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Incentives abound as Nassau IDA, LEAC plug away

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s full steam ahead in Nassau County’s economic-development wing, where the coronavirus can’t slow the works. The Nassau County Local Economic Assistance Corp. and the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency have pressed forward with a number of jobs-creating, economy-sustaining bond sales and incentives packages, helping top international franchisers, regional schools and others keep on keeping on during and after the great pandemic of 2020. Right at the top: The IDA’s preliminary…


FuzeHub stakes $400K for quick-acting manufacturers

By GREGORY ZELLER // As the COVID-19 fight rages, a statewide manufacturing motivator is throwing a large chunk of change into the ring. FuzeHub, Albany’s New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership center bridging smaller manufacturing companies and various industry resources, has launched a funding competition, dangling $400,000 in “COVID-19 Manufacturing Grants” before pandemic-minded pugilists. Specifically, before “small to medium-sized” New York State manufacturers who are up to FDA snuff and capable of “quickly accelerat(ing) production of…


Hempstead LDC eyes $58M charter school bond deal

By GREGORY ZELLER // A $58 million bond sale will likely fuel the large-scale expansion of a preeminent Long Island charter school. The Town of Hempstead Local Development Corp. has granted preliminary approval to the tax-exempt bond sale, which the Academy Charter School will use to build and equip a new vocational/technical high school in Uniondale, create new middle-school facilities in Uniondale and expand its existing Hempstead middle school to accommodate elementary-aged students. The bond…


Debrief: He’s Fine (but manufacturers aren’t)

  From its Parisian headquarters and throughout its multinational network, accounting giant Mazars has unequaled exposure to the coronavirus crisis, spanning continents and industries. And thanks to its global nature, each of its international offices shares equally in that front-row, from-the-trenches perspective, including its Long Island operation, a pulsating hub of 165 professionals with coast-to-coast clientele. Craig Fine, managing partner of Mazars USA’s Woodbury office, says the parent company and its subsidiaries were well-prepared to…


Patience is a virtue for new Adelphi language lab

By GREGORY ZELLER // Life will go on after the coronavirus pandemic – at Adelphi University, with unprecedented understanding of human communication. Right on schedule, the university’s new Communication Sciences and Disorders Center for Research opened on March 2 – ribbon-cutting and everything – in Lower Level Linen Hall. The global COVID-19 pandemic, of course, has temporarily closed Adelphi’s Garden City campus, including the new research center. But its six renovated laboratories, plus its Telepractice…


For Northwell 3D, the Q-tip of the innovation iceberg

By GREGORY ZELLER // A 3D-printed nasal swab created by a multistate academic-industry collaboration is up to snuff, and has begun circulating through resources-strapped healthcare facilities. Northwell Health – partnering with the University of South Florida and Massachusetts-based additive-manufacturing expert Formlabs – has successfully tested prototype swabs meeting federal standards for COVID-19 testing. The swabs, comprised of “biocompatible autoclavable resins” from Formlabs’ stocks and based on initial designs out of USF’s 3D Clinical Applications Division,…


Adelphi coronavirus fix mixes compassion, innovation

By GREGORY ZELLER // The pandemic may close college campuses, but it can’t kill a school’s spirit, or compassion. This week, Adelphi University announced efforts to keep up with some of the most vulnerable members of its community, even through the teeth of COVID-19’s quasi-quarantines. The Garden City-based university announced it was ramping up support for students on the autism spectrum, with its Bridges to Adelphi program reaching out remotely to students and their families,…


For future physicians, a Match Day like no other

By GREGORY ZELLER // An emotional rite of passage for future physicians has made a high-tech, if slightly more impersonal, Age of Coronavirus pivot. Match Day is an annual event during which graduating medical students across the nation open personalized letters from the National Resident Matching Program, revealing the next steps of their long educational journeys: their residencies, where they will spend years finishing off their medical educations. Usually a joyous tearjerker featuring packed college…


All things being unequal, Hofstra’s Challenge lives on

By GREGORY ZELLER // Health equity – a concept freshly redefined by our times – takes center stage in this year’s Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge. Hofstra University’s long-running entrepreneurship competition is offering $50,000-plus in cash and business-resource prizes to early-stage enterprises addressing socialized healthcare problems in underserved Long Island, New York City and Hudson Valley communities. This year’s “challenge topic” is “advancing health equity,” focused on innovative products and services that “improve the total health…


With FluChecker, a doctor in every house (virtually)

By GREGORY ZELLER // Chelsea Health Solutions was remotely diagnosing symptoms before remotely diagnosing symptoms was cool. Now, with a global pandemic spreading, it’s ready to rock. Founded in New York City in 2017 by surgeon/entrepreneur Soumi Eachempati and multiple investor partners, including other healthcare professionals, the startup creates AI-powered mobile apps that serve as surrogate doctors, helping potential patients determine if they need to see a specialist, speed to the emergency room or simply…


Nassau IDA backs rentals, ex-Fortunoff facility facelift

By GREGORY ZELLER // A transit-oriented housing development and a bigger, better home for a large mortgage banker have earned the support of the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency. Trumpeting new affordable housing opportunities, new jobs and other economic benefits, the IDA has announced preliminary approval of a tax-abatement deal that will keep a Westbury mortgage firm in Nassau County – and help it nearly double its payroll – and final approval of a benefits…


Study: Medical clues aplenty in Facebook posts

By GREGORY ZELLER // Social media is an undeniable mixed bag – global connector, presidential bully pulpit, unprecedented panic-spreading platform – but its potential as a real-time healthcare tool has hardly been tapped. So says a new study published in Scientific Reports, an online open-access scientific “mega journal” published by Nature Research. The study, co-led by Stony Brook University researcher H. Andrew Schwartz, reveals the language people use in their Facebook posts subtly changes before…


The coronavirus ate our awards show

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you thought banning travel to Europe and suspending the NBA season were big deals, hope you’re sitting down. Yes, the nefarious pandemic that closed Italy, sparked a global toilet paper shortage and broke this little girl’s heart has now done the unthinkable – the 2020 Innovator of the Year Awards show, scheduled for March 24 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, has been canceled. (Or postponed. Or reformatted….


For better cardiac outcomes, they want their MTV

By GREGORY ZELLER // For those who suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting, the odds are not good – less than 8 percent survive, according to the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. To improve their odds once they reach the hospital, researchers at Manhasset’s North Shore University Hospital and the Feinstein Institutes have taken a decidedly backwards step – if not in terms of medical science, certainly in terms of video technology. With…


Team effort pushing Allied Microbiata toward pay dirt

By GREGORY ZELLER // Raymond Sambrotto is knee-deep in toxic waste in Delaware, and pretty happy about it. It’s been nearly three years since Sambrotto and co-founder Frana James launched Allied Microbiata, a now-Stony Brook-based biotech with a taste for environmental remediation, and about four months since the startup engaged its most ambitious field test to date, setting its PCB-eating microorganisms upon thousands of pounds of contaminated soil and sediment at a site in Delaware….