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SUNY-Old Westbury taps student-empowerment pro

By GREGORY ZELLER // A veteran academic administrator with a national résumé and long familiarity with New York State higher education will take the reins at SUNY-Old Westbury. Following a 10-month process by Pennsylvania-based executive search firm RPA Inc. and an 18-member campus-wide search committee, the State University of New York Board of Trustees has named Timothy Sams as the next president of the SUNY College at Old Westbury. Sams, currently vice president of student…


‘Vote North’ helps the hospitalized have their say

By GREGORY ZELLER // Staffers at several Northwell Health hospitals are helping hospital patients cast absentee ballots, including patients who might not otherwise be able to vote. The all-volunteer “Vote North” effort actually began in 2018 at Northwell’s at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan; for Election 2020, the initiative has spread to seven health system hospitals, including Plainview Hospital and North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. At NSUH, more than 70 staff members, from doctors to…


Study: Tech (and balances) for people with disabilities

By GREGORY ZELLER // Helping individuals with disabilities access good high-tech jobs – and helping talent-starved tech industries recognize a deep employment pool waiting to be tapped – is the main focus of a new study with Long Island roots. The New York Institute of Technology, which operates campuses in Old Westbury and New York City, and the Institute for Career Development, a Manhattan-based nonprofit workforce-development organization focused on helping individuals with disabilities transform their…


Debrief: For Costanzo, a direct path, largely north

A living legend of Long Island logistics, John Costanzo was front row during direct marketing’s evolution from snail-mailed mass-prints to glossy catalogues to e-commerce. More in the driver’s seat, actually: As president of the Long Island-based International Mail and Parcels Division of TNT Post Group (then among the world’s largest transportation-logistics providers, still punching across Europe) and most famously as longtime leader of Jericho-based Purolator International ($200 million U.S. subsidiary of Canadian freight giant Purolator…


SUNY requires COVID tests for homebound students

By GREGORY ZELLER // The State University of New York system has created an innovative safety net meant to catch COVID-positive students before they return home – and requiring individual schools to see to the needs of quarantined students, even when campuses are closed. On Tuesday, SUNY announced a new system-wide policy requiring all on-campus students – including residential students and commuters who take in-person classes, eat in dining halls or otherwise use campus facilities…


Old hospital rebranded, reinvigorated by $71M center

By GREGORY ZELLER // A half-billion-dollar investment is transforming Southside Hospital, a longtime Bay Shore healthcare stalwart, into a modern campus worthy of its Suffolk County responsibilities. So says Northwell Health, which this week updated its five-year, $500 million renovation plan for Southside – first opened in 1913, part of the Northwell system since 2005 and about to rocket into the 21st century as South Shore University Hospital. The rebranding becomes official in January; the…


What’s your story? Podcast producers, fans are all ears

By GREGORY ZELLER // In a world where podcasts – now 1.5 million globally, featuring some 34 million episodes – are Short Attention Span Theater’s undisputed main attraction, the challenge is clear for entrepreneurs and other bootstrappers eager to get in the game: Record them cheaply, engineer them professionally, promote them well. Enter the Huntington-based Communication Strategy Group , a circa-2005 multimedia agency that broke into the podcast business about 18 months ago with its…


Researchers eye Alzheimer’s link in 9/11 responders

By GREGORY ZELLER // Biomarkers similar to those found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients are appearing in the brains of first responders to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and Stony Brook University researchers are hot on their trail. Funded by a fresh $7.9 million grant from the National Institute of Health’s National Institute on Aging, a collaborative SBU research team – combining sociologists, positron emission tomography experts and others – is embarking on what the…


Geronimo! National Grid doubles down on renewables

By GREGORY ZELLER // The multinational utility behind several Long Island-based clean-gen efforts has made a big move in Minnesota – and doubled down on its North American renewables program. In fact, National Grid is adding “renewables” directly to the masthead: The London-based mothership, which runs its North America operations from a Massachusetts headquarters, has completed its $100 million acquisition of Minneapolis-based sustainability expert Geronimo Energy and rebranded it National Grid Renewables, new centerpiece of…


With NSF boost, deep-space detective eyes death stars

By GREGORY ZELLER // A relatively small federal grant will propel a SUNY-Old Westbury instructor deep into the ocean of space, where he’ll track radio waves produced by the spectacular collision of two long-dead stars. The National Science Foundation has awarded Michael Kavic, an associate professor in the SUNY College at Old Westbury’s Chemistry and Physics Department, a mere $189,233 – a pittance, actually, in an age of million-dollar research grants. But the award will…


Wind warriors earn support in Wainscott beach battle

By GREGORY ZELLER // With local opposition still pushing against the tide, Long Island wind-power backers are applauding new state support for a plan to land an undersea transmission cable on a Wainscott beach. Five New York State agencies – including the NYS Department of Public Service, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the NYS Department of Transportation – have signed a “joint proposal,” already supported by local governments and regional environmental groups, calling…


Planes, trains, autos: Wheels up on LIMA ‘ground hub’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A key component of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council’s strategic investment has taken flight – actually, broken ground – at Long Island MacArthur Airport. This week, a gaggle of state and local politicos joined regional rainmakers to mark the beginning of work on a new “intermodal facility” at the Islip aerodrome, designed to increase air traffic by facilitating easier ground transportation. The project will renovate an existing airport building…


Wellness on ice: Northwell, Islanders renew their vows

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Swiss multinational may have won the naming rights, but as UBS Arena emerges as a top New York sports and entertainment venue, Northwell Health will be there. And so will throngs of post-pandemic employees and fans, all benefitting from a 10-year “founding sponsorship deal” announced Tuesday by the arena, the New York Islanders and the New Hyde Park-based health system. In addition to extending Northwell’s 20-year marketing relationship with the…


With COVID reshaping IT, Syosset startups hit stride

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you thought the computer-savvy were in demand before the pandemic, better re-check those spreadsheets: Digitation has soared, and with it the need for skilled coders and programmers. This is brilliant news for We Connect the Dots and the Nebula Academy, the Syosset-based brainchildren of founder Laurie Carey on an ongoing mission to educate new generations of software specialists, in direct response to evolving workforce needs. Both We Connect (a nonprofit…


On Jones Beach, a new beachhead in the climate war

By GREGORY ZELLER // An all-season “net zero” nature and energy educational resource has risen on the climate battle’s front lines. Less than two years after it was first announced, the Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center has officially opened its doors, offering an informative and entertaining journey through New York’s natural systems – and a glimpse at the state’s ambitious plans to combat climate change. A few things have changed since the emission-free center…