No. 99: Zemsky speaks, a terror app and 21 bottles of beer on the wall

Monday, Monday: A great start to the week everybody and welcome new readers, including Robert, Patricia, Adam, Michelle, Luciana and Liz.

Hope you’re all getting the chance to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which took 18 years, a petition signed by 6 million voters and a hit song by Stevie Wonder to win congressional approval.

Even now, not every state gives King a day to himself. Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi combine the federal holiday with local observances of Robert E. Lee’s birthday, while Idaho, Arizona and New Hampshire call it Martin Luther King-Civil Rights Day.

For several years, Virginia celebrated Lee, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and King on the same day. In 2000, at the urging of Gov. Jim Gilmore, a separate Lee-Jackson Day was created for the Friday before MLK’s Monday.

The King Center asks Americans to engage in community service today, making it “a day on, not a day off.”

Targeting the venerable op-ed: Sure, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vowed to make ethics reform a priority in Albany, but who would have guessed he’d turn on the public relations industry first? A proposed reform that would force practically every publicist in the state to register as a lobbyist is getting plenty of free speech.

Checking in on: Former OSI exec Linda Amper has a new gig with the LIA, plus her own bustling consultancy. Still speaks her mind, though.

They call it Alrawi: International terrorist group that’s been kicked off WhatsApp and Telegram but still needs to chat? Yep, there’s an app for that.

Top 10 traits: Of successful business people. According to the SBA.

Possibly more useful: 11 tips for better sleep.

You’re not alone: Jeff Bezos lost $5 billion on Wall Street in the last two weeks.

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Plus: David Calone keynotes the Capital Alliance’s health-focused pitch event.

Thirst for answers: Rep. Steve Israel joins an all-star panel (including activist Seth Siegel and Texas Tech’s Danny Reible, plus NYIT notables) for a debate on innovation and technology solutions to the global water crisis. Feb. 1 at NYIT’s auditorium on Broadway. Free but it’s at 8:30 a.m.

Only a few tables left: Empire State Development chief Howard Zemsky will speak in Islip on Feb. 3 at the LIBDC’s first 2016 outing.


Base camped: For the first time since 1974, no one made it up Mount Everest last year.

Not, Per Se, very good: NYT restaurant critic Pete Wells absolutely ripped Thomas Keller’s Columbus Circle landmark, removing two of its four stars.

Favorite carp: A mushroom bouillon that looked like “bong water.”

Pints or halves? Britain’s National Health Service recommends capping alcohol consumption at 21 drinks per week.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.