s May 9, 2018, and together we’re hurdling the hump of another busy week of Long Island socioeconomic progress. Drawing board: We come to you today on the 264th anniversary of a truly noteworthy innovation – the very first newspaper political cartoon, which appeared…


Morning of a thousand stars

(Photos by Bob Giglione) A dazzling array of sensational scientists, energetic entrepreneurs and regional rainmakers gathered April 24 for the 2018 Innovator of the Year Awards. Innovate Long Island’s third-annual innovation celebration, held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, honored 2018 Master of Innovation Michael Faltischek, senior partner at Uniondale law firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek and chairman of the Long Island Angel Network. The breakfast banquet also recognized more than 40 of the…


No. 298: Jefferson lives, Foodcubate nibbles, Instacart heads east and the Long Island Index closes its books

You’ve done it again: It’s Friday, friends, and not just Friday but the 276th anniversary of composer George Frideric Handel’s masterwork “Messiah,” which debuted April 13, 1742, at Dublin’s New Music Hall (though we’d have cued this up just for the Friday part). Don’t be scared: It’s also Friday the 13th, of course, and if you suffer from triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13) or friggatriskaidekaphobia (fear of the day itself), you’re probably a little…


AEC focuses global attention on next-gen generation

By GREGORY ZELLER // The future is imminent for AEC 2018, the Advanced Energy Conference that will unite global energy leaders, researchers and entrepreneurs in New York City on a quest for cleaner and smarter energy solutions. Presented by Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center and a critical mass of major-league sponsors – leading corporations, regional utilities, top research institutions and more – the 10th annual AEC has adopted “The Future of…


No. 288: On awards season, Opportunity Zones, international patents and dumpster fires

Snow kidding: Another whitewashed workweek is in the books, dear readers, and if you thought Wednesday’s surprise snowstorm was a shocker, just be glad you weren’t in England 127 years ago today. That’s when the Great Blizzard of 1891 began its tear across the UK. Featuring 15-foot snowdrifts and crippling winds, the five-day snowmageddon is blamed for the deaths of 200 people and more than 6,000 animals. According to the story, snow piles were still…


No. 281: Love, exciting and new; Faltischek, cautious but hopeful; and the most popular winter sport you’ve never heard of

It floats back to you: It’s the Love Boat, dear readers, or at least your beloved Innovate LI Newsletter, making another run on this Feb. 14, 2018. It’s Valentine’s Day, of course, the international day of romance – at least, nowadays. Origin stories vary, but many trace the Catholic Church’s St. Valentine celebrations to a pair of executions at the hand of ancient Roman Emperor Claudius II, who whacked two men (both named “Valentine”) on…


Debrief: Red flags, high hopes from Master Faltischek

When Innovate LI last debriefed Long Island Angel Network Chairman Michael Faltischek in May 2015, the LIAN already boasted a significant legacy: 600-plus financing applications reviewed, in excess of $5 million in investments brokered. Less than three years later, the network – which arranges investments but doesn’t make them – has reviewed another hundred-plus applications and negotiated upwards of $30 million in private investments. Meanwhile, at the senior partner’s Uniondale-based law firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek,…


No. 273: Legalizing pot in NY, hacking with Homeland Security and new growth for Broadridge, Digital Donations and a CA spinoff

Marching on: Welcome to another week of Long Island innovation, and to what is actually a red-letter date in African-American history. While historical icons including Augustus Caesar, Christopher Columbus and Dwight Eisenhower all surface on Jan. 17, in honor of Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, let’s spotlight Sherman’s Field Order No. 15, issued this date in 1865 by Union General William T. Sherman following his legendary March to the Sea. The order confiscated…


No. 266: Luminati back at the dance, LIREDC on top and the LIRR on track three

Glad tidings: Happy Friday, readers old and new, and a special hello to Innovate Long Island’s newest sponsor, Uniondale law firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek. Welcome to the show! Yellow peg: One of the great board games in history was “first conceived” on this date, according to ThoughtCo.’s unofficial History of Trivial Pursuit, which pegs Dec. 15 as the day Canadian newspapermen Chris Haney and Scott Abbott – over a game of Scrabble, natch – invented…


No. 264: Tribute to a friend

The outpouring of affection and well-wishes that followed the passing of Innovate LI founder and Publisher John Kominicki is deeply appreciated. We loved him, too. We’ll remember the humor, the wit, the generosity of spirit, the innovative vision. And we’ll especially remember the work ethic, which reminds us that time – and newsletters – stop for no man. So keep those story suggestions, calendar items and other new-economy tips coming at editor@innovateli.com. Anyone who knew…


E-whupped retail developers extoll mixed-use planning

By GREGORY ZELLER // The experts have spoken, and their message about the future of retail real estate is clear: Mix it up. Faced with rising e-retail options and dwindling attendance at brick-and-mortar shopping malls, property owners will need to incorporate mixed-use development into their future plans, including combined retail and residential uses. So say AvalonBay Communities Senior Vice President Matthew Whalen, Perkins Eastman Architects principal Stanton Eckstut and Kimco Realty Corp. Northeast Regional President…


Fomer FBI agent heads experienced RMF cyber group

By GREGORY ZELLER // A former FBI special agent will help lead Ruskin Moscou Faltischek’s beefed-up cybersecurity group. A “major expansion” of the Uniondale law firm’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy practice group places two recent acquisitions – partner Steven Kuperschmid and Richard Frankel, of-counsel – in charge of a nine-attorney squad focused on data security, regulatory compliance and breach response. Ruskin Moscou Faltischek’s cybersecurity practice actually launched several years ago to focus on issues related…


Siegelman, Baronci joining RMF

Ruskin Moscou Faltischek has added veteran attorneys Jerry Siegelman and Anthony Baronci to its real estate practice, which is being reorganized and expanded under co-chairs Eric Rubenstein and Benjamin Weinstock. “Jerry and Anthony have worked together for the last several years, and we are excited to add these two seasoned attorneys whose talents and strengths complement each other and greatly enhances our ability to maximize the value of  our clients’ real estate investments,” Rubenstein said as part…


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…