No. 165: 23 years of opinion, 17 top-earning schools and 84 Clinton castoffs

TG it’s F: A great end to the week, everybody. Did we mention it’s National Feral Hog Month?

The fourth and final presidential debate between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon aired live from NYC on this day in 1960. (No video, but the transcript captures a much more polite America.)

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It’s time again: The 23rd running of the AVZ economic survey and opinion poll is upon us. Managing partner Bob Quarté talks you through it here, or you can cut to the chase – and a shot at rewards and prizes – here. Results out Jan. 5 at the firm’s big, big business breakfast at Crest Hollow, watch this space for sponsor and ticket info.

Health care still strong: Long Island suffered a surprising late-summer dip in employment, led by cutbacks in retail.

Because divorce: The Moiety life-tracking app – invented for separated co-parents but useful for all – is out on iOS, Android coming soon.

Startup of the week: Intimidated by the mountain of paperwork required to certify your minority- or woman-owned business? Corrinne Graham can help.

Help desk: The state has buttonholed Huntington ed-tech specialist Teq to provide online continuing education courses for teachers.

Do it right: Cerini & Associates presents professional training for not-for-profit board members, Oct. 27, 8 a.m., breakfast provided, free but tell Lula Lukasiewicz you’d like to come, 631-582-1600 ext. 217. Web options available if you can’t make it in person.

The indictment: If you must.

In case he doesn’t repeat them Tuesday at the LIA: Here are Colin Powell’s most unkind comments from his hacked emails.

Related: The latest email dump from WikiLeaks reveals 84 campaign slogans rejected by the Clinton campaign. (And one that made the cut.)

Best event of the week as of this writing: Nixon Peabody roundtable on the future of health care investing, Michele Masucci, Joe Scaduto and Harvey Brofman with significant input from Pete Donnelly, Sharon Barkume and more. You shoulda been there.

About our sponsor: Farrell Fritz, a full-service law firm with 15 practice groups, advises startups on entity formation, founder and shareholder agreements, funding, executive compensation and benefits, licensing and technology transfer, mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions. The firm’s blog, New York Venture Hub, discusses legal and business issues facing entrepreneurs and investors.

You might try: “The Consequences of Clean,” a look at the guv’s clean-gen program, Nov. 14, 9:30 a.m., Albany Hilton, starring our own Jerry Kremer and others, free but please register.

Also: StartUp Global Long Island, a networker for startups and early-stage companies interested in taking their products and services to international markets, Oct. 27, 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. SBU, free, more information right here.

The rest of the Innovate calendar is here.


Not bad: Cornell Tech, due to begin moving into its sprouting Roosevelt Island digs next summer, has already graduated 200 students, launched 29 startups and raised $12 million in seed funding.

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Wow: Sequoia Capital has hired a woman investing partner.

Send ’em here: 17 private colleges from which students go on to earn the most. (As in, enough to pay back their loans.)

Figures: Wednesday was International Print Day. It was largely celebrated online.

Cambridge, natch: WeWork is opening its third Boston-area site.

Spin cycle: Wind could supply a fifth of the world’s electricity by 2030.

State of the unions: Organized labor is wisely getting behind offshore wind.

Hopping aboard: ZX Ventures, the disruptive venture capital arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev, has acquired a toehold in the home brewing market.

Here’s why: According to the American Homebrewers Association, 1.2 million U.S. homebrewers spent more than $800 million on supplies and equipment last year.

It takes a village: Three dozen Southern Tier residents came together to form the state’s first community-shared solar project.

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Election insurance: Thinking of leaving the country if your candidate doesn’t win? Esurance has a sweepstakes for that.

For home cooks: Tovala has a countertop “smart oven” that uses steam, baking, broiling, and convection to create restaurant-quality meals right from your home. Will eventually replace all microwaves and toasters, the firm boasts. And, yes, you can run it from your phone. Coming in March.

And for campers: Roving Blue produces a pen-like device that can purify a half liter of water in under a minute.

May the fork be with you: Disney has inked a pact via which Star Wars and other characters will be used to hawk Dole fruit and veggies.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading this far.