No. 185: Browne and Keely up, Start-Up down and a meat and 2 veg inaugural

TG it’s F: Happy Jan. 20, the date on which we’ve sworn in the new president since 1937, unless it was a Sunday, as in 2013, in which case the festivities were moved to Monday. Despite its wintery date, only two have been moved inside: William Howard Taft’s 1909 ceremony (blizzard) and Ronald Reagan’s 1985 fete, when wind chills hit -25 degrees.

Fun fact: Average temperatures have generally been 7 degrees warmer for Republican president-elects.

But not for: William Henry Harrison, who caught pneumonia during the inaugural and died 31 days later.

Happy birthday Kara Hahn and Buzz Aldrin

And the envelope, please: We’re pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Innovator of the Year awards, honoring forward-looking entrepreneurs, researchers, scientists and tinkerers in software, bioscience, foodtech, clean energy, science & technology, invention and manufacturing. The list and details here.

Oh, and: We’re delighted to be honoring Bob Catell as our inaugural Master of Innovation. He rocks, as you know.

Don’t forget: LISTnet hosts the Long Island Tech Jam featuring rockers Blue Movie and exploring the nexus between music and technology, that’s tonight already, 5:30 p.m., Digital Ballpark in Plainview, more details here.

The year in jobs: Long Island added 17,400 private sector jobs in 2016, an increase of 1.5 percent and bringing the total to 1,141,100. Education and health services added the most (10,200), followed by trade, transportation and utilities (5,500), leisure and hospitality (3,800) and construction (1,600). The losers included manufacturing (-1,200), financial activities (-1,000), information (-900) and professional and business services (-500).

But: The Island saw a drop of nearly 4,000 jobs between November and December, when a gain of about that much is common. Construction was part of the problem, but administrative and support services – including temporary employment agencies, security guards and other B2B services – shed 3,600 positions.

Related: NYC had a gain of 63,500 jobs over the year, the smallest there since 2010 and less than half 2014’s increase of 137,500.


Gov. Cuomo’s infrastructure-focused spending plan includes a few Long Island projects.

Water quality protection is good to the last drop.

Hammered relentlessly about job creation under the Start-Up NY program, the governor proposes dropping the requirement.

Soteria Technologies is panting to finally get production underway.

More breaking innovation news is here.


Big congrats: Christian Browne has become an equity member at Sahn Ward Coschignano, the land use and real estate powerhouse. Browne (Holy Cross and Fordham) recently won a milestone appellate case on durational zoning limits regarding the historic Mim’s Restaurant in Roslyn Heights.

Applause sign lit: Thomas Keely has been named partner at Carter DeLuca Farrell & Schmidt. Keely has a BS in systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and received his JD from Brooklyn Law. If your invention includes wires, this is who you wanna call.

Also: Debra Goldberg has joined Cullen and Dykman as a partner in the Banking Practice Group.

And: Ross Selinger’s son Harris has opened a second Creamline on 7th Avenue at 21st. Fried chicken sandwiches and all day breakfast in a “farm to tray” format.

Did we: Mention the fried Oreos?

Huffing and puffing: New York’s medical marijuana program is expected to spin off only a quarter of the tax revenue once envisioned, in part because of low participation because the state only allows vape and the treatments aren’t covered by insurance. (And therapy is often better and usually cheaper on the street.)

Stuff we’re going to: Northwell Health honcho Michael Dowling charts the Trump-led future of health care at the Long Island Business Development Council’s Feb. 2 meeting, 5:30 p.m. Southward Ho CC, call 516-314-8982.

The rest of the Innovate calendar: Is reachable here.

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Work, the final frontier: eGifter has more than a dozen openings for everything from growth hacking to SaaS platform sales. Direct a millennial you know here.

Facework: Social media titan Mark Zuckerberg uses more than a dozen people to keep his Facebook page updated and stripped of harassing comments from other users.

Tucking in: The inaugural luncheon today includes lobster in saffron sauce, grilled Angus beef, parsnip puree, potato dumplings and gratin and a chocolate soufflé with cherry vanilla ice cream. Eat along recipes here. Or just drink along.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading this far.