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Albany stakes $3M statewide apprenticeship effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // A chunky state investment will focus the State University of New York system on the specific needs of employers in cutting-edge fields, part of Albany’s plan to help train New York’s 21st century workforce. The state will sink $3 million into programs that put together SUNY, the NYS Department of Labor and statewide employers – specifically those in the healthcare and advanced-manufacturing industries – to create registered apprenticeships “that directly answer…


At Elmezzi, it’s the thought (not the size) that counts

By GREGORY ZELLER // At its 58th commence exercises on May 18, counting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, Stony Brook University conferred 7,185 total diplomas upon happy graduates – a school record, a Long Island-based-graduating-class record and a proud achievement indeed. And then there were two, at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. That’s the size of the 2018 graduating class of the Feinstein Institute’s Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine, which on May 24…


Size matters plenty at HIA-LI’s big annual show

By GREGORY ZELLER // Marking its 30th year – and the 40th anniversary of the organization responsible for it – this year’s annual HIA-LI Business Trade Show and Conference may be the biggest yet. Already self-billed as Long Island’s largest business-to-business trade show (few can argue), the Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Island’s annual showcase – set for Thursday in Brentwood – is slated to feature a record number of exhibitors (375-plus at last count)…


With 20 MWs (and counting), ‘Solarize’ initiative shines

By GREGORY ZELLER // A New York State program created to fund statewide solar-power initiatives is pumping out dollars and helping to pump up the Empire State’s supply of renewable megawatts. An update issued Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office shows the NY-Sun Solarize Initiative, launched in 2014 and administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, has supported 81 different statewide campaigns through its first three rounds of funding – backing…


Envisagenics’ artificial intelligence wows real investors

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’re on a major roll at Envisagenics Inc., a Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory spinoff that’s piling up some hefty research grants. Now based in New York City, the biotech announced this week that it’s been awarded a $1.5 million Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grant from the National Institutes of Health – the second time the NIH has backed the data-crunching startup. The new award is earmarked for the continued…


At DG Sotheby’s, realty meets augmented reality

By GREGORY ZELLER // Buying a house is as grown-up as it gets – but a new interactive app by leading national realtor Daniel Gale Sotheby’s may make users feel like a kid again. Cold Spring Harbor-based Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty has announced the launch of Curate, an “innovative virtual-staging tool” designed to help homebuyers conceptualize a for-sale space as their very own. The app features augmented-reality software that lets users furnish and otherwise…


Growing physician network increases lung capacity

Stony Brook Community Medical has brought a new pulmonary practice into the fold. The burgeoning, highly coordinated healthcare network based around the Stony Brook School of Medicine has welcomed New York Pulmonary Consultants into its expanding family of community-based practices and physicians. New York Pulmonary Consultants offers comprehensive and integrated pulmonary care at offices in Port Jefferson and Riverhead, with “other satellite offices to be announced soon,” according to a statement from Stony Brook Medicine….


IDA brings Commack senior rentals closer to home

By GREGORY ZELLER // Senior citizens in Commack are still waiting to score, but the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency has already earned an assist. The Suffolk IDA on Monday announced preliminary approval of an economic-development incentives package that will help bring a long-awaited, $26 million revitalization project to fruition – though the project, which would replace an old motel with an age-restricted rental community for residents 55 and older, still requires final approvals from…


At Henry Schein, worth a Fortune and still climbing

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s only Fortune 500 company is actually a little more Fortune-ate than it was last year – thought its success is based on anything but luck. Melville-based global distributor Henry Schein Inc. – a stalwart supplier of the medical, dental and animal health industries – claims the 238th spot in Fortune magazine’s 64th annual list of America’s largest corporations, released Monday. That’s a five-spot jump from the company’s 2017 ranking….


NYIT Academy offers future grads a running start

By GREGORY ZELLER // With the collegiate world focused this week on the Class of 2018, the New York Institute of Technology is taking a broader view – and opening its doors to pre-collegians interested in tomorrow’s tech. The NYIT Academy, a smorgasbord of career-oriented summer programs combining academic instruction and hands-on field experience, is coming to NYIT’s Old Westbury and Manhattan campuses. Open to students ages 15 to 20, the academy promises an “immersive…


Is there a nurse practitioner in the house? 28, actually

By GREGORY ZELLER // Three years after opening its doors, the Hofstra/Northwell nursing school is promoting its first graduating class. Twenty-eight freshly minted nurse practitioners – each specializing in either adult-gerontology acute-care nursing, psychiatric/mental health nursing or family nursing – are set to receive their degrees Friday, marking the first graduates to emerge from the Hofstra/Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. The school, a joint venture of Hempstead-based Hofstra University and New…


Another two months won’t stop FSC’s Adult Learners

If at first the brutal winter won’t let you succeed, try, try again. That’s the rallying cry at Farmingdale State College, which has rescheduled its Adult-Learner College Fair, a community program designed as a “how-to boot camp” for students of a certain age, after Old Man Winter whited-out the college’s first attempt. Noting that “nearly half of those enrolled in undergraduate higher education today” are “non-traditional” adult learners – including adults returning to complete or…


Thanks to IPS’s remote sensor, the well water’s fine

By GREGORY ZELLER // An award-winning digital sensor system is helping clean water flow to rural communities around the globe, thanks in part to the creativity of a top Long Island innovator. A remote well sensor designed and deployed by charity: water, a circa-2006 nonprofit credited with executing more than 28,000 clean-water projects in 26 countries, has earned an International A’ Design Award. A’ Design Award & Competition is an international organization dedicated to promoting…


The Spur: How I spent my summer (working) vacation

By GREGORY ZELLER // That jingle-jangle you hear in Southampton comes from The Spur, the private co-working and entrepreneur’s club that’s moseyed into a new summer home. After a six-month stint in its “winter home” at the Southampton Social Club, The Spur – a manifestation of i-hamptons, a Southampton-based “community and resource guide” for East End entrepreneurs – has relocated to 280 Elm St. in Southampton, the circa-1884 seed-and-feed barn at the Long Island Rail…


Heavy-hitting LI BioMentor Initiative makes it official

By GREGORY ZELLER // A high-octane effort to unite regional bioentrepreneurs with qualified business mentors has formally launched – though the Long Island BioMentor Initiative is already quite busy. The LIBMI officially accepted its first program applications in a “launch event” Thursday morning at the de Seversky Mansion on the New York Institute of Technology’s Old Westbury campus. But the BioMentor Initiative is already a year into a “pilot phase,” according to founding mentor Mark…