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No. 290: A gift for Adelphi, a world leader for Old Westbury, achieving Orbit and learning Klingon

Marching on: That’s another workweek in the books, dear readers, and just four days to go until the official start of spring (the 2018 Spring Equinox occurs at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday in our Northern Hemisphere). Pay no attention to that talk of another nor’easter bringing snow to Long Island Tuesday night. Not going to happen. Nope. Proper introductions: It’s March 16 out there, a big date for historical launches – the U.S. Military Academy at…


For Uber and NYS Dems, the great suburban showdown

By GREGORY ZELLER // Well, that’s a potential ouch upon our Uber. Long Islanders waited quite a while for Albany to decide ridesharing was legal in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Now, less than a year after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation legalizing ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft on the Island, the New York State Assembly is looking to stick an additional $1 surcharge on every ridesharing trip outside New York City. And that’s on…


No. 286: ‘King Kong’ lives, Janam Tech muscles up and Sammy Chu bites off more than … actually, he can definitely handle it

Welcome to Friday: You’ve done it again, readers and friends – another week of socioeconomic progress in the books, another weekend earned. It was also a Friday, 56 years ago tonight, on March 2, 1962, when Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain set the NBA’s unassailable single-game scoring record, pouring in a phenomenal 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a 169-147 win over the New York Knicks. And that’s without the Nike endorsement: Speaking of record-setting…


‘Official ride’ Uber announces SBU campus partnership

By GREGORY ZELLER // In its splashiest PR move since it rolled onto Long Island, Uber has been named the “official ride of the Stony Brook Seawolves.” Yes, Stony Brook University is still providing transportation for its men’s and women’s athletics teams. In this case, the official ride is meant for Seawolves fans, according to a three-year, campus-wide partnership announced Wednesday by San Francisco-based Uber Technologies. Uber and SBU will “work together to provide fans,…


No. 276: John Kominicki remembered and Island manufacturing re-imagined, with just two minutes left until the apocalypse

Happy Friday, everyone: And welcome to another well-earned weekend. Tribute To A Friend Friends and colleagues of Innovate Long Island founder John Kominicki are invited to a memorial remembrance on Sunday, Feb. 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. We will talk, share stories and celebrate his life. Friends may remember that John liked to dress casually, and had a couple of sartorial preferences: a silk pocket square stuffed…


No. 260: Northwell’s innovation winners, SUNY medical schools feeling the pinch and SAFE RIDE LI thanks to MADD and Uber

Gobble gobble: And all that good stuff, dear readers. The Innovate LI team is looking forward to some quality family time over the holiday weekend, so no Black Friday newsletter. We’ll catch up with you Monday – but we’ll still be checking editor@innovateli.com for story tips, calendar items and leftover-stuffing recipes. Blackout warning: “Black Friday” you know, but “Blackout Wednesday?” That’s the term of choice in a joint statement from Mothers Against Drunk Driving and…


No. 257: Kids at work, cereal milk and crack pie, doing the math and selling Dylan’s guitar

A happy end of the week: Welcome once again to Friday, dear readers. While many of you are enjoying the start of a three-day weekend, please remember that doesn’t excuse you from sending complaints, compliments and hot story tips to editor@innovateli.com. Some of the best Innovate LI content this week came from our inbox. Who’s next? Day trader: It’s Nov 10, and that’s swell, but let’s skip ahead a day for a few interesting Veteran’s…


Hot tip: In-app Uber gratuities come to Suffolk

Suffolk County Uber passenger can now take advantage of in-app tipping protocols. Noting “an important step forward,” Uber announced Thursday that “the feature asked for the most in the Uber app” is now available to Suffolk County passengers. The introduction of the tipping software in Long Island’s easternmost county is part of the San Francisco-based company’s 180 Days of Change campaign, which seeks to enact various service improvements – requested by both passengers and drivers –…


At last, Uber drives (legally) onto Long Island

By GREGORY ZELLER // Uber can finally come to Long Island. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed new legislation formalizing regulations that will allow for the implementation of “ridesharing” services across New York State. Currently, tech-based ridesharing platforms like Uber and Lyft, both based in San Francisco and both providing services to hundreds of towns and cities across the country, are restricted by New York law to operating within New York City only. But that’s set…