Opinion

Long Island can get healthy answering COVID’s call

By MITCH MAIMAN // Times are challenging and there’s much reason for concern during the COVID pandemic – but, as in any challenging time, such difficulties give rise to new opportunities. The Long Island tech community, with its infrastructure underlying medical technology, is presented with the chance to create new business value in a late-COVID world. We should also consider the current crisis to be a wake-up call – this won’t be the last virus…

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In Smithtown, a blueprint for mixed-use progress

By TERRI ALESSI-MICELI // Some live only in the present, heedless of the future. Happily, however, the Town of Smithtown is thinking about the future. Specifically, the town has been devising smart strategies for keeping our young people here on Long Island. Meantime, young Long Islanders are thinking about their futures, too. But unfortunately, the vast majority of them don’t foresee a future here. Unless things change. The Rauch Foundation issued an extensive “Next Generation…


Questioning the risks, rewards of re-opening

By MITCH MAIMAN // As an executive who grapples daily with phased re-openings and other issues of economic survival, testing is a major consideration. There are treatises on this subject alleging to provide answers, but still way more questions. First, let’s assume that a team wants to be socially responsible – that is, nobody wants to come to work sick with COVID-19, whether they’re showing symptoms or not. Let’s further assume that when we want…


No recovery without trade groups, which need support

By TERRI ALESSI-MICELI // We generally think of COVID-19’s devastation in terms of its human toll and its economic toll. Indeed, the pandemic is registering a terrible impact on the health of many Long Islanders. And our region’s healthcare sector is battling valiantly to save lives and minimize the medical effects of this crisis. At the same time, the pandemic is causing massive disruption throughout the Long Island economy. Thousands of regional businesses have closed…


Healthcare pros watching Congress, Trump closely

By ALLISON JUMETT // It has been a challenging, frightening time for everyone, but especially for those of us working in healthcare. Amid all the suffering and anxiety brought about by COVID-19, healthcare workers on the front lines have continued to show up and display strength, faith and courage in taking care of the most vulnerable. During these difficult times, I have never seen such dedication displayed by my co-workers in healthcare facilities across the…


‘Monumental’ moves help FSC respond, move forward

By JOHN NADER // The past few weeks have been challenging for all of us, and especially for our students preparing to complete their degrees, graduate school and enter the job market. Higher-education institutions have a unique responsibility – not only to continue to operate in a remote environment, but also to find ways to be a source of comfort. As a campus community, we have made monumental and creative adjustments since the onset of…


Debating the ethics of AI (before it’s too late)

By JOHN MAGLIOCCO JR. // With highly sophisticated algorithms and rapid advancements in storing, processing and analyzing data, artificial intelligence is making its presence known in the world today. With this, an ethical dilemma has surfaced that needs to be addressed immediately. Who will be responsible for the ethical decisions made by artificially intelligent machines? Failing to respond to the relevance and significance of this dilemma could skyrocket crime and death rates across the world….